12 Aug 2008

Pietersen leads England to consolation win

2:03 pm on 12 August 2008

Kevin Pietersen has celebrated his first cricket Test as England captain with a consolation six-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth and final Test at the Oval.

Andrew Flintoff hit the winning runs with a straight six as he and Paul Collingwood steered the home side to 198 for four after Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook put on 123 for the first wicket.

Pietersen made only 13 runs himself however.

South Africa's win at Edgbaston prompted the tearful resignation of Michael Vaughan and Pietersen has since looked confident in charge.

The visitors won at Headingley and Edgbaston after a drawn Test at Lord's to claim a first series win in England since 1965 but were out of sorts in their first innings, scoring 194.

Their tour continues with a Twenty20 match in Durham on August 20 and a series of five one-day internationals.