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South African cricket team in England in 1998

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Teams  South Africa
Number of Tests  5
1  2
Captains  Hansie Cronje
Tests won  1
Dates  14 May – 20 August 1998

The South African cricket team toured England in the 1998 season to play a five-match Test series against England.


England won the series 2-1 with two matches drawn after being 1-0 behind with only the last two matches to play.

South Africa played a three-match series of One Day Internationals (LOI) against England in May at the start of the tour and then played a short LOI tri-series against England and Sri Lanka to close the tour in August.

In addition, South Africa played seven first-class matches against Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Derbyshire, Essex and the British Universities.

Test series summary

  • 1st Test (Edgbaston) – match drawn
  • 2nd Test (Lord's Cricket Ground) – South Africa won by 10 wickets
  • 3rd Test (Old Trafford) – match drawn
  • 4th Test (Trent Bridge) – England won by 8 wickets
  • 5th Test (Headingley) – England won by 23 runs
  • LOI series summary

  • 1st LOI (The Oval) – South Africa won by three wickets
  • 2nd LOI (Old Trafford) – South Africa won by 32 runs
  • 3rd LOI (Headingley) – England won by 7 wickets
  • In the end of tour Emirates Triangular tri-series, South Africa lost to Sri Lanka by 57 runs at Trent Bridge and defeated England by 14 runs at Edgbaston. The win against England was not enough to qualify them for the final, in which Sri Lanka defeated England by 5 wickets at Lord's.


    The South African team was captained by Hansie Cronje and included Paul Adams, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, Daryl Cullinan, Gary Kirsten, Gerhardus Liebenberg, Nantie Hayward, Brian McMillan, Makhaya Ntini, Pat Symcox, Adam Bacher, Steve Elworthy and Mike Rindel

    Best performances

    Darryl Cullinan with 900 runs @ 69.23 and Gary Kirsten with 892 @ 63.71 were the highest scorers for South Africa in first-class matches on the tour. Kirsten had the highest individual innings of 210 while Cullinan's top score was 200*.

    Allan Donald with 39 wickets @ 20.12 and a best analysis of 6-56 was the leading bowler on the tour. Shaun Pollock was the next best with 24 wickets @ 24.75.

    Mark Boucher as specialist wicketkeeper in nearly all matches took 43 catches and 1 stumping.


    South African cricket team in England in 1998 Wikipedia

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