New England captain Jos Battler saw his team suffer a crushing 90-round loss to South Africa in a T20 decider at the Ageas Bowl to end a difficult white-ball summer with another low.
et 192 to win in Hampshire, the hosts were sacked for 101 meaning they suffered their biggest loss in the format and went through their first home summer since 2013 without winning a limited overs series.
It continues a rocky start in life as England captain for Battler, who replaced Eoin Morgan in June and saw staunch ally Ben Stokes retire in shock circumstances from 50-over cricket a month later.
By that point, India had already won two series of limited overs against the hosts, and this loss to South Africa, which owed a total of 191 out of five to Riza Hendricks and Aiden Markram for half a century, leaves the home team with low confidence. ahead of the T20 Winter World Championships.
Battler and new head coach Matthew Mott do have at least seven T20s scheduled for September in Pakistan and the duo are hoping confidence can be restored there before attention shifts entirely to Australia, where England could suddenly be among the favorites to fight. for silver.
A defeat in Cardiff on Thursday saw the winner take the whole clash at the Ageas Bowl, where the new captain again won the toss and entered the field first in what looked like a wise decision when a recalled David Wyllie sent Quinton De Kock back for a three-ball duck.
Riley Rossow responded with a fun 31 that included four boundaries from one Chris Jordan but was deflected by Moen Ali after the first of two mini rain delays in Hampshire.
South Africa went six overs no hold in the middle of their innings, but Hendrix was still busy with a string of singles and doubles and found capable support in Markram, who returned to the T20 team for the first time since last year’s World Cup. .
Hendrix eventually switched gears before his third fifty of the series ended at 70, while visiting captain David Miller hit 22 from nine balls only to see his fun come to an end on a superb Willie, who received two scalps at his death.
It was Rhys Topley and Jordan’s expensive nature that initially cost England when the seamstresses were going for a total of 97 runs to help South Africa set up 192 for the win, which proved to be too much for the host’s underperforming squad.
The hosts were demanding a big input from out of the box Jason Roy, but he saw opening partner Battler go first as the skipper passed Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi on a short third to walk away after another low score.
Roy trailed off shortly after scoring just 17 to leave England against her already, and South Africa couldn’t let their stranglehold in the clash go to waste.
David Malan and Ali scored single digits, the latter with a sensational one-handed catch from Tristan Stubbs, while Johnny Bairstow fought a losing battle on the other end.
Tabraiz Shamsi came into play when he lured Liam Livingston into a fake throw and ultimately demanded a five-wicket catch as England’s chase never made it to second gear.
Shamsi finished with five out of 24, but fellow spinner Maharaj had the last word when Bairstow’s lone vigil of 27 out of 30 balls ended in a tiring backswing caught by South African captain Miller.
This resulted in England retiring with 20 balls to spare, leaving Battler and Mott with problems to work out before another vital trip to Down Under this winter.