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CENTURION---England crumbled to
101 all out and its second lowest score
ever in South Africa to lose the fourth
and final Test by 280 runs yesterday,
ending a hugely successful tour on a
sobering low point.
Continuing on 52--3, England lasted
barely an hour on the final day at
SuperSport Park as its last seven bats-
men were fired out in just over 13 overs,
mainly down to another supreme dis-
play by young South Africa fast bowler
"This week has shown us that if
you re not absolutely 100 per cent on
it...you just can t compete," England
captain Alastair Cook said.
Still, England had already won the
series with a 2--0 lead ahead of the
final Test and will celebrate a first vic-
tory over South Africa in 11 years. The
context of the loss was that the match
in Centurion was a dead rubber, and
England was reaching the end of a
long and rugged tour.
Over the last month, England beat
South Africa convincingly in two
matches on its home soil, and dom-
inated long periods of the drawn sec-
ond test in Cape Town.
"It s very disappointing that we
ended the tour like we have. There s
no excuse for that," Cook said. "But
Overall, the tour, I can t really fault
the way the guys have gone about it.
We ve played some brilliant cricket."
South Africa chased down its con-
solation win desperately having sus-
tained a rare home series loss, been
knocked off the top of the Test rank-
ings, and been the target of sometimes
fierce criticism by its fans and media
Rabada s 6--32 in England s brief
second innings, and his 13 wickets in
the Test, confirmed the relief of a first
victory for the former No 1 team in its
last ten Tests, since it beat West Indies
in early January 2015.
"Tough times are part of the game.
And it s a part of individual careers,"
South Africa captain AB de Villiers
said. "I never felt it was panic sta-
The 20-year-old Rabada became
only the third South African to take
13 wickets in a test and his match fig-
ures of 13--144 were the second best
ever for the Proteas behind Makhaya
Ntini s 13--132 against West Indies in
"It was a real team effort, I think,"
Rabada said. "We stayed positive and
I m happy that we won and I m happy
that I bowled well."
It was Rabada s individual perform-
ance, however, that gave South Africa
a reason to be so positive after the
grim recent run. In the absence of
injured quick Dale Steyn, Rabada
bowled with pace and combined swing
and seam movement to trouble Eng-
land in both innings---and cheer South
Starting the final day, England faced
a victory target of 382, way more than
the current record at SuperSport Park,
or more realistically three sessions to
survive for a draw and to keep South
Africa winless in a series at home for
the first time in a decade.
That never looked likely when James
Taylor went to Morne Morkel (3--36)
and Joe Root edged to slip off spinner
Dane Piedt, both gone inside the first
five overs of the day. England s two
overnight batsmen fell in the space of
four balls and after adding just six runs
to the total.
Rabada s first 10-wicket haul in tests
came in strange fashion: Jonny Bairstow
was caught behind prompting a big
celebration, only for a TV review to
reveal Rabada had overstepped for a
no ball. Next delivery, Rabada sent in
a ball that shaped away to take the
edge again and remove Bairstow
straight after his reprieve.
Ben Stokes, England s allround star
of the series, could do little as well,
hitting two quick fours for his 10 before
being caught in the deep.
When Rabada had James Anderson
lbw for a duck---after a review---Eng-
land had collapsed to its worst total
in South Africa since 92 all out in Cape
Town in 1899.
Rabada became just the third South
African after Hugh Tayfield and Ntini
to take 13 wickets in a match, and as
Rabada steamed in to pick up four of
the seven wickets that fell in the morn-
ing, Ntini, now a commentator, shout-
ed from the stands: "Come on Rabada,
He did, and England continued its
recent trend of losing the last Test of
a series, although the result that ulti-
mately mattered was the overall result:
England 2, South Africa 1. (AP)
South Africa's bowler Kagiso
Rabada, second from left,
celebrates with his team-mates
after dismissing England's
batsman Jonathan Bairstow
for 14 runs on the firth day of
the Fourth Test cricket match
between South Africa and
England, at Centurion Park,
Pretoria, South Africa,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
CENTURION---For any fast
bowler, 13 wickets in a Test is a
big deal. That 20-year-old Kagiso
Rabada did it in only his sixth
Test for South Africa, and is
black, is even more impressive.
In post-apartheid cricket in
South Africa, race is sometimes
important even if it shouldn t be.
Since apartheid ended in South
Africa in 1994, the nation has had
one black African cricketer who
has been successful over a long
spell of time: fast bowler Makhaya
Ntini. It now has two hugely
promising young black players on
the same team.
Rabada s 13-144 in the Fourth
Test against England was the sec-
ond-best bowling ever for his
country---in any era---and only
behind, notably, Ntini. Temba
Bavuma, a middle-order batsman
who is also black, made 78 fol-
lowing a century in the Second
Test in Cape Town.
"With the racial history we ve
had in the past and to see two
guys like that step up and just
show what it s all about, it s fan-
tastic for me to be a part of," South
Africa captain AB de Villiers said.
The biggest and most emotive
debate currently in South African
sports is whether affirmative-
action rules should be applied to
give black players extra advantages
when they were denied any during
the apartheid era.
The quotas are there for now.
South Africa s domestic cricket
has rules that demand teams pick
black players. But what Rabada
and Bavuma did in this series
against England was to convinc-
ingly remove any doubts over why
they were selected for the biggest
"I see it as we ve brought
through two really good cricketers.
Whether they re black, white or
pink is not really an issue for me,"
South Africa coach Russell
In Cape Town, Bavuma was
bombarded with questions over
how it felt to be the first black
player to make a Test century for
South Africa. He suggested it was
extra pressure to be a black role
model, and he d rather be con-
sidered a Test player rather than
a black Test player.
By the time Rabada took his 13
in Centurion in the series final
Test to become the youngest
South African to take ten or more
wickets in a Test match, no one
mentioned that he was an inspi-
ration to young black hopefuls.
Instead, he was just a fine crick-
eter, period. (AP)
Rabada, Bavuma brighten
South Africa's outlook
CENTURION---Ben Stokes bowls
as fast as most fast bowlers, and
hits the ball harder and further
than most batsmen.
The England allrounder has the
ability to win or change games by
sheer force, ball or hefty bat, with
quick bowling and even quicker
In England s series win in South
Africa, he made 258 of those runs
in one innings in Cape Town, end-
ing up as the second highest run-
scorer over the four Tests after
Hashim Amla. And his 12 wickets
was the fourth highest, with only
specialist bowlers ahead of him.
And a lot of specialist bowlers
"It is the ideal having that all-
rounder who can bowl at close to
90 miles per hour when he gets
it right, and be able to score 250
off 190 balls," England captain
Alastair Cook said. "Most people
Yet the 24-year-old Stokes
greatest asset for England but may
be in the opportunities he gives
For one, England can take a
spinner into most tests knowing
Stokes gives them a fourth fast
bowler alongside the specialist
quicks. And then there are his
runs from No 6, always fast and
often damaging to allow England s
top order to go about their busi-
ness in a more measured way.
"He does balance our side very
well and you can see the problems
when he s not in the side," Cook
Stokes worth to England was
underlined by South Africa after
the final Test on Tuesday. South
Africa used to have a Ben Stokes:
Jacques Kallis, an allrounder who
could make runs against the best
bowling attack, and take the wick-
ets of the best batsmen.
It was becoming more obvious
to South Africa, no longer No 1
in the world after losing to Eng-
land, how big a part Kallis played
in its previous successes and how
Stokes could play a major role---
maybe the most important---in
England s ambition to be No 1.
"England are very fortunate.
They ve got what South Africa
had a few years ago," South Africa
coach Russell Domingo said. "Four
frontline seamers and a spinner.
And Ben Stokes."
South Africa captain AB de Vil-
liers called England "the team to
beat" in Test cricket now.
England is No 5, even after its
first series win over South Africa
in over a decade. But that s not
a fair reflection of where this Eng-
land team is, according to just
But there are still questions to
answer for England, Cook said,
including if Alex Hales is going
to be his long-term opening part-
ner, and who will bat at No 5.
James Taylor started the South
Africa series well there, but was
struggling by the end. (AP)
Stokes gives England
chance to be world's best
South Africa vs England
South Africa 1st Inns: 475
England 1st Inns: 342
South Africa 2nd Inns 248- 5 dec
England 2nd Inns
Alastair Cook c and b Morkel ........................5
Alex Hales lbw b Rabada ...................................1
Nick Compton c De Kock b Rabada .........6
Joe Root c Elgar b Piedt .................................20
James Taylor c De Kock b Morkel ..........24
Ben Stokes c Cook b Morkel .......................10
Jonny Bairstow c De Kock b Rabada ...14
Moeen Ali not out ................................................10
Chris Woakes c De Kock b Rabada ..........5
Stuart Broad c De Villiers b Rabada ........2
James Anderson lbw b Rabada ..................0
Extras: (2lb, 1w, 1nb) ...........................................4
TOTAL: (all out) ......................................101
Fall of wickets: 1--2, 2--8, 3--18, 4--58,
5--58, 6--83, 7--83, 8--91, 9--101, 10--101.
Bowling: Morne Morkel 12--5--36--3,
Kagiso Rabada 10.4--2--32--6, Kyle Abbott
2--0--10--0, Dane Piedt 7--2--11--1, Dean
Elgar 2--1--8--0, JP Duminy 1--0--2--0.
Toss: won by South Africa.
Result: South Africa won by 280 runs.
Series: England won four-match series
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka,
and Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand.
to lose Fourth Test
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