South Africa tour of England, 3rd Test: England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
30,31 July, 1,2 August 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, four for Cook as he angles this past point down to third man. Easy runs

England 11/0   AN Cook 7* (10b 1x4)   M Morkel 1.5-1-6-0

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

England 19/0   AJ Strauss 6* (17b 1x4)   M Ntini 2.4-1-10-0

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

England 29/0   AJ Strauss 10* (32b 2x4)   M Morkel 5.1-2-13-0

Ntini to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, well, that's a gift for Cook. It's short, slow, wide and clobbered for four with a very firm cut

England 36/0   AN Cook 20* (37b 2x4)   M Ntini 6-3-19-0

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, another shorter ball, another four - he really has pulled that with emphatic power

England 40/0   AN Cook 24* (42b 3x4)   M Ntini 6.5-3-23-0

Nel to Cook, FOUR, oh dear, another short ball and another crunching pull by Cook. He has laced that through midwicket, despite the dive from the always-hirsute Amla at short midwicket

England 45/0   AN Cook 28* (48b 4x4)   A Nel 2.1-1-5-0

Kallis to Cook, FOUR, swing for Kallis - but swinging into the left-hander who times this sweetly through midwicket

England 50/0   AN Cook 33* (55b 5x4)   JH Kallis 1.3-1-4-0

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

England 56/0   AJ Strauss 18* (59b 3x4)   A Nel 4.1-1-11-0

Nel to Cook, FOUR, oh, shot - he has nailed that. Far too short and Cook pulls this, in front of square, for a very powerfully-struck four. It is not good bowling, though

England 63/0   AN Cook 39* (66b 6x4)   A Nel 4.5-1-18-0

Kallis to Cook, FOUR, oh, Kallis doesn't like that. Nor does Smith. No one, in fact, other than Cook who edges this past the third slip for four. Soft hands, but still...

England 68/0   AN Cook 43* (71b 7x4)   JH Kallis 4-2-9-0

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, too short and Cook, as he has done all morning, pulls it comfortably for four

England 78/3   AN Cook 48* (83b 8x4)   M Morkel 6.3-2-19-0

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, beautiful shot to get off the mark, probably the stroke of the morning, driving this sweetly through extra cover

England 82/3   IR Bell 4* (2b 1x4)   JH Kallis 6.1-2-18-1

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

England 88/3   IR Bell 8* (10b 2x4)   M Morkel 7.3-2-25-0

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, short ball on off and Bell is quick to rock back and set himself enough time to deliver a fine pull shot like honey.

England 93/3   IR Bell 12* (17b 3x4)   M Ntini 7.5-3-28-0

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

England 97/3   AN Cook 54* (90b 9x4)   M Morkel 8.2-2-29-0

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, on the front foot and forces down the ground through mid-on, perhaps not the best-timed shot as he closes the face, but he will accept it nonetheless

England 104/3   AN Cook 61* (98b 10x4)   M Ntini 8.4-3-34-0

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, width outside off and Cook stands up straight and drives hard through the covers off the back foot

England 114/3   AN Cook 67* (105b 11x4)   M Ntini 10-3-41-0

Nel to Bell, FOUR, width outside off and struck very well indeed with a flowing steer off the back foot through the covers to bring up the fifty partnership

England 125/3   IR Bell 23* (43b 4x4)   A Nel 8.4-3-23-2

Nel to Bell, FOUR, oh, finds the outside edge, Bell not too sure what was going on there as he is deceived by the swing away, it falls short of second slip and runs away for four

England 129/3   IR Bell 27* (45b 5x4)   A Nel 9-3-27-2

Nel to Cook, FOUR, some width outside off and hammered hard off the back foot in front of point

England 136/3   AN Cook 76* (122b 12x4)   A Nel 9.3-3-31-2

Nel to Bell, FOUR, width outside off, sits up and Bell despatches it firmly through point

England 143/4   IR Bell 35* (62b 6x4)   A Nel 11.4-4-35-3

Nel to Bell, FOUR, width outside off and a lovely shot from Bell, although the bowler had admittedly overpitched, the batsman reaching out and driving through the covers

England 147/4   IR Bell 39* (64b 7x4)   A Nel 12-4-39-3

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

England 153/4   PD Collingwood 4* (16b 1x4)   M Morkel 12.2-2-42-0

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

England 158/4   IR Bell 45* (86b 8x4)   M Morkel 13.4-2-46-0

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

England 168/5   IR Bell 50* (94b 9x4)   M Morkel 14.4-2-50-0

Ntini to Ambrose, FOUR, four! An actual boundary, as my mate Dan would say. Short of a length and pulled around the corner

England 187/6   TR Ambrose 10* (29b 1x4)   M Ntini 15-4-52-1

Harris to Flintoff, FOUR, bosh! Take that. Tossed up wider and Flintoff cover-drives this with authority

England 191/6   A Flintoff 12* (35b 1x4)   PL Harris 6.3-1-14-0

Harris to Ambrose, FOUR, down the leg side, Ambrose flicks it down to fine leg for four

England 196/6   TR Ambrose 14* (30b 2x4)   PL Harris 7.1-1-19-0

Nel to Flintoff, FOUR, stroked through the off side without great power, but he managed to thread it just past McKenzie who gave up the chase (he seems to be limping with a groin problem, apparently)

England 202/6   A Flintoff 18* (58b 2x4)   A Nel 15.5-6-47-3

Kallis to Ambrose, FOUR, bangs it down with some width outside off, and wristed hard off the back foot past the two slips and gully

England 212/6   TR Ambrose 22* (58b 3x4)   JH Kallis 13.5-5-28-2

Ntini to Flintoff, FOUR, on the front foot now, drills it hard back past the bowler who has to take evasive action as the ball was travelling towards his head

England 228/8   A Flintoff 35* (76b 3x4 1x6)   M Ntini 18.2-5-67-2
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