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England v South Africa, 2012

Wisden's review of the fifth ODI, England v South Africa, 2012

Sam Peters
15-Apr-2013
At Nottingham, September 5 (day/night). South Africa won by seven wickets. Toss: England.
With team director Andy Flower taking a rare match off, England played like a bunch of naughty schoolboys to allow South Africa a share of the series and provide a disappointing sign-off to an otherwise successful one-day summer. Despite unusually dry and bright conditions, they batted without any spark: only Cook made a half-century - his first in ten international innings since 115 in the Oval Test - and it needed an unbeaten 33 from Woakes, finally getting into the action, in place of Steven Finn, to avert total disaster. After failing to use 28 of their deliveries, England had to hope South Africa's batsmen would struggle under lights in September and, when Anderson and Dernbach reduced them to 14 for three in the fifth over, they had more than a sniff. But Amla - in the form of his life - calmly compiled a superb unbeaten 97, adding 172 with de Villiers, whose 75 not out was his highest international score of the tour. South Africa romped home with more than 15 overs to spare.
Man of the Match: H. M. Amla. Attendance: 16,843.
Man of the Series: H. M. Amla.