Fast bowler Mark Wood relished the Player of the Match award, as England sealed a 3-1 series victory over the Proteas at the Wanderers on Monday.
England lost the first Test in Centurion, but won the second, third and fourth in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, respectively.
Wood, who likely wouldn’t have played in the series decider had the injured Jofra Archer recovered, completed match figures of 9-100 in Johannesburg.
‘I was doubtful in the first morning, but I’m happy I did play now. Coach Chris Silverwood made sure we went out there and just have fun. The secret to bowling like me is just to let it fly and give it everything I’ve got,’ enthused Wood.
Right-armer Wood took a dozen wickets in two matches this series, second only to teammate Stuart Broad’s 14 in four. England, however, didn’t have the leading wicket-taker in the series. That accolade went to Proteas fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who claimed 18 in four fixtures.
‘Anrich came through shining for us in this series. We need pace in SA, to fill the shoes of Morkel Morkel and Dale Steyn. He’s landed the ball in the same area, so he’s got pace and control,’ said Proteas captain Faf du Plessis.