England’s long tour of South Africa will finally come to an end this week as the two teams will be involved in a 3-match T20I series. The English team drew the ODI series after winning the Test series by 3-1 from being 0-1 down. England’s success in the ODI format has reflected into T20Is as they won all the bilateral T20I series played in the last couple of years. South Africa also has been consistent in the last couple of years in the T20Is and have been unbeaten at home during this period.
All the key stats and numbers that matter ahead of the T20I series between South Africa and England:
1 – England has won only one of the five T20I matches they played against South Africa in South Africa. The lone win came during the 2-match series in 2009 in Johannesburg that too by a 1-run margin. England won only six out of 14 matches against South Africa in the T20I format. The two teams last met in this format way back during the 3-match T20I series in 2017 hosted by England.
2-7 – England managed to win only two of the nine T20I matches they played on the South African soil – vs Zimbabwe by 50 runs in 2007 Cape Town T20I and vs South Africa by 1 run in 2009 Johannesburg T20I. Their win-loss ratio of 0.285 in T20Is on South African soil is their 2nd lowest in the T20I format in any country. They had a W/L ratio of 0.142 in Australia where they won only one of the 8 T20Is.
2/2 – Quinton de Kock has scored fifties in both the matches he captained South Africa in the T20I format – 52 in Mohali and 79* in Bangalore during their tour of India last year.
4 – England won each of their last four bilateral series in the T20I format – 1-0 vs Sri Lanka in 2018, 3-0 vs West Indies in 2019, 1-0 vs Pakistan in 2019 and 3-2 vs New Zealand in 2019. Only Pakistan and India have won more than four consecutive T20I bilateral series.
5 – South Africa has not lost any of the five T20I series they played since losing the one-off T20I in 2018 against Sri Lanka. This is the first instance of South Africa remaining unbeaten in five consecutive T20I series. This streak includes three successive T20I series victories at home; the first such instance for the Proteas.
7 – South Africa have won each of their last seven matches while defending a target at home in the T20I format. The last instance of them failing to defend a target was in January 2017 against Sri Lanka where they lost the 3-match series by 1-2 margin.
96 – Number of sixes Eoin Morgan has struck in his T20I career thus far. Morgan needs four more sixes to become the first England batsman and overall the 6th player to hit 100 T20I sixes.
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