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

40.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, forced across the left hander first up, Prince having come to Edgbaston with plenty of runs under his belt this series already

40.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, outside off, some good carry on through to Ambrose

40.3

Flintoff to Prince, 1 leg bye, clipped off the legs down to fine leg

40.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot

40.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot

South Africa 137/4   AG Prince 0* (5b)

41.6

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, over the wicket, bangs it in hard, not much lift and plenty of swing away from the left hander who lets it go on through

South Africa 144/4   AG Prince 0* (6b)

42.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, forced down the channel from round the wicket, left alone

42.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, shoulders arms as the ball goes through on a good length outside off

42.4

Flintoff to Prince, no run, angles in at the left hander now who leaves it be

42.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, on the front foot, crunched out to short midwicket

42.6

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

South Africa 145/4   AG Prince 0* (11b)

43.1

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, pushed off the legs behind square

43.2

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended back down on the back foot in line with off

43.3

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, over the wicket, pushed into the covers

43.4

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

43.5

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended down the track on the front foot in line with middle

43.6

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

South Africa 147/4   AG Prince 0* (17b)

45.1

Sidebottom to Prince, 1 run, squeezed off the legs to square and Prince is off the mark at last

South Africa 154/4   AG Prince 1* (18b)

46.1

Anderson to Prince, no run, stays over the wicket, forces it up and across Prince who ploughs the bal into the track

46.2

Anderson to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot

46.3

Anderson to Prince, FOUR, width outside off and hammered away through the covers, Prince's first boundary

46.4

Anderson to Prince, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms

46.5

Anderson to Prince, no run, worked off the legs to short midwicket

46.6

Anderson to Prince, no run, pushed past him on a good length again, the batsman leaves it alone

South Africa 162/4   AG Prince 5* (24b 1x4)

48.1

Anderson to Prince, no run, full one, dug down on the back foot

48.2

Anderson to Prince, no run, outside off, kneels down and squashes into the turf

48.3

Anderson to Prince, no run, forced across him, the batsman lets it go

48.4

Anderson to Prince, no run, outside off, some swing away, not forcing the batsman to play

48.5

Anderson to Prince, no run, defended back down in line with off

48.6

Anderson to Prince, FOUR, oh, an edge which goes through the gap and splits the slips and gully into two

South Africa 170/4   AG Prince 9* (30b 2x4)

50.1

Anderson to Prince, no run, defended forward

50.2

Anderson to Prince, FOUR, short outside off and Prince has plenty of time to swivel the ball round in front of midwicket, with strength and timing abounding

50.3

Anderson to Prince, no run, outside off, left alone

50.4

Anderson to Prince, no run, round the wicket again, outside off, angles back in and well left on length

50.5

Anderson to Prince, no run, defended down on the front foot

50.6

Anderson to Prince, no run, crunched off towards midwicket

South Africa 182/4   AG Prince 13* (36b 3x4)

51.2

Panesar to Prince, no run, outside off, defended down on the front foot

51.3

Panesar to Prince, no run, sneaks out positively and drives forward out to mid on

51.4

Panesar to Prince, no run, "Go-i" says Ambrose as the batsman's forced to quickly defend forward

51.5

Panesar to Prince, no run, leans right over on the front foot and pushes to the covers

51.6

Panesar to Prince, no run, defended forward on the front foot

South Africa 183/4   AG Prince 13* (41b 3x4)

53.1

Panesar to Prince, FOUR, driven out on the front foot

53.2

Panesar to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot

53.3

Panesar to Prince, no run, defended again in line with off

53.4

Panesar to Prince, no run, turned back in and defended on the front foot

53.5

Panesar to Prince, no run, more turn in, defended on the front foot and if you want the keeper's opinion, "That's lovely Mont, lovely, that's the way."

53.6

Panesar to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot this time

South Africa 187/4   AG Prince 17* (47b 4x4)

54.4

Anderson to Prince, no run, lets it go through down off

54.5

Anderson to Prince, 1 no ball, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms as a no-ball hurries down the channel

54.5

Anderson to Prince, no run, outside off, the batsman lets it go on

54.6

Anderson to Prince, no run, round the wicket, lets it go on once more

South Africa 189/4   AG Prince 17* (51b 4x4)

55.3

Panesar to Prince, no run, defended down off the back foot

55.4

Panesar to Prince, 1 run, worked out to the gully

South Africa 195/4   AG Prince 18* (53b 4x4)

57.1

Panesar to Prince, no run, outside off, some spin back in to him but he leaves it

57.2

Panesar to Prince, 1 run, forced on to the middle and this time and Prince steers it with a push to square

57.4

Panesar to Prince, no run, width outside off, came back in, the batsman pads it away

57.5

Panesar to Prince, no run, outside off, more padding

57.6

Panesar to Prince, no run, pushed out to the covers on the front foot

South Africa 198/4   AG Prince 19* (58b 4x4)

59.1

Panesar to Prince, no run, width outside off, forced down off the back foot

59.2

Panesar to Prince, 1 run, pushed off the toes to square

South Africa 199/4   AG Prince 20* (60b 4x4)

60.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, round the wicket, reverse-swung it up to the batsman in line with off, who plants a front-footed sturdy defence down

60.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, short and wide from the bowler who gets away with it as the batsman chops down into the turf

60.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, defended on the back foot

60.4

Flintoff to Prince, no run, defended once more

60.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, on middle, pushed out to short midwicket

60.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, round the wicket still, driven out to Sidebottom in the covers who dives right on top of it in stopping it

South Africa 199/4   AG Prince 20* (66b 4x4)

61.5

Panesar to Prince, no run, outside off, some width, crushed into the ground

61.6

Panesar to Prince, no run, on the front foot, driven out to mid on

South Africa 200/4   AG Prince 20* (68b 4x4)

62.5

Flintoff to Prince, FOUR, full one thrown out deliberately wide, and Prince sends that one in the air, through the gap between the slips and gully

62.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, outside off again, driven straight to Sidebottom at mid off this time

South Africa 205/4   AG Prince 24* (70b 5x4)

64.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, Prince punches this to mid-off

64.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, good line on off stump which is defended

64.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, turned to leg

64.4

Flintoff to Prince, no run, punched back to Flintoff who's so quick to field off his own bowling

64.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, fuller and again he pushes this back to Flintoff

64.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, angling across Prince this time who leaves it alone

South Africa 207/4   AG Prince 24* (76b 5x4)

65.6

Sidebottom to Prince, FOUR, another four, a really classy one, cover-driving this with great timing. Dreadful, wide ball swinging wider still

South Africa 216/4   AG Prince 28* (77b 6x4)

67.5

Panesar to Prince, 1 run, flicked to leg

South Africa 225/4   AG Prince 29* (78b 6x4)

69.1

Anderson to Prince, no run, angling down the leg side - poor start

69.2

Anderson to Prince, 1 run, and he gets a nice, juicy little leg-side ball which he picks off for a single

South Africa 227/5   AG Prince 30* (80b 6x4)

70.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, fast, but outside the off stump and left alone

70.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, takes the outside edge and Pietersen fields very well at gully, diving to his right

70.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, a touch too straight, 88.4mph, and nudged to leg

70.4

Flintoff to Prince, 1 leg bye, too short and too straight, turned off his hip

South Africa 232/5   AG Prince 30* (84b 6x4)

72.1

Flintoff to Prince, 1 run, attempted yorker but it comes out as a full toss, and he flicks this to leg

72.5

Flintoff to Prince, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and Boucher'll be on strike

South Africa 239/6   AG Prince 31* (86b 6x4)

73.1

Anderson to Prince, no run, defended solidly by Prince

73.2

Anderson to Prince, 1 run, nudged to leg, and Bell sends in a rocket throw to restrict them to one

73.4

Anderson to Prince, no run, better line but Prince is calm, as ever, and just leaves it alone

73.5

Anderson to Prince, no run, excellent ball cutting back into Prince, but he's behind it solidly

73.6

Anderson to Prince, FOUR, sweetly timed - he's played that so calmly: head absolutely dead-still and on-driving this through mid-on for four

South Africa 247/6   AG Prince 36* (91b 7x4)

75.1

Anderson to Prince, 1 run, Anderson hits him with a nasty bouncer which rattles him on the arm

South Africa 256/6   AG Prince 37* (92b 7x4)

76.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, round the wicket, banged in short outside off stump and rises past Prince as he drops his hands calmly

76.2

Flintoff to Prince, 4 leg byes, angled down the leg side, takes the pad and flies wide of Tim Ambrose for the first runs of the day...it's going to be hard to replicate the intensity of yesterday evening for Flintoff

76.3

Flintoff to Prince, 1 no ball, comes into Prince again, takes him high on the leg and bobbles into the on side

76.3

Flintoff to Prince, 1 run, tucked from off stump into the leg side, good use of Flintoff's angle there as Prince just waited for the ball

76.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, down the leg side, there's a noise as it goes through but it's just pad, which is good for England because Ambrose dropped it

76.6

Flintoff to Prince, 1 run, worked off the stumps again, into the gap at midwicket and a nice positive start by South Africa this morning...a loosening over from Flintoff

South Africa 264/6   AG Prince 39* (98b 7x4)

77.1

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, outside off, dropped into the off side without any timing...a real gentle start from Sidebottom, who still looked below par yesterday

77.2

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, tighter to off stump, Prince comes across and defends into the off side

77.3

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, full on middle and off, nudged back up the pitch where Sidebottom fields in his follow through, the hurls the ball back at Ambrose

77.4

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, good line from Sidebottom, Prince overs up on off stump and defends into the leg side

77.5

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, comes half forward outside off, plays square on the off side out to point...Prince again seems in complete control of himself

77.6

Sidebottom to Prince, OUT, gone! what a huge wicket, full and wide of off stump and draws Prince into a rare loose drive, a thin edge flies through comfortably to Ambrose who swallows it. A vital blow by Sidebottom, Prince was very capable of marshalling the lower order

AG Prince c †Ambrose b Sidebottom 39 (166m 104b 7x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

South Africa 264/7   AG Prince 39 (104b 7x4)
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
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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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

Mark Boucher was not out on 45

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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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