LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day four of the second Test at Headingley
10:39 GMT, 5 August 2012
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England v South Africa: Essentials
England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven 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: Stephen Davis, Rodney Tucker.
First innings: South Africa 419.
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114th over: England 384-5 (Prior 46, Bresnan 3)
Regarding medal tables and the Aussie's lowly 19th position, well below Team GB in third. What will irk the Aussies yet further is that they are below their neighbours New Zealand who are three places above them… but have won 13 medals fewer. Ouch. A couple of singles from the over. All rather sedate out there at the moment.
113th over: England 382-5 (Prior 46, Bresnan 3)
Change of bowling. Imran Tahir into the attack, first change for South Africa who would surely have turned to Jacques Kallis at this stage.But he's back at the hotel, suffering from back spasms.
112th over: England 381-5 (Prior 46, Bresnan 3)
England moving along nicely here, there's always the danger in losing an early wicket that the innings could crumble. But if Prior and Bresnan can continue in the form, they could chase down the deficit in the next half hour and then who knows. Prior whips a couple through midwicket and we move on.
111th over: England 378-5 (Prior 43, Bresnan 3)
Shane Warne's in the Sky comms box, Nasser Hussain is – quite rightly – giving him a ribbing over Team GB's stunning medal haul so far at the Olympics. We have 14 golds thus far, in stark contrast to the Australia's solitary 'Big G'. In the interest of fairness, the Aussies beat GB in the basketball last night. Steyn to Bresnan, no runs, that's a maiden over.
110th over: England 378-5 (Prior 43, Bresnan 3)
Bang, crash, pow! Matt Prior's taking up the mantle left vacant by Pietersen's departure as England's wicketkeeper thrashes square and then via fine leg for a brace of boundaries. Prior's strike rate is an eye-watering 100. Tidy.
109th over: England 366-5 (Prior 32, Bresnan 3)
'If they were a country in their own right, Yorkshire would be third on the medal table,' chirps Nasser Hussain. I know plenty of people from Yorkshire and I fancy that's the kind of stat they will be boring me with for the rest of my days. Maiden for Steyn.
108th over: England 366-5 (Prior 32, Bresnan 3)
More damage from Prior, who isn't showing any signs of reigning in his stroke play, given the early exit of KP. He guides Morkel between slip and gully to vacant third man for four more.
107th over: England 359-5 (Prior 26, Bresnan 2)
Dale Steyn joins the attack, licking his lips at the thought of sinking his teeth into the England tail. But Matt Prior's having in none of it. Steyn strays wide of off stump and is thwacked to the boundary via cover point region for four.
106th over: England 354-5 (Prior 22, Bresnan 1)
A deflating moment early on a Sunday morning which needed KP's brand of cricket to lighten up the gloomy conditions and take England past South Africa's first-innings total. Can Tim Bresnan impress at his home ground
WICKET! Kevin Pietersen lbw b Morkel 149
Damn it! Second ball, slider in across KP, who plays outside the line and is struck bang in front of off. Dream start for South Africa.
Out: Kevin Pietersen is trapped lbw by Morkel in the first over of the day at Headingley
10.56: Right, the players and officials are making their way out on to the field of play. A decent handful of fans are already in place on another sell out at Headingley. And strains of Jerusalem roll out across this famous old ground… we'll have the action in a few moments.
10.49: And yet doubt remains over Pietersen's England future.
10.45: Right, play begins in a few short minutes, just enough time to have a read of James Anderson's thoughts on Pietersen's stunning innings. He says no one could have done what KP did on day three.
10.35: NEW NEWS: Jacques Kallis won't bowl or field due to a back problem. Graeme Smith's knee, however, is said to be good enough to play on today.
10.32: If you're still playing catch-up, have a quick perusal of Peter Hayter's report right here.
10.30am: Hours before the nation was gripped by Team GB heroics at the Olympic Stadium last night, Kevin Pietersen put in a gold medal performance of his own at Headingley.
KP dragged England from the edge of the abyss in this Test with a commanding 149 that makes you pine for the days when he still played all forms of the game.
Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day four of the second in this three-match series with South Africa.
Finely poised with England 68 runs behind the tourists with five first-innings wickets in hand. There's plenty of time left in this one for a result.
Ton-derful: Pietersen celebrates reaching his hundred