• Stats and facts: England vs Proteas

    Seven interesting statistics-based facts about the Proteas and England’s ODI record, ahead of their World Cup clash at The Oval in London.

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    Two decades down the line

    • South Africa have not beaten England in ODI cricket at The Oval – the venue for the 2019 World Cup opener – in the last four attempts. The Proteas’ last win here was 20 years ago, in the 1999 World Cup, when Herschelle Gibbs, Lance Klusener and Allan Donald starred.

    Two years later

    • The Proteas and England have not met in ODI competition in two years. Their last clash was at Lord’s in late May 2019, when Hashim Amla collected a half-century and Kagiso Rabada took four wickets in triumph for the visitors.

    Amla v Root

    • Amla boasts the country’s highest individual ODI score against England. August 2012’s 150 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, where South Africa will play India and the West Indies in early June, required just 124 deliveries – and yielded victory over the hosts. Joe Root’s 125, in Centurion three years ago, is England’s highest individual score against the Proteas.

    Rabada’s tally

    • Rabada has South Africa’s most ODI wickets against England. His 16 have been taken across seven matches at an average of 20.68 – some six runs less than a career aggregate of 26.43.

    Duminy’s dilemma

    • JP Duminy is South Africa’s most experienced ODI cricketer against England. He has collected 22 caps against the English, but averaged under 21 in 18 innings. Duminy has 27 ODI half-tons, but not one against England. Eight of his last nine innings against them, though, have brought scores of 13 or more, evidencing a lack of conversion of promising starts.

    Marked man Markram

    • Four of Aiden Markram’s last seven List A scores were struck at the Rose Bowl. April’s stint with Hampshire in the England, and Wales Cricket Board’s One-Day Cup saw the right-hander strike 130, 88, 31 and 29 at the venue, which bodes well for early June’s matches against India and the West Indies.

    Rattled Roy

    • Jason Roy averages less than 14 in eight ODIs against South Africa. The Durban-born opening batsman’s last five innings against the Proteas haven’t reached double figures. Mid-May’s 114, 87 and 76 in England’s ODI series against Pakistan, though, might have better prepared him for the Proteas.

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