England's attempts to avoid defeat on day five of the fourth Test against South Africa ended in farce as they lost seven wickets for just 49 runs in 82 balls as the hosts secured the easiest of consolation victories in little over an hour at SuperSport Park. Kagiso Rabada was the star of the show once again, adding to hisimpressive first-innings haul to become the youngest Proteas bowler ever to produce 10 dismissals in a Test match.
With day four's top-order collapse leading to the losses of Alex Hales, Alastair Cook and Nick Compton for just 52, England resumed with Joe Root and James Taylor on 19 each. Instead of digging in throughout the morning session and making things interesting, however, both men were gone in the space of four deliveries.
First Taylor was removed after he gloved a snorter from Morne Morkel through to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock for 24, and Root followed quickly as he edged a delivery from Dane Piedt to Dean Elgar stationed at first slip. Jonny Bairstow was handed a reprieve from the umpire when he was caught off a no-ball from Rabada, but utterly failed to take advantage as he edged the very next delivery though to De Kock.
If that was not quite bad enough, England were soon reduced to 87-7 when man of the series Ben Stokes played a hook shot off Morkel to the leg-side boundary, where Stephen Cook was waiting to take a simple catch. Chris Woakes made it five dismissals in under 60 minutes when he foolishly played at a poor Rabada delivery wide of off-stump that carried behind.
The inspired 20-year-old seamer then took his tally for the match to 13-144, first coaxing Stuart Broad into wafting a poor shot to captain AB de Villiers at slip and then putting the seal on a dominant 280-run win for South Africa by trapping James Anderson with a first-ball lbw that was initially given not out before a successful review.
Although England will still claim the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy after securing an overall 2-1 win, coach Trevor Bayliss will no doubt be frustrated by another disappointing performance in the final match of a Test series. A clash against South Africa 'A' is next on the horizon, before the tour continues with five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 fixtures in February.