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January 27, 2020

England set SA world record 466 to win final Test


January 27, 2020

JOHANNESBURG: Joe Root made a patient half-century as England set South Africa a world record target of 466 to win the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

The England captain scored 58 and played an anchor role before he was last man out as England were bowled out shortly before the close for 248. Root decided not to enforce the follow-on despite England leading by 217 runs in the first innings.

Fast bowler Mark Wood took five for 46 as South Africa were bowled out for 183 in their first innings. Quinton de Kock (76) and Dwaine Pretorius (37) kept England in the field for most of the morning and probably made sure England would decide to bat again.

De Kock and Pretorius put on 79 for the eighth wicket and prevented England from wrapping up the innings early.

Despite the loss of their leading bowler, South Africa bowled and fielded better than in the first innings when England scored 400.

Left-arm seam bowler Beuran Hendricks claimed a five-wicket haul on debut, finishing with five for 64 when Root was last man out to a sensational diving catch by South African captain Faf du Plessis at a wide slip. Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Mark Wood all batted with freedom as England stretched their lead despite losing wickets at regular intervals.

England won toss

England 1st Innings 400 all out (Z Crawley 66; A Nortje 5-110)

South Africa 1st Innings (overnight 88-6)

D Elgar c Woakes b Stokes 26

P Malan c Buttler b Wood 15

H van der Dussen c Stokes b Curran 0

*F du Plessis lbw b Woakes 3

†Q de Kock b Wood 76

T Bavuma c Stokes b Wood 6

A Nortje c Denly b Wood 6

V Philander c Broad b Woakes 4

D Pretorius c Crawley b Stokes 37

B Hendricks not out 5

D Paterson c Buttler b Wood 4

Extras (1w) 1

Total (all out, 68.3 overs) 183

Fall: 1-29, 2-37, 3-43, 4-60, 5-74, 6-88, 7-93, 8-172, 9-174, 10-183

Bowling: Broad 14-3-27-0, Curran 12-4-25-1, Woakes 17-7-38-2, Wood 14.3-2-46-5, Stokes 11-1-47-2

England 2nd Innings

Z Crawley c De Kock b Pretorius 24

D Sibley c Malan b Hendricks 44

J Denly b Paterson 8

*J Root c Du Plessis b Hendricks 58

B Stokes c Van der Dussen b Hendricks 28

O Pope c De Kock b Nortje 11

†J Buttler c De Kock b Nortje 8

S Curran c Paterson b Hendricks 35

C Woakes c De Kock b Hendricks 0

M Wood b Pretorius 18

S Broad not out 1

Extras (b4, lb8, w1) 13

Total (all out, 61.3 overs) 248

Fall: 1-56, 2-75, 3-92, 4-136, 5-150, 6-160, 7-206, 8-206, 9-240, 10-248

Bowling: Philander 1.3-1-1-0, Nortje 11-1-61-2, Paterson 13.3-5-18-1, Hendricks 15.3-2-64-5, Pretorius 18-2-87-2, Malan 2-0-5-0

Umpires: Rod Tucker (Australia) and Joel Wilson (West Indies). TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)