Hosts England entered into the Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 after a cakewalk victory over the Proteas who yet again choked in a major tournament. It was a disastrous batting show from South Africa that turned the big Semi-Final in a one-sided affair.
The two-match Test series between England and New Zealand ended with the Englishmen thwarting the unpredictable weather to claim a 2-0 win, which means they will head into the Ashes series high on confidence.
England crushed New Zealand by 40 runs in their opening T20I at the tiny Eden Park Ground in Auckland. The visitors took the game away by piling up a huge total of 214 for 7 after they were asked to bat first by Brendon McCullum.
They are the defending champions, but they haven’t played like one at all. It is only the win against Afghanistan that has got them this far. Against India, they were extremely poor and in the clash against West Indies were always second best.
This has been such a long tour for South Africa – the hard fought win in the Tests followed by the intensely contested ODIs, which the teams shared. They now head into the final leg of the tour, and a highly significant one considering what is to follow.