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Wood shines once again as England hammer South Africa to bag series 3-1
Day Four Report

Wood shines once again as England hammer South Africa to bag series 3-1

Ben Stokes and Mark Wood struck right before tea which broke South Africa’s resistance, giving the visitors a 3-1 victory on the fourth day of Wanderers Test.

With the home side given a mammoth 466 to win, South Africa were 181 for 2 before Ben Stokes struck to end Faf du Plessis’ resistance.

In the next over, Wood claimed the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen, who missed out his maiden Test hundred by two runs.

Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma offered some resistance but couldn’t prevent the home side getting knocked over on day four.

Van der Dussen and Du Plessis made England bowlers toil on a sunny day in an extended session but the skipper was nipped out by a drag on off Stokes’ ball, creating in roads for the opposition.

Van der Dussen was all set for a maiden Test hundred but Mark Wood claimed his wicket. Dussen impressed with his aggressive style of batsmanship, smashing 15 fours and two sixes to take the attack to the opposition.

But Wood bowled serious heat on a surface which was getting uneven as the passage of play progressed.

With tea just around the corner, England went for the bodyline tactic. Wood was smart enough to pitch the ball up, bluffing Van der Dussen as he handed a mis-timed drive to Broad at short cover.

De Kock and recalled batsman Bavuma batted well to put up a 48-run partnership before Broad bowled a hostile bouncer to Bavuma, gloving the ball to wicket-keepr Jos Buttler.

In his next over, Broad nipped out Dwaine Pretorius to get his second wicket of the innings.

Vernon Philander, who was playing in his last Test, struck two boundaries before Wood nipped him out. Anrich Nortje was removed shortly, who became Wood’s ninth scalp of the Test.

Both teams will now play a three-match ODI series starting February 4.