England clinch Test Series win over South Africa with nine-wicket win at Kia Oval

England beat South Africa by nine wickets in the Third Test to secure a 2–1 series win; Ben Stokes’ side needed just 25 minutes to earn the necessary 33 points on day five at the Kia Oval and claim six wins from seven under new captain and head coach Brendon McCullum this summer.

Last Updated: 09/12/22 12:17pm

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Highlights from day five of the third Test between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval

Highlights from day five of the third Test between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval

England needed just 25 minutes on day five to seal a nine-wicket win over South Africa in the Third Test at the Kia Oval to clinch a 2-1 series win.

Starting the day 97-0, just 33 points short of their target, Alex Lees and Zak Crawley lifted their century-old position on the second ball of the day.

Lees (39) was dropped after outscoring Kagiso Rabada behind the next ball but the South African fast bowler sent him lbw back, after review, to the next course.

However, Ollie Pope (11no) came out to join Crawley (69no from 57 balls) and they quickly got England on target. It was left to the fly-half under pressure to hit the winning runs, beating Marco Jansen for four through the covers.

Watch the moment England clinched victory over South Africa in the Third Test, winning the series 2-1

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Watch the moment England clinched victory over South Africa in the Third Test, winning the series 2-1

Watch the moment England clinched victory over South Africa in the Third Test, winning the series 2-1

The win continues England’s remarkable turnaround in Test cricket under head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.

After a one-in-17 Test win streak before their appointments, England have won six of seven this summer with a 3-0 sweep of world Test champions New Zealand, a record pursuit to beat India and now coming from behind to see off a Proteas team that started the series at the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings.

Joe Root says he enjoyed England's Test summer and paid tribute to captain Ben Stokes

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Joe Root says he enjoyed England’s Test summer and paid tribute to captain Ben Stokes

Joe Root says he enjoyed England’s Test summer and paid tribute to captain Ben Stokes

Although the match was played on day five, there were only 151.3 overs played in the match – less than two days of cricket – with day one canceled and day two canceled as a sign of respect after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Before the game resumed on day three, the Queen was honored at The Oval with a military honor guard and a minute’s silence.

The Oval paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute's silence ahead of day three of the test

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The Oval paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute’s silence ahead of day three of the test

The Oval paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute’s silence ahead of day three of the test

Next up for the test team is a first tour of Pakistan since 2005. The first test of three begins on December 1. The white ball team are in Pakistan at the end of September for seven T20 internationals ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia. , which begins in October.

Hussain: England ticked all the boxes

England captain and series player Ben Stokes: “I think it’s been a great series for us as a team.

“It was a series where we didn’t have any real standout individual performances, but different people throughout the series raised their hands at crucial times for us.

“For me it’s about clarity of decisions. Me and Brendon (McCullum) are the guys sending that message to this group of players, I said to the guys in the locker room the other day that the person who delivering the message can’t do much.”

South African captain Dean Elgar thinks his team's batting performance is the problem that cost him the series

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South African captain Dean Elgar thinks his team’s batting performance is the problem that cost him the series

South African captain Dean Elgar thinks his team’s batting performance is the problem that cost him the series

Player of the match, England bowler Ollie Robinson: “It was a really nice comeback for me and for the team.

“The experience over the past few weeks has been really nice and it was great to be with the guys again.

“It’s good to get to where I am right now, but I don’t think I’m the finished article by any means.”

Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussain: “A lot of times you just tick a few boxes. You play good cricket but you don’t win every game, sometimes you play boring cricket but you get the result. They pretty much ticked all the boxes.

“The captain has been outstanding, the coach has been incredibly good and kept a consistent message throughout.

“The message is just crystal clear, and I think that’s what Stokes and McCullum did. It’s a crystal clear message that we’ll get back there.”



England clinch Test Series win over South Africa with nine-wicket win at Kia Oval

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