England have secured a 3-1 series win over South Africa with Joe Root's men in fine form in the final three matches of their four match series with their beleaguered opponents.
England battled to an impressive victory over South Africa at the Wanderers on Monday as Mark Wood starred with a first innings five-for to cement his place as a real threat in Test cricket. The quick paired superbly well with Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes in the first innings after Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Root all secured half-centuries for their side before South Africa once again fell apart with the bat.
On the fourth day South Africa knew that they had to somehow track down a score of 466 to win, but this was improbable, while the way they have been batting of late left it near-impossible and, indeed, that is how it turned out. A dogged score of 98 from Rassie van der Dussen held England back but when he was caught out by Stuart Broad in a very soft dismissal, hope was lost. Again, Wood starred with the ball as he took 4-54 to end with match figures of 9-100, with his excellent display earning England a series win and marking him as another huge part of England’s bowling attack.
England haven’t been winning many series on the road of late and, despite South Africa being a shadow of the side from a decade ago, any away series win should always be celebrated, with the stiflingly hot conditions England won in providing another real roadblock to their push for victory that they overcame. In the end, this was a big win for England and Joe Root, with the captain enjoying his and his team’s away series win.
With this victory in mind, we have delved into the archives to find out when the last time England won three Tests on the road. This victory came back in November 2018 against Sri Lanka in a very impressive 3-0 series win, albeit against a poor Sri Lanka side. However, can you name England’s XI in the third and final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo? You only have three minutes to get all XI so be quick and remember, the ball spins a lot more in the sub-continent!