England completed a 3-1 Test series victory over the Proteas on Monday. Here are the statistics that matter after the four fixtures.
Proteas, not England, had the highest run-scorer
- South Africa lost the series, but had the top wicket-taker and run-scorer. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock’s 380 runs in eight innings was substantially more than England opener Dom Sibley’s 324 in seven and all-rounder Ben Stokes’ 314 in seven.
Proteas, not England, had the top wicket-taker
- Fast bowler Anrich Nortje took more wickets than any other bowler, including teammate Kagiso Rabada and England’s Stuart Broad. Nortje’s 18 came at an average of 27.11 and were four more than Rabada and Broad’s 14 each.
- Five of the eight specialist batsmen South Africa deployed across the four matches averaged under 20. Four of those averaged in the teens. By contrast, England had five specialist batsmen averaging over 45. Two of those averaged beyond 50.
- The Proteas debuted five Test cricketers across four matches. The last time they had played Test cricket, in India, spinner George Linde and wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen were debuted. That’s seven new caps in five Tests.
Two for one Stokes
- Stokes scored 75 more runs and only took five fewer wickets than the combined tally of 243 and 15, respectively, from Proteas all-rounders Vernon Philander and Dwaine Pretorius. Stokes’ dozen was also double the number of fielder Dean Elgar, whose six catches were the most for South Africa.
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