Sunday, June 25, 2017

England Win The T20 Series Against South Africa.

England produced the goods this afternoon, under the temporary captaincy of Jos Buttler, with what must have been seen as a pretty weak eleven. No Root, no Bairstow, no Morgan, no Wood, no Rashid.
Mason Crane took the key wicket of AB de Villiers as he attempted to knock the young leggie out of the attack. Pursuing 182 to win, it looked pretty clear, after just five overs, that the visitors would struggle to chase down what was a slightly below par target.
England had lost wickets in a clump at the end of their innings after the 200 mark had been brought easily within range following a breathtaking 78 from debutant, the 30 year old, Dawid Malan.
Dawid Malan.
Tom Curran took a brace of wickets to add to the three he had picked up on his debut. IMHO, the greater accuracy of Curran should result in him displacing David Willey who was outstanding in his first two overs but whose poor accuracy led to him conceding 34 in his final two overs!
Sadly for the youngster Liam Livingstone, he again failed to look even vaguely reminiscent of international class. I repeat - the T20 format is not his game.
So England have now beaten a strong South African outfit in both the 50 overs competition and the T20. The four match test series now awaits and begins on the 6th of July and the South African side will not contain the magnificent AB de Villiers!