England v SA, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day August 16, 2012

Kallis' moan, Strauss' wine

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Decision of the day
The dismissal of Graeme Smith, caught behind off James Anderson, provided further evidence for the benefits of the Decision Review System (DRS). Umpire Kumar Dharmasena originally adjudged Smith not out, believing he had simply hit the ground in trying to drive, only for England to ask for a review that showed a clear edge. Bearing in mind Smith's record against England - he went into this match averaging almost 60 against them - it was a significant moment and it rewarded England for altering their tactics to Smith. Over the first two Tests, they persisted with a middle stump line that, while it slowed his rate of scoring, did little to stop him grinding out match-defining totals. Here they were rewarded for a more conventional line outside off stump.

Controversy of the day
Jacques Kallis already had reservations about the use of technology in cricket and he may have more concerns about the way umpires use the tools available to them after being given out on review. England appealed for a catch down the leg side, which Kallis appeared to have gloved through to Matt Prior. The replays appeared to show that Kallis took his right hand off the handle of the bat as the ball brushed his glove. It seemed there was not enough evidence to overturn the not-out on-field call but, after numerous replays, Rod Tucker believed there was and sent Kallis on his way. Alviro Petersen was also given out after a catch down the leg-side where the glove may well have lost contact with the bat, although the batsman declined the opportunity to review that decision.

Selection of the day
While England's decision to recall Graeme Swann was no surprise, the selection of Steven Finn was more debatable. Both Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions had strong cases for inclusion and Finn had disappointed at Leeds. But England decided that Finn's extra pace and knowledge of his home-ground would be advantageous. It was a decision that appeared to have been vindicated as Finn claimed three wickets for three runs in seven balls. But with Onions, substituted into the Durham side at Trent Bridge and claiming 9 for 67 (the other wicket was a run out by Onions) and Finn conceding more than four an over throughout the day, the jury remains out.

Record of the day
The wicket of JP Duminy, caught behind off James Anderson, was Matt Prior 175th victim (165 catches and 10 stumpings) as a Test wicketkeeper. That took him above Bob Taylor and up to fourth on the list of most prolific England wicketkeepers. Now only Alan Knott (250), Alec Stewart (227), and Godfrey Evans (219) have more dismissals.

Milestone of the day
When Andrew Strauss led his side on to the pitch he became just the ninth man to represent England in 100 Tests. Among the many tributes paid to England's captain was a presentation made by his teammates of 100 bottles of wine, each bearing a unique label to represent a Test in Strauss's career. Strauss is known to be a wine lover so the players approached Laithwaite's Wine, the official wine partner of the ECB, who then worked with the Professional Cricketer's Association to choose blends he would particularly like. James Anderson, who organised the presentation, paid tribute to his captain: "We wanted as a team to recognise this major landmark in Straussy's career. He is a top player, captain, and team-mate, and we are delighted Laithwaite's could help us mark the occasion with something he'll truly appreciate."

Appearance of the day
The marks on the outfield were not the only memories of the recent visit of the Olympics at Lord's. The MCC invited Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake to ring the bell to signify the start of play and he then visited the South African changing room and had a commentary stint where he revealed his interest in playing T20 cricket, perhaps in the Big Bash. His claim that he was "a better cricketer than I am a runner" certainly raised some eyebrows. Later, in an unlikely scenario, Blake met American rock star Alice Cooper. The pair shook hands in the media box at tea and gave interviews to various broadcasters. Also in the ground was American Beauty director Sam Mendes, who is currently working on the next James Bond film.

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  • Bob10 on August 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Well, in short Kallis was out - its in the record books, he was caught. DRS doesn't make decisions - umpires do, including the ones watching the replays when DRS is called upon - the umpire decided he was out, you can disagree with his decision of course but, you cannot argue the point Kallis was indeed out.

  • Munkeymomo on August 17, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @Soso_Killer: Very true, add the fact that ABdV is a very capable wicket keeper and an excellent batsman and SA have an almost perfectly balanced team. Plus Duminy can throw down some PT spin. Kallis will leave an enormous hole though, as all greats do when they retire.

  • JG2704 on August 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @Soso_killer on (August 17 2012, 05:35 AM GMT) My point is that with weather about and us needing to win to level the series we've gone 6/1/4 yet again. I agree re Kallis giving the team better balance but I still believe by going 5/1/5 we would increase our chances - I have said it for ages. If I was a SA fan and we were in a win or bust situation and our batsmen were looking shaky and we were playing in a game where we may not get our full quota of overs , I'd definitely bring Tsotsobe in there for either JR or JP

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 17, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    The English bowlers got their lengths right and bowled like no.1 in the world bowlers. Economical, consistently threatening; unlucky, but not disheartened: The old England are back again. Which is good news for England fans. And will, no doubt, only ramp up several notches the envious elements that haunt the dark, lower-echelons of the contemporary Zeitgeist of cricketing opinion.

  • Soso_killer on August 17, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @JG2704 i think you are bieng too critical of England here mate. The reason South africa didn't get bowled for less than 200 was down to JP Duminy. But credidt does not go to him, it goes to a man called J. Kallis, he gives so much balance to the side, and thus we are playing with an extra batsman in JP. Take JP's innings out the picture and South Africa are 150/180 all-out. Once Kallis retires we are in trouble.

  • on August 17, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    I just realised who Front-Foot-Clunge is, it's umpire Rod Tucker jumping on here trying to justify his dreadful decision. You sir, may have fooled everyone else but you are not fooling me.

  • on August 17, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Good day of Test cricket. Brings to mind a certain test match that England won by 300+ runs against a number one side, does it not?

  • on August 17, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    LOL England always have such mediocre goals. Strauss's 100 tests, more than 100 players have achieved. Smith's most num of tests as captain, only him one person has got there. but u dont see the drama like the english did. England do not deserve to be number one, they have struggled to even level series with #6, 8 ranked teams. Lets hope SA draw or win the test and make the English Grovel!!

  • Meety on August 17, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    @Jonathan_E - man you dug deep with that gem! I remember the catch Hadlee took, he really would of had all 10 Ozzy wickets that day if he had't of held that catch!

  • durhamd on August 17, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I thought Petersen did have his glove on the bat when the contact was made, but Kallis can feel very harshly done by. Congratulations to Onions, for doing his home county proud! Agree with JG2704 though, SA do appear to have been let off the hook, even if it wasn't due to trying on Jimmy's part.

  • Bob10 on August 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Well, in short Kallis was out - its in the record books, he was caught. DRS doesn't make decisions - umpires do, including the ones watching the replays when DRS is called upon - the umpire decided he was out, you can disagree with his decision of course but, you cannot argue the point Kallis was indeed out.

  • Munkeymomo on August 17, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @Soso_Killer: Very true, add the fact that ABdV is a very capable wicket keeper and an excellent batsman and SA have an almost perfectly balanced team. Plus Duminy can throw down some PT spin. Kallis will leave an enormous hole though, as all greats do when they retire.

  • JG2704 on August 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @Soso_killer on (August 17 2012, 05:35 AM GMT) My point is that with weather about and us needing to win to level the series we've gone 6/1/4 yet again. I agree re Kallis giving the team better balance but I still believe by going 5/1/5 we would increase our chances - I have said it for ages. If I was a SA fan and we were in a win or bust situation and our batsmen were looking shaky and we were playing in a game where we may not get our full quota of overs , I'd definitely bring Tsotsobe in there for either JR or JP

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 17, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    The English bowlers got their lengths right and bowled like no.1 in the world bowlers. Economical, consistently threatening; unlucky, but not disheartened: The old England are back again. Which is good news for England fans. And will, no doubt, only ramp up several notches the envious elements that haunt the dark, lower-echelons of the contemporary Zeitgeist of cricketing opinion.

  • Soso_killer on August 17, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @JG2704 i think you are bieng too critical of England here mate. The reason South africa didn't get bowled for less than 200 was down to JP Duminy. But credidt does not go to him, it goes to a man called J. Kallis, he gives so much balance to the side, and thus we are playing with an extra batsman in JP. Take JP's innings out the picture and South Africa are 150/180 all-out. Once Kallis retires we are in trouble.

  • on August 17, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    I just realised who Front-Foot-Clunge is, it's umpire Rod Tucker jumping on here trying to justify his dreadful decision. You sir, may have fooled everyone else but you are not fooling me.

  • on August 17, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Good day of Test cricket. Brings to mind a certain test match that England won by 300+ runs against a number one side, does it not?

  • on August 17, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    LOL England always have such mediocre goals. Strauss's 100 tests, more than 100 players have achieved. Smith's most num of tests as captain, only him one person has got there. but u dont see the drama like the english did. England do not deserve to be number one, they have struggled to even level series with #6, 8 ranked teams. Lets hope SA draw or win the test and make the English Grovel!!

  • Meety on August 17, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    @Jonathan_E - man you dug deep with that gem! I remember the catch Hadlee took, he really would of had all 10 Ozzy wickets that day if he had't of held that catch!

  • durhamd on August 17, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I thought Petersen did have his glove on the bat when the contact was made, but Kallis can feel very harshly done by. Congratulations to Onions, for doing his home county proud! Agree with JG2704 though, SA do appear to have been let off the hook, even if it wasn't due to trying on Jimmy's part.

  • Greatest_Game on August 17, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Front-foot-lunges to put that foot firmly into his mouth - again! The ONLY people who believe Kallis was out are Rod Tucker and Front-foot-in-mouth, who is also doing the only public whining, although I'm sure Tucker is quietly moaning as he contemplates his future umpiring career, standing with Darrell Hair, somewhere deep in the outback. Perhaps Front-Foot-Lunge would enjoy their company? He could be the third umpire and run the DRS - the Didgeridoo Rebuttal System.

  • cricketfannik on August 17, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge althou iam ian indian team supporter but still ill say to this lad that Kallis was not out and stop defending Ridiculous decision. If he was out then all the media and commentators wont be saying against use your brain a little plz and first of know the rules then watch cricket. its not about When your back's against the wall, kicking, screaming, moaning or whinging does your cause no good. Eng still has to bat under same conditions i guess. if umpires have to use DRS like this then plz dont use it. Clearly kallis hand was away from gloves even the article says this. Eng got bit of luck today but still they bowled really well i hope Philander and Styne add more 50 runs and SA end up around 375 then get england out cheaply if they can but its a gr8 test match splcy @ lords home of cricket. enjoy guys

  • on August 16, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    well done on replacing Giles Carke in the Pic wit Yohan Blake ... Great Substitute a Jamaican .....is always better......

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 16, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Kallis's glove was clearly touching the bat. South Africa shouldn't stoop to the levels of the likes of Australia on the whining front. When your back's against the wall, kicking, screaming, moaning or whinging does your cause no good. Kallis was clearly out.

  • on August 16, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    How is Strauss' 100th test milestone of the day??? Graeme Smith just broke the world record for most matches as captain. Really??? How many players have reached 100 tests before him and will still do that after him??? ridiculous!!!

  • landsite on August 16, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    The wicket was very helpful for both pace and spin there was excessive bounce and if it plays the same tomorrow England could fall cheap.

  • jezmondo on August 16, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Brian Clifford? Oh, for gods sake...

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    PS I think many of us must have developed a soft spot for Mr Blake. He looked much smaller than I expected him to look. I still wonder if the rumours of him and Usain playing big bash cricket are a bit tongue in cheek but the guy has bags of charisma and seemed to embrace Lords and the day itself as much as the cricket fans embraced him

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Re Selection of the day I still say that going 6/1/4 in a test we need to win against a quality batting line up , in a match which could well be affected by weather reeks of lack of ambition/forward thinking.262-7 isn't too bad but from 54-4 and 105-5 and none of the top 5 at the crease for SA to get to 262-7 is disappointing.In a MUST win game we should not have any overs to allocate Trott.When we see what Onions did in the CC today it rubs salt into wounds. Woakes (who many have called for) also scored an unbeaten 48 today.Even at 163-6 to take just 1 wicket for 100 runs is not good.I know we have to also give the SA lower order credit but I still have the "what might have been" thoughts going through my head re playing a 5th bowler which may have helped us get the crucial breakthrough to have SA all out for less that 200 even.When it now looks likely SA will score 300+ surely the potential run difference on top of the extra time to bowl SA out makes 6/1/4 look a worse decision

  • on August 16, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I like the way Giles Clarke stares into Open skies as usual... who is he waiting for??? Stanford arriving in a helicopter at Lords??? .....Sa did well despite being 54/4 great Fightback BOYS

  • Jonathan_E on August 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Onions running out a tail-ender to prevent himself getting all 10 wickets as a bowler, is right up there with Hadlee taking a fairly difficult catch to deny himself a 10-for... and give the bowler (Vaughan Brown) his ONLY ever test wicket. Oddly enough both instances happened at 8 wickets down...

  • on August 16, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Brain Lara? Oh, for God's sake...

  • on August 16, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Sad irony that Onions prevented himself from getting all 10.

  • phoenixsteve on August 16, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    England were quite fortunate with the Kallis decision and it doesn't show DRS up in good light. I guess everybody gets it wrong but a suspicion of bias towards the home team must be suspected? Having got the breakthrough and having SA quite 'rattled' at 45ish for 4 I thought England failed to capitalise? I feel that the Windies of late & especially the Aussies (in their pomp) would have run through the opposition. England could not deliver that killer blow and maybe (with 20/20 hindsight) Onions could have been that killer blow? It'll all come down to England batting for at least 6 sessions and posting 550+ otherwise I fear the inevitable draw? But there is just 1 day gone and of course lots might happen. It'll be interesting to see Steyn, Morkel and Philander bowling & how Strauss copes with the inevitable onslaught? It's early days yet but day 1 goes to England and how refreshing it was to see Amla cleaned up! The weather is going to play a big part but let's hope! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on August 16, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    brian lara..... waooooo i wish to be in Lord's nets to watch him play

  • SurlyCynic on August 16, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Given that the ball seamed and swung more than I've seen in a long time, and that Kallis and Petersen were actually not out - can't help feeling that SA have actually had a reasonable day. Guess we'll only know for sure when both sides have bowled, if conditions stay the same. What I can say for sure is that it's much better to watch tests where batsmen struggle and bowlers get the ball to talk as opposed to flat tracks where teams make 600. More pitches like this please.

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  • SurlyCynic on August 16, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Given that the ball seamed and swung more than I've seen in a long time, and that Kallis and Petersen were actually not out - can't help feeling that SA have actually had a reasonable day. Guess we'll only know for sure when both sides have bowled, if conditions stay the same. What I can say for sure is that it's much better to watch tests where batsmen struggle and bowlers get the ball to talk as opposed to flat tracks where teams make 600. More pitches like this please.

  • on August 16, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    brian lara..... waooooo i wish to be in Lord's nets to watch him play

  • phoenixsteve on August 16, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    England were quite fortunate with the Kallis decision and it doesn't show DRS up in good light. I guess everybody gets it wrong but a suspicion of bias towards the home team must be suspected? Having got the breakthrough and having SA quite 'rattled' at 45ish for 4 I thought England failed to capitalise? I feel that the Windies of late & especially the Aussies (in their pomp) would have run through the opposition. England could not deliver that killer blow and maybe (with 20/20 hindsight) Onions could have been that killer blow? It'll all come down to England batting for at least 6 sessions and posting 550+ otherwise I fear the inevitable draw? But there is just 1 day gone and of course lots might happen. It'll be interesting to see Steyn, Morkel and Philander bowling & how Strauss copes with the inevitable onslaught? It's early days yet but day 1 goes to England and how refreshing it was to see Amla cleaned up! The weather is going to play a big part but let's hope! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on August 16, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Sad irony that Onions prevented himself from getting all 10.

  • on August 16, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Brain Lara? Oh, for God's sake...

  • Jonathan_E on August 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Onions running out a tail-ender to prevent himself getting all 10 wickets as a bowler, is right up there with Hadlee taking a fairly difficult catch to deny himself a 10-for... and give the bowler (Vaughan Brown) his ONLY ever test wicket. Oddly enough both instances happened at 8 wickets down...

  • on August 16, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I like the way Giles Clarke stares into Open skies as usual... who is he waiting for??? Stanford arriving in a helicopter at Lords??? .....Sa did well despite being 54/4 great Fightback BOYS

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Re Selection of the day I still say that going 6/1/4 in a test we need to win against a quality batting line up , in a match which could well be affected by weather reeks of lack of ambition/forward thinking.262-7 isn't too bad but from 54-4 and 105-5 and none of the top 5 at the crease for SA to get to 262-7 is disappointing.In a MUST win game we should not have any overs to allocate Trott.When we see what Onions did in the CC today it rubs salt into wounds. Woakes (who many have called for) also scored an unbeaten 48 today.Even at 163-6 to take just 1 wicket for 100 runs is not good.I know we have to also give the SA lower order credit but I still have the "what might have been" thoughts going through my head re playing a 5th bowler which may have helped us get the crucial breakthrough to have SA all out for less that 200 even.When it now looks likely SA will score 300+ surely the potential run difference on top of the extra time to bowl SA out makes 6/1/4 look a worse decision

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    PS I think many of us must have developed a soft spot for Mr Blake. He looked much smaller than I expected him to look. I still wonder if the rumours of him and Usain playing big bash cricket are a bit tongue in cheek but the guy has bags of charisma and seemed to embrace Lords and the day itself as much as the cricket fans embraced him

  • jezmondo on August 16, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Brian Clifford? Oh, for gods sake...