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

Morkel to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves this alone outside the off stump. Encouraging bounce and carry through to Boucher

0.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, well wide of the off stump and left alone

0.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, some swing again, the ball hitting a good length outside off and winging right back in, the batsman deciding to leave it as it came back some way

0.3

Morkel to Strauss, 1 bye, down the leg side and Boucher dives to his right but can only parry it. England are off the mark with a bye

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 0* (3b)

1.1

Ntini to Strauss, 1 leg bye, a loose, stiff stray down the leg side which Strauss knocks off his hip for a single

1.4

Ntini to Strauss, 2 runs, patiently played by Strauss, nudging this to leg for two through midwicket

1.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, better ball from Ntini this time, Strauss defends to cover

1.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, ooh blimey, what's he up to here? A little bit short and Strauss tries to pull it, the ball cannoning into his left boot and very nearly into his stumps. This is a pretty slow pitch, judging by the first 12 balls

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 2* (7b)

3.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, a very good line on the off stump, and Strauss - well back in his crease - defends solidly

3.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that's a bit of a waste, though. Too wide to trouble Strauss and Boucher takes it in front of first slip

3.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, much better. Wider of the crease and he angles it across the left-hander

3.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, ignored once more

3.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, again Ntini isn't making the left-hander play; again it's angled across him and he leaves it alone

3.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, and it's ignored once more to end the over

England 11/0   AJ Strauss 2* (13b)

4.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves this alone outside off

England 12/0   AJ Strauss 2* (14b)

5.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, pulled again to Nel at midwicket

5.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, better line on the off stump, Strauss defends on the back foot

5.4

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, yes, neat stroke by Strauss. A crisp pull to a thoughtlessly short delivery. No pace on a really slow pitch, it just sat up and begged to be smacked through midwicket by Strauss

5.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, fuller but wider

5.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, and again he leaves alone

England 19/0   AJ Strauss 6* (19b 1x4)

6.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, that climbs on Strauss, but is too wide for him to be bothered playing at it. Boucher takes it above head height

6.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, turned off his hip

6.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

6.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, oh that's a beauty from Morkel. What a prospect this guy is. It squares Strauss up who tries to turn it to leg but is beaten on the outside edge

6.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, oh what a ball that is! This cuts back on Strauss who shoulders arms but, fortunately, it bounced

England 20/0   AJ Strauss 6* (24b 1x4)

8.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot

8.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

8.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, a waste down the leg side

8.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, angling into his legs - he's around the wicket, remember - Strauss nudges it to mid-on

8.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, short of a length and blocked off the back foot

8.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, oh and he plays and misses to a very good length delivery, Strauss lured into a drive

England 20/0   AJ Strauss 6* (30b 1x4)

10.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves that alone

10.2

Morkel to Strauss, (no ball) FOUR, Strauss gets four but it's another fine delivery from Morkel, squaring up the batsman but he plays with soft hands and it's angled down to third man

10.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

10.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, fuller length but it climbs alarmingly after it passes Strauss, Boucher taking it above head height

10.4

Morkel to Strauss, 2 runs, oh well bowled, Morkel - a fuller ball but it's down the leg side. Good thinking though

10.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, turned to leg

10.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

England 31/0   AJ Strauss 12* (37b 2x4)

12.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, too wide and left alone

12.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, left alone once more

12.3

Nel to Strauss, no run, too wide once more, and left alone

12.4

Nel to Strauss, no run, this hurries into the left hander - a better line and it's defended

12.5

Nel to Strauss, no run, that's poor, too wide

12.6

Nel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 31/0   AJ Strauss 12* (43b 2x4)

14.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

14.2

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, fuller this time but Strauss confidently drops it out to cover and sprints a single

England 41/0   AJ Strauss 13* (45b 2x4)

15.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump - oh, and this barely carries through to Boucher. That's a real loosener

15.2

Kallis to Strauss, no run, better line this time, forcing the defensive, and he goes back to punch this out to cover

15.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, again it's a little too wide and he lets this pass

15.4

Kallis to Strauss, no run, ignored once more. A touch of swing outside off, but the line is all wrong

15.5

Kallis to Strauss, no run, blocked off the back foot

15.6

Kallis to Strauss, no run, and it's defended once more

England 41/0   AJ Strauss 13* (51b 2x4)

16.6

Nel to Strauss, no run, ooh that's beaten Strauss, fishing outside off - it cut back into him a touch

England 46/0   AJ Strauss 13* (52b 2x4)

18.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward into a drive, patting this to mid-off

18.2

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, goes on the pull, Strauss, but can only paddle it

England 51/0   AJ Strauss 14* (54b 2x4)

19.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, pushed off the back foot

19.2

Kallis to Strauss, no run, it's angled across the left-hander and he leaves alone

19.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, pushed off the back foot

19.4

Kallis to Strauss, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and nudged around the corner

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 14* (58b 2x4)

20.1

Nel to Strauss, FOUR, well bowled - a quick bouncer which surprises and hurries Strauss who top-edges it around the corner

20.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, 84.1mph for Nel here, but it's outside the off stump and left alone

20.3

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, a touch too short, Strauss pulls this through square leg where Amla fields

England 57/0   AJ Strauss 19* (61b 3x4)

21.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, ah that's neatly bowled, drawing him into fishy drive to one which swings away from the left-hander. Lovely stuff, as Alan Partridge might say

21.2

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, angled out to the off side

England 64/0   AJ Strauss 20* (63b 3x4)

22.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, defended to leg

22.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, too wide and left alone

22.3

Nel to Strauss, no run, excellent delivery which takes a thick outside edge, falling short of gully

22.4

Nel to Strauss, OUT, nudged through midwicket for another easy single. Hang on - they're appealing for something, and he's gone! Strauss has stepped on his stumps! Well, well, what a breakthrough for South Africa

AJ Strauss hit wicket b Nel 20 (93m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 29.85

England 68/1   AJ Strauss 20 (67b 3x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 7-11, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
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South Africa won by 5 wickets
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South Africa won by 10 wickets
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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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