South Africa tour of England, 3rd Test: England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
30,31 July, 1,2 August 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
0.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, Cook leaves his first ball outside the off stump, as Morkel finds yet more encouraging carry through to Boucher

0.5

Morkel to Cook, no run, that's a cracker from Morkel and a poor, wafty shot from Cook, following this good-length delivery outside the off stump

0.6

Morkel to Cook, no run, much fuller this time and Cook prods at it, failing to make contact, and Morkel yelps a hopeful appeal

England 1/0   AN Cook 0* (3b)
1.2

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

1.3

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, Cook leans back into a crunching cover drive, but can't really time it as well as he might. A single brings Strauss back on strike

England 3/0   AN Cook 1* (5b)
2.1

Morkel to Cook, 2 runs, edged and just wide of Harris at gully! Excellent, probing ball which squares Cook up but Harris, diving to his left at gully, can't quite grab it

2.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, good line again outside off

2.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, too wide. Left alone

2.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, again left alone outside off

2.5

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, four for Cook as he angles this past point down to third man. Easy runs

2.6

Morkel to Cook, no run, ooh and this one climbs on Cook who draws his bat inside the line

England 11/0   AN Cook 7* (11b 1x4)
4.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, Morkel finds one to lift on Cook who plays it competently off the back foot, dropping it dead to his feet

4.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, awful stroke, lured into driving at a fuller delivery outside off stump. No feet movement whatsoever

4.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, drags his bat inside the line this time

4.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, beaten again! This is lovely stuff from Morkel, mixing up his lengths, and Cook prods and fishes and only just misses

4.5

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, driven uppishly just short of extra cover. A loose drive, really. No feet movement

England 12/0   AN Cook 8* (16b 1x4)
5.1

Ntini to Cook, 3 runs, a waste from Ntini, much too short and Cook climbs into a pull. As is so often the case, he doesn't time it - it sometimes looks like he's batting with a plastic bat - and Andre Nel makes an excellent chase to cut off four

England 15/0   AN Cook 11* (17b 1x4)
6.1

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, nudged to leg - oh and well run, too

England 20/0   AN Cook 12* (18b 1x4)
7.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, on middle-and-leg, defended

7.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, short of a length but, with the lack of pace by Ntini - not to mention on a pitch lacking zip - Cook defends this comfortably off the back foot

7.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, Cook isn't lured into playing at this one which angles across him

7.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

7.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot once more

7.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, ignored once more

England 20/0   AN Cook 12* (24b 1x4)
9.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, firmly forward and defended

9.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, Cook is happy to shoulder arms here

9.3

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, neatly punched off the back foot by Cook, gliding it without power through the off side

9.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, ooh and he immediately lures Cook into a poky, awkward drive to one which held its line

9.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, left alone

9.6

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, short, Cook steps to leg and tries to clatter this through the off side, but he again can't time it. It's turgid stuff out there, really difficult to get any value for your shots

England 24/0   AN Cook 16* (30b 1x4)
11.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, punched off the back foot. Defended, rather

11.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, short, wide and he cuts firmly to point. Neat stroke

11.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, good line this time, and Cook is forced into a defensive

11.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, that's a better delivery which hurries him into a defensive nudge to leg

11.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, timed to mid-on

11.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, a yelp from Ntini as he hurries the batsman into a defensive

England 31/0   AN Cook 16* (36b 1x4)
13.1

Ntini to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, well, that's a gift for Cook. It's short, slow, wide and clobbered for four with a very firm cut

13.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, ooh just short of gully! Much better length by Ntini and no footwork by Cook, edging this just short of Paul Harris

13.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, punched back to the bowler

13.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, ignored outside off

13.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, short of a length and Cook, well back in his crease, squeezes this out

13.5

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, another shorter ball, another four - he really has pulled that with emphatic power

13.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, and it's ignored to end the over

England 40/0   AN Cook 24* (43b 3x4)
14.3

Nel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

14.4

Nel to Cook, no run, well, again, he doesn't need to play and it's left alone

14.5

Nel to Cook, no run, another waste, too wide

14.6

Nel to Cook, no run, oh dear, poor old Nel's struggling here. Well wide and left alone

England 41/0   AN Cook 24* (47b 3x4)
16.1

Nel to Cook, FOUR, oh dear, another short ball and another crunching pull by Cook. He has laced that through midwicket, despite the dive from the always-hirsute Amla at short midwicket

16.2

Nel to Cook, no run, wide and left alone

16.3

Nel to Cook, no run, what in the name of WG Grace was that? Cook went for a pull but bottom-edged it to point, of all places

16.4

Nel to Cook, no run, firmly defended, and Nel gives Cook a few choice words

16.5

Nel to Cook, 1 run, neatly played by Cook, pulling him to deep midwicket

England 46/0   AN Cook 29* (52b 4x4)
17.1

Kallis to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

17.2

Kallis to Cook, no run, left alone

17.3

Kallis to Cook, FOUR, swing for Kallis - but swinging into the left-hander who times this sweetly through midwicket

17.4

Kallis to Cook, no run, nudged back to the bowler

17.5

Kallis to Cook, no run, nudged off the back foot

17.6

Kallis to Cook, no run, angled out to point

England 50/0   AN Cook 33* (58b 5x4)
18.3

Nel to Cook, no run, ah, very good line by Nel - his best ball so far, on the off stump and cutting away just a touch from Cook who defends

18.4

Nel to Cook, no run, shoulders arms to one that is well wide of his off stump

18.5

Nel to Cook, no run, firmly forward, defending

18.6

Nel to Cook, no run, well wide, too wide

England 51/0   AN Cook 33* (62b 5x4)
19.5

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

19.6

Kallis to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

England 52/0   AN Cook 33* (64b 5x4)
20.4

Nel to Cook, 2 runs, clunked off the back food through the off side

20.5

Nel to Cook, FOUR, oh, shot - he has nailed that. Far too short and Cook pulls this, in front of square, for a very powerfully-struck four. It is not good bowling, though

20.6

Nel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

England 63/0   AN Cook 39* (67b 6x4)
21.3

Kallis to Cook, no run, Cook's forward, poking

21.4

Kallis to Cook, no run, good length again, drawing Cook forward who defends

21.5

Kallis to Cook, no run, booming inswinging yorker! That's a shock delivery from Kallis and nearly snuck through

21.6

Kallis to Cook, FOUR, oh, Kallis doesn't like that. Nor does Smith. No one, in fact, other than Cook who edges this past the third slip for four. Soft hands, but still...

England 68/0   AN Cook 43* (71b 7x4)
23.1

Kallis to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

23.2

Kallis to Cook, no run, again he leaves this

23.3

Kallis to Cook, no run, goodish length but too wide of the off stump

23.4

Kallis to Cook, 1 run, flicked to leg

England 69/2   AN Cook 44* (75b 7x4)
24.2

Nel to Cook, no run, cuts away from Cook who ignores it, wisely

24.3

Nel to Cook, no run, beaten by a cracker that cuts away from Cook! Lovely bowling - he does love bowling to lefties, does Gunther

24.4

Nel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

24.5

Nel to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

24.6

Nel to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

England 73/2   AN Cook 44* (80b 7x4)
26.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, ooh and that's close, hurrying Cook into a defensive which hammers into his pad, but he got bat on it

26.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, Cook is back, across and defending

26.3

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, too short and Cook, as he has done all morning, pulls it comfortably for four

26.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, defended

26.5

Morkel to Cook, no run, Cook shuffles back and tries to turn this to fine leg but it wobbles off his pad

26.6

Morkel to Cook, no run, blocked to leg

England 78/3   AN Cook 48* (86b 8x4)
28.1

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, round the wicket, on middle and flicked through square leg...Cook wants two for his fifty but can't get them there

England 83/3   AN Cook 49* (87b 8x4)
29.1

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, squashed off the legs to square to bring up his 13th Test fifty, this one from 88 balls with eight fours and a strike rite of 56.8. 125 minutes in all.

England 89/3   AN Cook 50* (88b 8x4)
30.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, some width down off and some swing away, a good length though and, accordingly, the batsman lets it go through

30.2

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, thrown out wide outside off, and Cook leans into a superb driven through the covers, forcing all of his shoulder power into it and standing with fine balance

30.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, defends forward this time

30.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, fired through on a good length, tighter in on the batsman and asking him the question. His bat responds with a polite doff of its cap and lets it on its way

30.5

Morkel to Cook, no run, fired across the left hander from over the wicket, a good, tricky angle from Morkel, but Cook waits and leaves

30.6

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, squeezed off the legs to square

England 98/3   AN Cook 55* (94b 9x4)
31.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, comes out of his crease, looking to see if the ball on off is of driveable length, his instincts convince him it's not and so he quickly essays the front-foot defence

31.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, Ntini, round the wicket again, fires in on off and forces him to play on the front foot once more

31.3

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, clipped off the legs behind square and both batsmen set off quickly

31.4

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, on the front foot and forces down the ground through mid-on, perhaps not the best-timed shot as he closes the face, but he will accept it nonetheless

31.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, hurries the ball down the channel, a nagging length, and Cook is quick to shoulder arms

31.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, a huge - and prolonged shout - for lbw, but it was on the angle, perhaps with a touch of bat in there too, and the umpire is unmoved

England 104/3   AN Cook 61* (100b 10x4)
32.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, round the wicket now and shoots the ball down the channel on a good length, with a hint of late swing away. Cook leaves it be

32.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, fires past the outside edge again, a testing angle away from him

32.5

Morkel to Cook, no run, full delivery, the would-be yorker, which Cook crunches into the turf having leaned out to try to force it, perhaps, through point

32.6

Morkel to Cook, 2 runs, outside off and Cook drives out to mid off

England 107/3   AN Cook 63* (104b 10x4)
33.6

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, width outside off and Cook stands up straight and drives hard through the covers off the back foot

England 114/3   AN Cook 67* (105b 11x4)
35.1

Harris to Cook, no run, defended hard on the front foot

35.2

Harris to Cook, 1 run, dragged it down a touch short, keeps a bit low and as it spins into the left hander he wrists it off to square

England 118/3   AN Cook 68* (107b 11x4)
36.1

Nel to Cook, no run, starts round the wicket and nearly gets a wicket on his first ball back, offering it wide down the channel and moving away, Cook goes fishing off his back foot, caught in two minds there

36.2

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

36.3

Nel to Cook, no run, defended hard on the front foot to the covers

36.4

Nel to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers now

36.5

Nel to Cook, no run, on off, Cook looks to work it to the on side, and the ball pops forward, well short of Nel who's quick to take it on the bounce, snapping wide to take it. He follows through with a touch of a stare and the crowd love it

36.6

Nel to Cook, no run, lets it go through outside off

England 118/3   AN Cook 68* (113b 11x4)
37.4

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, width outside off, driven hard through the covers on the front foot

37.5

Harris to Cook, no run, defended hard on the front foot

37.6

Harris to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot to the covers now

England 121/3   AN Cook 70* (116b 11x4)
39.1

Harris to Cook, 1 run, pushed into the short-cover region

39.3

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed this one up full and Cook, trapped, in turn traps the ball down

39.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, over the wicket, incidentally, puts the ball on the legs and it's pushed out to square

England 132/3   AN Cook 72* (119b 11x4)
40.1

Nel to Cook, no run, outside off, some wild swing away from a shortish one and Cook decides to leave it

40.2

Nel to Cook, no run, defended back down

40.3

Nel to Cook, FOUR, some width outside off and hammered hard off the back foot in front of point

40.4

Nel to Cook, no run, lets that one go through

40.5

Nel to Cook, no run, angles in hard at the batsman who shoulders arms, letting the tight one on its way

40.6

Nel to Cook, OUT, gone now! Nel strikes with his third victim of the day, an outside edge from Cook who loses the battle with Nel in the end as he's squared up and Kallis takes a good, diving catch to his left at second slip

AN Cook c Kallis b Nel 76 (175m 125b 12x4 0x6) SR: 60.80

England 136/4   AN Cook 76 (125b 12x4)
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