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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

England's Bowlers Strike Back

CAPE TOWN -- England dispatched Daryll Cullinan and Jonty Rhodes in five balls Wednesday on the second day of the deciding fifth and final test against South Africa at Newlands.


The double strike reduced South Africa to 125 for five, and the running out of Brian McMillan shortly before tea compounded its problems.


South Africa, which managed just 38 runs from 25 overs in the afternoon session, was 147 for six at the interval in reply to England's first innings of 153.


The South Africans had made steady progress to 125 for three when they were rocked by the double blow.


Both batsmen were caught by Jack Russell, who thereby passed Alan Knott's series record for an England wicketkeeper of 24 victims in the 1970-71 Ashes rubber in Australia.


Russell now needs two more dismissals to match Australian Rodney Marsh's world record for a series of 28.


England easily negotiated the final day of the fourth test Saturday to ensure another draw in the five-test series.


Set an improbable 328 to win, England resumed on 20 without loss and finished on 189 for three without attempting to break the deadlock.


Captain Mike Atherton and vice captain Alec Stewart extended their opening partnership to 84 in nearly three hours before Atherton was trapped lbw for 34 by a ball from seamer Craig Matthews that nipped back and kept low.