South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

1.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, on leg stump, Cook prods this in ugly-but-perfectly-safe fashion. As ever.

1.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, well wide of the crease and it angles across Cook who draws his bat inside the line. Comfortably left, and it carries nicely through to the keeper

1.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, fuller this time, Cook flicks to short midwicket

1.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, a poor, wide delivery miles outside the off stump. Boucher does very well, diving in front of Smith at first slip to collect

1.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, just short of a length - good stuff from Ntini here, though Cook is up to the mark and leaves it alone

1.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, and Andrew's spot on, as Ntini finds one to climb on Cook who fishes at this outside the off stump

England 0/0   AN Cook 0* (6b)

3.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, good, pacey delivery which Cook leaves alone

3.2

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, and England have their first run as Cook nudges this out to cover and calls Strauss through for a quickie

3.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, ignored outside off. Too wide, again

England 2/0   AN Cook 1* (9b)

6.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, good first delivery in England, cutting back into Cook who draws his bat inside the line. 90mph...

6.2

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, a touch too straight and nudged to leg by Cook. The remarkably hirsute and helmetted Amla is quick-as-a-cat to field

England 4/0   AN Cook 2* (11b)

8.1

Morkel to Cook, 2 runs, nudged to leg for a single

8.2

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, good cricket from England, from Cook, as he drops this out to cover and steals a single

8.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, a good, quick, rising delivery outside Cook's off stump which cuts back into the left hander. He plays it well, though, keeping his hands high and allowing it through

8.5

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, a wasted delivery and Cook flays this over gully down to the vacant third-man boundary. A real waste of a ball from Morkel and a gift for Cook

8.6

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, drifting down the leg-side and again neatly played by Cook, just calmly nudging it and picking up a single

England 19/0   AN Cook 10* (16b 1x4)

9.1

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, short, wide and hammered off the back foot square of the wicket

9.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

9.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

9.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, superb take from Boucher! Wide of the off stump, left alone by the batsmen and it cut away markedly. Boucher snaffled it with his left paw in front of slip

9.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended cautiously out to the off side

9.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

England 23/0   AN Cook 14* (22b 2x4)

11.1

Morkel to Cook, 4 byes, oh dear. Perhaps he shares some similarities with Harmison after all. It's down the leg side and Boucher hasn't a hope...

11.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, Morkel appeared to "rush" his action there and really get through the crease, the end result being ... well, a full-toss, though Cook couldn't take full advantage

11.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, better, testing line by Morkel on the off stump and Cook is back in his crease and nudging it out to cover

11.4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, wide and cleverly angled down to third man. Very neatly played, but disappointingly bowled

11.5

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, short of a length, Cook defends it off his chest and scampers a single. Good, alert cricket

England 32/0   AN Cook 19* (27b 3x4)

12.1

Kallis to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, swinging wider still

12.2

Kallis to Cook, no run, a little fuller, a little straighter and Cook nudges it out to the off side

12.3

Kallis to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

12.4

Kallis to Cook, no run, on the off stump, Cook comes half forward to defend

12.5

Kallis to Cook, no run, left alone

12.6

Kallis to Cook, no run, a good delivery this time bending back into the left hander but he's solid in defence

England 32/0   AN Cook 19* (33b 3x4)

14.1

Kallis to Cook, no run, strides forward to defend a full ball and gets a thick inside-edge

14.2

Kallis to Cook, 1 run, hello, where's he off to? Another thick inside-edge, this one dropping so close to leg stump as Cook goes pulling a short ball, very lucky that

14.5

Kallis to Cook, no run, pushy, nervy stuff from Cook, feeling at one full and going away and he's sort of squared up, running the ball along the grass to a diving backward point

14.6

Kallis to Cook, no run, back to wide again, pushed across the batsman and he leaves

England 35/0   AN Cook 20* (37b 3x4)

15.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, better bowling, on a length outside off and he shoulders arms

15.5

Morkel to Cook, no run, pitches outside leg, swings in, tucked to the fielder close in

15.6

Morkel to Cook, no run, quicker ball, pushed across the batsman at an angle, and he leaves

England 38/0   AN Cook 20* (40b 3x4)

17.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, good movement and bounce on that one, but again its just pushed too far across from Cook, he can't get to it and Boucher collects to his right

17.2

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, now its a half-volley outside leg stump, clipped to Steyn at fine leg

England 43/0   AN Cook 21* (42b 3x4)

18.1

Kallis to Cook, no run, good stuff, moving in from outside leg stump and Cook firmly defends it

18.2

Kallis to Cook, no run, thats moved in a bit, as Kallis pitches it on a length outside off stump, but Cook knows where his off is and leaves it be ... encouraging for Kallis however

18.3

Kallis to Cook, no run, too full now, Cook comes well forward and defends it back down the track, he's keen on the single as Kallis gets fingers on the ball and parries it away, mid-off is sharp and Strauss waves Cook back

18.4

Kallis to Cook, no run, full again and out he comes, feeling for it and running to point

18.5

Kallis to Cook, 1 run, banged in short outside off and he pulls through midwicket for one

England 44/0   AN Cook 22* (47b 3x4)

19.1

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, squared up and thats four, Morkel banging in one just outside leg and moving it across at a good height, the bit of movement getting Cook into a tangle, late to adjust and the leading edge squirts into the gap between slips and backward point, well bowled Morkel

19.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, movement beats him, Morkel moves the fuller and slower ball away and Cook is beaten as he pushes for it loosely outside off stump

19.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, too full now, staying a touch low as Cook leaves for Boucher

19.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, too, too wide, banged in and its angled just too far from Cook

19.5

Morkel to Cook, no run, change of pace and angle, pushed across closer to the stumps but still enough for Cook to get his front foot forward and shoulder arms

19.6

Morkel to Cook, no run, beaten! Morkel finishes the over with a full one going away from just outside off stump, Cook drives away from the crease and misses, there's a the smallest noise but no one appeals ... doesn't look like an edge

England 48/0   AN Cook 26* (53b 4x4)

20.2

Kallis to Cook, FOUR, more uncertainty from Cook raises the fifty for England, Kallis runs in and bangs it in sort of short, Cook shapes to cut but is cramped and edges smack into the gap

20.3

Kallis to Cook, no run, slower ball, too full and wide and Cook leaves it be this time

20.4

Kallis to Cook, no run, sees the fuller length and comes onto the front foot, driving with too much bottom hand, late on the shot, and the ball dribbles into the covers

20.5

Kallis to Cook, no run, decent stuff, pushed across at an angle and Cook lets it go

20.6

Kallis to Cook, no run, nips back in off a length and he hurriedly gets back to tap to point

England 53/0   AN Cook 30* (58b 5x4)

22.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, gets up on the toes and taps one back to Ntini, pitching short of a length and getting Cook up, he wanted to work it away into the gap but the bounce undid him

22.2

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, thats a shot, just getting down on top of one that wasn't a short ball as such, but playing it so well that he squeezed it into the gap at backward point

22.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, confident shout as the ball raps Cook on the front pad, but that pitches outside leg stump so Bowden shakes his head ... fair call, you can't give those out

22.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, better defence from Cook, bat and pad married as he blocks a full one

22.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, comes onto the front foot and defends this one watchfully to point

22.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushes it across, inviting the drive, but Cook leaves it alone

England 59/0   AN Cook 34* (64b 6x4)

23.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, slips out too full and wide of the stumps and he leaves it for Boucher

23.5

Steyn to Cook, FOUR, doesn't move his feet but pushes at it gently enough to get a thick outside-edge into his preferred gap between a diving backward point and the slip region

23.6

Steyn to Cook, no run, good length ball, moving, but Cook gets well over it to defend

England 66/0   AN Cook 38* (67b 7x4)

25.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, too far away and Cook can leave those alone all day, I have to say

25.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, back of a length outside off and he gets tall to let it go to Boucher

25.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, angles it across him again and he is confident to leave those alone

25.4

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, rubbish, full on the toes and turned out to the man at fine leg

England 71/0   AN Cook 39* (71b 7x4)

26.1

Harris to Cook, no run, flat on off stump, no turn and Cook pushes that towards point

26.2

Harris to Cook, no run, full and flat on off and he gets well forward to defend

26.3

Harris to Cook, no run, reaches well forward and blocks this one towards cover and point

26.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full and flat again and Cook defends it back to Harris

26.5

Harris to Cook, no run, spins this one on middle and off and Cook defends it back again

26.6

Harris to Cook, no run, bit too short, cut away to a diving backward point, well stopped

England 71/0   AN Cook 39* (77b 7x4)

28.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and comfortably ignored by Cook

28.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, a good line and length, forcing Cook into a defensive

28.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, Cook walks forward and shoulders arms to this angled delivery outside his off stump

28.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, angled across him, Cook pushes tentatively forward and edges it just short of second slip. Excellent ball from Ntini

England 72/0   AN Cook 40* (81b 7x4)

29.1

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, a useful short ball from Steyn rising onto Cook, who is well back in his crease. A tuck off his hips brings him a single

England 73/0   AN Cook 41* (82b 7x4)

30.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

30.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, firmly blocked off the back foot by Cook. Strauss wanted the single but Cook demanded he scampered back

30.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, ah, fine bowling, swinging this back into the left hander but Cook read it well. A slightly closed face of the bat greets the ball with a defensive

30.4

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, very well played indeed, but poor bowling - drifting onto his legs, and it was full enough for Cook to turn his wrists and time it sweetly for four

30.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, on middle stump, Cook blocks

30.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, Cook's forward and blocking

England 77/0   AN Cook 45* (88b 8x4)

32.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, angled across Cook who shapes to play before drawing his bat inside the line

32.2

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, edged through the slips! Excellent length by Ntini, drawing Cook into a drive outside the off, but it took a thick outside edge which flew past second slip

32.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump; ignored

32.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, ah, that's well played by Cook, nudging this out to cover to bring up his 11th Test fifty, from 92 balls

England 82/0   AN Cook 50* (92b 9x4)

33.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, outside the off stump and left alone

33.2

Steyn to Cook, 5 no balls, good grief. A no-ball and it's remarkably wide - poor old Boucher hasn't got a hope, parrying it down to third man for four

33.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

33.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, a bit too wide once more from Steyn

33.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, again left alone outside off, though a touch of swing into the left-hander

33.5

Steyn to Cook, no run, well, it's too wide again. Steyn's not happy, roaring his anger

33.6

Steyn to Cook, no run, that's a better end to the over on the off stump, defending it solidly

England 87/0   AN Cook 50* (99b 9x4)

34.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

34.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, short, wide and he cuts to nowhere

England 89/0   AN Cook 51* (101b 9x4)

35.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, not a great shot, though it kept low on Cook. A short ball from Steyn and it just didn't sit up on Cook as he expected, sneaking underneath his pull

35.2

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, that did bounce, but there was no pace from Steyn. Cook patted it through midwicket, coaxing it as though tempting a snake out of its cage

35.5

Steyn to Cook, 3 runs, full toss, Cook leans on it without really timing it, down the ground

England 98/0   AN Cook 55* (104b 9x4)

36.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, nope, not yet. Cook leaves this outside off

36.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, poor again. Two feet outside off, left alone

36.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, on the off stump, defended

36.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, mistimed down the ground, and Paul Harris runs after it and dives to stop, twisting something in the process. I'm not sure what, but he looks in some pain

England 99/0   AN Cook 56* (108b 9x4)

37.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

37.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

37.3

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, on his legs, Cook flicks this with subcontinental elegance down to fine leg

England 104/0   AN Cook 57* (111b 9x4)

38.1

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook, back in his crease, nudges this to leg

38.2

Harris to Cook, no run, tossed up, nice and full, and he crisply punches it out to the off side

38.3

Harris to Cook, no run, again full, and he flicks this quite neatly through midwicket. No turn for Harris here

38.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, ah, cute stroke, paddling this around the corner

38.6

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed back to the bowler

England 106/0   AN Cook 58* (116b 9x4)

39.3

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, Morkel pitches this up a touch and it's driven out to Steyn at mid-off, as they steal a single

England 108/0   AN Cook 59* (117b 9x4)

40.1

Harris to Cook, no run, ooh that was close! Nicely bowled, outside off and Cook nearly edges his cut into Boucher's waiting hands

40.2

Harris to Cook, no run, sweetly driven to cover. But straight to cover

40.3

Harris to Cook, no run, a big shout by Harris as Cook is rapped on the pads while attempting a sweep. Outside the line, though

40.4

Harris to Cook, no run, defended solidly

40.5

Harris to Cook, no run, forward he comes and defends

40.6

Harris to Cook, no run, and it's blocked to defend the over

England 108/0   AN Cook 59* (123b 9x4)

42.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, full and very wide, so again he can just easily let that one pass

42.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, gets bat on this one, defending it down to point

42.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, beaten on the drive, as the ball pitches full and in the slot but some poor footwork and a hint of movement results in the ball sneaking through the gap between bat and pad

42.4

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, thats too wide and Cook squirts it down past gully to Haris in the deep

England 115/1   AN Cook 60* (127b 9x4)

43.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, back of a length, going across, and Cook leaves it be

43.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, now he gets well forward to plod the ball out towards cover

43.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, short now, into his midriff and he hops up, just managing to keep the ball out after getting himself into a tangle, the ball rolls towards point, that'll smart

43.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, good ball, moving away from leg stump off a length and run to gully

43.5

Morkel to Cook, OUT, and that's a second for Morkel! He bangs it in short and Cook fails to cope with the pace and extra bounce of this one, taking his eyes off the ball and it clangs into him, kissing the handle of the bat and ballooning up in the air for de Villiers to walk in from the slips and take it

AN Cook c de Villiers b Morkel 60 (191m 132b 9x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

England 117/3   AN Cook 60 (132b 9x4)
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England won by 6 wickets
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