3rd Test, Birmingham, July 30 - August 02, 2008, South Africa tour of England
231 & 363
(T:281) 314 & 283/5

South Africa won by 5 wickets

Player Of The Match
England 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
Andrew Strauss hit wicket b Nel2067933029.85
Alastair Cook c Kallis b Nel7612517512060.80
Michael Vaughan (c)c †Boucher b Nel011000.00
Kevin Pietersen c Prince b Kallis49130044.44
Ian Bell c †Boucher b Ntini50981299051.02
Paul Collingwood c Smith b Kallis422451018.18
Andrew Flintoff not out 36781123146.15
Tim Ambrose  b Kallis2259733037.28
Ryan Sidebottom c †Boucher b Ntini2460050.00
James Anderson run out (Prince)13100033.33
Monty Panesar run out (Amla/†Boucher)11200100.00
Extras(b 1, lb 7, nb 5, w 2)15
TOTAL77 Ov (RR: 3.00, 334 Mins)231
Fall of wickets: 1-68 (Andrew Strauss, 22.4 ov), 2-68 (Michael Vaughan, 22.5 ov), 3-74 (Kevin Pietersen, 25.5 ov), 4-136 (Alastair Cook, 40.6 ov), 5-158 (Paul Collingwood, 51.1 ov), 6-173 (Ian Bell, 54.5 ov), 7-212 (Tim Ambrose, 73.6 ov), 8-215 (Ryan Sidebottom, 74.6 ov), 9-230 (James Anderson, 76.5 ov), 10-231 (Monty Panesar, 76.6 ov)
Morne Morkel1525003.33738004
Makhaya Ntini1957023.68878101
54.5 to IR Bell, a feather of an edge and Bell goes now! The change (of ends and of bowler) has worked, as he slides the ball in from wide and Bell's tickle, pushing forward, goes through. 173/6
74.6 to RJ Sidebottom, Ntini strikes now! Sidebottom didn't hang around long, the swing taking the ball away and the edge carrying on to Boucher behind the stumps. 215/8
Andre Nel1774732.76869010
22.4 to AJ Strauss, nudged through midwicket for another easy single. Hang on - they're appealing for something, and he's gone! Strauss has stepped on his stumps! Well, well, what a breakthrough for South Africa. 68/1
22.5 to MP Vaughan, and he's gone first ball! A good one from Nel that held its line, and Vaughan came forward trying to defend, but it didn't look like he touched it. Up went a huge appeal from Nel, and a belated one from the rest of the South Africans, and up too went the finger. 68/2
40.6 to AN Cook, gone now! Nel strikes with his third victim of the day, an outside edge from Cook who loses the battle with Nel in the end as he's squared up and Kallis takes a good, diving catch to his left at second slip. 136/4
Jacques Kallis1553132.06774010
25.5 to KP Pietersen, a huge appeal and he's out! Pietersen's gone! A quicker, fuller ball which Pietersen tried to flick to leg and got the thinnest of leading edges which flew to Prince at point. Pietersen wasn't sure if it was lbw or caught, and though it didn't look as though he got an edge, the lbw was close. 74/3
51.1 to PD Collingwood, oh, a thick edge and Collingwood goes! He was looking to turn that one to midwicket, and the ball takes a thick snick and it's snapped by the bucket hands at first slip. 158/5
73.6 to TR Ambrose, Kallis has gone right through the defences now, Ambrose squaring behind it and as the ball is planted on a good length, he drives a fat edge back on to the stumps which rattle sickeningly. 212/7
Paul Harris1112502.27492000
South Africa 1st Innings 
Neil McKenzie lbw b Flintoff7212717512056.69
Graeme Smith (c)c Strauss b Flintoff721310033.33
Paul Harris c Cook b Sidebottom1954913035.18
Hashim Amla c & b Anderson923330039.13
Jacques Kallis  b Flintoff641141419056.14
Ashwell Prince c †Ambrose b Sidebottom391041667037.50
AB de Villiers c Sidebottom b Flintoff517171029.41
Mark Boucher c Vaughan b Anderson4049905081.63
Morne Morkel lbw b Anderson1833464054.54
Andre Nel  b Sidebottom045000.00
Makhaya Ntini not out 0211000.00
Extras(lb 35, nb 6)41
TOTAL90.2 Ov (RR: 3.47, 408 Mins)314
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Graeme Smith, 7.2 ov), 2-94 (Paul Harris, 27.3 ov), 3-117 (Hashim Amla, 35.1 ov), 4-135 (Neil McKenzie, 38.6 ov), 5-226 (Jacques Kallis, 68.4 ov), 6-238 (AB de Villiers, 72.4 ov), 7-264 (Ashwell Prince, 77.6 ov), 8-293 (Morne Morkel, 86.6 ov), 9-298 (Andre Nel, 87.6 ov), 10-314 (Mark Boucher, 90.2 ov)
Ryan Sidebottom2598133.2411813001
27.3 to PL Harris, 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. 94/2
77.6 to AG Prince, gone! what a huge wicket, full and wide of off stump and draws Prince into a rare loose drive, a thin edge flies through comfortably to Ambrose who swallows it. A vital blow by Sidebottom, Prince was very capable of marshalling the lower order. 264/7
87.6 to A Nel, got him this time. A repeat of the previous ball but it was a touch fuller and Nel, tried to turn him to leg, but his middle and leg stumps are splayed with pleasing symmetry. That was a bit out. 298/9
James Anderson26.267232.7312911003
35.1 to HM Amla, 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. 117/3
86.6 to M Morkel, got him! The bouncer from Anderson is followed by the dummy delivery, full and straight and Morkel's trapped in front. 293/8
90.2 to MV Boucher, what a catch by Vaughan! Boucher went inside out and Vaughan, sprinting in from extra cover, dived to take a quite brilliant (and surprising) catch. Pleasingly, both his knees appear to be still intact too. 314/10
Andrew Flintoff3088942.9614111002
7.2 to GC Smith, 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. 17/1
38.6 to ND McKenzie, 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. 135/4
68.4 to JH Kallis, he's BOWLED HIM! What a ball from Flintoff and what an over, fired in at off stump and Kallis is beaten for pace and outswing, his off stump knocked back several metres. 226/5
72.4 to AB de Villiers, got him, Flintoff's on fire here! An 88.4mph bouncer which lures de Villiers into a hook, but he top-edges a skier above Sidebottom at fine-leg. Steadying himself, he takes it comfortably and England are right back in this match. 238/6
Paul Collingwood201206.0093000
Monty Panesar702503.57273000
England 2nd Innings 
Andrew Strauss c Kallis b Morkel2565992038.46
Alastair Cook c †Boucher b Ntini912212075.00
Michael Vaughan (c)c Amla b Nel1718274094.44
Kevin Pietersen c de Villiers b Harris9413618713069.11
Ian Bell c †Boucher b Ntini2027354074.07
Paul Collingwood c †Boucher b Morkel13519529619169.23
Andrew Flintoff c Amla b Harris2440050.00
Tim Ambrose  b Morkel19801002023.75
Ryan Sidebottom c Amla b Morkel2248775045.83
James Anderson  b Kallis1760014.28
Monty Panesar not out 00200-
Extras(b 8, lb 2, nb 3, w 6)19
TOTAL98.2 Ov (RR: 3.69, 432 Mins)363
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Alastair Cook, 5.2 ov), 2-39 (Michael Vaughan, 10.6 ov), 3-70 (Andrew Strauss, 22.1 ov), 4-104 (Ian Bell, 30.1 ov), 5-219 (Kevin Pietersen, 53.1 ov), 6-221 (Andrew Flintoff, 53.5 ov), 7-297 (Tim Ambrose, 80.2 ov), 8-362 (Ryan Sidebottom, 96.5 ov), 9-363 (James Anderson, 97.6 ov), 10-363 (Paul Collingwood, 98.2 ov)
Morne Morkel19.219745.018115041
22.1 to AJ Strauss, but South Africa have struck now! Strauss on his way after pushing forward at a good, straight ball, the edge flicking off hard to second slip. 70/3
80.2 to TR Ambrose, timber! what a start for Morkel, the ball pitches on off and middle and moves away just a touch, Ambrose plays down the wrong line and the ball clips the top of offstump. 297/7
96.5 to RJ Sidebottom, what a comeback by Morkel! He bangs it in short, directs it at the ribcage and Sidebottom is forced onto the pull, he swings but fails to control the shot as the ball lobs off his gloves and Amla at short leg takes an easy catch. 362/8
98.2 to PD Collingwood, outside off, Collingwood cuts it low to Boucher and there ends England's innings and a fine hundred from Paul Collingwood. 363/10
Andre Nel2037913.958813000
10.6 to MP Vaughan, got him! A screamer of a catch by Amla at extra cover, Vaughan reaching out away from the body to drive a ball which wasn't quite as pitched up as thought and he squirts a low one at the fielder who dives low to his left for a terrific take. 39/2
Makhaya Ntini1845823.22838020
5.2 to AN Cook, gone! what a brilliant catch, but an awful shot from Cook...dropped in short again and Cook goes for the pull, defeated by the angle and it causes him to get a massive top edge. Boucher called early and makes a huge amount of ground, taking the catch almost at square leg. Massive strike for South Africa, England still a way behind. 15/1
30.1 to IR Bell, over the wicket, short ball outside off, and that's a horrible, awful miscue from Bell, sending a top edge from a would-be hook, his head right up in the air, and Boucher runs round to take the catch. 104/4
Jacques Kallis2055912.95969000
97.6 to JM Anderson, bowled him! A poor shot from Anderson; a poor innings in fact. He went back, tried to cut but it was much too close and he inside-edged it onto his stumps. 363/9
Paul Harris2136022.85936100
53.1 to KP Pietersen, Harris has got him! Pietersen's gone! Skipping down the pitch and going for the glory shot over the top, but he picks out long-on, and he swears black and blue while trudging back to the pavilion. He is absolutely apoplectic with rage - and understandably so. He might just have thrown the game away for England. 219/5
53.5 to A Flintoff, gone! Harris has two huge wickets. Flintoff lunges forward and tries to defend but can only inside-edge it to short-leg. 221/6
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 281 runs)
Graeme Smith (c)not out 15424634117062.60
Neil McKenzie lbw b Flintoff2256743039.28
Hashim Amla lbw b Panesar617230035.29
Jacques Kallis lbw b Flintoff57111071.42
Ashwell Prince c †Ambrose b Anderson214160014.28
AB de Villiers c Collingwood b Panesar2757973047.36
Mark Boucher not out 45851145052.94
Extras(b 10, lb 8, nb 2, w 2)22
TOTAL80 Ov (RR: 3.53, 341 Mins)283/5
Fall of wickets: 1-65 (Neil McKenzie, 17.3 ov), 2-78 (Hashim Amla, 22.6 ov), 3-83 (Jacques Kallis, 25.5 ov), 4-93 (Ashwell Prince, 29.2 ov), 5-171 (AB de Villiers, 52.4 ov)
Ryan Sidebottom1012602.60432000
James Anderson1306014.61497020
29.2 to AG Prince, the top order's coming apart here and Smith can only watch, Anderson angles it across the left hander, Prince prods forwards half heartedly and gets a thin edge to Ambrose, unlike the three early wickets this was certain, no doubt whatsoever. 93/4
Monty Panesar3339122.751437002
22.6 to HM Amla, Monty was absolutely certain about this and so was Aleem Dar! He bowls the arm ball on middle stump line, Amla misreads it and goes on the backfoot, the ball skids through, replays showed that the ball may have just sailed over the stumps, that looked a little wrong to the naked eye but England will take it. 78/2
52.4 to AB de Villiers, now has the tide turned yet? Panesar pitches it outside off and gets it to turn, de Villiers follows it and fails to get behind the line and gets an edge to Collingwood at first slip. 171/5
Andrew Flintoff2057223.608711000
17.3 to ND McKenzie, complete misjudgment from McKenzie! Flintoff fires in a yorker, McKenzie somehow fails to pick it and doesn't offer a shot, the ball swings in in the air and hits the boot, umpire Steve Davis gives him out. Hawkeye reckons that would have clipped the offstump. If you don't offer a stroke you're generally in big trouble. This reminds me of Chris Read getting out to Cairns at Lord's in 1999. 65/1
25.5 to JH Kallis, another batsman fails to sight the ball properly! This is very dramatic stuff, folks. Flintoff dishes out a full toss and the ball comes into Kallis, he decides to leave the ball but is struck flush on the left thigh in front of middle stump, umpire Steve Davis gives him out. Kallis is absolutely fuming, Mickey Arthur too vents his frustration at the pavilion. There has to be some issue with the sightscreen here. 83/3
Kevin Pietersen401604.00142000
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Wed, 30 Jul - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 38/1 (Neil McKenzie 12*, Paul Harris 10*, 11 ov)
Thu, 31 Jul - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 256/6 (Ashwell Prince 37*, Mark Boucher 11*, 76 ov)
Fri, 01 Aug - day 3 - England 2nd innings 297/6 (Paul Collingwood 101*, Tim Ambrose 19*, 80 ov)
Sat, 02 Aug - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 283/5 (80 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • New Ball Taken: England 297/6 after 80.1 overs (PD Collingwood 101, TR Ambrose 19)
  • England: 300 runs in 82.1 overs (498 balls), Extras 11
  • Drinks: England - 343/7 in 94.0 overs (PD Collingwood 128, RJ Sidebottom 14)
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 95 balls (PD Collingwood 29, RJ Sidebottom 18, Ex 5)
  • England: 350 runs in 96.1 overs (584 balls), Extras 15
  • England 2nd Innings: 1x7 ball over (97th over, M Morkel, called by Umpire SJ Davis)
  • Innings Break: England - 363/10 in 98.2 overs (MS Panesar 0)
  • South Africa 2nd innings
  • Lunch: South Africa - 11/0 in 5.0 overs (GC Smith 7, ND McKenzie 0)
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 16.1 overs (98 balls), Extras 10
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 98 balls (GC Smith 29, ND McKenzie 11, Ex 10)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 70/1 in 20.0 overs (GC Smith 35, HM Amla 3)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 30.4 overs (185 balls), Extras 11
  • GC Smith: 50 off 86 balls (7 x 4)
  • Tea: South Africa - 111/4 in 33.0 overs (GC Smith 55, AB de Villiers 9)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 71 balls (GC Smith 32, AB de Villiers 17, Ex 1)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 43.5 overs (265 balls), Extras 13
  • Drinks: South Africa - 154/4 in 46.0 overs (GC Smith 87, AB de Villiers 19)
  • GC Smith: 100 off 177 balls (11 x 4)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 178/5 in 57.0 overs (GC Smith 101, MV Boucher 2)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 64.4 overs (392 balls), Extras 15
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 91 balls (GC Smith 29, MV Boucher 15, Ex 6)
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 73.2 overs (444 balls), Extras 19
  • GC Smith: 150 off 237 balls (16 x 4)
  • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 148 balls (GC Smith 54, MV Boucher 39, Ex 7)
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Graeme Smith
Series resultSouth Africa led the 4-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1883
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days30,31 July, 1,2 August 2008 - day (5-day match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee