Frustrating end to England’s South Africa tour

25th February 2016

After the disappointment of the One Day Series, which England lost 3-2, the tour finished with the T20 International Series.

Match one couldn’t have been tighter with South Africa winning by three wickets off the last ball of the game. Chris Morris, the hero for the hosts, with 17 off 7 balls after a scrappy run chase from the top order.

England’s bowlers will be disappointed not to have defended the score in the end, Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 23 off his four overs.

Earlier in the day England’s batsmen never got going in an innings which lacked impetus and any real meaning. Jos Butler top scored with 32 as England struggled to 134 which was never going to threaten one of the worlds fiercest bowling attacks in the form of South Africa.

Game two saw one change to the tourist’s side, with David Willey being dropped in preference to an extra batsmen in Sam Billings, who has shown glimpses of his star quality in previous games.

England once again batted first after being inserted by Faf du Plessis. Jason Roy struggled yet again at the top of the order and it was once again down to Joe Root to get England’s innings going. He certainly answered the call hitting 34 off 17. This was carried on by Butler scoring an electric 54 off 28 balls and well supported by Eoin Morgan with 38 (some much needed runs by both England and the skipper).

England made a decent total of 171, which could be perceived as slightly under par after looking at one stage to be making 200 plus. AB de Villiers made light work of the total set by the tourists with a phenomenal 71 off only 29 balls and a strike rate of 244! With strong support from Hashim Amla who batted in a different style but with the same class, scoring 69 off 38, led South Africa to a crushing victory and sending England back to Johannesburg airport licking their wounds.

De Villiers and Amla producing the fireworks who were obviously and undoubtedly inspired by the AGAME sportswear worn by fellow tourists, Cornwall U13s in the crowd.

England will consider themselves a little unlucky to lose the series 2-0, but that’s the nature of 20/20 cricket. There were however still plenty of positives to take, certainly enough to give England hope in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in India.



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