Hitting six was a good crack, says spinner - Cricket - Sport - The Independent

Hitting six was a good crack, says spinner

After a horrible moment of acrimony that might have marred the series, England gleefully hauled themselves back into the first Test yesterday. The third day was threatening to turn bleak when Stuart Broad was, correctly, given out after a review of an umpiring decision that took too long to request.

Broad appeared to argue with the umpire, Aleem Dar, as he left the field and such incidents can leave bitter aftertastes. But Graeme Swann then played an innings of such unfettered joy, scoring 85 in 81 balls and making mockery of the stately progress hitherto, that England were able to forget their self-imposed agonies. He and his darts-playing buddy, Jimmy Anderson, shared a ninth wicket stand of 106, a record for England against South Africa. There was touching of gloves and best mate hugs all round as ball after ball was struck to the boundary.

"It was good crack," said Swann, "especially when he cracked that six over mid-wicket. He was telling me shots that I wasn't allowed to play next ball which I obviously then did and then so was he." Swann and Anderson unquestionably put England in the game after it seemed they were to go down the tubes at 242 for 8, still 176 behind. Thanks to their unexpected hitting that deficit was cut to 62.

Broad was given out following the review of a rejected lbw appeal by JP Duminy. South Africa took an estimated 34 seconds to ask for the re-examination of Dar's decision amid suggestions that they might have been tipped off by their dressing room.

"It was the amount of time it took to refer the decision," said Swann. "We didn't know what was happening and we were just checking they hadn't seen anything from the dressing room. To be fair the replay showed it was out so maybe the review system does work. We're not pointing the finger, but there are issues that need ironing out." It was mature reflection on an incident that could have caused ructions to last an entire series. Broad, who walked over to Dar after finally being given out, will be fortunate to escape official censure.

Paul Harris, who took five wickets for South Africa when he had Swann caught at deep mid-wicket, said there was no dressing room advice to Graeme Smith, their captain. "Graeme just made a late decision," he said. But it was Swann who took the heat out of the incident.

News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
property
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
tvUK wedding show jilted
Arts and Entertainment
US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
musicCorporate gigs become key source of musicians' income
Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig believed to be donning skis as 007 for first time
Sport
Mikel Arteta pictured during Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal
champions league
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
Arts and Entertainment
Pulp-fiction lover: Jarvis Cocker
booksJarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape
music...and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week