Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Prior
76(118) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %57%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 4 2 1 7 1 0 6
JH Kallis
108(189) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 2 2 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JM Anderson
O21.1
M1
R63
W5
Eco2.97
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Morkel
O22.0
M4
R75
W5
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
141 | (maiden) | ENG: 296/9

  • G Onions0 (11b)
  • GP Swann10 (8b)
  • M Morkel28-9-51-1
  • DW Steyn35-11-74-2

Andrew Miller is hammering his match report, and there is, as ever, the Facebook page. Another thriller, and I need a lie-down. Thanks for all the emails, that is it from me, Sahil Dutta, and from Andrew Miller. I hope you'll join us January 14 for the final Test of this magnificent series.

Smith looks exhausted, as well he might be, he has had a marathon match, barely left the field. He says it will take a while to work out how the dressing room feels here, and rues the missing 'knock-out blow' for South Africa. He thanks the fans for their support and says South Africa have 'a few questions to answer' at the Wanderers but is confident of levelling the series.

Strauss arrives for the presentation, greeted with plenty of cheers from the Barmy Army. He has a broad grin and says that Collingwood and Bell produced something 'special' to save his side here. He credits South Africa for fighting their way so close to the finish line and says that the game of cricket, not any ball tampering issues, will be in the headlines tomorrow. Quite right.

Plenty of credit must go to Paul Collingwood, who, when England needed another rearguard, arrived at the wicket armed with a sack of bricks and built an unbreachable wall that repelled everything South Africa threw at him for 276 minutes. Ian Bell played a huge innings under intense pressure. South Africa had to battle 22 yards of remorselessly flat, spirit-sapping earth, as they almost drew level in the series with fantastic bowling from Steyn.

Match drawn This, yet again, has been epic drama. South Africa look deflated, Smith rueful, but they stormed back into this match with one hour to go. The players shake hands, as well they might, they have provided a magnificent spectacle here. Wonderful Test match and today's duel between Steyn and Collingwood stirred memories of Atherton and Donald at Trent Bridge in 1998. These sides can barely be separated and it's made for a thrilling series.

140.6
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, England survive! It's outside off stump, left alone and Onions punches the air!

One ball and no nails left.

140.5
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, short it is, Onions gets it an awkward position and it flies near to his gloves through to Boucher. Big appeal, given not out, but Smith reviews... and it's not given. Past close to the gloves but there was clear daylight.

Smith comes up for a chat. Possibly advising Morkel to shove it short

140.4
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, another great ball, sterling stuff, yorker but Onions digs it out. Just two chances left
140.3
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, great change of length, fuller Onions digs it out. 3 more!
140.2
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, short, straight, Onions hops back, gets himself in line and drops it out on the off side
140.1
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, outside off stump, Onions flinches at it, but misses. 5 to go

Short gully, three slips, two gullies, short leg in place

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Prior
76(118) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %57%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 4 2 1 7 1 0 6
JH Kallis
108(189) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 2 2 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JM Anderson
O21.1
M1
R63
W5
Eco2.97
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Morkel
O22.0
M4
R75
W5
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF