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England v South Africa collection assessment: 3 takeaways



Ollie Robinson bowls Dean Elgar out

England eased to victory over South Africa within the third Take a look at at The Oval on Monday to finish a exceptional 2-1 collection win in simply over two days of motion.

Right here, AFP Sport seems to be at three speaking factors from a collection which capped a high quality first season for England underneath captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum:

England reap rewards

The nine-wicket victory at The Oval meant England had gained six out of seven Exams because the new management group of Stokes and McCullum took cost at the beginning of the season.

The pair repeatedly emphasised their dedication to play attacking and aggressive cricket and it yielded dividends in opposition to New Zealand, India and South Africa.

Whether or not the “Bazball” fashion is a very new strategy is open to debate however there is no such thing as a denying the modified temper within the England camp.

When Joe Root was nonetheless skipper final yr, the group confirmed no real interest in chasing a comparatively modest goal of 273 off 75 overs after a daring declaration by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at Lord’s.

However this season there was no such warning, with the house batsmen pulling off a string of spectacular run chases.

At The Oval, confronted with a small victory goal of 130, struggling openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley shared a century stand in 17.2 overs – England’s quickest hundred partnership for the primary wicket in Take a look at historical past.

The pair had already damaged the file as soon as earlier than this season with a century stand in 19.5 overs as England chased down an imposing goal of 378 in a seven-wicket win over India at Edgbaston in July.

Robinson tempo boosts England

Ollie Robinson’s recall for the final two Exams of the South Africa collection was an enormous increase for England.

The 28-year-old Sussex seamer was criticised in January for an absence of health by England bowling coach Jon Lewis throughout the Ashes tour of Australia, and later given a stern speaking to by Stokes as properly.

However he ended up with 12 wickets at a miserly common of 15 in his two Exams in opposition to South Africa as England got here from behind to win.

Robinson, who solely made his England debut final yr, has now taken 51 wickets in 11 Exams at an exceptionally low common of 19.80.

Since World Struggle II, just one England bowler has taken extra wickets at a greater common — categorical fast Frank Tyson, whose 76 Take a look at wickets value simply 18.56 apiece.

Robinson was unavailable earlier this season attributable to a mix of damage and sickness.

Stokes, requested by AFP if it had been powerful to inform the bowler some laborious truths, replied: “No, it wasn’t troublesome in any respect. Criticism is one thing that if I ever ship it, it’s purely primarily based on what I really feel is one of the best for that particular person to progress as a participant.

“It is one thing I did with Ollie and we have seen the impression he is had on these two Take a look at matches. He is an outstanding bowler. Everyone knows that – he is aware of that as properly.”

South Africa wanting runs

The Proteas have top-of-the-line quick bowling line-ups on the earth however not even their quicks might save them each time their batting failed.

South Africa managed only one fifty within the collection – opener Sarel Erwee’s 73 of their innings victory at Lord’s – and their lack of runs caught up with them within the subsequent two Exams in opposition to England.

“We have all the time been up in opposition to actually powerful batting situations,” mentioned South Africa captain Dean Elgar.

“In saying that, England’s bowlers will all the time execute that to a high quality artwork as properly.

“It was an enormous studying curve for lots of us, there are lots of younger guys in our batting line-up. In a way that’s constructive however it’s nonetheless disappointing to not get the ends in our favour.”

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