South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

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First time at Lord's for Billy Bowden and great to see him here. Steyn's opening with three slips and a gully

Here come the players. Good grief this is beyond massive: it's huge. Billy Bowden and Daryl Harper follow South Africa and Graeme Smith whacks them both on the back. And there's the first sight of the greatest beard in the game, that of Hashim Amla. Fabulous stuff. Here come Cook and Strauss to rousing applause.

Andrew Miller will be providing us with regular updates, in between enjoying the greatest lunches in the world, and starts in fine fettle. "Utterly gleaming day here, and the streets outside the ground are rammed - with punters, touts, sponsored totty and puzzled pedestrians. I haven't seen this much interest in a Lord's Test since, well, 2005 I reckon." Sponsored totty. Don't ever let it be said Cricinfo don't take things seriously.

Here's the toss: Vaughan flicks it up, Smith calls heads and wins. South Africa will bowl. Vaughan admits he'd have bowled too but, as ever, reckons it's a "good opportunity" for the batsmen. Yadda yadda: England's wobbly top-order beware.

Roland emails in, wondering about the weather - and it's good news. Sunny - hot in the sun, in fact - and a few scattered clouds, but nowhere near as dreadful as yesterday where it rained cats, dogs and other small animals. Tomorrow's forecast is a little more changeable than today's, and interruptions are expected over the course of the five days, but nothing like the first Test against New Zealand. That was truly dull in all senses.

Harris is in for Nel, as we expected. So it's the triumphant triumvirate of Ntini, Steyn and Morkel. England of course are unchanged for a record six times.

A warm welcome to all our readers, particularly those in sunny South Africa. Actually, it's the winter there isn't it? Johannes Marais says good morning and wonders what "your views on the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel against the, somewhat out of form, English middle order?" are. Steyn is small and skiddy. Morkel is tall and bouncy. Together, they are a formidable pairing, though I've not seen enough of Morne to comment.

Duncan Slater questions England's focus. "Interesting," he begins, "that the BBC news billed this as an Ashes preparation series. Is it all about the Ashes in English Test cricket?" Don't be daft. Of course it ... oh, yes. You're probably right.

Good morning and a frighteningly enthusiastic hello to you all. After 19 consecutive matches against New Zealand - I think we were all a bit bored by it in the end, weren't we? - we turn our attention to South Africa. Call it what you like: the sternest test for England since the last Ashes; the fiercest examination of their mettle before the next Ashes; the toughest series outside the Ashes. But let's forget the "A" word for the next few minutes at least, and let us also ignore the Ashes. It's South Africa versus England and we're 52 small minutes away from starting. My name's Will Luke and will be joined by a chorus of champion-colleagues shortly. In the meantime, drop me an email with your thoughts.

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

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

A reasonable first over from Steyn, though the lack of bounce will be of some concern I'd wager. Here's Ntini with three slips and two gullies, to Cook

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

"Makker's definitely lost a spring in his step, but he's still the man," Andrew insists

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 yet to register a run so far

End of over 2 (maiden) England 0/0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      M Ntini    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0

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

A touch of movement back into the batsman there

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

End of over 3 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (12b)      DW Steyn    2-2-0-0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      M Ntini    1-1-0-0

3.1

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

South Africa aren't making England play sufficiently this morning

"What's the crowd turnout like?" a feedbacker asks. As good as packed, and a wonderful atmosphere

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

3.3

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

Darryl Croft: "At the outset of a series that will really test him can I point out Sidebottom's quite phenomenal average of 25.11. It is the 24th best average by an Englishman, but the best since Higgs last played for England in 1965. That is some achievement...."

3.5

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

Ah, there's the ever-present greying figure of John Major in the stands.

3.6

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

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 2/0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      M Ntini    2-1-2-0
AJ Strauss    1* (15b)      DW Steyn    2-2-0-0

England have hardly got off to a rollicking start, but then they've not been made to play enough just yet

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...

Around the wicket

4.6

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

End of over 5 (1 run) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    2* (21b)      DW Steyn    3-2-1-0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      M Ntini    2-1-2-0

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

Too short, mind...

Three slips, too gullies

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

End of over 6 (maiden) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    2* (27b)      M Ntini    3-2-2-0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      DW Steyn    3-2-1-0

Smith's had enough of Steyn. Here's Morne Morkel in his eighth match and first at Lord's, and he's around the wicket

6.1

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

I am a Brit living in SA and I have been looking forward to this more than an Ashes Test series," says Paul. "Loads of banter already with my mates here. It doesn't matter that England lost toss the South Africans couldn't swing a ball even if it had 1970's flairs on it."

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

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

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 6/0
AJ Strauss    3* (32b)      M Morkel    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    2* (11b)      M Ntini    3-2-2-0

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.

Three slips and a wideish gully as Ntini goes around the wicket for the final ball of the over

7.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, defended solidly

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 10/0
AJ Strauss    7* (38b 1x4)      M Ntini    4-2-6-0
AN Cook    2* (11b)      M Morkel    1-0-3-0

Morkel around the wicket

Alison Mitchell, BBC TMS' intrepid reporter and allround champion, reminds us she's in shortsleeves for the first time this summer. Yes folks, it's finally here I think

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

8.3

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

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

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 19/0
AN Cook    10* (16b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    8* (39b 1x4)      M Ntini    4-2-6-0

Ntini around the wicket

"Am getting through the day at work with your great text commentary," a reader emails. "My facist boss has banned radios in the office or the wearing of headphones!" The revolution is here...

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

"Not quite Harmison at Lord' in s 2005, is it?" ponders The Wisden Cricketer's miniature assistant editor, Daniel Brigham

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

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 23/0
AN Cook    14* (22b 2x4)      M Ntini    5-2-10-0
AJ Strauss    8* (39b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-0

So then. Steyn had three overs, Morkel two and here's Kallis

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

I'm getting bored of writing "too wide". Come on, South Africa.

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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

End of over 11 (maiden) England 23/0
AJ Strauss    8* (45b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    14* (22b 2x4)      M Ntini    5-2-10-0

Well this is all pretty subdued really, and Morkel's going to have another go at the pavilion end. He is a bit tall, this guy

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

Morkel's around the wicket, incidentally

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

11.6

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

End of over 12 (9 runs) England 32/0
AJ Strauss    8* (46b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-0-17-0
AN Cook    19* (27b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-0

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

"Seems Smith still thinks he's playing in the IPL changing bowlers every 3 overs. Probably very chuffed with the run rate," offers Angus, a South African emailer.

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

There's a buzz around Lord's, that gentle murmur of conversation and chatter. You can't really beat it

12.6

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

End of over 13 (maiden) England 32/0
AN Cook    19* (33b 3x4)      JH Kallis    2-2-0-0
AJ Strauss    8* (46b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-0-17-0

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

South Africa are fairly subdued out there. No double-teapotting just yet, but there will be if they maintain this wide line

13.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

And that's the end of the first hour as Luke Wright jogs out with the drinks. Jamie Alter will take over from me and take you through until lunch. Be well.

End of over 14 (1 run) England 33/0
AJ Strauss    8* (53b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-18-0
AN Cook    19* (33b 3x4)      JH Kallis    2-2-0-0

Cheers, winner. Good morning one and all, Jamie Alter here. Slow and steady start from England. South Africans have been a bit here and there. Have to say it's been England's hour. Kallis to bowl his third over.

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

14.3

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

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

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 35/0
AN Cook    20* (37b 3x4)      JH Kallis    3-2-2-0
AJ Strauss    9* (55b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-18-0

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

15.4

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

Not much in this pitch. Good for batting. Morkel moves over the stumps.

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

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 38/0
AN Cook    20* (40b 3x4)      M Morkel    5-0-21-0
AJ Strauss    12* (58b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-2-2-0

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

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 42/0
AJ Strauss    16* (64b 2x4)      JH Kallis    4-2-6-0
AN Cook    20* (40b 3x4)      M Morkel    5-0-21-0

Both batsmen looking to open up a touch now. Morkel runs in from over the stumps.

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

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

End of over 18 (1 run) England 43/0
AJ Strauss    16* (68b 2x4)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0
AN Cook    21* (42b 3x4)      JH Kallis    4-2-6-0

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

18.6

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

End of over 19 (1 run) England 44/0
AJ Strauss    16* (69b 2x4)      JH Kallis    5-2-7-0
AN Cook    22* (47b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0

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

Three slips and a fine gully in now

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

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 48/0
AN Cook    26* (53b 4x4)      M Morkel    7-0-26-0
AJ Strauss    16* (69b 2x4)      JH Kallis    5-2-7-0

20.1

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

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

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 53/0
AN Cook    30* (58b 5x4)      JH Kallis    6-2-12-0
AJ Strauss    17* (70b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-0-26-0

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

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 55/0
AJ Strauss    19* (76b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-0-28-0
AN Cook    30* (58b 5x4)      JH Kallis    6-2-12-0

Kallis makes room and Ntini comes back into the attack. Change of ends for him.

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

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 59/0
AN Cook    34* (64b 6x4)      M Ntini    6-2-14-0
AJ Strauss    19* (76b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-0-28-0

Steyn back after three overs in the morning. Not long till lunch. He's from the Pavilion End.

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

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

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 66/0
AN Cook    38* (67b 7x4)      DW Steyn    4-2-8-0
AJ Strauss    22* (79b 2x4)      M Ntini    6-2-14-0

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

"Rather more overcast now as lunch approaches," Miller notes. "And the expectant mood has been rather subdued as well. South Africa have been pretty flat so far."

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 70/0
AJ Strauss    26* (85b 3x4)      M Ntini    7-2-18-0
AN Cook    38* (67b 7x4)      DW Steyn    4-2-8-0

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

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

End of over 26 (1 run) England 71/0
AJ Strauss    26* (87b 3x4)      DW Steyn    5-2-9-0
AN Cook    39* (71b 7x4)      M Ntini    7-2-18-0

Spin for the first time today, with lunch around the corner. Slip and short leg in.

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

So Harris starts off with a maiden over.

End of over 27 (maiden) England 71/0
AN Cook    39* (77b 7x4)      PL Harris    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    26* (87b 3x4)      DW Steyn    5-2-9-0

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

A man in the deep comes in front of square, fine leg goes deep, short leg comes forward.

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

1.00pm England's morning all the way. Not pretty, not entirely commanding, but at 71 for 0 they are in charge. Smith opted to field and his attack has been disappointing. A bit here and there, especially Morkel, and they have work to do after lunch. Do come back and join Will and myself in just under 40 minutes.

End of over 28 (maiden) England 71/0
AJ Strauss    26* (93b 3x4)      DW Steyn    6-3-9-0
AN Cook    39* (77b 7x4)      PL Harris    1-1-0-0

Ntini to open after lunch

Welcome back, all. Will here to guide you through the next hour or so with South Africa keen to turn their fortunes around. It was not an impressive morning's bowling.

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

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

End of over 29 (1 run) England 72/0
AJ Strauss    26* (95b 3x4)      M Ntini    8-2-19-0
AN Cook    40* (81b 7x4)      DW Steyn    6-3-9-0

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

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

End of over 30 (1 run) England 73/0
AJ Strauss    26* (100b 3x4)      DW Steyn    7-3-10-0
AN Cook    41* (82b 7x4)      M Ntini    8-2-19-0

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

"It's just like watching Graeme Smith in 2003," Miller mumbles. "Sort of."

30.5

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

There is something Smithish about Cook, you know. Perhaps the ugly-yet-somehow-manages-to-get-a-hundred aspect

30.6

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

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 77/0
AN Cook    45* (88b 8x4)      M Ntini    9-2-23-0
AJ Strauss    26* (100b 3x4)      DW Steyn    7-3-10-0

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

Around the wicket

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

End of over 32 (maiden) England 77/0
AJ Strauss    26* (106b 3x4)      DW Steyn    8-4-10-0
AN Cook    45* (88b 8x4)      M Ntini    9-2-23-0

Here comes Ntini...and pulls out of his run. Cook's not ready. Here he comes again, over the wicket

"Shaun Pollock's TV commentary is luvverly," Iago emails. "Brilliant, really. Finally a traditionalist who can make a good point without resorting to Boycott-esque spluttering indignation." We won't hear a word said against our Boycs.

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

32.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

32.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 82/0
AJ Strauss    26* (108b 3x4)      M Ntini    10-2-28-0
AN Cook    50* (92b 9x4)      DW Steyn    8-4-10-0

Poor old Andrew's having a tough time of it. "Lovely medallions of rare beef and horseradish, asparagus quiche, mange-tout risotto, and roulades of smoked salmon, all washed down with a delectable treacle tart." I don't know if this was his Lord's lunch, or he's waffling with dribble down his chin in anticipation of his dinner this evening. Either way, he's quite content - and here's Steyn from the pavilion end

33.1

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

Here comes Steyn...who pulls out of his run when Strauss, the non-striker, drops his bat by mistake. Muppet.

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

"Frankly," Miller continues, unabated, "a splendid effort from the gas and electricity supplying sponsors whom upside-down viewers might know better as 'jemodu'."

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

Back over the wicket now

33.6

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

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 87/0
AN Cook    50* (99b 9x4)      DW Steyn    9-4-15-0
AJ Strauss    26* (108b 3x4)      M Ntini    10-2-28-0

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

34.3

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

It's all a bit dozy out there. Steady batting, ploddy, wide bowling...

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

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 89/0
AJ Strauss    27* (112b 3x4)      M Ntini    11-2-30-0
AN Cook    51* (101b 9x4)      DW Steyn    9-4-15-0

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

I don't know where that analogy came from

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

35.5

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

35.6

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

End of over 36 (9 runs) England 98/0
AJ Strauss    32* (115b 4x4)      DW Steyn    10-4-24-0
AN Cook    55* (104b 9x4)      M Ntini    11-2-30-0

Right. Here's Ntini - let's see if he can find his line

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

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

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 103/0
AJ Strauss    36* (117b 5x4)      M Ntini    12-2-35-0
AN Cook    56* (108b 9x4)      DW Steyn    10-4-24-0

Here's Morkel

Oh dear. The Test-match dissenters are out in force. "I know the purists talk about the finer points of the Test match and are rudely dismissive of shorter forms of the game . . . but after this morning it's easy to see why Twenty20 is so popular." Is it? 71 without loss against a rather fine pace attack?

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

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

End of over 38 (1 run) England 104/0
AJ Strauss    36* (120b 5x4)      M Morkel    9-0-29-0
AN Cook    57* (111b 9x4)      M Ntini    12-2-35-0

Here's Paul Harris into the attack, over the wicket

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

38.5

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

38.6

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

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 106/0
AN Cook    58* (116b 9x4)      PL Harris    2-1-2-0
AJ Strauss    37* (121b 5x4)      M Morkel    9-0-29-0

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

39.3

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

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

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 108/0
AJ Strauss    38* (126b 5x4)      M Morkel    10-0-31-0
AN Cook    59* (117b 9x4)      PL Harris    2-1-2-0

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

End of over 41 (maiden) England 108/0
AN Cook    59* (123b 9x4)      PL Harris    3-2-2-0
AJ Strauss    38* (126b 5x4)      M Morkel    10-0-31-0

"Actually, this morning's cricket only shows us why Test cricket is unpopular with people who don't understand it," Stephen says by email. "People who demand insubstantial eye-candy can't comprehend what truly compelling cricket is about. Why not try and develop an understanding of Test cricket, then maybe you'll see why we think it's so good, and I dare say you too will put limited overs cricket a distant second."

We all have our favourites. Let's end it there and move on to something else - like why the South Africans are all so massive. Nasser reckons they've been doing weights. Bumble thinks they've been eating. Discuss

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

"Interestingly," begins Wendy Miller, "Strauss has now made exactly 700 runs in six Tests against South Africa."

41.6

Morkel to Vaughan, no run, ooh well bowled! Nice and full and Vaughan squeezes it out

Here's Jamie Alter

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 114/1
MP Vaughan    0* (1b)      M Morkel    11-0-37-1
AN Cook    59* (123b 9x4)      PL Harris    3-2-2-0

Cheers, Will. Steyn runs into Cook

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

Here we go - Steyn to Vaughan.

42.5

Steyn to Vaughan, 2 runs, outside-edge first ball, as Vaughan looks to work this off the pads but is swings and straightens and he ends up squeezing it past point for two

42.6

Steyn to Vaughan, OUT, what a ripper! Vaughan's a shaky starter and this did him in, pitching on a length, middle and off, straightening, and he plays all around it, losing his off stump

MP Vaughan b Steyn 2 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 117/2
     DW Steyn    11-4-27-1
AN Cook    60* (127b 9x4)      M Morkel    11-0-37-1

Vaughan was rooted to his crease and played down the wrong line. Smart, almost predictable delivery to Vaughan. He doesn't move his feet much at the start. One wicket brings another in no time. But listen to this buzz as Kevin Pietersen strides out. Battle of words, anyone?

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

Has this changed or what? Morkel on fire. Here's Bell with three slips waiting.

43.6

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, strong start for him, and a first-ball gift really, Bell easing onto a full delivery and lacing it between cover and point for a boundary

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 121/3
IR Bell    4* (1b 1x4)      M Morkel    12-0-41-2
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    11-4-27-1

Steyn to KP. Woof.

44.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, wrong line, really off-line, sliding miles down the leg stump

44.2

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, oh ho ho ho .... pitches on middle, straightens, he turns it to midwicket and sets off, Ntini runs in and collects from mid-on, has a throw ... and misses! Pietersen was no where in the frame, for crying out loud!

44.3

Steyn to Bell, 2 runs, too full again and Bell's onto the front foot, pushing pas cover and point

44.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, hello ... Steyn's on the mark, pitching on an unplayable length outside off stump and moving the ball away from Bell's bat, beaten on a leaden-footed push

44.5

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, but thats another freebie, a half-volley on the toes and he makes a living playing that shot, does Bell, just clipping with the swing over midwicket, top shot

44.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, full outside off, some movement away, and Bell shoulders arms

End of over 45 (7 runs) England 128/3
IR Bell    10* (5b 2x4)      DW Steyn    12-4-34-1
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      M Morkel    12-0-41-2

45.1

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, bouncer first ball, over the stumps, and Pietersen ducks under it

Hint of movement doing the trick, you could say. Morkel using his height as well.

45.2

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, thats in the slot to be driven but Pietersen kneels into it with too much bottom hand and plays a mistimed shot to the man at cover

45.3

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, brave leave, getting right across and shouldering arms to one that swings in late, delivered from slightly wider of the crease as well

45.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, pins him back in his crease, defending towards midwicket that time

45.5

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, short outside off, gently shaping away, Pietersen nudges forward and then suddenly rears out of the way ... a bit of an exaggerated leave that one

45.6

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, fuller now, bringing out the loose drive, running it across to gully

End of over 46 (maiden) England 128/3
KP Pietersen    1* (8b)      M Morkel    13-1-41-2
IR Bell    10* (5b 2x4)      DW Steyn    12-4-34-1

Odd - Steyn taken out of the attack and in comes Kallis.

46.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, good movement, pitching full and coming in, he plays it across the line to midwicket with a firm 'NO!' to his partner down the other end

46.2

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, a bit of room, too full, and a controlled outside-edge earns him four

46.3

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, streaky, very streaky for Bell! This time he gets up onto the toes and chases a rising one and looks on as the extra bounce gets him edging over McKenzie at backward point

46.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, now he opts to leave one pitched up outside off stump

46.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, serves it up there outside off stump, Bell looks tempted but leaves

46.6

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, too straight and he works it with the angle to Harris at deep square leg

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 137/3
IR Bell    19* (11b 4x4)      JH Kallis    7-2-21-0
KP Pietersen    1* (8b)      M Morkel    13-1-41-2

Steyn has been given a change of ends. Now on from the Pavilion End, with a breeze behind him.

47.1

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, oh thats close, bat just coming down in time on a straight delivery, working it behind square leg for a single

47.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, ouch! Thats taken him flush on the side of the helmet! Pietersen misjudges this one, ducking into it, turning his head away, and then cops it on the back of the head ... he falls back onto his backside and gets up, shaking his head ... he turned around when he realised he had misread the length ... looks groggy but he's good to go

47.3

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, and he's away confidently, getting up on his toes, shuffling across, and whipping this from just outside off stump out to deep square leg for one

47.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, short again, angling into Bell, who sways out of the ball's passage

47.5

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, overpitched and Bell's onto the front foot, driving this back past mid-off

47.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, comes onto the front foot and checks his shot, playing it back to Steyn, who gets his right hand out and can't quite collect cleanly, and Bell sends Pietersen back

End of over 48 (6 runs) England 143/3
IR Bell    24* (15b 5x4)      DW Steyn    13-4-40-1
KP Pietersen    2* (10b)      JH Kallis    7-2-21-0

Just about 20 minutes to go till tea.

48.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, slow bouncer, Pietersen takes his eyes off it and ducks to let it go over

48.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, full and wide, Pietersen walks well outside off stump and leaves

48.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, thats even wider, and moving away, but Pietersen leaves again

48.4

Kallis to Pietersen, 2 runs, gets across dangerously, working the ball from out in front of the pad to Ntini at deep midwicket, who returns an errant throw to the nonstriker's end

48.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, full again, inviting the drive, but KP covers off and shoulders arms

48.6

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, and again, he gets well forward and outside the line and leaves it be

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 145/3
KP Pietersen    4* (16b)      JH Kallis    8-2-23-0
IR Bell    24* (15b 5x4)      DW Steyn    13-4-40-1

49.1

Steyn to Bell, 3 runs, too full and Bell drives off the front foot into the covers, Harris chases

49.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, dug in short, Pietersen gets across and tries to work it away but is nearly beaten by the angle and bounce, but adjusts well enough to drop it down in front of cover

49.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, full on middle and off, swinging in, confidently on-driven to midwicket

49.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, full outside off stump, could be driven, but Pietersen shoulders arms

49.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, straightens after pitching and he defends with a full face of the bat

49.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, movement through the air, lands on a yorker length and again Pietersen works that across towards mid-on, looking very confident

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 148/3
KP Pietersen    4* (21b)      DW Steyn    14-4-43-1
IR Bell    27* (16b 5x4)      JH Kallis    8-2-23-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
Series Results
England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 7-11, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
England v South Africa at Birmingham - Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
England v South Africa at Leeds - Jul 18-21, 2008
South Africa won by 10 wickets
England v South Africa at Lord's - Jul 10-14, 2008
Match drawn
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