South Africa go 1 up with Oval thrashing of hosts

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Updated: July 24, 2012

 

South Africa acquitted themselves superbly as they thrashed England by an innings and 12 runs in the first test at the Oval in London on Monday.

South Africa acquitted themselves superbly as they thrashed England by an innings and 12 runs in the first test at the Oval in London on Monday.

The delighted South Africans, with their first victory at the Oval at their 14th attempt, are now calling the tune in the three-test series that will decide the number one ranked team in the world.

South Africa 637 for 2 dec (Amla 311*, Kallis 182*, Smith 131) beat England 385 (Cook 115, Trott 71, Prior 60, Morkel 4-72) and 240 (Bell 55, Steyn 5-56) by an innings and 12 runs