The English have beat dust now for the Indians

COMING in to the fourth days play of the fourth Test match at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, yesterday, the visiting England cricket team knew they needed a miracle to survive the match and scratch out a draw.

COMING in to the fourth days play of the fourth Test match at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, yesterday, the visiting England cricket team knew they needed a miracle to survive the match and scratch out a draw.

Trailing South Africa by 243 runs it was always going to be an uphill battle as they lost a succession of wickets in a morning of destruction led by Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel.

The lanky right hander has served his country and team proud when picking up the valuable wickets of Ian Bell (5), Matt Prior (0) and Stuart Broad (1).

From the first test in Centurion, Pretoria, he has matured in to a Test bowler to be reckoned with and his consistency with the new ball will serve him well in tandem with fellow quickie Dale Steyn.

After picking up a fiver in the first innings, Steyn followed up with the wicket yesterday of the ever-dangerous Grame Swann for 20.

Throughout the series Collingwood has displayed the grittiness the English will be remembered for. When the odds are down he has fought from the bunker and dished out more than he received.

For the visitors it appeared to be a Test too much. Losing by an innings and 74 runs they were always on the back foot.

A total of 180 in their first innings was never going to be sufficient. From the word go they were always playing catch-up and the superb 105 by Proteas captain Graeme Smith rammed home the fact they had under performed.

For South Africa its a case of packing their bags and heading to the sub-continent where they face an ever-improving India.

The Indians will be licking their lips in anticipation of Proteas lacking in confidence after an indifferent display against England.

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