His second of the series, and a quite excellent knock, under pressure. Patient, calm, but always dispatching the bad ball, it was a fine innings and has saved England from a useless score. Still need 400, mind…and Flintoff’s going beserk. The over before Strauss, he struck three fours; the first two were down-on-one-knee slogs to a wide fine-leg. But the third was a lovely straight drive down the ground – and this was immediately after tea.
Perhaps regardless of the result of this match, it is England’s intent which has got them this far in this series.