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

7.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, he's a threat immediately, the ball forced across him, the batsman playing right inside the line of it

7.2

Flintoff to Smith, OUT, got him! Flintoff is straight into the action, Smith pushing at it and taking an outside edge through to Strauss at first slip who just to say held it low

GC Smith c Strauss b Flintoff 7 (31m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

7.3

Flintoff to Harris, no run, some swing down the channel, fairly wide, certainly enough that Harris can draw his bat way out of danger from the off

7.4

Flintoff to Harris, no run, goes through outside off

7.5

Flintoff to Harris, no run, lets it go through on a good length

7.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, outside off, left alone

South Africa 17/1   A Flintoff 1-1-0-1

9.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, straight ball, defended down

9.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, defended back down the line

9.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, some lift as it rises from a good length just outside off

9.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, outside off, left alone

9.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, lets it go through outside off

9.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, down the legs, flicked down behind square

South Africa 30/1   A Flintoff 2-1-4-1

11.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, outside off, McKenzie plays inside the line, but there was swing for Flintoff who doesn't usually move it much

11.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, fuller outside off, more swing away but a touch too wide to make McKenzie play

11.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, angling into leg stump, takes the pad down the leg side and bobbles to Tim Ambrose...half a shout from Flintoff, but heading well past the stumps

11.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, goes back outside off, full length and McKenzie keeps the bat close to the pad

11.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 2 runs, opens the face and drives square through the off side, first runs of the day

11.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, on middle stump, tucked through square leg and McKenzie keeps the strike

South Africa 41/1   A Flintoff 3-1-7-1

13.1

Flintoff to Harris, no run, banged in short at Harris, flies down the leg side as he almost has a waft at it...good take from Ambrose

13.2

Flintoff to Harris, no run, defended on the back foot, popped in front of short leg

13.3

Flintoff to Harris, no run, comes in off a short run to try and get another ball in, on off stump and defended to the leg side...but that's it for now

13.4

Flintoff to Harris, no run, full on off stump, Harris planted on the back foot and prods it up to mid-on

13.5

Flintoff to Harris, no run, on middle, squares up Harris in defence as he plays into the covers...important for England that they shift the nightwatchman quickly

13.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, defended to midwicket, ends the over broken by the rain

South Africa 51/1   A Flintoff 4-2-7-1

15.1

Flintoff to Harris, no run, and he passes the outside edge of Harris who prods and misses

15.2

Flintoff to Harris, 2 runs, angling into his feet, prodded back by Harris - with surprising timing. Neat stroke, that, and Monty gives chase

15.3

Flintoff to Harris, no run, quick, straight bouncer that Harris ducks

15.4

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone

15.5

Flintoff to Harris, no run, beaten outside his off stump. Actually, I'm doing Harris a vast disservice here as he probably drew his bat inside the line. Well bowled, well played - good cricket

15.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, and it's ignored outside off to end the over

South Africa 53/1   A Flintoff 5-2-9-1

17.1

Flintoff to Harris, no run, extravagant movement off the pitch by Flintoff, swinging further after it pitches, and Ambrose lunges to his right to collect

17.2

Flintoff to Harris, 1 run, Harris is well back into his crease, tucking this to leg

17.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, fine delivery on his off stump, moving away a touch, and McKenzie edges it to Strauss and he's out! Or is he? Strauss isn't sure and nor is Flintoff, and replays show it bounced. Flintoff, on 199 wickets, will have to wait

17.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

17.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, he plucks it to leg for a single

17.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone to end an eventful over

South Africa 60/1   A Flintoff 6-2-10-1

19.1

Flintoff to Harris, 1 leg bye, ooh, a quick bouncer which Harris gets into difficulty over and he fends it off behind square

19.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, short and down the leg side. A bit of a waste really

19.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, pushed out to gully

19.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

19.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, quick, but left alone outside off

19.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, much too wide

South Africa 67/1   A Flintoff 7-3-10-1

26.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, good length and McKenzie isn't too comfortable here, defending it out to the off side

26.2

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone outside off

26.3

Flintoff to Harris, 1 run, a bouncer and Harris fends it - where has this gone? No! It evades Monty and short-leg

26.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, firmly defended out to the off side

26.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, oh, what a stroke that is from McKenzie. The calmest, coolest of pulls around the corner for four. Languid, and far too simple

26.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, 2 runs, fuller and swinging away a touch, it takes the outside edge and flies through Pietersen at gully. KP is apoplectic with himself

South Africa 94/1   A Flintoff 8-3-18-1

28.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, Flintoff roars in with added enthusiasm, and McKenzie clamps down on this at the last moment, the ball squeezing out to the leg side. Could easily have dribbled onto his stumps

28.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, down the leg side and Flintoff roars a forlorn appeal for a catch behind the wicket, but it's off his pad

28.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, a touch of swing away from McKenzie, much too wide. 87.3mph

28.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, onto the front foot, McKenzie drives out to the off side and they steal a single

28.5

Flintoff to Amla, 1 run, Amla defends this to leg for a single

28.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, turned off his pad

South Africa 96/2   A Flintoff 9-3-20-1

30.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, too straight, allowing him to turn his wrists on this and flick it through midwicket

30.2

Flintoff to Amla, no run, fended to leg

30.3

Flintoff to Amla, no run, firmly forward and he defends solidly

30.4

Flintoff to Amla, no run, an attempted yorker but it's flying down the leg side

30.5

Flintoff to Amla, (no ball) 2 runs, a no ball as Amla punches this out to the off side

30.5

Flintoff to Amla, no run, a bouncer, easily evaded with a duck

30.6

Flintoff to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot

South Africa 104/2   A Flintoff 10-3-24-1

32.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, fires hard down the channel, outside off, a hint of carry away. Left alone

32.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, down the channel

32.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, outside off, worked down off the back foot, a deliberate steer down

32.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, forced hard on a good length, the batsman shoulders arms

32.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, hits a good spot once more, but can just about be left

32.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, consistency from Flintoff, another one down the channel

South Africa 109/2   A Flintoff 11-3-28-1

34.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, comes in from outside off, nipping back in off the seam with some good rise, the ball carrying on to the keeper

34.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, good-length ball, comes back in with a hint of rise

34.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, oh, dropped! That's not what Collingwood wanted to do there, of course, squaring up McKenzie who sends an outside edge down to the fielder at second slip who should have taken that low chance

34.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, on middle and off, the batsman comes forward to get right over it in defence

34.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot, trapping it to the covers, a hint of Bell in that shot

34.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 3 runs, squeezed off the legs to the on side and holds up inside the boundary, Panesar in hot pursuit

34.6

Flintoff to Amla, 3 runs, on middle and leg, pushed off toward midwicket, Panesar creates a comedy moment by tripping over his legs and he can see the funny side

South Africa 117/2   A Flintoff 12-3-34-1

36.1

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, down the channel, left alone

36.2

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, a jaffa now from Flintoff, hits a good length, rises up sharply and is very close to the outside edge as the batsman, on the back foot, has to quickly draw in his bat away from danger

36.3

Flintoff to Kallis, 2 runs, more control this time, on the front foot in line with leg and driven out to the on side

36.4

Flintoff to Kallis, 2 runs, played off the legs to square with a whip, Sidebottom does well with the dive inside the rope

36.5

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, on the legs, the batsman gets over it and squeezes out to short square

36.6

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

South Africa 126/3   A Flintoff 13-3-38-1

38.1

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, a good leave from McKenzie, the ball nipping back in off the seam but just wide of the sticks

38.2

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length, some good rhythm here, and lets it through. Ambrose takes it with palms up as it thuds into the gloves

38.3

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, outside off, good length once more, a leave is chosen again

38.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, straighter this time, on middle, and whipped off the legs through square

38.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, FOUR, Flintoff overpitches but only just a smidgen, and it's pushed back down the ground, a punch through mid off and that's two in two for McKenzie

38.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, OUT, got him now, though! Flintoff fired that one right up there, full and straight, coming back in from the seam, hardly getting up and there was little doubt about that one

ND McKenzie lbw b Flintoff 72 (175m 127b 12x4 0x6) SR: 56.69

South Africa 135/4   A Flintoff 14-3-46-2

40.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, forced across the left hander first up, Prince having come to Edgbaston with plenty of runs under his belt this series already

40.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, outside off, some good carry on through to Ambrose

40.3

Flintoff to Prince, 1 leg bye, clipped off the legs down to fine leg

40.4

Flintoff to Kallis, 1 run, makes him defend on the front foot

40.5

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

40.6

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

South Africa 137/4   A Flintoff 15-3-47-2

42.1

Flintoff to Kallis, 1 run, pushed forward

42.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, forced down the channel from round the wicket, left alone

42.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, shoulders arms as the ball goes through on a good length outside off

42.4

Flintoff to Prince, no run, angles in at the left hander now who leaves it be

42.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, on the front foot, crunched out to short midwicket

42.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, outside off, left alone

South Africa 145/4   A Flintoff 16-3-48-2

56.1

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, fired through the channel, let go

56.2

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, some swing away outside off, the batsman shoulders arms

56.3

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, on the front foot, clamped out to the covers

56.4

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, zipped through, the batsman leaves this one

56.5

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, defended back down in line with off

56.6

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

South Africa 196/4   A Flintoff 17-4-48-2

58.1

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, forced it through on a good length

58.2

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, defended down on the back foot

58.3

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms and lets it go through

58.4

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, pushed forward on the front foot

58.5

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, outside off, lets it go through

58.6

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, good length through, the batsman leaves this one alone

South Africa 198/4   A Flintoff 18-5-48-2

60.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, round the wicket, reverse-swung it up to the batsman in line with off, who plants a front-footed sturdy defence down

60.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, short and wide from the bowler who gets away with it as the batsman chops down into the turf

60.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, defended on the back foot

60.4

Flintoff to Prince, no run, defended once more

60.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, on middle, pushed out to short midwicket

60.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, round the wicket still, driven out to Sidebottom in the covers who dives right on top of it in stopping it

South Africa 199/4   A Flintoff 19-6-48-2

62.1

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, over the wicket, good length, the batsman quickly decides to let it go on down

62.2

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, on middle, defended back down out to mid on

62.3

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, bouncer, straight, and forces the batsman to duck under it

62.4

Flintoff to Kallis, 1 run, on the legs, clipped out to midwicket

62.5

Flintoff to Prince, FOUR, full one thrown out deliberately wide, and Prince sends that one in the air, through the gap between the slips and gully

62.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, outside off again, driven straight to Sidebottom at mid off this time

South Africa 205/4   A Flintoff 20-6-53-2

64.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, Prince punches this to mid-off

64.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, good line on off stump which is defended

64.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, turned to leg

64.4

Flintoff to Prince, no run, punched back to Flintoff who's so quick to field off his own bowling

64.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, fuller and again he pushes this back to Flintoff

64.6

Flintoff to Prince, no run, angling across Prince this time who leaves it alone

South Africa 207/4   A Flintoff 21-7-53-2

66.1

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, what a ball, and Kallis hasn't seen that! A yorker which he tries to jab down on and it misses his off stump by an inch. Perilously close

66.2

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, a fast bouncer which flies past Kallis's nose. Edgbaston roars their approval, for the first time in the match

66.3

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, another quick bouncer which he ducks beneath

66.4

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, angled out to the off side

66.5

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, another fast yorker, hits the toe and that's plumb. Surely. No! My word - Kallis has escaped there. Flintoff is furious

66.6

Flintoff to Kallis, 1 run, flicked through midwicket

South Africa 217/4   A Flintoff 22-7-54-2

68.1

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, a fired-up bouncer to which Kallis snaps his neck out of the way. It's fast, it's straight, and Kallis avoids facial surgery by an inch

68.2

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, 85.7mph and left alone outside off

68.3

Flintoff to Kallis, no run, a swing and a miss outside off! This is terrific Test match cricket here, a wonderful sight to see Flintoff roar up to the crease against one of the very best of modern-day batsmen

68.4

Flintoff to Kallis, OUT, he's BOWLED HIM! What a ball from Flintoff and what an over, fired in at off stump and Kallis is beaten for pace and outswing, his off stump knocked back several metres

JH Kallis b Flintoff 64 (141m 114b 9x4 0x6) SR: 56.14

68.5

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, another fast yorker spearing into de Villiers' middle stump. That, too, was quick - upwards of 86mph

68.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, 88.7mph and it's left alone by de Villiers. Edgbaston stands for Flintoff who's produced two memorable overs, the type of inspirational cricket England have missed from him for 18 months

South Africa 226/5   A Flintoff 23-8-54-3

70.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, fast, but outside the off stump and left alone

70.2

Flintoff to Prince, no run, takes the outside edge and Pietersen fields very well at gully, diving to his right

70.3

Flintoff to Prince, no run, a touch too straight, 88.4mph, and nudged to leg

70.4

Flintoff to Prince, 1 leg bye, too short and too straight, turned off his hip

70.5

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off

70.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, flicked around the corner

South Africa 233/5   A Flintoff 24-8-55-3

72.1

Flintoff to Prince, 1 run, attempted yorker but it comes out as a full toss, and he flicks this to leg

72.2

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, quick, fast bouncer which rattles into de Villiers' chest - in fact, he played that really well, nudging it to leg

72.3

Flintoff to de Villiers, FOUR, ooh that was quick, too - but came off the bat with equal zip, through midwicket for four

72.4

Flintoff to de Villiers, OUT, got him, Flintoff's on fire here! An 88.4mph bouncer which lures de Villiers into a hook, but he top-edges a skier above Sidebottom at fine-leg. Steadying himself, he takes it comfortably and England are right back in this match

AB de Villiers c Sidebottom b Flintoff 5 (17m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.41

72.5

Flintoff to Prince, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and Boucher'll be on strike

72.6

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, he's not seen that at all! It was wide of the off stump and you could easily hear Boucher roar "awww" as he ducked and weaved himself out of the way

South Africa 239/6   A Flintoff 25-8-60-4

74.1

Flintoff to Boucher, 4 runs, Boucher flicks this through midwicket calmly, for four - an all-run four, but four nonetheless

74.2

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, short of a length, turned to short-leg

74.3

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, Boucher's back and across, defending on the back foot

74.4

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, Boucher's not seen that - it's a leg-side full toss and he jerks out of the way, his eyes wide with part-terror and part-astonishment

74.5

Flintoff to Boucher, FOUR, oh what a shot! Another attempted yorker but it's a half-volley on leg-stump which he picks off through long-on for four. Top shot

74.6

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, pushed out to the off side

South Africa 255/6   A Flintoff 26-8-68-4

76.1

Flintoff to Prince, no run, round the wicket, banged in short outside off stump and rises past Prince as he drops his hands calmly

76.2

Flintoff to Prince, 4 leg byes, angled down the leg side, takes the pad and flies wide of Tim Ambrose for the first runs of the day...it's going to be hard to replicate the intensity of yesterday evening for Flintoff

76.3

Flintoff to Prince, 1 no ball, comes into Prince again, takes him high on the leg and bobbles into the on side

76.3

Flintoff to Prince, 1 run, tucked from off stump into the leg side, good use of Flintoff's angle there as Prince just waited for the ball

76.4

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, back of a length, tucked wide of square leg and Boucher has his first run of the day

76.5

Flintoff to Prince, no run, down the leg side, there's a noise as it goes through but it's just pad, which is good for England because Ambrose dropped it

76.6

Flintoff to Prince, 1 run, worked off the stumps again, into the gap at midwicket and a nice positive start by South Africa this morning...a loosening over from Flintoff

South Africa 264/6   A Flintoff 27-8-72-4

78.1

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, wide outside off stump, Boucher happy to watch it go through

78.2

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, ooh, dropped, takes the outside edge and flies to the right of Collingwood at second slip, it would have been a sitter for third slip but it was just palmed round the post by Collingwood

78.3

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

78.4

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, pushed firmly into the covers, positive stride from Boucher

78.5

Flintoff to Boucher, 2 runs, neatly flicked off the stumps, great timing from Boucher and it needed a brilliant piece of work from Sidebottom, sprinting round from long leg, to prevent the boundary

78.6

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, good line outside off, left alone to end the over

South Africa 268/7   A Flintoff 28-8-76-4

80.1

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, full on off stump, jabbed into the leg side and Boucher collects a quick single to expose Morkel

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   A Flintoff 29-8-81-4

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   A Flintoff 30-8-89-4
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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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