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South Africa v England: second Test, day one – live! – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

South Africa v England: second Test, day one – live! – The Guardian, Theguardian.com


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A single to Sibley, nudging off his pads.

“It occurs to me,” says Sandy Fyfe, “If Philander is an artist, as you suggest in the 7th over, he would be an elegant impressionist whose quality and skills stand the test of time and are obvious for all to see. A Monet perhaps? Or Degas?

“Jonny Bairstow on the other hand would be Martin Creed, unashamedly trying to pass off crumpled up pieces of paper as art. A bit like he has tried to pass off his batting technique as Test standard for some time now! ”Know what you mean, but Bairstow’s technique was good enough to make him a successful Test player for a few years. Then he started missing straight balls in Tests – while lording it in one-day cricket and the County Championship. You’d think that a good batting coach would be itching to work with him.

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************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** (th over: England) *********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** (1) Sibley 17, Denly 12)Denly decides to stand outside his crease to cut down on Philander’s movement away from the bat. Philander tries a bouncer to push him back, but Denly is ready for it and hooks, authoritatively, for four. Good contest.

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A nudge for a single by Denly off Rabada, and a row of dots for Sibley, who deals easily with a rare bouncer.

“Good morning,” says Damian Ainsworth. “Just tuned in, noticed Bairstow’s absence and am left wondering how the Guardian’s OBO warriors will occupy their time without him to discuss (criticise). Root’s captaincy perhaps? Yours, a cussed Yorkshireman. ”Ha. So do you believe Root is a good captain?

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******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************, Denly 6)In his first Test innings at Mount Maunganui, Sibley made without troubling the scorers once on the off side. But now he manages to hit a cover drive for four, off Philander of all people. Maybe he’s less limited than he looked in New Zealand. He’s certainly been positive today, making his (off only) balls.(********************************** 4). (amEST(****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************:

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This time Denly’s square drive is a touch later, which takes it away to cover’s left, for four. He gets a couple more in the same direction with more of a prod. After all those solid fifties, today would be a great day to get his first Test hundred.

“I’ve just woken up to see the line-up,” says Adma Levine, “and with all these callow batsmen and medium pacers, it feels like I’ve had a bump on the head and come to in some sort of 94 s cricketing equivalent of Life on Mars, with Chris Silverwood in the attack rather than the dressing room. I’m half expecting to see Jason Gallian opening and Mark Lathwell and Hugh Morris jog to the crease at some point. Hoping to see Martin McCague come into the attack and also hoping that the ‘new Botham’, Ronnie Irani, lives up to the hype. All soundtracked by Supergrass and the Fugees natch. Have fun OBO’ing this impending train wreck of a Test match. ”

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, Denly 0)Philander offers a rare freebie and Sibley helps himself to a clip through square leg to move into double figures. Irritated, Philander beats his outside edge with a lovely leg-cutter, then beats his inside edge with the nip-backer into the pads. The man is an artist.(********************************** 3) . (am EST):

6th over: England****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Sibley (1) , Denly 0)Joe Denly, a spectator so far, faces a full over from Rabada, and it’s a good contest. Rabada is more accurate and Denly, as is his wont at the start of a Test innings, is obdurate. He does produce one elegant square drive, but it goes straight to the man at cover point.

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Sibley plays out a maiden from Philander, who has picked up precisely where he left off at Centurion. His figures are 3-2-1-1, while Rabada has 2-0 – – 0.

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And now Sibley edges Rabada, through the gap at fourth slip, for four. Hard to see why Faf du Plessis hasn’t gone for a full cordon.


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