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Summary

  1. England bowled out in 34.4 overs
  2. England lose 7-43 on final morning
  3. Rabada takes 6-32 - 13-144 in match
  4. Second best figures by SA bowler
  5. England win series 2-1

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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But that's it for today. England are series winners in South Africa, even if they looked anything but winners today.

The first ODI is a week on Wednesday, 3 February. Put your pyjamas on and join us then.

Your next fix of England Test cricket is in May, when Sri Lanka will be the visitors. Before then, there's the ODIs and T20s against South Africa and the small matter of the World Twenty20 in March.

Is there much more to say? It's the end of England's Test winter, and a 10-month period where they have racked up 17 Tests, appointed a new coach and won the Ashes. 

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Andy Baber: Spineless performance from England. Pathetic performance from the batting line-up when a result was still up for grabs.

It's just been suggested to me that we could repeat today's live text, in real time, for those who have missed it. In fact, we could probably do it three or four times.

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John Reivers: Cook: "I'm looking forward to getting home and, within a week, I'll be back doing something to sheep" quite the admission.

Story of the series

First Test, Durban: England won by 241 runs

Second Test, Cape Town: Match drawn

Third Test, Johannesburg: England won by seven wickets

Fourth Test, Centurion: South Africa won by 280 runs

England won series 2-1

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Nick Birkett: Every player should forfeit their match fee. Appalling in the extreme.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Alex Hales
AP

"I wouldn't pick Hales, I don't think he has got the technique. A good selector watches the county scene, watches a batsman's feet and hands and wonder if he can step up to Test cricket."

Final scorecard

England 101 all out (34.4 overs) - SA won by 280 runs

England won series 2-1

Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Hales 1), 8-2 (Cook 5), 18-3 (Compton 6), 58-4 (Taylor 24), 58-5 (Root 20), 83-6 (Bairstow 14), 83-7 (Stokes 10), 91-8 (Woakes 5), 101-9 (Broad 2), 101 all out (Anderson 0); Bowling figures: Moeen 10*

Bowling figures: Morkel 12-5-36-3; Rabada 10.4-32-6, Abbott 2-0-10-0, Piedt, 7-2-11-1, Elgar 2-1-8-0, Duminy 1-0-2-0

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"You can't always be consistent but your mind can. They've been nowhere near the standards they set at the Wanderers a few days ago. I thought they'd be more consistent than this."

'Maybe there is a dearth of quality'

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"There are questions marks over the number two, three and five positions. Woakes is a big question mark about whether he is good enough to get wickets. We can only pick what we have. It's up to the selectors to get the best ones - maybe there is a dearth of quality."

'I'll be doing something to sheep soon'

England captain Alastair Cook: "In this Test we lacked variety in our attack, we'll learn from that going forward. We've got options and it's all there for the bowlers in they want it.

"I'm looking forward to getting home and, within a week, I'll be back doing something to sheep.

"It's been a long eight months. Some of the older guys are looking forward to this time off and they will be ready to go in May."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was almost like one-day cricket - they gave up."

'Stokes and Bayliss just swear at each other'

More from Alastair Cook: "It shouldn't take anything away from the guys. South Africa in this match showed what a good side they are.

"Ben Stokes has thrived under Trevor. They have an unusual relationship of just swearing at each other; they seem to get on.

"He's had a tough time and learned what he needs to do. He went home from Abu Dhabi with his arm in a sling and he's worked hard physically.

"It's no coincidence that in the games we won we caught everything. It's not just Jonny Bairstow, but he knows he needs to take chances. It takes me back to when Matty Prior first came in. He dropped a few chance but worked incredibly hard on his keeping and proved people can improve."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Get your head down and save the match. But there was no effort this morning. Coming out and playing shots, does that excuse you after winning the series? No. There's no excuse for that. You have to be professional. That's not good enough."

'This is just a blip'

Alastair Cook, speaking to Sky Sports: "We're nowhere near the finished article. There's a huge amount of work to do on our batting and our catching.

"You can probably afford Tests like this if you keep winning series. We spoke honestly about how we were going about this week; we tried not to do what we did against Australia.

"A lot of time, under pressure we produce outstanding performances. That's the really exciting thing. This is just a blip and incredibly frustrating.

"You have to give the guys a little bit of leeway. For us to be at number one, we do need to start gutsing these out."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England receive all the credit for winning the series. I take my hat off to them. Winning abroad, winning anywhere is good.

"What is disappointing is, after winning the series, playing like this this morning. It's attitude more than anything. It isn't that the team can't bat or bowl."

'This shows how much work we have to do'

More from Alastair Cook: "We didn't get the balance right today. I can't really fault the lads too much, because if you'd said we'd win the series 2-1, we'd have taken that. 

"Today is a blow and shows how much work we still have to do.

"We have players who can change the game quickly, especially with the bat. With the ball, we can get a roll and be hard to stop.

"We need consistency, especially with our fielding. Taking catches will make us a better side.

"We'll enjoy winning a series away from home."

Alastair Cook
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England captain Alastair Cook: "It's been a disappointing five days; we haven't been on it. We hung in there without ever getting on top. 

"Trevor just described it as a limp performance, which sums it up.

"We spoke about trying to build partnerships, trying to get their bowlers into second and third spells. It proves sometimes you can talk too much."

'I still prefer batting'

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who scored 411 runs at 58 and took 12 wickets at 29 in the series: "I still prefer batting but it's nice to be contributing with both. Consistency is something I've been lacking so it's good to get in some good performances.

"The role I've been given is to come on and take some wickets - going for some runs isn't something I've been too fussed about. So it was nice to get a few important wickets."

Man of the series

Who else could it have been? Well played, Ben Stokes.

.@benstokes38 will finish the series as England's leading run scorer. 411 at 58 to go with 12 wickets at 29 #SAvENG

.@benstokes38 will finish the series as England's leading run scorer. 411 at 58 to go with 12 wickets at 29 #SAvENG

Man of the match

Man of the match Kagiso Rabada, who took 13-144 in the match: "It was a bit up and down so the key was the hit the deck and bowl the ball in a good area and I believed you'd get your rewards."

AB says South Africa were ready to go to 5.30 in the afternoon. England weren't ready to go to 11.30 in the morning.

More from AB de Villiers: "To take seven wickets in the time that we did was not part of the thinking. We were ready to go to 5.30 today.

"I've really enjoyed being captain. I'm keen to move forward. The team is in a really good space and it's a bright future for us.

"We've got a long way to go. It's a rebuilding phase for us."

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "I thought the boys were very fired up for this. It's been a while since we've won, so we'll enjoy it.

"I'm very excited about some of the guys that have come through and taken their opportunities. I'm very proud of Kagiso.

"It was a great team performance. We showed a lot of character."

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"That was chaotic this morning, it really was. There were a lot of shots being played."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"That's not good enough. There are no dead rubbers in Test cricket. To lose seven for 43 in 10.5 overs, you can't be having that."

We should put the series into context. Winning in South Africa is a fantastic achievement by this England side, even if today's capitulation leaves a sour taste. To beat the number one side in the world away from home is a brilliant effort.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Guts - Hashim Amla yesterday showed them, his thumb was dripping blood.  As soon as England hear anyone question that they had the guts and the determination to fight on a wicket with a bit of spark it'll hurt them."

"Some of those shots this morning were not the shots of a team that was thinking we can really win this Test match. It's the old adage of 'it's the way we play', regardless of the situation."

I wonder what is being said in the England dressing room at the moment? Does Trevor Bayliss own a hairdryer?

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"He has got a natural ability to let it go at pace. Just let him bowl."

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"There has been a lot of talk about wrapping Rabada in cotton wool. But he's bowling like he's a 32-year-old - the mental side of his game is in a good way. I like his attitude."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a fantastic Test series to watch, the pitches have been very good, the crowds and atmospheres have been good, the cricket's been a joy to watch."