Every Proteas player ranked out of 10 by SA Cricket magazine editor RYAN VREDE.
Quinton de Kock: 4
Got off to a strong start, then gave it away with a poor shot, almost precisely the same one that got him out in Paarl on Sunday. The Proteas need their skipper to soar if they are to post imposing targets consistently. He hasn’t managed that once this series. He also missed an easy opportunity to run out Dawid Malan, who was on 37 at the time – Malan made him pay in the most brutal way.
Temba Bavuma: 6
Played with freedom, tactical clarity and intent for the first time in the series. Then he mindlessly chipped one to mid-off. Questions remain about whether he has a long-term future at the top of the order in T20 cricket.
Reeza Hendricks: 3
He’d knicked off early in his dig but was dropped, which should have heightened his awareness that the English were targeting him outside off-stump. Instead, a couple of balls later, he played a nothing shot at a widish delivery and knicked off again.
Faf du Plessis: 8
By some distance the Proteas most skilled batsman and, with Rassie van der Dussen, were the glue that held their innings together. So composed, such control, incredible execution under pressure.
Rassie van der Dussen: 9
Rebuilt the Proteas’ innings with Faf du Plessis, and took Jofra Archer for 22 in one over. He is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise ordinary series for the Proteas.
Pite van Biljon: DNB
George Linde: 7
Didn’t bat but did continue in his deployment as an opening bowler, and finishing as the team’s best bowler.
Anrich Nortje: 5
Conceded 21 off his first two overs, but didn’t bowl badly in that period. Finished with respectable figures of 4-37-1.
Lutho Sipamla: 2
Miserable night for the rookie against a world-class batting unit. He conceded a massive 45 runs off his 2.4 overs.
Lungi Ngidi: 5
Bowled with intelligence and skill in the face of an English onslaught, conceding 23 runs off three overs.
Tabraiz Shamsi: 2
Two of his three games in the series have been extremely poor. For the premier T20 spinner to go for 57 in his four overs is poor. He hasn’t shown nearly enough control, skill or tactical IQ to convince that he is worth the investment. He needs to do so soon if he hopes to travel to the T20 World Cup next year.