England suffer heavy loss to South Africa
England’s cricketers suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of South Africa at The Oval.
Dale Steyn was the stand-out performer with the ball, taking seven wickets as South Africa coasted to an innings-and-12-runs victory.
After the first day, England looked to be on top of the South Aricans, but with some good bowling on the second day, England were all out for an under-par 385.
In reply, South Africa smashed England all over the ground, reaching an unassailable 637-2.
Amla was the stand out bowler with an incredible 311 from 529 balls, supported superbly by Smith’s 131 and Kallis’ 182.
Peterson will be devastated he couldn’t get a score, being trapped LBW by Anderson for a duck.
But England’s fightback was shaky, and they were bowled out for 240. Only Bell was capable of passing the half century mark.
This huge, and frankly embarrassing, defeat will bring England sharply down to earth with a bump, and now they’ll actually realise what a good team South Africa are, and how much of a fight they have on their hands to keep their number one rank.
They have quite a while before the next test (August 2), so it gives England plenty of time to regroup, go through what went wrong with the bowling, how not to get out whilst batting, and overall, win the game and tie the series.
Apart from The Ashes, there probably hasn’t been a more important test series for years.
I don’t think I’d make any changes to the squad – apart from maybe Bopara, but I can’t think of who can come in against this team and play out of their skin if everything around them is falling down!
Let’s hope England can pull their finger out and rise to the occasion.