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

1.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, forces it across him on a nagging angle, left alone

1.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, width outside off, fired across him flat, left alone

1.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, once again left alone as it slants across him

1.4

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, on the legs, tucked off to square and Smith is off the mark as Sidebottom does the retrieving

1.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, defends it hard back down the line

1.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, outside off

South Africa 2/0   JM Anderson 1-0-2-0

3.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, some swing away outside off

3.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, more swing

3.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, swing is yet again the order of the over, as is leaving

3.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 no ball, fired across him from over the wicket once more, the batsman shoulders arms

3.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, shoulders arms and goes through

3.5

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, driven straight forward and Sidebottom tidies up and slides round

3.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, pushed out forward

South Africa 10/0   JM Anderson 2-0-6-0

5.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, outside off, some swing away as the ball hits a good length and is left alone

5.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, outside off, a good length once more, left alone as it swings away

5.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, some width outside off, wristed out to point

5.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, driven out to the covers on the front foot

5.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, outside off, played right inside the line on the back foot

5.6

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, played off the legs down to long leg

South Africa 16/0   JM Anderson 3-0-10-0

14.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide of the off stump to begin with, swinging wider still

14.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, again wide enough to be left alone by the right-handed McKenzie, though there's swing for Anderson

14.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, yes, again he's yet to find his line here and it's comfortably ignored

14.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, left alone once more

14.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide of the crease but still it's nowhere near the off stump

14.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, the widest of the lot ends a fairly disappointing over, and Anderson signals to the dressing room while pointing at his ankle. Socks: that's the problem with his line and length. He needs new socks

South Africa 51/1   JM Anderson 4-1-10-0

16.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, indeed he can, forcing McKenzie to defend this out to the off side

16.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, well wide of the off stump and swinging yet wider still

16.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, down the leg side this time, going for the magic ball

16.4

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 no ball, a no-ball wide of the off stump

16.4

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, short and wide, McKenzie unleashes a short-arm pull - a jabby, studdy sort of shot - timing it remarkably well given the apparent lack of power or fluidity. Super shot

16.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide. Left alone

16.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, left alone comfortably

South Africa 58/1   JM Anderson 5-1-15-0

18.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, better line and it's defensively worked out to the off side off the back foot

18.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, 85.3mph and a better line, but still just wide enough to be left alone

18.3

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, another hapless wide and it flies through Collingwood at backward point! He absolutely laced that but Collingwood never saw it

18.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie draws his bat inside the line

18.5

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, too straight this time, and he nudges it to leg

18.6

Anderson to Harris, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and it bobbles off his foot

South Africa 66/1   JM Anderson 6-1-20-0

20.1

Anderson to Harris, no run, Harris leaves this alone

20.2

Anderson to Harris, 4 leg byes, an inswinger which flies down the leg side, nicking Harris's pad and Ambrose hasn't a chance of taking that, parrying it to fine-leg for four leg-byes

20.3

Anderson to Harris, no run, but this time Harris is drawn into a stroke, driving loosely at one he really could have left alone

20.4

Anderson to Harris, 4 leg byes, down the leg side once more and it's four again

20.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, Harris defends to mid-on nicely

20.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, wisely left alone outside off

South Africa 75/1   JM Anderson 7-2-20-0

22.1

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, oh that's a fantastic shot by McKenzie. A touch of bounce by Anderson and McKenzie just sat on the back foot, guiding it past point for four

22.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide, left alone

22.3

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, ooh that's a bit tentative from the batsman there, clamping forward on the front foot and inside-edging it just past his stumps

22.4

Anderson to Harris, no run, a better line from Anderson this time and it flies past Harris, though he plays it very competently, drawing his bat inside the line

22.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, wide enough to be left alone

22.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, ignored once more

South Africa 85/1   JM Anderson 8-2-25-0

24.1

Anderson to Harris, 1 run, squeezed out on the front foot

24.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, swinging into the off stump - a fine delivery, but McKenzie digs it out solidly

24.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, more outswing for Anderson, but again it's wide and McKenzie's quite content to leave it well alone

24.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, slightly better from Anderson - but not really. McKenzie can still leave it alone

24.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, that's more like it from Anderson, at last finding one to attack McKenzie's off stump, and he comes forward to defend

24.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, again, well bowled. McKenzie blocks it off the back foot

South Africa 86/1   JM Anderson 9-2-26-0

31.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, plants on middle and off, the batsman looks to wrist it off to short midwicket, but there's not quite enough room on it for him to get full purchase

31.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, tilts the radar towards the channel now, a good-length delivery, and plenty of swing away. It's left

31.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, defends solidly on the front foot now, this one coming in on fuller in line with off

31.4

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, clipped to square and the batsmen shuffle through the single

31.5

Anderson to Amla, no run, well-directed bouncer, zooming in towards the head, a sway away

31.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, boomed down the leg, the batsman just lifts his bat out of the way. A candidate for a one-day wide, that one

South Africa 105/2   JM Anderson 10-2-27-0

33.1

Anderson to Amla, no run, right up there in line with off, Amla strides forward to defend hard on the front foot

33.2

Anderson to Amla, no run, angled in on off, defended back down off the back foot

33.3

Anderson to Amla, no run, makes him play for the third ball in a row, crunch-defended into the covers

33.4

Anderson to Amla, no run, on off, a short one now which has Amla dancing on the back foot before offering a forthright fend down

33.5

Anderson to Amla, no run, tracks him now with a ball angling in from outside off and then coming in towards him, Amla sways back

33.6

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, on off, forced out through the covers, Pietersen tiptoes round and returns with a one-armed, well, wang seems appropriate. Or side-sling

South Africa 111/2   JM Anderson 11-2-29-0

35.1

Anderson to Amla, OUT, a big shout on middle and he's given it, the actual decision for the inside edge on to the pad as Amla, looking to turn it on to the on side, pops it forward and well caught by Anderson, superb stuff, running round, diving forward and stretching out his left under it

HM Amla c & b Anderson 9 (33m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

35.2

Anderson to Kallis, 1 run, stands on the back foot and works it into the covers, off the mark straight away

35.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, fired hard down the channel, some rise, the batsman lets it go on

35.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, down the channel, good length from Anderson

35.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, tucked down on the front foot to short midwicket

35.6

Anderson to McKenzie, FOUR, banged it in short and that is a shot and a half from McKenzie, earning four runs as he swivels it through square with great timing and perfect control

South Africa 122/3   JM Anderson 12-2-34-1

37.1

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, on middle, pulls it away behind square, doesn't really time it and indeed it comes off the pads

37.2

Anderson to Kallis, no run, follows him outside off, the batsman shouldering arms

37.3

Anderson to Kallis, no run, on middle and off, played back down

37.4

Anderson to Kallis, no run, on off, played back down the track straight

37.5

Anderson to Kallis, no run, shortish ball down the channel, some movement away, the batsman lets it go on

37.6

Anderson to Kallis, no run, outside off, some movement away again, and once more he lets it go through

South Africa 127/3   JM Anderson 13-3-34-1

44.1

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

44.2

Anderson to Kallis, 2 runs, outside off, squares up, edged down off the shoulder of the bat down towards the slips

44.3

Anderson to Kallis, no run, hits a good length and curls away

44.4

Anderson to Kallis, no run, outside off, leaves him a touch late but he does well to fend it down into the covers off the back foot

44.5

Anderson to Kallis, no run, outside off, played back down the track towards mid off

44.6

Anderson to Kallis, FOUR, oh, Kallis had to be quick to dig that one out, a full one in front of off, and the edge squirts down through third man

South Africa 153/4   JM Anderson 14-3-40-1

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   JM Anderson 15-3-44-1

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   JM Anderson 16-3-48-1

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   JM Anderson 17-3-52-1

52.1

Anderson to Kallis, no run, oh, didn't get hold of that one at all, a would-be hook which fell way short of Sidebottom at mid on. Poor shot

52.2

Anderson to Kallis, no run, driven on the up to mid on

52.3

Anderson to Kallis, no run, worked out on the front foot to short midwicket

52.4

Anderson to Kallis, no run, defended forward

52.5

Anderson to Kallis, no run, oh, nearly there for Anderson, hits the seam and moves away just outside off, Kallis jabbed right around it on the front foot

52.6

Anderson to Kallis, no run, done him again, beating the outside edge all ends up

South Africa 183/4   JM Anderson 18-4-52-1

54.1

Anderson to Kallis, no run, chased it round down leg

54.2

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

54.3

Anderson to Kallis, 1 run, clipped away off the legs in front of square

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   JM Anderson 19-4-54-1

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

69.3

Anderson to de Villiers, 4 leg byes, well wide of the off stump

69.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, again too wide, again left alone

69.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, again left alone

69.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, nudged to leg

South Africa 231/5   JM Anderson 20-4-55-1

71.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, edged him and he's caught! Or is he? No, they're not even appealing, but replays show he did get an edge on that. That's very bizarre

71.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, punched back to the bowler

71.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, too wide and left alone

71.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, better. Much straighter and forcing the defensive

71.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, that's a terrific ball, squaring de Villiers up with a nasty little leg-cutter, but the batsman's right behind it and defends solidly

71.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, short and wide

South Africa 233/5   JM Anderson 21-5-55-1

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

73.3

Anderson to Boucher, 3 runs, squeezed out on the front through extra cover and good running brings them three

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   JM Anderson 22-5-63-1

75.1

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

75.2

Anderson to Boucher, no run, full and straight and defended

75.3

Anderson to Boucher, no run, great line and length, but equally well defended on the front foot

75.4

Anderson to Boucher, no run, just outside the off stump, Boucher shuffles across to defend

75.5

Anderson to Boucher, no run, wide of the off stump, swinging wider still

75.6

Anderson to Boucher, no run, the most solid of forward defensives by Boucher

South Africa 256/6   JM Anderson 23-5-64-1

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   JM Anderson 24-6-64-1

86.1

Anderson to Boucher, no run, wide of the off stump, and only a touch of outswing. Ignored

86.2

Anderson to Boucher, 1 run, swinging into Boucher who again times this very sweetly, but finds mid-on. Still, he steals a single - and why not?

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   JM Anderson 25-6-69-2

88.1

Anderson to Boucher, no run, wide of the off stump

88.2

Anderson to Boucher, no run, swinging into the right-hander - immense, Waqar-like swing but well defended

88.3

Anderson to Boucher, no run, a fishy play-and-miss outside off

88.4

Anderson to Boucher, 1 run, clipped off his legs and well fielded by Panesar, running around from deep midwicket to save four...

88.5

Anderson to Ntini, no run, an inswinging bouncer that Ntini sways out of the way

88.6

Anderson to Ntini, no run, punched out off the back foot

South Africa 299/9   JM Anderson 26-6-70-2

90.1

Anderson to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher lines up a huge shot but inside-edges it down to fine-leg. Panesar is too slow to prevent two

90.2

Anderson to Boucher, OUT, what a catch by Vaughan! Boucher went inside out and Vaughan, sprinting in from extra cover, dived to take a quite brilliant (and surprising) catch. Pleasingly, both his knees appear to be still intact too

MV Boucher c Vaughan b Anderson 40 (90m 49b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.63

South Africa 314/10   JM Anderson 26.2-6-72-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
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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