Match Live - Stumps + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 24 Jan 2020, 10:00 SAST


  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: JS Wilson
  • Third Umpire: BNJ Oxenford


Run Rate: nan

Overs: 0.0 / 0.0

South Africa


Run Rate: 3.53

Overs: 54.2 / 0.0


Last Wicket:Stokes c van der Dussen b Nortje 2 (10 b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 20; 157/4(45.1)

6.27pm So, that's a wrap from Johannesburg. It's been a curious day, but after the bleak outlook first thing this morning, the match has taken a promising shape already. Valkerie Baynes' match report will be up shortly, from myself, Matt and Thilak, good night!

6.20pm Ben Stokes is out signing autographs down by the edge of the tunnel ... where his earlier altercation took place. The ICC aren't due to respond tonight (it's Friday in Dubai so they are probably downing tools) but I daresay they'll have something to say. Here's what took place.

Anubhab Mukherj: "Just want to sneak this in. Read a few comments about who Burns replaces when he returns. Well, Burns-Sibley-Crawley. That's the top 3 for the next decade. " Probably, possibly ... but let's see how they fare in spinning conditions in Sri Lanka, let alone India. And let alone Australia in two years' time. It's been impressive, but South Africa haven't been the formidable force they usually are on home soil.

6.16pm Here's Zak Crawley: "100 percent I was eyeing three-figures, but I would have taken 66 at the start. You try hard to keep it out of your head, but it was creeping into my mind. First ball of each spell is Philander's slowest, which in a strange way is the hardest to play. A poor shot from me."

"Never played here before, so about working more on back-foot shots and leaving on length. But most of my runs came off the front foot which I wasn't expecting. I realised after a few drives the leaves were getting me those, so that gave me more confidence. A patience game, make them come to you."

A bit of a kerfuffle over his helmet, had he taken any longer to get a replacement after being hit on the lid, the umpires might have had to retire him. He tried Bess's lid, and Buttler's, but none quite felt right.

"Throughout the series the ball has done more in the sunshine because it's opened the cracks, so I'm a bit confused by it all."

"There are quick bowlers in county cricket, but the difference is they don't bowl as many bad balls in Test cricket. It's relentless and they don't miss much."

6.03pm So that is officially stumps and it's been a fascinating day, albeit a truncated one, and clearly one of two halves. While Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley were compiling England's first century opening stand since Chennai in 2016, South Africa looked devoid of fight or ideas. But then, after tea, they bounced back gamely with four wickets for 50, including a rare failure for Ben Stokes, whose subsequent altercation with a spectator will doubtless attract the attention of the match referee.

Stefan: "Looking at that list, [This List] Zimbabwe will (barring any disasters) reach their 50,000th run in the next test vs SL. That puts it in a bit of context! "

Ranga : "For all it's rich history, surprising only 500K test runs have been scored by English batsmen. The top 12 alone account for 100K of those, with Cook contributing more than 2%." Root, who went past 7500 runs today, has chipped in just over 1.5%.

5.58pm Bad light stops play. Boo. Cricket is so annoying. It is getting gloomy out there, and there is a

Logan: "Could you include 'Local Time' in the scorecard for the benefit of foreign viewers? If I'm not wrong, it was available in the previous versions of Cricinfo." It's right there. Directly above this update in fact ...

lmost certainly it for the day...

54.2BE Hendricks to OJ Pope, No run, flicks the pad into the leg side, as the umpires get together for a chat....

Callum: "Half a million up for England, but how many total test runs have been scored?" Well ... here's a link to keep tabs on... no big milestones looming for the foreseeable!

54.1BE Hendricks to OJ Pope, No run, round the wicket, tailing into a full-length block.
End of over 54. 1 runs this over. 192/4 after 324 balls.
JE Root 25 (41b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 13-0-37-1
OJ Pope 22 (35b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Deepak Ostwal: "Joe Root has seriously looked good in this series for the time he has been on crease. It's just that he ain't able to score big. One ball has his name written on him even when he is set." Back to his old self then ... an average of 50, and a fifty every innings, is not a terrible problem to have...

David Thomas: "How's the light with Hendricks bowling - no purple haze I suppose?" Nope, it'll never get old...

End of over 53. 6 runs this over. 191/4 after 318 balls.
OJ Pope 21 (30b 3x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 13-2-43-1
JE Root 25 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Pretorius is able to continue, after a worryingly brisk drop off Denly. Good news, looked like an instant finger break

There you go, see it for yourself!

End of over 52. 2 runs this over. 185/4 after 312 balls.
JE Root 24 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 12-0-36-1
OJ Pope 16 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) more

One run away... here's Miller to steal the glory of the half-a-million moment!

Pretorius is looming on the boundary edge, ready to come back on at the end of the over

Vijay Odedra: "Just woke up in Canada.Checked the scorecard and noticed that Maharaj is not in the playing eleven. Out of all the players, SA dropped Maharaj? Can't believe it." An all-seam attack, Vijay. For better or for worse

End of over 51. 3 runs this over. 183/4 after 306 balls.
JE Root 23 (35b 2x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 12-2-37-1
OJ Pope 15 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 50. 1 runs this over. 180/4 after 300 balls.
JE Root 22 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 11-0-34-1
OJ Pope 13 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 49. 4 runs this over. 179/4 after 294 balls.
JE Root 22 (32b 2x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 13-2-39-1
OJ Pope 12 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 48. 8 runs this over. 175/4 after 288 balls.
JE Root 19 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 11-0-53-1
OJ Pope 12 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 47. 6 runs this over. 167/4 after 282 balls.
JE Root 18 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 12-2-36-1
OJ Pope 5 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 46. 4 runs this over. 161/4 after 276 balls.
OJ Pope 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 10-0-45-1
JE Root 13 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Nick Knight apologises for foul language on the Sky feed after that incident with Stokes... more as we get it, but looked like he was responded to some chat from a spectator.

James: "He's not the New Messiah, he's a very naughty Pontiff. RIP Terry Jones"

England have lost four wickets for 50 runs... we've been here before!

End of over 45. 1 runs this over. 157/3 after 270 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 11-2-30-1
JE Root 13 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sam K: "I for one am very excited by the prospect of Nortje roughing up some second division county cricketers in the future." I'll have to hope you mean as an overseas player... no Kolpak cynicism, please!

End of over 44. 4 runs this over. 156/3 after 264 balls.
JE Root 13 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 9-0-41-0
BA Stokes 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Good stuff this from Nortje, unsettling England with some sharp pace

End of over 43. 3 runs this over. 152/3 after 258 balls.
JE Root 9 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 10-2-29-1
BA Stokes 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 42. 7 runs this over. 149/2 after 252 balls.
JL Denly 27 (34b 4x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 8-0-37-0
JE Root 7 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 41. 10 runs this over. 142/2 after 246 balls.
JL Denly 21 (29b 3x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 9-2-26-0
JE Root 6 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 7 runs this over. 132/2 after 240 balls.
JL Denly 11 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 10-0-33-1
JE Root 6 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Faf has read Saoirse's captaincy playbook and likes what he sees!

End of over 39. 3 runs this over. 125/2 after 234 balls.
JE Root 5 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 8-2-16-0
JL Denly 5 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 4 runs this over. 122/2 after 228 balls.
JE Root 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 9-0-26-1
JL Denly 4 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) more

david: "Hendricks to Root...'Hey Joe, where you goin' with that bat in your hand.' Surely?" Very good....

End of over 37. 1 runs this over. 118/2 after 222 balls.
JL Denly 1 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 11-2-34-1
JE Root 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Johann: "Vern career average 22.29, strike rate 46 balls Vern 1st wicket today: 7.1 overs (43 balls) when he had conceded 22 runs. The beauty of numbers!!"

End of over 36. 1 runs this over. 117/2 after 216 balls.
JL Denly 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 8-0-22-1
JE Root 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Mark: "Pink Hurburbler - here's your collapse!!!"

England's opening pair finally put on 100, and then fall within a couple of overs of each other. The skipper Joe Root walks out at No. 4

End of over 35. 6 runs this over. 116/1 after 209 balls.
JL Denly 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 10-2-33-1
Z Crawley 66 (111b 11x4 0x6 ) more

James: "Re Gaurav's comment: why was Ramps opening? He should have been at 4 or 5 (or, better still, 12)." Ha! I've no idea, I was only two at the time... checked with Miller when he's next on!

End of over 34. 3 runs this over. 110/1 after 204 balls.
JL Denly 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 7-2-13-0
Z Crawley 61 (107b 10x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 1 runs this over. 107/1 after 198 balls.
JL Denly 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 9-2-27-1
Z Crawley 59 (105b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Pink Hurburbler: "I never said it was a *good* prediction..."

In strides Joe Denly at No. 3

End of over 32. 4 runs this over. 106/0 after 192 balls.
DP Sibley 44 (91b 7x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 6-2-10-0
Z Crawley 58 (103b 10x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 2 runs this over. 102/0 after 186 balls.
Z Crawley 58 (103b 10x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 8-2-26-0
DP Sibley 40 (85b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 5 runs this over. 100/0 after 180 balls.
DP Sibley 39 (83b 6x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 7-0-30-0
Z Crawley 57 (99b 10x4 0x6 ) more

3.43pm So, the Sibley-Crawley show grinds on. Are they the real deal for England? To be frank, it's hard to judge just yet, because South Africa were terribly flat in that session. One wicket that wasn't when Philander over-stepped, but beyond that, they've served up some mediocre fare. But, England's boys have played each ball on its merits, and pressed onwards and upwards. Back in 15 for the resumption.

Shiva Jayaraman points out that that is England's first century opening stand since Chennai 2016... Haseeb Hameed,, whatever became of him?

Meanwhile, over at the Australian Open, #scenes are unfolding ...

End of over 29. 6 runs this over. 95/0 after 174 balls.
DP Sibley 35 (82b 5x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 7-2-24-0
Z Crawley 56 (94b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Stuart: "Bagpipes in the crowd? Oh, how the mind goes back to that Gavin Hamilton debut at this very ground 21 years ago. Those bagpipes are probably sadly making more of a contribution than he did that match." Sad but true. Like Boyd Rankin several years later, his one Test for England was rather less memorable than his celtic World Cup japes

Doosra: "So very sad that Billy the Trumpet is there a successor in the wings and will he play out with the Last Post? Questions, questions....." I can play classic rock tunes on my hands, Owl-hoot-style. But not sure I'm available for all tours alas

End of over 28. 1 runs this over. 89/0 after 167 balls.
Z Crawley 56 (93b 10x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 6-0-25-0
DP Sibley 29 (76b 5x4 0x6 ) more

So, what's the problem with South Africa today? Could it be more to do with the players who aren't here than the players who's Firdose on Kolpaks (and KP, but not so much of him...)

James: "As an SA supporter, I am quite disappointed in all our quick bowlers today. They seem a bit clueless in what to bowl or are the English batsmen just playing that well?" A bit of both, but a lot of the former, alas

Jabba: "Surely Crawley should get out and quickly if he wants to retain his record of always beating his personal best. It's the tactic I used for years* on Asteroids (*actually about a week)" Quite right... here's that run in all its glory

End of over 27. 5 runs this over. 88/0 after 162 balls.
DP Sibley 29 (76b 5x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 6-2-18-0
Z Crawley 56 (88b 10x4 0x6 ) more

David: "Where is the much-used South African spinner and handy batsman from the last test?" Where indeed ... on the plus side, neither team has gone in with a spinner, so at least one of them is likely to be vindicated...

Bharath: "Isn't ollie pope a keeper?" God no, he's the chosen one, just let him be a batsman!

End of over 26. 2 runs this over. 83/0 after 156 balls.
DP Sibley 29 (74b 5x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 5-0-24-0
Z Crawley 51 (84b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 6 runs this over. 81/0 after 150 balls.
Z Crawley 50 (82b 9x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 4-1-19-0
DP Sibley 28 (70b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Chris: "musing about an alternate reality where the bowling attack today consists of philander Abbott Olivier and nortje. Add the missing rabada and ngidi, your looking at an attack that's featuring 7-9 of the best quicks "in South Africa"" Totally. It's a travesty, and an indictment of the economically driven game

End of over 24. 1 runs this over. 75/0 after 143 balls.
DP Sibley 23 (66b 4x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 4-0-22-0
Z Crawley 49 (79b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Badhat: "How about Crawley for the Butter?" Not sure who keeps in that scenario, I think Stokes is busy

End of over 23. 12 runs this over. 74/0 after 138 balls.
Z Crawley 49 (79b 9x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 3-1-13-0
DP Sibley 23 (61b 4x4 0x6 ) more

I believe that means that Crawley has once again improved his best in Tests... he's ever upwards!

AndreB: "any creativity on the fielding department from the Saffas today?" To be honest, no. It's been flat out there. Two slips at the moment, but nothing more funky than that

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 62/0 after 132 balls.
DP Sibley 23 (61b 4x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 3-0-21-0
Z Crawley 37 (73b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Shane: "Let's say Cawley makes a substantial score here. How does Burns come back into the side? Crawley down to 3 and Denly out? Or does Crawley make way?" Burns straight back in, Crawley lurks on the fringes, keeping the pressure on in a Hales/Roy/Bairstow-style Mexican stand-off...

End of over 21. 1 runs this over. 57/0 after 126 balls.
DP Sibley 19 (57b 3x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 5-2-6-0
Z Crawley 36 (71b 6x4 0x6 ) more

adam: "At the risk of sounding like you're my mum, Miller - when's tea?" Tea? Yes please dear! It's at 3.40pm, so in about 45 minutes' time.

lakesidey: "Given the rate at which Sibley is batting, would it be fair to say this is a Creepy-Crawley partnership? " Oh very good

End of over 20. 1 runs this over. 56/0 after 120 balls.
Z Crawley 35 (66b 6x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 2-1-1-0
DP Sibley 19 (56b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 19. 1 runs this over. 55/0 after 114 balls.
DP Sibley 19 (56b 3x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 4-2-5-0
Z Crawley 34 (60b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Richard Adrian : "... and to think that we used to worry about the opening partnership getting to the end of Jerusalem..."

End of over 18.  A maiden over! 54/0 after 108 balls.
DP Sibley 19 (54b 3x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 1-1-0-0
Z Crawley 33 (56b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Richard: "Impressed with the Cook/Compton partnership of 72, of which Compton contributed 7. Not often that AN Cook is the big quick scorer in the partnership..." That's proper cricket! It was also the game when England were accused of winning too boringly... just imagine!

Edmund Hughes: "Anderson would be unplayable on this wicket" Woulda, coulda, shoulda ...

End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 54/0 after 102 balls.
Z Crawley 33 (56b 6x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 3-2-4-0
DP Sibley 19 (48b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Graham Stopher: "England are apparently close to scoring their 500,000th test run...." Yep ... we are all over this one.... the countdown to 186 is on!

acs: "Keaton Jennings comes out of that partnerships list looking *very* rosy indeed! " Doesn't he just. A giant among pygmies..

SimonR: "50 up - but more importantly seen off the first 16 overs. Makes such a difference if one or both of your openers gets to the end of the first session intact"

Mark : "I can't find a case of 50+ opening partnerships by England in consecutive innings in the last 5 years." Hmm ... fair point. Here's the list, have a scour. Look at Cook and Compton in 2012-13, though, four in a row!

End of over 16. 6 runs this over. 50/0 after 96 balls.
DP Sibley 19 (48b 3x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 7-0-21-0
Z Crawley 29 (50b 5x4 0x6 ) more

And that's time for drinks. England's session thus far... how South Africa could have done with Big Vern keeping his front boot behind the line. Here's Miller to take you through to tea.

End of over 15.  A maiden over! 44/0 after 90 balls.
Z Crawley 29 (50b 5x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 2-2-0-0
DP Sibley 13 (42b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 44/0 after 84 balls.
Z Crawley 29 (44b 5x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 6-0-15-0
DP Sibley 13 (42b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13.  A maiden over! 42/0 after 78 balls.
Z Crawley 28 (42b 5x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 1-1-0-0
DP Sibley 12 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Shacklady: "At least we know why Wilson always gets the lbw and caught decisions wrong. He's always looking at the front foot!" Even a stopped clock etc etc...

End of over 12. 1 runs this over. 42/0 after 71 balls.
DP Sibley 12 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 5-0-13-0
Z Crawley 28 (36b 5x4 0x6 ) more

End of over 11. 4 runs this over. 41/0 after 66 balls.
Z Crawley 28 (36b 5x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 2-0-16-0
DP Sibley 12 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10.  A maiden over! 37/0 after 60 balls.
DP Sibley 12 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 5-2-13-0
Z Crawley 24 (30b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Ben: "This is like Vaughan and Trescothick all over again, belting along in excess of 4 an over!" What if... Trevor Bayliss was onto something? *ducks for cover*

End of over 9. 12 runs this over. 37/0 after 54 balls.
DP Sibley 12 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) A Nortje 1-0-12-0
Z Crawley 24 (30b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Gavin: "Free scoring opening batsmen. Who are they and what have they done with our guys?" Crawley's always been fairly attacking, but the pace and carry of this pitch has allowed them to trust the bounce

End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 25/0 after 48 balls.
DP Sibley 11 (24b 2x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 4-1-13-0
Z Crawley 13 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) more

End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 21/0 after 42 balls.
Z Crawley 12 (24b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 4-0-12-0
DP Sibley 8 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more

James H: "Stop touching Wood!" It's enough to rule him out for another six months...

End of over 6. 4 runs this over. 15/0 after 36 balls.
DP Sibley 8 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 3-1-9-0
Z Crawley 6 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more

**Touch wood** the gremlins should be largely solved... but let us know if you're still experiencing technical issues

End of over 5. 4 runs this over. 11/0 after 30 balls.
Z Crawley 6 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 3-0-6-0
DP Sibley 4 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Philander hasn't been quite the same since the first day of this series, really... not quite on it so far

End of over 4.  A maiden over! 7/0 after 24 balls.
DP Sibley 4 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 2-1-5-0
Z Crawley 2 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 1 runs this over. 7/0 after 17 balls.
Z Crawley 2 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 2-0-2-0
DP Sibley 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 6/0 after 12 balls.
DP Sibley 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) BE Hendricks 1-0-5-0
Z Crawley 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
DP Sibley 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 1-0-1-0
Z Crawley 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Nei monk: "What a strange decision to bat by root , very very strange indeed" Well, nobody has won the toss and bowled at this ground since 2006...

Pink Hurburbler: "England all out for less than 100 with Philander taking six. You heard it here first." We'll be holding you to that. They're overdue for a collapse....

Z CrawleyC HE van der Dussen B VD Philander6611211058.93
DP SibleyC Q de Kock B BE Hendricks44937047.31
JL DenlyC HE van der Dussen B D Paterson27354077.14
JE Rootnot out 25412060.98
BA StokesC HE van der Dussen B A Nortje2100020
OJ Popenot out 22373059.46
JC Buttler -
SM Curran -
CR Woakes -
MA Wood -
SCJ Broad -
Total 192/4
VD Philander13.003712.85
BE Hendricks13.224313.23
A Nortje11.005314.82
D Paterson13.023913
D Pretorius4.011904.75