England v South Africa, 3rd NatWest T20I, Edgbaston

Somerset pair fire as England level series

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

September 12, 2012

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England 118 for 5 (Kieswetter 50, Buttler 32*, Botha 2-19) beat South Africa 90 for 5 (Amla 36, Bresnan 2-14) by 28 runs
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Jos Buttler pulled off his favourite scoop shot twice, England v South Africa, 3rd T20 international, Edgbaston, September 12, 2012
Jos Buttler finally pulled off his strokemaking in an England shirt © PA Photos
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England will head to Sri Lanka to defend their World Twenty20 title in decent spirits after levelling the series against South Africa with a comprehensive 28-run victory at Edgbaston on the back of an explosive display from Jos Buttler and a marginally more controlled half-century from Craig Kieswetter after the match had been reduced to 11 overs a side.

It was unfortunately fitting that the final international of the season was badly impacted by rain which meant the game did not start until after 8pm, but on a chilly autumn evening the Birmingham crowd were at least given something to enjoy. Leading the way were the Somerset pair of Kieswetter and Buttler who added 48 off just 14 balls to give the innings a late kick.

Buttler was responsible for the second most expensive over in Twenty20 internationals when he took Wayne Parnell for 32, although it was an eight-ball over with Parnell twice over-stepping. Buttler cut loose for the first time in his Twenty20 international career with a powerful display where he straight drove two sixes, scooped two trademark fours - a shot that caused him problems against Pakistan in the UAE - and then clobbered a short ball over midwicket.

That launched England to a demanding 118 for 5 and despite Hashim Amla top-scoring again South Africa did not threaten to come close against impressive bowling and, largely, safe catching although Michael Lumb did spill a simple chance at deep cover in the final over.

If there can be such a thing as an anchor in an 11-over innings Kieswetter was it. He reached his fifty off 31 balls with a flat six over midwicket off Morne Morkel in the last over before being bowled by the next delivery. He hit two other sixes, straight down the ground, to remind everyone what the England selectors see in him. It was his third fifty in T20Is.

Kieswetter had started with Lumb, playing his first Twenty20 since June 2011, as the opening pair from the previous World T20 were reunited. The first over was a manic affair which cost 16 from Morkel, including a massive five wides down the leg side that would not have hit an adjacent pitch, and two sweetly struck boundaries from Kieswetter.

Lumb, though, last just four balls before losing his middle stump against Parnell and while Kieswetter managed to keep the scoreboard moving his partners were less successful. Luke Wright made 6 off 10 balls before skewing an outside edge to point while Eoin Morgan could not find his timing and picked out long-on.

Both of those wickets went to Johan Botha, who bowled three excellent overs for 19, as the offspinner again proved difficult to score off. However, his last ball was driven for a straight six by Kieswetter which was a sign of things to come in the final two overs of the innings.

At the toss Stuart Broad had said he was using this match to try out a few things before Sri Lanka and he gave the first over of South Africa's reply to Danny Briggs on his international T20 debut. It produced mixed results as Amla struck two boundaries but he was also beaten as Briggs found some turn.

Tim Bresnan, playing his first match of the series, ended Richard Levi's lean series when the opener swung across the line and when Briggs was brought back for a second over he had Faf du Plessis caught at extra cover off a leading edge.

Amla continued to caress the ball as he has done all tour, but Graeme Swann ended the match as a contest by having AB de Villiers and Amla caught in the deep by Jonny Bairstow. Although the asking rate was by now well out of reach Jade Dernbach again showed excellent skill when his first over, the eighth of the innings, cost just two runs. Now Sri Lanka beckons.

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Posted by indoorminer on (September 15, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

You're clutching at straws there, Soso! Five balls from victory? Well yes, five balls away from a result c/o DL. I was just gutted that the match didn't finish to its full (11 over!) conclusion. It could have been a good finish though I suspect you were in with a better chance than us. If that's bad luck, so be it, better to get it out of the way now than in the WC! I think you've got to be one of the favourites there.

Posted by Soso_killer on (September 14, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

@Rahul lol, its annoying isn't it, South Africa was 5 balls away from victory in the 2nd t20, then rain came. When they were in trouble in the 3rd it did not rain. This is the sort of luck that has always eluded South Africa, especialy in World Cups. I dont see us winning a tournament any time soon, in any sport you need that lil bit of luck not just skill.

Posted by ajayrcs on (September 14, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

@yorkshire-86 100% agree with you.

Posted by Stuart_Lord on (September 14, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Yes, this certainly was a gripping series, with SA taking the test series, but only managing to draw the one day and T20 competitions. You have to sympathise with those spectators who turned up only to have a match washed out - if it wasn't for a certain washed out ODI against the Ozzies, England could have gone top in all 3 formats of the game.. As it is, we are yet again indebted to a few ex-South Africans for helping us to beat the South Africans...! Kieswetter for example in the last T20, scoring a half century. I wonder if SA wanted to play against KP or just relieved that he didn't play in the latter half of the series..? Only they will know...

Posted by JG2704 on (September 13, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

@Chris_P on (September 13 2012, 14:55 PM GMT) I never even expect a peck on the cheek these days from anyone worthwhile so I'd be happy with that. Seriously , I'm not sure what the situations are for refunds on washed out games - does anyone know? Even suppose full refunds are given (and I doubt they would fully refund the fans) , I would have to travel 100s of miles to watch a game , not to mention accommodation etc so for me if I was a paying fan I'd definitely prefer to see an 11 over game than nothing.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (September 13, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

@indian_diesel_loco_class_WDP4: The tern 'Grace in victory' is just words to you no?

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (September 13, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Predicting England's results over the last few years has been easy. England take to the field Bopara-Infected = England lose. England take to the field Bopara-Free = England win.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

@Haleos on (September 13 2012, 13:40 PM GMT) Funny India comedy boy... If there is highly overrated team it is India. India = Thrashed in T20 in England, thrashed by England in T20 in India, thrashed by Bangladesh in Asia Cup, thrashed in ODI by Australia and Sri Lanka, Thrashed in ODI in England, thrashed in ODI in Zimbabwe twice. Thrashed in India by New Zealand. Thrashed 4-0 (whitewashed) in Test in England AND in Australia! A word to describe India -? thrashed. India chat cannot cover inadequacy of their team. @Haleos - come to England v SA forum with trash talk and you will remeinded of reality for India. All these are fact which you can check on cricinfo this not boasting.

Posted by indoorminer on (September 13, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

England are the reigning T20 champions so they must be pretty good. Are they gonna win it again? I doubt it, but they have a chance. Are they as good as SA in Tests? No, we've been out-played and most Eng supporters will admit that. OK we dropped chances, but that's our problem. When it came down to it we weren't good enough. I have no problem, admitting that. But the anti-Englishness on this site seems to be just for the sake of it and it's getting pretty tiresome TBH.

Posted by jonnybtestmatch on (September 13, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@ChrisP- No i agree with you mate. in fact why don't we just get rid of the T20 stuff altogether. I am still annoyed that the test series was only 3 matches, even though we still would have lost to SA. Test cricket belongs to U13 level, not international players.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Amla's superb innings at the Oval will surely go down as one of the greatest of all time. Overall the Test series itself had some memorable moments but, unless you're of a south african persuasion it wasn't the classic everyone was hoping for, although Headingley may have been if the weather hadn't intervened as much. As usual, the ODIs and t20s that followed felt like an anticlimax and neither team was particularly interested, so two drawn series were probably the right results.

Highlights of the summer: Tino's innings at Edgbaston Amla's 300 Steyn's five fer at the Oval in the second innings Pietersen's (final?) innings for England at Headingley And for everyone in the Broad Acres of Yorkshire, Bairstow's two innings in the third Test

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 13, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

As England and their visitors pack their bags and leave for Sri lanka to signal the end of the international summer, it is time for a review of the season. and it certainly wasn't a classic! The cricket that was played inbetween the rain was one sided and a lame spectacle. England started the summer by comfortably seeing off the West indies who, although much improved from the last time they visited, were still unable to trouble England with bat or ball. Then came the complete reversal in fortune for England, as South Africa arrived and deservedly took the number one test team crown. They were quite clearly the superior side in the Test arena. their batsmen were technically excellent, as you would expect from the likes of Amla, Smith and kallis, but notable innings were also recorded by Petersen and Rudolph to name but a few. The bowlers also performed magnificently and never gave the english batsmen a moment's rest, apart from THAT innings from a certain individual at Headingley.

Posted by CharlesDS on (September 13, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

these teams are playing like teenagers.... nothing to beat india.... come to SL for a good whipping.... no classy players like gauti, sehwag, tendy, kohli, raina and dhoni

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

@2nd_Slip Aaaahhh we English are the best, etc. Well no, I wouldn't say we are, but we can beat the best on our day, and beat Australia most days - that'll do for me.

Posted by tommytucker on (September 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

@2nd_slip 100% agree with you post on all accounts. The sheer arrogance in defeat is amazing yet so typical.

Posted by tommytucker on (September 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Posted by bouncedout on (September 13 2012, 13:38 PM GMT) @2nd_Slip Putting forward your own views as if they are facts does not make them correct. There is little between SA and ENG as evidenced by the rankings. No amount of whining by disgruntled Aussies is going to change that.

@bounceadout. If you think these 2 teams are very closely matched then you clearly didnt watch much cricket this summer. SA overwhelmingly won more sessions during the test series and only KP saved england from a 3-0 whitewash. If you think 9 or 11 over T20 games are a good measure of a teams skills to compare then only god can help you my son.

Posted by Joey213 on (September 13, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

England never got kallis out in the T20s

Posted by Chris_P on (September 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

@JG2704 & jmcilhinney. I understand your points, it is just a personal grate when I see the game get stripped of any semblance of what cricket is supposed to be. 5, 9 11 overs is like getting a peck on the cheek when you had a lot more on your mind!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

ENgland coming to India , after T20 WC , It is gonna be a good series to watch , i guess after many years england are coming in as a favourites to India......

Posted by Haleos on (September 13, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

@ Valavan - forgot 5-0 trashing in last ODI series? come winter we will return the favor. Highly overrated team is england. Likes of board , bresnan et all will be trashed in SL.

Posted by bouncedout on (September 13, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

@2nd_Slip

Putting forward your own views as if they are facts does not make them correct.

There is little between SA and ENG as evidenced by the rankings. No amount of whining by disgruntled Aussies is going to change that.

Posted by Valavan on (September 13, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@indian_diesel_loco_class_WDP4, shoulda, coulda, woulda, why so much yawning, luck favored england to win 2ODIs, haha, feel the pain of 8 - 0 thrashing last year. still hurts, btw you know its raining in SL and you will get a few truncated games, hopefully you help dhoni to give excuses and blame rain, if India exits early from T20. Eating so much sour grapes isnt good for your stomach. cricnfo please publish

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 13, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Its very heart breaking how preposterous the English fans and cricket analysts have been during the Saffas tour of the country.After all their glaotin and boasting of being the best cricket side in world cricket, they get thrashed in the test series, instead of giving credit where its due, what do they say aaahhh we dropped too many catches and we didnt play at our potential. Get pasted in two ODIs with relative ease by an experimental side, aaaahhhh these ODIs are meaning less we should have had a 5 test series( as if it would have made any difference).They get thrashed in the 1st T20 aaahhh T20 cricket is ridiculous and guess what , they win the last one aaahhh we are the best we are #number 1 in T20 cricket. LIKE REALLY!!! My dear pomies is this the standard your setting for yourselves now?!!!. Australians be warned, dont make a mockery of yourselves like the English have done, South Africa ARE A GRADE STRONGER than the next three or four test playing nations!!!

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Did some of the commentors on here actually read what happened?? indian_diesel_loco_class_WDP4 for example, how on earth were England lucky?? SA won the toss mate! how did the rain benefit England at all?! both teams had the same overs.. int he ODI series England comprehensivley beat SA twice(And lost twice of course), how would the called off game have been 'easily' won by SA? I seem to remember Ian bell getting off to an absolute flier in the couple of overs that were played. Definate positives for both teams from the series although it's been cut short by rain, good preparation though as I believe it's the rainy season in SL?

Posted by duncanmoo on (September 13, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Parnell's last over took it away from South Africa, you can call it good batting but two no-balls? the guy lost his nerve! Faf, Ontong, Levi, Tsotsobe and Parnell, that is too many weak links, lots of work to do for SA.

Posted by Hammond on (September 13, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@indian_diesel_loco_class_WDP4 - very funny mate, shoulda coulda woulda

Posted by wibblewibble on (September 13, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

We're number one in ODIs and T20 and smashed SA to pieces last night, and still some 'fans' come on here saying how rubbish we are. If we're so rubbish, how come you're ranked so far below us? Please tell us what worse than rubbish is?

Posted by bouncedout on (September 13, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Brilliant from England. Playing like that there is not a T20 side in the world who can touch them.

Buttler looks like a star in the making and Dernbach with his variations is a breath of fresh air.

Posted by indian_diesel_loco_class_WDP4 on (September 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

once again south africa ending up on the wrong side of luck due to rain/weather. surely southafrica would/should have won the t20I series 2-0or even 3-0 had we gotten the proper/full internationals in game 2 and 3.such shortened games barely show the real diff between the teams and results depend on 95%luck and the truely better team loses. I definitely think SA are the vastly superior side of these 2 in odi and t20s and were very unlucky not to have pocketed both the short form series due to bad weather conditions(remember the ODIs ended up 2-2 instead had it been the full 5 game series SA would have taken it 3-2 atleast. thankfully the weather played gentlemen during the tests and we had the truly deserving victors and the most deserving no1 team atm being anointed their rightful no1 crown and the champions of the ICC Test Table.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 13, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@Hammond on (September 13 2012, 08:49 AM GMT), likewise I'd gladly give up rankings in ODIs and T20s to be on top in Tests but you take what you can get. Obviously there's no dominant team in any format at the moment but the rankings show that England is one of the better teams in all three, although hopefully not about to slide in Tests. If KP is lost then that will definitely hurt but they've still got a great deal of potential there and several young players who are starting to have an impact and will likely get better in time. The funny thing is the number of one-sided ODI series England has been involved in. 1-6 vs Aus, 3-0 (?) vs Ind, 0-5 vs Ind, 4-0 vs Pak, 4-0 vs Aus. The 3-2 vs SL and the 2-2 vs SA were the exception rather than the rule.

Posted by SuperSharky on (September 13, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Well done England. That was a blasting performance. Kieswetter was a 'wetter'!! This Test, ODI and T20 series, fighting for number one, was one of the best and most interesting, and long anticipated, cricket in a long while. I really needed this entertainment and competitiveness. Now maybe the next T20 World Cup won't be any dull. But even with England and South Africa in the top 2 positions of the rankings, I wouldn't put my money on either of them for predicting the 2012 T20 World Cup winner. Even Australia, that were last week 10th (behind Ireland) in the rankings, smashed 2009 T20 World Cup winner, Pakistan, the other day, with an almost perfect performance. The 2012 World Cup winner could be any country from the now Top 9 teams in the T20 ranking. But I'll put my money on the West Indies, for they look like a talented T20 unit and they look hunger for silverware again.

Posted by MMA1983 on (September 13, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

England shows there is life after KP, they need to learn and they are learning,,

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Buttler at last showing what he can do. It was actually 32 off 9 balls since one of the no-balls he faced would have also been a wide also (but no-ball happened first so that's what was called, and counts as a ball faced, rather unfairly).

Posted by dabhand on (September 13, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

All of a sudden as England win and T20 becomes a joke, or England played SA 2nds and being #1 in both one day forms is irrelevant - strange that - well not really - it's just the disgruntled fans of much lesser teams, especially those below Ireland in the rankings or the rantings of those who are more interested in knocking England than understanding the game as once again it showed how one good over - batting or bowling can seriously determine the outcome of a T20 game. That's why the 'smaller' countries can end up beating the 'bigger' countries and what will make the upcoming world T20 *interesting* to some.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (September 13, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

I was glad to see Buttler getting some runs, he's a lad I've have rated very highly for awhile now. Seriously rate him above Bairstow in limited overs, he has more to his game: They can both hit the power strokes, both are excellent between the wicket, but Jos has more inventive 'getout' shots like the scoop and the dab he learned from Tres, not to mention the reverse sweep better than most people (only Morgan plays it better for England and yeah, that includes KP). He has stuggled at FC level though.

Posted by Hammond on (September 13, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Wow- maybe England really are the worlds best T20 and ODI sides- I'd rather have a test number one and the rest be damned but hey 2 out of 3 aint bad according to Meatloaf..

Posted by JG2704 on (September 13, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@Rahul Reddy on (September 13 2012, 04:48 AM GMT) - Are you for real here? The match was reduced to 11 overs when SA WON the toss and THEY decided to field. The game was not reduced any further as it went on and Eng went on to win it. Blame Morkel's poor over at the start or Parnell's over or even give Jos a bit of credit but please explain how rain helped us?

Posted by JG2704 on (September 13, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on - I just think Broad has become a bit of a one trick pony in this format and lost his variety. As I put previously , I think Briggs was promising esp as he had to bowl to SA's best batsman. I'd possibly go for a 3 spin option attack in SL - I'm not sure if Tredwell is in the squad. If so I'd pick him , if not Patel. It's quite sad but predictable that (and we'll get more comms the same) the result/performance means nothing but if SA had beaten England by 28 runs in an 11 over match this match would have been much more meaningful and would have recd more comms about how it proves how pathetic we are. ChrisP is an exception as he is not posting this as a dig at England.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

@Chris_P on (September 13 2012, 02:11 AM GMT) I can see where you're coming from , but while we should not read too much into the result , the crowd pays good money for one of these games and I'm sure they would feel more short changed by no play than by a reduced over game (just over half the overs)

Posted by JG2704 on (September 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (September 12 2012, 23:59 PM GMT) Officially there aren't any other better sides than SA. Agreed that this win has little bearing on the WC but you'd prefer to go into the WC on the back of a win - even in a reduced game - than a defeat and BTW that's not a dig at India who I noticed you were the only Indian person who slates our team to actually give Kiwis credit.

Posted by whatawicket on (September 13, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

the 5 over rule is as daft as having to play an extra over on a 20 overs game were the teams are tied as per pak v aus. you have just played your guts out and maybe scored 15 runs of a last over to tie then go out and play 1 over each. in oz they play the golden point in rugby league when its a draw in normal time. then play an extra 10 mins each way or till a team score thats crazy but what u expect they are more american than the americans who need similar in football.

Posted by voice_of_reason on (September 13, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Makes me laugh that people are saying that this game was a joke because it was reduced to 11 overs. The skills shown in those 11 overs by both batsmen and bowlers were exactly the same as those shown in a standard T20 game. If an 11 over game is a joke then so is a 20 over game. Which is what many cricket fans would say in the first place. As for last night's game, I would think the result was fairly immaterial to both sides as they experimented with line ups. England will be delighted with Buttler and Briggs but SA found out only what they already knew: Amla is their best batsman and Steyn and Botha are their best bowlers.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 13, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Australia - Maxwell, SRL - Pereira, Pakistan - Afridi, India - Yuvraj, NZL - McCullum and Oram, WI - Pollard, England - Bairstow and Buttler, SA - Albie. And these are according to me the cleanest strikers in every team. Not to say that others team have noone else. But for SA its just Albie. As a SA fan, I would be chuffed if they make semis. As good as value for time then.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

if rain intervenes then its a reduced game.minimum 5 overs constitutes a game alway has been and will be tilll the icc change it. in the vast majority of games rain effectived batting 1st gives you a massive disadvantage. to those complainers i give you his scenario. world cup final its been raining and its to be decided on a 5 over game and your side wins do you then say similar, i think not. nice to see buttler showing just what he can do.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 13, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

And to a large extent SA's answer which is Albie (as a hitter) who is required to score 1 40 off 15-20 balls is nowhere near enough for high scoring games. It will be SA's bowlers who will help them win more than bowlers in T20. Any score of 160 plus against a decent test playing team and SA will suffer unfortunately.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 13, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

And reason for not picking Parnell (although no mug with the bat), is not because he went for 32 in an over! It can happen to anyone on any given day... But the main SIN he keeps committing is 'No-Balls'. And that too...in the entire ODI and T20 series combined in which he played....if I am not mistaken, he bowled consecutive no balls THRICE! When you are going to compete in a WC, this seemingly trivial mistake can actually hurt big time! Anyway....Well played Buttler and England and good luck to all the teams...

Posted by P.Ghosh on (September 13, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Absolutely magnificent played by Jos Buttler. Also have to say that when Amla fails SA are failed. It is true, we can see last night SA lost 28 runs and Amla couldn't do much to chase 118 in 11 overs. So want to defeat SA. Defeat Amla. SA will be automatically lost.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 13, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

SA only have a theoretical chance in WC since "it can be anybody's game". With Steyn and Duminy coming back, I hope they leave Levi and Parnell out. Open with Faf. At-least he brings in a one-two over spell bowling option instead of Levi. The latter is just a one dimensional slogger. SA actually are unfortunate in a way that he hit 13 sixes against NZL. Which part of the ground? Leg side behind square!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

@Bokkeforever, fully agreed. T20 is an abomination of cricket.

Posted by tommytucker on (September 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

What a wet, dull and pointless T20 series. Bring back more test cricket now!!!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 13, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

@Chris_P on (September 13 2012, 02:11 AM GMT), well, there is a minimum to proceed, and it's 5 overs. That is a bit low though. Isn't it 20 overs per side in 50 over games? That would suggest that at least 8 should be the minimum for 20 over games. Any threshold is going to be somewhat arbitrary and the administrators are obviously trying to avoid too many no-results but, given that T20 is already more susceptible to luck than any other format, any reduction in overs reduces the games credibility. That's why T20 can be enjoyed for the excitement but can't really be taken too seriously.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Here we go rain comes again.it looks like whenever england are in trouble rain comes to rescue as it is in last year's odi series.20 overs would be different from 11 overs.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster Well I don't think England are favorites but they are in with a decent chance. A lot of people expect them to struggle in SL but they did win in India and UAE in the last year. Granted Pieterson is a big loss but they beat WI and drew with SA in his absence. I think almost any of about 7 teams could win the T20 cup.

Posted by Thomas_George on (September 13, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

The wins and losses in these pre-WC matches are not very important. Most teams are trying out what works best. Experiment with Faf du Plessis up the order should be seen as such.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 13, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

@ JG2704 on (September 12 2012, 21:55 PM GMT), the bowlers look to have done a fairly decent job but I didn't see any of the match so I can't comment too much. The length bowled by the pacemen has long been an issue for England in limited-overs cricket and, from your comment, it sounds like it still is a problem for Broad.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 13, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

It's rather pathetic to see a spate of comments criticising us England fans for claiming to be the best based on this win when noone has done anything of the sort. That too when people were commenting after the last game that that 13.1 overs proved that England were no good. The fact is that T20 is volatile at the best of times and given the risks the batsmen take it can go really wrong for any team at any time. One inspired bowling spell or one inspired knock is all it takes to swing a match and, in this case, the inspiration came from Jos Buttler. That's a game-changing innings in anyone's language, especially from a young, inexperienced player new to the crease and under pressure to make runs. How about, instead of criticising fans for comments they haven't even made, some of you actually act like cricket fans and show some appreciation for an excellent innings that you'd shouting about from the rooftops if it had come from one of your own players?

Posted by jabrankundi on (September 13, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

I wouldn't rate any team as favorites for the WC. It's just a 20 overs game folks and God Forbid it gets further reduced, you just need one over to change the game around. And it's therefore too risky, in fact, stupidity to go on rating teams and their players.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 13, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Obviously Steyn will be back as he was rested and so will Duminy which gives SA a spin option. I am really dissapointed with Levi and Faffs form - both good players and exciting to watch. Parnell needs to go, not just because of this 11 over hit out performance but he really bowls far too inconsistently for SA for years now and has got loads of chances. Botha looks quality and another mystery he wasnt playing in the ODIs.

Who will win the T20 world cup - far too many pretenders to the throne. Could be anyone.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Buttler seems to be an ideal replacement for Mat Prior, for the Wicket-keepers slot, in the long run. At least in the shorter formats he should be given as many chances as Keiswetter. Seemingly, it looks like a direct shoot-out between Buttler and Keiswetter. In fact, both could be in the same playing XI. One could be the insurance for the other...in case of Injury... or sudden loss of form.Even in the middle of a match, they can swap the keeping gloves. Good for England.

Posted by BokkeForever on (September 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Have to agree with the comments posted below. How can this be called cricket? Anything less than twenty overs becomes nothing more than a coin toss. Absolutely no skill involved, might as well be called baseball. If this is what is happening to the greatest game on earth it is a shame. I mean really, in a ten over game the chances of a club side winning against an indentational side are 50/50. Please stop the insanity, this is not cricket , it's becoming a total farce, demeaning, a big joke.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 13, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Questions for SA. Is Faf in form to risk him? Parnell and Tsotsobe both are off color in bowling but will Parnell's superior batting get him the nod? Botha and Peterson should play every game. Steyn will be back as leader of the attack and with Morkel brothers to aid, Parnell with batting might be useful and can bowl one or two overs. SA again now are a team of bits and piece players who might click. I wouldn't rate a team with this combo as favorites for the tournament. Though they might still win, not a top gunners yet.

Posted by Shafaet_001 on (September 13, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

Top international players from two of the top cricketing nations playing a 9 and 11 over match, what can be more ironic than this?

Posted by Chris_P on (September 13, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

@SurlyCynic. Mate, I got to agree with you! Come on cricket boards, 11 & 9 over games!!!??? Where will it end? The previous game would have seen the game over if England batted 5 overs! Is SurlyCynic & I the only ones who think there should be a minimum to proceed? Have we not disparaged this great game enough?

Posted by xylo on (September 13, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

this T20 series has been a complete farce. they might have as well played some stick-cricket and gone to Sri Lanka in 'decent spirit's. sloggers like levi, hales will be found wanting in bigger grounds and slow and turning wickets.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 13, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Not exactly a complete performance from the England batsmen but that's often the way in T20. It only takes a couple, or sometimes even just one, batsmen to turn it on to really propel an innings. Good to see Kieswetter put in a performance as he's going to be a key man in SL. Excellent to see Buttler play an absolute gem of an innings after doing very little with limited opportunities previously. Someone called him a non-entity in a comment on the match preview but he's proven otherwise here. He's only played a handful of matches prior to this and either not batted or come in at a difficult time so, while not impressed, I wasn't too worried about his record. This innings shows what he is capable of, so let's hope that this is the start of some consistent run-scoring from him. It would be nice to see runs from a few more of the batsmen before SL but at least we have warm-ups against too fairly good teams prior to the tournament.

Posted by Hira1 on (September 13, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

an absolute disaster over from Parnell, SA is trying too many things out before T20 world cup, I wonder where is the team planning and selection......only 6 days to go and SA is still unsure of the batting or bowling combination......

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

I would rather see Amla top scoring in losing causes than in winning ones. SA may have won the test series but didn't win the limited overs series meaning they would never win a world cup, ODI or T20.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Weirdly - I knew this would happen. If you look at what the England v South Africa series has been (besides the rain) it's been everything it's been hyped up to be - a fairly even contest between the two best sides in the world.

South Africa come out on top, but they absolutely did NOT 'dominate' in all formats, and they need to go home and ask a lot of questions (especially with the impending retirement of Kallis.) Without Amla, this would have probably swung England's way.

England, on the other hand, also have to rebuild, but much more urgently. I look forward to watching both of these great teams in the future. This is the NEW SA vs Australia, and long may it stay.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

Buttler was crying out loud, with his performance, for quite some time. Produced results, when given chance. Every country has such young talented players; often their path blocked by the under-performing seniors, or neglected by the selectors. There is a lesson for selectors from all cricket playing countries. In England's case, it is even more gratifying to see their own boys coming up to honorably represent their country. Well done.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 12, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

A win is a win... nevertheless, this victory doesn't mean England are an excellent team in this format by any stretch of imagination. They will be found wanting in SL against other better sides. SA once again wither when the going gets tough. It's hard not to pull out the 'C' word when they go back to their usual selves. Anyway, good luck to them both for the World T20 !! Let the games begin.

Posted by Trevor_G on (September 12, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

So the shorter form is now around 10 overs in length. What a joke. How about a 5 over match, or save the effort and toss a coin.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 12, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Many more positives as an England fan to take from this game.Despite his 50 I still worry about the dot balls on Craig and I still though Broad went a bit too short pitch happy with little variety.However pleased with how Briggs bowled and I think his figures would have been better had he not had to deal with Amla who IMO is the best batsman out there across all formats at the moment. Have to say how pleased I am for young Jos who has had a patchy season and a difficult start to his England career and has now at least shown the cricketing world what he is capable of.As a Westcountryman myself I was thrilled to see his game changing innings and also wonder if it was a brave/inspired move by Broad bringing him in above Bairstow- who perhaps was the more logical choice -to bat with his Somerset team mate.Swann looked steady as usual and good to see Bres looking better than in his recent shorter formats. Re SA - Botha looks pure class and it baffles me why he wasn't involved in the ODIs

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 12, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

If T20 cricketis something of a lottert then a 11 over bash has to be more so! Great explosive batting from Buttler and the sort of thing you always hope for in these limited over thrashes! It was a comfortable win and SA looked surprisingly unfocused I guess they've done what they came for and must be thinking ahead to the next challenge. It has been a pleasure to watch the SA professionalism this summer and equally annoying to watch England's poor performances. The England boys must know that they've let themselves and the country down? It's not losing to SA BUT MORE the way they've lost! Today was a good distraction though and will give them some confidence ahead of the World T20. Why they went back to Bresnan is a mystery and it shows muddled thinking? Good luck to all of them in wonderful Sri Lanka which is a beautiful country inhabited by wonderful people. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 12, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Well batted by Buttler. Anything less than 20 overs is always a bit of a joke, but England deserved to win after his batting performance. Both teams have some selection choices to make now after making changes for this game. SA in particular have to decide who out of Levi, Ontong, Faf actually deserve to be in that batting lineup. And will England play Briggs in Sri Lanka?

Posted by landl47 on (September 12, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

So the two shorter format series are tied, meaning that the two sides were not a million miles apart- in fact, with that win England are now ranked #1 in both ODIs and T20s, not that it means much. A good effort from a very young team

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 12, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

If you apply the logic of english and pakistani fans, it can be safely concluded that England is the better side than SA based on this solitary T20 win!! lolzzz...

Posted by abmughal on (September 12, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

butler what a player he is ......... today england played very well...best of luck for the WorldT20..... from pakistan

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 12, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Much better stuff from England. None of England's bowlers finished with an economy in double figures; Buttler's strike rate of 320 is one of the biggest I've seen for quite some time. Shame about the rain...

Posted by punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on (September 12, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

I hope England don't get the top T20 ranking for such a match there must be some rules regarding such stupid matches.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

english commentators, come right, england win 2-1, how do you work this out, we won 1 2nd was washe dout this one you one that 1-1

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (September 12, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Wow...England manage a reduced overs win against South Africa's 2nd XI. Is this what constitutes success now for the English cricket team. Shameful.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 12, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

I love it when England's bowlers take my advice. Then they start winning!

Posted by styx on (September 12, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

So England have one good over and once again they will think they best in the world.

Posted by punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on (September 12, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

And now the English fans will boast a win and a series draw ::--)) what a joke!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 12, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

O.K. question: why is Stuart Broad classified as right-arm fast-medium, and Bresnan is classified as right-arm medium-fast, but the latter is consistently quicker than the former? Oh and look at that just as I write... Broad's first over goes for 11 runs, but he's ACTUALLY bowled some variation! Hmmmmm...

Posted by punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on (September 12, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

How stupid can a match get T20 is rubbish and 11 overs is a total joke!! If you can't get 20 overs in the match should be scrapped and the crowd gets a refund.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 12, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Pleased that both Lumb and Briggs have got run outs regardless of how they have done , will do. Looking at the England inns I wonder if 3 spinners might have been the way to go , keeping Patel in there instead of Bres. Also regardless of how this over goes , glad they're opening with Briggs

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 12, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Oh what a relief... runs on the board, and not just extras either! Great stuff. Oh please England, bowl decently this time. For heaven's sake don't drop Amla again this time and get him out early...

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