ODI Series – South Africa v England (Games 4 & 5)
Rabada wickets keeps series alive
SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 1 WICKET – SERIES TIED 2-2
Not completing the 50 overs cost England dear in a tight game Johannesburg. South Africa put England into bat and England started well with Alex Hales hitting 50 and Joe Root got another excellent century with 109. The rest of the middle order collapsed however and only a late partnership between Chris Woakes (33) and Adil Rashid (39) salvaged any kind of score. However England were bowled all out 19 balls short of the 50 overs with Kagiso Rabada taking 4 wickets in an excellent bowling spell.
Although nobody put a big individual score on the board for the Africans in reply, everyone did enough to keep them in command of the run chase. A key 62 from Chris Morris when the game looked on a knife edge helped the South African cause as those extra balls England lost meant they did not have enough to defend. When Morris went with the scores level it was left to the tailenders Kyle Abbott and Imran Tahir to avoid the draw, Tahir did so with a four to level the series and set up a decider.
De Villiers the key as South Africa complete series comeback
SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 5 WICKETS – SOUTH AFRICA WIN THE SERIES 3-2
With the momentum of having come back from 2-0 down, South African confidence carried them through to an unlikely series victory against England in Cape Town. England batted poorly for the second game in a row. Despite Alex Hales 112, nobody else got into the thirties. Kagiso Rabada got another 3 wickets helping keep the pressure as England could only score 236 and were all out with 5 overs to spare.
The total was never going to be enough despite the best efforts of Reece Topley who took three wickets. Opener Hashim Amla hit 59 but it was AB De Villiers who broke the game open with 101 not out, hitting the winning runs to boot. He hit 11 fours and a six in his crucial innings supported by David Wiese with 41 not out. The England collapse in this series will be of concern to England who looked to be finding some one day form. By contrast South Africa who were outplayed in the test series, end the one day series back on a high note.
Test Series – New Zealand v Australia (Game 1)
Voges hits double century as Aussies thrash New Zealand
AUSTRALIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 52 RUNS – AUSTRALIA LEAD THE SERIES 1-0
After New Zealand taking the one day series Australia hit back in the first of two tests by racking up a huge win in Wellington. Australia were vindicated in their decision to force New Zealand to bat first with a superb bowling display from Mark Hazlewood with four wickets and Peter Siddle with three. New Zealand were rocking on 97-7 when Mark Craig came in and his 41 not out was the only score of note which salvaged something as they ended all out for just 183.
Australia put the game totally beyond their opponents by posting 562. Adam Voges hit 30 fours and three sixes in his mammoth 239 supported by Usman Khawaja with 140 and Steven Smith with 71. Peter Siddle fell just short of a half century with 49 to add to the pain for New Zealand.
New Zealand needed 379 just to make Australia bat again and while they made a better fist of their second innings, they could not get there. Opener Tom Latham top scored with 63 and there were decent knocks from Henry Nicholls (59) and Tim Southee (48) but nobody could make the big score that was required. Nathan Lyon took four second innings wickets as Australia finished the batting line up off for 327 to take an innings win and the lead in the series, which they cannot lose as there is only one more test to come.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
ODI Game 4 – At The New Wanderers, Johannesburg
South Africa v England
England – 262/10 47.5 Overs – (Root 109, Rabada 4-45)
South Africa – 266/9 47.2 Overs – (Morris 62)
South Africa win by 1 Wicket – Series Tied 2-2
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
ODI Game 5 – At The Newlands, Cape Town
South Africa v England
England – 236/10 45 Overs – (Hales 112, Rabada 3-34, Wiese 3-50)
South Africa – 237/5 44 Overs – (De Villiers 101*, Amla 59, Wiese 41* Topley 3-41)
South Africa win by 5 Wickets – South Africa win the series 3-2
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – A B De Villiers (South Africa)
Test Match Game 1 – At The Basin Reserve, Wellington
New Zealand v Australia
New Zealand – 1st Innings 183/10 – (Craig 41*, Hazlewood 4-43, Siddle 3-37)
Australia – 1st Innings 562/10 – (Voges 239, Khawaja 140, Smith 71 Siddle 49)
New Zealand – 2nd Innings 327/10 – (Latham 63, Nicholls 59, Lyon 4-91)
Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 1-0
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Adam Voges (Australia)