South African cricket team in England in 1998

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
South Africa in England 1998
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
Dates 14 May – 20 August 1998
Captains Hansie Cronje Alec Stewart
Number of Tests 5
Tests won 1 2
Most runs (Tests) Hansie Cronje (401) Mike Atherton (493)
Most wickets (Tests) Allan Donald (33) Angus Fraser (24)
Player of Series (Tests) Allan Donald (SA), Mike Atherton (Eng)
Number of ODIs 3
ODIs won 2 1
Most runs (ODIs) Hansie Cronje (110) Nick Knight (149)
Most wickets (ODIs) Allan Donald (7) Mark Ealham, Robert Croft, Darren Gough (5)
Player of Series (ODIs) Jonty Rhodes (SA), Darren Gough (Eng)

The South African cricket team toured England in the 1998 season to play a five-match Test series against England.

England won the series 2-1 with two matches drawn after being 1-0 behind with only the last two matches to play.

South Africa played a three-match series of One Day Internationals (LOI) against England in May at the start of the tour and then played a short LOI tri-series against England and Sri Lanka to close the tour in August.

In addition, South Africa played seven first-class matches against Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Derbyshire, Essex and the British Universities.

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

4–8 June 1998
(5-day match)
462 (181 overs)
MA Atherton 103 (279)
AA Donald 4/95 (35 overs)
343 (117.3 overs)
JN Rhodes 95 (156)
DG Cork 5/93 (32.3 overs)
170/8d (45.1 overs)
MA Atherton 43 (115)
GP Thorpe 43 (59)
L Klusener 3/27 (11 overs)
Match drawn
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: DR Shepherd (ENG) and RB Tiffin (ZIM)
Player of the match: MA Atherton (ENG)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • There was no play on the final day.

Second Test[edit]

18–21 June 1998
(5-day match)
360 (108.1 overs)
JN Rhodes 117 (200)
DG Cork 6/119 (31.1 overs)
120 (69.4 overs)
Extras 20
N Hussain 15 (47)
AA Donald 5/32 (15.3 overs)
15/0 (1.1 overs)
G Kirsten 9* (4)
264 (f/o) (120 overs)
N Hussain 105 (294)
JH Kallis 4/24 (19 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: DB Hair (AUS) and G Sharp (ENG)
Player of the match: JN Rhodes (SA)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
  • SP James (ENG) made his Test debut.

Third Test[edit]

2–6 July 1998
(5-day match)
552/5d (199.5 overs)
G Kirsten 210 (525)
D Gough 3/116 (37 overs)
183 (82.1 overs)
MA Atherton 41 (120)
PR Adams 4/63 (31 overs)
369/9 (f/o) (171 overs)
AJ Stewart 164 (317)
AA Donald 6/88 (40 overs)
Match drawn
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: DB Cowie (NZ) and P Willey (ENG)
Player of the match: JH Kallis (SA)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • AF Giles (ENG) made his Test debut.

Fourth Test[edit]

23–27 July 1998
(5-day match)
374 (103.2 overs)
WJ Cronje 126 (212)
ARC Fraser 5/60 (26 overs)
336 (127.5 overs)
MA Butcher 75 (141)
AA Donald 5/109 (33 overs)
208 (75.3 overs)
WJ Cronje 67 (168)
ARC Fraser 5/62 (28.3 overs)
247/2 (87 overs)
MA Atherton 98* (277)
AA Donald 1/56 (23 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: RS Dunne (NZ) and MJ Kitchen (ENG)
Player of the match: ARC Fraser (ENG)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • A Flintoff (ENG) and S Elworthy (SA) made their Test debuts.

Fifth Test[edit]

6–10 August 1998
(5-day match)
230 (83.3 overs)
MA Butcher 116 (252)
M Ntini 4/72 (21 overs)
252 (90.3 overs)
WJ Cronje 57 (163)
ARC Fraser 5/42 (25 overs)
240 (110.2 overs)
N Hussain 94 (341)
SM Pollock 5/53 (35 overs)
195 (75 overs)
JN Rhodes 85 (147)
D Gough 6/42 (23 overs)
England won by 23 runs
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: Javed Akhtar (PAK) and P Willey (ENG)
Player of the match: MA Butcher (ENG)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

LOI series summary[edit]

In the end of tour Emirates Triangular tri-series, South Africa lost to Sri Lanka by 57 runs at Trent Bridge and defeated England by 14 runs at Edgbaston. The win against England was not enough to qualify them for the final, in which Sri Lanka defeated England by 5 wickets at Lord's.


The South African team was captained by Hansie Cronje and included Paul Adams, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, Daryl Cullinan, Gary Kirsten, Gerhardus Liebenberg, Nantie Hayward, Brian McMillan, Makhaya Ntini, Pat Symcox, Adam Bacher, Steve Elworthy and Mike Rindel

Best performances[edit]

Darryl Cullinan with 900 runs @ 69.23 and Gary Kirsten with 892 @ 63.71 were the highest scorers for South Africa in first-class matches on the tour. Kirsten had the highest individual innings of 210 while Cullinan's top score was 200*.

Allan Donald with 39 wickets @ 20.12 and a best analysis of 6-56 was the leading bowler on the tour. Shaun Pollock was the next best with 24 wickets @ 24.75.

Mark Boucher as specialist wicketkeeper in nearly all matches took 43 catches and 1 stumping.

External sources[edit]

CricketArchive tour itinerary


  • Playfair Cricket Annual
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack