South Africa in England 1998
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South Africa
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Dates 14 May – 20 August 1998
Captains Hansie Cronje Alec Stewart
Test series
Result England won the 5-match series 2–1
Most runs Hansie Cronje (401) Mike Atherton (493)
Most wickets Allan Donald (33) Angus Fraser (24)
Player of the series Allan Donald (SA), Mike Atherton (Eng)

The South African cricket team toured England in the 1998 season to play a five-match Test series against England.

England won the series 2-1 with two matches drawn after being 1-0 behind with only the last two matches to play.

South Africa played a three-match series of One Day Internationals (LOI) against England in May at the start of the tour and then played a short LOI tri-series against England and Sri Lanka to close the tour in August.

In addition, South Africa played seven first-class matches against Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Derbyshire, Essex and the British Universities.

Test series summary

LOI series summary

In the end of tour Emirates Triangular tri-series, South Africa lost to Sri Lanka by 57 runs at Trent Bridge and defeated England by 14 runs at Edgbaston. The win against England was not enough to qualify them for the final, in which Sri Lanka defeated England by 5 wickets at Lord's.


The South African team was captained by Hansie Cronje and included Paul Adams, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, Daryl Cullinan, Gary Kirsten, Gerhardus Liebenberg, Nantie Hayward, Brian McMillan, Makhaya Ntini, Pat Symcox, Adam Bacher, Steve Elworthy and Mike Rindel

Best performances

Darryl Cullinan with 900 runs @ 69.23 and Gary Kirsten with 892 @ 63.71 were the highest scorers for South Africa in first-class matches on the tour. Kirsten had the highest individual innings of 210 while Cullinan's top score was 200*.

Allan Donald with 39 wickets @ 20.12 and a best analysis of 6-56 was the leading bowler on the tour. Shaun Pollock was the next best with 24 wickets @ 24.75.

Mark Boucher as specialist wicketkeeper in nearly all matches took 43 catches and 1 stumping.

External sources


  • Playfair Cricket Annual
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack

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