England Hammer South Africa With Innings Victory
What a fabulous effort from the England team after they looked patchy in the first test and came within a whisker of throwing it away. In the second test though they team batted admirably, Bell quieting his many critics for the moment with a fine 140, opener Alastair Cook has also had a shaky run so far in South Africa but dropped anchor and ground out a solid and workmanlike 118 and with Collingwood falling just shy of a century on 91 England built a massive first innings total of 574-9 Dec.
South Africa found our bowlers just as hard to handle as the batsmen had been, Graeme Swann (above) and Broad led the charge and although SA made a fair fist of it in their first innings, early wickets in their 2nd innings shattered their confidence and they plummeted to 133 all out and an innings and 98 run defeat.
I saw a stat on Cricinfo that said England have not inflicted an innings defeat on SA since 1964, well, it was a long time coming, but most enjoyable.
South Africa began 2009 as the world's #1 test playing nation, England were a lowly 6th place, SA have slipped to 2nd as India took the top spot and England have gained a place to move into 5th, but with victory in The Ashes this summer a series win over Sa could propel them higher. Tonight, England will be looking forward to the New Year, South Africa will be wanting to forget the old one.