Proteas

SA edge England in Wanderers head-to-head

2016-01-13 08:00
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Cape Town - Not that it will count for much, but South Africa will go into Thursday's third Test against England at the Wanderers knowing that they have the upper hand over their opponents at the venue. 

The sides have met eight times in Johannesburg since 1956, with the Proteas having won three of those matches while England have won two and there have been three draws. 

The eight matches are split up into two batches - four before isolation, and four after. 

South Africa have a 2-1 win advantage in the post-isolation era, with their innings and 74-run win in 2010 putting them ahead. 

There have been some historic moments at the ground. 

In 1995, Michael Atherton's undefeated 185 in the second innings rescued a draw for his side in what was one of the most resilient displays of batting you are likely to see, while in 1999 Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock combined for 19 of the 20 England wickets to blow the visitors away in that year's series opener. 

Even in the early days there were special performances - Hugh Tayfield's nine wickets in the second innings of the 1957 Test standing tall.

Here, we take a trip down memory lane and look at the eight matches played between the sides at the 'Bullring'.

1956

England 268 (Richardson 117, Adcock 4/36, Goddard 3/51)

SA 215 (Goddard 49, Bailey 3/33)

England 150 (Adcock 3/33, Tayfield 3/40)

SA 72 (Bailey 5/20)

England won by 131 runs

1957

SA 340 (McLean 93*, Goddard 67, Waite 61, Bailey 3/54)

England 251 (May 61, Tayfield 4/79)

SA 142 (Goddard 49, Statham 3/37)

England 214 (Insole 68, Cowdrey 55, Tayfield 9/113)

SA won by 17 runs

1964

England 531 (Dexter 172, Barrington 121, Barber 97, P. Pollock 5/129)

SA 317 (Pithey 85, Barlow 71)

SA 336/6 (Bland 144, G. Pollock 55, Goddard 50, Allen 4/87)

Match drawn

1965 

SA 390/6 dec. (Barlow 96, Pithey 95, Waite 64, Goddard 60, Bland 55)

England 384 (Parfitt 122*, Barrington 93, Barber 61, McKinnon 4/128)

SA 307/3 dec. (Goddard 112, G. Pollock 65*)

England 153/6 (Boycott 76*, McKinnon 3/44)

Match drawn

1995

SA 332 (G. Kirsten 110, Cullinan 69, Cork 5/84)

England 200 (Smith 52, Eksteen 3/12, Pollock 3/44)

SA 346/9 dec. (McMillan 100*, Cullinan 61, Rhodes 57, Cork 4/78)

England 351/5 (Atherton 185*)

Match drawn

1999

England 122 (Donald 6/53, Pollock 4/16)

SA 403/9 dec. (Cullinan 108, Gibbs 85, Klusener 72, Gough 5/70)

England 260 (Stewart 86, Donald 5/74, Pollock 4/64)

SA won by an innings and 21 runs

2005

England 411/8 dec. (Strauss 147, Key 83, Vaughan 82, Ntini 4/111)

SA 419 (Gibbs 161, Boucher 64, Hoggard 5/144)

England 332/9 dec. (Trescothick 180, Vaughan 54, Ntini 3/62)

SA 247 (Gibbs 98, Smith 67*, Hoggard 7/61)

England won by 77 runs

2010

England 180 (Steyn 5/51, Morkel 3/39)

SA 423/7 dec. (Smith 105, Boucher 95, Amla 75, De Villiers 58)

England 169 (Collingwood 71, Morkel 4/59)

SA won by an innings and 74 runs

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