South Africa were the 3rd country to join in after England & Australia started what we call today as International cricket matches. South Africans were banned from world cricket community following color discrimination, for 20 years, before they joined back in 1992 World cup.
In short, when we talk England vs South Africa test cricket, we're talking centuries, not decades or years. spanning way back since 1889 when South Africa played their first test match against England, here are some interesting and frequently asked TEST record between the two OLD cricket rivals.
Timeless test match : is unthinkable today, so here's a mention first up. At Durban in March of 1939, England and South played a test without days determined, simply depending on who wins after 4 innings. surprisingly, it still ended as draw cause of heavy rain after 10 days of play and last ship back to UK was ready to sail!
Highest scores : Graeme Smith's 277 at Edgbaston in July 2003. Eddie Paynter holds English record with his 243 individual score at Durban in 1939. More high scores.
Highest totals : 682/6d by South Africa at Lords in July 2003 and 654/5 by England at Durban in March 1939. High totals list.
Best Bowling Figures : belongs to Sydney Francis Barnes for his 17 wickets at Johannesburg 1913. Most wickets in an innings belongs to George Lohmann, Devon Malcolm, Sydney Barnes and Hugh Tayfield who all got 9 wickets. Best bowling list.
Lowest total : 30, twice by South Africa in 1896 at Port Elizabeth & in 1924 at Birmingham. England's lowest test total against South Africa is 76/10 which they made at Leeds, 1907. Lowest totals list.
Largest Victory : inns + 202 runs won by England. By runs, South Africa win by 356 runs is the biggest.
Smallest Victory : 17 runs, won by South Africa at Johannesburg, 1957.
Best Partnership : is Bill Edrich + Denis Crompton's 370 runs for 3rd wicket at Lords back in June 1947. African best is Graeme Smith + Herschelle Gibbs' 338. Best Eng v SA partnerships.
Interesting Eng v SA test records :-
**Total tests = 134. England = 55, South Africa = 28. Draw = 51.
**Total bilateral test series = 31. England = 19, South Africa 8 and remaining draws.
**Most Runs = Bruce Mitchell (SA), for his 2732 runs from 30 England vs South Africa tests back in year 1929 to 49. England record is held by Denis Crompton who made 2205 runs versus South Africa.
**Most Hundreds = 7 = Denis Crompton, Doudley Nourse, Herbie Taylor and Bruce Mitchell.
**Most Wickets = 91, by Shaun Pollock from 23 tests. Sydney Barnes holds English record with 83 wickets from only 7 tests versus South Africa.
**Wicket Keeper record belongs to Mark Boucher who has effected 89 dismissals from 21 tests against England. Most dismissal in one match is 11 scalps, by Jack Russell at Johannesburg, 30 Nov 1995.
**Most Eng-SA test Matches is played by Doudley Nourse = 31.