Watch: When Andrew Flintoff Bowled One of the Best Overs in Test Cricket

Watch: When Andrew Flintoff Bowled One of the Best Overs in Test Cricket

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 31: Andrew Flintoff of England celebrates as he takes the wicket of Jacques Kallis of South Africa during the 3rd npower Test Match between England and South Africa at Edgbaston on July 31, 2008 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

South Africa is currently in England for a four-match Test series. The series is squared at 1-1 with the 3rd Test being currently played at the Kennington Oval in London.

So, now let us recall one of the greatest moments of England-South Africa Tests which happened way back in 2008. The bowler in question was Andrew Flintoff and arguably the finest all-rounder of the modern generation, Jacques Kallis was at the striker’s end when the former produced one of the greatest overs in the history of the game.

The match was being played at Edgbaston and Kallis was batting well on 64. Flintoff had to get him out and he came out all guns blazing. The first delivery was a well directed Yorker which missed the stumps by a whisker. It was a fantastic delivery from Freddie, as Kallis had no idea about where the ball was coming from. He was expecting a bouncer and tried to duck before realising it was a Yorker length delivery and it evaded the stumps pretty narrowly.

Kallis smiled and thought where did that delivery come from. He tried to regain his composure and got ready for the 2nd ball. Ball 2 was a perfectly directed short delivery and Kallis had to fend it off. The 3rd delivery was yet again a Yorker and it thudded on to the pads. Nacked eyes suggested it was plumb in front but the umpire thought otherwise and ruled it in favour of the Proteas.

The 4th delivery was yet again a well-directed bouncer and Kallis had to take evasive actions. By then Kallis had been rattled which saw him poking at an outside the off stump delivery in the 5th delivery and eventually Flintoff had the last laugh in the final delivery when he cleaned him up with a sensational Yorker. The great batsman had no clue and was beaten for sheer pace.

Something similar of this sort happened in the ongoing Test between England and South Africa when Kagiso Rabada cleaned up debutant Dawid Malan with a scorching Yorker. It was a similar sort of a delivery which breached Malan’s defence and disturbed the timbers. The southpaw couldn’t get into position and was beaten by the pace of Rabada.

Although this was not the first time Rabada bowled a sensational Yorker, as another debutant Nic Maddinson was at the receiving end of a scorching delivery from the tall fast bowler during South Africa’s tour of Australia towards the end of the last year. Maddinson didn’t get enough time to get his bat down and was cleaned up.

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