England strike bowler Stuart Broad repeated his Trent Bridge heroics from last year’s Ashes series to decimate South Africa in Johannesburg, clinching an upset series win for the tourists with one Test to play.
Broad, who took an unforgettable 8/15 against Australia to effectively wrap up the Ashes, took 6/17 as the Proteas crumbled to 83 all out in their second innings – including five wickets for one run in one withering spell.
England cruised to a seven-wicket win by knocking off the meagre 74-run target. Earlier in the Test, South Africa reached 313 in remarkable circumstances: all 11 batsmen made at least 12 runs, but no player made more than 46. England took a slender 10-run first-innings lead largely thanks to Joe Root’s superb 110.
South Africa’s new bowling star Kagiso Rabada, who took 5/78 in England’s first innings, top-scored in the home side’s second dig with just 16 coming in at No.9.
It has been an extraordinary tour for England. After they racked up a crushing 241-run win in the first Test in Durban, Ben Stokes’ record-breaking 258 lit up the drawn second clash in Cape Town. Now on the back of their stunning Jo’burg triumph, England have secured the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy for the first time since 2004/05.
The four-Test series concludes with the final clash at Centurion, starting next Friday.