England secures 3-1 series victory after Mark Wood’s 9-wicket haul

England secures 3-1 series victory after Mark Wood’s 9-wicket haul
England secures 3-1 series victory after Mark Wood’s 9-wicket haul

England defeated South Africa in the 4th and final Test by 191 runs at The Wanderers, Johannesburg. England won the 4-match Test series by 3-1 as bowler Mark Wood starred with his 9-wicket match haul.

England’s Ben Stokes was named the “Player of the Series” for his brilliant all-round performances throughout the tournament. Stokes scored 318 runs at an average of 45.42 and secured 10 wickets in the series.

England vs South Africa, 4th Test Highlights:

England won the toss and opted to bad first. Openers’ 107 runs partnership had set up the visitors for a decent total. Ollie Pope’s 56 from 78 balls and some power-hitting from Stuart Broad towards the end of the innings brought England to a total of 400 runs.

Anrich Nortje secured 5 wickets for 110 runs in 24 overs for South Africa, his maiden 5-wicket haul.

South Africa fell for just 183 runs in their 1st innings. Quinton de Kock managed to score almost half of the team’s total by himself. Quinton de Kock played an innings of 76 runs from 116 balls. Mark Wood claimed 5 wickets for 46 runs, while Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes took 2 wickets each.

England had already been leading by 217 runs. The fell for 248 runs in their 2nd innings as they set up the target of 466 runs for South Africa to chase. Joe Root stood out with his 59-run innings for 96 balls.

This time it was the debutant Beuran Hendricks’ turn for a 5-for in his first Test. Hendricks bowled 15.3 overs and conceded 64 runs for 5 wickets.

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South Africa required 466 runs to win the match and level the 4-match series against England. Rassie van der Dussen missed his maiden hundred by just 2 runs when he lost his wicket to Mark Wood after scoring 98 runs from 138 deliveries. Skipper Faf du Plessis added 35 runs from 92 balls. The rest of the South African batsmen fell one after the other at the hands of Mark Wood and Stuart Broad.

South Africa lost all their wickets on 274 runs as they suffered a 191-run defeat against England. Mark Wood took 4 wickets for 54 runs. It was South Africa’s 3rd consecutive series defeat in a row.

England and South Africa will now face each other in the 3-match ODI series starting from February 4.

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