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4th Test, Johannesburg, January 24 - 27, 2020, ICC World Test Championship
400 & 248
(T:466) 183 & 274

England won by 191 runs

Player Of The Match
35*, 5/46 & 4/54
Player Of The Series
318 runs • 10 wkts
England 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
c van der Dussen b Philander6611216611058.92
c †de Kock b Hendricks44931537047.31
c van der Dussen b Paterson2735464077.14
c †de Kock b Nortje591081766054.62
c van der Dussen b Nortje210130020.00
b Nortje56781088071.79
c Elgar b Philander2043663046.51
c †de Kock b Nortje011000.00
c du Plessis b Nortje3246665069.56
not out 3539632389.74
c Malan b Paterson43284024153.57
Extras(lb 9, nb 3, w 4)16
TOTAL98.2 Ov (RR: 4.06, 454 Mins)400
Fall of wickets: 1-107 (Dom Sibley, 32.4 ov), 2-116 (Zak Crawley, 35.1 ov), 3-150 (Joe Denly, 42.2 ov), 4-157 (Ben Stokes, 45.1 ov), 5-258 (Ollie Pope, 69.1 ov), 6-269 (Joe Root, 73.5 ov), 7-269 (Sam Curran, 73.6 ov), 8-309 (Jos Buttler, 84.5 ov), 9-318 (Chris Woakes, 89.6 ov), 10-400 (Stuart Broad, 98.2 ov)
35.1 to Z Crawley, and he strikes straight away! His first wicket in his final Test, Crawley departs for 66... back-of-a-length, bit of movement away, couldn't decide whether to play or not and ended up playing a nothing shot. It struck the edge, and looped up to Rassie VDD at first slip who took a simple catch. 116/2
84.5 to JC Buttler, hacked off a good length, and high to Elgar in the covers! Oh my, that's a terrible way to give it away. It was back of a length, but hardly significantly so... not sure what Buttler believed he was achieving there, the extra bounce disrupted what was already a pretty rancid slog, and that's curtains as Elgar gathers well, over his shoulder .... 309/8
32.4 to DP Sibley, short, and strangled down the leg side! Hendricks has his first Test wicket! He's been bowling for that, round the wicket, sliding down, Sibley is caught in two minds and it flicks the top of the bat before QdK takes a good diving catch to his left. 107/1
45.1 to BA Stokes, suckered into a drive, and edged to slip! Van der Dussen is having a stormer at slip! Nortje has earned that, pushing it across the left-hander, nice and full, and his bat didn't come down straight, angling towards mid-on. Thick outside edge, and van der Dussen grabs it high to his left. South Africa are biting back!. 157/4
69.1 to OJ Pope, chops on trying to leave it! 89mph/144kph to start after drinks, Pope dangles his bat and inside edges onto the stumps! Length outside off, didn't know whether to play and as he shouldered arms got a little bit of bat on it, enough to play on. Big SA breakthrough!. 258/5
73.5 to JE Root, edged, gone this time! Superb stuff from Nortje, into the seventh over of his spell and still hitting the 90mph mark. Lures him into a drive, hint of movement back in without much foot movement, decent edge on it and QdK takes a simple enough chance! Root is fuming. 269/6
73.6 to SM Curran, slashes at a wide one pushed across him first up and feathers behind! 90mph/145kph again, fullish outside off from over the wicket, Curran throws his arms at it and gets a thin edge through to de Kock! Nortje has his career-best, and it's been an absolutely superb spell. What. A. Bowler!. 269/7
89.6 to CR Woakes, outside off, climbing off the seam, drawing a hard-handed stab, and du Plessis at second slip pounces! That is a richly deserved five-wicket haul for Anrich Nortje! He has been exceptional today, and all series for that matter. A good take from du Plessis, similar to the one he spilled off Root earlier, waist-high to his right, and travelling fast off a burly fast-bowler's edge!. 318/9
42.2 to JL Denly, back of a length, edged to slip! Finally, Denly's torture is over! Outswinger, went neither forward nor back, and steered to slip looking to nudge defensively back down the pitch. Easy enough catch for VDD, who has found some catching form after a horror start to the series. 150/3
98.2 to SCJ Broad, goes again, straight up in the air looking to pull, and Malan takes the catch ten yards off the rope. 82 runs for the last wicket to drag England up to 400. 400/10
South Africa 1st Innings 
c Woakes b Stokes26641015040.62
c †Buttler b Wood1563761023.80
c Stokes b Curran0710000.00
lbw b Woakes329460010.34
b Wood7611621411065.51
c Stokes b Wood628380021.42
c Denly b Wood616211037.50
c Broad b Woakes43410133.33
c Crawley b Stokes37731067050.68
not out 59141055.55
c †Buttler b Wood43710133.33
Extras(w 1)1
TOTAL68.3 Ov (RR: 2.67, 323 Mins)183
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Pieter Malan, 18.5 ov), 2-37 (Rassie van der Dussen, 20.6 ov), 3-43 (Dean Elgar, 23.5 ov), 4-60 (Faf du Plessis, 29.5 ov), 5-74 (Temba Bavuma, 37.4 ov), 6-88 (Anrich Nortje, 41.5 ov), 7-93 (Vernon Philander, 42.4 ov), 8-172 (Dwaine Pretorius, 65.5 ov), 9-174 (Quinton de Kock, 66.6 ov), 10-183 (Dane Paterson, 68.3 ov)
20.6 to HE van der Dussen, edged and that's a hell of a take at second slip! Another nipper outside off, climbing into the edge and flying hard and fast off the splice. Stokes watches it all the way, and plucks it in both hands, high to his right, almost pivoting on impact to cushion it. Canny bowling, just probing off stump with an upright seam. Now South Africa are in bother!. 37/2
29.5 to F du Plessis, jags back in off the surface, struck on the pad, and given! Height might save him, and he's reviewed the on-field call. Woakes has a fraction of his heel behind the line. It hit above the knee roll - I reckon this is bouncing over the top of leg stump... nope, Hawk-Eye says Umpire's Call! It's clipping the bail, and du Plessis is left to trudge off after yet another failure!. 60/4
42.4 to VD Philander, yikes, that's not a particularly clever shot... length ball, speared in towards leg stump, Philander looks to work it through midwicket, he's through the ball early and skews it straight up to Broad at shortish mid-off. South Africa lose their seventh, to the fifth ball of the day.... 93/7
18.5 to PJ Malan, edged, gone, that's the money ball! Perfect line, perfect length, and exploding off the seam at 94mph! There was no getting away from that one for the steadfast Malan. A feathered edge through to the keeper, and England have their opening! (Only just mind ... millimetres from being a no-ball...). 29/1
37.4 to T Bavuma, edged, and gone! Stokes takes a superb low catch at second slip, diving forward. The umpires are going to check it I think... soft signal is out, which tends to be the decisive factor. Back of a length ball from Wood, Bavuma looked to steer it into the off side off the back foot and it drew an edge, and the replays confirm it was a clean catch. South Africa are five down and in all sorts!. 74/5
41.5 to A Nortje, fullish on fourth stump, leading edge and it's a great low catch in the gully! Cruel end to the day for Nortje... it should have been all about him, after his maiden five-for, and instead he has to trudge off with South Africa in disarray. Denly takes it, low down in front of him, and South Africa close on 88 for 6. 88/6
66.6 to Q de Kock, ping, next batsman please! An off-stump exocet, de Kock flashed into a drive, but the ball nipped off the seam at 90mph, and flicked the top of the leg bail! In fact, he's broken the bail... that's his fourth of the innings, and he's got a golden chance for another five-for, his second in three Tests. 174/9
68.3 to D Paterson, swing, nick, five for Wood! That was coming, to put it mildly! Another uncomfortable mow from a less-than-happy Paterson. The off stump would have cartwheeled had he missed it, instead a thin outside-edge fizzed into Buttler's gloves!. 183/10
23.5 to D Elgar, flashed to point, and Elgar has given it away! Oh my word, you can take issue with his approach now! Short and wide, the sort of ball that has 'sucker' stamped all over it. A limp prod to Woakes, and well, crumbs. South Africa might be batting again tonight at this rate... Elgar looks distraught, he can barely drag himself from the crease.. 43/3
65.5 to D Pretorius, Stokes makes the breakthrough! If in doubt ... throw him the ball. Back of a length, kicking off the splice, an angled defensive blade can't keep the ball down, and Crawley in the gully swoops low to his left to pluck a key scalp! It's been a battling effort, but with eight minutes to go until lunch, South Africa are back in the soup. 172/8
England 2nd Innings 
c †de Kock b Pretorius2460912040.00
c Malan b Hendricks441071577041.12
b Paterson815201053.33
c du Plessis b Hendricks58961765160.41
c van der Dussen b Hendricks28242860116.66
c †de Kock b Nortje1113172084.61
c †de Kock b Nortje810131080.00
c Paterson b Hendricks35293760120.68
c †de Kock b Hendricks022000.00
b Pretorius18122230150.00
not out 11600100.00
Extras(b 4, lb 8, w 1)13
TOTAL61.3 Ov (RR: 4.03, 289 Mins)248
Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Zak Crawley, 20.4 ov), 2-75 (Joe Denly, 25.1 ov), 3-92 (Dom Sibley, 35.3 ov), 4-136 (Ben Stokes, 41.3 ov), 5-150 (Ollie Pope, 45.2 ov), 6-160 (Jos Buttler, 47.6 ov), 7-206 (Sam Curran, 55.4 ov), 8-206 (Chris Woakes, 55.6 ov), 9-240 (Mark Wood, 60.2 ov), 10-248 (Joe Root, 61.3 ov)
45.2 to OJ Pope, edged, and gone! Pope departs, Nortje has another. And that's Quinton de Kock's 200th dismissal as a Test wicketkeeper. Nothing shot really, nipped in on a length to cramp him for room as he shaped to cut, feathered an edge through to de Kock. 150/5
47.6 to JC Buttler, edged through to de Kock! Back of a length outside off, 90mph/145kph, bounced sharply off the pitch, Buttler played away from his body with a straight bat and no real foot movement... is that the last time we see Jos Buttler trudge off a Test pitch?. 160/6
25.1 to JL Denly, back goes the middle stump! Through the gate as Denly presses forward with uncertainty, deceived by Paterson's angle on the crease, and that's made a terrible mess of the woodwork. A rare single-figure contribution from Denly, and SA have their second incision. 75/2
35.3 to DP Sibley, chipped straight to midwicket! Back of a length on the hip, shovelled into the leg side and Malan, in relatively close, takes the catch. Sibley is furious with himself, and swipes at some thin air that had upset him on his way off. South Africa have another!. 92/3
41.3 to BA Stokes, edged, gone! Van der Dussen takes a good catch in the slips and Stokes' fun is over. Tight on the front foot, but the back of his heel is behind the line. Length ball, no real foot movement as Stokes lets out a big booming drive, it finds the outside edge and vdD holds on at first slip. Makes it up the tunnel unscathed today.... 136/4
55.4 to SM Curran, short, straight, Curran gets underneath a flapped hook, but he gets too far underneath. High, high, and plops into Paterson's hands at fine leg. Another rampant cameo ends!. 206/7
55.6 to CR Woakes, edged and gone! Well, that was blink-and-you-miss-it. Grazes the inside-edge as Woakes dangles his bat at an inswinger, and de Kock bags another. 206/8
61.3 to JE Root, a stunner from Faf, and that's five on debut for Hendricks! Another inside-out slap from Root, a fat outside-edge, and Faf in the gully leaps to his right, and clings on in one outstretched hand! He went initially with two, but realised he had to extend with one... think of Andrew Strauss at Trent Bridge in 2005, and stick it in the mirror!. 248/10
20.4 to Z Crawley, edged and gone! Extra bounce, nibble away from Crawley, and de Kock swallows the catch! For the first time in his career, Crawley hasn't improved his Test best. But he has set England's innings up very nicely again. 56/1
60.2 to MA Wood, walks across his timbers, and out comes his off stump! That's the end of Wood's fun. South Africa one wicket away from the long haul .... 240/9
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 466 runs)
c Stokes b Woakes2251643043.13
c & b Stokes24731164032.87
c Broad b Wood9813819915271.01
b Stokes35921405038.04
c Woakes b Wood3942796192.85
c †Buttler b Broad2729386093.10
c Curran b Broad2880025.00
c †Buttler b Wood1011142090.90
c †Buttler b Wood410200040.00
run out (Sibley/†Buttler)4960044.44
not out 00400-
Extras(b 4, lb 2, w 3)9
TOTAL77.1 Ov (RR: 3.55)274
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Pieter Malan, 15.1 ov), 2-89 (Dean Elgar, 27.5 ov), 3-181 (Faf du Plessis, 58.1 ov), 4-187 (Rassie van der Dussen, 59.2 ov), 5-235 (Temba Bavuma, 67.6 ov), 6-239 (Dwaine Pretorius, 69.4 ov), 7-260 (Vernon Philander, 73.2 ov), 8-267 (Quinton de Kock, 75.1 ov), 9-273 (Beuran Hendricks, 76.6 ov), 10-274 (Anrich Nortje, 77.1 ov)
67.6 to T Bavuma, gloves behind, absolute snorter from Broad! Legcutter, bounces up sharply, flicks the gloves as Bavuma jumps onto the back foot, and flies through to Buttler! Wilson didn't seem convinced, but Bavuma walked straight off. 235/5
69.4 to D Pretorius, short outside off, top edged high, high, high into the air... and Curran takes the catch running in from long leg! Broad has another! Swiped at it, seemed to hang in the sky for an eternity, and Pretorius has to depart... SA in trouble!. 239/6
59.2 to HE van der Dussen, oh Rassie! Round the wicket, van der Dussen attempts to drive... flubbed to short extra cover! There's to be no maiden hundred for Rassie today. He had been so patient, but finally bit at one, Wood pitching the ball up and maybe it skidded on, hit high up the bat and dollied to Broad. Huge celebrations from England, Stokes and Wood applying a Durham one-two combo before tea. 187/4
73.2 to VD Philander, short ball, strangled down the leg side! Sad way for it all to end for Philander, a nothing ball, gloved down the leg side. De Kock gives him a handshake on the way off, and England clap him off. The Wanderers rises, he raises his bat, and off he heads into the sunset. 260/7
75.1 to Q de Kock, ha, classic de Kock dismissal! In fairness, all hope was gone, but this isn't a good shot at all. Length ball, tried to smash it into next week, hit high on the bat and went waaaay up into the air, and Woakes takes a straightforward catch!. 267/8
77.1 to A Nortje, huge appeal, and has that flicked the bat? England think so... Oh yes it did! A strangle down the leg-side, another fierce lifter from Stokes, and up goes the finger after the review. Handshakes all round, as Wood's ninth of the match seals a thumping 191-run win!. 274/10
15.1 to PJ Malan, oh deary me, that's such a limp dismissal! First ball after drinks, a touch of drift on the outswinger a rash, flat-footed drive, and Stokes at second slip plucks a simple take at waist-height!. 39/1
27.5 to D Elgar, bouncer, rapid, Elgar flaps a pull, Stokes plucks the chance! That was onto him so quickly, but it was a terrible shot all the same. The ball was through him before his bat could react, it scooped off the splice as his head rocked backwards, and lobbed back to the bowler in his followthrough. The second limp dismissal of another otherwise doughty display, which rather sums up South Africa's batting issues.. 89/2
58.1 to F du Plessis, bowled 'im - stayed low and ricocheted into the stumps off the toe of the bat! Faf is snuffed out, for what could be the final time in Tests. England tried to wind him up, but he's finally been shot out by one he couldn't do much about. Just flicked the bail on its way up. 181/3
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Fri, 24 Jan - day 1 - England 1st innings 192/4 (Joe Root 25*, Ollie Pope 22*, 54.2 ov)
Sat, 25 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 88/6 (Quinton de Kock 32*, 41.5 ov)
Sun, 26 Jan - day 3 - England 2nd innings 248
Mon, 27 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 274 (77.1 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • South Africa 2nd innings
  • Drinks: South Africa - 39/0 in 15.0 overs (PJ Malan 22, D Elgar 17)
  • Over 15.5: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - JS Wilson, Batsman - HE van der Dussen (Upheld)
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 18.4 overs (112 balls), Extras 1
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 70 balls (D Elgar 7, HE van der Dussen 38, Ex 5)
  • Lunch: South Africa - 90/2 in 29.0 overs (HE van der Dussen 39, F du Plessis 0)
  • Over 33.4: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - JS Wilson, Batsman - F du Plessis (Struck down)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 34.3 overs (207 balls), Extras 5
  • HE van der Dussen: 50 off 67 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 118/2 in 40.0 overs (HE van der Dussen 58, F du Plessis 8)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 124 balls (HE van der Dussen 28, F du Plessis 22, Ex 2)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 146/2 in 50.0 overs (HE van der Dussen 67, F du Plessis 26)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 50.5 overs (305 balls), Extras 7
  • Tea: South Africa - 188/4 in 61.0 overs (Q de Kock 2, T Bavuma 0)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 63.4 overs (382 balls), Extras 7
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 71.6 overs (432 balls), Extras 8
  • Drinks: South Africa - 273/9 in 77.0 overs (A Nortje 4)
  • Over 77.1: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - JS Wilson, Batsman - A Nortje (Upheld)
  • South Africa have been deductd 6 points for slow over rate.
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultEngland won the 4-match series 3-1
Match numberTest no. 2382
Hours of play (local time)10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days24,25,26,27 January 2020 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
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Match Referee
PointsEngland 30, South Africa -6
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