England beat South Africa by 9 wickets to complete the winning streak

England completed a nine-wicket win against South Africa to take the series 2-1… as Ben Stokes’ side ended a spectacular Test summer in emphatic style

  • England resumed on Monday, needing 33 more runs to beat South Africa
  • They finished the job within 30 minutes to claim the series win
  • England have won six of their seven Test matches this summer under Ben Stokes

England completed a nine-wicket win to seal a 2-1 series win against South Africa and cap off a stunning first summer as Test captain for Ben Stokes.

Stokes took over having joined a team that had won just one of their previous 17 matches in the longest span of the competition, but under his leadership, and with new coach Brendon McCullum on the sidelines, England have undergone a remarkable transformation.

Compared to some of their memorable pursuits from this summer, their task on Monday was simple.

England beat South Africa by 9 wickets to complete the winning streak

Zak Craley and Ollie Pope completed a comprehensive win for England on Monday

Alex Lees was the only man to fall for England as he was caught by Kagiso Rabada

Alex Lees was the only man to fall for England as he was caught by Kagiso Rabada

After play was inexplicably halted on Sunday night with England needing just 33 to win, Alex Lees and Zak Crawley returned to finish the job.

Trailing on 97-0, Lees benefited from another slice of luck when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne in the first over of the day off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada. He also fell in the opener from Marco Janssen on Sunday.

Lees continued to go hard at the ball, slotting one over the slips in the next over as England inched closer to their target.

His luck finally ran out in the third over when he was trapped lbw by Rabada – South Africa making a successful review after Lees initially had the benefit of the doubt.

Zak Cralwy finished with an unbeaten 69 and hit some impressive drives on Monday morning

Zak Cralwy finished with an unbeaten 69 and hit some impressive drives on Monday morning

Ollie Pope picked up where he left off in the first innings as he helped Crawley get the job done

Ollie Pope picked up where he left off in the first innings as he helped Crawley get the job done

He even tried a daring reverse scoop but couldn't pull it off successfully

He even tried a daring reverse scoop but couldn’t pull it off successfully

That brought Ollie Pope to the crease off the back of his first innings 67, and he looked in good touch as he removed Jansen for his first boundary. Meanwhile, at the other end, Crawley continued on his merry way, drilling a point to take England to single figures of victory.

Pope was batting with such confidence that he attempted Joe Root’s trademark reverse scoop, only to have the ball crack into his helmet.

It was left to Crowley to finish the race as he made a move off the back foot to complete the race and the series in style. He finished unbeaten on 69 – a major blow after a difficult summer for the England first team.

Crowley and Pope congratulate each other after blocking the winning runs

Crowley and Pope congratulate each other after blocking the winning runs

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