Saturday, August 2, 2008

South Africa Clinch The Npower Test Series

The Proteas claimed their first series win in England since 1965, though they did not play international cricket from 1970 to 1991 because of the country's isolation. They surrendered series leads in 1994, 1998 and 2003. England had gone six years without losing a Test series at home until India won in 2007 and now they have lost their second at home in the last three.
Captain Smith was a doubt coming in to the match because of a back injury but elected to play with pain-killing tablets to ease his discomfort. His 16th Test century, scored in 246 balls, and fourth against England steered his team home.
Brief Scores : England 1st innings 231. South Africa 1st innings 314.
England 2nd innings 363. South Africa 2nd innings 283/5.

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