LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day three of the third Test at Lord's
10:25 GMT, 18 August 2012
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England v South Africa: Essentials
England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steve Finn.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers (wkt), Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and SJA Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire: RJ Tucker (Australia)
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
South Africa 309
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78th over: England 219-5 (Bairstow 80, Prior 25)
If the 90s are nervy , what are the 80s Waity 80s As in you're waiting to get into the 90s Enough of this – Bairstow's wrist flick to the on side earns him two runs to take him into the 80s.
77th over: England 216-5 (Bairstow 78, Prior 24)
Kallis continues to huff and puff his way through six deliveries, Prior dabs one to long leg. And we edge ever closer to the new ball. That will be the litmus test for this partnership.
76th over: England 215-5 (Bairstow 78, Prior 23)
Shot! Bairstow loves it off his pads. Much like Jonathan Trott, you could say. Morkel goes full and straight and is whipped through square leg for the first boundary of the day… despite Imran Tahir's diving efforts.
75th over: England 211-5 (Bairstow 74, Prior 23)
The gentle hum of the chattering spectators and members reverberates round this famous old ground as the patrons ponder the forthcoming day's action. The murmur of chitter chatter seems to be unique to the Home of Cricket. or am I being unnecessarily romantic about the MCC I digress, Kallis returns with a maiden over.
74th over: England 211-5 (Bairstow 74, Prior 23)
Morne Morkel now. He was pretty good yesterday, wasn't he* It's a tidy start, angling into Matt Prior, and I'm waiting for the one to angle away, but it's too early for that kind of drama. Prior works towards cover for a single. *Don't get all po-faced about my 'he was pretty good' comment, I was being understated.
73rd over: England 210-5 (Bairstow 74, Prior 22)
New ball just eight overs away and thusly Graeme Smith asks Jacques Kallis to begin the attack for the Proteas. Kallis angles one into Bairstow's pads, he leans across and works the ball to midwicket for a couple to reduce England's deficit to double figures – 99 to be precise.
10.57: Bumble's just rung the bell to sound the start of the day's play. Here we go, the action is imminent. Excellent!
10.53: And while we wait for the players to make their way out, have a quick butcher's at David Lloyd's thoughts on day two. From Shaun Pollock's bell ringing woe to the price of sausage rolls.
10.51: And Nasser Hussain was effusive in his praise of the young boy Bairstow.
10.50: Jonny Bairstow was mighty impressive yesterday , leading some to say: KP who Bairstow was the toast of Lord's, says Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth.
10.48: An absolute belter of a day in leafy St John's Wood. One of those days that melts the tarmac down your road. Get the sunscreen on, maybe a glass of something fizzy in hand and enjoy the action. Today is designed for cricket.
10.46: Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day three of the vital third Test between the protagonists at the Home of Cricket – Lord's.
A finely poise match sees England still in with a shout of retaining the world No 1 status South Africa covet.
The hosts were firmly under the pump on day two, until a fine stand between Ian bell and Jonny Bairstow lent some credibility to the total which leaves them 101 shy of the Proteas first innings total of 309.
The home of cricket: England and South Africa resume battle on day three at Lord's