Graeme Smith extraordinary century gives South Africa their first series win in England since their re-entry into the international game:
Smith made an unbeaten 154 as South Africa won by five wickets to
take a winning 2-0 lead in the four-Test series. "I've had some
meaningful innings in my life but with the whole situation and for the
people back home, it's bigger than just us, this victory. I'd have to
say it's my best innings," said Smith.
Michael Vaughan said defeat was a bitter blow but paid tribute to
Smith. "We've all just witnessed a very, very special innings. The way
Graeme Smith came out and played was as good as I've seen anyone chase
down that sort of target under that sort of pressure."
Africa were set to make 281, by 70 runs the highest successful fourth
innings chase in a Test match at Edgbaston and South Africa's fourth
highest of all time.
Brian Carpenter calls it just right:
The undefeated 154 with which he took his country to its first victory
on English soil since the summer before I was born was a true classic,
combining determination, measured strokeplay, good judgement and the
priceless ability to ignore what was going on at the other end, namely
that a series of batsmen were getting pinned by deliveries which they
And here's The Tooting Trumpet back again with a wonderful piece on the meaning of it all:
If you’re a Son of the Voortrekkers or the Zulu or any other group of the Rainbow Nation, this is a proud day. Your captain, Graeme Smith, has emerged from the IPL winning Rajasthan Royals a less intense, but equally driven man, who has learned much from the greatest captain Test cricket never saw, one SK Warne, and delivered a series win in England for the first time since 1965. If you’re a Son of The Old Dart, it’s like the Fletcher years (1999-2006) never happened.
Next up, Australia in December.