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English cricket team in South Africa in 2015–16
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South Africa
Flag of England
England
Dates 15 December 2015 – 21 February 2016
Captains Hashim Amla (1st and 2nd Tests)
AB de Villiers (3rd and 4th Tests and ODIs)
Faf du Plessis (T20Is)
Alastair Cook (Tests)
Eoin Morgan (ODIs and T20Is)
Test series
Result England won the 4-match series 2–1
Most runs Hashim Amla (470) Ben Stokes (411)
Most wickets Kagiso Rabada (22) Stuart Broad (18)
Player of the series Ben Stokes (Eng)
One Day International series
Result South Africa won the 5-match series 3–2
Most runs Quinton de Kock (326) Alex Hales (383)
Most wickets Kagiso Rabada (9) Reece Topley (10)
Player of the series Alex Hales (Eng)
Twenty20 International series
Result South Africa won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Hashim Amla (91) Jos Buttler (86)
Most wickets Imran Tahir (5)
Kyle Abbott (5)
Chris Jordan (3)
Player of the series Imran Tahir (SA)

The England cricket team toured South Africa from 15 December 2015 to 21 February 2016. The tour consisted of four Test matches, five One Day International and two Twenty20 International matches. England won the Test series 2–1. South Africa won the ODI series 3–2 and the T20I series 2–0.

Squads

Tests ODIs T20Is
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Steven Finn was added to England's Test squad on 14 December 2015. Following the conclusion of the first Test, Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris were added to the South African squad. South Africa later added Hardus Viljoen to their squad as cover for Kyle Abbott. Hashim Amla resigned from the captaincy at the end of the second Test with AB de Villiers replacing him for the rest of the series. Dale Steyn only played in the first Test and was ruled out of the rest of the series with a shoulder injury. Dane Vilas was added to South Africa's Test squad as a late replacement for Quinton de Kock, who suffered a knee injury. Vilas was due to play in the Sunfoil Series and had to catch a flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg on the morning of the third Test. Stephen Cook was added to South Africa's squad ahead of the fourth Test, with Rilee Rossouw being released to play in the Sunfoil Series.

Liam Plunkett was added to England's limited-overs squad as replacement for Steven Finn, who was injured. However, Plunkett would later suffer from injury too, and was replaced by Stuart Broad. Dale Steyn was ruled out of the ODI series with a shoulder injury. Marchant de Lange was added to South Africa's ODI squad.

Quinton de Kock was selected for the T20I series, but was rested for both games. AB de Villiers kept wicket for South Africa in his absence.

Tour matches

Three-day: South African Invitation XI v England XI

15–17 December 2015
Scorecard
Flag of England England
470/7d (88 overs)
v South African Invitation XI
188 (57.1 overs)
Match drawn
Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Bongani Jele (SA)
Ben Stokes 158* (131)
Thandolwethu Mnyaka 3/66 (18 overs)
Heinrich Klaasen 48 (53)
Stuart Broad 3/18 (6.1 overs)
190 (52.4 overs) 5/0 (2 overs)
Joe Root 39 (65)
Junior Dala 5/34 (12 overs)
Simon Khomari 5* (6)
  • England XI won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 13 players per side (11 batting, 11 fielding).

First-class: South Africa A v England XI

20–22 December 2015
Scorecard
South Africa A Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
136 (56 overs)
v Flag of England England
414/6d (97.5 overs)
England XI won by an innings and 91 runs
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Bongani Jele (SA)
Stephen Cook 53* (170)
Steven Finn 4/34 (12 overs)
Alastair Cook 126 (194)
Keshav Maharaj 4/129 (26.5 overs)
187 (42.5 overs)
Quinton de Kock 53 (64)
Moeen Ali 6/77 (14.5 overs)
  • England XI won the toss and elected to field.

List A: South Africa A v England XI

30 January 2016
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
368/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa South Africa A
205 (30.5 overs)
England XI won by 163 runs
Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Shaun George (SA)
James Taylor 116 (116)
Marchant de Lange 2/69 (10 overs)
Theunis de Bruyn 73* (82)
Reece Topley 3/38 (5.5 overs)
  • England XI won the toss and elected to bat.

T20: South Africa A v England XI

17 February 2016
18:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
202/6 (20 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa South Africa A
158/8 (20 overs)
England XI won by 44 runs
Boland Park, Paarl
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Bongani Jele (SA)
Alex Hales 78 (52)
Wayne Parnell 3/26 (4 overs)
Theunis de Bruyn 56 (38)
Reece Topley 3/29 (4 overs)
  • England XI won the toss and elected to bat.

Test series

1st Test

26–30 December 2015
Scorecard
Flag of England England
303 (100.1 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
214 (81.4 overs)
England won by 241 runs
Kingsmead, Durban
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Moeen Ali (Eng)
Nick Compton 85 (236)
Dale Steyn 4/70 (25.1 overs)
Dean Elgar 118* (246)
Stuart Broad 4/25 (15 overs)
326 (102.1 overs) 174 (71 overs)
Jonny Bairstow 79 (76)
Dane Piedt 5/153 (36 overs)
Dean Elgar 40 (71)
Steven Finn 4/42 (15 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rain stopped play at 11:05 on Day 1 and lunch was taken. Bad light stopped play at 17.56 on Day 1 and play ended for the day.
  • Alex Hales (Eng) made his Test debut.
  • Dean Elgar became the first South African to carry his bat in a Test innings since Gary Kirsten in 1997.

2nd Test

2–6 January 2016
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Flag of England England
629/6d (125.5 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
627/7d (211 overs)
Match drawn
Newlands, Cape Town
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus)
Player of the match: Ben Stokes (Eng)
Ben Stokes 258 (198)
Kagiso Rabada 3/175 (29.5 overs)
Hashim Amla 201 (477)
Stuart Broad 2/94 (34 overs)
159/6 (65 overs)
Jonny Bairstow 30* (75)
Dane Piedt 3/38 (18 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Bad light stopped play at 15:46 on Day 5, with no further play possible.
  • Chris Morris (SA) made his Test debut.
  • Umpire Aleem Dar stood in his 100th Test match.
  • Ben Stokes became the first England player batting at number 6 to make a double century in Test cricket. He also scored the second-fastest double century, the fastest by an Englishman and the fastest ever 250 in Tests.
  • Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow's 399-run partnership is the highest 6th-wicket partnership in Test cricket, England's second-highest partnership for any wicket and the highest partnership in South Africa for any wicket.
  • Temba Bavuma became the first black African to score a century in Test cricket for South Africa.
  • This is the first time that both teams scored more than 600 runs in their first innings of a Test in South Africa.
  • Hashim Amla (SA) resigned from the captaincy at the end of the Test with AB de Villiers replacing him for the rest of the series.

3rd Test

14–18 January 2016
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
313 (99.3 overs)
v Flag of England England
323 (76.1 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Stuart Broad (Eng)
Dean Elgar 46 (122)
Ben Stokes 3/53 (18.1 overs)
Joe Root 110 (139)
Kagiso Rabada 5/78 (23.1 overs)
83 (33.1 overs) 74/3 (22.4 overs)
Kagiso Rabada 16 (21)
Stuart Broad 6/17 (12.1 overs)
Alastair Cook 43 (70)
Dean Elgar 2/10 (3.4 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Bad light stopped play at 16:47 on Day 2, with no further play possible.
  • Hardus Viljoen (SA) made his Test debut.
  • Kagiso Rabada (SA) took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
  • With victory in this match England won the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy.
  • South Africa's 2nd innings total of 83 all out is their lowest home total since being readmitted to Test cricket.
  • With this defeat, South Africa lost their number one place in the Test rankings, dropping to third place behind India and Australia.
  • Following his man of the match performance, Stuart Broad (Eng) became the number one ranked Test bowler in the ICC Player Rankings.

4th Test

22–26 January 2016
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Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
475 (132 overs)
v Flag of England England
342 (104.2 overs)
South Africa won by 280 runs
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Kagiso Rabada (SA)
Quinton de Kock 129* (128)
Ben Stokes 4/86 (27 overs)
Joe Root 76 (128)
Kagiso Rabada 7/112 (29 overs)
248/5d (83.2 overs) 101 (34.4 overs)
Hashim Amla 96 (199)
James Anderson 3/47 (18 overs)
James Taylor 24 (48)
Kagiso Rabada 6/32 (10.4 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain delayed play for 45 minutes after lunch on Day 3.
  • Rain stopped play at 16:00 on Day 4 with play resuming at 17:10.
  • Stephen Cook (SA) made his Test debut.
  • Stephen Cook became the 100th player to score a century on debut in a Test match.
  • Quinton de Kock (SA) scored his maiden Test century.

ODI series

1st ODI

3 February 2016
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
399/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
250/5 (33.3 overs)
England won by 39 runs (D/L method)
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Shaun George (SA)
Player of the match: Quinton de Kock (SA)
Jos Buttler 105 (76)
Chris Morris 3/74 (10 overs)
Quinton de Kock 138* (96)
Moeen Ali 3/43 (6 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain stopped play in the 34th over of South Africa's innings with no further play possible.

2nd ODI

6 February 2016
10:00
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
262/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
263/5 (46.2 overs)
England won by 5 wickets
St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Kumar Dharmasena (SL)
Player of the match: Alex Hales (Eng)
AB de Villiers 73 (91)
Reece Topley 4/50 (9 overs)
Alex Hales 99 (124)
Kyle Abbott 3/58 (9 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Alex Hales became the first batsmen to be dismissed for 99 in an ODI and a T20I.

3rd ODI

9 February 2016
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
318/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
319/3 (46.2 overs)
South Africa won by 7 wickets
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Quinton de Kock (SA)
Joe Root 125 (113)
Kyle Abbott 2/50 (10 overs)
Quinton de Kock 135 (117)
Adil Rashid 1/45 (10 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was the highest successful run-chase in an ODI at SuperSport Park.
  • Quinton de Kock (SA) became the youngest player to make 10 centuries in ODI matches.
  • Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla's 239-run partnership is the highest partnership for South Africa when batting second in an ODI.

4th ODI

12 February 2016
13:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
262 (47.5 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
266/9 (47.2 overs)
South Africa won by 1 wicket
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Shaun George (SA)
Player of the match: Chris Morris (SA)
Joe Root 109 (124)
Kagiso Rabada 4/45 (9.5 overs)
Chris Morris 62 (38)
Adil Rashid 2/38 (5.2 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

5th ODI

14 February 2016
10:00
Scorecard
Flag of England England
236 (45 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
237/5 (44 overs)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
Newlands, Cape Town
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: AB de Villiers (SA)
Alex Hales 112 (128)
Kagiso Rabada 3/34 (9 overs)
AB de Villiers 101* (97)
Reece Topley 3/41 (7 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • AB de Villiers (SA) played his 200th ODI match.

T20I series

1st T20I

19 February 2016
18:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
134/8 (20 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
135/7 (20 overs)
South Africa won by 3 wickets
Newlands, Cape Town
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Shaun George (SA)
Player of the match: Imran Tahir (SA)
Jos Buttler 32* (30)
Imran Tahir 4/21 (4 overs)
Faf du Plessis 25 (30)
Chris Jordan 3/23 (4 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

2nd T20I

21 February 2016
14:30
Scorecard
Flag of England England
171 (19.4 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
172/1 (14.4 overs)
South Africa won by 9 wickets
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Adrian Holdstock (SA)
Player of the match: AB de Villiers (SA)
Jos Buttler 54 (28)
Kyle Abbott 3/26 (4 overs)
AB de Villiers 71 (29)
Adil Rashid 1/30 (4 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • AB de Villiers scored the fastest 50 (21 balls) for South Africa in a T20I.

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