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August 11, 2008
Andrew Strauss had yet to settle in an arduous first hour, and had inched along to 4 not out from 30 balls when he shuffled across his crease to clip Morne Morkel firmly off his hip ... and straight into the hands of Ashwell Prince at leg gully. It was a perfect plan, perfectly executed - Prince had only moved to that position one delivery earlier - but Morkel's galumphing front foot ruined the moment. He had overstepped by several inches, and as the moment went begging, so too did South Africa's attacking intent.
Single of the day
It was a fairly unremarkable moment, which came 47 minutes into the day's play. Another leg-stump delivery from Morkel, and another deflection off the hip from Strauss - although this time he managed to avoid any fielders. As he and Cook jogged through for a single, however, it was the first time in 66 deliveries that the two batsmen had switched ends. Up until that point they had traded exclusively in boundaries - three for Cook, and a solitary clip through midwicket from Strauss.
Delivery of the day
It wasn't quite as high-profile as the one that Steve Harmison winged down at Brisbane, but the delivery was almost as awful. Bowling around the wicket to the left-handed Cook, Morkel pitched his delivery way outside off stump, found enough swing to take it even further out of the batsman's reach, and Smith at slip cupped his hands to take a screamer high above his head.
Statistic of the day
He is renowned as a matchwinner, but Andrew Flintoff has been anything but in recent matches. In an injury-affected run that dates back to the third Test against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge in June 2006, he had taken part in eight consecutive defeats - including five in a row in that winter's Ashes, and back-to-back reversals at Headingley and Edgbaston in this series.
Shot of the day
It was something of a cathartic moment, therefore, when Flintoff strode down the wicket to Paul Harris with five runs required for victory, and launched him high and handsome towards the pavilion for the 80th six of his 70-match Test career. It was a blow that brought him level with Matthew Hayden in fifth place on the all-time six-hitters' table, and he's now only four adrift of the Master Blaster, Viv Richards, in fourth place, with Brian Lara (88) and Chris Cairns (87) also in his sights. Adam Gilchrist's record of 100 maximums might take a few more years to overhaul, however.
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