By the Numbers: The Cape Town draw
The second Test between South Africa and England at Newlands had a lot of action for a match that ended in a draw, and there are plenty of facts and figures to look at, from Stokes, to Amla, to Temba's Ton.
1272 – Runs scored in the first four days. England made 629 runs in very quick time, South Africa made 627 runs at a much slower pace, and then England made 16/0 before stumps on day four. We assumed day five would be dull. It was not.
5.35 – Morris economy rate in first innings. Debutant Chris Morris was picked ahead of Hardus Viljoen, and many questioned that as they watched Morris tonked all over the park by Stokes and Co. His first innings figures were 1/150.
163 – Stokes balls to 200. The New Zealand-born all-rounder demolished the Proteas on day two, recording the fastest double ton by an England batsman, and the second-fastest overall. His 250 did break the record, coming off 196 balls.
186 – Stokes' runs from boundaries. The Durham man his 30 fours and 11 sixes in his blistering knock, so boundaries made up the bulk of his runs.
130 – Runs in the morning session for Stokes. Day two pre-lunch was a demolition, with 196 runs coming in the sessions, and 130 to Stokes. It was the most scored by a batsman in a pre-lunch session in Tests.
11hrs 47 mins – Amla's knock. Considering Amla batted for around 20 hours in Tests in all of 2015, this was a marathon innings by any measure. His trademark patience came to the fore. though he was helped by three dropped catches. He made sure to punish those on his way to 201.
3 – Amla's 450 ball innings. He's batted for at least 450 deliveries the same number of times as Gary Kirsten, and they lead the pack for South Africa. Amla's still the only Saffer with a triple ton.
141 – Deliveries for Bavuma's ton. Gosh this was a nice moment, hey? Bavuma's ton was the first by a black South African, and the historical value outweighs the actual score of 102 not out. Only a heart of stone would have found Bavuma's father's joy unaffecting.
7 – Tests Bavuma needed for a ton. Interestingly, none other than Jacques Kallis also took seven Tests to reach his first century. Not bad company to be in.
69 – Morris's runs in debut knock. While Morris was relatively poor with the ball, his efforts with the bat were impressive. He was picked for this reason, with selectors saying he's a better batsman than Viljoen, and he showed it. His score fell three runs short of the record for a Proteas debutant batting at number eight or lower.
17 – Mins QdK batted. Oh Quinton de Kock. The young wicketkeeper did well with the gloves upon his return to the side, but his much-anticipated return with the bat did not go as planned. He was out for five in his one dig.
5.6 – Bavuma and Taylor's heights. Irrelevant, but people were wondering who is shorter. They're almost exactly the same height.
48929 – Calls for Amla's head when England were batting. It's a moot point now, given he resigned the captaincy straight after the match, but the vitriol directed at Amla while England were batting was strong. Not as strong as towards other skippers, because being mean about # is like kicking a puppy, but still.
0 – Calls for Amla's head while he was batting. Score a double ton and silence the critics who were calling for your head the day before.
11 – Dropped catches. This was not a great exhibition of fielding, especially not from England, who dropped seven of the 11. Combing through the commentary, they went like this: Morris drops Root, Morkel drops sitter off Bairstow, AB drops Stokes, but then run out. And: Root drops AB, Anderson drops Amla on 76, Compton drops Amla on 120, Taylor drops Amla on 201 – out in same over, Finn drops Morris, Bairstow drops Bavuma on 77, Root drops Morris on 58. And: Rabada drops Taylor.
363 – Days between Faf's fifties. Before the 86 he scores in this match, on 5 January, his most recent half ton was scored on 3 January last year, against the West Indies. His last Test ton was in December 2014, 13 innings ago.
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