South Africa tour of England, 1st Test: England v South Africa at Lord's, Jul 10-14, 2008
Match drawn
Played at Lord's, London
10,11,12,13,14 July 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
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  • Overs 151-200
0.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, down the leg side and swinging further down the leg-side. The ball hardly carried to the wicketkeeper, either, which is a bit of a concern

0.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, better line outside off, but again this bounces before Boucher who looks quizzically at the turf

0.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, that's a better ball, at 86.2mph, which does carry through to Boucher and shapes back into the left-handed Strauss. The slips roar their approval

0.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, too wide, left alone

0.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, again too wide though it cuts away from Strauss off the seam

0.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, the first testing delivery that Strauss is made to work for, as it cuts back handily into the left-hander who chops it down

England 0/0   AJ Strauss 0* (6b)
2.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, a touch too wide of the off stump and Strauss shuffles back to leave it alone

2.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, again left alone outside off

2.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, short of a length and rising on Strauss who leaves it alone

2.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, and this bends back into Strauss on a nice length, who drives it crisply and quite powerfully back to Steyn

2.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, much too wide, left alone

2.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, last ball of the over is defended cautiously - perhaps hurried onto him a touch - out to gully

England 0/0   AJ Strauss 0* (12b)
3.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, ooh good bounce from Ntini and Strauss pulls his bat inside the line. Only just...

3.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide again and again left alone

3.5

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, neatly nudged out to the off side and Strauss is off the mark

England 2/0   AJ Strauss 1* (15b)
4.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, ooh that's better from Steyn, bending back into Strauss who is well back in his crease. He defends very solidly, punching it back to the bowler

4.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, comfortably left outside off, and Boucher takes it grass-high

4.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, good ball! Well bowled indeed, a lovely line in the corridor of uncertainty (© G Boycott) that the left-hander is lured into fishing at

4.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, wideish, left alone. No sign of swing

4.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, again, too wide...

4.6

Steyn to Strauss, 1 run, and Strauss drops this out to the off side for a quick single

England 3/0   AJ Strauss 2* (21b)
5.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, nudged out to the off side

5.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

5.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that's a cracker! Immense bounce from Ntini and it moves away from Strauss and very nearly decapitates Boucher who takes it front of his bottom lip

5.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, a tighter line but left alone on length. And the length, of course, was short

5.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide of the crease and angling across the left-hander once again. But it's too short, too wide, and Strauss ignores it...as he will do all day unless he is made to play

5.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide, left alone

England 3/0   AJ Strauss 2* (27b)
6.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, wide and left alone

6.4

Morkel to Strauss, 1 no ball, nicely bowled - or it would've been had it not been a no-ball. On the off stump and cautiously defended. Kept a touch low, too

6.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, down the leg side this time

6.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off, too wide

6.6

Morkel to Strauss, 1 run, a nasty riser which hurries Strauss, rapping him on the gloves and they scamper a single

England 6/0   AJ Strauss 3* (32b)
7.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, very well bowled! Much better from Ntini, pitching it right up on Strauss who attempts a horrible flick to leg. With the angle, it scoots past his outside edge

7.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, very wide and left alone

7.3

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, a very confident pull from Strauss and well timed indeed, helping this shorter delivery around the corner behind square. Calmly played, and England's first boundary after 32 minutes' play

7.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, too wide of the off stump, and a bit too short

7.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, oh and Strauss has laced this off the back foot, absolutely clobbered it, but Amla pulls off the most nonchalant of stops at gully.

7.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, defended solidly

England 10/0   AJ Strauss 7* (38b 1x4)
8.3

Morkel to Strauss, 1 run, down the leg side and it rather holds up on Strauss who turns it to deep square leg

England 14/0   AJ Strauss 8* (39b 1x4)
10.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, on the off stump and just a touch of swing back into the left hander

10.2

Kallis to Strauss, no run, like Steyn and Morkel, and Ntini, he starts this wide of the off stump

10.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, better, fuller, but left alone. Too wide

10.4

Kallis to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

10.5

Kallis to Strauss, no run, confidently driven out to gully

10.6

Kallis to Strauss, no run, again this is too wide and left alone

England 23/0   AJ Strauss 8* (45b 1x4)
11.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, netter delivery that just leaves Strauss's fishy waft outside off. Much better

England 32/0   AJ Strauss 8* (46b 1x4)
13.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, good take by Boucher but another wild and woolly delivery from Morkel, fired down the leg side and going wider still. Boucher reaches it with a dive, somehow

13.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, better, bending back into Strauss at the last moment. Nice and quick and full - that's the line and length

13.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, 92.9mph but it only just hits the cut strip

13.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, solidly behind this, defending. A good, tighter line

13.5

Morkel to Strauss, 1 no ball, a cracker! A real brute from Morkel which cuts away from Strauss, but it's a no-ball. That rather sums up South Africa's hour

13.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, ooh that's quick, but it's also wide

13.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 33/0   AJ Strauss 8* (53b 1x4)
14.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, fullish ball on middle and off and Strauss drives it back to Kallis

14.4

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, connects better on his pull than Cook did, hitting the ball low and into the ground in front of midwicket and Harris has work to do out on the boundary ropes

England 35/0   AJ Strauss 9* (55b 1x4)
15.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, poor stuff continues as Morkel sprays that way down the pads

15.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, now he sprays it wide outside off stump, and its left alone, duly

15.3

Morkel to Strauss, 3 runs, too short and he's showing his confidence, pulling it from outside off - though not off the middle - but well enough to run three as the sweeper runs across

England 38/0   AJ Strauss 12* (58b 1x4)
16.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, aww please, come on ... too wide outside off stump, Strauss leaves

16.2

Kallis to Strauss, no run, thats it, come on Kallis ... lands on off and gets Strauss defending

16.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, lands on leg and goes across, Strauss moves into line and defends

16.4

Kallis to Strauss, no run, now he doesn't move his feet and goes slashing at a wider one, looked there to be smacked but Strauss could not get bat on it, nearly an edge too

16.5

Kallis to Strauss, no run, fuller now, middle and off, and he rolls the wrists to nudge to midwicket

16.6

Kallis to Strauss, FOUR, thats got some bat on it, just enough for four, as Kallis offers more width and Strauss slaps that between cover and point beautifully

England 42/0   AJ Strauss 16* (64b 2x4)
17.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, fuller outside off stump, no movement, Strauss pushes it to point

17.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, good ball, angling across much closer to the stumps and lifting to beat Strauss as he feels for it and does well to stop on the shot as the ball zips away

17.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, change of pace, drivable length, he pushes gently with an inside-edge

17.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, good length ball, moving across, defended off the front foot to cover

England 43/0   AJ Strauss 16* (68b 2x4)
18.6

Kallis to Strauss, no run, back of a length, straightening, and thats safely left alone by Strauss

England 44/0   AJ Strauss 16* (69b 2x4)
20.1

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, tries to drive one that nips in and he survives with a big inside-edge

England 49/0   AJ Strauss 17* (70b 2x4)
21.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, thats got some lift now, Morkel drops short and gets it to kick up off the track, Strauss gets back out of the way ... perhaps a touch too short from Morkel

21.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, now he follows up with one pitched up very full, luring Strauss into a booming drive with minimal footwork and he's beaten on the shot

21.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, thats pushed across at an angle and he leaves it alone

21.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, lands outside leg and goes across, Strauss meets it with a straight bat

21.5

Morkel to Strauss, 2 runs, short of a length outside leg, he gets bat down and drops it into the gap

21.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, good length, Strauss drives it straight to the man at short cover

England 55/0   AJ Strauss 19* (76b 2x4)
23.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, gets back and plays one short of a length loosely back to Steyn

23.2

Steyn to Strauss, 2 runs, wrong line, on leg stump and straightening down and he easily clips that off the hips down to Ntini running around from fine leg

23.3

Steyn to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length on off stump and straightening, Strauss again gets into position and turns that towards square leg to give Cook strike

England 62/0   AJ Strauss 22* (79b 2x4)
24.1

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, too short, too much angle, and Strauss cuts that late and into the gap

24.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, good comeback, altering the length and gets the ball to move away and Strauss leaves it alone just in time, inching forward but holding back on the bat

24.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, full on the stumps and Strauss patiently defends it back, lunch in mind

24.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, angled very full and wide, he gets in and just leaves, Boucher moves

24.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, the awkward bounce beats his cramped attempt at a cut, stays low and bounces in front Boucher

24.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, another poor ball but his flashing cut shot cannot pierce the field

England 70/0   AJ Strauss 26* (85b 3x4)
25.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, works it away from him off a length and Strauss watches it pass

25.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, better stuff, at least he's made him play that! Pitches just outside off stump and straightens into Strauss, who gets into position and defends it back

England 71/0   AJ Strauss 26* (87b 3x4)
27.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, hello, whats he up to? Strauss sees a short length and thinks about pulling, but then decides to pull out at, the ball takes his angled bat and flies towards backward point, but it doesn't carry to de Villiers

27.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, good follow-up, a bouncer outside off stump and Strauss swerves

27.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he leaves it be this time

27.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, short ball, sits up and gets Strauss cramped for room, shuffling across to try and pull but instead gets tall and does well to drop the ball down at his feet

27.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, short again, going across at pace and Strauss sways out of harm's way

27.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, full and wide, Strauss leaves it be and heads for the dressing room

England 71/0   AJ Strauss 26* (93b 3x4)
28.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide enough to be left alone, and so he does

28.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, reasonably solidly blocked by Strauss off the back foot, as though with the door of a shed - not quite a barn-door defence

England 72/0   AJ Strauss 26* (95b 3x4)
29.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, good line and length - that's where Steyn and South Africa need to aim

29.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, crisply driven on the up, slightly uppishly, to gully

29.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, straight ball that Strauss prods at and defends

29.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, driven a little loosely outside the off stump to gully, his bottom hand falling off the handle as he does so. Straight to the fielder

29.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, a waste: too wide and left alone

England 73/0   AJ Strauss 26* (100b 3x4)
31.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, ooh Strauss is nearly lured into playing at this inswinger outside his off stump, but flicks his bat up and away

31.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, touch shorter and he attempts a pull, miscuing it into the ground

31.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, fast but too full and wide of the off stump. Steyn does not look comfortable out there at all

31.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

31.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, swinging back into Strauss who crunches it back to the bowler

31.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, again, despite going around the wicket, it's a bit too wide ... though Strauss tries to drive and misses

England 77/0   AJ Strauss 26* (106b 3x4)
32.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

32.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 82/0   AJ Strauss 26* (108b 3x4)
34.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, crisply pushed back to the bowler

34.2

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, this hurries Strauss and cramps him for room, too, and he gets an inside edge

34.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, oh dear. Too wide again

34.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, back and across, Strauss blocks a straight delivery

England 89/0   AJ Strauss 27* (112b 3x4)
35.3

Steyn to Strauss, FOUR, bash - that's four. A savage cut to a wide, "hit me for four" ball

35.4

Steyn to Strauss, 1 run, ah, neat stroke - but look how much time Strauss has! It sat up and he just paddled it around the corner

35.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, much too wide, left alone

England 98/0   AJ Strauss 32* (115b 4x4)
36.5

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, that's timed much more sweetly by Strauss, and poor old Harris - dodgy knee or ankle and all - is after it, but it's in vain

36.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, punched to Harris at mid-on

England 103/0   AJ Strauss 36* (117b 5x4)
37.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, wide, left alone

37.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

37.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, full, and Strauss leans into a drive - timing it very well - out to mid-off

England 104/0   AJ Strauss 36* (120b 5x4)
38.5

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss coaxes the ball to fine leg with the most delicate of sweeps. This isn't testing England whatsoever

England 106/0   AJ Strauss 37* (121b 5x4)
39.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, full and fast (90.2mph), it's nudged to leg

39.2

Morkel to Strauss, 1 run, this rides up on Strauss who turns it around the corner

39.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, angled across the left hander

39.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, well wide of the off stump and left alone

39.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, yowzers, as Inspector Gadget would say. That was quick and short

England 108/0   AJ Strauss 38* (126b 5x4)
41.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

41.2

Morkel to Strauss, 2 runs, driven down the ground - very nicely played, just leaning into it

41.3

Morkel to Strauss, FOUR, four! Firmly cut past gully - he has hammered that. But, again, it's too wide

41.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, too wide once again

41.5

Morkel to Strauss, OUT, big shout by Morkel but that's outside the line - or is it? Gone! Strauss has been given lbw! Well, replays show that Morkel might have been a bit lucky there, but perhaps that's what South Africa's pacemen need to click them into gear

AJ Strauss lbw b Morkel 44 (178m 131b 6x4 0x6) SR: 33.58

England 114/1   AJ Strauss 44 (131b 6x4)
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