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

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   M Morkel 1-1-0-0

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   M Morkel 2-1-6-0

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

4.6

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

England 12/0   M Morkel 3-1-7-0

6.1

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

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   M Morkel 4-1-8-0

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   M Morkel 5-2-8-0

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   M Morkel 6-2-15-0

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   M Morkel 7-2-19-0

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

28.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, ooh, outside off and Bell gets a bottom edge as he tries to leave, the ball bobbles out to the slips

28.3

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, back of a length on off stump, Bell defends on the back foot and it's a no-ball as well

28.3

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, goes for the drive, no real footwork and gets a thick outside past gully down to third man. He wasn't in control of that one, hint of movement for Morkel

28.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, good line outside off, Bell defends on the front foot into the covers

28.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, good carry through to Boucher as Morkel bangs it in, Bell lifts the bat high out of the way

28.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, wider outside off, Bell watches it go through

England 88/3   M Morkel 8-2-25-0

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   M Morkel 9-2-30-0

32.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, looks to flick off the legs down to fine leg but is a touch too late on the shot and the ball squashes down into the turf

32.2

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, oh, that one climbs on Bell and the batsman may have thought he was in trouble for a second as the ball crashes into the handle and on to his glove but splays down safely near gully

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   M Morkel 10-2-33-0

34.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, on the back foot, pushed down to gully

34.2

Morkel to Bell, 2 runs, good stroke from Bell, driven through mid on and it's chased down well by Nel inside the rope

34.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, forced down the channel outside off, decent delivery, Bell leaves it be

34.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, oh, oh, good stuff from Morkel, troubling him as he did last over with one which rises up steeply, this one just nipping past the shoulder of the bat as Bell jumped up and on his back foot in would-be defence

34.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, a short one once more, but this time Bell is quick to let it go through, and that's a no-ball too for an overstep

34.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, darted up there, good length one, left alone

34.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, short ball on off, defended back down

England 117/3   M Morkel 11-2-36-0

46.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, begins with a wide one, way outside off

46.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, lets it go through now, a hint of shape

46.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, on middle and leg, Bell fends it down, just getting on top of the bounce with a one-handed slam-dunk

46.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, some swing away which threatens to follow the batsman

46.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, short ball outside off, some swing away, the batsman lets it go through

46.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, width outside off, some swing away, the batsman shoulders arms again

46.6

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, short ball, hooked round behind square

England 149/4   M Morkel 12-2-38-0

48.1

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, some swing away outside off

48.2

Morkel to Collingwood, FOUR, on the front foot, drills a firm cover drive with some confidence and after half an hour he's off the mark; the crowd roar appreciatively

48.3

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, on middle and leg, pushed down on the front foot

48.4

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, some swing outside off, Boucher leaps like a salmon impersonating-goalie and stops a certain goal in the top-right corner. Super snatch

48.5

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, takes this one more comfortably as it comes through at a reasonable height

48.6

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, on middle, nearly cuts him in half

England 153/4   M Morkel 13-2-42-0

50.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, lets it go through

50.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, more of the same

50.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, some swing away, and some width, down the channel. Left alone

50.4

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, on the legs, flicked away down the leg side and quickly to the rope. Morkel pauses to consider that delivery, Bell walking well into the shot

50.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, some swing away, the batsman shoulders arms

50.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, oh, a good yorker which nearly sneaks through. Bell stands agog, in retrospective puzzlement

England 158/4   M Morkel 14-2-46-0

52.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, shoulders arms as the ball curves away from him

52.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, drives to the covers

52.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, up there and defended back down the line

52.4

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, outside off, some swing away, drives through the covers, evading a diving fielder and that brings up his fifty

52.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot now

52.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, comes in off the seam and is crunched out to the covers on the front foot

England 168/5   M Morkel 15-2-50-0
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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Photos

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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