Joe Root becomes joint most expensive bowler in Test history

In the day of an outstanding away win, England captain Joe Root had been focused for all the wrong reasons. 

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On day five, the tourists wrapped up South Africa in the morning session thus securing a win by an innings and 53 runs. It was however the biggest away win for England in nearly a decade.

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England needed four wickets to clinch the win and after three quick blows, the visiting team found it hard to dislodge the tenth wicket partnership that stood for a record score of 99 in between Keshav Maharaj and debutant Dane Paterson.

Paterson slashed an unbeaten 39 off 40 deliveries and was not out till the end. Meanwhile Maharaj, the chief contributor in the partnership scored 71 from 106 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes.

In the 82nd over of the innings, Maharaj hammered Root for three fours and two sixes from the first five deliveries. Even the last ball went to cross the boundary rope deceiving wicket-keeper Jos Buttler that meant bowler Root conceded 28 runs in the over, the joint-most expensive over in Test history.

As of the match situation, England wrapped up the series 2-1 with a comprehensive innings and 53 runs win in the third Test at the St. George’s Park.

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.

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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