South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy - 3rd Test

England v South Africa

South Africa won by 5 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

0.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, some swing first up and defended back down in line with off

0.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, some swing back in, McKenzie leaves it but that will encourage the bowler

0.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot

0.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swing back in again, good length once more, defended over it

0.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, goes right through on a good length

0.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot back in line with off

South Africa 0/0   ND McKenzie 0* (6b)

2.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot out to cover

2.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended hard on the front foot

2.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, down the legs, McKenzie chases it round

2.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended down on the front foot in line with off

2.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, forced down the legs

2.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 4 leg byes, a big appeal, some swing back in, but it's turned down and the clue could be that leg-byes are signalled as the ball races away straight down fine

South Africa 6/0   ND McKenzie 0* (12b)

4.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended hard on the front foot

4.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, forced across him from over the wicket, the batsman kneels down and drives into the ground, the ball popping up off the turf towards Pietersen in the covers who takes it and for a split-second the crowd thought it was a catch

4.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, crashed into the legs, forced down the leg side now

4.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 1 run, squashes out a single to mid on

South Africa 12/0   ND McKenzie 1* (16b)

5.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, outside off, some swing away as the ball hits a good length and is left alone

5.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, outside off, a good length once more, left alone as it swings away

5.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, some width outside off, wristed out to point

5.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, driven out to the covers on the front foot

5.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, outside off, played right inside the line on the back foot

5.6

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, played off the legs down to long leg

South Africa 16/0   ND McKenzie 5* (22b 1x4)

6.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms

6.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, a play and a miss ends the over, the batsman forcing at it as it comes across him

South Africa 17/0   ND McKenzie 5* (24b 1x4)

8.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 3 runs, pushes out to point on the front foot, opening the face as it goes out square

South Africa 20/1   ND McKenzie 8* (25b 1x4)

9.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, straight ball, defended down

9.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, defended back down the line

9.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, some lift as it rises from a good length just outside off

9.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, outside off, left alone

9.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, lets it go through outside off

9.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, down the legs, flicked down behind square

South Africa 30/1   ND McKenzie 12* (31b 2x4)

11.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, outside off, McKenzie plays inside the line, but there was swing for Flintoff who doesn't usually move it much

11.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, fuller outside off, more swing away but a touch too wide to make McKenzie play

11.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, angling into leg stump, takes the pad down the leg side and bobbles to Tim Ambrose...half a shout from Flintoff, but heading well past the stumps

11.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, goes back outside off, full length and McKenzie keeps the bat close to the pad

11.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 2 runs, opens the face and drives square through the off side, first runs of the day

11.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, on middle stump, tucked through square leg and McKenzie keeps the strike

South Africa 41/1   ND McKenzie 15* (37b 2x4)

12.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 2 runs, swings into McKenzie's pads, glanced fine and Monty Panesar makes good ground from long leg, his dive brings acknowledgement from Sidebottom

12.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, defended square on the off side to point

12.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, FOUR, poor ball, waste from Sidebottom, way outside leg stump and clipped away to fine leg

12.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, better line on off stump, hint of swing back into McKenzie who defends solidly into the covers

12.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended with soft hands from off stump down towards gully...it's been a trademark of McKenzie's series, how late he plays the ball in defence

12.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, FOUR, takes the outside edge this time, finds the gap between third slip and gully so a early runs for South Africa this morning

South Africa 51/1   ND McKenzie 25* (43b 4x4)

14.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide of the off stump to begin with, swinging wider still

14.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, again wide enough to be left alone by the right-handed McKenzie, though there's swing for Anderson

14.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, yes, again he's yet to find his line here and it's comfortably ignored

14.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, left alone once more

14.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide of the crease but still it's nowhere near the off stump

14.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, the widest of the lot ends a fairly disappointing over, and Anderson signals to the dressing room while pointing at his ankle. Socks: that's the problem with his line and length. He needs new socks

South Africa 51/1   ND McKenzie 25* (49b 4x4)

16.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, indeed he can, forcing McKenzie to defend this out to the off side

16.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, well wide of the off stump and swinging yet wider still

16.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, down the leg side this time, going for the magic ball

16.4

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 no ball, a no-ball wide of the off stump

16.4

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, short and wide, McKenzie unleashes a short-arm pull - a jabby, studdy sort of shot - timing it remarkably well given the apparent lack of power or fluidity. Super shot

16.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide. Left alone

16.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, left alone comfortably

South Africa 58/1   ND McKenzie 29* (56b 5x4)

17.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, fine delivery on his off stump, moving away a touch, and McKenzie edges it to Strauss and he's out! Or is he? Strauss isn't sure and nor is Flintoff, and replays show it bounced. Flintoff, on 199 wickets, will have to wait

17.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

17.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, he plucks it to leg for a single

South Africa 60/1   ND McKenzie 29* (59b 5x4)

18.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, better line and it's defensively worked out to the off side off the back foot

18.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, 85.3mph and a better line, but still just wide enough to be left alone

18.3

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, another hapless wide and it flies through Collingwood at backward point! He absolutely laced that but Collingwood never saw it

18.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie draws his bat inside the line

18.5

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, too straight this time, and he nudges it to leg

South Africa 65/1   ND McKenzie 34* (64b 6x4)

19.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, short and down the leg side. A bit of a waste really

19.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, pushed out to gully

19.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

19.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, quick, but left alone outside off

19.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, much too wide

South Africa 67/1   ND McKenzie 34* (69b 6x4)

21.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, well wide of the off stump and ignored

21.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, good line and length, drawing McKenzie forward who defends very solidly

21.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging into McKenzie who nudges this out to the off side, threatening to run a single, but decides against it

21.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, short of a length, McKenzie goes back and punches this off the back foot out to the off side

21.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 1 run, down the leg side this time, McKenzie neatly turns his wrist and flicks it to Panesar at fine-leg

South Africa 76/1   ND McKenzie 35* (74b 6x4)

22.1

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, oh that's a fantastic shot by McKenzie. A touch of bounce by Anderson and McKenzie just sat on the back foot, guiding it past point for four

22.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide, left alone

22.3

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, ooh that's a bit tentative from the batsman there, clamping forward on the front foot and inside-edging it just past his stumps

South Africa 85/1   ND McKenzie 40* (77b 7x4)

23.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, a hint of swing back into the right hander who defends

23.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

23.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging back into the right-hander - a much better delivery, forcing a defensive

23.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, ignored outside off

23.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, on the off stump and bending back in, it's blocked

23.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging into the batsman, he defends on the back foot

South Africa 85/1   ND McKenzie 40* (83b 7x4)

24.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, swinging into the off stump - a fine delivery, but McKenzie digs it out solidly

24.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, more outswing for Anderson, but again it's wide and McKenzie's quite content to leave it well alone

24.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, slightly better from Anderson - but not really. McKenzie can still leave it alone

24.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, that's more like it from Anderson, at last finding one to attack McKenzie's off stump, and he comes forward to defend

24.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, again, well bowled. McKenzie blocks it off the back foot

South Africa 86/1   ND McKenzie 40* (88b 7x4)

26.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, good length and McKenzie isn't too comfortable here, defending it out to the off side

26.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, firmly defended out to the off side

26.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, oh, what a stroke that is from McKenzie. The calmest, coolest of pulls around the corner for four. Languid, and far too simple

26.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, 2 runs, fuller and swinging away a touch, it takes the outside edge and flies through Pietersen at gully. KP is apoplectic with himself

South Africa 94/1   ND McKenzie 47* (92b 8x4)

28.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, Flintoff roars in with added enthusiasm, and McKenzie clamps down on this at the last moment, the ball squeezing out to the leg side. Could easily have dribbled onto his stumps

28.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, down the leg side and Flintoff roars a forlorn appeal for a catch behind the wicket, but it's off his pad

28.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, a touch of swing away from McKenzie, much too wide. 87.3mph

28.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, onto the front foot, McKenzie drives out to the off side and they steal a single

28.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, turned off his pad

South Africa 96/2   ND McKenzie 48* (97b 8x4)

29.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, angled across the right hander who doesn't need to play

29.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, again, no need to play at that

29.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 3 runs, languidly driven through extra cover, Anderson gives chase and hauls it down, but McKenzie's through to another fifty - his 15th - as South Africa reach their 100. Another fighting innings

South Africa 100/2   ND McKenzie 51* (100b 8x4)

30.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, too straight, allowing him to turn his wrists on this and flick it through midwicket

South Africa 101/2   ND McKenzie 52* (101b 8x4)

31.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, plants on middle and off, the batsman looks to wrist it off to short midwicket, but there's not quite enough room on it for him to get full purchase

31.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, tilts the radar towards the channel now, a good-length delivery, and plenty of swing away. It's left

31.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, defends solidly on the front foot now, this one coming in on fuller in line with off

31.4

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, clipped to square and the batsmen shuffle through the single

South Africa 105/2   ND McKenzie 53* (105b 8x4)

32.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, fires hard down the channel, outside off, a hint of carry away. Left alone

32.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, down the channel

32.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, outside off, worked down off the back foot, a deliberate steer down

32.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, forced hard on a good length, the batsman shoulders arms

32.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, hits a good spot once more, but can just about be left

32.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, consistency from Flintoff, another one down the channel

South Africa 109/2   ND McKenzie 57* (111b 9x4)

34.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, comes in from outside off, nipping back in off the seam with some good rise, the ball carrying on to the keeper

34.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, good-length ball, comes back in with a hint of rise

34.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, oh, dropped! That's not what Collingwood wanted to do there, of course, squaring up McKenzie who sends an outside edge down to the fielder at second slip who should have taken that low chance

34.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, on middle and off, the batsman comes forward to get right over it in defence

34.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot, trapping it to the covers, a hint of Bell in that shot

34.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 3 runs, squeezed off the legs to the on side and holds up inside the boundary, Panesar in hot pursuit

South Africa 114/2   ND McKenzie 60* (116b 9x4)

35.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, fired hard down the channel, some rise, the batsman lets it go on

35.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, down the channel, good length from Anderson

35.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, tucked down on the front foot to short midwicket

35.6

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, banged it in short and that is a shot and a half from McKenzie, earning four runs as he swivels it through square with great timing and perfect control

South Africa 122/3   ND McKenzie 64* (120b 10x4)

37.1

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, on middle, pulls it away behind square, doesn't really time it and indeed it comes off the pads

South Africa 127/3   ND McKenzie 64* (121b 10x4)

38.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, a good leave from McKenzie, the ball nipping back in off the seam but just wide of the sticks

38.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length, some good rhythm here, and lets it through. Ambrose takes it with palms up as it thuds into the gloves

38.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, outside off, good length once more, a leave is chosen again

38.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, straighter this time, on middle, and whipped off the legs through square

38.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, Flintoff overpitches but only just a smidgen, and it's pushed back down the ground, a punch through mid off and that's two in two for McKenzie

38.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, OUT, got him now, though! Flintoff fired that one right up there, full and straight, coming back in from the seam, hardly getting up and there was little doubt about that one

ND McKenzie lbw b Flintoff 72 (175m 127b 12x4 0x6) SR: 56.69

South Africa 135/4   ND McKenzie 72 (127b 12x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Aug 2, 2008

Mark Boucher was not out on 45 leading South Africa to their first series victory in England since 1965, England v South Africa, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, August 2, 2008

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Aug 2, 2008

Graeme Smith is mobbed by his team-mates after leading South Africa to their first series victory in England since 1965, England v South Africa, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, August 2, 2008

Graeme Smith is mobbed by his team-mates after leading South Africa to their first series victory in England since 1965

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