Test series drawn after England collapse

England 180 & 169-9 South Africa 423-7 dec

England today collapsed to 169 all out as South Africa wrapped up an innings and 74 run victory at The Wanderers to share the four-Test series.

The tourists, who had needed only a draw in Johannesburg to pull off an improbable 1-0 success, were instead beaten just before lunch on the fourth day.

Morne Morkel (four for 59) was the man who at last ensured South Africa would land the 'knockout blow' their captain Graeme Smith had been craving, taking three wickets for no runs in seven balls to put paid to England's apparent decision to pin all hopes of survival on an ambitious counter-attack.

Paul Collingwood (71), England's top runscorer of the series, was the impetus behind an unlikely and short-lived bid for glory today.

Collingwood finished with another half-century, laden with 10 fours from only 65 balls.

Support, however, was in short supply.

Twice England have clung on for draws in this epic series. But after starting a cloudy morning 195 runs behind with only seven second-innings wickets left, it was clear this time Collingwood was going to try to wrest the momentum back rather than block out time.

He took on the short ball from Morkel and Dale Steyn with a series of upper-cuts and hooks.

His adventure was a startling contrast with the near strokeless policy which saw him bat 66 overs for 40 to salvage the third Test in Cape Town.

In the final Test, he reached the same number of runs from only 44 balls, compared to the 188 he ate up at Newlands.

Kevin Pietersen, though, is going through an almighty struggle to even approach his best form.

He did not score a run until the fifth full over of the day - even then it was only a single to fine-leg off Morkel - and Collingwood had made 32 to his partner's three in the session when Pietersen chased an attempted wide drive on the up off Wayne Parnell and edged behind.

Collingwood's attacking intent extended to an unwise second run after a fend-off into the leg-side off Steyn, from which a direct hit would have run Ian Bell out for nought.

Collingwood survived a decision review system appeal for lbw from the first ball of Morkel's second spell from the Corlett Drive End, and another close call when Parnell swung one into his pads too.

But Bell fell to a fine delivery from Morkel, edging high to second slip.

Then Matt Prior made a second-ball duck, mis-hooking a lobbed catch to Smith running back from slip behind the wicketkeeper, having survived a half-chance to short-leg, off the face of the bat, from his first delivery.

A DRS review proved Stuart Broad had, in fact, gloved Morkel behind down the leg-side after initially being given not out by Steve Davis.

Graeme Swann survived once in a typically breezy 20, Ashwell Prince unable to complete a diving catch in the gully off Morkel, before Steyn instead had him edging into the slips.

But even allowing for Collingwood, whose defiance included hitting Steyn for six over long-off, the end was nigh.

When Collingwood pulled the first ball of JP Duminy's one-over spell to be caught at deep square-leg, it was an anti-climactic conclusion for the Durham all rounder.

The series finished similarly when Duminy took the last wicket, Ryan Sidebottom bowled slog-sweeping as England folded in fewer than 43 overs.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot