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

51.2

Kallis to Flintoff, no run, defended into the covers, the crowd cheer, just delighted to see Flintoff back

51.3

Kallis to Flintoff, 1 run, clipped off the legs down to fine leg

51.6

Kallis to Flintoff, 4 leg byes, down the legs, and knocked down off the pads through fine, fine leg

England 164/5   A Flintoff 1* (3b)

53.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

53.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, let this one go through on a good length

53.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, hustled through outside off, Flintoff shoulders arms and lets it go through, then holds the pose for some considerable time

53.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some movement away off a good length, and some decent rise too, Nel follows through and follows up with a mock photo shot, then a menacing, yet cheeky, smile

53.5

Nel to Flintoff, 1 wide, big wide outside off and it gets carried further

53.5

Nel to Flintoff, no run, width outside off and carried even further away

53.6

Nel to Flintoff, 3 runs, clipped off the legs to deep midwicket

England 172/5   A Flintoff 4* (9b)

54.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, comes from wide of the crease, a tactic he favoured in the second Test, and fires it down past the outside edge, angling in tight in the end

54.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on the front foot, defended out to the covers

54.3

Ntini to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, pushed off the legs down to fine leg, and that's ajudged to have come off the pads

England 173/5   A Flintoff 4* (12b)

55.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some swing away, Flintoff lets it go through with some patience

55.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some width and swing away, the batsman shoulders arms and lets it go through

55.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, pushes it hard down the channel on a good length, the batsman lets it go on

55.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, outside off, good length, again not much on offer so a leave is the best form of approach

55.5

Nel to Flintoff, no run, defended solidly on the front foot into the covers

55.6

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some zipping swing away from Flintoff who once again lets it go on through

England 173/6   A Flintoff 4* (18b)

56.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff defends this straight delivery on the back foot

56.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, angling into Flintoff who shoulders arms

56.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff's solid in defence

56.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, ooh, a good leave from Flintoff to a slightly fuller ball

56.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, again left alone but closer to his off stump this time

England 174/6   A Flintoff 4* (23b)

57.5

Harris to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on middle. Flintoff blocks

57.6

Harris to Flintoff, no run, nudged to short-leg

England 175/6   A Flintoff 4* (25b)

58.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

58.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, that's a very good line, just holding up on Flintoff but, to his credit, he is right behind it and defending it surely

58.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, wide of the crease, Flintoff leaves alone

58.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, and it's ignored once more

England 176/6   A Flintoff 4* (29b)

60.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, neat stroke, powered to mid-on but straight to the fielder. A fuller length from Ntini, but the line wasn't quite right

60.2

Ntini to Flintoff, 3 runs, pulled with reasonable power through midwicket but Nel gives chase and he has legs longer than a motorway, hauling it down in about 10 giant steps to prevent four

England 179/6   A Flintoff 7* (31b)

61.1

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff takes a large step down the pitch to drive this fizzing delivery

England 180/6   A Flintoff 8* (32b)

63.1

Harris to Flintoff, no run, a quicker one which hurries Flintoff into a defensive

63.2

Harris to Flintoff, no run, pumped back to the bowler who skips to his right and nearly takes Ambrose out

63.3

Harris to Flintoff, FOUR, bosh! Take that. Tossed up wider and Flintoff cover-drives this with authority

63.4

Harris to Flintoff, no run, solidly defended

63.5

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

63.6

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, turned around the corner

England 192/6   A Flintoff 13* (38b 1x4)

64.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

64.2

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

64.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, very firmly blocked on the back foot

64.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, angling into Flintoff who defends

64.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, and Flintoff is forward and defending

64.6

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

England 192/6   A Flintoff 13* (44b 1x4)

66.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff stands tall and glides it out to the off side

66.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, ignored and left alone. Too wide from the bowler

66.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

66.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, excellent delivery which holds its line and beats Flintoff's drive

66.5

Nel to Flintoff, no run, squeezed out to the off side

66.6

Nel to Flintoff, no run, too wide, Flintoff is happy to leave that alone

England 196/6   A Flintoff 13* (50b 1x4)

67.3

Harris to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff lunges forward and smothers this good-length delivery on the off stump

67.4

Harris to Flintoff, no run, down the leg side

67.5

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, on-driven through mid-on who dives over the top of it. McKenzie, I think it was

England 198/6   A Flintoff 14* (53b 1x4)

68.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, punchily driven back to the bowler with a nice, straight bat

68.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, wide of the off stump

68.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

68.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, ignored once more by Flintoff

68.5

Nel to Flintoff, FOUR, stroked through the off side without great power, but he managed to thread it just past McKenzie who gave up the chase (he seems to be limping with a groin problem, apparently)

68.6

Nel to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

England 202/6   A Flintoff 18* (59b 2x4)

69.5

Harris to Flintoff, no run, blocked on the front foot

69.6

Harris to Flintoff, no run, and again it's blocked

England 205/6   A Flintoff 18* (61b 2x4)

71.1

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, pushed out to point

England 206/6   A Flintoff 19* (62b 2x4)

72.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, defended back down off the back foot

72.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, defended once more down the line

72.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on off, driven on the up to mid on

72.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on off, and Flintoff gets right behind that one in crouching, almost deferential, defence

72.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, comes from wide of the crease, and fires up in line with off, the batsman defends forward out to the covers

72.6

Ntini to Flintoff, 2 runs, on the legs, pushed out to midwicket for a gentle double

England 208/6   A Flintoff 21* (68b 2x4)

74.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, nipped in off the seam and defended a touch awkwardly back down in line with off

74.2

Ntini to Flintoff, 1 run, outside off, driven into the covers on the front foot

England 213/7   A Flintoff 22* (70b 2x4)

75.1

Kallis to Flintoff, 2 runs, comes down the track and launches a full-blooded drive to the covers as the sun breaks on to the pitch and desperate cheers ring out

75.2

Kallis to Flintoff, no run, outside off, hastened well down the channel

75.3

Kallis to Flintoff, no run, defended on the front foot to the covers

75.4

Kallis to Flintoff, 1 run, defends out to mid off

England 218/8   A Flintoff 25* (74b 2x4)

76.1

Ntini to Flintoff, SIX, short ball on off and Flintoff that lifts that one away over midwicket bringing some much-needed cheer

76.2

Ntini to Flintoff, FOUR, on the front foot now, drills it hard back past the bowler who has to take evasive action as the ball was travelling towards his head

76.3

Ntini to Flintoff, 1 run, on the legs now, tucked down to fine leg

76.5

Ntini to Flintoff, OUT, pushed forward and this was always a tight run, Flintoff calling Anderson through and a direct throw runs him out

JM Anderson run out 1 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

England 230/9   A Flintoff 36* (78b 3x4 1x6)
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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