As England continue to stumble to what seems an inevitable defeat in Cape Town, it is time to look back at their ten best test performances of the last decade. The victory in Durban (which demoralisingly seems a long time ago now) makes the list ahead of series levelling wins against South Africa at The Oval in 2003 and versus India in Mumbai in 2006.
6. West Indies, Lord’s 2000, won by 2 wickets – Trailing by 133 runs, Caddick, Gough and
9. West Indies, Kingston 2004, won by 10 wickets – Harmison takes 7/12 and
10. South Africa, Durban 2009, won by an innings and 98 runs – Centuries for Cook and Bell, nine wickets for Swann and a passable Glenn McGrath impression from Broad; a clinical performance by England.