England v South Africa, 4th NatWest ODI, Lord's September 2, 2012

Tredwell traditions leave South Africa stumped


England 224 for 4 (Bell 88, Trott 48) beat South Africa 220 for 8 (Amla 45, Tredwell 3-35) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Stumped Kieswetter bowled Tredwell is hardly the commonest entry on England scorecards, but it dominated proceedings at Lord's as England took a 2-1 lead against South Africa in the NatWest series with one to play and as a result ensured they would complete the series at the top of the ODI rankings. India will have the opportunity to claim that status when they face England in January.

Three times, James Tredwell lured a South Africa batsman down the pitch and three times Craig Kieswetter completed a stumping. It was the first time an England wicketkeeper had pulled off three stumpings in a one-day international and it set them en route to a comprehensive six-wicket victory with 20 balls to spare.

Ian Bell, with 88 from 137 balls, ensured England's run chase would stay on course, a task not entirely straightforward with the floodlights piercing the gloom and mizzle causing a 20-minute stoppage. He fell with victory in sight, making room to cut Dale Steyn, South Africa's one bowler of menace, over the off side and edging to the wicketkeeper, his man-of-the-match award assured. Craig Kieswetter completed victory to cheers by depositing Steyn fox six into the pavilion.

Bell's Warwickshire team mate, Jonathan Trott offered, grim, indeed grimacing, support, in a second-wicket stand of 141 in 31 overs, batting on gamely for 48 after being struck on the hand during a fiery opening spell from Steyn, who also removed Alastair Cook lbw in his first over with a high-class inswinger. Trott, not as much as a Bear with a sore head as a Bear with a sore hand, will have a hospital scan on Monday morning.

Trott took a blow on the hand in Steyn's third over and needed pain-killing spray and tablets as he batted on manfully in obvious discomfort. One uppercut over point off Tsotsobe Lonwabo was followed by a curse at the discomfort and he settled for wise deflections thereafter. Not that it would have unduly bothered him.

Like Trott, Tredwell is a representative of an unglamorous species. His very appearance, unassuming in manner, deliberate in tread and economical of hair, accentuates the impression. He does not even deal in Graeme Swann's happy brand of kidology. But South Africa will give more attention to this thoughtful Kent cricketer after his figures of 3 for 34 gave England an advantage they never relinquished.

It was an influential toss for England to win on a murky, overcast September morning. Their catching and fielding was again sketchy, but at least the Tredwell/Kieswetter combination was working well. JP Duminy, who had looked fallible against Swann's off spin earlier in the summer, was the first batsman removed, in Tredwell's second over. Then he returned in his second spell to defeat de Villiers' expansive drive and extended the habit by finding appreciable turn past Wayne Parnell's outside edge.

Tredwell's success transformed his morning. He has the convivial air of a suburban doctor and any self-diagnosis changed from feeling decidedly poorly to tip-top condition. He began by dropping Hashim Amla at second slip, not a habit designed to make winning cricket matches any easier. Amla had 5 when Finn found the edge and Tredwell, fingers pointing downwards as the ball reached him at shoulder height, fumbled a chance he made more awkward than it might have been. England have been dropping Amla throughout the summer and have given him more than 500 additional runs since the start of the Test series. Here they also lose their review in attempting to have an lbw call overturned.

Ravi Bopara, who was unfortunate not to have Amla lbw, belatedly removed him for 45, seaming the ball back a little into the stumps as he defeated a loose drive. It was the sort of classically English late-season day when Bopara's wobbly medium pace had an influential role to play. But Bopara's batting was again found wanting, an unfocused innings ending cheaply when Ryan McLaren defeated a lethargic drive.

Tredwell, the latest addition to a rickety England close-catching cordon, also missed Graeme Smith at slip off Finn when Kieswetter dived across him and unsettled his view, the ball striking him on the body; they were a happier couple when they were a length of the pitch apart. Smith's reprieve was not too costly for England as Dernbach surprised him with a bouncer which he top-edged through to the keeper.

Once he and Amla departed, many who followed lacked the same threat. De Villiers, with 39 from 45 balls, got himself into a position to play a decisive innings before Tredwell pushed one a little wider for the stumping, but Faf du Plessis is horribly out of form as he proved when he unwisely tried to run a ball from Bopara against the Lord's slope.

Elgar is another South Africa batsman who has been inhibited in English conditions. His 35 occupied 59 balls before he tried to pull Finn's slower-ball bouncer and gloved to the keeper. Ryan McLaren was run out the next ball, Finn's disappointment when a good appeal for lbw was refused turning to delight when Dernbach dashed around the boundary at third man and hit the stumps direct.

That South Africa made as many as they did was largely thanks to a highly-imaginative unbeaten 31 from 20 balls by Robin Peterson, the highlight of which was a reverse hit over extra cover for six into the Grandstand. But South Africa's one-day side lacks the balance and certainty that the Test XI displayed so emphatically.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on September 5, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @MartinC on (September 04 2012, 08:48 AM GMT) - well said!. If I remove my Ozzy bias, & only consider non-Ozzy batsmen. The best non-ozzy batsmen in my lifetime to watch (on pure artistic pleasure), were 1. Gower, 2. VVS, 3. Mo Azzer. With my blinkers back on, I'd have to say Mark Waugh was miles ahead of the lot of them! With regards to Gower, I don't think there has ever been a player that could hit a 4 thru the covers so gently, almost apologetically.

  • Andrew on September 5, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    @JG2704 on (September 04 2012, 07:21 AM GMT) - YES! BTW - my other post prior did not get posted, in that I said there is TWO reasons for the constant bagging of England's "League of Nations" line up. 1) England are winning & therefor we can't bag your mob on performance (there's also the small matter of a little urn), & 2) The incidences of foreign born players is quite high. Point TWO is legitimate, but is mainly because of point ONE, that is so rampant! @jmcilhinney - I would say that is good that England will probably win the ODI series, takes some bitterness out of the summer, but as it is played AFTER the Tests, I think some intent is missing from the Saffas. Don't get me wrong, I was stoked with Oz beating your mob 6-1 after that incident in the last test series in Oz, but I'd of preferred to swap the ODI result for the Test result!

  • John on September 4, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @Proteas-13thman on (September 04 2012, 11:24 AM GMT) Tsotsobe was number 1 in the world in this format when I looked a month or so ago. Re Levi , got to be honest he looked powerful but very limited and one dimensional as a batsman (very leg side) and don't think he'd do much. Also opening the inns is not where you've had a problem. Maybe they could play one less paceman and bring in a spinner. You mentioned Botha and Van Der Merwe is another guy I really like. Both offer better batting options than Parnell. Parnell at 7 seems a bit high up in the order for the modern game

  • John on September 4, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    @MartinC on (September 04 2012, 08:48 AM GMT), funny you should say that. Gower is my favourite batsman of all time. Like Bell, he may not have had the record that his apparent talent would suggest he should have but, as you say, he took "easy on the eye" to the extreme. Some batsman just look like they have more time than everyone else and Gower looked like he could take a nap between the bowler loosing the ball and his leaning on it to send it racing through the covers to the boundary.

  • Jonathan Keith on September 4, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    It is hard to to support the South African ODI team when they are for some reason not fielding their strongest side. I truely hope they put ''give this guy a chance'' and experimentation out of the equation. Choose a team and stick with it. Levi should replace smith as the opening batsmen.HE is more talented in this format. Smith is great for test cricket but not one days. Also WAYNE PARNELL does not perform well enough and has been given enough chances. Elgar deserved a run at it and FAF has been disappointing once again....perhaps the same make it or leave attitude should be given to these players. Johan Botha should be included in the team as well as tsotsobe. De villiers should only bat at 4 if we bat first and at 6 if we are chasing a score. Albie morkel has been wasted and will now never reach his full potential ...SADLY~! colin ingram should be included. If we need to make qouta's then play robin petersen instead of Johan botha since he always gives 100% for the team...

  • Sharky on September 4, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Well played England. And Bell showed his brilliance again. Good knock from Trott and Kieswetter too. This Proteas team is good but not yet as good in limited overs as they were back in the day with Woolmer & Cronje. They are still seeking for the right combinations. I'm not sure if Wayne Parnell is up to par. I would replace him with Botha. Where is Johan Botha?? He uses to help the tail with his batting if the front men fell. And his economy is perfect for limited overs. Seriously, where is Johan Botha?? And it is strange that Albie Morkel doesn't get to play. If he is injured, then why not sent him home for rehabilitation???

  • Martin on September 4, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @ashes61 - I love watching Bell bat as well but even he is put into the shade by David Gower in terms of being an artist at the crease and 'easy on the eye'.

  • John on September 4, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @Meety on (September 04 2012, 00:58 AM GMT) re "England have always had foreign born cricketers in their test team, just atm - it is appears to be at record incidences." - I think another thing is it's more noticeable because we've been performing better in recent years than in the years of Smith,Lamb,Hick etc. Mind , if Trott doesn't play and if they decide to not use Dernbach in the next 1 we'll have only one non European born player in our side.

  • John on September 4, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (September 03 2012, 10:00 AM GMT) I guess you should have known better than to write a well constructed post like that. For the record I think Bell looks vulnerable defensively but far better when he comes out of his shell. Esp when he uses his feet. Please publish this time.This is getting annoying when a cricket fan's comms to another genuine fan don't get published. Especially when you see many of the posts which do get published

  • John on September 4, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @Guernica on (September 03 2012, 10:48 AM GMT) To be fair I don't think JB said it was SA fans who were ungracious

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