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England crush South Africa by nine wickets to seal third Test and win series after Zak Crawley’s brilliant knock

, England crush South Africa by nine wickets to seal third Test and win series after Zak Crawley’s brilliant knock

ZAK CRAWLEY scored a brilliant 69 not out and hit the winning runs as England crushed South Africa by nine wickets.

That wrapped up victory within 30 minutes of the third day of play in the third Test at the Oval.

Ollie Pope and Zak Crawley were at the crease when England sealed victory

Crawley hit the winning runs to move on to an unbeaten 69

And that secured a 2-1 summer series win over the Proteas.

England were left with just 33 of the 130 runs needed once Crawley and Alex Lees returned to the crease this morning after play was stopped for bad light last night.

But Lees could not quite see out a ten-wicket win as he fell on 39.

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Kagiso Rabada seemingly half-heartedly appealed one which caught the England opener on the thigh.

And the replays showed three reds and Lees was back in the dressing room.

He barely had time to take his pads off let alone shower as Ollie Pope joined Crawley in the middle.

And it was Crawley, in desperate need of runs in the final Test of the summer, who delivered the final boundary to move on to a quick-fire 69 from 57 balls and get England over the line.

A poignant Test match, starting on Saturday following the rain and death of Queen Elizabeth II, will be remembered for a host of reasons – in particular, the singing of God Save The King before play got underway.

However, it will be one for the batters to forget.

Totals of 118, 158 and 169 in the first three innings and a solitary 50 proved the Oval pitch favoured the bowlers.

Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad took seven wickets apiece while South Africa’s speedsters Rabada and Marco Jansen managed five each.

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And it was the England attack skittling through the tourists that ensured they only needed 130 to wrap up the match and series win.

They did it with just one wicket dropped and ensured a strong finish to the home summer of Test cricket – with the trip to Sri Lanka next up.

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