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Not more miracles for England in 2019 as South Africa sweep them apart

England failed to finish every other project not possible as they bowed out of 2019 with a 107-run defeat within the Boxing Day Take a look at in opposition to South Africa.

The vacationers arrived at Centurion’s SuperSport Park harbouring hopes of every other fantastic victory and a file chase of 376, channelling recollections in their Global Cup ultimate win at Lord’s and the Ashes miracle at Headingley, however discovered themselves all out of break out acts.

Even Ben Stokes, the starring act in either one of the ones dramas, may just no longer to find it in himself to defy cricketing good judgment yet another time.

Ben Stokes sees his wickets damaged (Themba Hadebe/AP)

In opposition to a spirited, proficient and united South African assault they have been bowled out for 268 overdue at the fourth afternoon to head 1-Zero in the back of within the four-match collection.

Romantics and superstitious lovers would have discovered temporary hope in Stokes’ arrival on the crease with 218 runs had to win – the precise determine required when he strode out at Leeds in August – however his departure for 14, bowled by way of the left-arm spin of Keshav Maharaj used to be the largest frame blow of all.

Rory Burns top-scored with 84, most effective seven of that have been made on Sunday, whilst captain Joe Root contributed a dedicated 48, however the momentum by no means truly left the Proteas.

Kagiso Rabada claimed 4 for 103, Anrich Nortje 3 for 56 and there used to be sound reinforce from Vernon Philander, Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius.

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