England trounce the Proteas

2009-11-22 17:44

Centurion - Paul Collingwood, making a record 171st one-day appearance for England, hit a century, took two wickets and held a superb catch as England gained a comfortable seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second one-international at SuperSport Park on Sunday.

Collingwood shared a record 162-run third wicket stand with South African-born Jonathan Trott (87) as England chased down South Africa's total of 250 for nine with 24 balls to spare. Collingwood finished with 105 not out off 110 balls.

Trott, whose only previous one-day international was a low-key match against Ireland in August, when he was out without scoring, opened the batting and paced his innings skillfully as he and Collingwood enabled England to get on top after they had been struggling at 45 for two after 11.3 overs.

Despite half-centuries from Hashim Amla (57) and Alviro Petersen (64), South Africa were unable to score enough runs on a slow pitch against steady bowling which was backed by good fielding.

South Africa's total was only nine runs higher than they made in a Twenty20 international against the same opponents on the same ground seven days earlier.

After heavy rain in the area, which caused Friday's first one-day international in Johannesburg to be abandoned without a ball bowled, the pitch was slower than usual, making scoring difficult.

Collingwood's slow medium pace proved ideal in the middle stages of the innings as he took two for 24 in six overs.

He also took an acrobatic diving catch at backward point to dismiss AB de Villiers as South Africa struggled in the early stages of the innings.

Amla, playing in place of Jacques Kallis, who has been ruled out of the rest of the series because of a cracked rib, put on 73 for the third wicket with JP Duminy in the only significant partnership of the innings.

England dropped four catches but none proved too expensive, while Collingwood and Eoin Morgan, who took a leaping catch on the midwicket boundary to dismiss Albie Morkel, held outstanding efforts.

Part-time seamer Trott proved a bonus for captain Andrew Strauss, bowling in tandem with Collingwood and conceding only 21 runs in seven overs.

Strauss failed for the first time on tour and Kevin Pietersen made only four before Trott and Collingwood took control.

Trott made his 87 off 119 balls with eight fours, while Collingwood faced 110 deliveries, hitting seven fours and two sixes. It was Collingwood's fifth one-day international century.

England were without opening batsman Alastair Cook, who will remain in Pretoria for treatment and rehabilitation of a bulging disc in his back when his teammates move on to Cape Town on Monday.


  • Spitfire - 2009-11-22 17:58

    Well done England.......... The Proteas and their management/coaching staff talk a very good game before matches, but thats about it.

  • iceman1982 - 2009-11-22 18:06

    This is what happens when you dont include a player that stop the runs coming like Botha.

  • Dgs - 2009-11-22 18:17

    What an utterly pathetic performance by one of the worlds supposedly top ranked ODI teams. We were just plain useless in all disciplines. It appears as if Arthur, Smith & Co suffer from delusions of grandeur as they learnt absolutely nothing from our embarrassing performance in the Champions Trophy. It would not surprise me one bit if we loose the series 4 - 0.

  • BC - 2009-11-22 18:18

    Protea's ability to take wickets is beginning to look like Englands rugby team's ability to score a try. Just does look like a threat to anyone.

  • brad - 2009-11-22 18:23

    Absolutely pathetic from the Proteas!! A few days before this game they score just about the same amount of runs on the same pitch from only 20 overs. Maybe just maybe the strength of the pound/match fixing has made an appearance once again! Far to many soft dismissal in this game not to ask questions???

  • GeePMB - 2009-11-22 18:24

    We didn't even look as if we were in the game. Smith had no ideas of how to stop the singles, We lost the toss and it looked like we didn't have a "Plan B". Apart from Steyn who bowled well without any joy, our bowlers were lacklustre. We have not beaten the Poms in SIX ODI's. Surely fingers need to be pointed at the coach, captain and selectors.We have become a very boring side to watch. Everything is so predictable.

  • Lou - 2009-11-22 18:27

    We can't even blame Duckworth or Lewis

  • devilsadvocate - 2009-11-22 18:28

    First letter: C, second letter: H. Guess what? Protea batsmen never showed any enthusiasm and most of them just threw their wickets away. Disgusting. These bowlers will not be able to take 20 wickets in the tests.

  • Anti Protea - 2009-11-22 18:31

    I LOVE IT,I LOVE IT,I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL DONE ENGLAND,YOU OUT PLAYED THEM ARROGANT BUNCH. YIHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anti Protea - 2009-11-22 18:35

    Blame it on arrogance.

  • Graham du Toit - 2009-11-22 18:35

    And everyone thinks Smith is a great captain - as soon as he is not in the side we play well. He is a divisive character

  • jla - 2009-11-22 18:40

    the attack always gets the stick but it is our inability to see the importance in getting on with the batting that kills us. No side is going to win having just scored 250 runs and for people like Boucher to be scoring at less than a run a ball with only 5 overs left is unforgiveable. We need someone with gusto to bat for us and not someone with the inconsistency of AB who only seems to shine when it is already won.

  • instash - 2009-11-22 19:03

    *yawn* anyone else as bored by this cricket as i am. the proteas has taken all the fun out of the game for me. i don't mind losing, even to the poms (although technically we should be superior!), but at least do it with some spirit and some fight for goodness sake!!!

  • sean - 2009-11-22 19:05

    Well done pommies ! Arrogance is a bi...h !! Trott and Petersen are world class players (although KP didn`t do well today ) Wonder why they left S.A ??? Only one answer , POLITICS INVOLVED IN SPORTS !! Give it time and we shall see what will happen to S.A sports ..... Shambles

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-11-22 19:05

    Oh, happy happy day!!! Out bowled, out scored, OUT CLASSED!!! They dont even choke well anymore.

  • @Anti Protea - 2009-11-22 19:08


  • BARMY ARMY - 2009-11-22 19:09

    BARMY ARMY BARMY ARMY BARMY ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @Graham du Toit - 2009-11-22 19:10

    it will be very difficult to leave Smith out the side with his ODI batting average. It's his captaincy that I question.

  • marco tomaso - 2009-11-22 19:11

    please csa get rid of graeme smith he is completely useless and also albe morkel you will lose 4-0 if yoy keep these guys in remove them then you stand half a chance of winning even a single game

  • Middle Stump - 2009-11-22 19:12

    Wait for it - the excuses and drivel spewing forth from Arthur and Smith is going to be worse than an over flowing sewage pipe !! Once again the team talked a good game but failed to deliver. When are the a#@% holes going to learn that big talk achieves nothing if you cant back it with results ! The Proteas have just cemented their reputation as the # 1 chokers in world cricket - AGAIN !!

  • charles - 2009-11-22 19:14

    To sum it all. Clueless,embarrassing.The only thing they are good at is talking rubbish.Honestly it doesn't look like they will win anything.Trott with his bowling they couldn't put him away,goodness.We have no medium pasers,and the English have realised that we can't play medium. The same happened with the Aussies with Ronald Mcdonald,we just couldn't play him.Its the weakness we have,and l'm affraid no one wants to tackle the elephant in the room.

  • @ VOETSEK!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 2009-11-22 19:18

    Jou suurgat verloorder.

  • Anti Protea - 2009-11-22 19:22

    Amateas make me sick,but they make me all well again when they lose.

  • robbee - 2009-11-22 19:29

    When Botha was captain not many were lost.Can,t see any bowlers remotely containing this pommy side despite all plans and ideas from Arthur.Sell by dates fast approaching for some players coach and Selector Mr Proctor

  • Matt Nel - 2009-11-22 19:51

    I can see why the grounds are empty - people are sick to death watching us loose to pathetic teams! England are a rubbish side and always will be - they are nowhere in the rankings but yet they manage to win a game or 2 from us - we should be white washing these guys every time!

  • Lloydster(U.K) - 2009-11-22 19:52

    Ja-well-no fine,have we not seen this all b4,have we not commented on this pathetic performance not so long ago.The proteas are a bunch of hasbeens that are trying to stretch theirs careers for financial gain.They were dismal in England,embarrassing at home(champions trophy)and now the laughing stock.Ckeck the poor turnout.YET mickey&smith reign sumpreme.Listen to me this is beyond a political joke now even the goverment would have fired them now for poor insight and performance.Please help JZ

  • anti smith - 2009-11-22 20:01

    Get rid of the opening batsman and captain. Reminds of Hudson, who epitomised a losing team whilst occasionally looking the part.

  • pro protea - 2009-11-22 20:03

    England deserved the win,full stop...Graeme shouldn't have given his wicket away in his old style of doing so (thought he was over that) but let us remember how well he batted in the pro 20 match...SA, you have short memories. I just felt the team needed a really larger than life presence in their bowling line-up ( remember the McMillans, Le Roux and Donalds, who steamed in and revved up the opposition?) It's just not happening!! I even miss Andre Nel; he was so agressive and passionate and often did well as a result.Well done, England! Let's be fair and give credit where due; SA must not make excuses, they must make amends!!!!!

  • locust - 2009-11-22 20:08

    What what what ? Oh, we lost again ! I fell asleep with my doggie on my lap !

  • Rob - 2009-11-22 20:24

    How many more times will Smith get out playing that crap shot before the coach tells him never to play it again. Can he be that thick!?

  • Hassan Howa - 2009-11-22 20:30

    Malema kom bestuur to asseblief die Proteas......hulle speel sommer K.K

  • Stirrer - 2009-11-22 21:00

    Firstly we need a Brazilian coach who cant speaka da Ehnglich, then we need a committee to aportion some blame, then we could bribe a few of the umpires and if all that fails we can blame apartheid and the whites !!! Smith, and his loyal bunch of cronies (and crocks) are in it for the geld, not for love of country or national pride anymore cos we dont have any !!! Look at the loyalty that the ex saffers offer their adopted coutries,,,,"makes you think doesnt it", all credit to Nedbank.

  • Pro Protea - 2009-11-22 21:06


  • FOTA - 2009-11-22 21:18

    Ahhh shame, all the fair weather supported popping their valiums again. Go and liv ein England then, support someone else, who gives a rats %rse. Anyone would think the critics here had some credentials, other than depressive behaviour in the face of a defeat. Stand upright you silly people, we lost a game of cricket. We will win a game nexct week and then you can cancel the air tickets. England played better, thats all. The sun will rise tommorrow, all of you will creep off to cubicle world to do your jobs. Get over it.

  • Cire - 2009-11-22 21:44

    Well played to England. And apologies for the juvenile booing of the South African exiles in their team. Personally, I'm staying in SA but everybody has the right to play for whoever they want without ignorant yahoos weeing in their pants everytime they come onto the field.

  • dj - 2009-11-23 07:24

    Money..Money.... Money ( Abba) makes the Proteas thick heads spin round and round ...they cant bat, they cant bowl but they sure can talk.

  • Pai - 2009-11-23 08:28

    Ja,they talk the talk but definately do not walk the walk.There predictions and pre match talk is much to be desired.

  • Jay_Cee - 2009-11-23 08:36

    One of the worst performances by a Protea team I've ever seen. It seemed as Graeme had a hangover and the whole team suffered because of it. AB is very much out of form (burnt-out), they need to guide him through it by batting him lower down.

  • Gavin - 2009-11-23 09:41

    Well done England! well played, Trott and Collingwood were awesome! A well deserved victory indeed! Now, where are Stephen and his cronies? One eyed "We are the best and nobody dare say anything apposing us" the lot of them.... Face facts, us doom and gloom brigade have a valid point. Say what you want our side is cr@p right now. This game proved it.....

  • Joe - 2009-11-23 09:45

    I reckon if you had to bet your house on the next match between England and SA, every person on this forum would still bet on SA because we are the better side. England just played very well yesterday. Cant see them continuing though.

  • Hack - 2009-11-23 10:25

    Since taking flak for not winning (yet another) tournament, it seems Greame Smith has gone totally off the boil as a captain. This is the time we should have been cementing out number 1 place as ODI and test team, but instead we are fighting for survival at the top (or near to it), a position we have put ourselves in by consistently losing. The time really has come for a new ODI captain, we have not won a single tournament under him (and have been in over 6 tournaments if I'm not mistaken) and our form is completely and utterly erratic. Smith by all means should retain the test captaincy, let him focus on that, but its time for new blood to come through and take of the ODI reigns. Gibbs has moved on, Kallis is not far off it, and its time for Smith to move on as ODI captain. Also well played England. It seems the SA media loves to ridicule England, and the only ones that really look stupid are the SA Journos.

  • TJ - 2009-11-23 11:03

    As said it once and I say it again, we need more experience bowlers. The bowlers we used angainst England on Sunday are young and inexperienced. The only thing they are good at is talking like my friend Dale Styne but when it comes to taking wicket its another story. As much as I blame Smith for the embarassing defeat again, the bowlers should take responsibility for failing to take wickets. The players are spoiled, demading high salaries, endorsements, bling-bling, sporty cars, expensive sun glasses, billotong, women, sex and drugs.

  • well done - 2009-11-23 12:47

    Mr Anti Protea you are so right mate,how arrogant are they( poepteas) making an advertisement saying they are no 1,teams got to learn by the best(AUSTRALIA),get on with the game and even when they win the tounaments what they normally do they concentrate on the next rather thinking of some stupid advertisement.I am so glad I have changed my team to a team that has got proudness in them 9 years ago ,for the love of any sport,they even got into the semifinals of the world cup baseball which is not even a major sport for them.SA sucks ,third world sewage farm want to see where these arrogant bastards are gonna be in 10 years a so called christian nation????????

  • Raf - 2009-11-24 11:18

    I like Rugby we win world cups and Tri nations. We beat the likes of Aussies and All Blacks. Even if we loose its ok becoz we won 2 world cups and play attractive rugby

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