Monday, 11 August 2008

Cook Serves up the Perfect Starter

The Oval has once again come through for England today, as it provided their first win in the South Africa Test series. No matter that this win was just for pride (and KP's ego, no doubt), England proved that they have the capabilities and strength to knock down even the toughest of teams.

After a nervous and cautious start this morning, Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook piled on the runs (all 123 of them). But, as with all England run chases, a few careless strokes removed Cook, then Bell (bowled round his legs - unfortunate) and Pietersen in pretty quick succession.

It was Paul Collingwood, at last finding the middle of the bat, who came in to finish the job with Andrew Flintoff, who hit a magnificent and fitting six to finish off the game to rousing cheers from the crowd.

It was an entertaining day at the Oval, as each run was welcomed with huge applause and sheer relief. Nightwatchgirl even had the pleasure of seeing some pirates and fairies who had come along to see the game (good effort guys).

England now face a tough One Day series ahead (starting August 20), with no Steve Harmison (retired from ODIs) and Paul Collingwood (banned for the first three games). The only question remains is which England side will show up? The one that leaks runs, can't bowl a side out for love nor money, or the aggressive and determined team nightwatchgirl saw at the Oval today.

Kevin Pietersen has his work cut out.

Glossary

middle of the bat - to hit a ball well and to where the batsman intends it to go.
to pile on the runs - to score plenty of runs (good)
ODI - One Day International - a 50 over game

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