England v South Africa, 2nd NatWest T20I, Old Trafford September 10, 2012

Game abandoned five balls short of a result

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Match abandoned South Africa 77 for 5 in 9 overs (Amla 47*, Finn 2-17) v England 29 for 2 in 4.1 overs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The wettest of English summers has struck again. The second Twenty20 international at Old Trafford was an exercise in futility as rain, which had reduced the contest to nine overs per side, returned five balls before a result would have been achieved.

South Africa were favourites at that stage, however difficult that is to call in such a small game, with England needing 13 off five balls to win on Duckworth/Lewis after Luke Wright had been caught at deep square-leg the ball before the heavens opened again. It had been a faltering chase of 78 with the top three struggling to score off Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.

Kieswetter had tried to swing at Morkel from the first ball, a difficult task at the best of times, and only found fresh air with his first four attempts. His innings was ended by a wonderful catch by Robin Peterson running backwards from mid-on and diving full length. It was almost the equal of Dan Christian's stunner in Dubai a few days ago.

South Africa's innings had also included a screaming catch when Graeme Swann back-peddled off his own bowling and stuck out his right hand to remove JP Duminy. However, England dropped another and it was inevitably Hashim Amla who, once again, finished as top-scorer with 47 off 30 balls meaning he has achieved career-bests in all three formats on this tour. Amla had been recalled in place of Faf du Plessis for this match and adapted to the shorter-than-short format.

Apart from Amla, it was a helter-skelter innings from South Africa, which began with Richard Levi gloving the first ball down the leg side against Steven Finn about two-and-a-half hours after he had been ready to start the game before the rain fell.

AB de Villiers also fell to Finn, top-edging a pull to mid-on where Jade Dernbach juggled the catch before holding on falling backwards, but after the three overs of Powerplay South Africa had made good use of them to have 32 on the board. Interestingly, though, with an eye on future cricket at this ground, notably the Ashes Test next year, the pitch had regained some of its old pace and bounce with Finn and Stuart Broad - whose speeds have increased after his break - zipping the ball through.

Out of the Powerplay, Swann produced a tight over which only conceded five singles, spearing his deliveries full at the batsmen to ensure they could only work them down the ground. This was followed by Wright's first over which only went for four and included the wicket of Albie Morkel who skewed a catch to cover.

On the whole England's bowlers did well with only Broad proving really expensive as his second over - the penultimate of the innings -cost 18 and included a no-ball. Such lapses cannot be afforded in the World Twenty20.

Also with thoughts moving towards the World T20, England made a significant decision when Ravi Bopara's awful form finally cost him place and led to Wright's inclusion. It was about the only call England could make after his horror run of 34 runs from the eight innings he has played since returning from personal problems after the first Test.

Whether he now has a chance recapture any semblance of touch before the World T20 is a major doubt and England look like entering the tournament carrying one of their 15-man squad. England have one more match against South Africa, at Edgbaston on Wednesday, and a couple of warm-up matches, against Australia and Pakistan, in Sri Lanka before the tournament proper but Andy Flower and Broad may already have made up their minds. The only way a player can be replaced in a squad is through injury or illness.

Wright, for his part, deserved his chance after a productive season for Sussex in both limited-overs formats. This was officially his first England match since June 2011 when he faced Sri Lanka in a T20 match at Bristol. Since then he has travelled the world playing franchise T20, making a name for himself in the Big Bash League especially where he scored a 44-ball hundred, and returned to Sussex a more rounded cricketer.

Wright's recall was the only change for England, who resisted tinkering further despite the heavy defeat at Chester-le-Street, with Danny Briggs, Michael Lumb and Tim Bresnan still waiting for their turn. Bresnan's elbow, which he had surgery on at the end of the last year, has been causing further concern in recent weeks and he had scans before the T20 series started but took a full part in the warm-ups.

The match was played at an Old Trafford where the redevelopments are seriously taking shape. The new players and media building was used for the first time today and initial impressions were excellent. Further work will have been done by the time the Ashes Test arrives next year, including finishing the famous pavilion, and everyone will have their fingers crossed for better weather.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    @Garp on (September 11 2012, 13:36 PM GMT) - pace is not everything, although for variety sake, I think they need an express pacer in the set up somewhere. Apart from playing a very good Safa line up, the main problem I think England faced, 1) A terrible itinery - where they were playing Oz in ODIs, whilst the Saffas were preparing for Tests, 2) The weather had slowed the pitches up a bit which dulled their effectiveness MORE than the Saffas. So I would NOT be writing England off on the back of ONE series, bearing in mind the whitewash v Pakistan, the bowlers were admirable in defeat!

  • Garp on September 11, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    There are so many things wrong with the England setup at this point it is destined to fall back down into obscurity. First off as long as players are getting selected based on their personal status with the ECB and selectors. Then there is the fact that not one England bowler is a true fast bowler, they all seem to only be able to hit the mid 80's which as I've said for a few years now is not and does not bother the best batsmen when in form, in fact it is more like target practice. Then the fact that no England batsmen shows any sort of consistency, form, or confidence and easily let bowlers dictate proceedings. I find it cynical for Broad and Swann to be at the heart of this KP nonsense to the point of even instigating the situation yet there both being selected with0out hesitation and on top of it neither one of them has provided any useful contribution to the England cause all summer.

  • on September 11, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    the game was too short to be meaningful in my opinion....it is good tht it was abandoned.

  • jonnybtestmatch on September 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Hashim Amla is the best batsman in world cricket and the best bat i have seen SA produce. (1999- present). He has not yet proved he has the longevity of Kallis but he certainly possess more talent with the bat alone. Amla is so destructive and yet he bats with such grace. He can adapt to play any format, plays spin and pace equally well and has the temperament to play match winning knocks. All summer he has been the thorn in England's side that has prevented them from ever getting a stranglehold over SA. Before the summer began most England fans were worried about ABD. He has faded into the background of the batting colossus that is Hashim Amla. Well played Hashim now please score runs against some other sides too, it will make me feel better about this dismal summer.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @jmcilhinney (post on September 11 2012, 10:38 AM GMT): yeah my comment about yorkers was not just a knee-jerk one based on a measly 2 overs from this game. Unless you've got the pace and accuracy of Morne Morkel / Steyn (which I'm sorry to say Broad has neither...) that short-pitched rubbish will not work against Amla & co. and it's all I've ever seen the likes of Broad trying throughout the past few series. Even Botha looked more threatening than Broad when he speared in his fuller balls! I want to see more Dernbach-like variations + yorkers from England's not-so-fast-bowlers when there's no swing/seam around and it really baffles me why they simply don't when in the past this has been key to their success.

  • tommytucker on September 11, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Lucky England 5 more balls and SA win on Duckworth/Lewis.

  • Selassie-I on September 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    If again we held on to our catches, especially Amla. Taking nothing away from him, he's class, but how many times have we dropped him now? He must've scored about 700 runs by now after being dropped in the tour. The results could have been very different had we held on to him. All in all SA are the better team I would say, but we're more even int he short formats. Not entirely sure what all the Aussies are gloating about... look at you recent records my friends and get ready for another ashes pounding.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 11, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @freddieforprimeminister giving Six sixes In an over is a very very poor pathetic bowling...this poor guy dont know to keep the ball inside the boundary for the entire over....somewhat i accept him as a bowler in T20 but captain of the team is totally a mess....

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @ian45 on (September 11 2012, 06:14 AM GMT) - I like to think I do give credit where it's due. BTW - I don't support either team, so I have no axe to grind. What I was saying was that apart from the fact that is ridiculous to decide a match based on 5 overs, it is also ridiculous to think that 13 off 5 balls means that the Saffas would win!

  • on September 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Lol @freddyforprimeminister, don't try and make fun of others' comments when you don't even know who is playing. (2 Morkels)

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    @Garp on (September 11 2012, 13:36 PM GMT) - pace is not everything, although for variety sake, I think they need an express pacer in the set up somewhere. Apart from playing a very good Safa line up, the main problem I think England faced, 1) A terrible itinery - where they were playing Oz in ODIs, whilst the Saffas were preparing for Tests, 2) The weather had slowed the pitches up a bit which dulled their effectiveness MORE than the Saffas. So I would NOT be writing England off on the back of ONE series, bearing in mind the whitewash v Pakistan, the bowlers were admirable in defeat!

  • Garp on September 11, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    There are so many things wrong with the England setup at this point it is destined to fall back down into obscurity. First off as long as players are getting selected based on their personal status with the ECB and selectors. Then there is the fact that not one England bowler is a true fast bowler, they all seem to only be able to hit the mid 80's which as I've said for a few years now is not and does not bother the best batsmen when in form, in fact it is more like target practice. Then the fact that no England batsmen shows any sort of consistency, form, or confidence and easily let bowlers dictate proceedings. I find it cynical for Broad and Swann to be at the heart of this KP nonsense to the point of even instigating the situation yet there both being selected with0out hesitation and on top of it neither one of them has provided any useful contribution to the England cause all summer.

  • on September 11, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    the game was too short to be meaningful in my opinion....it is good tht it was abandoned.

  • jonnybtestmatch on September 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Hashim Amla is the best batsman in world cricket and the best bat i have seen SA produce. (1999- present). He has not yet proved he has the longevity of Kallis but he certainly possess more talent with the bat alone. Amla is so destructive and yet he bats with such grace. He can adapt to play any format, plays spin and pace equally well and has the temperament to play match winning knocks. All summer he has been the thorn in England's side that has prevented them from ever getting a stranglehold over SA. Before the summer began most England fans were worried about ABD. He has faded into the background of the batting colossus that is Hashim Amla. Well played Hashim now please score runs against some other sides too, it will make me feel better about this dismal summer.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @jmcilhinney (post on September 11 2012, 10:38 AM GMT): yeah my comment about yorkers was not just a knee-jerk one based on a measly 2 overs from this game. Unless you've got the pace and accuracy of Morne Morkel / Steyn (which I'm sorry to say Broad has neither...) that short-pitched rubbish will not work against Amla & co. and it's all I've ever seen the likes of Broad trying throughout the past few series. Even Botha looked more threatening than Broad when he speared in his fuller balls! I want to see more Dernbach-like variations + yorkers from England's not-so-fast-bowlers when there's no swing/seam around and it really baffles me why they simply don't when in the past this has been key to their success.

  • tommytucker on September 11, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Lucky England 5 more balls and SA win on Duckworth/Lewis.

  • Selassie-I on September 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    If again we held on to our catches, especially Amla. Taking nothing away from him, he's class, but how many times have we dropped him now? He must've scored about 700 runs by now after being dropped in the tour. The results could have been very different had we held on to him. All in all SA are the better team I would say, but we're more even int he short formats. Not entirely sure what all the Aussies are gloating about... look at you recent records my friends and get ready for another ashes pounding.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 11, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @freddieforprimeminister giving Six sixes In an over is a very very poor pathetic bowling...this poor guy dont know to keep the ball inside the boundary for the entire over....somewhat i accept him as a bowler in T20 but captain of the team is totally a mess....

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @ian45 on (September 11 2012, 06:14 AM GMT) - I like to think I do give credit where it's due. BTW - I don't support either team, so I have no axe to grind. What I was saying was that apart from the fact that is ridiculous to decide a match based on 5 overs, it is also ridiculous to think that 13 off 5 balls means that the Saffas would win!

  • on September 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Lol @freddyforprimeminister, don't try and make fun of others' comments when you don't even know who is playing. (2 Morkels)

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 11 2012, 08:18 AM GMT), I know that the England bowlers are not Lasith Malinga but it always amazes me too that none of them ever even try to bowl a yorker in ODIs or T20Is. It's obviously a useful skill as exemplified by those bowlers who genuinely do it well. I'm sure it's not easy to do but even if the ball ends up over-pitched at least it's still going to be hard to put over the field, so why are they not practising doing it in the nets and at least trying it in games? Even Dernbach, supposedly the king of variations according to the commentators, doesn't seem to try to put it in the block hole. I wonder whether this is something to do with David Saker. He's done a good job as England's bowling coach but this seems to be a deficiency that he should be working to fix. Maybe they've tried and haven't had a lot of success but surely at least one of them is good enough to try it as a surprise once in a while.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on September 11, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @Wexfordwonder, I couldnt have put it better myself even if I tried - which i did..!!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on September 11, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @FreddyForPrimeMinister on (September 11 2012, 08:37 AM GMT) @TommytuckerSaffa - "Smart money was on Morkel." I presume your comments are made without actually seeing either the match or scorecard. Any money placed on Morkel would have been pretty dumb - he had already bowled both his overs.

    LOL: you are aware there are 2 Morkels right? A.Morkel had started the over with a wicket, that leaves england 13 runs to make in 5 balls - possible of course, but not based on the batting I had seen from england thus far, bit more like deer in headlights batting - particulary kieswetter. Your other comment smacks of bitterness, something someone might say after a disasterous summer and having watched their team being savaged and humiliated in thier own backyard, over and over again....

  • Akshita29 on September 11, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @phil katon judging by England's performace in UAE and SL where They won only one match due to KP 's one brilliant innings it doesn't look like they are going to do much well in India. But yeah may be they could still pull off a good show with cook and trott droping anchor but winning in India is going to be very difficult. If they could pull of a series win or even draw in India that would be a huge achievment for Cook and co .

  • AllroundCricketFan on September 11, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    And they said he could not play ODI = Messrs Kepler Wessels, Barry Richards and others in the CSA selector clique. And he's been number 1 for the past year. Now they said he bats slow. Gets his chance after being 'rested' and proves once again whos teh DON. Hashim Amla - SA's greatest batsman ever.

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Lucky saffas.. once again.

  • GogaryGogary on September 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Dopnt really care about the result that was good fun! Really glad they came out.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on September 11, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 - "What is BROAD doing in the T20 team and that too as a captain?.... the pathetic bowler who did not know where to bowl to yuvraj singh and got smoked for Six Sixes in an over is still playing in t20 and that too as a captain..." Shrewd comment. Tendulkar got two ducks in his first two ODI innings, so by your reckoning he should never have played for India's ODI team again, let alone be captain. Ho hum....

  • JG2704 on September 11, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Re the next game , I'd still like to see Briggs and Lumb get a runout. Maybe Lumb could come in for Craig and have Bairstow or Buttler keeping wicket or Craig could move down a place in the order. I'd like to see a right/left combination opening. Briggs (before this game) I'd have said should come in for Dernbach but I wonder if Finn should be the man to make way now?

  • JG2704 on September 11, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Have to say England probably got away with it. Re bowling Finn and Broad looked very predictable and as already touched upon their lengths were awful for this form of the game - Finn's 1st wicket was off a terrible ball which should have gone to the boundary. Jade bowled surprisingly well but then again he often can bowl well for a few overs but rarely seems to hold it together for 10 so T20 is probably a better format for him. Wright bowled well and I'd have given him a 2nd over before Finn bowled his 2nd over. Swann bowled really nicely and is a key player for WC. Buttler's fielding wasn't great and re batting Craig looked very amateurish. Having said that it was only Amla (who played superbly) from SA who made an impact with the bat

  • JG2704 on September 11, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa - I'm sure the other day you were saying how these matches are of little interest to you. For someone who says this you seem a bit heated about it.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on September 11, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ Abdul Aziz Baig - I can only assume you have absolutely no idea what the expression "cry wolf" actually means. South Africa have been the better side for most of the summer, albeit the number of England's dropped catches have probably made the gap between the two sides look greater than it probably is. As for last night, are you seriously saying SA "outplayed" England - after just 25 balls of an innings?? I seriously wonder if all the England haters on these message boards actually know anything at all about the game of cricket or are simply driven to comment by their bitter abhorrence of all things British... And please for once cricinfo, publish this so we get at least SOME balance.

  • Wexfordwonder on September 11, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    @ Freddyfor primemininter There were 2 Morkels in the game, I assume the money would have been on the forgotten one. so to speak. The one who just took the wicket. Who has played more T20s than anyone lese. Lol. Just having a laugh.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on September 11, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @tommytucker - "Lucky England 5 more balls and SA win on Duckworth/Lewis." Excellent comment. In fact I don't know why the players even bother to go on the Edgbaston pitch on Friday - with your crystal ball you could just tell us all the result now and the Saffers can go home to their families a day early... Yawn.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on September 11, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa - "Smart money was on Morkel." I presume your comments are made without actually seeing either the match or scorecard. Any money placed on Morkel would have been pretty dumb - he had already bowled both his overs.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 11, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Dear Stuart Broad: do you know what a yorker is? My goodness, only two overs to bowl and he was still made to look so ordinary. Pitch the ball up man! Amla doing his thing once more and all Broad can bowl is medium-paced short pitched 'hit-me-for-four/six-please' rubbish. Perhaps he should have gone to nets after all instead of resting before the game...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on September 11, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    The SA team you saw for 13 overs last night is the best team SA has finally put together. If this team had played in the ODI series, it wouldve been a very different story in the scoreline. 4-0 or 3-1, to SA. All to be revealed in the final T20 coming up. And please dont ever bat Kallis at 6 again, he is far too good !!! All hail King Kallis and His Highness Hashim Amla, all hail !!

  • Munkeymomo on September 11, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @Phil Katon: Prior has always struggled to pierce the close-in fields of limited overs games at international level, he can score so quickly at test level as the fields are more attacking. One knock in a friends life game doesn't convince me that has changed.

  • on September 11, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    this proves that south african team is far more superior than the english team.

  • KGovinder on September 11, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I smell a fish here, even though I am glad that SA won I wonder why Tsotsobe was dropped yet again, just one failing and devilliers drops him. He was rated tops not long ago in limited overs format, he is far the best one day bowler we have and deserves every chance he gets. In the same breath why is Johan Botha not the 20/20 captain and not even selected in the one day side, he is way better than anyone else as skipper.

  • Deez0 on September 11, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    once again rain saves England....clearly with one match to play,South Africa are far superior in all formats.

  • veerakannadiga on September 11, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    people who dislike T20, why bother to watch it? Nobody begged you to watch it. Just lay off.

  • ian45 on September 11, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @meety, Cant you give credit where credit is due, 13 runs in 5 balls, yes very do able but not when you have a new batsman at the crease, more than likely, another wicket would have fallen

  • Baundele on September 11, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Umpires tried their best, they continued the match in the rain; but after that wicket England had no chance to win it.

  • Hira1 on September 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    England is learning nothing from their defeat, they are about to announce squad for India from these part time cricketers.......Good luck Andy Flower in future

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @ Akshita29 U wish my friend. Yeah, I'm sure India will dominate the limited overs in India, but you could be in for a surprise in the test matches.

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Can some1 explain how Broad is T20 captain? The guy got Whacked for 36 off Yuvi's bat, and again in this 'match' was England's most expensive bowler! When the skipper can't be relied upon to even bowl tightly in this format how can he possibly lead by example? AGAIN Keiswetter-England's power hitter proved he can't live up that billing. PLEASE bring in Prior who is a different player to when he failed in limited overs yrs ago, or give Bairstow the gloves, and allow another specialist young & quick scoring batsman a chance. Basically England MUST stop picking the above named favourites (although I concede that changing the captaincy BEFORE the t20 WC IS unthinkable), and select the BEST team! Otherwise England will end up like Australia...:(

  • RandyOZ on September 11, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    England saved by the rain once again. It's getting to dire straights with this hapless team.

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 11 2012, 01:50 AM GMT) - I'm not a Broad fan, but raising an issue from 4 or 5 years ago as proof he shouldn't be in the side is weak IMO.

  • edgie on September 11, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    definately a game which could have swung either way, though SA were odds on to win it if the remaining five balls to constitute a game were bowled. I don't think though either side can read too much into this game. not only was the reduction of overs difficult to work with, but the conditions and a good wicket made it quite challenging to bat on (though the way Amla was hitting the boundaries one could swear he was playing on another pitch where it was not raining). I think dropping faf for Amla was the right move, though I think faf still has a ole to play yet. Tsotsobe seems to be out of form a bit, so he will need to work his way back in the team I think, as the current team is just about perfect, and bat all the waay to Morkel, though one has to remember Morkel and Steyn have scored some decent runs in their respective lower order positions in the past for the Proteas.One more game, and "yet" another Series England are not going to win.

  • sanjaycrickfan on September 11, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Its ridiculous for professional cricketers to even play a 9 over game. Its like a game played by a bunch of kids on the street. For T20, anything less than 15 overs is a joke. What's next ? Tossing a coin to decide the winner ?

  • landl47 on September 11, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    What a sad excuse for a game T20 is. I watched a bit of it and to see a great batsman like Kallis standing there heaving cross-batted at the ball and getting a top edge down to third man was just pitiful. All that skill and class and he's playing shots like those of a #11 on a village team. The sooner this rubbish loses its appeal and vanishes the better.

  • himohan007 on September 11, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Akshita29 I dont think Ind vs Eng series would have low expectations since we became virtual rivals in cricket. There will huge media hype by both medias. After so much hearted the objective of the series would be for Eng "With or without KP England must win" and for Ind "With flat or spnning track India should whitewash Eng.Just win is ridiculous". So lets see which emerges from the damn pressure

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 11 2012, 01:50 AM GMT), Stuart Broad has a better average, strike rate and economy rate in T20Is than Zaheer Khan, yet I don't hear you complaining about Zak being included in the India squad for the upcoming WT20 in SL. I guess Broad is only the second most pathetic bowler after all.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on September 11, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @ Jonathan Tanner on (September 10 2012, 22:20 PM GMT) Bit harsh saying England were lucky, 13 off 5 balls is hardly impossible...

    @ Meety on (September 10 2012, 23:18 PM GMT) How can anyone say England were saved by the rain? 13 runs off 5 balls was very do-able. If the next ball went for 4, England would of been favourites! I would say the Saffas would rightly feel they SHOULD of won, but I would imagine both sides would think a match decided on 30 balls would be a hollow experience!

    If you had watched the game and Eng innings, you would realise that this was very unlikely - I can only presume to make such statements you didnt watch it. Eng were struggling big time with pace and bounce of the wicket. Smart money was on Morkel.

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    @Abdul Aziz Baig on (September 11 2012, 01:29 AM GMT), I'm not sure that you understand what the expression "to cry wolf" actually means but, while I am quite ready to admit that SA has been the better team this summer, to say that they've dominated in every format is a bit silly, given that England had two easy wins in the ODIs. England's biggest crime this whole tour has been poor catching. Catching is part of the game and you deserve to lose if you can't do it well but SA were still lucky to have so many lives. A team that batted and bowled as well as England but caught better could well have won the Test and ODI series. If Amla had not been dropped this summer then he would have had a poorer than average tour. He was dropped regularly and he made the most of it, so kudos to him, but SA cannot rely on that happening every time they play so they will need to stop giving so many chances early if they want to stay at the top.

  • jabrankundi on September 11, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    @maddy20 Cricinfo didn't goof it up, though i wondered why they published your comment. The target(or par score) with 2 wickets down was 42, and with one wicket down it was 41.

  • maddy20 on September 11, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    What England fans do not understand is that 41 was the target had they lost only one wicket. The fall of Luke wright means that would have increased as well. In D/L methods the target is calculated using balls left and wickets left. I am surprised even cricinfo goofed up, which is very rare!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 11, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    What is BROAD doing in the T20 team and that too as a captain?.... the pathetic bowler who did not know where to bowl to yuvraj singh and got smoked for Six Sixes in an over is still playing in t20 and that too as a captain...

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Broad is England's worst offender when it comes to bowling no-balls. What England fan doesn't still feel a bit sick when remembering his no-ball in the last Test series in SL? Given the margins in T20 are slim already, a single no-ball could be the difference between winning and losing. I know that they say that it's not just as simple as the bowler moving their marker back 6 inches but then how about moving it back a foot, or 2 feet even? How about the bowler aims to have his whole foot behind the line every time and then the chance of bowling a no-ball becomes extremely small?

  • on September 11, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Why are you pommie supporters crying wolf now, SA has totally dominated England in every format, at least be honourable bout it, u guys were outplayed by a better team and my favourite "new" word, Amla'd again...

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Given that luck already plays a far greater part in T20 cricket than any other form of the game, any rain-shortened game becomes a bit farcical but any team winning or losing after batting just 5 overs is quite ridiculous. It's a shame to lose any play this close to the T20 WC but even 9 overs a side is significant only as practice.

  • cricketfannik on September 11, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    wow baseball cricket is just of 9 overs even we play in the park more 12overs

  • 158notout on September 10, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Am I missing something? everyone is talking about just 5 balls left. Surely it was 5 balls until a result could be calculated, in actual fact there were almost 5 overs left in the match. Those bemoaning that the rain didn't hold off for five more balls, surely it would have been better if the rain had stayed away for the 9 overs? Then we would have seen a fair result.

  • Meety on September 10, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    How can anyone say England were saved by the rain? 13 runs off 5 balls was very do-able. If the next ball went for 4, England would of been favourites! I would say the Saffas would rightly feel they SHOULD of won, but I would imagine both sides would think a match decided on 30 balls would be a hollow experience!

  • Akshita29 on September 10, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Summer is almost over . Things not looking good for england in the world t20 with no real big hitter apart from Morgan. And India is waiting for revenge at home grounds and will be preparing some rank turners . Anyways it's a good thing for england that they would have low expectation and probably by now they are lookin at building a team ashes 2013 rather than India series.

  • GogaryGogary on September 10, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Love him or hate him it would have been something else to see KP come in for 4.1 overs...bye bye SA England would have won the game before the rain came!

  • on September 10, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @cooljack 143 the match was abandond at a draw do you even reed the article ??

  • phoenixsteve on September 10, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    A frustrating night for the fans and unsatisfying for the players. England once again didn't look too impressive whereas SA seemed to have a match plan and some purpose. Holding back Kallis seemed a starnge tactic but I guess you could argue the same about holding back Morgan? Amla was good again but when teams start holding the chances he gives it'll be a different story! As for the captain's 'no ball' ..... it's criminal and he should consider himself suitably chastised. Interesting that England don't seem to have their best team sorted yet (I hope) and the World Cup is just around the corner..... Good job it doesn't mean much; but if we are going to play in it we should at least be competitive? They're gonna miss KP - judging by what I've seen so far! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on September 10, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    It was quite feasible England could have got the runs required for a D/L with 5 balls to go, T20 is a bit of a lottery and a 9 over game is a complete lottery. If they had it would have been down to luck with the rain and the fact the game was abandoned was down to luck with the rain. No doubt the umpires only went off to spare England and not because of the torrential rain some or the regular posters are so tedious and as predictable as September rain in Manchester yawn.

  • on September 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Bit harsh saying England were lucky, 13 off 5 balls is hardly impossible...

  • yorkshirematt on September 10, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    @cooljack143 Anyway why are we still talking about that series? You lot blow the theory that ODIs are quickly forgotten completely out of the water!!!!

  • yorkshirematt on September 10, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @cooljack143 Yes India were very unlucky. They only lost that series 3-0 plus the T20, which I think went the full 20 overs

  • yorkshirematt on September 10, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Good prep for Sri Lanka. Apparently, in their great and infinite wisdom, the ICC have decided to hold this T20 thing during the wet season.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 10, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    That's why most of the world are not Cricket fans rain after rain :)

  • tommytucker on September 10, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Lucky England 5 more balls and SA win on Duckworth/Lewis.

  • yorkslanka on September 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @bonojpeter- to try an avoid having to refund ticket money i think?

  • SurlyCynic on September 10, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    England saved by the rain, but a pity to see no Bopara today. I enjoy his entertaining (although very short) innings.

  • Buggsy on September 10, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    9 overs, wow, I hope the spectators got their money back.

  • Akshita29 on September 10, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Sad ending . Wright's batting had purpose. Hales hit a six but of outside edge and steyn's pace took it over the rope and he was not even looking to go big against botha and morkel. Anyways 4 overs are too few to have any impact . Morgan could have won the match for england .

  • binojpeter on September 10, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    9-over match?? Why even bother?

  • cooljack_143 on September 10, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Its always SAD to see ENG get Lucky in these rain hit matches, to somehow pull a win and square up the series...same happened aginst Ind last season..ENG dont deserve to win this match ..

  • kieranbob on September 10, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Sorry, but Buttler is not an international cricketer. Poor fielding and there are far better batsmen available.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Cook isn't captain? :O :( and when yes simon its the same thing every year :( !

  • on September 10, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Matches in Manchester in September! When will they learn??? Every year the same thing.

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  • on September 10, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Matches in Manchester in September! When will they learn??? Every year the same thing.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Cook isn't captain? :O :( and when yes simon its the same thing every year :( !

  • kieranbob on September 10, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Sorry, but Buttler is not an international cricketer. Poor fielding and there are far better batsmen available.

  • cooljack_143 on September 10, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Its always SAD to see ENG get Lucky in these rain hit matches, to somehow pull a win and square up the series...same happened aginst Ind last season..ENG dont deserve to win this match ..

  • binojpeter on September 10, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    9-over match?? Why even bother?

  • Akshita29 on September 10, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Sad ending . Wright's batting had purpose. Hales hit a six but of outside edge and steyn's pace took it over the rope and he was not even looking to go big against botha and morkel. Anyways 4 overs are too few to have any impact . Morgan could have won the match for england .

  • Buggsy on September 10, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    9 overs, wow, I hope the spectators got their money back.

  • SurlyCynic on September 10, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    England saved by the rain, but a pity to see no Bopara today. I enjoy his entertaining (although very short) innings.

  • yorkslanka on September 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @bonojpeter- to try an avoid having to refund ticket money i think?

  • tommytucker on September 10, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Lucky England 5 more balls and SA win on Duckworth/Lewis.