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Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

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Australia need a daunting 592 runs to win the third Test against South Africa after the tourists dominated the third day at Perth.

Hashim Amla and and AB De Villiers both made big hundreds as the Proteas looked well set to win the three-match series 1-0.

Amla fell just short a double-century and De Villiers made 169 as Graeme Smith`s men closed their second innings on 569 to set the home side a victory target of 632. They closed on 40 without loss.

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

South Africa had taken control of the series decider on day two and closed at 230 for two, 292 runs in front.

with another boundary.

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Kallis eventually departed for 37 in 65 balls, top-edging a Mitchell Starc bouncer to Johnson at fine leg.

Amla's innings was unaffected and De Villiers offered solid support to accompany him to lunch, grinding out 18 runs in the process. /12/02/article-2241766-165040DB000005DC-808_468x307.jpg” width=”468″ height=”307″ alt=”Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start” class=”blkBorder” />

Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start

Robin Peterson had failed to trouble the scorers when he was caught by Johnson off Starc with the total on 539 for seven.

Starc went on to claim his fourth wicket when De Villiers fell for 169, caught behind by Matthew Wade after an innings that included 21 fours and three sixes and coming off just 184 balls, with the total on 557 and the lead at over 600.

Starc made it a five-wicket haul when Dale Steyn clipped a rising ball behind to Wade and departed for eight.

Starc finished with six for 154 as he bowled Morne Morkel for a duck to end the South Africa innings 569 on and a lead of 631.

Australia's reply had reached 40 without loss, with David Warner on 29 and Ed Cowan nine not out from 13 overs when the third day's play came to a close.

That left the home side still needing 592 runs to win or two days to bat out and save the Test and deny the Proteas what would be a series-winning victory in a match which carries the extra bounty of the world No 1 spot.

England v South Africa – live score, T20, Durham

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the first T20 match in Durham

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England take on South Africa at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Saturday afternoon in what is the first contest of a three-match Twenty20 series.

With the World Twenty20 coming up in Sri Lanka later this month, both sides will be looking to gain some momentum in the shortest format of the game before they depart these shores.

England – who are aiming to beat South Africa for the first time in a series this summer having lost 2-0 over three Tests and drawn 2-2 over five one-day internationals – see captain Stuart Broad return, having been rested for the 50-over series.

Also expected to feature for the home side alongside Broad are fellow Twenty20 stalwarts Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann, while the world class quartet of Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will feature for the tourists.

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Ready to go: England captain Stuart Broad (left) with his South African counterpart AB De Villiers

Ready to go: England captain Stuart Broad (left) with his South African counterpart AB De Villiers

South Africa beat England by 80 runs in second One Day International

Amla's century inspires South Africa to comfortable victory over England

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19:20 GMT, 28 August 2012

Hashim Amla hit 150 for South Africa to help the tourist take a 1-0 lead over England in the One Day International series.

England had no real answer to South Africa's total of 287 as they were bowled out for 207.

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Taking the upper hand: South Africa celebrate as they win the second ODI

Taking the upper hand: South Africa celebrate as they win the second ODI

Key wicket: Ian Bell was dismissed for 45 and England collapsed after that

Key wicket: Ian Bell was dismissed for 45 and England collapsed after that

In top form: Hashim Amla celebrates with Faf du Plessis after scoring 150

In top form: Hashim Amla celebrates with Faf du Plessis after scoring 150

South Africa build lead against England at Lord"s

Advantage South Africa as Amla's half-century frustrates England at Lord's

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17:45 GMT, 18 August 2012

South Africa finished day three on 145-3 to lead England by 139 to set up a thrilling finale to the final Test.

After the hosts were bowled out for 315, an advantage of six runs, Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen looked to pile on the runs.

They were both dismissed but Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis took over seamlessly before the latter fell to Steven Finn towards the close of play.

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Leading the way: Hashim Amla of South Africa helps his side establish an advantage

Leading the way: Hashim Amla of South Africa helps his side establish an advantage

Crucial: England's Matt Prior and Stuart Broad (right) react after Prior dropped a catch from Amla

Crucial: England's Matt Prior and Stuart Broad (right) react after Prior dropped a catch from Amla

Might regret that: South Africa's Hashim Amla looks on as he is dropped by England's Matt Prior (right)

Might regret that: South Africa's Hashim Amla looks on as he is dropped by England's Matt Prior (right)


Wicket! Stuart Broad is delighted after trapping Alviro Petersen lbw

Wicket! Stuart Broad is delighted after trapping Alviro Petersen lbw

Long handle: Graeme Swann had helped England to forge a small lead

Long handle: Graeme Swann had helped England to forge a small lead

Jonny Bairstow of England looks dejected as he walks off

Jonny Bairstow of England looks dejected as he walks off

Gutted: Jonathan Bairstow is dejected after being dismissed just five runs short of his century

Got him! Morne Morkel of South Africa celebrates bowling Jonathan Bairstow of England

Got him! Morne Morkel of South Africa celebrates bowling Jonathan Bairstow of England

LIVE: England v South Africa: Day three, third Test, Lord"s

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day three of the third Test at Lord's

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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.

First innings:

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.

10.45am: Scorchio!

The home of cricket: England and South Africa resume battle on day three at Lord's

The home of cricket: England and South Africa resume battle on day three at Lord's

LIVE: England v South Africa: Day two, third Test, Lord"s

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day two of the third Test at Lord's

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Stay up to date with all the action on day two of the third Test between England and South Africa with Sportsmail's
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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.

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88th over: South Africa 262-7 (Philander 46, Steyn 21)

And we're off. Resolute defence from Steyn.

10.58: Steve Finn will get us underway – he has two balls left to bowl after having his over cut short by a combination of bad light and a power cut last night.

10.55: Continuing the Olympic theme of the first day, when Yohan Blake was the star attraction in the crowd, gold medal winning shooter Peter Wilson rings the bell to signify five minutes until the start of play.

10.50: Some quick reading in the short period before play starts:

Sportsmail columnist and former England captain Nasser Hussain says that Andrew Strauss, now a Test centurion, deserved the success England enjoyed on the first day after a difficult week involving you-know-who.

David 'Bumble' Lloyd says that Jacques Kallis was robbed of his wicket by a blunder from the TV umpire.

10.45am: A very good morning to you, welcome back to a finely poised third Test at Lord's – a crucial Test for England, who must win to save the series against South Africa and prevent the same opposition from overtaking them at the top of the world Test rankings.

England enjoyed a fine first day at the home of cricket, but South Africa rallied well in their lower-middle order to drag themselves back into the game. The hosts need quick wickets and then to bat well today to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

To do that, first the brilliant Jimmy Anderson will need more support than he was given by the other bowlers, and then the batsmen must overcome the exile of Kevin Pietersen and take the attack to South Africa.

Can they do it Watch this space…

England on top: James Anderson celebrates dismissing AB de Villiers on day one of the third Test

England on top: James Anderson celebrates dismissing AB de Villiers on day one of the third Test

LIVE: England v South Africa: Day one, third Test, Lord"s

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day one of the third Test at Lord's

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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 Peterson, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers (wkt), Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

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10.30: SOUTH AFRICA HAVE WON THE TOSS AND WILL BAT

10.25am: Let's be frank – the last few weeks have been a right mess for England. A thrashing at the Oval almost seems like the least of their worries now that the Kevin Pietersen saga has exposed divisions and disharmony within the dressing room, and a defeat here at Lord's would see them knocked off their perch as the world's No 1 Test side, just a year after their coronation. But apart from that things are great!

Tough task: England must win at Lord's to stay as the world's No 1 ranked Test team

Tough task: England must win at Lord's to stay as the world's No 1 ranked Test team

Alastair Cook nominated for ICC Player of the Year Award

England opener Cook nominated for ICC player award for second successive year

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12:35 GMT, 13 August 2012

Alastair Cook is nominated as one of the nine candidates for the LG International Cricket Council player of the year award, for a second successive year.

Cook last year won the Test cricketer category, and his England team-mate Jonathan Trott took the overall award, following their exploits in the historic 2010/11 Ashes success.

Opener Cook is joined in the 2012 list by his team-mate Stuart Broad, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, South Africa's Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, India's Virat Kohli and West Indies' Stafanie Taylor – the first woman to be nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.

Eyes on the prize: Cook has been impressive with the bat once again this year

Eyes on the prize: Cook has been impressive with the bat once again this year

The awards will be presented at the ninth annual ceremony, before the start of the ICC World Twenty20, in Colombo on September 15.

Cook, and his rivals, will be judged on performances between August 4 last year and August 6 this year – a period which began with his career-best 294 as England went to the top of the ICC world Test rankings with a series-clinching victory over India at Edgbaston.

Further England interest in next month's awards includes seamer Broad, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and Cook for Test cricketer of the year, fast bowler Steven Finn and Cook again – nominated in the one-day international player category – and Ravi Bopara and Alex Hales, for their respective bowling at The Oval and batting at Trent Bridge, as Twenty20 performance of the year.

Broad appeal: The England paceman has been nominated for best test player

Broad appeal: The England paceman has been nominated for best test player

Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor will be up against the Windies' Taylor for the women's cricketer of the year awards – and Irishmen dominate the ICC affiliate and associate category, with six of the 10 nominees.

England fast bowler James Anderson was named earlier this month as one of the five candidates for the people's choice award.

LIVE: England v South Africa – day four, second Test, Headingley

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day four of the second Test at Headingley

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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

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

Ton-derful: Pietersen celebrates reaching his hundred

LIVE: England v South Africa – day three, second Test, Headingley

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day three of the second Test at Headingley

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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: England 419

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10.48am: And in your final dose of pre-match reading, here is David Lloyd's alternative take on proceedings at Headingley in Bumble at the Test.

10.46am: Former England captain and Sportsmail columnist Nasser Hussain salutes Strauss and Cook for digging in against South Africa's lauded bowling attack on day two here.

10.45am: England have made a solid start in response to South Africa's first innings total of 419, with openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook unbeaten overnight. Read Paul Newman's take on what happened on day two here.

10.40am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the third day of the second Test between England and South Africa at Headingley. It's cloudy and overcast up in Yorkshire, but there's no sign of rain as of yet and we'll start on time at 11am.

On the attack: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will hope for quick wickets on Saturday

On the attack: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will hope for quick wickets on Saturday