Close of Play

  • Wed, 09 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 142/3 (AN Cook 66*, PD Collingwood 27*, 36.2 ov)
  • Thu, 10 Dec - day 2 - South African Invitation XI 1st innings 167/7 (47 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Swann happy to be bowling

    The scenes in East London couldn't have been a greater contrast to those of South London, but for Swann it was business as usual as he pocketed 6 for 55 at Buffalo Park

  • Swann impresses with six wickets

    Graeme Swann is a jovial character at the best of times, but he will go into the first Test against South Africa with a spring in his step after bagging a six-wicket haul against the Invitational XI at Buffalo Park

  • Cook impresses but rain frustrates

    Rain has plagued England throughout their tour of South Africa, and it returned to remove vital time from their opening two-day fixture against a South African Invitational XI

  • England embark on the battle for balance

    Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower must ponder a question that was ever-present during the 1990s. How do England balance the Test team without a genuine allrounder?

  • Anderson ruled out of England warm-up

    Although the sun made an appearance in East London an injury cloud remains over James Anderson's knee ahead of the Test series against South Africa after he was ruled out of England's opening two-day match against an Invitational XI at Buffalo Park

SAf Invit XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st15DJ van WykAP Agathangelou
2nd42DJ van WykSE Avontuur
3rd24SE AvontuurT Bavuma
4th19PM van NiekerkSE Avontuur
5th45W BossengerSE Avontuur
6th0W BossengerD Wiese
7th0W BossengerM Mosehle
8th22W BossengerC Pietersen