Kagiso Rabada sparked a dramatic England collapse as South Africa won by seven wickets to record a consolation win in the third one-day worldwide at Lord’s on Monday.
Rabada and Parnell decimated the English top order in the opening five overs and rendered the contest effectively over with England teetering at 6-20.
England made four changes from the thrilling last-over win in Southampton on Saturday, with Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali stood down amid injury niggles and Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett rested.
Only three players – Jonny Bairstow, David Willey and debutant Toby Roland-Jones – reached double figures and Morgan was keen to express his dissatisfaction with the pitch.
But Bairstow, stumped charging down the wicket on 51, Jake Ball and Steven Finn fell to spinner Keshav Maharaj as the innings was wrapped up in 31 overs.
England has already clinched the series after winning by 72 runs at Headingley and narrowly winning the second match by two runs.
AB de Villiers has taken a break from Test cricket to focus on limited-overs cricket, and appears determined to lead South Africa to their first piece of limited-overs silverware since the 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy.
But ahead of next week’s Champions Trophy tournament in England, the all-rounder showed no discomfort with the bat.
Gary Kirsten, South Africa’s coach during their previous Champions Trophy campaign, in England in 2013, confronted the issue head-on by discussing the perception with his players, rather than having it as an unseen or unspoken elephant in the room.
For South Africa, top of the International Cricket Council ODI rankings, this was a timely victory.
The Middlesex man, who was left high and dry at the end as Maharaj snuffed out Jake Ball and Finn with minimal fuss, will look more fondly on his maiden worldwide wicket as Amla chopped on to his stumps after the post-interval resumption.
De Kock followed the next over, Ball squeezing a yorker through his defences.
South Africa were cruising on 95 without loss in the 15th over of their chase before Amla became Roland-Jones’ first global wicket and Jake Ball dismissed Quinton De Kock and Faf Du Plessis in quick succession. “There was a very similar game this time a year ago when he played against Pakistan and only bowled a few overs with the same injury, we’re trying to build it up again with the Champions Trophy in mind”. “In The Rose Bowl we were 37 after 10 overs and still posted over 300, today was just not our day”.
“If you look at our dismissals, South Africa didn’t let us get away”. I’s just when he’s bowling at full tilt.
“We want to perform, get people in to watch the game and have a fun day”.
Joe Root went soon after at the non-striker’s end, run out by Dwaine Pretorius off his own bowling as Eoin Morgan drove down the ground and the seam bowler got a finger to the ball to guide it onto the stumps. We did a very similar thing against Pakistan where he only bowled three or four overs.