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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.

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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.

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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.

This is the first time England have enforced a follow-on in an overseas Test match since 2013. Moreover this has also became an innings win for England in abroad since 1992.

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.

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