Cricket: England Capitulate as Kallis Gives South Africa Series Lead
Hodgson, Derek, The Independent (London, England)
SOUTH AFRICA needed just 70 balls to finish off the England second innings here to win by 191 runs and go 2-1 up in the series. The final Test starts at The Oval on Thursday week.
England resumed yesterday morning on 165 for 5 needing another 236 runs to win but in classic Leeds conditions, low cloud, the ball swung and on a pitch of variable bounce the innings collapsed in 50 minutes. Three wickets including both overnight batsman and the last realistic hopes of securing victory, Mark Butcher and Andrew Flintoff, fell in the first three overs. The South African all- rounder, Jacques Kallis, returned career-best bowling figures of 6 for 54.
Vaughan conceded: "We should have got on top and we should have won the match on a tricky Headingley wicket."
The South African captain Graeme Smith, whose best fast bowler, Shaun Pollock, flew home to attend the birth of a daughter, Jemima, and thus missed this match, praised his team for: "tremendous character, immense determination and lots of guts." He agreed that England's controversial decision to come off for bad light, at 164 for 1 in their first innings, was a turning point: "We weren't bowling well. This gave us a chance to go back to the dressing- room. …