Unusual Smith dismissal lifts England

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  • Sunday, 17 Aug 2003

NOTTINGHAM: England claimed the prize wicket of Graeme Smith in unlikely fashion as South Africa, replying to a total of 445, reached 84 for two at the close of the second day of the third Test on Friday. 

Smith had made 35 to take his aggregate for the series to 656 runs when he played routinely back to a ball from Andrew Flintoff but trod on his stumps. 

The 22-year-old looked round in disbelief to see his bails on the ground, prompting wild celebrations from the England players who had previously dismissed South Africa's captain only after he had chalked up scores of 277, 259 and 85. 

Smith's demise tipped the balance of the match towards England, who also removed his opening partner Herschelle Gibbs in the final session. 

Earlier, England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart made a gritty 72, shepherding the tail expertly to take the hosts to the large total they needed to put pressure on South Africa. 

The tourists, 1-0 up in the series, had fought back well in the morning, picking up the wickets of Nasser Hussain, Ed Smith and Flintoff in quick succession as England, 296 for three overnight, reached 370 for six at lunch. 

Fast bowler Shaun Pollock trapped Hussain lbw for 116 as he shuffled across his stumps, ending the defiant innings that spanned nearly six hours and included 18 fours. 

The former captain left the field to a standing ovation having scored his 13th test century. 

Pollock earned his reward for a probing and typically accurate spell that contributed to outstanding figures of two for 65 from 36 overs, 18 of which were maidens. – Reuters  

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