England v South Africa: first Test, day three – live!

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There’s a Zak Crawley joke in here, I just can’t see it.

Word of the day is a reminder of ‘ipsedixitism’ (18th century): the assertion that something is ‘fact’ based on one person’s opinion.

— Susie Dent (@susie_dent) August 18, 2022

“Morning Dan, morning everyone”

Morning Dan Ward. Good to hear from a fellow member of the House of Dan!

“In response to Mike D (10:26), while I freely admit to playing a strictly village level of cricket, some of the most wonderful moments of the Test Summer so far have had a villagey feel to them – juggled catches, preposterous and unfortunate dismissals, captains deciding to wallop it immediately with no thought for the position of the game.”

100% with you mate. It’s the absurdity that keeps this game alive.

“So, perhaps the notion of ‘bowl it at the stumps’ and that age-old captain’s entreaty to the bowler to ‘ask the question’ isn’t so far off the mark? At the village level, the question is often ‘what is 2+2’ and the batter usually knows the answer. But you can’t bowl them out if you don’t threaten the stumps, and you have to feel that Anderson, Broad, Potts, Stokes and Leach can do enough with the ball to beat a less experienced tail and at least keep the pressure on?”

You’d think so. One might argue that the English attack lacks the genuine pace that the South Africans have and we know that that tailenders hate that extra oomph. Still. Hit those sticks!

“The Guardian, like the English team, is reverting to type,” says Adrian Goldman. Uh, cheers mate.

“We had two days of a modern interface, where we could write comments directly rather than sending them through mail – and now no more! Based on this, I fully expect SA to get 400 and England to lose by 100 or so. There won’t be a fifth day. :)“

Let’s see. Looks like a good day for batting. England might yet post a tricky target for the Saffas.

Our first correspondence of the morning comes from Mike D who touches on something that absolutely irks me:

“It was quite dispiriting to see England, immediately after Broad removed Verreynne with a masterclass of length bowling, reverting to trying to bounce out the tail. A bit of Mikey Holding “You Miss, I Hit” is called for this morning, I think. Here’s hoping.”

Right you are Mike. It baffles me that bowlers – who are very skilled white ball bowlers – don’t target the stumps more to the lower order.

I remember watching Broad and Wood cart the SA seamers around the Wanderers a few years back and it was staggering to behold!

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Stuart Broad’s solitary strike puts him in a select group of bowlers who have nabbed 100 scalps at a single ground.

Most Test wkts in a single ground

166 : Muralitharan in Colombo (SSC)
117 : Muralitharan in Kandy
117 : James Anderson in Lord’s*
111 : Muralitharan in Galle
102 : R Herath in Galle
100 : Stuart Broad in Lord’s*

Yesterday, Broad took 100 Test wkts at Lord’s.#ENGvSA #ENGvsSA

— SportsAmaze (@Sports_amaze) August 19, 2022

Preamble: new ground for New England

Four Tests. Four remarkable fourth innings chases. Four swashbuckling tons from Johnny Bairstow.

The start of the summer felt like the breaking of a new dawn for England’s red ball team. It was a period where everything seemed to thrum with a frenetic energy as they swatted aside New Zealand and then India to reshape the parameters of this ancient game.

Now they face a new challenge and must find a way of keeping the good times rolling. After being bowled out for 165 with Kagiso Rabada’s 5-52 leading the vanguard, England watched on as opener Sarel Erwee registered 73 and then Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen plundered a pair of 41s to drive South Africa to 289-7 and a lead of 124.

Ben Stokes snared three wickets, including that of Erwee with a ripping bouncer, to drag his team back in the fight, but they’ll need a blockbuster third day to have a shot of winning.

Jansen remains unbeaten and he’s got Rabada for company. Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi are up next so England will want to wrap this up quick sticks and get the pads on.

My name is Dan. I’m really looking forward to this. They say the third day of a Test is ‘moving day’. Which way d’ya reckon this one’s going?

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