England v SA, 1st Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day July 22, 2012

Kallis dedicates great day to Boucher

George Dobell and Firdose Moonda at The Oval
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Dedication of the Day
With Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis both starting the fourth day with milestones imminent, emotion was guaranteed. Amla reached 200 with a perfectly-placed back-foot drive and celebrated long, but carefully. Kallis was more emphatic when he reached three figures. With arms raised he soaked in warm applause and then gestured to his eye with a small nod of the head. Although Kallis had pointed to his right eye instead of his left, it was a tribute to his best friend, Mark Boucher, whose left-eye injury forced him to retire at the start of the tour. Kallis and Boucher, friends for almost two decades, were the longest-serving members of the South African squad and also live next door to each other.

Achievement of the Day
Before today, no South African batsman had scored 300 runs in a Test match. AB de Villiers' 278 stood as the tallest mountain and when Hashim Amla went past him, De Villiers was shown on camera cheering him on. It took 35 balls from the time Amla broke that record to the time he brought up 300. There were some nerves when Tim Bresnan trapped him on the pads and appealed vociferously but otherwise his usual calm predominated. The milestone came with a drive through the covers, Amla's signature shot of the innings. As he jogged down the pitch, he punched the air - a first for a usually understated man. The Oval crowd were on the feet for a full minute.

Big call of the Day
Graeme Smith has been criticised for sometimes being too conservative. Today, he went the other way. At tea, with South Africa 252 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand and Jacques Kallis on 182, Smith decided they would bat no more. He gave his bowlers four sessions to bowl England out and left open the possibility that South Africa might have to chase a small target. With a series lead at stake, it was a daring move.

Commitment of the Day
The score was 628 for 2 when James Anderson, rushing around the cover boundary, dived full length to turn what had appeared to be a certain four into a two. For a man who had bowled 41 overs - and not taken a wicket since his second - it was a fine effort. While such episodes were of small consolation, this was a day of little joy for England and such a moment at least hinted at the spirit, the fitness and the determination of Anderson and his colleagues.

Stat of the Day
By the South Africa declared on 637 for 2, England's bowlers had taken their last three Test wickets for a cost of 780 runs, in a period stretching back to the Edgbaston Test against West Indies where Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin added 143 for the tenth wicket. For the No. 1 Test side who pride themselves on possessing a fine bowling attack, that is a major stain on their record.

Telling moment of the Day:
Some England supporters argued with gateman around the tea interval after demanding their money back. Their point, as far as it was possible to tell through the somewhat inebriated slurring of words, was that they had come to watch a game of cricket but had been bored by the lack of a contest. They argued in vain. While those supporting England might have been disappointed, the pleasure of watching Amla should have provided ample compensation.

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  • POSTED BY ballonbat on | July 24, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    kh1902 Please could you explain your criteria for greatness in a cricketer, because I am puzzled. If a bowler is only great if he takes wickets when his teammates fail to that would cast doubt on the greatness of Lillee and Thompson, Marshall, Holding, Garner and Roberts, Akram and Younis, and in fact on the theory that great bowlers hunt in pairs. If a batsman is only great when he is the sole member of the side to score significant runs, does that mean that Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag and Hayden, Ponting, Waugh and Gilchrist are all mediocre talents? It would also mean that great partnerships such as Kallis and Amla's and Sangakkara and Jayawardene's aren't significant. Cricket is a team sport and Kallis is a team man who has contributed massively to the Proteas' success in the years he has played. The fact that he played with Kirsten, Gibbs and Cullinan and Donald, Pollock and Steyn does not diminish his skills and achievements - it enhances them because he stands out.

  • POSTED BY ballonbat on | July 24, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    kh1902, you like to generalise and make unsubstantiated statements. "People on this forum" do not all go by stats alone. Had you read my previous comment you'd have seen that I think stats are a guideline only. Cricket followers, writers and players have extolled Kallis's virtues for years, not just since he passed 12000 runs. That's nonsense. He has retained his spot in the top ten current batsmen and top 30 bowlers for over a decade, and was also the number 1 all rounder until recently. He's consistently had a batting average over 55. 50 is generally regarded as the mark of a very good batsman. Yes, stats don't tell the whole story, but there is no way a player could maintain such consistency over more than a decade without being great. Please explain what you have against Jacques Kallis being regarded as a great player. Why has he got so many not outs? Because the opposition bowlers failed to dismiss him. Whose fault is that? Ponting in India ave 26. KP in SA 25. Sobers in NZ 15.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Kallis is the best all rounder in the present set of cricketers.It is all about his hard work, determination and the will to succeed that he has come this far.He plays cricket with passion and hunger to win for his country not just for records and centuries and his success reflects it.I had previously also commented that it is only a matter of time before he succeeds in England.His worth can only be measured by the value he provides with the bat and ball and the comparisons between him and Tendulkar are nothing but absurd.He deserves all the accolades that come his way irrespective of the no. of centuries he scores.

  • POSTED BY kh1902 on | July 23, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    People on this forum judge Kallis purely on stats. It's only now that he's accumulated over 12,000 runs that people speak about him. Why was he never spoken about before? Because he's never done anything to warrant a mention. Scoring runs when 2 or 3 other batsmen do doesn't make you great. How do you explain his repeated failures in England prior to this innings? In 5 years time people will look at his enhanced stats and say that he can bat in England, based on one large not out innings on a flat track. That sums up Kallis - statistical distortions (note the large % of times he is not out, boosting his average) obscure his failures because he plays in a team with the bowlers who can win test matches.

    As for the argument that he carried SA - that's not really true. SA have always had bowlers who can bowl and that is what test cricket is about. You're really belittling bowlers of the calibre of Donald and Pollock by making comments like that. Not to mention batsmen like Kirsten.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Tic on | July 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Kallis is surely one of the greats of modern day cricket.. there is no point comparing players from different era... surely his name ranks among the top 3.. you cant analyse the opposition..pitches..bowlers faced..conditions played.. there are so many factors..and makes absolute rubbish to compare any 2 players.. let us admire all the great players from each countries without ranking them. Sunil

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @everybodylovessachin: "Time will tell" how good Kallis is? How much more time do you need? After more than a decade, in all conditions, against all attacks, he has stats in all three disciplines that no single player will ever be able to match. Is he the greatest all-rounder of all time? Is he the best batsman of his generation? I don't care about those kinds of arguments. His stats show him to be walking in the company of players who stand head and shoulders above the masses. I'm just enjoying watching him play while I still can. Believe it or not, he won't be around forever.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | July 23, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Kallis now has 39 Test centuries. Tendulkar has 43. He is catching up fast. (I am of course excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.)

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | July 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    with over 24500 runs, 550 wickets, and 300 catches Jacques Henry Kallis is the BEST CRICKETER EVER (bol diya)! - everyone else, awaaz niche!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    IN BATTING SACHIN WAS GREAT IN HIS PRIME TIME ALONG WITH LARA & PONTING . BUT WHEN IT COMES TO VALUE TO A TEAM THEN KALLIS IS CERTAINLY HIGHER THAN SACHIN . BECUASE KALLIS HAS NEARLY 300 WKTS AGAINST HIS NAME . B/W I M AN INDIAN FAN .

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | July 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    In 'Telling moment of the Day' you are joking right? How fickle some fans can be! We are still No1 and haven't lost this yet (though odds say we are expected to) but then there's 2 more tests left.

  • POSTED BY ballonbat on | July 24, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    kh1902 Please could you explain your criteria for greatness in a cricketer, because I am puzzled. If a bowler is only great if he takes wickets when his teammates fail to that would cast doubt on the greatness of Lillee and Thompson, Marshall, Holding, Garner and Roberts, Akram and Younis, and in fact on the theory that great bowlers hunt in pairs. If a batsman is only great when he is the sole member of the side to score significant runs, does that mean that Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag and Hayden, Ponting, Waugh and Gilchrist are all mediocre talents? It would also mean that great partnerships such as Kallis and Amla's and Sangakkara and Jayawardene's aren't significant. Cricket is a team sport and Kallis is a team man who has contributed massively to the Proteas' success in the years he has played. The fact that he played with Kirsten, Gibbs and Cullinan and Donald, Pollock and Steyn does not diminish his skills and achievements - it enhances them because he stands out.

  • POSTED BY ballonbat on | July 24, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    kh1902, you like to generalise and make unsubstantiated statements. "People on this forum" do not all go by stats alone. Had you read my previous comment you'd have seen that I think stats are a guideline only. Cricket followers, writers and players have extolled Kallis's virtues for years, not just since he passed 12000 runs. That's nonsense. He has retained his spot in the top ten current batsmen and top 30 bowlers for over a decade, and was also the number 1 all rounder until recently. He's consistently had a batting average over 55. 50 is generally regarded as the mark of a very good batsman. Yes, stats don't tell the whole story, but there is no way a player could maintain such consistency over more than a decade without being great. Please explain what you have against Jacques Kallis being regarded as a great player. Why has he got so many not outs? Because the opposition bowlers failed to dismiss him. Whose fault is that? Ponting in India ave 26. KP in SA 25. Sobers in NZ 15.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Kallis is the best all rounder in the present set of cricketers.It is all about his hard work, determination and the will to succeed that he has come this far.He plays cricket with passion and hunger to win for his country not just for records and centuries and his success reflects it.I had previously also commented that it is only a matter of time before he succeeds in England.His worth can only be measured by the value he provides with the bat and ball and the comparisons between him and Tendulkar are nothing but absurd.He deserves all the accolades that come his way irrespective of the no. of centuries he scores.

  • POSTED BY kh1902 on | July 23, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    People on this forum judge Kallis purely on stats. It's only now that he's accumulated over 12,000 runs that people speak about him. Why was he never spoken about before? Because he's never done anything to warrant a mention. Scoring runs when 2 or 3 other batsmen do doesn't make you great. How do you explain his repeated failures in England prior to this innings? In 5 years time people will look at his enhanced stats and say that he can bat in England, based on one large not out innings on a flat track. That sums up Kallis - statistical distortions (note the large % of times he is not out, boosting his average) obscure his failures because he plays in a team with the bowlers who can win test matches.

    As for the argument that he carried SA - that's not really true. SA have always had bowlers who can bowl and that is what test cricket is about. You're really belittling bowlers of the calibre of Donald and Pollock by making comments like that. Not to mention batsmen like Kirsten.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Tic on | July 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Kallis is surely one of the greats of modern day cricket.. there is no point comparing players from different era... surely his name ranks among the top 3.. you cant analyse the opposition..pitches..bowlers faced..conditions played.. there are so many factors..and makes absolute rubbish to compare any 2 players.. let us admire all the great players from each countries without ranking them. Sunil

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @everybodylovessachin: "Time will tell" how good Kallis is? How much more time do you need? After more than a decade, in all conditions, against all attacks, he has stats in all three disciplines that no single player will ever be able to match. Is he the greatest all-rounder of all time? Is he the best batsman of his generation? I don't care about those kinds of arguments. His stats show him to be walking in the company of players who stand head and shoulders above the masses. I'm just enjoying watching him play while I still can. Believe it or not, he won't be around forever.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | July 23, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Kallis now has 39 Test centuries. Tendulkar has 43. He is catching up fast. (I am of course excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.)

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | July 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    with over 24500 runs, 550 wickets, and 300 catches Jacques Henry Kallis is the BEST CRICKETER EVER (bol diya)! - everyone else, awaaz niche!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    IN BATTING SACHIN WAS GREAT IN HIS PRIME TIME ALONG WITH LARA & PONTING . BUT WHEN IT COMES TO VALUE TO A TEAM THEN KALLIS IS CERTAINLY HIGHER THAN SACHIN . BECUASE KALLIS HAS NEARLY 300 WKTS AGAINST HIS NAME . B/W I M AN INDIAN FAN .

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | July 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    In 'Telling moment of the Day' you are joking right? How fickle some fans can be! We are still No1 and haven't lost this yet (though odds say we are expected to) but then there's 2 more tests left.

  • POSTED BY ballonbat on | July 23, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    kh1902 If you follow your argument to its illogical conclusion then all the great batsmen who played in dominant teams have to be dismissed as second rate. Let's see, Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Pollock, Bradman, Lara himself in his early tests ... All these players have had their reputations "enhanced by the calibre of teams they played in". It is a simple fact that Kallis is a great batsman. He has stepped up often enough when SA were really in trouble, often being the only batsman to make any decent runs as the side crumbled. He has faced bowlers like Warne, McGrath and Akram and made runs. I agree with you however that he is not as great an all rounder as Sobers. You obviously can't go merely by numbers when you're comparing someone who's played 150 tests with someone who played 93. But I don't know why so many people are so anti Kallis.

  • POSTED BY SNAKEDOCTOR on | July 23, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @kh1902 - You defnitely don't know SA cricket. If so, you should know that Kallis carried the SA team for almost 10years! During that periode he batted at nr.3 and under pressure so many time with his team in trouble with early wickets lost. He and Smith were the only players with averages above 50 , the rest were just about averaging 40 or so. It's only during this last 5 years that guys like Amla, De Villiers came to the front. So to say that Kallis had it easy is absolutely not true. It was just the opposite!! He is the greatest cricketer ever!

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    If England getting beaten with the ugly stick wasn't enough of a laugh, the comment herein below made me chuckle even more. Kallis cannot be great because its not under any pressure, wait so the guy with the most runs in the second innings, most hundreds in the second inning, the highest average in the second innings, most wins and saves in the second innings doesn't do it under pressure. Thanks for the fish.

  • POSTED BY kh1902 on | July 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Strange how people start saying Kallis is better than Sobers based on his performance here. Greatness is based on how you perform when your team is under pressure. Having bowled England out for less than 400, and coming in when SA were 2 for around 260, Kallis wasn't exactly under any pressure. If anything these are the conditions he thrives in, since they're not typical English conditions.

    Alot of people who make these comparisons, haven't even seen Sobers play. Statistics will never tell you what context the runs were scored in - that's why alot of people rate Lara a much better batsman than Kallis, even though his stats aren't anywhere near as good. It doesn't matter how many runs Kallis scores in these sorts of situations, he can't be considered great if he doesn't step up when South Africa are really under the pump. He's a player who's reputation has been enhanced by the calibre of team he plays in. If anyone says this, they get shouted down.

  • POSTED BY AshSA7 on | July 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Yogi108 has got it spot on - Tendulkar is great, but let's not forget Kallis here - he is something real special, a real class apart. Runs, Wickets, Catches (still playing in all forms of the game). He has scored more centuries compared to Tendulkar and Ponting over the last 10 years. Speaks a lot.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | July 23, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    @EverybodylovesSachin. Tendulkar has played most of his career on pitches like this, so I guess your are saying that he is no good too?

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: I take exception to this remark: "Ian Bell has battered lower-ranked teams like Australia and India around for years now". This is patently false. Ian Bell took until his 20th, yest TWENTIETH Ashes test to finally register a ton against Australia. It was a dead rubber on top. To make it even more galling, Bell was CLEARLY out caught behind off Watson halfway through that innings and the umpire got it right by giving him out. Bell called for a review more in the forlorn hope that it might be a no ball...and he got off the hook when the flawed Hot Spot did not show any mark. Later on, Snicko DID show that Bell edged it. That is the sum total of Bell's "battering" of Australian bowlers. If anything, he has been a massive under achiever.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 23, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @landl47 - well Amla & Kallis did bat for 100 overs, so it's not impossible to bat out a draw. 150 runs behind means, at 3rpo, England level up with the Saffas near Tea time (maybe earlier if the Saffas tick thru their overs). I suppose the real figure is (assuming 3rpo), 80 overs. Get thru 80 overs on Day 5, Eng SHOULD be 80 to 100 runs ahead, & it will be too far for the Saffas. What Eng won't want, is a repeat of Adelaide in 06/07, get bogged down & try & occupy the crease.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Cricket is a team game and you play to make your mate look better and in the process you look better yourself. Kallis espoused this aspect of the game, when he gestured to his eye, dedicating his hundred to anotehr selfless team man Boucher. There is a lesson to be learnt by all, there was not a tinge of arrogance/exultation when Kallis scored his 43rd hundred, he had failed in England before, he could have easily cried but he was cool as a cucumber and acknowledged the crowd and the dressing room. Hasim Amla another dignified ambassador of the game was in full flow and really it was wonderful to see that two good human beings excel in the field.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I'm a South Africa supporter, so there has been a lot of quiet satisfaction over the events of the past three days. But it's the adjective "quiet" that is most important. I don't know what's happening in the papers back in South Africa, but over here I have been impressed by the way in which the South Africa players, notably Hashim Amla of course, have reacted to their domination of the No 1 Test team. No crowing, no hubris, just a quiet determination to win this series. Please let this series be the one in which the Proteas bury the "chokers" tag for good. Six more wickets before tea will go a long way towards doing that.

  • POSTED BY gzawilliam on | July 23, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Im an australian and i will go as far as to say Kallis is the greatest cricketer of them all.

    24450 runs at just over 50 in over 3 forms of international matches 490 international matches plus 551 wickets at just over 32. Not to mention the 312 catches. Its the greatest record in world cricket by far.

    Whats so special about kallis is at nearly 37yrs old he's getting better.

    Kudo's to you Jacques kallis. may you play a few more years and strike more of those silky cover drives and pulls to entertain us.

  • POSTED BY S.h.a.d.a.b on | July 23, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Big scores often come on batting wickets, so its useless to discuss pitch situation. Its better to discuss cricket than conditions and the objective is very well serving by George and Firdose.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Kallis is a true legend in world cricket and by fare the best cricketer of all time! Actually all of the S. African guys are of quality skills and unique talents, that is why they are my favorite team since reappeared in international cricket back in 90s. Well played SA! You're the real number one rank!

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | July 23, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and love Tnedulkar. But for me, Kallis is easily the best player of the modern age. He might end his career with as many or more runs than Sachin AND heaps of wickets,which Sachin does not have. He is invaluable! With all due respect to Sobers, Kallis has to be the greatest all-rounder of all time.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | July 23, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Kallis had average of below 25 in England..got very lucky to bat on this heavenly wicket for batsman...Do not judge Amla and Lucky Kallis based on this FLAT track..Time will tell how good they are..they never were..

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 23, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    @FRONT FOOT LONGUE . DALE STEYN GOT A 10 WKT HAUL ON THAT NAGPUR PITCH & SA THRASHED INDIA BY INNINGS . IF YOUR ENGLISH BOWLERS CAN'T TAKE WKT ON THESE PITCHES THEN DON'T CALL THEM AS DEAD PITCHES .ALL THE GREAT BOWLERS LIKE WASIM , MCGRATH , AMBORSE , MARSHALL NEVER CRITISIZE ANY PITCH .

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | July 23, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    I truly believe Kallis to be the greatest allrounder of all time.

    2nd on the all time most hundreds list

    28th on the all time most wickets list

    More centuries than Ponting, more wickets than Michael Holding, I can't believe this is up for debate. Sobers was great, one the best best, but in 10 key areas Kallis wins 8 of them and all in a far more competitive era and over a period of sustained longevity.

  • POSTED BY gullycover on | July 23, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    I just came to know this observation and it made me chukles. Amla - in one inning - scored more runs than an entire Indian team put together in 8 completed innings against the same English bowling unit last year.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 23, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    In the end, Smith's declaration was good enuff to wink out 4 wickets after over 2 days in the field for the Poms.

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    FFL: Hey don't dis Nagpur, Steyn got the best figures of his career there

  • POSTED BY simba110 on | July 22, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    "Leaving the possibility of having to chase a small target" Let's not yet count out an innings win

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Kallis is one of the all time great player of cricket. I hope that he may score 50 centuries minimum in his career.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 22, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Wonderful effort by Amla and Kallis showed yet again why he is one of the finest cricketers to play the game. SA has had by far the best of it for 3 days and England, although they've continued to try hard, have looked outclassed. If they were to get away with a draw it would be unjust- but then, so was the draw in 2009 at Cardiff and England won the next match easily. Hey, I'm clinging to straws here!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 22, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    A great day for South African fans, but for true cricket lovers it'd be fair and balanced to say that the great English 'summer' ensured the deadest pitch this side of Nagpur. It all fell into place for South Africa, especially their bowlers and especially so after Philander had got one to nag back and trap Cookie in front for a zero, the climb may be too steep. Ian Bell has battered lower-ranked teams like Australia and India around for years now, even he will be hard pushed to save this one for England.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | July 22, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    England dissapointed me. Especially their bowling attack....SA attack looks more like no.1 bowling attack and SA deserve to win this test. Go Proteas.....

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 22, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Observation of the day: The economy of the SA fast bowlers (Steyn and Morkel) was twice as bad as the slower bowlers (Philander and Tahir). Point: fast bowling absolutley not important at all. Line and length, with variation much more important, and England didn't do that enough.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | July 22, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Finally england is back to their knees and back on earth. They were over the moon for long time at home but this SA team has that guts to bring them down. I hope SA wins this series to save test cricket.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 22, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Leave of the day: Andrew Strauss, against Steyn. The ball missed off stump by a whisker! Wasn't long before he was out anyway...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 22, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    New sunglasses of the day: Andrew Strauss! Yesterday during fielding, his sunglasses fell off his head, and Strauss threw the ball directly into them as they fell. Today, as Amla and Kallis piled on the runs, poor Strauss was stuck in the field sporting a new pair of sunnies.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | July 22, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    You have to take your hat off to South Africa. Completely dominant. This is like revisiting England 15 years ago. We need a drastic injection of pace into the attack, so cue Finn for Headingley. Bopara, now is your chance to shine. I predict an innings victory sometime before tea tomorrow. At 267/3 things looked rosy. I guess its the beauty of test cricket

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  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | July 22, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    You have to take your hat off to South Africa. Completely dominant. This is like revisiting England 15 years ago. We need a drastic injection of pace into the attack, so cue Finn for Headingley. Bopara, now is your chance to shine. I predict an innings victory sometime before tea tomorrow. At 267/3 things looked rosy. I guess its the beauty of test cricket

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 22, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    New sunglasses of the day: Andrew Strauss! Yesterday during fielding, his sunglasses fell off his head, and Strauss threw the ball directly into them as they fell. Today, as Amla and Kallis piled on the runs, poor Strauss was stuck in the field sporting a new pair of sunnies.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 22, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Leave of the day: Andrew Strauss, against Steyn. The ball missed off stump by a whisker! Wasn't long before he was out anyway...

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | July 22, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Finally england is back to their knees and back on earth. They were over the moon for long time at home but this SA team has that guts to bring them down. I hope SA wins this series to save test cricket.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 22, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Observation of the day: The economy of the SA fast bowlers (Steyn and Morkel) was twice as bad as the slower bowlers (Philander and Tahir). Point: fast bowling absolutley not important at all. Line and length, with variation much more important, and England didn't do that enough.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | July 22, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    England dissapointed me. Especially their bowling attack....SA attack looks more like no.1 bowling attack and SA deserve to win this test. Go Proteas.....

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 22, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    A great day for South African fans, but for true cricket lovers it'd be fair and balanced to say that the great English 'summer' ensured the deadest pitch this side of Nagpur. It all fell into place for South Africa, especially their bowlers and especially so after Philander had got one to nag back and trap Cookie in front for a zero, the climb may be too steep. Ian Bell has battered lower-ranked teams like Australia and India around for years now, even he will be hard pushed to save this one for England.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 22, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Wonderful effort by Amla and Kallis showed yet again why he is one of the finest cricketers to play the game. SA has had by far the best of it for 3 days and England, although they've continued to try hard, have looked outclassed. If they were to get away with a draw it would be unjust- but then, so was the draw in 2009 at Cardiff and England won the next match easily. Hey, I'm clinging to straws here!

  • POSTED BY on | July 22, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Kallis is one of the all time great player of cricket. I hope that he may score 50 centuries minimum in his career.

  • POSTED BY simba110 on | July 22, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    "Leaving the possibility of having to chase a small target" Let's not yet count out an innings win