CricViz statistical preview of the Test series between England and South Africa.
10 Test series played between England and South Africa since South Africa were readmitted to the international game in 1992. South Africa have won four of them (1995, 1999, 2008 and 2012), England have won three (1998, 2004 and 2015) and three of them have been drawn (1994, 2003 and 2009).
1998 The last time England beat South Africa in a Test series at home. Since then England have drawn once (2002) and lost twice (2008 and 2012) in the three home series. Oddly, South Africa have not won a home series against England since 1999, losing twice (2004 and 2015) and drawing once (2009).
33% The percentage of Test matches drawn by South Africa in the last two years – the highest proportion by any team. In contrast, England’s draw percentage of 15% is among the lowest. Both teams have won 38% of their Tests in that time – the key difference has been that England have lost 46% while South Africa have only lost 29%.
4 Consecutive Test series wins for South Africa coming into this series. After losing to India away and England at home in the 2015/16 season they have since beaten New Zealand at home, Australia away, Sri Lanka at home and New Zealand away.
6 Consecutive Test matches without a win for England coming into this series. Their last match win was versus Bangladesh in Chittagong, after which they lost in Dhaka to Bangladesh before losing the five match series with India 4-0. England have failed to win their last three Test series – drawing two, v Pakistan and Bangladesh, and losing one.
18% South Africa’s Test match lose percentage away from home since January 1st 2010, the lowest among all teams. They have only lost six times in 33 away Tests in that period.
28.92 South Africa’s batting average runs per wicket in Tests in the last two years – only Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe an West Indies have lower. In Test matches away from home in that period, South Africa’s average of 25.46 is the lowest. England’s overall average in that period of 33.05 is the fourth out of ten and their average at home of 35.26 is the fifth.
2.99 South Africa’s average runs per over in Tests in the last two years – only Zimbabwe and West Indies have scored at a slower rate. In Test matches away from home in that period, South Africa’s run rate of 2.79 is the slowest. England’s average runs per over in home Tests in the last two years of 3.60 is second only to Australia’s (3.98). England’s overall run rate of 3.26 is equal-fourth out of ten.
2 Teams who have a lower average runs per wicket v spin in the last two years than South Africa (26.99): West Indies (24.84) and Zimbabwe (20.50).
24.72 South Africa’s pace bowling average runs per wicket in Tests in the last two years – the lowest among all teams. England, with 27.42 are second. England (2.87) and South Africa (2.97) also have the second and third lowest pace bowling economy rates in this time; only India (2.91) have lower.
46.74 England’s spin bowling average runs per wicket in Tests in the last two years – the second highest among all teams. South Africa, with 32.12 runs per wicket have the fourth lowest. England’s spin economy rate of 3.76 is the equal worst while South Africa’s of 3.17 is the fifth out of ten.
191 Test matches of experience that South Africa will be without in this series due to the absence of AB de Villiers (106) and Dale Steyn (85). Together de Villiers and Steyn have scored 9236 runs and taken 419 wickets.
3 Of South Africa’s 16-man Test squad have played a Test in England: Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
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