Alastair Cook – 8/10 – Showed the rest of the England team how to bat in difficult conditions in first innings. His score of 88 set the platform for Ben Stokes’ heroics.
Keaton Jennings – 5/10 – Fought hard in the second innings to make a streaky 48. But a duck in the first innings was worrying and he also dropped Dean Elgar early in his innings of 136.
Tom Westley – 7/10 – Impressive debut from the Essex man, who demonstrated patience, calmness and good technique – all-important qualities for a Test match batsman – during scores of 25 and 59.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Notched a fifty for the ninth Test in succession, rotated his bowlers intelligently in both innings and employed attacking fields at the right times.
Dawid Malan – 2/10 – Not an impressive debut, although he was out to good balls in both his innings of 1 and 10 respectively. Likely to get another chance in the 4th Test.
Ben Stokes – 10/10 – Outstanding all-round display from England’s talisman: brilliant hundred in the first innings, aggressive thirty in the second, vital wickets of De Kock and Du Plessis on Day 4 and good slip catching off Moeen Ali’s bowling on Day 5.
Johnny Bairstow – 7/10 – Injected vital aggression into both of England’s innings at exactly the right time to accelerate the scoring and put pressure on South Africa’s bowlers. Scored 36 and 63 and kept well too.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Had a quiet game with the bat (16 and 8) but came to life with the ball on Day 5 to take four wickets (including the clinching hat-trick) and finish off South Africa’s resistance.
Toby Roland-Jones – 9/10 – Dream debut performance saw him take 5-57 in the first innings and 3-72 in the second. Also scored useful twenties both times England batted.
Stuart Broad – 5/10 – Had a relatively quiet game with the ball but supported Roland-Jones well with economic spells. Produced two of the best balls of the match for his two wickets (one in each innings).
James Anderson – 6/10 – Bowled with control and accuracy throughout the match (overall economy rate of less than 2 an over) and took three important wickets in the first innings.
Dean Elgar – 9/10 – Superb century under extreme pressure in the second innings gave South Africa some hope of saving the game.
Heino Kuhn – 2/10 – Serious questions must be asked about whether he deserves to retain his place. He scored 15 and 11 and averages only 13 in the series so far, which is less than bowling teammates Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris.
Hashim Amla – 1/10 – Failed to deal with the accurate bowling of Roland-Jones, who dismissed him in each innings for just 6 and 5 respectively.
Quinton de Kock – 4/10 – Was stopped in his tracks by Roland-Jones after racing to 19 in the first innings, and then bowled by a beauty from Stokes in the second. Took a superb catch to dismiss Root in the first innings.
Faf du Plessis – 0/10 – From hero to zero. Captained well and made 68 during win at Trent Bridge, then left two straight balls to be lbw for 1 and 0 in this match. Should perhaps have left out unwell Philander too.
Temba Bavuma – 7/10 – Demonstrated his excellent Test match temperament as he faced over 200 balls in total for patient innings of 52 and 32 respectively. Sharp run-out to dismiss Ali in second innings.
Vernon Philander – 3/10 – Should have declared himself unavailable for the match as he left South Africa effectively a bowler down after a good opening spell when he took wickets of Jennings and Root.
Chris Morris – 3/10 – Despite taking three wickets, he had an awful game with the ball as he conceded 161 runs in just 28 overs. Showed fight to make 24 on Day 5.
Keshav Maharaj – 6/10 – He looks the part as a Test match spinner and was South Africa’s best bowler in England’s second innings as he took the wickets of Westley, Root and Bairstow and kept run rate under reasonable control.
Kagiso Rabada – 6/10 – Took three wickets in the first innings, including a superb yorker which flattened Malan’s stumps. Not as effective in the second but dismissed Jennings with an excellent bouncer.
Morne Morkel – 6/10 – Pick of the bowlers in England’s first innings with 3/70 in 28.2 overs of controlled aggression. Economical in second innings too and dismissed Cook twice in the match.
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