England seal South Africa series win with third Test triumph
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | January 16, 2016
Bold Broad bowling hands England series success
Johannesburg was treated to a magic spell from touring bowler Stuart Broad, as his six-wicket haul helped England to a third Test and series victory over hosts South Africa.
Incredible economy (1.4) and bowling figures of 6-17, which at one stage read 5-1 from 31 balls, from man of the match Broad turned the second innings on its head, as Trevor Bayliss’ tourists skittled out the Proteas for just 83 at the Wanderers Stadium.
Leading by 10 runs after the first innings courtesy of Joe Root’s century, England batted twice on day three to seal victory by seven wickets. When back at the crease again, skipper Alastair Cook’s 43 helped the tourists get over the line with two days to spare.
De Villiers debut as Test captain ends in defeat
South Africa’s change of captain, with AB de Villiers replacing the resigned Hashim Amla, failed to revive their fortunes.
The extra burden of skippering the side in Tests as well the shorter forms of cricket told on De Villiers, who was a victim of Broad’s brilliant bowling out for a duck in the second innings.
No Proteas player even made 50 in this Test, with that inability to score runs returning to haunt them after grinding out a draw last time out in Cape Town.
Rabada under radar on day when 18 wickets tumble
Young pace bowler Kagiso Rabada’s five-for (5-78) in the first innings had given South Africa some hope of setting England a sizable target.
A spectacular collapse from 23-1 to 35-5, with Broad battering the Proteas’ top order saw the England man overtake Bob Willis as their third-highest wicket-taker behind just Sir Ian Botham and James Anderson.
James Taylor’s two terrific catches at point-blank range proved evidence of this area being much-improved from the tourists.
Supplemented by five wickets across the two innings from Ben Stokes, Broad’s eight victims in total and sensational afternoon spell were reminiscent of his incredible demolition of Australia at Trent Bridge during the last Ashes series.
England can now afford changes for the final Test in Centurion, while South Africa must try to salvage some pride with their dismal form from the autumn against India continuing.