1938 - The last time an England spinner took a Test hat-trick, when Tom Goddard did so, also against South Africa, in Johannesburg. Moeen Ali became the fourth spinner and the 13th bowler from England to take a Test hat-trick. Johnny Briggs and Billy Bates are the other two spinners in this illustrious list. The Oval did not witness a hat-trick in the 99 previous Tests it hosted, and fittingly there was one in its 100th.

1957 - The last time any bowler took a hat-trick against South Africa. Lindsay Kline, the Australian left-arm wristspinner, achieved this feat in Johannesburg.

7 - Losses for South Africa at The Oval, which is their worst venue in terms of win-loss ratio among the six English grounds they have played Test matches in. They have won one, lost seven and drawn seven of their 15 Tests here. Lord's is the only other English venue where they have lost more Tests - eight out of 17. The next Test is scheduled at Old Trafford, where South Africa have won only one Test out of nine.

2003 - The last time an England bowler took eight or more wickets on Test debut. James Kirltey took 8 for 114, also against South Africa, at Trent Bridge. Toby Roland-Jones' match figures of 8 for 129 are the best by a debutant at the Oval since 1965.

1960 - The last time England had the lead in a home series against South Africa with one Test to play. This is also the first time since 2003 that England will not lose a home series against South Africa. With this win England retain the Basil D'Oliviera trophy by virtue of winning the series in South Africa in 2016-17.

0 - Number of wins for the away team in the 100th Test at any venue. England have won the 100th Test at Lord's and The Oval, against West Indies and South Africa respectively, while Australia won the 100th Test at the MCG and at the SCG, beating India on each occasion.

5 - Centuries scored by Dean Elgar in the last six series he has played. The only series Elgar missed out in was against New Zealand at home, when he missed one of the two Tests. Since August 2016, Elgar has scored four of the 13 hundreds scored by South African batsmen. Elgar has eight centuries and eight fifties in his career so far.

4 - England players who have scored a century, taken three or more wickets, and taken four or more catches in a Test match. Ben Stokes scored 112, took 3 for 77, and held four catches to cap off a great game. Ian Botham was the last English player to complete this treble, against Australia at Old Trafford in 1981.

Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo