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Summary

  1. South Africa win series 3-2
  2. Hosts won last three matches
  3. De Villiers makes unbeaten 101
  4. Shared a 125-run stand with Amla (59)
  5. Hales top-scored for England with 112
  6. England women win ODI series 2-1

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Night!

Right, that's about it.

We're off now. We've got a table booked for tonight with our better halves.

Hopefully they like snooker. Ba Dum Tsh!

Let's do it again for the T20 series. Until Friday, it's ta-ra from us.

The series in summary

1st ODI - England won by 39 runs (D-L method)

2nd ODI - England won by five wickets

3rd ODI - South Africa won by seven wickets

4th ODI - South Africa won by one wicket

5th ODI - South Africa won by five wickets

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'England didn't play bad cricket'

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: I've been a little bit off my game in the last month or so, so it's nice to finish like that. As captain, you have to lead from the front.

"I didn't think we were that far off in the first two ODIs, the belief was still there.

"It's a great performance today and I'm very chuffed.

"Guys chipped in throughout the team. We showed a lot of character. It's a great team effort.

"Credit to England, they put us under pressure and didn't play bad cricket. The last three were all close and it could have gone either way."

AB de Villiers ends his post-match interview by wishing the man with the mic (HD Ackerman) a happy birthday. Like I say, he's a jolly good fellow.

Man of the series

England opener Alex Hales, who scored 383 runs at 76.60: "I have mixed emotions. It was a close series and we let ourselves down in the last two games, plus we dropped a couple of catches, but it's been a very entertaining series.

"Being adaptable to the different situations is key and I felt in good touch but it's disappointing to be on the losing side.

"We have an exciting side and played exciting cricket. We're still learning and have lost to a very strong South Africa side."

Man of the match

AB de Villiers is awarded the man of the match award. But it's not all about taking for AB... he walks up to collect his trophy with a bouquet of flowers for the lady presenting his award and a signed bat for the young man alongside her. A lovely man, it seems.

'Getting past their experienced pair is new to us'

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Anything above 250 we would have been in the game, but getting past AB is a different challenge.

"South Africa's batting is similar to ours, but getting past the experienced pair is completely new to us.

"It's disappointing to lose the series, but there were some exceptional individual performances. We're proud, but ultimately disappointing."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It's the decisions you make under pressure that count. That's when you become a top player or a top side. If we're trying to win the World Cup in 2019, then we have made advancements. 

"We have opening batsmen who can play shots but you need players who can make hundreds - Roy gives it away too much and Morgan is not a number four for me. 

"He should bat at six and play like Michael Bevan and whack them later on not when the bowlers are bowling tight lines and length."

Eoin Morgan walks up to the presentation and is awarded a medal. He swiftly removes it from round his neck.

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Ian: Don't understand the British media. From hero to zero overnight. England are still a work in progress. Give them a break please.

Kieron Bird: As an England fan, I'm disappointed. But as a fan of the game, that was one exciting series.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England need to find ruthlessness and a bit of common sense. I hope the coach and captain are honest to say the batsmen had a very bad day at the office.

"The bowling was good. Topley and Broad bowled great at the start and took wickets to put them under pressure but they didn't have enough runs to play with."

Stunning innings from de Villiers 101* (97b, 11x4, 1x6) - just 5% of balls edged, 41 runs in drives, 70% front foot shots. #SAvEng

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England have come a fair way since the World Cup but they must learn to play to the situation of the pitch. A good cricketer is a thinking cricketer. You have to adapt. Not every pitch is a 350-run pitch."

When the hosts took their turn to bat, victory seemed a long way away as Reece Topley reduced them to 22-3.

But AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla (59) put on 125 runs to put the result beyond doubt.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Alex Hales played splendidly, his footwork was far better than in the Test matches, he caressed the ball rather than trying to smack it and he played some delicate shots, some precise shots, and it was a shame that the mayhem at the other end spoilt his innings. 

"All the other batsmen got themselves out - it was a really bad batting day - and captain Eoin Morgan's was the worst of the lot."

South Africa rugby legend and all-round national icon Francois Pienaar is on the field congratulating AB de Villiers.

And so he should - the skipper's patient, controlled 101 not out saw his side over the line after England had posted a below-par 236 all out.

Alex Hales played nicely for his 112, but he found very little support elsewhere as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Imran Tahir, in particular, deserved his figures of 3-53.

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Francis Edwards: England given a reality check. You can't just play one dimensionally, you need to adapt. Same story, just looks worse this way.

Alex Pitt: Last 2 games have shown where England miss Taylor. If the big hitters get out we're too reliant on Root to hold it together.

Grant Dommen: Congratulations South Africa, thoroughly deserved. Morgan was never the right man for me, proven right this series

We'll bring you the presentation shortly. But let's remind ourselves what's happened today.

Well, it all started to go AB-shaped when the South Africa skipper won the toss and chose to field on a damp pitch.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England have to do some serious thinking about how they gave it away at the Wanderers in the fourth match and how they batted here."

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Francis Edwards: Now that's how you adapt. AB is class at being aggressive and class at assessing the context of the game. Number 1.

Dom Ford: ABDV has milked this bowling attack. Shows why he's Number 1 in the world! Won the series for his country.

Jacques Oneill: Finally we see a de Villiers hundred on this tour, well played AB. The most complete batsman in world cricket.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England batted with a lack of thought. In one-day cricket scores have gone up so all batsmen come in playing shots but you have to play with common sense and they didn't do that. Everybody apart from Alex Hales made a mistake. They've given it away and South Africa have taken it with both hands."

Final scorecard

South Africa won by five wickets

South Africa 237-5 from 44 overs

Not out batsmen: De Villiers 101 from 97 balls, Wiese 41 from 32

Fall of wickets: 14-1 (De Kock 4), 14-2 (Du Plessis 0), 22-3 (Rossouw 4), 147-4 (Amla 59), 166-5 (Behardien 13)

Bowling figures: Broad 9-1-34-0, Topley 7-1-41-3, Woakes 5-0-32-0, Stokes 5-0-34-0, Rashid10-0-59-1, Moeen 8-1-37-1

England 236 from 45 overs: Hales 112, Rabada 3-34, Wiese 3-50, Tahir 3-53

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This means a lot to South Africa, who are celebrating like good uns. And so they should: they've come from 2-0 down to beat England 3-2.

South Africa celebrate
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Two blokes in the crowd stand with giant wooden letters. They just have an 'A' and 'B'.

But who needs 'C' when you've got AB?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"We've given it away or they've stolen it. The batting let England down. They were brainless."

The South Africa players embrace each other while the PA system belts out Kool and the Gang's 'Celebration'. It sounds like a 60th birthday party.

SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY FIVE WICKETS

Another boundary, the second in a succession from the bat of David Wiese, and South Africa can begin to celebrate a famous win. Well done, Proteas.

SA 233-5

Chris Woakes always looks like he's trying sooo hard when bowling. You want your cricketers to be natural. I like Woakes, but he does flatter to deceive  slightly. Like a cricketing James Milner?

South Africa go within four runs of victory with a pull to the boundary.

Chris Woakes
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From the press box

. @NewlandsCricket salutes their captain. AB de Villiers has just about guided South Africa to the comeback of all comebacks & a series win

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a great three games for South Africa, especially the comeback at the Wanderers. This will do South Africa a world of good heading into the World Twenty20. They will be buzzing."

SA 227-5 (need 10 off 42 balls)

Start the motor.

100 for de Villiers (off 94 balls)

SA 224-5

A captain's knock of the highest order brings AB de Villiers his 24th ODI century - brought up with a dab to third man and to the backdrop of the entire ground chanting his name. A magic moment.

AB de Villiers
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SA 213-5

While the crowd calms down after some questionable dancing to Status Quo is shown on the big screen, AB de Villiers edges Reece Topley past the keeper for four and follows it up with a gorgeous on-drive to the boundary.

SA 213-5 (need 24 from 48 balls)

Come on AB, it's City v Spurs at 4.15pm. Let's put this to bed quickly and all get down to the pub. No such luck, I'm afraid, as the skipper and his batting partner knock the ball into gaps. Slow and steady will win this race, to be fair.

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Jay: Umpires, after getting a DRS decision that upholds their decision,should celebrate like football players do after scoring a goal.

Grant Kennett: Umpire's call is an absolute joke. That umpire has been terrible all series and ABdV survives due to his incompetence.

SA 209-5

If that had been given out, the end might have been exciting. As it is, I suspect we're on for a routine waltz to victory for the hosts.

Neil Manthorp

BBC Test Match Special

"That was just out."

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It'll go down as the correct decision but on the TV graphic it was hitting the top of middle stump quite hard."

not-outSA 208-5

You know what... that was close. It was two reds and an umpire's call for hitting the wickets. England unlucky.