August 10, 2008

South Africa in England 2008

South Africa's unsung heroes

George Binoy
Graeme Smith is struck a painful blow midships by the returning Steve Harmison, England v South Africa, 4th Test, The Oval, August 7, 2008
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South Africa have prevailed partly because the unsung men in their line-up have blossomed - McKenzie, Amla, Ashwell Prince and AB de Villiers, writes Vic Marks in the Observer .

Of their batsmen only Jacques Kallis has faltered - this could be his least productive series for 11 years, although he still has one innings left to change that. Once Dale Steyn has recovered from his thumb injury South Africa have a side that can seriously challenge Australia in Australia this winter, their only obvious weakness being the lack of a quality spin bowler.

Graeme Smith writes in the Sunday Telegraph that it was hard to pick himself up for the Oval Test after his epic hundred at Edgbaston.

Read Andrew Strauss' diary in the Sunday Telegraph. He talks about how he felt about Michael Vaughan's resignation, Kevin Pietersen's appointment, and a day at the Silverstone racing circuit.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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