Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Fresh from win, England pumped up ahead of fourth Test against Proteas

Fresh from win, England pumped up ahead of fourth Test against Proteas

The Proteas have been one of the most exciting teams on the world stage since it was welcomed back to global cricket in 1991, and it's a sad state of affairs.

Hammond is the only English batsman to have scored over 1,000 Test runs in South Africa, doing so in a variety of positions in the order. Its cricket team was forced into the wilderness for 21 years before returning with a bang.

England have set the template for how they want to play test cricket by hitting a big score early that allows them to then dictate the game, said captain Joe Root after they won the third test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Stokes needs no introduction to South African cricket fans, not just for his exploits on the current tour, but also for his memorable contribution to Alastair Cook's 2015 touring side. South Africa broke the record held by Zimbabwe with 26 consecutive Tests without a draw between 2005 and 2017.

Non-whites believe the team has gone backwards with the selection of players based on a quota system that no longer works.

But if Joe Root's outfit win again at the Bullring, they will become the first England side to prevail three times in a row in Test matches here since especially distant 1913/14, when they won all of the first three en route to a 4-0 triumph in the series, with one stalemate.

South African captain Faf du Plessis stated after the 3rd Test fiasco that he felt the distinction in between the groups remained in the batting. But more embarrassment awaits du Plessis. The pair of PW Sherwell and AEE Vogler added 94 runs in the 1906 Cape Town Test also against England.

The paceman was sanctioned for his exuberant celebration after claiming the wicket of England skipper Joe Root on day one of the third contest at St George's Park.

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"Rabada getting a one game ban for celebrating taking the wicket of the opponent's best player is absolutely bonkers", tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.

The century of Pope's inaugural test and Ben Stokes' 120 helped establish a dominant total of 499 first entries.

For now, though, he and fellow 30-year-old Jonny Bairstow are playing the role of onlookers as Root's team takes on an ever more youthful look in the shape of Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran and Dom Bess - all 24 or under.

Maharaj was eventually run out, but not before smashing his way to a second Test 50.

He is now on hiatus from Test cricket and has spoken recently about his disappointment at losing his red-ball contract. However, can you really drop Bess after how well he has performed in the past two matches?

'It can't keep happening because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down, ' said Rabada, who has taken 14 wickets in the series.

Sharma carved out a blistering 119 off a powerful Aussie attack and shared a 137-run second wicket stand with Kohli, who made 89, as India reached its target of 287 in 47.3 overs.

It has been learnt that two of his three previous demerit points came in the bad-tempered 2018 Test series against Australia, which culminated in the Australia ball-tampering saga.

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