England seal biggest away victory in nearly a decade
England wrapping up South Africa’s tail on the morning of the last day of the third Test at St George’s Park, has went 2-1 up in the series with a comprehensive victory of an innings and 53-runs.
Needing four wickets for the win, England claimed all those in the opening session of the day to bowl the Proteus out for 237 runs and to seal their biggest away victory in near about a decade.
South Africa showed the defiance in the last wicket when Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson stood for a record 99-run partnership. Maharaj was the last prey scoring 71 while Paterson left untouched with 39.
By assimilating 499 for nine declared in their first innings with Ollie Pope registering a thunderous knock of 135, England leapt over South Africa when were bundled out for 209 in the first innings thus fell under a follow-on. Dom Bess captured five wickets for England in Proteas’ first innings.
England captain Joe Root paid tribute to both Pope and Bess in the post-match press briefing.
“It’s a great template for how we want to play our cricket moving forward, big first-innings score and drive the game from there,”
he said at the post-match presentation.
This was South Africa’s fourth biggest defeat since 1991. The fourth and final Test of the series starts at the Wanderers on January 24. South Africa won the first test in Pretoria by 107 runs but the tourists bounced back with a 187-run win in Cape Town in the second test.
STUNNING performance from, @englandcricket!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) January 20, 2020
— ICC (@ICC) January 20, 2020
BREAKING: Great Test win by England. Now 2-1 up in the series after going 1-0 down.
Brilliant achievement by the whole team, superbly led by @root66.
Let’s hear no more negative chatter about the captain – he’s led from the front & shut up the critics. pic.twitter.com/1JFVCXU1nK
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 20, 2020
— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) January 20, 2020
Innings defeats for SA at home since re-admission
inngs & 196 runs vs Aus Johannesburg 1996/97
inngs & 360 runs vs Aus Johannesburg 2001/02
inngs & 98 runs vs Eng Durban 2009/10
inngs & 53 runs vs Eng Port Elizabeth 2019/20 *#SAvENG
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) January 20, 2020
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) January 20, 2020