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South Africa v England: who topped the batting and bowling averages for the series?

We take a look at which batsmen and bowlers topped the charts

After a chastening home defeat to England, it would be safe to say this series will not be one South Africa will look back on fondly.

The 107-run victory in the opening Test must seem a lifetime away to hapless captain Faf du Plessis, who saw his team go on to lose the next three matches in comprehensive fashion – by 189 runs, an innings and 53 runs and finally 191 runs.

South Africa failed put on single total above 300 in eight innings with their top score of 284 coming in the very first knock of the series in Centurion.

No batsman managed to reach three figures, while Du Plessis himself has now gone 11 innings without even a half-century to his name and he has seen his side lose eight times in the last nine Tests.

For Joe Root's England, the future is looking bright again after securing the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy in style.

The likes of Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer, Dom Bess and Sam Curran all made important contributions to the cause and are all under the age of 25.

Sibley, Pope and Ben Stokes scored centuries, while Archer, Bess, James Anderson and Mark Wood – the fourth Test man of the match – earned five-fors with the ball.

In fact, it was hard to keep all-rounder Stokes out of the news during the series as he was named ICC player of the year, had to cope with his father seriously ill in hospital, take five catches in the first innings at Cape Town, produce match-winning bowling spells, hit a half century and century with the bat, clinch the man of the series award ... and was also fined for swearing at a South African supporter.

So, after all that, to see who topped the batting and bowling charts at the end of the four-match series in the photo gallery above, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: January 28, 2020 04:11 PM

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