NOTTINGHAM, England (AP):
South Africa routed England by seven wickets in their fifth and final one-day international (ODI) at Trent Bridge yesterday to tie the series 2-2.
South Africa recovered from 14-3 to coast home on 186-3 with 15.3 overs remaining, after skittling England for 182.
Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten 97, while Proteas captain AB de Villiers made 75 not out. James Anderson had England's best bowling figures with 2-41.
"We've been a little bit inconsistent to my liking," De Villiers said. "(But) there are a lot of positives, especially today, the way the boys came back with a lot of character. Under pressure we showed a lot of guts there and that's the thing I would like to hang on going forward."
Earlier, South Africa's Robin Peterson claimed 3-37 as the hosts were all out with 4.4 overs to spare.
Captain Alastair Cook made 51, but Chris Woakes and Craig Kieswetter were the next highest scorers, with 33 not out and 33, respectively.
"Clearly, 180 on that wicket was nowhere near enough," Cook admitted. "Quite a lot of soft dismissals from everyone really. Pretty much all of us gave our wickets away.
"It's frustrating. We came into this game trying to wrap up the series and you're not going to do that when you bat like that."
The hosts sorely missed Jonathan Trott, who yesterday was ruled out for the rest of the domestic season with a broken hand, sustained during Sunday's six-wicket win at Lord's in the fourth ODI.