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English Cricket Team Completes Remarkable Comeback Against South Africa - 2003-09-08

England's cricket team completed a remarkable comeback to beat visiting South Africa by nine wickets on the last day of the fifth and final Test at The Oval in London.

The result allowed England to even the series at 2-2 and deny South Africa a first Test series victory in England since 1965.

England captain Michael Vaughan hailed Monday's win as the best of his career. South Africa had scored 484 in its first innings, but England made an amazing comeback, replying with 604 for nine declared.

In the second innings, England needed just 110 runs for the win and finished with 110 for one in 22.2 overs.

England's win in the fifth test moves it within two points of New Zealand in the world test championship standings. Australia maintains its hold on the top spot with 129 points. South Africa is second with 116, New Zealand has 106 and England 104 points.

Third place will be at stake next month when New Zealand has a difficult away cricket series in India while England travels to Bangladesh. Also, South Africa's cricket team travels to Pakistan and Australia is to host Zimbabwe.