Proteas choke, England win

Roland-Jones was one of four changes for the hosts, whose build-up to their opening Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh on Thursday has been disrupted by injuries to three key players in Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali.

Rabada, who took 2/50, was the only bowler to claim more than one wicket but South Africa's attack showed more discipline and goal than on Friday.

Jonny Bairstow attempted to rebuild the innings with a resolute half-century, and David Willey and Toby Roland-Jones contributed scores, but England were bowled out for just 153 inside 32 overs.

Stokes finally fell in the 44th over when he holed out in the deep to give debutante left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (1-72) his lone wicket.

England took the three-match series 2-1 but this was a morale-boosting success for the Proteas ahead of this week's start of the Champions Trophy - a tournament featuring the world's top eight ODI nations.

They put down six catches in Southampton on Saturday‚ but their only blemish on Monday was the hard chance Quinton de Kock spilled off Maharaj for Jake Ball's wicket.

South Africa: Q de Kock c Buttler b Ali 98, H Amla c Morgan b Stokes 24, F du Plessis c Buttler b Plunkett 16, AB de Villiers c Buttler b Plunkett 52, D Miller not out 71, F Behardien c Ali b Plunkett 17, C Morris not out 36.

Englands Ben Stokes flicks one into the leg side during the 2nd ODI against South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on Saturday.

For one day at least, having managed just five overs in the preceding two matches against South Africa, he can save himself the bother of going through the discomfort again.

They needed seven off the last over but were denied by England fast bowler Mark Wood, with South Africa finishing on 328 for five.

And it was Parnell and Rabada that soon had England on the hop, reducing the home team to an incredible 20/6 after five overs.

Morgan added: " It's flattering to be favourites but I think today's a reminder not to get too carried away with where we're at as a side.

"I thought the boys played exceptionally well at the end there", he said.

Stokes, playing with strapping on his knee, was given a couple of early lives but quickly put his scratchy start behind him to turn in the sort of dominating innings that helped win him the IPL's MVP award earlier this month. "There was a very similar game this time a year ago when he played against Pakistan and only bowled a few overs with the same injury, we're trying to build it up again with the Champions Trophy in mind. We've got a good chance of winning it".

"It's just my delivery stride, a little bit of sensation running up the side of my knee", he said.

Morgan was impressed by Bairstow but did not appear to echo Bayliss" sentiment, saying: "I was very impressed and as I continue to say he never lets us down.

  • Julie Sanders