Day 5 wrap: Amla decision overshadows exciting test

Hashim Amla can feel good knowing that his last day as captain was a great one for him and the team.

#SAvsENG: The #Newlands pitch during the Test. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa and England played out to an exciting draw, which ended unfortunately by bad light on day five.

However, the news of Hashim Amla stepping down as captain of South Africa overshadowed the result of the match.

After 14 tests as captain, winning four, drawing six and losing another four; Amla decided to call it a day.

The star batsman believes he can add greater value as fully focused batsmen and senior player.

Amla can step down feeling good from knowing that his last day as captain was a great one for him and the South African team.

South Africa's renewed energy after their excellent batting performance over the past two days was evident from the first over.

The body language of the home side as they strode out for the first session of day five, was different from the team that was being carted all over the park by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow a few days earlier.

England resumed the day on 16/0 but lost both openers early courtesy of Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

Alastair Cook was the first to go, caught behind down the leg side unluckily off the bowling of Rabada.

Alex Hales was next with Chris Morris pulling off another spectacular catch in the slips; Morkel was the bowler this time.

It could have been three soon after but Joe Root was given a reprieve after Morkel had over stepped the line having had the dangerous batsman caught at second slip.

Not long after that, Root was sent packing after being castled by Chris Morris' first delivery of the morning leaving England 55/3.

Nic Compton and James Taylor looked to be steadying the English ship but spinner Dane Piedt got the wicket of Compton just before lunch leaving England on 87/4 heading into the break.

After the lunch break, Taylor and first innings hero Ben Stokes looked to consolidate once more for the English. They put on a 30 run stand before Stokes, possibly trying to reproduce his heroics from his double century holed out at deep square leg off the bowling of Piedt.

Having hit a boundary the ball before, Stokes would most likely be kicking himself for giving his wicket away at a stage when England needed to take the sting out of the home side's momentum.

One run later James Taylor was on his way back to the pavilion, he edged a turning ball and it lobbed to Bavuma at short leg, again Piedt was the bowler grabbing his third in the innings.

The South Africans tails were now up as England were awkwardly placed on 116/6

Another first innings hero Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali paired up to put on 43 at a much-needed time for the tourists.

They played well to quell any thoughts about a South African test victory, although there was a scare when Bairstow had a close stumping decision go his way off the bowling of Elgar.

Unfortunately bad light played meant that that play had to be stopped, as there were ominous clouds looming over Newlands in the afternoon session.

England were on 159/6 when the umpires called it a day. Thereafter the umpires checked on the conditions regularly but around just after 5pm local time they called it a day.

It brought the end of what has been a fantastic test match littered with impressive batting performances although it ended in a draw.

From a South Africa perspective they can take some much needed confidence and momentum heading into the third test after a superb batting performance coupled with an encouraging bowling display on day five.

AB de Villiers will take over as the captain for the remainder of the series against The English.