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

"Smith scored more on his own, last time he was here, than England have done as a team," notes Gnasher 'Doom' McGlashan, as Smith and McKenzie stride out to the crease. It is swinging and Sidebottom is back to see if he can use the conditions, but boy what a mission England have. What a day South Africa are having

0.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, some swing first up and defended back down in line with off

0.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, some swing back in, McKenzie leaves it but that will encourage the bowler

0.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot

0.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swing back in again, good length once more, defended over it

0.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, goes right through on a good length

0.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot back in line with off

End of over 1 (maiden) South Africa 0/0
ND McKenzie    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Anderson to share the new ball

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

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0
GC Smith    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
ND McKenzie    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0

2.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot out to cover

2.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended hard on the front foot

2.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, down the legs, McKenzie chases it round

2.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended down on the front foot in line with off

2.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, forced down the legs

Slips: three, gully: one

2.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 4 leg byes, a big appeal, some swing back in, but it's turned down and the clue could be that leg-byes are signalled as the ball races away straight down fine

End of over 3 (4 runs, maiden) South Africa 6/0
ND McKenzie    0* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-0
GC Smith    2* (6b)      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

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 10/0
GC Smith    5* (13b)      JM Anderson    2-0-6-0
ND McKenzie    0* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-0

4.1

Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, defended down off the back foot

4.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended hard on the front foot

4.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, forced across him from over the wicket, the batsman kneels down and drives into the ground, the ball popping up off the turf towards Pietersen in the covers who takes it and for a split-second the crowd thought it was a catch

4.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, crashed into the legs, forced down the leg side now

4.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 1 run, squashes out a single to mid on

4.6

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, fired down the channel, the ball sits up a touch, but ultimately it's left alone

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 12/0
GC Smith    6* (15b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-2-0
ND McKenzie    1* (16b)      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

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 16/0
ND McKenzie    5* (22b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-10-0
GC Smith    6* (15b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-2-0

6.1

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, defended down from off

6.2

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, outside off, some swing away, the batsman lets it go through

6.3

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, defended into the covers

6.4

Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, outside off, defended forward, a direct hit from Anderson and though the batsman is well in, a third umpire's opinion is requested all the same

6.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms

6.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, a play and a miss ends the over, the batsman forcing at it as it comes across him

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 17/0
ND McKenzie    5* (24b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-3-0
GC Smith    7* (19b)      JM Anderson    3-0-10-0

Flintoff into the attack now

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

Flintoff is so excited he has to sit down

Harris has been sent in as the nightwatchman

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

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) South Africa 17/1
PL Harris    0* (4b)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-1
ND McKenzie    5* (24b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-3-0

8.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 3 runs, pushes out to point on the front foot, opening the face as it goes out square

8.2

Sidebottom to Harris, 2 runs, flicked away off the legs and Panesar returns in one movement, much to the delight of the crowd, who never seem to tire of (tiresomely) applauding him

8.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, some swing back in and defended back down

8.4

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, defended on the front foot

8.5

Sidebottom to Harris, 4 leg byes, short ball clatters into the helmet, the batsman not quick enough to get out of the way

8.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, tucked off the legs to short square

End of over 9 (9 runs) South Africa 26/1
PL Harris    2* (9b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-2-8-0
ND McKenzie    8* (25b 1x4)      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

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 30/1
ND McKenzie    12* (31b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-1-4-1
PL Harris    2* (9b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-2-8-0

10.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, left alone down the channel

10.2

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, oh, found the gap between the three slips and two gullies somehow, despite pressing an outside edge away from the body

10.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, over the wicket, forced across the right hander with some swing back in, Harris hangs on with a back-foot defence

10.4

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, played off the legs down through fine leg

10.5

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, fired outside off, Harris draws his bat right back in

10.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, full delivery in line with off and middle, a huge shout for lbw but turned down as he got his bat down in time

That's stumps on an exhilarating opening day, particularly if you're a South African fan. England had started off confidently enough and then things quickly unravelled - and how - on a placid pitch. South Africa even had time to bat 11 overs at the death and consolation, though minute, will have come in the form of Smith's dismissal just before stumps. But this, make no mistake, has been a cracker of a day for the visitors who will resume in confident mood tomorrow. Make sure you join us then and thanks for following today.

End of over 11 (8 runs) South Africa 38/1
PL Harris    10* (15b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-2-16-0
ND McKenzie    12* (31b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-1-4-1

Andrew Flintoff begins the attack...even though it looks like a swinging morning.

11.15am Just a few moments away from the start. A massive session for both teams. England have to take wickets to stay in the match, while South Africa know a solid day with the bat could decide the series. We aren't sure how much play there will be - the forecast isn't great - but at the moment we are ready to start.

11.00am The ground is nearly ready for action...the roller is going up and down the pitch. There's a rope going around the outfield and it's still very muggy.

10.55am The umpires have had a look and play will start at 11.15 so long as there isn't any more rain. That also tells us the light has improved.

10.45am The covers are coming off slowly, but the light still isn't great so it looks as though we will have delay to the start.

It's Andrew McGlashan here now to take you through the early passage of play. An update from Andrew Miller who "thinks" it has stopped raining...he so nearly made it was a weatherman. "Or at least it has eased off considerably," adds Andrew. "There's an umpire with a brolly surveying the scene."

If this rain does clear the humid atmosphere should be ideal for England's swing bowlers, so that maybe a chance for them to bowl their side back into contention. Meanwhile, there has been an in-depth discussion between the squad on the outfield. Andrew Flintoff had plenty to say and clearly there were some forthright views put forward.

I'm afraid it's begun to rain, everyone. "Right, it's getting heavier now," Andrew says. "It should pass fairly soon, I'd imagine, but this might delay the start." That's the word from the ground so, in short, boil your kettles and charge your glasses as we're in for a bit of a delay.

A very warm, muggy good morning to you all and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second day's play at Edgbaston. I'm Will Luke - but enough of me. Bouncing into his seat is the father-to-be, Andrew Miller. "No rain as yet, but a very heavy atmosphere," he says. "It's incredibly muggy here too. Still, the players are warming up merrily, and if it stays like this, England will expect to make the ball sing this morning."

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

Three slips and a gully

11.6

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

End of over 12 (3 runs) South Africa 41/1
ND McKenzie    15* (37b 2x4)      A Flintoff    3-1-7-1
PL Harris    10* (15b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-2-16-0

Ryan Sidebottom will share the early duties, so James Anderson - England's biggest swinger of the ball - will have to wait. Three slips and a gully in place

12.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 2 runs, swings into McKenzie's pads, glanced fine and Monty Panesar makes good ground from long leg, his dive brings acknowledgement from Sidebottom

12.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, defended square on the off side to point

12.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, FOUR, poor ball, waste from Sidebottom, way outside leg stump and clipped away to fine leg

12.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, better line on off stump, hint of swing back into McKenzie who defends solidly into the covers

12.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended with soft hands from off stump down towards gully...it's been a trademark of McKenzie's series, how late he plays the ball in defence

12.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, FOUR, takes the outside edge this time, finds the gap between third slip and gully so a early runs for South Africa this morning

End of over 13 (10 runs) South Africa 51/1
ND McKenzie    25* (43b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-2-26-0
PL Harris    10* (15b 2x4)      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

Some rain in the air...that's not good

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

The players are back in the middle...Flintoff will finish his fourth over

11.30am Some good news, the covers are coming off again and the umpires are having a look at conditions. Play will restart at 11.45

The rain comes again, another heavy shower and the covers come on. Well, all of a sudden it seems to have stopped again, everyone waiting to see what happens. I can now confirm, for certain, that it is raining now. Hopefully just a sharp shower and then we'll be back, stay with us for more news.

13.4

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

Three slips, two gullies and a short leg

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

Now, for the rest of the morning, it's over to Will Luke

End of over 14 (maiden) South Africa 51/1
PL Harris    10* (21b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-2-7-1
ND McKenzie    25* (43b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-2-26-0

Morning all. Well this has been all thoroughly village, hasn't it? It's high time for James Anderson to have a bowl in such close, muggy conditions - ah, and here he is

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

They're beige, woody and begin with an s, Jimmy...

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

End of over 15 (maiden) South Africa 51/1
ND McKenzie    25* (49b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-10-0
PL Harris    10* (21b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-2-7-1

Here's Flintoff

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

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 53/1
PL Harris    12* (27b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-2-9-1
ND McKenzie    25* (49b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-10-0

Now then. Can Anderson find his line?

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

There's certainly encouraging movement for Anderson here

16.3

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

This is wild and woolly from Anderson. Like a mountain sheep on cocaine, you might say.

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

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 58/1
ND McKenzie    29* (56b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-15-0
PL Harris    12* (27b 2x4)      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

Harris reminds me of Dominic Cork. Not so much his batting style, more his face

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

What a delivery that was, though. A real beauty by Flintoff

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

End of over 18 (2 runs) South Africa 60/1
PL Harris    13* (30b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-2-10-1
ND McKenzie    29* (59b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-15-0

Andrew is convinced Strauss held that cleanly, insisting his fingers were underneath the ball. It was mighty close for sure. Here's Anderson

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

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 66/1
PL Harris    13* (31b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-20-0
ND McKenzie    34* (64b 6x4)      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

End of over 20 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 67/1
ND McKenzie    34* (69b 6x4)      A Flintoff    7-3-10-1
PL Harris    13* (32b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-20-0

Anderson aborts his run-up as someone has walked in front of Harris' eyeline, the pesky little brat

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

And the village cricket continues unabated

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

Anderson simply isn't able to control the swing this morning. There's plenty of it about, but...the control isn't there

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

End of over 21 (8 runs, maiden) South Africa 75/1
PL Harris    13* (38b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-20-0
ND McKenzie    34* (69b 6x4)      A Flintoff    7-3-10-1

Sidebottom's in from the City End

21.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, well wide of the off stump and ignored

21.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, good line and length, drawing McKenzie forward who defends very solidly

21.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging into McKenzie who nudges this out to the off side, threatening to run a single, but decides against it

21.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, short of a length, McKenzie goes back and punches this off the back foot out to the off side

21.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 1 run, down the leg side this time, McKenzie neatly turns his wrist and flicks it to Panesar at fine-leg

Sidebottom yells at Monty to restrict them to one. I don't think that pair will be sharing a beer after this game

21.6

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, outside edge past third slip for four! The pain continues for England and South Africa are utterly owning them this morning

End of over 22 (5 runs) South Africa 80/1
PL Harris    17* (39b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-2-31-0
ND McKenzie    35* (74b 6x4)      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

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 85/1
PL Harris    17* (42b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-25-0
ND McKenzie    40* (77b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-2-31-0

Right then, here's Sidebottom with his tonnage of hair

23.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, a hint of swing back into the right hander who defends

David Lloyd. "It's national wide day, is this"

23.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

Bumble's off again - apparently it's a "national day" of some sorts, for some institution or organisation or something, but he won't reveal what

23.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging back into the right-hander - a much better delivery, forcing a defensive

23.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, ignored outside off

I've found out what sort of "national day" it is today...and if you're all seated comfortably, I shall reveal all

23.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, on the off stump and bending back in, it's blocked

23.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging into the batsman, he defends on the back foot

Today is national orgasm day. Go forth and, well, let's just concentrate on the cricket.

End of over 24 (maiden) South Africa 85/1
ND McKenzie    40* (83b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-3-31-0
PL Harris    17* (42b 3x4)      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

He's really, really struggling today

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

End of over 25 (1 run) South Africa 86/1
ND McKenzie    40* (88b 7x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-26-0
PL Harris    18* (43b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-3-31-0

It is funereally quiet out there in the stands. An absolute morgue. Right then, here's Flintoff replacing Sidebottom to see if he can inject some life - something - into what has been a fairly insipid performance so far. Actually, I'm completely wrong - Sidebottom's continuing.

25.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, down the leg side

25.2

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, better line from Sidebottom but well played by Harris, going back into his crease and defending it solidly

25.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, beaten! Harris is furious with himself, drawn into a loose poke outside off

25.4

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, nudged to leg and only just short of Ian Bell at short midwicket! That was mighty close

25.5

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, angled across the right-hander but Harris, who's showed such excellent judgement for a nightwatchman this morning, refuses to be lured into driving

25.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, beaten by a cracker, swinging into the right hander

End of over 26 (maiden) South Africa 86/1
PL Harris    18* (49b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-4-31-0
ND McKenzie    40* (88b 7x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-26-0

And lo, Flintoff cometh into the attack

26.1

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

Miller has words for you: "The similarities between England's sacred middle-order and India's grow by the minute ..."

26.2

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone outside off

Around the wicket. Monty's in at leg-gully

26.3

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

Well well. England just can't catch a break, can they?

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

End of over 27 (8 runs) South Africa 94/1
ND McKenzie    47* (92b 8x4)      A Flintoff    8-3-18-1
PL Harris    19* (51b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-4-31-0

27.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, angled across the right hander who leaves it alone

27.2

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, swinging back into the right hander who defends solidly

27.3

Sidebottom to Harris, OUT, Harris's splendid resistance comes to an end at last, trying to drive this on the up but he can only edge it straight to Alastair Cook at third slip. A knackered-looking England barely celebrate, but their relief is tangible

PL Harris c Cook b Sidebottom 19 (91m 54b 3x4 0x6) SR: 35.18

Top effort from Harris

Here's Amla

27.4

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, pushed off the back foot

27.5

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, beaten by a total, ripping crackerjack of a jaffa! Angling across Amla, cutting back just a touch, he's beaten all ends up. Fine ball indeed - the best of South Africa's innings, I'd wager

27.6

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, on his legs, Amla times this with a neat flick but straight to Bell at a deepish short-leg

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) South Africa 94/2
HM Amla    0* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    11-5-31-1
ND McKenzie    47* (92b 8x4)      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

Now then. Flintoff to Amla. This is massive

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

End of over 29 (2 runs) South Africa 96/2
ND McKenzie    48* (97b 8x4)      A Flintoff    9-3-20-1
HM Amla    1* (4b)      RJ Sidebottom    11-5-31-1

29.1

Sidebottom to Amla, 1 run, nudged off his hip

29.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, angled across the right hander who doesn't need to play

29.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, again, no need to play at that

29.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 3 runs, languidly driven through extra cover, Anderson gives chase and hauls it down, but McKenzie's through to another fifty - his 15th - as South Africa reach their 100. Another fighting innings

29.5

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, mistimed to mid-off

29.6

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, good leave by Amla

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 100/2
HM Amla    2* (7b)      RJ Sidebottom    12-5-35-1
ND McKenzie    51* (100b 8x4)      A Flintoff    9-3-20-1

Last over before lunch

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

Panesar comes into a leg-gully. Two slips and two gullies

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

And that will be lunch on the second day. South Africa have owned England this session, the hosts bowling poorly and rarely making Paul Harris or Neil McKenzie play. Harris fell, finally, but not before he and McKenzie had put on 77 for the second wicket. A fine effort indeed. We're off to get fatter, so join me, Will Luke, along with Jenny Thompson, in 40 short minutes.

End of over 31 (4 runs) South Africa 104/2
HM Amla    4* (13b)      A Flintoff    10-3-24-1
ND McKenzie    52* (101b 8x4)      RJ Sidebottom    12-5-35-1

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

Ottis GIbson, England's bowling coach, has braved the scaffolding to get a great view right behind the bowler's arm

31.4

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

Three slips, a gully and a lucky man at short leg

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

End of over 32 (1 run) South Africa 105/2
HM Amla    4* (15b)      JM Anderson    10-2-27-0
ND McKenzie    53* (105b 8x4)      A Flintoff    10-3-24-1

Flintoff now, following on from pre-lunch

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

The groundstaff are walking towards the covers, which isn't a good sign I'm afraid

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

End of over 33 (4 runs) South Africa 109/2
ND McKenzie    57* (111b 9x4)      A Flintoff    11-3-28-1
HM Amla    4* (15b)      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

End of over 34 (2 runs) South Africa 111/2
HM Amla    6* (21b)      JM Anderson    11-2-29-0
ND McKenzie    57* (111b 9x4)      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

Cue groans

34.3

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

To compound the mini-misery (South African followers' joy notwithstanding) it's now raining

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

End of over 35 (6 runs) South Africa 117/2
HM Amla    9* (22b)      A Flintoff    12-3-34-1
ND McKenzie    60* (116b 9x4)      JM Anderson    11-2-29-0

Rain's threatening, but just a few spots for now

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

Awesome effort from Anderson, with his second contender for catch of the series

Well, that will perk up England, but here comes Kallis now

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

End of over 36 (5 runs) South Africa 122/3
ND McKenzie    64* (120b 10x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-34-1
JH Kallis    1* (1b)      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

End of over 37 (4 runs) South Africa 126/3
JH Kallis    5* (7b)      A Flintoff    13-3-38-1
ND McKenzie    64* (120b 10x4)      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

End of over 38 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 127/3
JH Kallis    5* (12b)      JM Anderson    13-3-34-1
ND McKenzie    64* (121b 10x4)      A Flintoff    13-3-38-1

The sub Steven Mullaney is on for Pietersen

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

"That's classic batting!" shouts Nasser Hussain with a touch of Alan Partridge

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

200 Test wickets for Flintoff, the 12th English bowler to do so, and that's a good one to have for the milestone. Flintoff stands with both arms up and throatily roars his delight

End of over 39 (8 runs) South Africa 135/4
     A Flintoff    14-3-46-2
JH Kallis    5* (12b)      JM Anderson    13-3-34-1

Sidebottom into the attack now, replacing Anderson at the City End

39.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, forced across the right hander from over the wicket, Kallis defending into the covers

39.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended down off the back foot into the short covers

39.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended down on the back foot forward

39.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended on the front foot now into the covers

39.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, on the front foot, pushed out to mid on

39.6

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, forced hard across him, lets that one go through

End of over 40 (maiden) South Africa 135/4
JH Kallis    5* (18b)      RJ Sidebottom    13-6-35-1
AG Prince    0* (0b)      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

Flintoff, by the way, is bowling in the mid-80s. Speed-wise, that is

40.3

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

Three slips and two gullies, by the way

40.4

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

Flintoff's got the fewest five-wicket hauls of any bowler to get 200 wickets, with two. The next two closest bowlers are Kallis (4) and Courtney Walsh (5). This cric-info brought to you by Gnasher McStattan and Statsguru's creator Travis Basevi. Thanks for that, chaps

40.5

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

40.6

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

End of over 41 (2 runs) South Africa 137/4
AG Prince    0* (5b)      A Flintoff    15-3-47-2
JH Kallis    6* (19b)      RJ Sidebottom    13-6-35-1

I'm still taking the great stat-spot from those two

41.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, outside off, left alone

41.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, FOUR, width outside off, the batsman kneels down, reaches out and drills a flowing cover drive whick skews off just in front of point

41.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, 2 runs, on middle and off, wristed away off the back foot through midwicket

41.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, outside off, pushed out to the covers on the front foot

41.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, 1 run, on the legs, pushed off behind square

41.6

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, over the wicket, bangs it in hard, not much lift and plenty of swing away from the left hander who lets it go on through

End of over 42 (7 runs) South Africa 144/4
AG Prince    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    14-6-42-1
JH Kallis    13* (24b 1x4)      A Flintoff    15-3-47-2

42.1

Flintoff to Kallis, 1 run, pushed forward

Three slips and two gullies

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

End of over 43 (1 run) South Africa 145/4
AG Prince    0* (11b)      A Flintoff    16-3-48-2
JH Kallis    14* (25b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    14-6-42-1

43.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, (no ball) 1 run, driven out to mid off, and there's an overstep

43.1

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, pushed off the legs behind square

43.2

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended back down on the back foot in line with off

43.3

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, over the wicket, pushed into the covers

43.4

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

43.5

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended down the track on the front foot in line with middle

We've had a few emails in about Kallis's five-fors. To clarify, by the time he had reached 200 wickets in Tests, he had four of them. He now has five

43.6

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

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 147/4
AG Prince    0* (17b)      RJ Sidebottom    15-6-44-1
JH Kallis    15* (26b 1x4)      A Flintoff    16-3-48-2

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

Two slips and a gully now

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

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 153/4
JH Kallis    21* (32b 2x4)      JM Anderson    14-3-40-1
AG Prince    0* (17b)      RJ Sidebottom    15-6-44-1

45.1

Sidebottom to Prince, 1 run, squeezed off the legs to square and Prince is off the mark at last

45.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, forced across him, the batsman lets it go on the angle

45.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, fired very wide down the channel now

45.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, on the front foot, pushed out to mid off

45.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended into the covers

45.6

Sidebottom to Kallis, FOUR, oh, yorker, and that one is squeezed back off the inside edge through the gate and past the stumps and a diving, rolling Ambrose to his left

A quick drinks break now

End of over 46 (5 runs) South Africa 158/4
JH Kallis    25* (37b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    16-6-49-1
AG Prince    1* (18b)      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

End of over 47 (4 runs) South Africa 162/4
AG Prince    5* (24b 1x4)      JM Anderson    15-3-44-1
JH Kallis    25* (37b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    16-6-49-1

Collingwood now, still no Panesar

47.1

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, short ball outside off, frees his shoulders, and cuts to point

47.2

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, peels off a drive off the back foot to the covers

47.3

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, width outside off, worked to the covers

47.4

Collingwood to Kallis, FOUR, on the legs, worked into the gap between midwicket and mid on with a well-timed punch

47.5

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, outside off, some swing away, the batsman lets it go through

47.6

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, on a good length, in line with off, defended on the front foot

End of over 48 (4 runs) South Africa 166/4
JH Kallis    29* (43b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0
AG Prince    5* (24b 1x4)      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

End of over 49 (4 runs) South Africa 170/4
AG Prince    9* (30b 2x4)      JM Anderson    16-3-48-1
JH Kallis    29* (43b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-4-0

49.1

Collingwood to Kallis, FOUR, big width outside off and Kallis simply hammers that one away with a well-reached-for cut away from the body through point

49.2

Collingwood to Kallis, FOUR, on the legs, worked away through midwicket with another good shot from Kallis

Collingwood's brow is increasingly furrowed

49.3

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, driven out to the covers

49.4

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, on the front foot, driven to the covers

"I like that," sounds a voice a lot like Alec Stewart, but I didn't notice him steal onto the pitch

49.5

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, oh, a drop, it will have to go down as one, a huge inside edge as Kallis stands up and tries to cut it out, but Ambrose was standing up and had little chance off the huge deflection

49.6

Collingwood to Kallis, no run, lets it go through this time

End of over 50 (8 runs) South Africa 178/4
JH Kallis    37* (49b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-12-0
AG Prince    9* (30b 2x4)      JM Anderson    16-3-48-1
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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