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

78.3

Flintoff to Morkel, 1 run, off the mark with a confident clip off his toes down to long leg

South Africa 266/7   M Morkel 1* (1b)

79.1

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, wide and swinging away further outside off stump, Morkel not interested

79.2

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, too wide again, but a hint of swing for Sidebottom, he needs to start it closer to off stump

79.3

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, tighter line this time, Morkel plays inside the ball

79.4

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, left alone again, Sidebottom not quite getting it right in this over

79.5

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, fuller on off stump, Morkel drives up to mid-off but without much timing

79.6

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, that's a cracker to end the over, pitched up and swinging away on off stump, Morkel is beaten, too good for him

South Africa 268/7   M Morkel 1* (7b)

80.2

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, pushed across the left hander and carries nicely through to Ambrose at decent pace...85mph

80.3

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, first attempted yorker of the day, Morkel digs it out down to mid-on with a resoundingly meaty clunk

80.4

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, banged in back of a length, Morkel stays on the back foot and defends very correctly into the off side

80.5

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, nice looking shot, full on off stump and driven into the covers without finding the gap

80.6

Flintoff to Morkel, FOUR, low full toss outside off, another attempted yorker, Morkel gets enough bat on it to beat backward point and the ball races away

South Africa 273/7   M Morkel 5* (12b 1x4)

81.4

Sidebottom to Morkel, 2 leg byes, down the leg side, takes the pad but this time Ambrose gets a glove on it and prevents the boundary

81.5

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, down the leg side again, Sidebottom not at his best

81.6

Sidebottom to Morkel, 1 run, tucked from off stump, keeps the strike with a single out to deep square leg

South Africa 277/7   M Morkel 6* (15b 1x4)

82.1

Flintoff to Morkel, FOUR, cut away in the air, just wide of point and very safe. More useful runs for Morkel as Flintoff drops a touch short

82.2

Flintoff to Morkel, FOUR, round the wicket now, that's a quality shot from Morkel, standing tall and driven firmly past mid-off for consecutive boundaries

82.3

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, pulls his length back, jags into Morkel's thigh pad and drops into the leg side

82.4

Flintoff to Morkel, 2 leg byes, drifts down the leg side, takes the thigh pad towards fine leg...Panesar is very square so it's a comfortable two for the total

82.5

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, outside off, back of a length and left alone

82.6

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, fuller outside off, another leave from Morkel who played that over very well to extend South Africa's lead beyond 50

South Africa 287/7   M Morkel 14* (21b 3x4)

84.1

Anderson to Morkel, no run, half a shout as he flicks Morkel on the top of his front pad, but it's about as hopeful an appeal as you can imagine

84.2

Anderson to Morkel, no run, fuller and angling across Morkel who plays a horrid slap across the line and is very fortunate not to edge it. That was a right sloppy slap

84.3

Anderson to Morkel, no run, a very fine delivery swinging back into Morkel, but he jabs this out

84.4

Anderson to Morkel, no run, more inswing into the left-hander, but an impressively resolute forward-defensive from the giant

84.5

Anderson to Morkel, no run, well bowled but very well played. No sloppy slap from Morkel this time, as Anderson shapes one across him and it holds its line

84.6

Anderson to Morkel, no run, good line on middle-and-off, defended solidly by the left-hander

South Africa 287/7   M Morkel 14* (27b 3x4)

85.5

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, firmly punched off the back foot just behind square, and Collingwood pulls off an impressive save to his left at gully. That's more the Collingwood we know

85.6

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, firmly defended

South Africa 288/7   M Morkel 14* (29b 3x4)

86.3

Anderson to Morkel, no run, Anderson pushes this across the left hander who very nearly drives, but wisely chooses not to

86.4

Anderson to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel's patience runs out here, driving loosely on the up but it flies up and over gully's head for four. Not in control, but he gave it a fair amount of humpty

86.5

Anderson to Morkel, no run, excellent bouncer which beats Morkel for pace. He went to hook but was about 2 seconds late on it

86.6

Anderson to Morkel, OUT, got him! The bouncer from Anderson is followed by the dummy delivery, full and straight and Morkel's trapped in front

M Morkel lbw b Anderson 18 (46m 33b 4x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

South Africa 293/8   M Morkel 18 (33b 4x4)
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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