Following England’s 3-0 T20I series win over South Africa, we pick out a combined XI based on performances across the three matches.
Jos Buttler (wk)
96 runs @ 48, SR: 143.28
Buttler truly came to the fore in the third T20I in partnership with Dawid Malan, accelerating brilliantly from 23 off 24 to finish on 67 not out off 46 balls.
173 runs @ 86.50, SR: 161.68
The world’s No.1-ranked T20I batsman kept up his remarkable consistency in this series. In Paarl, he caught up after a slow start to hit a match-winning fifty on a sluggish track and in the final T20I he was on it from the get-go, cracking a brilliant unbeaten 99 off just 47 balls.
Faf du Plessis
121 runs @ 60.50, SR: 137.50
Following on from a solid IPL campaign, du Plessis was amongst the runs for his country too, striking a pair of half-centuries in the series. His partnership with Rassie van der Dussen in the final T20I was a thrilling watch: the pair put on 127 inside just 11 overs.
89 runs @ 89, SR: 161.81
Bairstow reeled off a masterful knock in the series opener, taking England home with an unbeaten 48-ball 86 as he dropped down the order to shore up his side’s batting strength in the middle.
Rassie van der Dussen
136 runs @ 136, SR: 152.80
The big-hitting right-hander was unable to find his timing in the second T20I, striking 25 not out from 29 balls, but found form in spectacular fashion in the final match of the series. His 74 not out came off just 32 balls, with 22 taken off a single Jofra Archer over.
Eoin Morgan (c)
38 runs @ 38, SR: 140.74
England’s captain took on the finisher role with aplomb in a difficult run-chase in the second T20I, striking an unbeaten 26 from 17 balls to help seal a final-over win.
41 runs @ 20.50, SR: 157.69 | 2 wickets @ 36.50, ER: 6.08
Linde impressed in his first T20I series, taking the opening over in all three matches as he engaged in a captivating running battle with the struggling Jason Roy. The left-arm spinner was parsimonious across the series and contributed 29 off just 20 balls at Boland Park.
3 wickets @ 37, ER: 9.25
While expensive in the first and third T20Is, in all three matches Jordan removed the dangerous Quinton de Kock. He also became England’s leading T20I wicket-taker in the process.
2 wickets @ 45, ER: 7.50
Archer took some tap in the final T20I but showcased glimpses of his IPL form in the first two matches, following up figures of 1-28 with an even tidier 1-18.
2 wickets @ 35, ER: 5.83
England’s dangerous leggie took a couple of key wickets in the series-sealing game and, while wicketless elsewhere, went at under just six an over. The series also saw him cross the landmark of 50 T20I wickets and draw level with Graeme Swann as England’s most prolific spinner in the format.
4 wickets @ 25.75, ER: 9.36
Shamsi was tucked into by England in the third T20I but impressed days earlier with an excellent spell of 3-19 in the second, his best figures in T20I cricket.