England tour of South Africa, 4th Test: South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 14-17, 2010
South Africa won by an innings and 74 runs
14,15,16,17 January 2010 (5-day match)
  • Overs 0-50

10.25am We are so nearly set for the start, and frankly, this could scarcely be more massive. The players are out in the middle, there's a Welsh Male Voice choir, or is it the Barmy Army, belting out Jerusalem, and Dale Steyn has the ball

10.10am Ian Botham reckons England have won a good toss, but like Strauss, thinks it will 'do a bit' early on. There was plenty of swing in practice, apparently.

A quick shout to our Facebook page, where you can debate all the goings on. Also, the great sages of cricket have decided that Ricky Ponting is the Cricinfo player of the decade, which he duly celebrated by making an unbeaten hundred in the third Test between Australia and Pakistan at Hobart.

10.05am England win the toss and will bat. Strauss has opted to bowl first the times he's won the toss this series so far. But here he says it looks a decent wicket and, despite expecting early movement, sees it settling down soon.

England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Ryan Sidebottom, 11 James Anderson

Graeme Smith reckons he would have batted as well and confirms that, with Duminy bowling well, McLaren can debut in place of Paul Harris.

10.00am Andrew McGlashan, Cricinfo's man at the Wanderers has confirmed that Ryan Sidebottom will replace Graham Onions. Onions has bowled well without luck all tour and has been England's batting hero. Perhaps England expect swing, rather than seam, to play a big role and feel Sidebottom will be the better operator.

9.45am So it has been confirmed. Parnell and McLaren will make their South Africa Test debuts. Here is their full team:

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Ashwell Prince, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Wayne Parnell.

9.30am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary for the fourth and final Test between South Africa and England at Johannesburg. I'm Andrew Miller, and Sahil Dutta will be my sidekick for the duration of what promises to be an epic and unmissable contest. All sorts of things to discuss, but let's dive straight into the team news, because there are rumours aplenty doing the rounds for this match ...

First and foremost, Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren have both been handed their caps this morning, and if Parnell's inclusion for Friedel de Wet was expected, then McLaren, at the expense, presumably, of Paul Harris is more of a surprise ... if true of course.

England, meanwhile, are rumoured to have called up Ryan Sidebottom at the expense of their hero of Centurion and Cape Town, Graham Onions. Very interesting, and there's no injury concerns being discussed at this stage. Anyhow, the toss is roughly 20 minutes away, so all will shortly be revealed

0.1

Steyn to Strauss, OUT, gone! What an incredible start! A back-of-a-length delivery on the pads, Strauss played with an angled bat to deflect the ball into the leg-side, but Hashim Amla, under the lid at backward short leg, swooped superbly with his right hand, and clung onto a blinder!

AJ Strauss c Amla b Steyn 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Good grief, that's put a rocket up the backside of the proceedings. Here comes Jonathan Trott, with something resembling a crisis to avert

0.2

Steyn to Trott, no run, clear signs of swing, a touch too short to tempt a stroke

0.3

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, fuller, and Trott pushes calmly to mid-off to get the innings up and running

Three slips, and a gully, and Amla lurking behind square again for the other left-hander, Cook

0.4

Steyn to Cook, 2 runs, on the pads, tucked square to get off the mark

0.5

Steyn to Cook, no run, big stride forward and blocked on off stump

0.6

Steyn to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone. What a spectacular start

Sky have just declared that Strauss is the first Englishman to fall to the first ball of a Test match since Stan Worthington in 1936. Incredible. I thought Mike Atherton did so every other game. Mind you, he did bat at 2 a lot ...

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/1

    • AN Cook 2 (3b)
    • IJL Trott 1 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-3-1

Here's Strauss's nemesis, Morne Morkel. He's probably a bit bereft to be denied his bunny

1.1

Morkel to Trott, no run, outside off, short and loose, but no power in the cut

1.2

Morkel to Trott, FOUR, yikes, that's the length! Full, and lifting, taking the inside-edge of a loose drive and somehow evading the leg stump

1.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, full again and booming swing, Trott chases a wide one and avoids the edge. Anxious times

1.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, uncomfortably forward and blocked with one hand coming off the bat

1.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, driven without much authority

1.6

Morkel to Trott, OUT, full length, loose on-drive, that's plumb! The end of a bewildering innings from Trott, who swished at anything that moved, and eventually played across the line to a full-length delivery

IJL Trott lbw b Morkel 5 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

England are officially in crisis now. Someone needs to settle down and bed in for a bit. Shades of 1999-2000 right now ...

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 7/2

    • AN Cook 2 (3b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-4-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-3-1
2.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, bending back into the stumps, and met with a full face

Sure enough, here is a full list of all the batsmen to fall to the first ball of a Test match. Poor Jimmy Cook was on his debut as well, after waiting about 20 years for a chance ...

2.2

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, tucked to backward square

Here's Kevin Pietersen. What a moment for him to rediscover his touch

2.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, dicey first foray. Outside off, late swing, and Pietersen holds his bat just inside the line

2.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, more swing from a fuller length, that ghosts round the edge

2.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, shorter length, and more comfortably left alone that time

2.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, dabbed to cover, and KP wanted the single, but Cook's "NO!" was loud and emphatic

"Do they think they have done all the hard work?" grumbles Stewart Manning. "That was terrible by Trott. Stage is set for KP, but application isn't really his game!" Well, I don't know about that... one of his finest innings was the first innings at Napier in March 2008, when he was coming off a run of 10 innings without a hundred. England were in the mire back then as well

End of over 3 (1 run) England 8/2

    • KP Pietersen 0 (4b)
    • AN Cook 3 (5b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-4-1
    • M Morkel 1-0-4-1
3.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, defended, a tight line from round the wicket

3.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, pushed onto the back foot but met with a full face

3.3

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, poked to cover, a scampered single

3.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, a bit of lift from a good length, worked to short leg

3.5

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, banged in short, and a bit wild. Pietersen avoids the bait

3.6

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, inswinging yorker, but always heading down the leg-side. A squeaked appeal, but a simple run to backward square

Well, we've got a live one here, and no mistake. Four slips in place, and a gully as well

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 10/2

    • KP Pietersen 0 (7b)
    • AN Cook 4 (8b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-5-1
    • DW Steyn 2-0-4-1
4.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, jeepers, KP is at it again! Another Red Bull run, but Cook was alive to the dangers, and turned around just in time as the shy came in and pinged down his stumps from cover

4.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, punched to cover. He's edgy

4.3

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, and now, after ten anxious deliveries, he's finally off the mark. England's non-strikers can revert to Amber Alert

4.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, forward, and defended to cover

4.5

Steyn to Cook, no run, width outside off, no stroke offered this time.

4.6

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, dropped! Turned off the face of the bat to short leg, and did that carry? Some groans from the ground, and Amla looks sheepish. Yes, it burst through his legs. A chance

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 12/2

    • AN Cook 5 (11b)
    • KP Pietersen 1 (10b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-6-1
    • M Morkel 2-0-5-1
5.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, outside off, left alone

5.2

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, on the pads, that's Cook's bread-and-butter stroke, and he flicks it nonchalently through square leg for England's first boundary

5.3

Morkel to Cook, no run, outside off, no stroke this time. Too wide to tempt Cook

5.4

Morkel to Cook, no run, weight forward, blocked with bat and pad together

5.5

Morkel to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, nudged through backward square, fine leg hurtles round to sweep up

5.6

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump and that's a jaffa, fizzing through with extra lift and a bit of nip off the pitch. Pietersen does well not to nick that

Well, it is officially all happening

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 17/2

    • KP Pietersen 1 (11b)
    • AN Cook 10 (16b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 3-0-10-1
    • DW Steyn 3-0-6-1
6.1

Steyn to Cook, 2 runs, full length and swinging back into the left-hander, defended into the gap at midwicket

6.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, outside off, left alone with a grateful shouldering of the bat

6.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, clipped firmly off the toes, Amla gathers at backward square and threatens to shy at the stumps

6.4

Steyn to Cook, FOUR, classy shot, swinging late from a full length, but Cook worked with the angle and timed his clip to perfection

6.5

Steyn to Cook, no run, big stride forward and firmly defended

It's not often that Indian first-class cricket gets a look-in these days, what with Twenty20 cricket taking over the world. But check out the final of the Ranji Trophy. Properly epic.

6.6

Steyn to Cook, 2 runs, tucked off the hip and gathered at fine leg

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 25/2

    • AN Cook 18 (22b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1 (11b)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-14-1
    • M Morkel 3-0-10-1
7.1

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 wide, oops, misdirected. Gathered in front of first slip

7.1

Morkel to Pietersen, FOUR, that'll cheer KP up. A freebie, overpitched on middle stump, and worked firmly through midwicket

7.2

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, up onto the toes and worked down to short leg

7.3

Morkel to Pietersen, 2 runs, another lifter into the ribs, and Amla at short leg is rarely far from the action. This one just zips past his right hand

7.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, outside off, keeping a touch low, and KP is beaten as he waves the bat loosely

7.5

Morkel to Pietersen, OUT, good grief, another one bites the dust, and it's the debutant Wayne Parnell at mid-on! Back of a length, Pietersen climbs into a full-blooded pull, but he doesn't time it properly and Parnell is on hand to intercept.

KP Pietersen c Parnell b Morkel 7 (26m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

The ball is onto him so quickly, in fact, that his first instinct is to shy at the non-striker's end, as if he wasn't aware he'd actually taken a catch!

This is extraordinary ... how Andrew Strauss must be wishing he'd chosen to bowl, as he did at Centurion and Cape Town

7.6

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, outside off, no stroke offered. Brigadier Block is on parade. A lot earlier than he intended

End of over 8 (7 runs) England 32/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (1b)
    • AN Cook 18 (22b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 4-0-17-2
    • DW Steyn 4-0-14-1
8.1

Steyn to Cook, no run, full length swing, back into the left-hander's off stump. Solid defence

South Africa have targetted Cook's stumps very effectively this morning. Hardly a ball to be left outside off

8.2

Steyn to Cook, no run, full again, and a bit of width to tempt the drive. But he blocks once more

8.3

Steyn to Cook, 1 wide, that's a very harsh wide. Cook would never have chased that anyway

8.3

Steyn to Cook, no run, outside off once again, a tighter line. Boucher asks Umpire Davis whether that is going to be called as well ...

8.4

Steyn to Cook, no run, forward and blocked. Determined stuff

"Maybe I remind everyone that Ponting and Clarke put 200+ on for the fourth wicket last night," says David Hoveman. "Can Colly and Cook?" We shall see ...

8.5

Steyn to Cook, 1 run, prodded into the covers, finds the gap

8.6

Steyn to Collingwood, 2 runs, very full length, a sturdy punch into the gap at mid-on. An easy two or a tight three? They decide that risks aren't wise right now ...

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 36/3

    • PD Collingwood 2 (2b)
    • AN Cook 19 (27b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 5-0-18-1
    • M Morkel 4-0-17-2
9.1

Morkel to Cook, no run, leaping bounce, speared down the leg-side. That was dangerously close to the glove

9.2

Morkel to Cook, 1 wide, extras are doing England a service this morning

9.2

Morkel to Cook, no run, outside off, calmly ignored

9.3

Morkel to Cook, 2 runs, pulled, and well played. Up onto the toes, playing down on the ball, and working it unfussily to backward square

9.4

Morkel to Cook, OUT, a review coming up, as Cook is given out lbw ... it could be marginal ... He took a while to ponder the option, but it seemed to the naked eye to be quite high, and potentially outside leg... this is absolutely crucial ... and there are so many permutations. No inside-edge, but surely that was a no-ball! Perhaps there is a fraction of leather behind the line ... either way, it's been given!

AN Cook lbw b Morkel 21 (49m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 67.74

England are incredibly unimpressed in the dressing-room. It was the sort of decision that would not have been overturned had the umpire given it not out in the first place.

Now then, here's the newly mature and feisty Ian Bell. To the rescue

9.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, left alone with a big raise of the bat

9.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, leaping pace and carry through to the keeper. Bell lets it go once again

This is epic, and for the fourth time in four Tests, the winning of the toss has proven to be a bit of a curse.

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 39/4

    • IR Bell 0 (2b)
    • PD Collingwood 2 (2b)
    • M Morkel 5-0-20-3
    • DW Steyn 5-0-18-1
10.1

Steyn to Collingwood, FOUR, speared into the pads, flicked through midwicket. That'll do

10.2

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, tight to off stump, fully formed defence.

10.3

Steyn to Collingwood, FOUR, onto the front foot, driven calmly through the gap at mid-off. There are runs to be had amid the attacking fields, and Collingwood is in the form to find them.

10.4

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, outside off, tight line once again, left alone

Andy Flower has apparently been to have a word with the match referee. Daryl Harper is once again the umpire in the spotlight. Fancy that

10.5

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, outside off, no stroke again

10.6

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, late swinging on off stump, defended to gully.

This pair batted for 57 overs at Cape Town. But they had a goal in mind on that occasion. Mere crease occupation isn't going to suffice from this position. But it would be a definite start!

End of over 11 (8 runs) England 47/4

    • PD Collingwood 10 (8b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 0 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 6-0-26-1
    • M Morkel 5-0-20-3
11.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, solidly forward, a leather-sniffing defence

11.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, nasty bounce from a good length, that jags back into Bell, who is whacked in the midriff, and the deflection just evades the stumps

Bell takes a moment to compose himself, and there's some movement behind the bowler's arm as well

11.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, back into the crease, and defended in front of off stump

Wayne Parnell is doing his warm-ups. He'll be getting a go shortly, no doubt

11.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, angling into the pads, and Bell hops into a back-foot defence

11.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, way outside off stump, left alone with a big raise of the bat

11.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, pitched up, and driven to cover. A good diving stop brings an end to a manic first hour

For all the mutterings about umpire Harper, the feeling within the Johannesburg press box, according to Gnasher, is that his call on the Cook dismissal was in fact correct. So there we go. Either way, England are deep in the doo-doo. That is drinks, go talk about the action on our Facebook page, and come back in time for Sahil Dutta to take you through to lunch.

End of over 12 (maiden) England 47/4

    • IR Bell 0 (8b)
    • PD Collingwood 10 (8b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 6-1-20-3
    • DW Steyn 6-0-26-1

Chaotic morning. Sensational for South Africa and what better time than now for Ryan McLaren to bowl his first ball in Test cricket.

12.1

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, starts well outside off stump and left alone to rounds of cheers from behind the stumps

12.2

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood leaves it again much to the delight of Boucher, who is clearly impressed with all he's seen this morning

12.3

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, makes him play this time, Collingwood rocks back and defends back to the bowler

12.4

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, very full, rather wide and swinging away further, Collingwood has nothing to do with it

12.5

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, good carry, but it's well wide and left alone

12.6

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, very full, very wide, and after all the action this morning, rather mundane. Still, it's a maiden

End of over 13 (maiden) England 47/4

    • PD Collingwood 10 (14b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 0 (8b)
    • R McLaren 1-1-0-0
    • M Morkel 6-1-20-3

Double change as Wayne Parnell comes in for his first over in Test cricket. Exciting moment, he looks a top prospect.

13.1

Parnell to Bell, 1 run, bit of swing, but leg-sided enough to allow Bell a tension-relieving tickle, down to fine leg

13.2

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, slung wide of off stump, going across Collingwood from over the wicket, left alone

13.3

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, similar delivery and similar result, just needs to adjust his line

13.4

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, better this time, swinging in sharply and crashing into Collingwood's pads as he tried to shovel it to leg

13.5

Parnell to Collingwood, FOUR, slightly overpitched and swinging in at Collingwood, who plays it nicely, waiting for it and turning it firmly to the square leg boundary

13.6

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, well, this creeps along the ground, pitched outside off and burrowed through to Boucher, under Collingwood's off-side prod

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 52/4

    • PD Collingwood 14 (19b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 1 (9b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-5-0
    • R McLaren 1-1-0-0
14.1

McLaren to Bell, no run, thrown up again and outside off, swings away, there has been swing all morning, but it's too wide to draw a shot from Bell

14.2

McLaren to Bell, no run, better ball, draws a slightly casual drive, and it is inside edged into the leg side

14.3

McLaren to Bell, 1 run, full again, Bell leans forward and prodded without much timing into the off side

14.4

McLaren to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood looks in good order here, pushing this through the covers for a couple

14.5

McLaren to Collingwood, FOUR, slightly floated up, half-volley length, Collingwood gleefully times it down the ground for a boundary

14.6

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, better from McLaren, 84mph and there looked like more oomph on the delivery, perhaps it was just the grunt, Collingwood forward and defending

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 59/4

    • PD Collingwood 20 (22b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 2 (12b)
    • R McLaren 2-1-7-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-5-0
15.1

Parnell to Bell, no run, good ball, slanting across Bell who is driving a tad loosely and it squirts off the outer-half to the slips

"Well done, Andrew. You are officially the crappest cricket commentator of the last 13.7 billion years," says Jou Ma. "One-eyed, thick, unfunny. Eat a peach." Charming, you would have thought the South Africans would be in a good mood this morning, apparently not.

15.2

Parnell to Bell, FOUR, this is nicely played, floated up and Bell caresses it through the covers for a boundary

15.3

Parnell to Bell, no run, searching for the outside edge with a fullish ball, nicely pushed into the off side

15.4

Parnell to Bell, 1 run, floated up again, Bell times this nicely into the off side where cover fields sharply to keep it to one

15.5

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, good ball, dragged his length back a fraction, blocked out tidily

15.6

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, nicely bowled again, no swing on it though, Collingwood defends

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 64/4

    • PD Collingwood 20 (24b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 7 (16b 1x4)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-10-0
    • R McLaren 2-1-7-0
16.1

McLaren to Bell, no run, McLaren continues, and he's persisting with a slightly floatish full length, Bell times it nicely but straight to the fielder

"I've always preferred nectarines myself," says Jamie Brown. It's true. That peach fuzz is just a bit offputting.

16.2

McLaren to Bell, no run, full again, Bell is comfortably forward and defending, it's a tad innocuous from McLaren

16.3

McLaren to Bell, 1 run, drifts into the leg side enough for Bell to tuck it into the leg side for an easy single

16.4

McLaren to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly shorter, and defended from the back foot into the point region for a single

16.5

McLaren to Bell, 2 runs, ooh, a touch nervy for Bell there, short ball he tries to pull away, but it got high on him and he ended up looping it slowly, just over the mid-on fielder

16.6

McLaren to Bell, no run, much fuller this time, yorker length and Bell digs it out. McLaren looks more potent when he digs it in

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 68/4

    • IR Bell 10 (21b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 21 (25b 4x4)
    • R McLaren 3-1-11-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-10-0
17.1

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, back of a length, and defended back towards the bowler

17.2

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, slung again outside off stump, Collingwood watches it go by harmlessly

17.3

Parnell to Collingwood, 2 runs, well, players diving all over the place, bowler, mid on, mid off, the ball threads between them all and runs away for a couple

17.4

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, well outside off, left entirely alone, much more comfortable for the batsmen when Steyn and Morkel aren't bowling

17.5

Parnell to Collingwood, SIX, it's interesting to see how much more positive Collingwood has been this innings, shows how adaptable he is, this is short and he rocks back and thunders it over deep square for six. Top shot.

17.6

Parnell to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, and left all alone, as well he might after swatting the last one for six

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 76/4

    • PD Collingwood 29 (31b 4x4 1x6)
    • IR Bell 10 (21b 1x4)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-18-0
    • R McLaren 3-1-11-0
18.1

McLaren to Bell, no run, oh dear, very wide and swinging wider, floated well up. Why isn't Kallis on?

18.2

McLaren to Bell, no run, maybe that's why! Bell is beaten from a ball that left him sharply outside off stump

"Personally I'm a clementine girl!" says Andrew's wife, Sarah, who is hard at work in her bunker on the Old Kent Road. South Africa, meanwhile, are dealing exclusively in Jaffas

18.3

McLaren to Bell, no run, more swing again this time, left alone

18.4

McLaren to Bell, FOUR, good ball, lifting and moving away from an off-stump line, Bell plays it with soft hands and it runs off the face down to third man

18.5

McLaren to Bell, no run, reverts to a floated length, full, swinging wide and left well alone

18.6

McLaren to Bell, no run, when he goes full it is like throw-downs, Bell leans forward and cracks it straight to mid off

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 80/4

    • IR Bell 14 (27b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 29 (31b 4x4 1x6)
    • R McLaren 4-1-15-0
    • WD Parnell 3-0-18-0

Here is Jacques Kallis, South Africa's fifth seamer.

19.1

Kallis to Collingwood, no run, finds swing straight away, outside off and Collingwood leaves it

19.2

Kallis to Collingwood, no run, top delivery, angling in but swinging away, Collingwood plays it late and defends

19.3

Kallis to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly too leg-sided, Collingwood nudged it into the midwicket region for a single

19.4

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, good probing stuff from Kallis, lifting a touch and swinging away, Bell follows it but with soft hands and it runs off the face for a boundary to third man

19.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, very full, Bell looks good at that sort of length, languidly driving into the off side

19.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, much better, dug in back of a length, that's the area that troubles him, it lifts and moves away and Bell has an aimless, open-faced fiddle at it and is beaten

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 85/4

    • IR Bell 18 (30b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 30 (34b 4x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-5-0
    • R McLaren 4-1-15-0
20.1

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, tidy stuff, decent length, decent line and well defended

20.2

McLaren to Collingwood, 1 run, drifts a touch down leg side, Collingwood was born playing leg-side nurdles, and does so effectively here for another single

20.3

McLaren to Bell, no run, Bell is pinned on the crease here, defending solidly

20.4

McLaren to Bell, no run, oops, shoved well down the leg side, McLaren apologies to his skipper

20.5

McLaren to Bell, no run, better length, shorter that the full floated stuff, hurries a defensive stroke off the back foot from Bell

20.6

McLaren to Bell, no run, yorker to finish up, and well directed, dug out smartly enough

End of over 21 (1 run) England 86/4

    • IR Bell 18 (34b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 31 (36b 4x4 1x6)
    • R McLaren 5-1-16-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-5-0
21.1

Kallis to Collingwood, no run, good stuff from Kallis, on off stump and moving away, Collingwood stands tall and defends

21.2

Kallis to Collingwood, no run, fuller this time, drawing Collingwood forward, he defends easily

21.3

Kallis to Collingwood, FOUR, lovely shot, after a couple of sighters outside off, Collingwood firmly drives this through the covers to bring up a positive and crucial 50 partnership

21.4

Kallis to Collingwood, 1 run, nicely played, dropped into the off side and Collingwood sets off for a quick single

21.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, Kallis has settled into a good rhythm against Bell, continues probing from back of a length, just outside off and Bell fiddles a defensive stroke

21.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, similar length, perhaps a touch wider, Bell shoulders arms expansively, as if trying to emphasise the shot to himself

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 91/4

    • IR Bell 18 (36b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 36 (40b 5x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-10-0
    • R McLaren 5-1-16-0
22.1

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, back of a length, arrowing in, Collingwood defends

22.2

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, floated up again, Collingwood defends it into the off side

22.3

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, good delivery this time, better length, good off-stump line, Collingwood blocks it into the off side

22.4

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, speared in, slightly back of a length, Collingwood tries to drop by his feet but gets too much of it and it runs to mid on

22.5

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, no need to play, so Collingwood doesn't

22.6

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, outside off again, the hint of swing takes it away further, and left alone

End of over 23 (maiden) England 91/4

    • PD Collingwood 36 (46b 5x4 1x6)
    • IR Bell 18 (36b 3x4)
    • R McLaren 6-2-16-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-10-0

It's a fraction stale from McLaren's end, Smith should bring back one of the big two before lunch.

23.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, probing line on off stump, swinging away and Bell leaves alone

23.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, again hovering around off stump, Bell is in two minds but chooses, correctly to leave alone

23.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, good carry, lifting outside off, Bell again leaves it alone

23.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, Kallis continues the off stump line, Bell leaves it well again, on length

23.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, tempter, served up full and wide outside off stump, and Bell leaves it comfortably

23.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, oh much closer. Inch-perfect leave Bell would argue, I'm not so sure. It grazes off stump as Bell shoulders arms

End of over 24 (maiden) England 91/4

    • IR Bell 18 (42b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 36 (46b 5x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 3-1-10-0
    • R McLaren 6-2-16-0

Here is Dale Steyn to recommence battle with Paul Collingwood.

24.1

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, starts outside off, should be the last over before lunch, Collingwood eagerly leaves alone

24.2

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, angling in before darting away late in the air, Collingwood judges it well and leaves alone

24.3

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, drags his length back a touch, but the line goes with it, too wide to interest the batsman

24.4

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, similar line, too wide of off, Collingwood leaves with relish

24.5

Steyn to Collingwood, no run, gets the line right this time, fullish and forces a defensive block from Collingwood

24.6

Steyn to Collingwood, 1 run, good delivery to end the over, fired in and squirts off an inside edge for a single out to square leg

End of over 25 (1 run) England 92/4

    • PD Collingwood 37 (52b 5x4 1x6)
    • IR Bell 18 (42b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 7-0-27-1
    • JH Kallis 3-1-10-0

Looks like Kallis will squeeze in one more over before the break.

25.1

Kallis to Collingwood, no run, good first ball, around off stump from back of a length and defended

25.2

Kallis to Collingwood, 1 run, slightly too leg sided and full, tucked round the corner for a single

25.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, Kallis has bowled well to Bell all morning. Short and angling in, it follows Bell as his tries to sway inside the line, and grazes his helmet on the way through to Boucher

25.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off from a much fuller length, Bell, dare I say it, looks composed and leaves it alone

25.5

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, angling in and tucked neatly away to the midwicket region

25.6

Kallis to Collingwood, SIX, well, that's an exciting way to close off the session! Short and Collingwood flapped it, over square leg and into the stands, the ball really flies at this altitude. Nothing more than a short-arm jab but it flew to the boundary.

That completes yet another pulsating session in this series to take us to lunch. All South Africa in the first hour, bursting through a frenetic England top order before Collingwood and Bell counter-attacked to try and recover some of the damage. With the pitch playing nicely South Africa are very well placed to command the match, England will want to find 200 more runs from somewhere. Anyway, Andrew Miller will have his bulletin ready soon and the Facebook page has been full of action this morning, so check it out.

Also, I'm very thrilled to announce that Andrew Miller is now a twit, and should you feel inclined, you can follow him on Twitter here. If all that isn't enough, people in the US can watch the Bangladesh v India series on the sparkling ESPN 360 site.

End of over 26 (8 runs) England 100/4

    • PD Collingwood 44 (55b 5x4 2x6)
    • IR Bell 19 (45b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 4-1-18-0
    • DW Steyn 7-0-27-1

Welcome back to the Wanderers. Miller here for the second session of another gripping day. After a lunch full of Twitter-related japes, I currently feel like something out of a Doonesbury cartoon. But back to the real action. A vital partnership forming. Can South Africa break through early? Steyn has the ball, in fact, he was merely handing it to McLaren ...

26.1

McLaren to Bell, no run, big stride forward, and blocked on off stump

26.2

McLaren to Bell, no run, angled back towards middle. Solid defence, vertical bat

26.3

McLaren to Bell, FOUR, good lifter outside off, but well played by Bell, soft hands, keeping the ball down, and third slip can't cut that off

26.4

McLaren to Bell, no run, attacking the base of off stump, prodded calmly to cover

26.5

McLaren to Bell, no run, beauty, zipping off the seam and passing the inside edge of Bell's bat. Lucky not to chop off, let alone nick through to Boucher

26.6

McLaren to Bell, FOUR, width, and walloped. Very well played as Bell seeks to be positive from the offset, and creams it through the covers

End of over 27 (8 runs) England 108/4

    • IR Bell 27 (51b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 44 (55b 5x4 2x6)
    • R McLaren 7-2-24-0
    • JH Kallis 4-1-18-0
27.1

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, outside off, enough width to ignore comfortably

Still three slips and a gully

27.2

Morkel to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, speared into the hip, a freebie single for the leg-sided Colly

Short leg is lurking now

27.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, extravagant leave-alone as Bell flings his gloves skywards.

27.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, full length, swinging away. No stroke offered again, as Bell explodes out of his stance. An aggressive-looking leave-alone, if such a thing can exist

27.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, forward and blocked

27.6

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, up on the toes, extra bounce, but deflected behind square with some composure

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 110/4

    • IR Bell 28 (55b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 44 (57b 5x4 2x6)
    • M Morkel 7-1-21-3
    • R McLaren 7-2-24-0
28.1

McLaren to Bell, no run, that's a ripper, lifting and seaming from a good length, Bell is stuck on the back foot and flinches as the ball passes

28.2

McLaren to Bell, no run, forward, and blocked back down the track, off an inside-edge

28.3

McLaren to Bell, no run, more good judgment as the ball zips through to Boucher

"Awful that Ian Bell, can't hack it, won't make it, should go," says Andy. "Of course he's also the only player along with Kallis to reach 300 in the series so far. Now who should we replace KP with ...?" Well quite

28.4

McLaren to Bell, no run, width again, left alone again. Some decent deliveries from McLaren, but rather more sighters than would be ideal for Souht Africa's purposes

28.5

McLaren to Bell, no run, in that channel outside off stump, and that's ignored once again

28.6

McLaren to Bell, no run, much fuller length, tossed up for the drive, but Bell doesn't take the bait

A mixed bag in that over

End of over 29 (maiden) England 110/4

    • IR Bell 28 (61b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 44 (57b 5x4 2x6)
    • R McLaren 8-3-24-0
    • M Morkel 7-1-21-3
29.1

Morkel to Collingwood, 3 runs, pitched right up to the toes, and Collingwood, who has been practising with a ridiculous four-and-a-half pound bat, drops his hammer on that one and times it up towards the long-on boundary

29.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, good delivery, and a very good leave. Tight to off stump, but climbing sharply. Bell raises his gloves out of harm's way

29.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, more awkward bounce, a fraction outside off, and Bell draws his bat inside the line

29.4

Morkel to Bell, 2 runs, a bit dicey that time, driven uppishly, and just wide of Morkel, who half-stretches in his followthrough but can't get there for the catch

29.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, pushed back into the stumps, and angled down to the leg-side, just short of Amla under the lid. Safely played

29.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, width, bounce, and calm judgment. A menacing over

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 115/4

    • IR Bell 30 (66b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 47 (58b 5x4 2x6)
    • M Morkel 8-1-26-3
    • R McLaren 8-3-24-0

"Is this the first time Paul Collingwood has ever hit two sixes or more in a Test match before reaching 50?" asks Carlos Cuellar. Perhaps, though Colly is a funny one. He loves to stonewall a la Cardiff and Cape Town, yet I believe he has more sixes in international cricket than any England player bar Flintoff

30.1

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, pushed out to cover

30.2

McLaren to Collingwood, no run, fuller and tighter, left alone outside off

30.3

McLaren to Collingwood, OUT, squared up, a leading edge, and that's caught at point! A massive breakthrough and that is McLaren's first in Tests. Smith's hunch has paid off, just enough nibble off the deck to turn a regulation nurdle off the pads into a muffed false shot, and Duminy leans forward to collect a lobbed opportunity!

PD Collingwood c Duminy b McLaren 47 (104m 61b 5x4 2x6) SR: 77.04

Huge moment. England were looking solid so long as that partnership endured, but Prior has not had the best of this series, despite an important fifty at Durban

30.4

McLaren to Prior, no run, forward, and a poked defence

Three slips and a gully

30.5

McLaren to Prior, no run, good delivery, more nip off the deck and Prior is smacked in the box. A nod of the helmet (not that one) and he's back in his stance

30.6

McLaren to Prior, FOUR, on the pads, that's a freebie, and clipped in the air into the gap at square leg

Well, what a day it has been already. This pitch is not to blame, either, so a lot of work to be done for England. There's no point in rolling over and hoping to catch South Africa before the conditions ease, because they are fine already

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 119/5

    • MJ Prior 4 (3b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 30 (66b 5x4)
    • R McLaren 9-3-28-1
    • M Morkel 8-1-26-3
31.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, lifter, and that's nasty, Bell is jammed painfully on the right hand, and he takes a while to compose himself

31.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, pounding aggression and more wicked lift outside off stump. Left alone

31.3

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, good shot, pushed right back into the crease, but ever ready to lean back onto the front foot. Slightly over-pitched, and eased through the covers.

31.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, staggering take from Prince, leaping high to his right at gully, and he clings on ... or does he! A wicked lifter takes the bat-handle, and though Prince had it in his fingertips, he lost control as he landed. Big moment

31.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended from the crease, and pushed out to cover

As a few of you have pointed out, KP also has more sixes than Collingwood. Either way, Collingwood has more sixes than most people would imagine!

31.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, Morkel has got a whiff of cordite in his nostrils. A pumped-up spell, but this ball is survived

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 123/5

    • IR Bell 34 (72b 6x4)
    • MJ Prior 4 (3b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 9-1-30-3
    • R McLaren 9-3-28-1
32.1

McLaren to Prior, no run, outside off, another crafty seamer, and Prior hangs his bat out to dry

32.2

McLaren to Prior, no run, solid defence on the line of middle stump. Very full length

Three slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, square leg

32.3

McLaren to Prior, no run, misdirected, down the leg side and left alone

32.4

McLaren to Prior, no run, outside off, swinging away. No stroke

32.5

McLaren to Prior, 2 runs, big stride, punched to cover

"I had no idea Aston Villa's Spanish centre half had such an interest in cricket statistics!" notes Jimmy.

32.6

McLaren to Prior, no run, hanging back in the crease, a bit of wobble in the crease, deflected to square leg

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 125/5

    • MJ Prior 6 (9b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 34 (72b 6x4)
    • R McLaren 10-3-30-1
    • M Morkel 9-1-30-3
33.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, more vicious lift from a good length. Bell defends with both feet in the air

33.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, more excellent carry from a good length. Bell raises his bat once again

"Bet I know what Strauss is thinking now," says Doc. "Harmison where are you!" Right sentiments, wrong question. We all know that Harmison will be sat in his Ashington Working Men's Club bar, where he'd be happy to spend the rest of his days

33.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, stunning work from Amla once again, who collects a firm clip and makes to shy as Bell thinks he's got a run in the bag

33.4

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, defended back down the pitch, and finds the gap in an attacking field

Morkel has an issue with his boot. And what a shambles that piece of leather is! It's seen some overs ...

Re sixes. Adam Humphries has the definitive England figures: "Flintoff has 177 international 6s, Pietersen 122, Botham 111, Collingwood 102, Trescothick 84 and Hick 63." Ta muchly.

33.5

Morkel to Prior, no run, outside off, less bounce than previously, and Morkel is looking a bit concerned. Lots of grimacing going on, and has his stress fracture returned? A big worry for South Africa if there's anything going on there

33.6

Morkel to Prior, no run, outside off, unchallenging lift. Another grimace. And off Morkel goes ... we'll keep you posted on that ...

End of over 34 (1 run) England 126/5

    • MJ Prior 6 (11b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 35 (76b 6x4)
    • M Morkel 10-1-31-3
    • R McLaren 10-3-30-1
34.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, gentle swing from a good length, left alone

34.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off again, left alone again. Decent swing, but from the hand and easily negotiated

34.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, fuller length, nips late. A well-judged leave

34.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, wider once again, no stroke this time

"If that is the Doc I know, tell him to get on with some work and to stop sending such long emails to our club's committee about how great its junior section is," says Mark Scott. "If it isn't the same Doc then sorry and just get on with trying to treat some patients." You've been told

34.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, into position for the drive, but not quite timed

34.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, on the pads, tucked to square leg, that is a maiden

"The prodigious bounce makes me worry that Broad will go short-ball crazy and forget to pitch it up when England bowl, esp. with no Onions," says the Wisden Cricketer's Dan Brigham, who occasionally talks some sense. Here's Dale Steyn, who knows how to pitch it up

End of over 35 (maiden) England 126/5

    • IR Bell 35 (82b 6x4)
    • MJ Prior 6 (11b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 5-2-18-0
    • M Morkel 10-1-31-3
35.1

Steyn to Prior, no run, attempted leave from that habitual full length. But deflected off the face of the bat

35.2

Steyn to Prior, FOUR, a fraction short and pulled firmly in front of square. Prior states his intentions, he wasn't entirely in command of that stroke, but attack is what he does best

35.3

Steyn to Prior, no run, outside off, left alone this time

35.4

Steyn to Prior, no run, that is a beautiful delivery. Swinging, seaming, bouncing just enough, and zipping past the edge. He bowled a dozen of those to Collingwood alone at Cape Town

35.5

Steyn to Prior, no run, challenging line and length, with sharp late swing. Defended to point.

35.6

Steyn to Prior, 3 runs, deflected through the gap at backward point, a good chase saves four

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 133/5

    • MJ Prior 13 (17b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 35 (82b 6x4)
    • DW Steyn 8-0-34-1
    • JH Kallis 5-2-18-0
36.1

Kallis to Prior, no run, pounding approach, banged onto a good length, a threat of swing, and defended

36.2

Kallis to Prior, no run, outside off, a flat-footed push and through to the keeper. More swing on display

36.3

Kallis to Prior, no run, a crunching drive, but Parnell gathers well at mid-off

36.4

Kallis to Prior, no run, big stride forward, solid defence, albeit with one hand coming off the bat

36.5

Kallis to Prior, no run, back of a length, straightening off the pitch. Defended

36.6

Kallis to Prior, no run, outside off and left alone again

Morkel is back on the field, which is good news for South Africa. Not such good news for England. Looks like a change of boots in the interim

End of over 37 (maiden) England 133/5

    • MJ Prior 13 (23b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 35 (82b 6x4)
    • JH Kallis 6-3-18-0
    • DW Steyn 8-0-34-1
37.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, full, and gentle but brisk outswing. Steered to short cover

37.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, fuller length and sharper swing. Bell is slightly squared up but digs the ball out nonetheless

37.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, outside off, too wide to tempt an indiscretion. So it doesn't

37.4

Steyn to Bell, OUT, castled! And that is exceptional bowling. Steyn has been swinging everything away, and this one zips back off the deck, through the gate, and into the stumps! High quality fast bowling, and there's very little that Bell could have done about that

IR Bell b Steyn 35 (125m 86b 6x4 0x6) SR: 40.69

Another 30-odd for Bell, but that was a gritty 30, not a pretty 30. Either way, it's less than was required by an England team who are now well and truly up the creek sans paddle. Meanwhile, in the dressing-room, Strauss is wishing he'd not had the chance to bat first.

Gnasher McGlashan reports: "More boos for Stuart Broad's arrival than KP's!" He's got a job to do now, and no mistake.

Three slips, gully, point. Here comes Steyn

37.5

Steyn to Broad, no run, outside off, no stroke offered

37.6

Steyn to Broad, no run, outside off, left alone again

Drinks incidentally, were taken at the fall of the wicket. I'm off to tend to my Twitter feed. Here's Sahil Dutta.

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) England 133/6

    • SCJ Broad 0 (2b)
    • MJ Prior 13 (23b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 9-1-34-2
    • JH Kallis 6-3-18-0

Miller has had all the wickets today, so expect a quiet hour. Sterling stuff from South Africa here.

38.1

Kallis to Prior, 1 run, squirts off an inside edge down towards fine leg, loose

38.2

Kallis to Broad, 2 runs, Broad is nothing if not stylish and languidly drives one through mid off

38.3

Kallis to Broad, no run, well bowled by Kallis, fuller and Broad was hanging back on his crease, prods it into the off side with plenty of uncertainty

38.4

Kallis to Broad, no run, nicely stroked to the mid off fielder, who collects this time easily, drawing jeers and cheers from the crowd

38.5

Kallis to Broad, no run, ooh close! Broad tries to turn a shortish ball into the leg side gets a horrid leading edge, and it loops agonisingly short of mid off

38.6

Kallis to Broad, no run, nicely bowled again, swinging back a touch at Broad, who steps back and defends

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 136/6

    • SCJ Broad 2 (7b)
    • MJ Prior 14 (24b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 7-3-21-0
    • DW Steyn 9-1-34-2
39.1

Steyn to Prior, OUT, England collapsing here! Prior gone! Short ball, Prior tries to pull it away but it catches the gloves and goes slowly though to Boucher. Easy catch and South Africa are all over England here. "So much for your quiet hour," says Miller.

MJ Prior c †Boucher b Steyn 14 (45m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.00

Strauss staring into his laptop to see if he can find any answers. He's probably reading Cricinfo, so I'll tell him. Probing bowling and loose shots. Anyway, here's Swann, who'll have a dash.

39.2

Steyn to Swann, no run, outside off stump and left alone

39.3

Steyn to Swann, no run, good ball, full, swinging away a fraction, Swann leans forward and defends solidly

39.4

Steyn to Swann, no run, outside off again, Swann is relieved to get a sighter, leaves it all alone

39.5

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, oh close again! Full and swinging away, Swann has a dart and it flies just short of Duminy diving forward at gully

The last time England had a real horror, in Headingley 2009, Swann and Broad had a happy-clappy partnership at the end, flaying the ball around. Different situation here, in the first innings, how will they play?

39.6

Steyn to Broad, 3 runs, Broad has an airy drive at this, slapping it with no timing in the air past mid off

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 140/7

    • SCJ Broad 5 (8b)
    • GP Swann 1 (4b)
    • DW Steyn 10-1-38-3
    • JH Kallis 7-3-21-0
40.1

Kallis to Broad, FOUR, good shot this, shortish outside off, Broad leant back and scythed it through the covers for a boundary

40.2

Kallis to Broad, FOUR, clear positive intent here! Short and Broad steps back and hooks it away on one knee, between the fielders in the deep for four to deep square

40.3

Kallis to Broad, no run, how did that miss!? back of a length and seaming back at Broad who has a wild swish it passes between bat and stump

40.4

Kallis to Broad, no run, slightly more controlled here, fuller and Broad strokes it to mid off

40.5

Kallis to Broad, OUT, gone this time! One shot too many perhaps. Back of a length, straight into Broad and he flaps it, needlessly really, in the air to mid off. Hit, hope and fail.

SCJ Broad c Morkel b Kallis 13 (18m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

South Africa have stormed through England today. While the hosts have looked entirely focussed, England seem mentally a bit absent. Anyway, Ryan Sidebottom needs to do a Graham Onions and block the life out of it. Unlike Onions he has about four and half days to bat.

40.6

Kallis to Sidebottom, no run, fences at one outside off, zips past the edge through to Boucher. Great stuff from South Africa, this

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 148/8

    • RJ Sidebottom 0 (1b)
    • GP Swann 1 (4b)
    • JH Kallis 8-3-29-1
    • DW Steyn 10-1-38-3

Four slips and a gully in place. Strauss looking rueful in the dressing room.

41.1

Steyn to Swann, no run, full, swinging away, driven firmly but straight to the fielder

41.2

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, dug in a little shorter, Swann tries to help it away down the leg side, but it trickles away for one

41.3

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, short again, Sidebottom is a whole-hearted man and will give his all for England, much like Graham Onions in that respect, and he sways inside the line of it

41.4

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, having just said that, he has an aimless swish at a full ball outside off and is lucky as it whistles past the edge

41.5

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, tighter on the stumps this time, swinging in, Sidebottom turns it neatly into the leg side but straight to short leg

41.6

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, top stuff from Steyn, spears in an inswinging yorker, slightly overcooked and Sidebottom blocks it out on the full

End of over 42 (1 run) England 149/8

    • RJ Sidebottom 0 (5b)
    • GP Swann 2 (6b)
    • DW Steyn 11-1-39-3
    • JH Kallis 8-3-29-1
42.1

Kallis to Swann, no run, nicely bowled, Swann loves to drive, but this was just back of a driving length, swinging away and Swann hung has bat at it and is beaten

42.2

Kallis to Swann, no run, similar delivery, and after a hint of indecision, Swann opts to leave

42.3

Kallis to Swann, no run, good probing stuff, fullish length, Swann is forward and offering a Boycott-like defence

42.4

Kallis to Swann, no run, nipping back off the seam and rapping him on his inside thigh, lucky it didn't bounce a fraction higher

42.5

Kallis to Swann, FOUR, that is Swann's arc, full and crashed straight past the bowler for a boundary, nicely played

42.6

Kallis to Swann, 1 run, Swann had set himself up for a short ball, and it wasn't quite as short as he expected, slightly mistimes it down to deep square where and Amla dropped it

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 154/8

    • GP Swann 7 (12b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 0 (5b)
    • JH Kallis 9-3-34-1
    • DW Steyn 11-1-39-3
43.1

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, full this time and blocked into space for a single

43.2

Steyn to Sidebottom, OUT, gone! Steyn gets another! All very easy really, outside off, Sidebottom comes forward and nicks it behind to Boucher. South Africa rampant here!

RJ Sidebottom c †Boucher b Steyn 0 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here is James Anderson, who has a bit of a job to do here and a massive one to do in a minute with the ball. Not much movement off the pitch, a bit of bounce perhaps, but it is the swing that will keep the bowlers interested.

43.3

Steyn to Anderson, no run, great bowling, full, quick, swinging in, Anderson stays perfectly still and hangs his bat in front of the ball. No backlift at all

43.4

Steyn to Anderson, 2 runs, shorter this time, Anderson nudges it, just wide of Amla at short leg, and collects a single. Top bowling, such a treat to see quality pace bowling.

43.5

Steyn to Anderson, no run, full and Anderson hangs right back again, holding his bat in the line of the ball

43.6

Steyn to Anderson, no run, attempted yorker, gets the length but it swings rapidly down leg side where Boucher tumbles to make an excellent save

End of over 44 (3 runs) England 157/9

    • JM Anderson 2 (4b)
    • GP Swann 8 (13b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 12-1-42-4
    • JH Kallis 9-3-34-1
44.1

Kallis to Swann, no run, Kallis continues to hover around off stump, Swann rocks forward and is a picture of diligence, defending

44.2

Kallis to Swann, no run, slightly fuller this time, draws Swann into his favourite drive, but the swing takes it past the edge

44.3

Kallis to Swann, 1 run, shorter and Swann tries to heave it into the leg side, connects well and it goes out to deep fine leg

44.4

Kallis to Anderson, 1 run, good stuff from Anderson, again pinned right on his stumps, holds his bat in line, drops the ball out on the off side and they collect a single

44.5

Kallis to Swann, no run, Swann not wanting to give it away defends well. These two put on 106 at Centurion after all, what England would give for that now

44.6

Kallis to Swann, FOUR, nicely played, controlled guide outside off down to third man for a welcome boundary

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 163/9

    • GP Swann 13 (18b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 3 (5b)
    • JH Kallis 10-3-40-1
    • DW Steyn 12-1-42-4
45.1

Steyn to Anderson, no run, nicely bowled and nicely played. Short and Anderson gets back and has time to defend it solidly, down and into the leg side

45.2

Steyn to Anderson, no run, shorter again, Anderson has barely moved off the back foot, so has plenty of time to block it into the off side

45.3

Steyn to Anderson, 1 run, ooh, no time here for Anderson. Short and rapidly rising into the neck area, Anderson fends it, has no idea about it really, but fortunately for him it loops over leg gully for a single

45.4

Steyn to Swann, no run, fuller, Swann can't do much about this, as it hurtles into his pads

45.5

Steyn to Swann, no run, Swann will feel he's missed out, and admonishes himself for doing so, Steyn looks for the yorker, but it is sliding down the leg side and Swann misses the attempted tickle

45.6

Steyn to Swann, FOUR, plays this very well though, shorter, Swann thought about it, and then helped it late, over the slips, with an upper-cut guide for a boundary to third man

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 168/9

    • GP Swann 17 (21b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 4 (8b)
    • DW Steyn 13-1-47-4
    • JH Kallis 10-3-40-1

Here's long tall Morne Morkel.

46.1

Morkel to Anderson, no run, Anderson running on to his back foot, he can't be more than a fraction in front of his stumps, and blocked away

46.2

Morkel to Anderson, no run, hanging back again, and it's short, he rides with the bounce and drops it into the off side. Looks set for a peppering here, but Anderson always gets stuck in

46.3

Morkel to Anderson, 1 run, nicely done, once again well back on his crease, interesting tactic really, and he guides a rising delivery down between point and gully for a single

Just two slips in place for Swann, and no short leg. Looks far too defensive to me.

46.4

Morkel to Swann, SIX, short and Swann clatters it! Flies over midwicket for six, top shot

46.5

Morkel to Swann, 1 run, bit of luck here, short again, Swann, on the pull, gets high on the bat and loops over midwicket running back, and lands safely

46.6

Morkel to Anderson, no run, short, Anderson has set his entire innings up for short bowling, and negotiates this easily, dropping into the leg side

End of over 47 (8 runs) England 176/9

    • JM Anderson 5 (12b)
    • GP Swann 24 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 11-1-39-3
    • DW Steyn 13-1-47-4
47.1

Steyn to Swann, 2 runs, good stuff, attacking cricket all round, Steyn goes full at the stumps, Swann clips it firmly to mid on, where a dive keeps it to two

47.2

Steyn to Swann, no run, good delivery, back to a conventional good length, Swann rocks forward and defends

47.3

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, full again, Swann drives a little airily and down to a deep set mid off for a single

Leg gully, short leg, three slips and a gully in place.

47.4

Steyn to Anderson, 1 run, short again, arrowed in at Anderson's neck, he flaps/fends and it comes off the edge and again somehow loops wide of the leg gully for a single

Fielders spread everywhere, deep cover, fine leg, deep backward square.

47.5

Steyn to Swann, OUT, gets him this time though. Outside off stump, Swann flays at it and it comes off an inside edge through to a diving Boucher.

GP Swann c †Boucher b Steyn 27 (43m 27b 3x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Steyn has five and England have been bundled out in 47.5 overs for 180. Frenetic cricket from them today but South Africa have been exceptional. The end of innings has also brought an early tea, which sounds like a splendid idea.

Play will start at 3.20pm so until then have a look at Andrew Miller's bulletin and have a rant on our Facebook page.

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