Fourth Test, England v South Africa - Statistical Preview
England and South Africa will face each other one final time in this season in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Friday with the series poised at 2-1 in favour of hosts. Let us take a look at few of the key statistics ahead of the encounter.
A series win for England will make it the first time since 1964, they have registered back to back series victories against South Africa.
England will head into the fourth Test having enjoyed a 10 match unbeaten streak in Manchester in which they managed eight wins and two draws.
South Africa's hopes of levelling the series isn't encouraging considering they have won just one Test against England at Old Trafford in their last eight outings.
However, the Proteas will be encouraged by the fact that the last five games between these two teams has seen alternate winners with England being the victorious team in their last encounter at The Oval.
The last 14 games involving England has seen just one draw and they registered five wins and eight defeats in it.
Joe Root has the chance to become the fifth fastest England player to 5,000 Tests runs, if he manages 46 runs in the fourth Tests.
The last time, England played at Old Trafford, Root went on to record his career highest score of 254 runs against Pakistan.
Morne Morkel, who dismissed Alastair Cook in both the innings at The Oval is the most successful South African bowler against the former England captain after having managed to remove him 11 times previously.
England off-spinner Moeen Ali has the best average for any bowler in 2017 after claiming 14 wickets at 14.70.
Stuart Broad needs eight more wickets to level Sir Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets to become the joint second highest wicket-taker in England cricket behind James Anderson, who has 480.
Stats from Investec
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