With this 3-1 victory, the complete record of the 149 Tests between these teams shows England leading 61-33 with 55 draws.
In England, England lead 30-14 with 24 draws.
In SA, England still lead SA 31-19 with 31 draws.
It may be more useful to look at the record after South Africa returned to international cricket. The first Test series between these teams in the new era was in 1994.
For Tests in 1994 and later:
47 Tests have been played.The teams are matched 15-15 with 17 draws.
In England, they are again matched 9-9 with 6 draws.
In SA, they are yet again matched 6-6 with 11 draws. Truly symmetric.
However, this was England’s first series win against SA in England since 1998. In between they had won two out of four series in SA. In the same period SA won one series in England and two were drawn.
We now look at individual performances.
Most runs (1000 and above):
Amla has the highest total among current players, with de Villiers and Cook some distance behind. The first few on this list are from the distant past.
Kallis has the most centuries (8) while several others have 7. Amla with 6 has the most centuries among current players.
Mitchell has the most 50-plus scores (23) followed by Hammond and HW Taylor (20). Amla with 13 has the most among current players.
Highest individual scores (160 and above):
While Amla holds the record of 311*, the only high score listed in the current series is 190 by Root. Stokes (258) holds the record for England.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, minimum 35.00):
Again dominated by the old-timers, while Amla, de Villiers and Cook are the only current players.
To be continued.