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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Savaged by Ambrose, England Loses Match, Series

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- England was dismissed Wednesday for its second lowest score ever in test cricket to lose the Third Test and the series in the West Indies.


Set 194 to win, the Englishmen had a good chance of victory before Curtley Amrose destroyed them in a spell of bowling that showed why many regard him as the greatest fast bowler in the world today.


On the fourth afternoon he smashed through the English batting, collecting 6 for 22, claiming captain Mike Atherton, Robin Smith, Graeme Hick, Alec Stewart, Graham Thorpe and Jack Russell. Courtney Walsh took the wicket of Ian Salisbury while Mark Ramprakash was run out.


At 40 for 8 overnight, England added but six runs Wednesday before losing its last two wickets, and the inning was finished after a mere 19 overs.


The six runs had some significance however -- they took England past its pevious lowest score, 45, scored against Australia in 1886-7.


Only a day before England had high hopes of taking the match, as it took the field with the West Indies struggling in their second innings on 143 for 5 and only 67 runs ahead. It added only 126 more runs, but as it turned out, that was more than enough.


All the heart and all the hope England had found in the previous three days had disappeared within the space of 90 minutes as Ambrose ripped the heart from the batting team. He finished with 6 for 24.


And England's fleeting hopes of turning the series around have once more turned into fears of a 5-0 thrashing.


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In Durban, South Africa, an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 140 between Mark Waugh, who scored his fifth test century, and Allan Border ensured that the Australians escaped with a draw in the final test against South Africa on Tuesday.


The three-test series was tied 1-1.


When Border joined Waugh at 157-4 half an hour before lunch the touring team were only four runs ahead. But in contrasting fashion the pair thwarted all attempts to part them until the match was called off as a draw.


Waugh, who has rarely shown his best form in this series, played some delightful shots on either side of the wicket in his unbeaten 113.


He reached his hundred in 295 minutes off 195 balls with a gentle push through mid-wicket for two off Hansie Cronje. While Waugh stole the limelight with his dashing strokeplay, the gritty way in which Border knuckled down to the unexciting task of blocking out one end was equally important.


After taking 24 minutes to get off the mark, he went on to score a dogged 42 in what could be his last test innings.