Toss, is a major factor in cricket, specially in test matches. when coin rolls into your favour on a right occassion, half the battle is won before it's even began..
June 1947, Lord's :- England captain Norman Yardley got lucky with toss and he had no hesitation electing to bat first. star batsman Len Hutton was out for just 18 but his opening partnership with Cyril Washbrook saw off any threats that New ball had to offer.. after that, it was one way traffic.
Bill Edrich and Denis Crompton = two well known England batting artists in those days, played out the day without begin dismissed, reaching their century without any trouble.
After a rest day, Bill and Denis contiued to make Proteas chase leather the next day by stretching their partnership to 370 runs, which still stands at the highest partnership between two batsmen in England vs South Africa test matches. Bill Edrich was out for 189 but his partner, Denis Crompton, completed his double century (208) before home team declared their innings for a solid 554 for 8 wickets in 215 overs.
South Africa could manage only 327 runs despite an attractive century from opener Alan Melville and then, following on, were bowled out for only 252. Doug Wright was the main destroyer for visitors side, taking 5 wickets in each innings which resulted in England needing only 26 runs in 4th innings which they achieved without a loss.. winning the game with more than a day's play to spare.
Highest partnership between a pair of South African batsmen in a test match against England is by Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs who put on 338 for the opening wicket at Edgbaston back on 24 July 2003.
What are the other biggest partnerships in England vs South Africa test matches? following list is your answer. Note that partnerships are also for 10 different wickets which is your second list below.
Record updated upto :- 10 December 2009.