WATCH: England v South Africa, third NatWest IT20
Highlights England v South Africa, third NatWest IT20 at the SSE Swalec Stadium
Watch highlights from the final NatWest IT20 as England beat South Africa by 19-runs to claim the three-game series following an impressive batting performance by Dawid Malan who hit an incredible 78 on his international debut.
After losing the second IT20 against South Africa, England put in a much more rounded performance with both bat and ball – with the England debutants providing a glimpse into the bright future of English cricket.
However it was Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan (78) who stole the show by reaching highest score by an England player on T20 debut to help England reach 181-8.
England now turn their attention to Test Match cricket, with the first Investec Test Match against South Africa taking place from Thursday 6 July at Lord’s – less than one month before they make their first Emirates Old Trafford bow this summer.
WATCH: England v South Africa, third IT20 highlights
What the Captain’s said:
England stand-in Captain Jos Buttler: "Dawid Malan was fantastic on debut. It is not easy to come in and show that much composure under pressure. On debut it was a fantastic effort.
"Mason Crane, for a 20-year-old, has got great character. He was bowling at one of the best players that have ever played the game on a ground with a short boundary.
"It was very tough on him but all credit for having the bravery and guts to keep going and get the wicket. I am sure he will remember it for a long time.
"We have found some really great players. You find out a lot about players - international cricket is different and those guys have stepped up. Tom Curran was brilliant for his two games.
"Taunton is not an easy place to make your debut and he took three wickets and two today. He looks a real find."
South Africa Captain AB de Villiers: "We were outplayed in both of these series. Well done to England and Eoin Morgan in the majority of the games, and Jos Buttler today, for leading them.
"England put in an all-round better performance today. We were not far off but it was disappointing.
"England do have some really good youngsters. They have good depth and all round are a really good team.
"They seem to be going through a good patch and have a lot of talent. They have a bright five to 10 years ahead of them."
On Mason Crane: "I was always going to go after him. Well done to him for sticking to his guns."
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