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South Africa v England, 2nd Test, 2004-05

England foiled by nine, ten, Jacques

Jan 20, 2005: This is the full text of the South Africa-England second-Test report that that should have appeared on pages 70 and 71 of the February 2005 issue

Andrew Miller in Durban

Second Test Match

South Africa v England

2005:

Lawrence Booth

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

'I think we were a bit lucky at the end there'

Dec 30, 2004: Graeme Smith admitted that fortune had smiled on South Africa in the closing stages of the second Test at Durban, but praised the tenacity of his team, since lesser sides might have crumbled in the face of such a turnaround

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Refusing to die

Dec 30, 2004: The Wisden Verdict

The Wisden Verdict by Andrew Miller at Durban

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

'South Africa got out of jail,' says Vaughan

Dec 30, 2004: "An epic!" declared Michael Vaughan, as he strode in to face the media after the second Test at Durban had ended in a nailbiting draw

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Darkness - and de Villiers - thwart England at Durban

Dec 30, 2004: Darkness drove the players from the field just before 4.30pm at Durban - around half-an-hour before the scheduled close - handing South Africa a lifeline after England had seemed certain to wrap up the match, and with it a 2-0 lead

The Bulletin by Steven Lynch

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

'We're going out there to have a go,' says Steyn

Dec 29, 2004: It's been a pretty torrid Test baptism for Dale Steyn, South Africa's 21-year-old pace bowler, who has been forced to toil against England's batsmen on two uncompromising surfaces at Port Elizabeth and now Durban

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

Gibbs fined for gesture to umpire

Dec 29, 2004: Herschelle Gibbs been fined 40 percent of his match fee

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Hudson on the quota debate

The issue that dares not speak its name

Dec 29, 2004: It is the issue that dares not speak its name, but is nonetheless bubbling away beneath the surface of the South African team at present

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

Return of the killer instinct

Dec 29, 2004: The Wisden Verdict

The Wisden Verdict by Andrew Miller at Durban

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

England on top after Thorpe's 16th century

Dec 29, 2004: A superb unbeaten hundred from Graham Thorpe put England in the driving seat as South Africa ended the fourth day needing a mountainous 357 to win at Durban

The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

'We are good enough to handle the pressure'

Dec 28, 2004: After a day in which England wrested back the initiative, the South Africa coach Ray Jennings addressed the media on the third day of the second Test at Durban.

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

'Too soon to relax', says Trescothick

Dec 28, 2004: Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss cemented their names in therecord-books with an opening stand of 273, to swing a topsy-turvy matchback in England's favour on the third day at Kingsmead

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

A classic in the making

Dec 28, 2004: "I hope it doesn't get any flatter," was Jacques Kallis's plaintive appeal to the pitch gods last night, after his wonderful 162 had hoisted South Africa from a position of promise to one of outright supremacy at the close of the second day's play

The Wisden Verdict by Andrew Miller at Durban

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

Strauss and Trescothick hundreds put England ahead

Dec 28, 2004: Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss both strolled to centuries as England gained an 88-run lead in a remarkable turnaround on the third day at Durban

The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day

'It's good to perform against the best', says Kallis

Dec 27, 2004: A magnificent 162 from Jacques Kallis lifted South Africa from a dicey 116for 6 at the midpoint of their innings, to give them control of the second Test at Kingsmead

Andrew Miller

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day

Classy Kallis a cut above

Dec 27, 2004: Jacques Kallis went for the jugular with a succession of gorgeous cover-drives as he struck a sublime 162 © Getty Images After their first-Test defeat at Port Elizabeth, the signs were ominous for South Africa

The Wisden Verdict by Andrew Miller at Durban

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 1st day

Dangerous, damaging - and far from disarray

Dec 26, 2004: South Africa are in so-called disarray, while England are undeniably riding as high as they ever have, but Andrew Miller witnessed a day that was never meant to happen

The Wisden Verdict by Andrew Miller at Durban

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 1st day

Smith's gamble reaps dividends

Dec 26, 2004: After winning the toss and putting England in, South Africa bowled them out for 139 and reached 70 for 3 in reply on the first day at Durban

The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson
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