The common denominator in the tourists’ back-to-back defeats has been a lack of runs, the totals of 211 all out they set at The Oval and then 220 for eight at Lord’s proving well within England’s range.
In contrast, the hosts could get nowhere near the 287 for five South Africa racked up off the back of Hashim Amla’s 150 in the series opener in Southampton.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers was candid on Sunday night in his assessment of what had gone wrong at Lord’s, and it was clear when all-rounder Wayne Parnell spoke yesterday the message has got through.
“We just didn’t score enough runs,” said Parnell, who has been deployed at number seven so far in this series.
“Whatever it might be, if England have bowled well or we have batted poorly, is up for debate... it’s probably a bit of both.”
“But we have a pretty quality batting line-up, and I expect us to do better tomorrow (Wednesday),” he added.