Somerset v South Africans, Taunton, 1st day July 9, 2012

South Africans given testing opening day

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South Africa 96 for 2 (Amla 34*, Kallis 45*) trail Somerset 312 for 8 dec (Trego 104, Hildreth 100, Meschede 50*, Tsotsobe 3-46) by 216 runs
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Centuries from Peter Trego, whose hundred came off 60 balls, and James Hildreth plus a half-century from Craig Meschede tested the South African attack on their first day of action in England. The tourists' top order was also under pressure but the trusted duo of Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis ensured normal service had resumed by the close.

Trego and Hildreth added 183 for the fifth wicket at more than seven an over and exposed the rustiness of the visitors' support bowling, while Meschede prevented a lower-order collapse with a sturdy, unbeaten 50. In reply, the South Africans also had to rely on their middle order to prop up a wobbly start, but will be pleased to have had a full day's match practice in the lead up to the Test series. However, they had to contend with as serious injury to Mark Boucher who required eye surgery to leave his tour in doubt.

After brushing aside Somerset's top order, who did themselves no favours with two run-outs as they slipped to 32 for 4, the South Africans were unable to stem the flow of runs from either Trego or Hildreth. The pair took control of the morning session helped by ill-disciplined bowling from Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Morkel's first over cost 24 as Trego took him for six boundaries at the beginning of his onslaught and a high-octane morning session ended with Somerset 165 for 4.

Their momentum was maintained after the break as Morkel continued to struggle with another four-over spell that cost 28 where he could not find the correct line or length. After a brief rain delay, Trego brought up his 100 with a gorgeous straight drive off Morkel but shortly afterwards his thrilling innings ended when he edged Vernon Philander to second slip where Kallis took a low catch.

Although Morkel did not improve in his second spell, Tsotsobe did show signs of finding his groove. He had Chris Jones caught behind off the third delivery of his return spell and began to make use of the same subtle movement that he has become known for.

Hildreth's hundred came up with a nudge into the covers off Dale Steyn, the first of an eventful three balls for him. After stealing the strike with that single, Hildreth started Tsotsobe's next over with an edge to Kallis at gully who put it down. It did not cost South Africa anything, however, as Hildreth drove the next delivery to Amla at mid-off.

With South Africa into the tail, Imran Tahir was brought back on and also showed more control. He used his variations sparingly, but when he did bring out the googly it proved dangerous in more than one way. Gemaal Hussain did not read the delivery and was bowled with a bail ricocheting into Boucher's face and cutting his left eye.

AB de Villiers took over from Boucher and South Africa appeared to have lost their concentration. They could not take another wicket and allowed runs to flow again before Somerset ended their time in the field by declaring shortly after tea.

With Alviro Petersen out through injury, the South Africans opened with Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph, who did the job for five Tests last season without success as a partnership. Rudolph did not display any increased aptitude for playing in that position and wafted at a Jamie Overton delivery to be caught behind.

Smith went the same way in the next over, to Hussain, but things settled for South Africa after that as Amla and Kallis took them to the close in typically calm fashion. The pair brought out a range of classic strokes - Kallis with the hook and cover drive, and Amla with the leg glance - and both they and the remainder of the batting order will look to make the most of their opportunity on Tuesday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on July 11, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    South Africa's bowling attack will come right, its the batting, (Kallis, Amla, De Villiers aside), which concerns me. Its sad about Boucher but with De Villiers keeping wicket for the 1st test, an extra batsman can be included, which will be needed against a strong England attack.

  • on July 11, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @JG: had Strauss failed yet again against the WIndies, I'd have liked to have seen Compton replace him. Given that Strauss has now done enough to retire on his own terms, though - & that that probably won't be until after the Ashes marathon of 2013/14 - it could be that Compton, sadly, will miss that particular boat, as the selectors will almost certainly go with someone younger - Hales, Root or Denly seem to be the prime candidates - after Strauss finally calls it a day.

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @Si Baker on (July 10 2012, 14:47 PM GMT) You're right in that Compo isn't natually a number 6 so maybe it wouldn't work. I just see him as being able to play in any position. The other point is that I believe England are looking for a number 6 in a different mould to Nick.

  • on July 10, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @JG: it doesn't *have* to be an either Hildreth or Compton situation, but the only vacancy at the mo is at No. 6, & Compton's spent his entire career either opening or at No. 3, while Hildreth's always batted in the middle order. The most likely route in for Compton is if one of the top three is either injured or suffers a dramatic slump in form.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 10, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Morkel: 1-0-24-0. Wow. KP and co are licking their lips already.

  • CarolL on July 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Firdose seems to forget that the Pietersen and Smith opening partnership from last season was even less successful than Rudolph and Smith

  • Herbet on July 10, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Morne Morkel; the Steve Harmison of South African cricket. Welcome to England.

  • MartinC on July 10, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Very sorry to hear about Boucher. He had a year playing at Lancaster in the Northern League back in 96 or 97 and he seemed like a good bloke when we played against him. Hope he recovers but this is probably the end of his career certainly at Test or International level.

    Not surprising the Saffers bowling looked a little rusty - they all probably needed a run out and Taunton is a very flat deck for any attack if a couple of batsmen get in.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on July 10, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    @Randyoz - no , I don't think anyone really is kidding themselves that this is the south Africans' best efforts ; after all , when your lot thrashed Essex in their warm-up match people were saying much the same thing . Oh , hang on - that WAS your best effort of the tour !! OOPS !

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @jonesy2. You're funny. Lets have a look at some famous @jonesy2 quotes; Australia will destroy England in The Ashes 2010/11, Sri Lanka will destroy England Summer 2011. india will destroy England Summer 2010. Sri Lanka will destroy England in Sri Lanka 2012. West Indies will destroy England 2012. Australia will destroy England ODI 2012. There's been a lot of talk of destroying lately hasn't there @jonesy2. No chance of your reputation being destroyed though.

  • on July 11, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    South Africa's bowling attack will come right, its the batting, (Kallis, Amla, De Villiers aside), which concerns me. Its sad about Boucher but with De Villiers keeping wicket for the 1st test, an extra batsman can be included, which will be needed against a strong England attack.

  • on July 11, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @JG: had Strauss failed yet again against the WIndies, I'd have liked to have seen Compton replace him. Given that Strauss has now done enough to retire on his own terms, though - & that that probably won't be until after the Ashes marathon of 2013/14 - it could be that Compton, sadly, will miss that particular boat, as the selectors will almost certainly go with someone younger - Hales, Root or Denly seem to be the prime candidates - after Strauss finally calls it a day.

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @Si Baker on (July 10 2012, 14:47 PM GMT) You're right in that Compo isn't natually a number 6 so maybe it wouldn't work. I just see him as being able to play in any position. The other point is that I believe England are looking for a number 6 in a different mould to Nick.

  • on July 10, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @JG: it doesn't *have* to be an either Hildreth or Compton situation, but the only vacancy at the mo is at No. 6, & Compton's spent his entire career either opening or at No. 3, while Hildreth's always batted in the middle order. The most likely route in for Compton is if one of the top three is either injured or suffers a dramatic slump in form.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 10, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Morkel: 1-0-24-0. Wow. KP and co are licking their lips already.

  • CarolL on July 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Firdose seems to forget that the Pietersen and Smith opening partnership from last season was even less successful than Rudolph and Smith

  • Herbet on July 10, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Morne Morkel; the Steve Harmison of South African cricket. Welcome to England.

  • MartinC on July 10, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Very sorry to hear about Boucher. He had a year playing at Lancaster in the Northern League back in 96 or 97 and he seemed like a good bloke when we played against him. Hope he recovers but this is probably the end of his career certainly at Test or International level.

    Not surprising the Saffers bowling looked a little rusty - they all probably needed a run out and Taunton is a very flat deck for any attack if a couple of batsmen get in.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on July 10, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    @Randyoz - no , I don't think anyone really is kidding themselves that this is the south Africans' best efforts ; after all , when your lot thrashed Essex in their warm-up match people were saying much the same thing . Oh , hang on - that WAS your best effort of the tour !! OOPS !

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @jonesy2. You're funny. Lets have a look at some famous @jonesy2 quotes; Australia will destroy England in The Ashes 2010/11, Sri Lanka will destroy England Summer 2011. india will destroy England Summer 2010. Sri Lanka will destroy England in Sri Lanka 2012. West Indies will destroy England 2012. Australia will destroy England ODI 2012. There's been a lot of talk of destroying lately hasn't there @jonesy2. No chance of your reputation being destroyed though.

  • on July 10, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Well i'm guessing Morne's radar was off on what would appear to be a very flat track. Never mind Tsotsobe is probably more of a threat anyway, hope he gets a start in the first test.

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    I do find it quite amusing how some folk are suddenly talking about Trego being an England player based on this inns.He's actually had a better season in the CC with the ball but a very mediocre season with the bat. And re T20 , he has by and large struggled not only to get decent scores , but even to score at a run a ball , which made his inns all the more surprising. If he were to show this sort of form/aggression (similar to what he showed a year or 2 ago) then sure he could knock on the door again. As for Hildreth , he has made a few hundereds this season and is certainly in better nick than last season. But for me Compton has done it all season , plus the back end of last season and proved against Middlesex that he can play an inns under pressure.IMO they should still go with 5 bowlers but I'll be very surprised if Bopara isn't the number 6

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    south africa will still destory england although there should be concerns over the bowling after steyn, morkel is just not at the standard he should be and if philander doesnt get helpful pitches he may not be that effective but i guess he should get some good pitches to bowl on. de lange is good he should be in the side tahir is ok he needs more time at test level.

  • Castle94 on July 10, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Is Alviro going to be fit for the 1st Test? Much rather him opening than Rudolph, although that leaves a problem in the middle order with Duminy also there

  • on July 10, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    I think Trego should be considered for the Eng 20/20 side at least. His bowling has come on greatly and his batting can change a game. He's probably worth a place ahead of Buttler (who will be a master in years to come) because of his bowling.

  • RandyOZ on July 9, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    South Africa is just coaxing England. If you think this is their best effort you are kidding yourselves.

  • on July 9, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @Landl & JMcHilhinney: totally agree: Hildreth is sheer class. He should've taken Colly's place at the beginning of 2011, but started the season in uncharacteristically poor fashion (nerves, as he was pretty much next in line back then?). Had he done so, I very much doubt we'd still be looking for a consistent No. 6 almost two years down the line.

  • wibblewibble on July 9, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    @jmcilhinney The best tour game I can remember seeing was Essex vs Australians in 2005, right before the deciding final test match at the Oval. Essex had two relative youngsters in the team, A N COOK at 2 and R S BOPARA at 3. They put on 270 for the 2nd wicket, Bopara got a ton, Cook got a double, Essex made 502 in a day against a pretty decent Aus attack.

    Set the scene a few days later, when Aus crumbled and couldn't force a win by bowling KP out, and probably rubber stamped as quality Cook and Bopara to the selectors. Tour games aren't meaningless for either side, I'm sure Trego's knock was watched by the selectors.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Don't read anything into this day's play. A warm-up game is just that. Well done Somerset for going out there and making runs quickly, then declaring. In a 2-day game poking about for 240-8 at the end of day 1 is a waste of everyone's time. Steyn and Philander got their overs in, but Morne Morkel's radar was obviously seriously awry. Tahir got one wicket and one wicket-keeper, not a good trade-off. @Honeymonster, I agree with you completely, I've never thought that Morgan looks like a test player (his FC average is 36) and I hope Hildreth gets a chance. I think he's a cut above Compton, who has had a great run this season but a generally undistinguished career. I'm pretty sure Bopara, on the back of a good ODI series against the Aussies, is going to get the nod for the first test, but he hasn't set the test world alight uo to now and if he doesn't come off this time England might come knocking on Hildreth's door.

  • hhillbumper on July 9, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    sorry to hear about Boucher.No one wants to see a player injured like this.Good for Trego that he got his ton as i have enjoyed watching him down the years

  • allblue on July 9, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @jackiethepen No, Strauss will play for Middlesex in a Championship match against Notts starting on Wednesday. Or Thursday if the weather forecast is correct. Wretched summer we're having. He only played for Somerset against India last year because Middlesex did not have a game that week.

  • on July 9, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    A lid isn't going to stop a blow to the eye if it goes between the grille and the peak. Sunglasses usually suffice but obviously the weather doesn't hold up you wont be wearing them.

    Maybe a sudden flux of cricketing clears lensed safety specs will hit the market...

  • DazTaylor on July 9, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @Trickstar You don't consider 32/4 as "needing an innings"? Having played against Hildreth personally in club cricket, he is sheer class.

  • whatawicket on July 9, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    ring rusty thats all thats wrong with the saffers. trego has been mentioned as a T20 international on quite a few occasions. maybe a bit late for him now but he can hit a cricket ball and can bowl the odd over or 2. expect the saffers to improve greatly they are not the # 2 team for nothing.

  • JG2704 on July 9, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    We had posts from one commentor saying this SA bowling attack is a "Deadly Barrage" everywhere. Obviously when I pointed out some exceptions then those examples didn't count for 1 reason or another , so I guess I can add Taunton as another place where they are not so deadly - and with extra bowlers too. Seriously though , I'm sure SA will be better in the tests and of course they are a huge threat. What a strange thing that Trego - who has looked so out ofnick with the bat and struggled this year to score at a run a ball in T20 scores a 60 ball ton so well done to him and Hildreth. Very disappointed for Compton as it may be his final chance to impress the selectors and to be run out is really hard on the most consistent batsman in 1st class cricket this year

  • Charlie101 on July 9, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Whilst I hope that Ravi Bopara makes the number 6 spot his own in the test team it looks like Peter Trego should come into the mix if Ravi does not perform as his bowling is good as well .

  • jmcilhinney on July 9, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Did they make this a T20 game and not tell me? I know that it's only two days but everyone seems to be laying into it now.

  • jmcilhinney on July 9, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    RandyOZ was talking during the Australian lead-up about weak English counties as Australia had little trouble with Leicestershire and Essex. Given the working over Australia have received since then and SA having their share of problems with Somerset, you'd have to say that that was smart scheduling by Australia. If they had played division 1 counties then they may have been embarrassed before even meeting England. People say that winning tour matches doesn't really mean much but I'd say that losing them might be considered significant.

  • Munkeymomo on July 9, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Woop! Nice one Trego! Big fan favourite down Taunton! Hopefully this will inspire him to get a few big scores in the championship in the second half of the season.

  • Trickstar on July 9, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @landl47 Hard a poor year last year Hildreth that dropped in well down the pecking order, but he should be back in and around the Lions squad this year. Hildreth's problem is that he never hardly scores runs when the team needs him, always tends to come up with the goods when he comes in at 180/2, not usually a man for crisis. I'd personally prefer Compton to him and even Taylor tbh

  • jmcilhinney on July 9, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I notice that Boucher wasn't wearing a helmet where most keepers these days seem to wear one when standing up to the stumps for spinners or medium pacers these days. This is obviously an example of why and I think, while you probably can't force a keeper to where a helmet, every team should actively encourage their's to do so. Hopefully it's not a serious injury but, even if he's fit for the first Test, there's every chance that an already short warm-up could be truncated further.

  • SDHM on July 9, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    landl - you've been saying it all season, us Somerset fans have been saying it for years! He really should have been picked back in 2010, when he was in sublime form and Bell was injured, but the selectors went with Morgan on a hunch. He has the stigma that all Somerset batsmen have to get over of batting mainly at Taunton, and there was also a theory going round that he's weak against the short ball. Well, a hundred here against the Saffers' pace attack and another one against Meaker at The Oval this year suggest that might be unfair. Genuinely think this innings may have brought him back into the selectors' thoughts, even though the South Africans are undoubtedly rusty. Kirsten said they didn't need warm-up games - I think this might have proved him wrong.

  • jmcilhinney on July 9, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    What an odd innings that was from Somerset. What on earth were they doing to get their first two wickets run out for ducks? Sorry to see Buttler go cheaply but it is nice to see Hildreth in the runs. England seem to be keen to get some young blood into the team but maybe they're looking too young. At 27, Hildreth could still have 8-10 good years in him so, if he's really back on track, maybe we could yet see him in an England shirt. Sounds like an impressive knock from Trego. Is he an outside chance for a trip to the WT20 in SL? Many people said that rustiness was a significant factor in SA's poor performance at home against Australia and they look in danger of doing something similar here. Why do they seem to play so little international cricket compared to many other countries? I suppose we talk about the schedule being too hectic but if you're going to have big breaks then I think a longer warm-up for a tour would be a good idea.

  • Geordie613 on July 9, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    SA drew the 1st tour game at taunton 4 years ago. and won the series. Come on PROTEAS!! Hope Bouch is ok.

  • on July 9, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Morkel's early troubles don't surprise me at all. He and Allan Donald would've worked on him bowling a fuller length in England than he usually does. It'll take him a little while to get his control right for that, but he'll be a major threat during the Test series.

  • 5wombats on July 9, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    We liked that photo of Trego holding up his bat - you could see the puddles in the background....

  • Selassie-I on July 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Interesting to see the saffers getting some treatment from the somerset boys, we all know that it's a batsman's paradise down there but I would have expected them to do better. If either of Steyn or Philander get injured, they could find it difficult over here.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I've been saying all this season that Hildreth really should be in the England selectors' minds for the test side. He's still only 27, has a first-class average in the mid-forties and 26 first-class hundreds. This season he's been in great form, even making a T20 hundred. The knock against him has been that he hasn't got an extra gear; that innings and this innings against SA disproves that. Hildreth would walk into the present Australian side and I think at this stage in their respective careers he's a much better option than Bairstow, bright though Bairstow's future is. I hope the selectors will consider him if Bopara doesn't work out or there's an injury in the England middle order.

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Peter Trego.My god ,what a player he is!Definetly Deserve a spot in English team.I followed some of his performance in BPL(Sylhet Royals) and BD domestic leauge.Truely,He is very skill-full cricketer,I wish him good luck!

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    great inn by peter well done

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    if i remember correctly same thing happened before the indian series, same peter trego went on the rampage against the indian bolwers [trego complete his century on 62 balls as of now] and then 4-0 happend..... seems like england are employing the psychology of taking the confidence out of the opposition bowlers..... but steyn, phalindar & co seems too strong of a bowling unit ....... hope SA wont lose their front line bowlers like PAK in 2010 series (only asif & steyn has 24 average after asif test debue on 02-jan-2005)

  • WillDuff on July 9, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    200/4 at 6.21 an over, having been 32/4! I think we can assume, no matter how good Trego and Hildreth are, that the saffers are a bit rusty. They've only one other game after this before the 1st Test in 10 days' time. Will they be ready?

  • jackiethepen on July 9, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Wasn't there talk of Strauss playing in this game to get match practice?

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    India in 2011, South Africa in 2012. Come down to Taunton and get used to chasing leather in your first tour game.

  • kevinpp24 on July 9, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Well well, I seriously hope SA bowlers start performing well. I don't want to see a dump series, need both teams in good shape and injury free. Pretty confident about Steyn and Vernon but Morkel as usual is wayward and fourth and fifth bowling option is the worry for SA. Hopefully England will outdo SA to get over the line at the end. When we thrased Aus in Aus, Indian fans said we've just beaten an inexperienced and sloppy Aussies and w hen we thrased India in Eng, Aussies said we've beaten an half fit and half experienced side. So I want Eng to beat a fully fit and in form SA.

  • Zippydidodah on July 9, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Oh dear. I was looking forward to a competitive test series. However, it seems like Philander is the one bowler with match fitness. Tsotsobe, Morkel, Kallis & Tahir sound like they need some time bowling, rather than at a mountain retreat. They have only got five days of competitive cricket before the first test.

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  • Zippydidodah on July 9, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Oh dear. I was looking forward to a competitive test series. However, it seems like Philander is the one bowler with match fitness. Tsotsobe, Morkel, Kallis & Tahir sound like they need some time bowling, rather than at a mountain retreat. They have only got five days of competitive cricket before the first test.

  • kevinpp24 on July 9, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Well well, I seriously hope SA bowlers start performing well. I don't want to see a dump series, need both teams in good shape and injury free. Pretty confident about Steyn and Vernon but Morkel as usual is wayward and fourth and fifth bowling option is the worry for SA. Hopefully England will outdo SA to get over the line at the end. When we thrased Aus in Aus, Indian fans said we've just beaten an inexperienced and sloppy Aussies and w hen we thrased India in Eng, Aussies said we've beaten an half fit and half experienced side. So I want Eng to beat a fully fit and in form SA.

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    India in 2011, South Africa in 2012. Come down to Taunton and get used to chasing leather in your first tour game.

  • jackiethepen on July 9, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Wasn't there talk of Strauss playing in this game to get match practice?

  • WillDuff on July 9, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    200/4 at 6.21 an over, having been 32/4! I think we can assume, no matter how good Trego and Hildreth are, that the saffers are a bit rusty. They've only one other game after this before the 1st Test in 10 days' time. Will they be ready?

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    if i remember correctly same thing happened before the indian series, same peter trego went on the rampage against the indian bolwers [trego complete his century on 62 balls as of now] and then 4-0 happend..... seems like england are employing the psychology of taking the confidence out of the opposition bowlers..... but steyn, phalindar & co seems too strong of a bowling unit ....... hope SA wont lose their front line bowlers like PAK in 2010 series (only asif & steyn has 24 average after asif test debue on 02-jan-2005)

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    great inn by peter well done

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Peter Trego.My god ,what a player he is!Definetly Deserve a spot in English team.I followed some of his performance in BPL(Sylhet Royals) and BD domestic leauge.Truely,He is very skill-full cricketer,I wish him good luck!

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I've been saying all this season that Hildreth really should be in the England selectors' minds for the test side. He's still only 27, has a first-class average in the mid-forties and 26 first-class hundreds. This season he's been in great form, even making a T20 hundred. The knock against him has been that he hasn't got an extra gear; that innings and this innings against SA disproves that. Hildreth would walk into the present Australian side and I think at this stage in their respective careers he's a much better option than Bairstow, bright though Bairstow's future is. I hope the selectors will consider him if Bopara doesn't work out or there's an injury in the England middle order.

  • Selassie-I on July 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Interesting to see the saffers getting some treatment from the somerset boys, we all know that it's a batsman's paradise down there but I would have expected them to do better. If either of Steyn or Philander get injured, they could find it difficult over here.