South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy - 2nd Test

England v South Africa

South Africa won by 10 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

11.05am Here come the umpires, through the children's guard of honour, and now Graeme Smith leads the South Africans out to the middle as well. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook receive a roar of approval as they appear from the player's balcony. Still a bit of drizzle around, but we are all set to get underway.

The last word, for now, on the Pattinson selection. "This is the biggest rabbit-out-of-the-hat for 99 years," says Christopher Martin-Jenkins on TMS. Douglas Carr is the man CMJ is referring to. Here's one we did earlier ...

Right, Strauss on strike, Steyn has the new ball. Let's go.

11.00am The covers are coming back off and the strains of Jerusalem fill the air. We might have a start shortly ...

Meanwhile, there's a touch of drizzle in the air, unfortunately. The met office is confident that the weather will improve later this afternoon, but we could be in for a bit of disruption during the first hour of play. The npower urban-cricket kids were all lined up in a guard of honour for the players, as well. Instead, Flintoff has popped into the press box to have a chat with the scorer and former England analyst, Malcolm Ashton.

10.55am Geoff Miller on Test Match Special is doing his utmost to justify the call-up. "He's outbowled everyone," is his succinct explanation.

10.50am Ten minutes to go, and you suspect that England will be quite happy to bat first, given all the fuss that is sure to follow their attack. Ian Hamilton's response in typical among our feedbackers: "Have selectors succumbed to mid-summer madness. What's wrong with proven performers? Reminds me of always picking Chris Old for Headingley (and no-where else!)"

10.45am So, here's the man of the moment: A few nerves around, Darren? "Aw, definitely. I'm as shocked as everybody. Not much sleep last night. Bit different to riding the rollercoaster at Alton Towers." Looking abashed, humble and pleased, he adds quietly: "I'm looking forward to this."

10.40am David Lloyd, in the Sky Sports studio, says: "I've just rung his coach Mick Newell. He tells me he's an aggressive, Australian-style bowler." Why could that be? David Gower, his sidekick, points out on air that we at Cricinfo had him down as an Australian until ... err ... a few seconds ago.

10.30am Here's the toss. South Africa have won the toss and they will bowl.

"There's quite a lot of weather around," says South Africa's captain, Graeme Smith. "The wicket looks like it will have something to do this morning. We've worked on a few things this week, we know we can improve a helluva lot."

On Andrew Flintoff's return, Smith says: "A man of his stature is always going to be a concern. He's a credit to the game. It's another challenge we're going to have to face but one which we expected from the start of the series rather than the second Test."

Michael Vaughan is the man we all want to hear from, however, and he seems utterly gobsmacked by the man who's been thrust into his Test team. So Michael, what do you know of DP? "Not a great deal. He's had a really good start this season for Notts. I hope he goes well." He's faced him once in a Twenty20 for Yorkshire, he's seen him bowl on television, and says that Pattinson "was preparing to take his kids to Alton Towers today". Poor kids, what a let-down.

10.20am So, what's the mood in the press box? Let's ask our man on the spot, Andrew Gnasher McGlashan. "There's a mild state of shock," he reports. "It revives memories of some Headingley selections of the past...Mallender, Kabir Ali, Saggers, Mike Smith. The link...none of them had very long Test careers!"

10.15am Well, knock me down with a feather. What an incredible selection - Pattinson may be averaging 20.86 for the season, but he has never bowled at Headingley in his life, and it is only three months and two days since he bowled his first ball in first-class cricket in England! He'll clearly go and take a five-for now ...

But never mind Chris Tremlett and Paul Collingwood, Pattinson has been picked for his ability to swing the ball, so the man who will be most aghast at this selection will be England's most reliable Yorkshireman of the past five years, Matthew Hoggard. If he feared his Test career was over before today, it is now.

After last week's Azeem Rafiq fiasco, let's hope the ECB have got Pattinson's registration in order ...

9.55am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second Test from Headingley where Andrew McGlashan, our man on the spot, says the weather is very overcast, but dry at the moment. Showers are forecast for later in the day.

The big news is that England have dropped Paul Collingwood and left out Chris Tremlett. With Ryan Sidebottom not recovering from his strain, that means a debut for Nottinghamshire's seamer Darren Pattinson. That could mean promotion up the order for Monty Panesar. Want to know more about England's new boy? Click here

No such dramas for South Africa who name an unchanged side with Neil McKenzie passing a fitness test.

England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Tim Ambrose (wk), 7 Andrew Flintoff, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 James Anderson, 10 Monty Panesar, 11 Darren Pattinson.

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Neil McKenzie, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 Ashwell Prince, 6 AB de Villiers, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Makhaya Ntini, 11 Dale Steyn.

0.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, pitches on off, angles into the pads with a bit of swing. Defended

0.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, good shape from Steyn, fast and angling into Strauss, who inside-edges onto his pads

0.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, wider outside off stump this time, and left well alone

0.4

Steyn to Strauss, 2 runs, good swing again, from outside off onto the line of middle, but Strauss puts a firm bat in the way and that's the first runs of the morning, straight down the ground

0.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, defended into the covers where Ashwell Prince completely loses his footing to the amusement of the crowd. He does manage to stop the ball though

0.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, wicket to wicket to finish the over, defended watchfully

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

Here's Makhaya Ntini, who had a tough time of it at Lord's. He does, however, enjoy bowling to left-handers, with his exaggerated angles across the body

1.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, a typical Ntini line to start, pitching middle-and-leg and climbing to off, defended off the back foot

1.2

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, short and enough width with the angle for Cook to get on top of a controlled cut shot and dab through point for a couple

1.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, fuller and on the pads, tucked to midwicket but can't beat the field

1.4

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, that's a confident stroke, in the air but perfectly placed in the gap at square cover. Ntini is finding good bounce but not a lot of pace, and Cook is happy to anchor on the back foot

1.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, a better ball to follow up, fuller and ghosting past the outside edge

1.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, full length again, but no great pace. Cook defends with minimum fuss

A few spots of rain in the air still. A damp day in prospect at Leeds

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 8/0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    2* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0

2.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, good pace but misdirected outside off stump. Left well alone

2.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, shaping into the pads, and Strauss tucks firmly off his hip, only as far as the unmistakeable Hashim Amla at square leg

2.3

Steyn to Strauss, no run, lucky not to be called wide for that one, way outside off stump

2.4

Steyn to Strauss, no run, outside off again, not as drastically this time, but enough to allow Strauss to leave with ease

2.5

Steyn to Strauss, no run, poor ball, speared down the leg side, it did swing a touch though

There is some assistance to be had out there, but Steyn isn't yet making the batsman play enough

2.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, scoots through outside off stump again. A maiden, but not a very probing one

End of over 3 (maiden) England 8/0
AJ Strauss    2* (12b)      DW Steyn    2-1-2-0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-6-0

3.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, on the pads and tucked up again, the ball bobbles out to point

3.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, an extravagant leave outside off stump, good carry but wrong line

3.3

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, just a single as Cook puts bat on ball for a fuller length delivery

3.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, outside off stump again, going away with the angle, and no danger of a shot from Strauss

3.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, fuller length, but again, Ntini is going across him so he's not being drawn

3.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, a probing line outside off stump, and Strauss shoulders arms yet again

A bit of sawdust being applied to the used pitches on the square. They are looking a bit muddy

End of over 4 (1 run) England 9/0
AJ Strauss    2* (15b)      M Ntini    2-0-7-0
AN Cook    7* (9b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-2-0

4.1

Steyn to Cook, FOUR, bouncer, and that's a top shot, a cool hook behind square, always on top of the ball and rolling his wrists as it went. Not a very quick track on that evidence

4.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, six inches outside off stump, and wisely ignored by the batsman

4.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, outside off again, climbing into the keeper's gloves, but no stroke offered

Good patience from England's openers so far

4.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, left once again as Steyn pushes the ball across Cook's bows. Not a lot of shape back into the left-hander

4.5

Steyn to Cook, no run, that's the line and length, on off stump and moving back towards middle, and Cook produces a hurried defence

4.6

Steyn to Cook, no run, outside off once again to complete the over. Tidy, but not entirely threatening so far from South Africa

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 13/0
AN Cook    11* (15b 2x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-6-0
AJ Strauss    2* (15b)      M Ntini    2-0-7-0

5.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, a better ball, fuller and aimed at the top of off stump, and stoutly defended

5.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that exploded off the seam, and Strauss wouldn't have reached it with a telescopic bat handle

5.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, in that channel a foot outside off, and again no stroke. If the ball was threatening to bend back in that would be perfect

5.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, too wide and too sharp an angle, not going to tempt the stroke there. Smith scratches his chin at slip

5.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that's the line. Mere inches outside off, and Strauss is well beaten. To his credit he doesn't chase the ball, and the outside edge is eluded

5.6

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, too short and just enough width to get on top of a sweetly timed cut. England are in command in the first half-hour

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 17/0
AJ Strauss    6* (21b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    11* (15b 2x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-6-0

6.1

Steyn to Cook, 1 leg bye, the wrong line again, and Boucher can't make the ground as the ball deflects off the thigh pad

6.2

Steyn to Strauss, no run, much better line, and Strauss defends tentatively on off stump

6.3

Steyn to Strauss, 1 run, tucked off the hips, where Amla at midwicket tidies up

South Africa aren't exciting the speed gun just yet ...

6.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, a beauty. The best ball of the morning, and Cook is sawn in half as the ball hits the seam, climbs and bursts past the inside-edge

6.5

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

6.6

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, more pace in that delivery, as Cook hops into a back-foot defensive, and nudges the ball behind square on the leg-side

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 20/0
AN Cook    12* (19b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-8-0
AJ Strauss    7* (23b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-0-11-0

7.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, outside off stump, and left alone again

7.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, full length, and on target as well. Cook defends

7.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, outside off stump and left alone again

7.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended off the back foot into the covers. No great menace in Ntini's bowling this morning. Or, dare one say it, this series

7.5

Ntini to Cook, 3 runs, nearly the breakthrough! A mistimed drive from Cook, who gets lucky as he bisects the two cover fieldsman. The ball pulls up before the rope, in an indication of how poorly timed that shot was

7.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, outside off, no stroke offered there

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 23/0
AJ Strauss    7* (24b 1x4)      M Ntini    4-0-14-0
AN Cook    15* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-8-0

8.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, six inches outside off stump, but that's six inches too many. Nothing much doing there

8.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, once again, the same line and length, and though there's a hint of nibble off the pitch, England's batsmen aren't being tempted out there. Yet

8.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, a massive appeal as the ball jags off the seam, and keeps low as well, but that did too much and was always missing leg. Better ball

8.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, that's a good double whammy, a bit fuller, and no swing this time, just going with the arm, and Cook flinches outside off stump

8.5

Steyn to Cook, no run, six of those an over would do. On off stump, finding some help from the wicket, and forcing a defensive prod from Cook

8.6

Steyn to Cook, no run, better over, maybe he's finding his rhythm now, as Cook defends on off stump for the second ball running

End of over 9 (maiden) England 23/0
AN Cook    15* (30b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-2-8-0
AJ Strauss    7* (24b 1x4)      M Ntini    4-0-14-0

Time for a change, here's Morne Morkel

9.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, already he's proving more of a threat than either new-ball bowler, wicked lift off the pitch, just needs to tighten his line

9.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, that one takes off too - if he gets it on target, he could be a handful here

9.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, slightly fuller, but Strauss is still defending on the back foot with the splice rattling as he does so

9.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, a hint of nip off the pitch, and a genuine edge along the ground into the gully. Strauss is being forced to play, which is the first rule on this pitch

9.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone that time as the ball pitches too wide

9.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, pushed back onto the stumps again, and defended in front of off

A very promising first over - England will be wary

End of over 10 (maiden) England 23/0
AJ Strauss    7* (30b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    15* (30b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-2-8-0

Steyn adjusts his field, and here he comes for his sixth over of the morning

10.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, on middle and leg, and jagging into the pads

10.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, speared down the leg-side, no consistency this morning

10.3

Steyn to Cook, 2 runs, tucked off the hips nicely by Cook, just using the pace and finding the gap behind the square-leg umpire

10.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, sharp movement and a good line, but a fraction too short. Cook saw it coming, and hopped into line

10.5

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, pitched up to the blockhole, but clipped off the toes to Ntini in the deep

10.6

Steyn to Strauss, no run, tantalising and probing outside off stump, just holds its line to beat the outside edge

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 26/0
AJ Strauss    7* (31b 1x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-11-0
AN Cook    18* (35b 2x4)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0

11.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, fuller length from Morkel, Cook goes back and across to defend

11.2

Morkel to Cook, OUT, massive appeal and it's given! Misdirected down the leg side, Boucher dives across to leg, and South Africa go up in unison. Bowden takes his time, understandably, but up goes the crooked finger! Replays don't appear to be entirely in support of the decision - the ball clearly clips the thigh-pad on the way through

AN Cook c †Boucher b Morkel 18 (48m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 48.64

Still, Morkel looked like the biggest threat of the morning, and so it proves. His extra bounce did the trick, and here comes the captain, Michael Vaughan. He made a fine hundred here on his Test comeback last year.

"A third of the wickets England have lost in this series have been poor decisions," grumbles Gnasher. "Strauss and Collingwood at Lord's and now Cook here." Valid point

11.3

Morkel to Vaughan, no run, a sighter for the skipper

11.4

Morkel to Vaughan, no run, a bit of width, and Vaughan chases with a woolly cut

11.5

Morkel to Vaughan, no run, banged in short, and Vaughan fliches out of line, not entirely necessarily, seeing as the ball was about two metres away from his head

11.6

Morkel to Vaughan, no run, short again, and Vaughan leaves well alone

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) England 26/1
MP Vaughan    0* (4b)      M Morkel    2-2-0-1
AJ Strauss    7* (31b 1x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-11-0

12.1

Steyn to Strauss, no run, down the leg-side once again, and clips the thigh pad, so the South Africans try their luck with another appeal. As well they might

12.2

Steyn to Strauss, 1 run, a false stroke from Strauss who is turned inside-out as he shapes to leg but gets a leading edge to the covers. Always safe though

12.3

Steyn to Vaughan, no run, a hint of movement, and Vaughan defends from the crease

12.4

Steyn to Vaughan, no run, big stride this time, and a full face of the bat

"Grumbling? Me?" grumbles Gnasher. "Never. Just stating the facts as an impartial journalist ..."

12.5

Steyn to Vaughan, OUT, full, edged and gone! Vaughan falls to his nemesis for the second time in the series, and now South Africa are fully in control. Just enough bounce and movement to take a thick edge, and Graeme Smith at first slip swoops to complete a comfortable catch

MP Vaughan c Smith b Steyn 0 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Vaughan's series figures. Two innings, ten balls, two dismissals, two runs

Here's KP. What a situation to come to the crease. A hint of drizzle in the air as well

12.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, defended comfortably to launch his innings

End of over 13 (1 run) England 27/2
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    7-2-12-1
AJ Strauss    8* (33b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-2-0-1

13.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, defended, not entirely comfortably, in front of middle

The umpires are conferring, but for the moment they carry on

13.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run

13.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, nasty delivery, lifting into the body and Strauss does well to keep the ball down as his gloves receive a rattling

13.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, outside off stump and left alone

13.5

Morkel to Strauss, 2 runs, on the hip and turned behind square for a welcome single

13.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, short and misdirected, climbing past the leg stump

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 29/2
AJ Strauss    10* (39b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-2-2-1
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    7-2-12-1

14.1

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, sweetly struck, and confidently so. That's the attitude that KP brings

14.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, big movement off the seam and a confident appeal as Pietersen aims through leg but is beaten. Replays suggest that might have hit leg

14.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump and left alone

14.4

Steyn to Pietersen, SIX, short, and that's swatted away with disdain! Battered clean over midwicket for a maximum, much to the thrill of the crowd

The rain is falling steadily now, South Africa won't mind if Pietersen goes for his shots

14.5

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, short and banged in, and again Pietersen is drawn into the hook. He gets on top of it well and fine leg tidies up

14.6

Steyn to Strauss, 1 run, on off stump and pushed into the covers for a single

And at the end of the first hour's play, time for a change. Here's the ever merry Jennifer Roesler-Thompson. Good morning everyone! Now then, if you're just joining us where have you been? (oh, working perhaps, not to worry) Hurry to your seats, you've missed wickets, sixes, expletives and a shock inclusion and it's barely noon.

End of over 15 (12 runs) England 41/2
AJ Strauss    11* (40b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-2-24-1
KP Pietersen    11* (6b 1x4 1x6)      M Morkel    3-2-2-1

15.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, defended this one

15.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, eased into the covers off the back foot

15.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, stays over the wicket to the left hander and fires the ball with some testing slant - not to say lift - which forces Strauss into leaving it on the back foot. Little room for manoeuvre there

15.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, a good length once more, a touch flatter across him but once again Strauss elects to draw the bat right in and out of harm's way

15.5

Morkel to Strauss, (no ball) FOUR, a fuller ball this time, and with width outside off Strauss is confident - and why not - in driving the ball square and firm through point. He didn't quite get hold of it, having to lean out to connect just on the base of the bat, but it travelled fairly quickly

15.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, finds some movement away from the left hander, that last one all aggression, and some width too, but left alone

Sky cameras are showing a big no-ball for the four-ball (and it was duly called by the umpire). A large overstep

15.6

Morkel to Strauss, 2 runs, inside-edged right back down and very near the stumps. Ooh, Strauss can consider himself to have been given a life there

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 48/2
AJ Strauss    17* (47b 2x4)      M Morkel    4-2-9-1
KP Pietersen    11* (6b 1x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-2-24-1

Kallis is going to have a go from the Kirkstall Lane End now. Rain continues to fall, play continues to go on. Two slips, a gully, point, cover, mid off and a mid on. Fairly orthodox infield there

16.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, width outside off, Pietersen plays exaggeratedly at it with a big backlift and a scoop, albeit along the ground, to cover

16.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, good length from Kallis, the ball coming back in a touch towards Pietersen, who lets it go through

16.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, defended on the back foot into the short-cover region

16.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away and a touch of lift surprises Pietersen who, wide-eyed, is forced to quickly tuck the ball back down from the back foot, using just the one strong forearm to do so

16.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away this time, hitting the deck outside off and then moving away late. The batsman shoulders arms

16.6

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

The pitch is really rather damp

End of over 17 (maiden) England 48/2
KP Pietersen    11* (12b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    17* (47b 2x4)      M Morkel    4-2-9-1

17.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, whistles the ball up and on towards Strauss's off stump with a hop and skip, but the batsman is equal to the defensive task

17.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, on leg, Strauss is quickly behind it and as it veers towards off he manoeuvres himself to try to brush off the pads square. But the climb is too much from the ball and he is forced into the defence

17.3

Morkel to Strauss, 2 runs, but this time the ball's short enough that Strauss can climb quickly into a fulsome pull shot that plops over the umpire at square leg and is eventually rescued inside the rope

England's fifty is clapped up

17.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, inside edges that one forward onto the pad and the bowler is quick to appeal in the flurry of the moment

Three slips and a gully now

17.5

Morkel to Strauss, 1 no ball, again Morkel's lift is a threat... but only momentarily as Strauss leaves it but it's another overstep

17.5

Morkel to Strauss, FOUR, stands on the up and delivers a drive through mid on. Terrific shot from Strauss, Morkel just too full with the delivery

The ball is looking mightily soggy and, as anyone who's ever tried to bowl with one knows, that's not a good thing

Morkel comes round the wicket now

17.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, his ploy nearly works immediately, hitting a good length outside off, the batsman drives airily at it and it moves a hint away from him. Sharp intakes of breath all round

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 55/2
AJ Strauss    23* (54b 3x4)      M Morkel    5-2-16-1
KP Pietersen    11* (12b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-0

18.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, hits a good length outside off, left alone

18.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, outside off, Pietersen allows for the rise and eases off the back foot into the covers

18.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, tries a wider one, and gets some movement away, Pietersen decides to leave it well alone

18.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, booming swing away, but the batsman doesn't have to play at it, as again it's wide

18.5

Kallis to Pietersen, 1 run, some movement away, Pietersen follows the ball's trajectory with the bat and works it into the covers

18.6

Kallis to Strauss, no run, gets right behind the line and defends solidly in line with off and middle

End of over 19 (1 run) England 56/2
AJ Strauss    23* (55b 3x4)      JH Kallis    2-1-1-0
KP Pietersen    12* (17b 1x4 1x6)      M Morkel    5-2-16-1

19.1

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, some movement back in, Pietersen gets his tall self right over the ball and pushes it, almost hockey-like, with a flick of the wrists forward towards mid on

19.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, overpitched, driven out to point, picked up by the fielder there

19.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, now Strauss goes! Or does he? Strauss pushes forward away from his body, the thick edge goes to third slip where it carries to de Villiers who pops it down off his right hand into the ground and scoops it up. Strauss stands his ground, he thought there was something fishy about it and it's referred. He's given not out and de Villiers is roundly booed

19.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, defended on the front foot this time

de Villiers really should have caught that one - it definitely carried - instead it went into the ground

19.5

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

19.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, round the wicket again and bustled down the channel outside off

Well, incidents abound at Headingley. de Villiers certainly celebrated at the time while replays show Vaughan on the balcony gesticulating in bemused disbelief and with some frank language

End of over 20 (1 run) England 57/2
AJ Strauss    23* (60b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-2-17-1
KP Pietersen    13* (18b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-1-1-0

20.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away outside off

20.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away and it's left

20.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, more testing bounce, pitched up, swung away and made the batsman play at it, drawing in his bat just at the last split-second

20.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away down the channel but with width enough to have left it

20.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away again, Pietersen drives back into the turf, Kallis picks it up quickly

The pair exchange a few words, but happily for the parents out there, our resident lipreaders are on annual leave

20.6

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, defended back into the ground

End of over 21 (maiden) England 57/2
KP Pietersen    13* (24b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-2-1-0
AJ Strauss    23* (60b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-2-17-1

21.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, pitched on a good length outside off

21.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, width down the channel and Strauss goes after it again, but doesn't quite get the edge. A windy whoosh, Strauss's head going up in the effort

21.3

Morkel to Strauss, 1 no ball, good length, some good lift but again an overstepped no-ball

21.3

Morkel to Strauss, FOUR, outside off, driven hard through the covers and Strauss collects a firm four runs

21.4

Morkel to Strauss, OUT, got him now! A great delivery from Morkel, round the wicket, finds some lift and Strauss fends on the back foot, slightly away from his body and the meaty edge goes through and is pouched without trouble

AJ Strauss c †Boucher b Morkel 27 (101m 65b 4x4 0x6) SR: 41.53

South Africa are having a great morning out there

Ian Bell to the wicket now. "Here we go, Big Game Belly," says Andrew Miller, sitting bolt upright

21.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, lets it go through outside off

21.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, defends back down the track in line with middle and you can see Bell's tonsils as he bellows (ha, unintentional) "No!"

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 62/3
IR Bell    0* (2b)      M Morkel    7-2-22-2
KP Pietersen    13* (24b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-2-1-0

22.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, super ball from Kallis, some juicy swing for him as he hits on a good length and Pietersen is tempted to chase at it away from the body on the back foot

22.2

Kallis to Pietersen, FOUR, overpitches this time and a good shot from Pietersen who stands tall, moves his left leg out of the way and drives hard through mid on, but it should have been stopped by Steyn and the crowd appreciate it with some schadenfreude

22.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, good response from Kallis, dug out to mid on, Steyn stops it this time and it's well appreciated

22.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, hmm, well left, or was it? It certainly came back in when Pietersen was perhaps anticipating it moving away from him

22.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, some swing away this time, hits a good length outside off and Pietersen is happy to let it go through

22.6

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, on off, Pietersen looks to walk-drive the ball out to mid on

Good over for Kallis there. A brooding kind of Yorkshire day, makes me feel like I'm in a Ted Hughes poem for some reason.

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 66/3
KP Pietersen    17* (30b 2x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    4-2-5-0
IR Bell    0* (2b)      M Morkel    7-2-22-2

Now then, Morkel's being given a rest after his excellent efforts and into the attack comes Ntini. Over the wicket to the right hander, predictably enough

23.1

Ntini to Bell, no run, outside off, left alone by Bell

23.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, outside off, some swing away, Bell strides out to reach for what he would have liked to have been a cover drive but it was checked so much it became a defensive

23.3

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, overpitched and Bell makes no mistake, driving elegantly through mid off and the ball goes all the way

23.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, some movement back in, outside off, left alone

Three slips and a gully now

23.5

Ntini to Bell, no run, outside off, some lift negotiated by standing back and letting the ball hit the bat

23.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, comes back in and defended back into the track

So that'll be lunch on an action-packed opening morning at Headingley where it's all gone on. South Africa bounce into the break with three wickets under their belts after Graeme Smith snapped up the chance to bowl first in conditions offering plenty to his pace bowlers who have been equal to the challenge. Cook got an unlucky decision, but Morkel and Steyn have in particular done well, they are the wicket takers this morning, while Kallis has offered useful back-up. There has been plenty of chatter between the two sides - it's not just the conditions that are juicy it would seem - not least when de Villiers claimed a catch he has pushed into the turf off Strauss and when battle resumes Pietersen and Bell will have a big task on their hands, beginning with rebuilding. There are a few question marks over the rest of the line-up for sure, Ambrose needs some runs (just the one fifty in his last seven Test innings), Flintoff is back after what seems like ages out of Test cricket, while the tail is fairly long - including the yet-to-be-tested Darren Pattinson. All this and we've only managed 24 overs... A hint of bad news, though; the covers have been hustled on for the break. Hopefully it will prove only a precaution.

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 70/3
IR Bell    4* (8b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-0-18-0
KP Pietersen    17* (30b 2x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    4-2-5-0

1.40pm A hearty welcome back, hope you've managed to polish off your sandwiches as we're ready to go, as are the three slips, a gully and Dale Steyn who's about to run in.

24.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, oh, welcome back Pietersen, Steyn nearly cuts him half as he bends right over a straight and short one and is rapped high on the back thigh

24.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, straight and true outside off and the batsman leaves it alone

24.3

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, short, wide and help yourself, a rank delivery which Pietersen gets right over, sets himself and then cuts hard in front of point

24.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, much better from the bowler, defended on the back foot in line with off

24.5

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, stands tall and dispatches an oozingly good drive on the up through mid on

Like a tracer

24.6

Steyn to Pietersen, 2 runs, short ball outside off, reaches out away from his body and delivers a desperate late cut through backward point

End of over 25 (10 runs) England 80/3
KP Pietersen    27* (36b 4x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    9-2-34-1
IR Bell    4* (8b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-0-18-0

Very slow pitch. Ntini into the attack now

25.1

Ntini to Bell, 3 runs, waits on the back foot and is quick to peel off a drive through to the deep cover region

Three slips and a gully still, point, square leg, mid off, fairly square mid on

25.2

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, pushes in with a touch of movement in off the seam, Pietersen stands and defends

25.3

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, clipped off the legs, a commanding shot from Pietersen as Ntini sends the ball in too straight and it ends up behind square, eluding the desperate dive

25.4

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, creeps across the stumps, and defends down in the end, but still with watchful and aggressive intent

Pietersen, you sense, is on a mission

25.5

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, outside off, Pietersen comes across his stumps once again and flicks hard off the leg, another proper shot as you could say, exquisite timing, too

25.6

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, this time there's a false stroke from Pietersen who again comes across his stumps, looks to push it off the legs to midwicket and the ball goes in between bat and pad

End of over 26 (11 runs) England 91/3
KP Pietersen    35* (41b 6x4 1x6)      M Ntini    6-0-29-0
IR Bell    7* (9b 1x4)      DW Steyn    9-2-34-1

26.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, Steyn runs in, his eyebrows all a-furrow, and Bell offers a tame push forward on the front foot

26.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, some swing away, left alone this time

26.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, driven on the front foot out to mid off this time

26.4

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, some swing away, pressed forward, the outside edge running down to third man where Prince does well to recover

26.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the line

26.6

Steyn to Pietersen, 3 runs, stands on the up and works it well off the legs out past deep mid on where Harris gives chase, having initially dived over the ball. It plugs out in the deep

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 95/3
KP Pietersen    38* (43b 6x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    10-2-38-1
IR Bell    8* (13b 1x4)      M Ntini    6-0-29-0

27.1

Ntini to Pietersen, 3 runs, outside off, drives away through the covers standing tall

27.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, turned off the legs this time

27.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, width outside off, cut right into the ground and out towards point

27.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, wide of the crease, the ball holds up and Bell plays a forward defensive that's not wholly convincing being, as it is, away from the body

27.5

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, overpitches and Bell drives out easily through mid on to bring up England's 100

27.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, nipped back in off the seam, plenty of rise, and goes through to the keeper

End of over 28 (7 runs) England 102/3
IR Bell    12* (18b 2x4)      M Ntini    7-0-36-0
KP Pietersen    41* (44b 6x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    10-2-38-1

28.1

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, not a bad delivery at all from Steyn but Pietersen stands up and gets right over the ball to drive hard through the covers past the man scrambling over

28.2

Steyn to Pietersen, OUT, got him now! Steyn punches hard, delighted, after finding a better length outside off, Pietersen flashes firmly away from the body and the thick edge goes through

KP Pietersen c Smith b Steyn 45 (73m 46b 7x4 1x6) SR: 97.82

Pietersen gets rousing appaluse for his 45 from 46 balls, but he is a furious man as he walks off, knowing that he's hardly done the job for England

Now then, chance to be a hero. In comes Tim Ambrose.

28.3

Steyn to Ambrose, no run, gets on the front foot, and splays down an outside edge to third man

28.4

Steyn to Ambrose, 1 run, defended on the front foot

28.5

Steyn to Bell, 2 runs, on the front foot, played off the legs out to deep midwicket

Two slips and a gully

28.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, pushes through outside off, a touch of movement away and on towards the keeper, thudding into the gloves. Good wheels from Steyn

End of over 29 (7 runs) England 109/4
IR Bell    14* (20b 2x4)      DW Steyn    11-2-45-2
TR Ambrose    1* (2b)      M Ntini    7-0-36-0

"Paul Collingwood has just come and wished his team-mates good luck before leaving the ground...then KP got out," says Gnasher Normally it would by Colly walking in now, instead it's Tim Ambrose. Hmmm

29.1

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, defended on the front foot

29.2

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, drawn into the shot away from the body, the batsman pushing at it

29.3

Ntini to Ambrose, 1 run, driven into the covers and they charge through

29.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, on middle, pushed down off the legs, defensively more than anything, to short midwicket

29.5

Ntini to Bell, no run, width outside off, lets the ball go through

29.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, comes back in off the seam from outside off and defended into the covers

End of over 30 (1 run) England 110/4
IR Bell    14* (23b 2x4)      M Ntini    8-0-37-0
TR Ambrose    2* (5b)      DW Steyn    11-2-45-2

Quite a buzz out there, despite England's top-order collapse, the fans clearly still enjoying the memory of Pietersen. Not much he can do now, though, and South Africa's bowling onslaught continues non-stop. It's Steyn again

30.1

Steyn to Ambrose, no run, defended forward

30.2

Steyn to Ambrose, 1 run, a well-run single into the covers now

30.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

Here's Gnasher. "Andrew Flintoff has just strode onto the England balcony with his bat in hand, pads on and a can of a well-known sponsors' drink."

30.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers

30.5

Steyn to Bell, no run, some swing away, big bounce too, Bell is drawn into following the ball but it deviates away from him at the last minute

30.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, pushed down the channel by the bowler

End of over 31 (1 run) England 111/4
IR Bell    14* (27b 2x4)      DW Steyn    12-2-46-2
TR Ambrose    3* (7b)      M Ntini    8-0-37-0

31.1

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, defends on the front foot

31.2

Ntini to Ambrose, 1 run, nipped back in off the seam and wristed over to the legs

31.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, banged in short, the batsman pulls his head out of the way as it goes over middle stump, straight and high

31.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, width outside off, Bell draws his bat back inside the line

31.5

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, on middle, tucked down off the hips with decent control, worked out to midwicket

31.6

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, on the front foot, pushed out from off stump, the batsman trapping his bat with his pad and then defending the ball out

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 113/4
TR Ambrose    4* (10b)      M Ntini    9-0-39-0
IR Bell    15* (30b 2x4)      DW Steyn    12-2-46-2

32.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot in line with off

32.2

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, brushed off the legs to square where Amla tidies up

32.3

Steyn to Ambrose, no run, great delivery, prompting a play and a miss from Ambrose

32.4

Steyn to Ambrose, no run, on off, defended back down the line

32.5

Steyn to Ambrose, FOUR, short ball and Ambrose helps himself with a hook lifted through midwicket

32.6

Steyn to Ambrose, 3 runs, on the front foot, driven on the up through mid off

End of over 33 (8 runs) England 121/4
TR Ambrose    11* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    13-2-54-2
IR Bell    16* (32b 2x4)      M Ntini    9-0-39-0

33.1

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, back in off the seam, a hint of rise and the batsman plays back down into the turf

33.2

Ntini to Ambrose, 1 run, comes back in from outside off and worked back out again to the covers

33.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, outside off, some rise, played back down off the back foot

33.4

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, nipped wildly back off the seam and worked over off the legs to midwicket

33.5

Ntini to Ambrose, OUT, round the wicket and gets the dismissal, forced across him, Ambrose pushes at it, takes the edge and Boucher takes yet another chance, another straightforward too

TR Ambrose c †Boucher b Ntini 12 (25m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

If there was a roof it would have been blown off, a standing ovation as Flintoff strides to the wicket. He's had a scratchy time of it in county cricket of late, and this is a massive weight on his shoulders, the first time he's played in a year and a half. He's not in much form, but let's see what he can do.

33.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, loud cheers meet his solid backward defensive in line with off. Rarely was a dot so merrily received

End of over 34 (2 runs) England 123/5
A Flintoff    0* (1b)      M Ntini    10-0-41-1
IR Bell    17* (34b 2x4)      DW Steyn    13-2-54-2

34.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended into the covers

34.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, some movement away outside off, defended back down

34.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, some width outside off, some movement away too, and it's left alone

34.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, once again left alone

34.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, driven on the front foot to the covers

34.6

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, some swing away, but offers plenty of width and Bell despatches it firmly through the covers without any trouble whatsoever

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 127/5
IR Bell    21* (40b 3x4)      JH Kallis    5-2-9-0
A Flintoff    0* (1b)      M Ntini    10-0-41-1

All eyes on Flintoff again.

35.1

Ntini to Flintoff, FOUR, width outside off, and Flintoff plays uppishly through backward point and Flintoff collects some much-needed runs

35.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, very cautious in defence, gets right in line with off with a sturdy defence on the front foot

35.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on the legs, turned behind square

35.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, stands on the back foot and defends back down in line with off now

35.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, wide and round the wicket and that's a good angle, short, and defended down off the back foot

35.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, outside off, a touch of rise, defended back down once more

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 131/5
A Flintoff    4* (7b 1x4)      M Ntini    11-0-45-1
IR Bell    21* (40b 3x4)      JH Kallis    5-2-9-0

36.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, played back down into the turf

36.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, width outside off, pushed into the covers

36.3

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, on the front foot, driven on the up and hard through mid on

36.4

Kallis to Bell, 2 runs, turned off the legs to midwicket

36.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, some swing away, big width down the channel

36.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended down in line with off

Drinks are being called out as England gratefully accept the breather. South Africa are in a superb situation here at Headingley, using the conditions well. Here's Andrew Miller to the commentary crease.

Thanks Jennifer, well it's all kicking off here. What a massive innings for Ian Bell. His 199 on a flat deck at Lord's was one thing, a substantial score here and ... well ... I think it could officially be declared that he's cracked it. A long way to go yet, mind. Here's Morkel to Flintoff

End of over 37 (6 runs) England 137/5
IR Bell    27* (46b 4x4)      JH Kallis    6-2-15-0
A Flintoff    4* (7b 1x4)      M Ntini    11-0-45-1

37.1

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, tidy line and length, defended on middle stump

37.2

Morkel to Flintoff, 1 wide, short and wide, and Flintoff flings everything he has at it, but can't reach it

37.2

Morkel to Flintoff, FOUR, short and wide again, but this time it's in Flintoff's slot, and he thumps it, off the back foot through the covers. The best shot he's played in Test cricket for 18 months. And that's a fact

37.3

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, shorter and straighter, and Flintoff sensibly sways out of line

37.4

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, good lift again outside off stump. Flintoff half plays at it then makes as if he intended to leave all along. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one

37.5

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, no doubt this time, an extravagant leave outside off stump, bat raised like ... like .... a raised thing

37.6

Morkel to Flintoff, FOUR, a bit fuller this time, and Flintoff cracks that firmly behind square on the off side. A little bit edgy and airborne, but mostly in control

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 146/5
A Flintoff    12* (13b 3x4)      M Morkel    8-2-31-2
IR Bell    27* (46b 4x4)      JH Kallis    6-2-15-0

38.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, a hint of nibble off the pitch, Bell waits in position for a defensive stroke, and adjusts late to smother. He's seeing it well, and early

38.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off stump and left alone this time

38.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, forward and into line, turning a wicket-to-wicket delivery to midwicket

38.4

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, width outside off stump, and Bell reaches wide and times that sweetly through the covers. Big swing on that ball, but watched all the way onto the middle

38.5

Kallis to Bell, OUT, oh dear oh dear, he was looking a million dollars, but he's now dragged onto his middle stump! A bit of action on the ball from Kallis, negating the swing, and Bell pushed hard with bat away from pad, and off he goes

IR Bell b Kallis 31 (81m 51b 5x4 0x6) SR: 60.78

Another pretty thirtysomething from Bell, and cue the renewed debate about big-game temperament etc etc. Talking of such things, here's a man who knows how to put a value on his wicket, it's Stuart Broad

38.6

Kallis to Broad, no run, defended stoutly on off stump

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 150/6
SCJ Broad    0* (1b)      JH Kallis    7-2-19-1
A Flintoff    12* (13b 3x4)      M Morkel    8-2-31-2

39.1

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, outside off stump, and no stroke even remotely threatened

How much is resting on this pair? Without Sidebottom's stickability, England's tail is of Giddins-Tufnell-Mullally proportions. Well, maybe not that bad ...

39.2

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, width again, but left alone prudently

39.3

Morkel to Flintoff, FOUR, clobbered, hard and indiscreetly over the numerous gullies and all the way to the boundary. No standing on ceremony from Freddie, as Smith responds with a fly-gully for just that shot

39.4

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, wide again, and left alone again

39.5

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, that's a leave and a half, bat raised, knee bent in a "will you marry me?" pose. All that effort for no shot

39.6

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, pushed back onto the stumps and defended with unease. But that's another over negotiated

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 154/6
A Flintoff    16* (19b 4x4)      M Morkel    9-2-35-2
SCJ Broad    0* (1b)      JH Kallis    7-2-19-1

40.1

Kallis to Broad, FOUR, elegance, sheer elegance. That's Michael Vaughan in a mirror, as Broad strokes a sweet cover drive to the rope

40.2

Kallis to Broad, no run, not quite there for the stroke this time, so watchfully defended

40.3

Kallis to Broad, no run, another stout forward defensive, Flintoff scampers back at the non-striker's end to avoid a pot-shot from the covers

40.4

Kallis to Broad, no run, probing the off stump, and defended again

40.5

Kallis to Broad, 1 run, short and banged in towards the hip, nudged away with aplomb for a single

40.6

Kallis to Flintoff, no run, defended with an angled bat, out to point

End of over 41 (5 runs) England 159/6
A Flintoff    16* (20b 4x4)      JH Kallis    8-2-24-1
SCJ Broad    5* (6b 1x4)      M Morkel    9-2-35-2

41.1

Morkel to Broad, 1 leg bye, round the wicket from Morkel and angled into the pads, turned around the corner for a single

Back over the wicket to Flinoff

41.2

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, far too wide to tempt a stroke, but not wide enough to be called as such

41.3

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, ploughing a furrow a metre outside off stump, left alone with a big raise of the bat

41.4

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, good lift from a decent length, but wide of off stump again. Left alone

41.5

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, banged in again on a hittable wide line, but Flintoff is wary of that fly-slip so chooses not to swing that down to third man

41.6

Morkel to Flintoff, no run, speared down the leg-side, no chance of making contact on that one

End of over 42 (1 run, maiden) England 160/6
A Flintoff    16* (25b 4x4)      M Morkel    10-3-35-2
SCJ Broad    5* (7b 1x4)      JH Kallis    8-2-24-1

42.1

Steyn to Broad, FOUR, poor ball, but a beautifully timed shot - banged in on a leg-stump line, so Broad shuffled inside the line and whipped hard and high over square leg

42.2

Steyn to Broad, 4 leg byes, leg-stump again, and no bat this time but the same result. A thin deflection takes it past the sprawling Boucher. More valuable runs

42.3

Steyn to Broad, no run, width outside off stump this time, and Broad coolly leaves it alone

42.4

Steyn to Broad, no run, swing into the pads again, and Broad is cramped for room this time

A brief delay as Steyn borrows Flintoff's bat to pound the loose earth in his landing zone

42.5

Steyn to Broad, FOUR, wide and smacked, a free flowing swing of the blade, and that one disappears up and over third man

42.6

Steyn to Broad, 1 run, the first loose shot of Broad's stay, and the best ball of Steyn's latest spell. Fast, straight, and curving towards middle and leg, and chancily driven away through square leg off an inside-edge. A bit lucky

End of over 43 (13 runs) England 173/6
SCJ Broad    14* (13b 3x4)      DW Steyn    14-2-63-2
A Flintoff    16* (25b 4x4)      M Morkel    10-3-35-2

43.1

Morkel to Broad, no run, outside off from around the wicket, left alone

43.2

Morkel to Broad, 3 runs, he's good at that shot, another firm flick off the hips, up and over square leg. Doesn't quite make the rope, but more important runs

43.3

Morkel to Flintoff, 1 run, forward without great conviction, but defended into the covers.

43.4

Morkel to Broad, no run, too wide to tempt the stroke, and straight through to Boucher

43.5

Morkel to Broad, no run, tighter line, angling back into off stump from around the wicket. A well-judged leave

43.6

Morkel to Broad, no run, outside off stump once again, and left alone

Flintoff is wearing Chris Tremlett's shirt for this auspicious occasion, incidentally

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 177/6
SCJ Broad    17* (18b 3x4)      M Morkel    11-3-39-2
A Flintoff    17* (26b 4x4)      DW Steyn    14-2-63-2

44.1

Steyn to Flintoff, no run, drawn forward, a bit of swing, pushed tentatively into the covers

44.2

Steyn to Flintoff, OUT, wide and loose, and Flintoff has a flat-footed swipe that flies through to Boucher! An anticlimactic end - it wasn't the best ball that Freddie's faced all day, and he knows it. That had runs all over it, but his feet didn't respond to the invitation

A Flintoff c †Boucher b Steyn 17 (52m 28b 4x4 0x6) SR: 60.71

Here comes Ed Giddins James Anderson, as England's yawning chasm of a tail opens up before the South Africans

44.3

Steyn to Anderson, FOUR, a solid enough start, a big stride, an angled bat, and four runs through the vacant third man

44.4

Steyn to Anderson, no run, a prod and a miss

Remarkably, James Anderson is sixth-equal on the all-time list of Test batsmen who have never made a duck - 37 and counting - so perhaps he is a worthy No. 9 after all

44.5

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

44.6

Steyn to Anderson, no run, on leg stump and defended to midwicket

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 181/7
JM Anderson    4* (4b 1x4)      DW Steyn    15-2-67-3
SCJ Broad    17* (18b 3x4)      M Morkel    11-3-39-2

45.1

Morkel to Broad, no run

45.2

Morkel to Broad, OUT, driven with hard hands, and expertly plucked high at third slip. Well, he had to try something, but he picked the wrong ball to try it, and now England are really in trouble. As opposed to mostly in trouble

SCJ Broad c de Villiers b Morkel 17 (32m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

45.3

Morkel to Panesar, no run, a huge cheer as Monty defends off the back foot. That was arguably a bigger cheer than Flintoff got when he walked out to the middle. The public are so fickle with their affections

45.4

Morkel to Panesar, no run, short and fearsome, Monty turns turtle as the crowd goes "oooh!"

45.5

Morkel to Panesar, no run, outside off, and left alone with a flourish

45.6

Morkel to Panesar, no run, short and jags back into the body, defended with a hop off the back foot

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) England 181/8
MS Panesar    0* (4b)      M Morkel    12-4-39-3
JM Anderson    4* (4b 1x4)      DW Steyn    15-2-67-3

46.1

Steyn to Anderson, no run, driven firmly into the covers, but can't beat the field

46.2

Steyn to Anderson, FOUR, speared into the pads, and that's sweetly timed past the diving short leg

46.3

Steyn to Anderson, no run, outside off stump and left alone again

46.4

Steyn to Anderson, no run, short, too short, and that flies over Anderson's shoulders

46.5

Steyn to Anderson, no run, back on a better line, and defended into the covers off the back foot

46.6

Steyn to Anderson, no run, that's a cracking delivery, full and straight, and somehow beats both the edge of the bat and the edge of off stump

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 185/8
JM Anderson    8* (10b 2x4)      DW Steyn    16-2-71-3
MS Panesar    0* (4b)      M Morkel    12-4-39-3

Anything above 200 will do England now

47.1

Morkel to Panesar, no run, outside off stump and left alone again

47.2

Morkel to Panesar, no run, tighter to off stump, but still sufficient width to leave it alone

47.3

Morkel to Panesar, no run, attempted yorker, but still too wide to cause any problems. Panesar defends from the crease

47.4

Morkel to Panesar, no run, definitely targeting the blockhole, but Monty's equal to this one too

47.5

Morkel to Panesar, no run, on the pads, and defended to midwicket

Tea approaching ... time for one more over?

47.6

Morkel to Panesar, 1 no ball, short, but too short, Monty ducks but Morkel oversteps. And that definitely means it'll be tea next ball. In fact, Monty was already heading for the pavilion!

47.6

Morkel to Panesar, OUT, he's on his way now! Outside off, a fraction short, and de Villiers makes no mistake at all

MS Panesar c de Villiers b Morkel 0 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

It's a procession, and now, into the fray comes the debutant Grimsby-born roof-tiling medium-pacer from Melbourne. The Chris Powell of England cricket selection? It's not tea after all, incidentally

End of over 48 (1 run) England 186/9
     M Morkel    13-4-40-4
JM Anderson    8* (10b 2x4)      DW Steyn    16-2-71-3

48.1

Steyn to Anderson, no run, pushed into the covers

48.2

Steyn to Anderson, 2 runs, a sweetly timed flick through the off side, Anderson's in fine form today

48.3

Steyn to Anderson, no run, short, and Anderson ducks as the ball chases him from outside off

48.4

Steyn to Anderson, no run, defended into the covers from a full-length delivery. Another attempted yorker

48.5

Steyn to Anderson, no run, pushed onto the back foot from around the wicket, and defended out to point

48.6

Steyn to Anderson, no run, a woolly drive, but no contact. Tea is delayed because there are nine wickets down, so Pattinson prepares to face his first delivery in international cricket

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 188/9
JM Anderson    10* (16b 2x4)      DW Steyn    17-2-73-3
DJ Pattinson    0* (0b)      M Morkel    13-4-40-4

He's faced 276 balls in his entire first-class career, incidentally

49.1

Morkel to Pattinson, no run, attempted leave, but gets the full face of the bat on it, and the ball dribbles to the slips. Not an inspiring start

49.2

Morkel to Pattinson, FOUR, runs! And four of them! Looking to work through midwicket, but a flashing edge through third man. That'll do

49.3

Morkel to Pattinson, no run, a bit of width, and a very slow-reaction cut shot. No contact

49.4

Morkel to Pattinson, 2 runs, more runs! An effortless flick into space on the leg-side! Glorious strokeplay. Sort of

49.5

Morkel to Pattinson, 1 no ball, a solid forward defensive, and Morkel oversteps in his eagerness. Ironic cheers ring out from a jovial crowd

49.5

Morkel to Pattinson, no run, short, and ducked. Comfortably, it has to be said

49.6

Morkel to Pattinson, no run, wide of off stump again, and left alone to complete Pattinson's first over in Test cricket. With the bat, that is. He'll get his chance with the ball soon enough

Still 40 overs scheduled for the day. Minus two for the inevitable change of innings, of course

End of over 50 (7 runs) England 195/9
DJ Pattinson    6* (7b 1x4)      M Morkel    14-4-47-4
JM Anderson    10* (16b 2x4)      DW Steyn    17-2-73-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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
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South Africa won by 10 wickets
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Match drawn
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Jul 21, 2008

AB de Villiers kisses Dale Steyn on getting a wicket, England v South Africa, 2nd Test, Leeds, 4th day, July 21, 2008

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