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The BBC's Jonathan Agnew
"England batted poorly once again"
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The chairman of selectors David Graveney
"I agree with Nasser, our collapse in the first innings was irresponsible"
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Wednesday, 5 January, 2000, 13:30 GMT
England crash to series defeat

Butcher Mark Butcher's innings came to an early end


South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, after a superb fourth day in the field against England in Cape Town.

The visitors, who sank to defeat by an innings and 37 runs, were again let down by a woefully dismal batting display.

With a day and a session to spare England slumped to 126, a dreadful score that was heralded, to some extent at least, by a shocking decision against captain Nasser Hussain.

The visitors made the worst possible start to the day with Hussain, Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan all dismissed before lunch.


Atherton Mike Atherton's wicket was a serious blow to England's hopes
And things failed to improve after the break.

Michael Atherton, regarded as a key wicket by the South Africans, fell to Shaun Pollock after notching up a comfortable 39 runs.

With the home side closing in on victory, Alec Stewart was next to go, bowled by spinner Paul Adams for just five.

Andrew Caddick hit out for a typically belligerent 14, but eventually fell when Herschelle Gibbs held a brilliant catch at point.

Chris Adams, who reached his best Test score of 31, again fell to his namesake, attempting to drive the South African spinner.

It left England at 133-7 and when Allan Donald caught Darren Gough with a fine low catch, defeat was inevitable.

Phil Tufnell fell within a matter of minutes as Adams celebrated his third wicket of the day.

Poor start

Opener Butcher had earlier been the first man to fall, without a run being added, after attempting to drive Pollock in only the day's second over.

It was, undoubtedly, a dreadful shot and Mark Boucher took a regulation catch behind to leave England at 4-1.

Hussain looked in good form, finding two early boundaries.

But, on 16, he became South Africa's second victim when he was adjudged, controversially, leg-before to Lance Klusener.

TV replays appeared to show that Hussain had connected with the ball.


klusener Lance Klusener celebrates the wicket of Nasser Hussain
Nevertheless, the wicket left England poised at 40-2.

Klusener, who has under-performed with the ball all series, then added a second scalp, dismissing Vaughan on five.

The England newcomer was caught behind after attempting to cut a bouncing delivery.

Vaughan's shot selection proved poor as the ball cut back over his head, leaving England at 60-3 at lunch

The tourists resumed the day trailing by 159 runs, having toiled in the intense sun at Newlands to dismiss South Africa for 421 on Tuesday.

Fourth Test Match: South Africa v England
02/01/00 at Cape Town

South Africa beat England by an innings and 37 runs Scorecard correct at 13:16 BST

England 126 all out (60.3overs)
South Africa 421 all out (153.4overs)
England 258 all out (113overs)

England innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MA Butcher c Boucher b Pollock 4 9 1 -
MA Atherton c Cullinan b Pollock 35 109 3 -
N Hussain lbw b Klusener 16 38 2 1
MP Vaughan c Boucher b Klusener 5 32 - -
AJ Stewart b Adams 5 28 - -
CJ Adams b Adams 31 60 4 -
AR Caddick c Gibbs b Donald 14 47 2 -
D Gough c Donald b Kallis 8 22 - -
CEW Silverwood not out 5 12 - -
PCR Tufnell c Cullinan b Adams 0 6 - -
A Flintoff absent 0 - - -
Extras 0b 3lb 0w 0nb 3
TOTAL: 60.3 overs 126

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (4 Butcher, 7 mins), 2-40 (36 Hussain, 59 mins), 3-59 (19 Vaughan, 41 mins), 4-62 (3 Atherton, 29 mins), 5-66 (4 Stewart, 7 mins), 6-105 (39 Caddick, 52 mins), 7-113 (8 Adams, 21 mins), 8-125 (12 Gough, 5 mins), 9-126 (1 Tufnell, 1 mins)

Bowler O M R W
P R Adams 19.3 5 42 3
A A Donald 10.4 2 35 1
S M Pollock 14 8 19 2
J H Kallis 9.2 2 19 1
L Klusener 7 4 8 2
South Africa innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
G Kirsten c Stewart b Silverwood 80 196 8 -
HH Gibbs c Vaughan b Silverwood 29 49 4 -
JH Kallis c Atherton b Gough 105 229 10 2
DJ Cullinan c Vaughan b Tufnell 120 255 10 1
WJ Cronje c Vaughan b Caddick 0 4 - -
JN Rhodes c Adams b Silverwood 16 29 2 -
L Klusener b Gough 3 10 - -
SM Pollock c Adams b Caddick 4 22 - -
MV Boucher lbw b Silverwood 36 100 3 -
AA Donald c Adams b Silverwood 7 8 1 -
PR Adams not out 3 30 - -
Extras 1b 7lb 0w 10nb 18
TOTAL: 153.4 overs 421

Fall of wickets: 1-43 (43 Gibbs, 56 mins), 2-201 (158 Kirsten, 237 mins), 3-246 (45 Kallis, 76 mins), 4-247 (1 Cronje, 9 mins), 5-279 (32 Rhodes, 41 mins), 6-290 (11 Klusener, 15 mins), 7-307 (17 Pollock, 27 mins), 8-397 (90 Boucher, 124 mins), 9-405 (8 Donald, 6 mins), 10-421 (16 Cullinan, 49 mins)

Bowler O M R W
D Gough 37 6 88 2
A R Caddick 31 6 95 2
C E W Silverwood 32 6 91 5
A Flintoff 4 0 16 0
P C R Tufnell 39.4 10 97 1
M A Butcher 3 0 9 0
C J Adams 7 2 17 0
England innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MA Butcher c Kirsten b Donald 40 168 6 -
MA Atherton c Kirsten b Donald 71 125 8 -
N Hussain c Boucher b Adams 15 70 1 -
MP Vaughan c Kirsten b Donald 42 131 3 -
AJ Stewart c Kirsten b Donald 40 65 6 -
AR Caddick c Cullinan b Donald 0 7 - -
CJ Adams c Pollock b Kallis 10 48 1 -
A Flintoff c Rhodes b Klusener 22 47 3 -
D Gough c Boucher b Klusener 4 12 - -
CEW Silverwood not out 1 2 - -
PCR Tufnell b Kallis 2 6 - -
Extras 0b 6lb 2w 3nb 11
TOTAL: 113 overs 258

Fall of wickets: 1-115 (115 Atherton, 169 mins), 2-125 (10 Butcher, 40 mins), 3-141 (16 Hussain, 42 mins), 4-213 (72 Stewart, 81 mins), 5-213 (0 Caddick, 8 mins), 6-218 (5 Vaughan, 43 mins), 7-231 (13 Adams, 34 mins), 8-253 (22 Flintoff, 24 mins), 9-255 (2 Gough, - mins), 10-258 (3 Tufnell, 4 mins)

Bowler O M R W
A A Donald 26 13 47 5
S M Pollock 27 8 59 0
J H Kallis 20 4 61 2
L Klusener 16 5 42 2
W J Cronje 3 2 5 0
P R Adams 21 9 38 1

England won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: B C Cooray, C J Mitchley

South Africa
G Kirsten , H H Gibbs , J H Kallis , D J Cullinan , W J Cronje (capt) , J N Rhodes , L Klusener , S M Pollock , M V Boucher (wkt) , A A Donald , P R Adams ,

England
M A Butcher , M A Atherton , N Hussain (capt) , M P Vaughan , A J Stewart (wkt) , C J Adams , A Flintoff , A R Caddick , D Gough , C E W Silverwood , P C R Tufnell ,

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