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England v South Africa, 1st Test, Lord's, 3rd day
David Lloyd: Pace is nothing without guile
July 12, 2008
Another day that belonged to England, and it will require a monumental effort from South Africa to salvage a draw
 
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Andrew Miller: The day was once again dominated by England. They forced South Africa to follow on and by the close the visitors were 13 for no loss in their second innings. An unusual character opened the bowling for England. David Lloyd, Kevin Pietersen can't have imagined that he would be taking the new ball.

David Lloyd: I just wonder [whether] Michael Vaughan was trying to rub it in, saying to South Africa: You bat again, you follow on and I will open the bowling with my spinners because it's not very nice out here. It is dark and overcast, I can't bowl my seamers but we are going to have a go at you. Anxious moments for South Africa at the end of the day.

I would like to go back to the start of the day. I saw Mickey Arthur out in the middle. He came across, shook hands, and very cordially said, 'You've seen two bad days for our team.' Well, make that three. They've not appeared at all in this Test. It's just a great venue where a team is usually lifted. I can't remember a Test in which England has dominated every session.

AM: Well, it was spin that finished the day and it was spin, really, which gave England control. Monty Panesar found some monstrous rip out of the rough and really took control.

DL: That's what I call finesse in a Test during which South Africa have been quite wrong with their pace, pace and pace. Where is the guile? Where is the finesse? In a Test there comes a time hen you need something different. I think their [South Africa's] attack looks very similar.

England's crackerjack spinner, Panesar, is way ahead of anything that South Africa can produce in this series and that will be a massive worry. Panesar has only bowled 39 overs in between the last Test against New Zealand, but he settled in very quickly. I know Vaughan would have asked him to find the pace for this pitch. We would criticise Monty in the past saying he bowls too quickly but that's the pace to bowl on this pitch. As you say, the rip and turn coming out of the rough demands that you drive the ball into the pitch.

AM: One man managed to counter him. Ashwell Prince, a very proud moment for him to get his first hundred at Lord's.

DL: It is very special to get your name on the board and he is coming off a real lean time. In his last five Tests, Prince averaged 16. He looked a very compact player and he was waiting for somebody to stay with him. Your two batsmen out there in the middle build partnerships. England did that in spades but South Africa have not been able to do it and England bowlers were on top.

Prince was waiting for a partner. He did not get one, but a massive achievement. He played very well. I know I said it on air that his set up - he is kind of a small guy - has a little bit of [Brian] Lara about it: the way he ducks and his back lift goes really high. Of course he isn't Brian Lara, there is only one Brian Lara, but a great moment for Prince today.

AM: The match, as you say, has been dominated by the predictions of pace. Michael Vaughan said just before the match that there is bit of skill about England's bowlers. The seam bowlers demonstrated that early on today.

DL: I think he was having a dig, just a little dig at South Africa: Yes, we have heard you before, you have been here before and what you're going to do - bang, bang, bang ... we are going to hit you with pace. I think, just matter of fact, Michael Vaughan said that we have got a little bit of swing and we have a little bit of spin. Let's see how you deal with that. In truth, this England attack is excellent. There is talk about Andrew Flintoff. Well, if they keep winning then they make it difficult for Flintoff to come back. So the attack has probably responded to the threat of Flintoff.

Going way back to New Zealand, Vaughan said that he wanted more energy in the bowling attack. So they dropped [Steve] Harmison and [Mathew] Hoggard, both trusted, tried and tested. He has got his energy now with [James] Anderson and [Stuart] Broad.

AM: So, two days remaining in this Test but there is one statistic that might give South Africa some encouragement - five successive draws at Lord's. Do you think they can make it six?

DL: No I don't. I think it will be a monumental effort and of course I am hoping that they can play classic Test-match rear-guard cricket. There is lots of time left in this game. I don't think South Africa can continue to play poorly; England will need to work hard. It will need some inventive captaincy from Vaughan to rotate his bowlers and keep them fresh. But there is always another new ball and another new ball, so South Africa are way behind and the weather appears to be fair in London. So I can just see an England win.

AM: So there you go, after three days England are firmly in control of the first Test at Lord's. You've been listening to Cricinfo Talk.

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