London: After the one-sided South African win at The Oval, Headingley gave us a much more evenly contested Test match. Both teams will feel that they had the chance of a win on the final day. These days, chasing six to seven runs an over is not impossible. If Kevin Pietersen had got going, it was certainly possible. South Africa finished stronger, but they didn't totally outplay England as they had in the first Test.
Few would have predicted that Alviro Peterson would be South Africa's batting star. I don't think England were focussing that much on him. When they were bowling to Graeme Smith, they had a plan, to bowl to him with a five-four field when they had the new ball. For Peterson, it was a standard field. I presume they thought they didn't have to make any special plan for him. He might have slipped a bit below the radar, but at the same time you have to give him credit for the way he batted. He showed a lot of will and determination. His innings was vital given that they were asked to bat first. None of the other batsmen really went on to get a good score.
Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers got starts, but it was Peterson who went on to play a big innings. Despite being so experienced, I got the impression watching Kallis that he was continuing on from The Oval, and not looking to start over again. I didn't see much of Garry Sobers, but Kallis is an amazing cricketer. At 36 years of age, for him to continue to bowl as fast as he did, pushing towards 90mph … He's already taken 279 Test wickets, and scored so many runs. He is one of the greatest cricketers ever.