A few days on from the conclusion of the second Test at Newlands and the dust has now settled on an enthralling five days of cricket.
Joe Root’s men picked up a famous victory in Cape Town, beating South Africa by 189 runs to level the series after a dramatic final hour on day five.
There are many positives for England to take from the game in what may prove to be a watershed moment for the Three Lions under Chris Silverwood.
Among the highlights were Ollie Pope’s fantastic first-innings 61 on his return to the side, Jimmy Anderson’s 28th five-wicket haul, Root’s captaincy, Dom Sibley’s maiden Test century and, of course, the all-round performance of Ben Stokes.
Newlands is one of the most majestic grounds in world cricket and it’s fair to say that England’s performance, particularly the dramatics of the last hour, did it justice.
Missed our full review of the second Test? Catch up with it here.
So to did the Barmy Army, whose support was constant and provided a soundtrack to the enthralling events in Cape Town–drawing praise from the side following the result.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) January 7, 2020
Their place at the ground means they were uniquely set to provide a verdict on the Newlands experience and the England side. With that in mind, we quizzed some of the faithful fans at the ground to find out their view from the stands…
Colin Price and Neil Cannon– from Ashford, Kent
Barmy Army experience? “This is our first tour with the Barmy Army.”
How have you enjoyed the Test? “Loving it. It’s absolutely brilliant. Brilliant!”
What is the best thing about visiting Newlands? “Table Mountain is amazing and England winning, of course!”
Thoughts on the team? Would you make any changes for Port Elizabeth? “Definitely get Jofra Archer back in the team for Port Elizabeth, which means you have to drop Sam Curran. And I think bring Jack Leach in for Dom Bess.”
Has it given you the Barmy Army bug? “I definitely would do another tour with the Barmy Travel, they’ve sorted everything. They’ve been the best. It’s been brilliant. Before we got and while we’re here we’ve been looked after really well.”
Rosemary and Eric–from Israel
Barmy Army experience? “Not our first tour.”
What is the best thing about visiting Newlands? “Table Mountain, of course, but it’s just a nice ground to be at.”
Michael Folger and Nesbit Gray
Barmy Army experience? NG: “Australia, West Indies and here.”
MF: “Three in Australia, one in the West Indies and here.”
What is the best thing about visiting Newlands? MF: “Just the scenery. I was always told it’s a scenic and picturesque ground, one of the best to go to. Then you get here and the view says it all.”
NG: “Absolutely. Just a backdrop like with that a mountain in the background. It’s a beautiful, beautiful ground.”
Thoughts on the team? Would you make any changes for Port Elizabeth? MF: “In Sibley, I think we might have found an opener that is old school and that gives the middle order, which is our strength, time to get themselves in. That Stokes innings yesterday morning was unbelievable, it was just a pleasure to be here.
“The dilemma of Jofra if he’s fit. Also, we have to consider whether we need more pace–what is the pitch going to be like? If it is a similar pitch to this then no problem keeping with what we’ve done.
NG: “We’ve played well. We have played well.”
“No changes for me. I’m happy with the way it is just now. It’s well balanced.”
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