On-field umpire Asif Yaqoob sought TV official Shozab Raza's expertise to check front foot but Shozab failed to detect Afridi had touched return crease
in the delivery stride.
Next to suffer was Hashim Amla, who was caught for 63 when replays clearly suggested bowler Mark Gillespie's back foot had touched the return crease
, which was a clear case of no-ball, and let Amla should have been ruled not out according to the rule books.
The return crease
has been reduced to three feet instead of four.
His first ball was the widest set of four wides imaginable - it pitched outside the return crease
! He followed up so erratically that after five legitimate balls some seven minutes after the first, he had been hit for 20 and had taken the wicket of Virender Sehwag.
Where were the yorkers, the variations of pace, or using the return crease
to make subtle alterations to the line of attack?
Rattled by that close escape, Trescothickalmost fell again later the same over when he risked a quick single,but the throw from Daren Gang a failed to beat his desperate lunge for the return crease
Rattled by that close escape, Trescothick almost fell again later the same over when he risked a quick single, but the throw from Daren Ganga failed to beat his desperate lunge for the return crease
(a) the bowler's back foot must land within and not touching the return crease
appertaining to his stated mode of delivery.
The admonishment broke Butt's concentration and, next ball, he was adjudged lbw by Hair to Udal's arm ball - delivered from wide on the return crease
- which appeared to be missing leg stump.
Trescothick, Mark Butcher and Thorpe will all play in the first Test, and the left-handed trio plus Andrew Strauss will discover whether Ntini has overcome his utter dislike at bowling to 'lefties', because of the wide angle he bowls from the edge of the return crease
Giles certainly ran in straighter behind the umpire but still splayed his front foot so wide and across his body that his front right foot still landed at the extreme edge of the return crease
- as it still does.
Ever the perfect host, 37-year-old Walsh - who has peppered every Englishman from Mike Atherton to Devon Malcolm with 'throat balls' speared in from wide on the return crease
- offered his landlord a qualified amnesty.