SOUTH AFRICA vs. ENGLAND THIRD TEST HIGHLIGHTS
     
  • England's 499 for 9 is only the second instance of a Test innings being declared one short of 500. The other occasion was Sri Lanka's 499 for 8 declared against England at Galle in 2007/08.
  • This total is England's highest at Port Elizabeth.
  • The innings saw only the twelfth occasion of an England innings featuring centuries by the numbers five and six.
  • The 203-run partnership between Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope is a record for the fifth wicket for England against South Africa in South Africa. The previous best was 154 by Phil Mead and Percy Fender at Durban in 1922/23.
  • Stokes went past 4000 runs and became only the seventh all-rounder to record 4000 runs and 100 wickets in a Test career.
  • Mark Wood's 42 is the second-highest score by a number 10 for England against South Africa. The best is Dick Lilley's 48 at Lord's in 1907.
  • Keshav Maharaj's 5 for 180 is the most expensive five-wicket haul for South Africa in their Test history. The previous was Athol Rowan's 5 for 174 at Headingley in 1951.
  • The above is not the most runs conceded by a South African bowler in a Test innings, that belonging to Nicky Boje (65-5-221-0) against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2006. Maharaj has twice conceded more than the 180 runs in an innings but is no stranger to long bowling spells, this being his third of over 50 overs.
  • Dom Bess became the first England spin bowler to take five wickets at Port Elizabeth.
  • An unashamed plug for my old school - Bess became the first Blundell's cricketer to take five wickets in a Test innings.
  • Bess's 23 maidens in the Test is the most by any international bowler in a Test since James Anderson bowled the same number against Australia at Melbourne in December 2017.
  • Anrich Nortje's 191 ball first innings 18 is the third-longest by a South African nightwatchman in a Test. Fanie de Villiers's 198-minute, 170-ball 30 against Australia at Adelaide in 1993-94 remains South Africa's longest.
  • Joe Root's 4 for 87 in South Africa's second innings is his best Test bowling surpassing his 2 for 9 against Australia at Lord's in 2013.
  • The last-wicket partnership of 99 between Maharaj and Dane Paterson failed by around a metre to become only South Africa's third century stand for their last wicket in their Test history.
  • Paterson's unbeaten 39 is the fourth highest score by a number 11 on Test debut.
  • Ollie Pope became the tenth England cricketer - and second in this series - to take six catches in the Test. This figure excludes wicket-keepers.
  • Pope became only the sixth fielder - not wicket-keeper - after Frank Woolley, Sir Garfield Sobers, Matthew Hayden, Jacques Kallis and Steve Smith to score a century and take six catches in the same Test.