Saturday, 16 January 2016

England 2 South Africa 0

Wow what a test match!  And what a win for England!  South Africa should have made the most of the conditions on day one but no batsman passed fifty.  England were in trouble early but Root and Stokes counter attacked.  After two tough days, Joe Roots brilliant century seemed to give England a slight edge.  Rabada roared back on day three with five wickets and restricted England to a lead of just ten.  Then Stuart Broad bowled one of those spells and took the first five wickets to reduce the hosts to 35-5 and the game was as good as won.  Cook top scored with 43 as England chased down a small target to win by seven wickets.  Two up with one to play England have dethroned the world number one team in their own back yard.

England are starting to look like a seriously good team in development with several game changing players and in this series have kept coming out on top at the crucial moments.  South Africa are going the other way to England, a once very good side is now in decline.  There have been retirements and there will be talk of injuries but some have forgotten that Anderson missed the first test.

The neutral supporters may be disappointed that the series is decided before the final test but in truth England have dominated all three of the test matches so far and thoroughly deserve the win.  Can they go on to complete a 3-0 win or will they take their foot of the gas?

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