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James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Imran Tahir celebrates with his teammates

    That's it from us. So, a demoralising end to the South Africa tour for England's white-ball squad, with five defeats on the spin. Can they fight back at the World T20? Join us next month to find out - until then, goodbye.

  2. AB de Villiers 71 off 29 balls - where his runs were scored

    AB de Villiers wagon wheel
  3. Get Involved

    Peter Rogers: Think this tour was 10 days too long.  

    Simon: Why are all England sports teams so frustratingly inconsistent? Being a supporter is such a rollercoaster ride

  4. Buttler 54 off 28 balls - where his runs were scored

    Jason Buttler wagon wheel
  5. Captain's view

    More from England captain Eoin Morgan on Sky Sports: "I don't think we've been good enough over the last few games. It's just a blip - we've had such a good run of things in white-ball cricket.

    "Now we've been tested and it's an important stage for us - how we come back from it is really important. I think we're optimistic for the World T20 - we're inexperienced but we're confident in our own ability."

    The England team after defeat to South Africa
  6. Get Involved

    AJ: No matter what the format you still need the ability to bowl the ball where you want it to go. Chris Jordan can't do that. 

    Alex Thomas: SA showing just what a good batting track this is... England have lost the plot in these last five games. 

    Chris Jordan looks on
  7. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Compare the opening stands, Roy and Hales against De Villiers and Amla. Rabada was all over Roy early doors and the English bowlers really got some treatment."

  8. Captain's view

    South Africa's Faf du Plessis: "It's important we came back, we've won 2-0 in this series but for me it is about learning every day. If you take your catches you win your matches and our fielding has been good.

    "Today was a good wicket and we had AB playing his 360 degree shots so I am a very happy captain.

    "You can only do what's in front of you but we were about 70% with the ball and there is room for improvement."

  9. Man of the series

    Man of the series Imran Tahir: "I'm really pleased that I'm doing well for the team. The more we play against England.

    "I think they're going to come with a different gameplan, but I always have a Plan B. I'm really looking forward to the World T20 - the pitches in India will maybe suit spin a little bit more."

    Imran Tahir
  10. Man of the match

    AB de Villiers: "I really enjoy it up the order - you can play normal shots and get value for your strokes. That's where I want to bat and I am really enjoying it so far.

    "I love playing here - the crowd is always amazing and always get behind the team.

    "We didn't start well with the ball but the crowd got us back into the game and it was a fantastic performance."

    Will he open in the World T20? "I hope so, that's the plan so far. No-one is assured of a place in the team so I am going to have to performing as well as possible."

  11. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We had two men at the crease - I thought 180, 190 possibly 200 was on the cards. The fact we didn't get to 180 was disappointing and then we started terribly with the ball.

    "When we put ourselves under the pump like that it is very difficult. Once you allow guys like that to get on top they punish you.

    "I honestly think we are on the right track playing a brand of cricket that can win an ICC event, whether it is this one coming up or one in 2017."

    Eoin Morgan
  12. Match summary

    An utter, utter shellacking for England. Put in to bat, theirs was a curious innings, which started badly, briefly looked good in the middle - with Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan playing superbly - and ended in the mother of all collapses. Buttler's dismissal for 54 triggered a slapstick sequence of seven wickets for 14 runs in 20 balls.

    In the end, with England having sacrificed a bowler, it was child's play for South Africa's brilliant duo of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, who bludgeoned 14 fours and nine sixes between them as they subjected England's bowlers to a traumatic afternoon.

  13. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The strike-rate of 244 from De Villiers is just incredible, where do you go?"

  14. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if we have just seen the most one-sided spell in international cricket, England losing 7-14 in 20 balls and SA making 172-1 in 14.4 overs?" 

  15. Get Involved

    Mark Savile: The batting has the talent, just needs application. The bowling however... consistently inconsistent and worryingly so

  16. End-of-match scorecard

    England 171 (19.4 overs)

    Buttler 54 (28), Morgan 38 (23), Root 34 (17)

    South Africa 172/1 (14.4 overs)

    De Villiers 71 (29), Amla 69* (38)

    Topley 2-0-32-0; Stokes 3-0-32-0; Jordan 2.4-0-48-0; Rashid 4-0-30-1; Ali 3-0-25-0

    South Africa won by nine wickets with 32 balls remaining

    Hashim Amla raises his bat after making 50
  17. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was nowhere for England to go after those seven wickets fell for 14 because they did have an opportunity to post something big. South Africa knew England were coming in one bowler short and they knew they could play with freedom."

  18. South Africa win by nine wickets

    Du Plessis drills one to the off-side boundary, and that is that. England have been comprehensively mullered.

    South Africa players celebrate
  19. SA 165-1 (target 172)

    Hashim Amla, ice in his veins and steel in his wrists, mows Moeen over midwicket for a big six. Nearly there...

  20. Get Involved


    Khalid: England battered a depleted NZ and an inconsistent Pakistan and thought they were up with the best. Now reality bites back.

  21. SA 153-1

    Good news: Du Plessis can't pick Rashid's googly. Bad news: neither can Jos Buttler. Du Plessis is halfway down the track when he looks back in anguish, but he sees England's keeper fail to get his mitts on the ball and the stumping chance is gone. Amla whistles Rashid over long on for a flat six.

  22. Get Involved


    Andrew Bowan, Chester: It's brutal and humiliating. ABdV was awful in the Tests but he's back with a bang.There doesn't look like time to throw in the towel. It'll be over before then!

    AB De Villiers in bat for South Africa
  23. SA 144-1 (Amla 53, Du Plessis 12)

    South Africa's bloodlust has been sated for the time being. They're content to saunter towards the target in singles now. Six from Moeen's latest over.

  24. Get Involved

    Steve Clark: The only comfort I can take is that even if we had got the 220 we should have scored, we would still have been hammered.

    Navneet Gautam: AB de Villiers batting today has me very pumped for the t20 world cup then the IPL after that.

  25. 50 for Amla

    SA 138-1

    Amla continues his remorseless yet easy-on-the-eye accumulation, bringing up an all-artistry, no-sweat 50 with a pull through square leg.

  26. Get Involved

    James Hobbs: So if it suddenly rained now, would England be ahead on D-L?

    scillaciRam: Can you lose by an innings in T20? Can someone tell me when it's safe to come out from behind the sofa.

  27. SA 134-1 (target 172)

    Moeen into the attack, and by the X-rated standards of this innings, it's not a bad over at all - seven from it, just the one boundary from a Du Plessis cover drive.

  28. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was always going to be difficult for England, knowing they were going to be without that one extra bowler. Throughout the white-ball series the England bowling has not looked threatening."

  29. SA 127-1

    Tell you what, that was out. First ball after the De Villiers dismissal, Rashid slides one on and it's hit Amla on the front pad. He's gone for all money, but the umpire inexplicably reprieves him. Faf gets off the mark with a single to deep cover.

  30. WICKET

    De Villiers c Root b Rashid 71 (SA 125-1)

    You can come out from behind the sofa now, bowlers. De Villiers is finally gone, attempting an almighty six and just losing his shape enough to miscue it and present Joe Root with an easy catch at long off.

    AB De Villiers
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Let's hope, from an England perspective, that the scars are not too deep but this is one hell of a hammering."

  32. SA 121-0 (De Villiers 67, Amla 46)

    De Villiers picks the slow ball with the ease of a world-leading ornithologist identifying a blackbird. Another one is whistled into the stands as AB gets down on one knee and sweeps it over fine leg. Amla follows up with a flick off his pads for four.

  33. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Topley is like a boxer on the ropes whose legs have gone."

  34. SA 109-0

    Topley's back. Happy birthday Reece! De Villiers treats him to a gigantic six over midwicket.

  35. SA 101-0 (target 172)

    De Villiers drives for two to bring up the 100 partnership inside seven overs...

  36. Get Involved

    James Gallagher: Looking like five defeats in a row for England, can't blame that on bad luck, it's just a poor team performance.

    Michael Davis: Same old - collapse lots down for not many. Miracle needed to win this. We still think we are better than we are

  37. 50 for De Villiers

    SA 95-0

    Captain Eoin Morgan decides to bring spinner Adil Rashid into the attack. His first ball is hit somewhere into the Indian Ocean by AB de Villiers. A couple of balls later, AB brings up his half-century off a trifling 21 balls - beating his own record for the fastest T20 fifty by a South African...

    AB De Villiers
  38. Get Involved

    Mark Savile: Where's the 'restart from checkpoint' button? Did England save the game after 15 overs?

    Stuart Mitchell: Part of me hopes South Africa complete a 10 wicket victory, maybe then England will learn....maybe.

  39. SA 88-0

    Stokes wants a caught-behind verdict when Amla misses a pull, but the replays show it was a good decision from the umpire - the ball brushed the arm guard.

  40. SA 86-0

    Gee, I tell you what, this strategy of opening with your two best batsmen in T20 cricket - there's something in it. Amla lofts Stokes over mid-off for an effortless six, slices him over cover for four, and after a long powwow from England's council of elders, drives him through the covers for a third straight boundary. It's like watching Olympic marksmen shoot fish in a barrel...

  41. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd be amazed if England go into their first World Cup match with this balance of side. This is a chastening experience for the guys out there."

  42. SA 72-0 (De Villiers 40, Amla 25)

    Amla takes Jordan for a fourth straight boundary with another sweet cover drive. For the man who went to school with Rihanna, it's SOS time. Man down indeed. 

  43. SA 67-0

    Jordan's natural hit-the-deck style is not well suited to this bouncy deck - short again and Amla swivels on it and pings a pull shot to the square-leg boundary. CJ then suffers a loss of composure and chucks in a couple of wides. When he manages to find the radar again, he's crunched for a square-driven four. Then Jordan overcorrects and Amla zips him off his hips for a third straight boundary. Send help...

    Hashim Amla
  44. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Suddenly this looks like the end of a very long tour. Ben Stokes is getting caned through no real fault of his own and there are a few out there who are probably contemplating the flight home. Moeen has run out of fuel, whatever he does he seems to get caught and he is getting slower in the field."

  45. Get Involved

    Jon McCrow: ABDV seems to know what more about what Jordan is planning than poor Jordan himself. Tonk time.

    Jon Dunn: Your best batsmen should face the most deliveries. Like SA do with AB, we should get Buttler to open

  46. SA 53-0 (target 172)

    From the muscular biff of De Villiers to the wristy beauty of Amla. The Bearded One gets in on the act, unfurling a delicious cover drive which races to the fence. But this is the AB Show - Stokes throws in a full toss and not even on Midsomer Murders has carnage been so predictable. De Villiers belts him over midwicket for four, and to top it all off, adds another four off the inside edge. England on the ropes here...

  47. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is cruel if you are English but fantastic to watch. That was a bouncer that he played on the run, swatted over mid-wicket."

  48. SA 40-0

    This is a clinic from De Villiers. Jordan gets it full and wide but AB stretches, gets the bottom hand underneath it and diverts it over point for four. And then he marmalises the final ball a long way back into the stands at midwicket! Tremendous from De Villiers, traumatic for Jordan.

  49. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "These are frightening times for bowlers. He anticipated De Villiers, he knew Jordan was not going to bowl another short one, and he just smashed it."

    AB De Villiers
  50. SA 30-0

    Chris Jordan was brilliant in the first T20 in Cape Town - what can he do here? De Villiers swats him a little awkwardly into the air on the pull, but there's no-one there, and his next shot is much more emphatic: brutalised through the off-side with the cross bat for a scorching four. 

    More treatment! Jordan goes fuller and ABDV gives himself room and bludgeons him for a lofted six over long off! 

  51. Get Involved

    Matt Bone: Will someone please just put this England team on a plane home, they clearly don't want to be there any more...

    Andy: Already seen enough of Reece Topley in T20 cricket. Please please don't pick him for the world cup, please.

    Nic Lewis: Always think of that cafe from The Apprentice after an England batting collapse. Dressing room drinking tea, looking peeved off.

  52. SA 18-0 (De Villiers 10, Amla 3)

    Ben Stokes is preferred to Chris Jordan to open at the other end. Amla gets a bit lucky, trying to flick a delivery over the leg-side infield but mistiming it and only just clearing a leaping Moeen at mid-on. As wistful mountaineers often say, "Things could have been so different at sea level..."

    Generally it's a pretty tidy start from Stokes. Four off the over. But England need wickets...

  53. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I just think England might be in a state of shock."

  54. SA 14-0 (target 172)

    Topley begins with a loosener down the leg side, and AB swats it off his hip for a one-bounce four. Momentum flowing South Africa's way. Big appeal from Topley for a caught-behind, but that's come off De Villiers' hip. R-Top is misfiring here, I'm afraid - a couple of leg-side wides, before another ill-advised visit to De Villiers' hip region is greeted by an absolutely monstrous six over mid-wicket.

    Happy birthday Reece. He's 22 today. Almost as many runs from that over as candles on his cake...

  55. Post update

    So, England with much work to do after a meltdown of Homer Simpson at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant proportions. Priority number one: get rid of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers. They're at the crease, Reece Topley has the ball. Let's play.

    Homer Simpson
  56. Get Involved


    Steve Clark: You saw the very best of England there (Buttler, Morgan) and the very worst (most of the rest of them). Shocking collapse.

    ian shepherd: England are at least 30 or 40 away from where they should've been...poor on our part..again.

  57. Post update

    Much obliged, JL. Thank goodness England played that extra batsman, eh? Eh?

  58. Post update

    To take you through the remainder of the match here is James Gheerbrant.

  59. End-of-innings scorecard

    England 171 (19.4 overs)

    Buttler 54 (28), Morgan 38 (23) Root 34 (17)

    Bowling figures: Rabada 3.3-0-29-1; Abbott 4-0-26-3; Morris 4-0-33-2; Wiese 3-0-40-0; Tahir 4-0-25-1; Duminy 1-0-16-1

    Fall of wickets: 10-1 (Roy 9), 60-2 (Root 34) , 61-3 (Hales 16), 157-4 (Buttler 54), 157-5 (Morgan 38), 158-6 (Stokes 1), 160-7 (Moeen Ali 1), 166-8 (Jordan 1), 166-9 (Billings 5) 171 all out (Rashid 2) (Topley not out 1)

    Full scorecard

  60. 'The luck of the draw fell our way'

    South Africa's Kyle Abbott, who took 3-26, on Sky Sports: "We got a couple of lucky wickets here and there. The luck of the draw fell our way at the back end.

    "We know the Bullring - it's got a history of high-scoring games here. We thought anything under 180 ion here would be a good chase for us, so hopefully we've done enough for the batsmen. I think we're going to be OK. The stats lie in our favour here."

    Kyle Abbott
  61. Get Involved


    Steve: I can't listen. I've seen lemmings with fewer suicidal tendencies than England are displaying here.

    Adam Lee: Has there ever been a time that two wickets have fallen in two balls three times in an innings?

  62. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a real section in the middle where JP Duminy and Kyle Abbott got the ball moving. You look at England with Jason Roy and Ben Stokes and wonder if they were trying too hard. Root made it look easy, waiting for the ball to come to him. Maybe England will be feeling they've let that one go, as they looked as if they were going to reach 220."

  63. Eng 171-9

    Rashid aims a wild slog at Rabada, edges it miles into the sky over his head, and the ball lands safe with three fielders converging. England run two...

  64. WICKET

    Rashid b Rabada 3 (Eng 171 all out)

    All over. Emphatically. A big slog, no contact, off-stump cartwheeling out of the ground. From 157-3 in the 17th over with Buttler and Morgan in full flow to 171 all out. Your comments please...

    South Africa celebrate
  65. Get Involved


    Peter Goodwin: England's ability to collapse is second to none.

  66. Eng 169-9

    The big man gets off the mark with a single. Four balls for Rashid to come up with something inspirational.

  67. Eng 168-9

    Rabada to bowl the last over and England scramble a leg bye when one thuds into Rashid's body. But is Topley the man they want on strike?

  68. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Abbott has done a fantastic job today, thinking back to how he started the innings. He's got the momentum back for South Africa. But you need bowlers like that - he's really had a big impact on the game."

    Kyle Abbott
  69. Eng 166-9

    Topley keeps out the hat-trick ball. He has so far managed a grand total of zero runs from his three T20 matches, so don't expect a thrilling cameo here...

  70. WICKET

    Billings c Amla b Abbott 5 (Eng 166-9)

    Not completing the 20 overs is definitely not part of the plan but last man Reece Topley is in now! Billings mistimes a rank long hop straight to square-leg where Amla took the catch above his head.

    South Africa celebrate
  71. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Abbott has stemmed the whole flow and got that momentum back South Africa's way."

  72. WICKET

    Jordan c Du Plessis b Abbott 1 (Eng 166-8)

    The meltdown continues. Jordan skies one miles up in the air and Du Plessis settles underneath it and takes the catch.

  73. Eng 165-7

    Billings gets off the mark with a shot of Buttler-esque bottom hand ferocity to dispatch Abbott through extra cover for four.

  74. Eng 160-7

    Billings 0, Jordan 0

    Two batsmen on nought to deal with the final 12 balls. Not an ideal scenario for England. 

  75. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen needed to either go through with that shot and let the hands go, or nail it along the floor, and he did neither."

  76. WICKET

    Moeen c Duminy b Morris 1 (Eng 160-7)

    This 200 is really not happening is it? England have lost four wickets for three runs in nine balls. Moeen is the latest casualty, brilliantly caught at deep cover.

  77. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes did himself. He was on the move, and I'm not sure what he was trying to achieve. That has really slowed England down."

  78. WICKET

    Stokes c&b Morris 1 (Eng 158-6)

    He is on his way. A strange dismissal. Stokes with a cross-batted shot that just went tamely straight back to the bowler.

  79. Umpire review

    We are going to have a look at a caught-and-bowled from Morris here. He thinks he has got Stokes. Was it a bump ball? Morris is nodding - he's confident.

  80. Eng 158-5

    That plan for 200 did not involve losing two of the most destructive batsmen in successive deliveries, so can Stokes get going in time?

  81. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is one of those one-in-a-million chances. Now England have two new batsmen at the crease."

  82. WICKET

    Morgan run out 38 (Eng 157-5)

    The unluckiest dismissal in the game curtails the England captain. New man Ben Stokes pummels one back down the ground in characteristic fashion, Abbott gets the slightest of touches and it rattles into the timbers with non-striker Morgan stranded out of his ground.

    Ben Stokes after running his captain out
  83. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a brilliant innings of fabulous, clean hitting, and it's got England in a strong position. It was good bowling by Abbott: it was full and wide."

  84. WICKET

    Buttler c Du Plessis b Abbott 54 (Eng 157-4)

    But the fun comes to an end, Buttler poking one off the bottom of the bat and it is well caught at extra cover, confirmed after several checks on replay.

    Du Plessis catches
  85. Fifty for Buttler

    Only the second tier for this Buttler six, bringing up his third T20 international fifty from 27 balls.

  86. Eng 150-3

    Buttler 48, Morgan 37

    Morris gets the treatment, Morgan back in his crease and smearing him over mid-wicket. The rattled all-rounder is so wary of Morgan he sends wides on either side of the wicket but a well-directed bouncer results in a dot ball. A yorker would have cleaned up many a batsman but Jos has somehow got it down the ground for two and a slower ball to finish is helped away for four.

  87. Get Involved

    Tweet #bbccricket

    Amos Kemp: Does the JP in JP Duminy stand for Just Pies? #buffetbowler

    Cruel, Amos, cruel...

  88. Eng 133-3

    England have scored 200 five times and one of those was here in Jo'burg. So 67 from five? Jos is still there...

    Eoin Morgan
  89. Eng 131-3

    Buttler greets Duminy's gentle off-spin with a dismissive pull for six and then skips down the wicket to launch an incredible stroke into the top tier - the fourth tier no less.

  90. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa would probably have taken this score at 14 overs. But the good news for England is that both batsmen are going."

  91. Eng 117-3

    Buttler 27, Morgan 27

    The final ball of Tahir's spell is dispatched emphatically over mid-wicket for six by Morgan, spoiling the figures slightly.

  92. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sometimes it only takes one shot to get you back in form. With a player like Morgan, it's all instinct and touch, and once he starts to go, anything is possible. He'll face Tahir with a bit more confidence."

    Eoin Morgan
  93. Get Involved

    Tweet #bbccricket

    Pete Wilkie: Buttler hits it quicker in slow motion than the average cricketer does normally.

    Philip Mulligan: Imagine if Buttler batted for all 20 overs.

  94. Eng 106-3

    Buttler 25, Morgan 18

    Plenty of contact with the next one, though, Buttler crashing Wiese through the covers for his third four and that is better from Morgan, skipping down the wicket and a seemingly effortless push goes for six, followed by a full-blooded swoosh high over mid-wicket for six more. The ante has been upped.

  95. Eng 89-3

    At ease. Replays show there is no contact and we can continue.

  96. Umpire review

    Confusion here, and tension for England because it is Buttler who is the subject of a review for a catch behind.

  97. Eng 89-3

    Buttler 20, Morgan 6

    More uncertainty from Morgan with the running between the wickets and he has yet to get his timing going, missing out on a full toss from Tahir. He can up the ante as we know, but he needs to do it sharpish. He has only six from 11 balls, which is positively funereal at this level.

  98. Get Involved


    Kieron Bird: I'm doing some DIY today. A @BBCSport wicket notification came through and in my haste to check it, I stood on a screw. Ouch.

  99. Eng 87-3

    Buttler 19, Morgan 5

    Buttler has got his eye in now, I think it is fair to say. That should be worth 10 - it has gone into the top tier at mid-wicket off Wiese. Enormous. More of the same please.

  100. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This is an interesting contest because Morgan's been out at least twice to Tahir, caught at backward point slicing it."

  101. Eng 74-3

    Buttler 8, Morgan 3

    Buttler thumps his first boundary through the covers off the wily Tahir, who is bustling through his deliveries, but England survive his over this time.

    Imran Tahir
  102. Get Involved

  103. Eng 66-3

    Big Morris steaming in at 140k's and getting some bounce at England's dangerman Jos Buttler. Not much time for consolidation in this format but wickets intact for a while is the way to go perhaps, particularly when Buttler can score so freely when he is set. A couple of wides and some singles, it has gone quiet for a while.

  104. Get Involved

    Tweet #bbccricket

    Jay: It's almost as if the mere sight of Tahir is enough to send this English side into a tailspin.

    Chippi: As if being useless this whole tour wasn't enough.. Morgan has now decided to run out our in-form batsman.

    Neil Monnery: Eoin Morgan just did his best Nasser Hussain/Geoffrey Boycott impression there. Totally sold Alex Hales down the river.

  105. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Morgan is culpable because he started coming for the second run. He took four steps and then changed his mind. Morgan's just got out there and maybe he wasn't quite switched on."

  106. WICKET

    Hales run out 16 (Eng 61-3)

    Run-outs are often farcical and this was another one, Hales halfway down the wicket before Morgan sends him back. Tahir causing mayhem already.

    Imran Tahir celebrates
  107. WICKET

    Root c Miller b Tahir 34 (Eng 60-2)

    The pantomime villain for England, Imran Tahir, who claimed 4-21 with his leg-spin in the first match, is brought on to stem the scoring rate. He does more than that - he has got the prize wicket of Root, who tries to hit another six down the ground, does not quite time it as well as he usually does and is caught at long-off.

    Joe Root
  108. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I have a lot of admiration for Jason Roy, but I think he tries too hard in this format. He takes his eye off the ball."

    Jason Roy is bowled
  109. Eng 57-1

    Root 33, Hales 13

    David Wiese is the new bowler with his nagging fast-medium seamers in the mid-130k's, he has taken 21 wickets in his previous 13 matches. Root keeps the scoring going with a flick off his pads for four and whips another one further behind square for four more. He's halfway to Route 66 already.

  110. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The first couple of overs were really a challenge, but England have done well to get up to nearly 50."

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    Francis Edwards: It's all very well trying to hit every ball for 4 or 6, but sometimes you can't. England look like such an uncomfortable side.

    Mark: Roy hasn't nailed down the openers slot during the tour. To me Vince has better technique, not as explosive but more consistent.

  112. Eng 47-1

    Root 24, Hales 12

    Chris Morris, perhaps more feared by England for his big hitting than his bowling, replaces Abbott and he is superbly hit high down the ground for another maximum by an advancing Root.

  113. Eng 37-1

    Root 15 from five balls

    A packed crowd at the Wanderers now enjoying the sunshine and, having not faced much of the bowling so far, Hales pulls Rabada into the grass bank, which luckily misses the children playing their own games. Root hooks the final ball for six more, brilliantly caught by sub fielder Farhaan Behardien in an orange vest beyond the boundary.

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    Ian Funnell: Roy badly out of nick. Got to be a doubt for World T20.

    Ben: Why do people think that poor form = drop? Is that going to help them get back in form?

    Mike Bell: If, as wickets tumble, I hear anyone else say England 'have plenty of batting to come', I will not be responsible for my actions.

  115. Eng 21-4

    Root 8, Hales 3

    Joe Root needs to be cloned. Whatever the situation up he steps. Unorthodox shot, he is on his toes and there are touches of tennis about the pull shot but it brings him four off Abbott's final ball.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "You sensed that was coming. Roy struggled to get going, he hasn't timed the ball and been able to get away those clean strikes we're used to."

    Jason Roy after being bowled out
  117. Eng 14-1

    Joe Root does not hang about though and he is away with a boundary through the off-side.

  118. WICKET

    Roy b Rabada 9 (Eng 10-1)

    But not for long enough. Went for the big shot, it might have nipped back a bit and dislodges off stump. And as he enters the famous tunnel back to the pavilion, Roy slams his bat into the fence, which is of course captured in high definition by the cameras. He didn't quite time that either, if one could be callous, but that bat might not see the light of day again.

    Jason Roy is bowled
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    Eventful start for Roy, a short one from Rabada lifts up and catches him on the grille. He is going to compose himself for a while.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Roy likes to use his feet early doors. It's probably something he feels gets him going. But he hasn't found a rhythm yet."

  121. Eng 8-0

    Roy 8, Hales 0

    Kyle Abbott, no relation to British TV funnyman Russ but similarly well built, shares the new ball and Roy launches him over extra cover, not timed though and even with that hefty swing of the bat he only gets two for it. He has faced all the deliveries so far and will continue to do so because he has got a single off the final ball of the over.

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    Ngolo Kirwaan: England batting first, *turns off wicket alerts*  

    They can't hurt you any more, Ngolo...

    Ben Stokes leaves the field in an earlier match
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Rabada is getting a little bit of outward shape. He's bowling with a lovely seam position, and it's kicking through at a lovely height to De Villiers. It looked like a nervous over from Roy."

  124. Eng 3-0

    Roy 3, Hales 0

    Roy is in his eighth T20i and has a highest score of 29. He plays a few hesitant strokes at Rabada, who is getting bounce from the Golf Course End, but he picks up a two and finishes the over with a thick edge for a single.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure what to make of that. Roy threw everything at it, but he didn't move his feet. You don't want to drop someone who can be so dangerous."

  126. Roy dropped on 0

    There's a start. Jason Roy thumps the first ball of the match to short cover and JP Duminy spills it.

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    Strange delay while we wait for the clock to hit 2:30. Even in T20 some traditions are respected.

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    One verse too many in the South Africa anthem in my view, but then again there is much to convey - and the Sri Lanka anthem is even longer. The players are out in the centre now and we are all set. It has been an eventful winter for Alex Hales, how will his last innings of the tour go? he is out there with Jason Roy,Kagiso Rabada will bowl the first over, so let the fireworks commence. 

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    So England have won the Test series, South Africa the ODIs and the first T20. Can England make it 5-5 across all formats? Let's find out. It is a hot afternoon in Johannesburg and we are all set for the anthems, South Africa in the green and gold, England in those pinky/orangey/red shirts with dark blue trousers.

    England and South Africa
  132. About Billings

    Kent batsman Billings, 24, has played five ODIs and five T20 matches, averaging 22 in the 50-over game and 18 in the shorter format. He is listed to bat at seven but this England line-up appears to be flexible. 

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    Matt Bodsworth: So what Eoin Morgan said is we're playing our best 11. Willey out so does that mean in 2 days our 'best' 11 has changed?

    Ian Funnell: Surprised that Billings is in ahead of Vince. He was top scorer in UAE. Would have given Dawson a go for Ali as well.

    James Vince
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's nothing wrong with shaking it up. But what if England lose early wickets and Billings comes in and smacks 60? Someone else has got to be dropped."

  135. Line-ups

    South Africa: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wk), Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

    England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler†, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.  

    Umpires: Johan Cloete, Adrian Holdstock.

    TV umpire: Shaun George; Match referee: Andy Pycroft.

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    Lewis Squires: Morgan needs to learn the art of winning the toss before the T20 World Cup.

    Football Fragmento: One change to the England team - Billings in for Willey. Would have liked Vince to come in.

    Sam Billings
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    England looked set to win the first match at Cape Town on Friday, with South Africa needing 15 from the final over. I'm not sure if Reece Topley had been watching Phil Tufnell's fielding blunders DVD but he could feature in the next edition after he fumbled a clear run-out chance from the final ball.

    The big left-armer was then