Amla's record in Centurion and a rare pair
Stats highlights from the fourth Test between SA and England in Centurion where the hosts set England a target of 382 to chase.
5 Number of South Africa batsmen before Hashim Amla to make a hundred and a score in the nineties in Tests. Amla got a hundred in the first innings before getting out to Stuart Broad on 96 in the second. The last such instance for South Africa had come against India in 2007-08 in Chennai when Neil McKenzie made 94 and 155. Pieter Van der Bijl, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers are the others.
87.92 Amla's batting average in Centurion - the highest for a South Africa batsman with at least 750 runs at any venue. His 96 in this innings was Amla's tenth fifty-plus score out of 14 innings at this venue - the most he has made at any venue. Overall, with a 1000-run cut-off there are only ten instances when batsman have averaged higher at any venue than Amla in Centurion.
470 Runs by Amla in this series at an average of 67.14. He is the first batsman to make 400-plus runs in the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy series twice. He had made 482 runs in the 2012 series in England.
7 Number of South Africa batsmen who have faced 1000 balls in a Test series, including Amla in this one (for the series in which balls-faced information is available). This is the second such instance for Amla. He faced 1033 deliveries in just two Tests in an away series against India in 2009-10. That was also the last time any South Africa batsman faced 1000-plus balls in a series.
1912 Last, and the only time, before de Villiers in which a South Africa captain got a pair in Tests. Louis Tancred got ducks in both innings of the Oval Test in 1912. De Villiers' three ducks at Johannesburg and Centurion are the most by any player in his first two Tests as captain. This was de Villiers' fourth duck in his last 11 innings. He had got only three ducks in his first 165 innings and his first duck didn't come until his 78th Test innings, which is a record for the most Test innings by a batsman for his first duck.
49.60 Temba Bavuma's batting average in this series; he made 248 runs from seven innings including one hundred, two fifties and two ducks. Bavuma's average in this series is the third highest for any batsman who got two or more ducks batting at No. 6 or lower in a series. Bavuma's unbeaten 78 in this innings was the first fifty-plus score in the second innings by a South Africa batsman batting at No. 6 or lower in their last 11 Tests. Before this, Vernon Philander had made 51 not out in the 2013-14 Cape Town Test against Australia.
249 Highest target successfully chased in Tests in Centurion, which was by England against the hosts in 1999-00. South Africa have set a target of 382 runs in this Test, which is 46 runs more than the highest ever target chased successfully in Tests in South Africa. Australia chased down 336 against the hosts in Durban in 1950.
3/47 James Anderson's bowling figures in this innings; this is the first time he has taken more than one wicket in six innings in this series - previously, he had taken three wickets at 54.33 at Cape Town and Johannesburg. Anderson passed Richard Hadlee's tally of 431 Test wickets with Dean Elgar's wicket in South Africa's second innings and is just one wicket short of drawing level with Kapil Dev who took 434 wickets.
20.00 Runs England openers collectively averaged in this series - the lowest they have averaged in any Test series since the 1989 Ashes, in which they averaged just 17.22 from six Tests. While Alastair Cook's average of 23.00 is his lowest in any series when he has played at least three Tests, Alex Hales' batting average of 17.00 is the sixth lowest ever by an England opener from eight or more innings in a Test series. Since 2015, England have tried five different openers besides Cook, all of whom have averaged below 21.00.
Shiva Jayaraman is a senior sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com. @shiva_cricinfo.