We crunch the numbers ahead of the Proteas’ third Test against England, which kicks off on Thursday.
South Africa have played England 14 times at The Oval and only won once, in an innings and 12-run victory in 2012. Prior to this, South Africa have drawn seven and lost six against the hosts, with three of those losses coming after readmission.
Hashim Amla’s 311 in 2012 is the second-highest score at The Oval, and one of only two triple centuries at the ground. Leonard Hutton is the other triple-centurion after his 364 against Australia in 1938.
This is still Amla’s highest score, as well as the highest score by a South African in Tests.
Bruce Mitchell is South Africa’s most successful batsman at the ground, with 448 runs in three matches. Amla is not far behind, and currently has a record of 423 runs in two matches.
AB de Villiers has the best record for a South African wicketkeeper at the ground. He’s taken eight catches in two matches played (2008 and 2012).
Amla and Jacques Kallis hold the record for the third-highest partnership at The Oval. Their 377 third-wicket stand in 2012 is the highest third-wicket partnership and highest partnership by a South African pairing at the ground.
Graeme Smith and Amla’s 259 is the fifth-highest second-wicket stand at the ground, and the second-highest partnership by a South African pair.
The Oval will be the fourth ground to house 100 Tests after Lord’s, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Of the current England squad, James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker at The Oval. His 36 wickets were taken in 11 matches at an average of 34.75, with a best match return of 6-216.
Alastair Cook has the most runs in the England squad at the ground, scoring 904 runs in 20 innings @ 45.20 and a top score of 115.
In Kagiso Rabada’s 18-match Test career, his wickets tally against England is far superior to his total against other sides. The speedster has picked up 28 scalps @ 23.39 in four matches played against them, more than double his tally against New Zealand, against whom he’s played five matches.
The highest score at the ground between South Africa and England was 637-2d, which resulted in an innings and 12-run win for the visitors.
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