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Ricky Ponting scores just four runs in farewell match in Australia v South Africa

Ponting falls for just four runs as Australia collapse against South Africa in his farewell Test match

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10:47 GMT, 1 December 2012

A final session rich with runs put South
Africa in complete control on the second day of their third and
deciding Test with Australia in Perth, with the retiring Ricky Ponting among the home side's failures.

With both sides having been dismissed cheaply first up, the Proteas headed back to the crease just before tea with a lead of 62. Come stumps their card read 230 for two, an overall advantage of 292.

They helped themselves to 206 runs in the final session, with Hashim Amla walking off unbeaten on 99 while Graeme Smith (84) was only stopped on his way to a century by a brilliant catch from Nathan Lyon.

On his way out: Ricky Ponting heads to the crease at WACA on Saturday

On his way out: Ricky Ponting heads to the crease at WACA on Saturday

And on his way OUT: Ponting walks away after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander

And on his way OUT: Ponting walks away after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander

The same player would drop Jacques
Kallis shortly after, though, although with a lead of close to 300
already and with plenty of time on their side, South Africa would have
no doubt remained in command regardless.

Their riotous session overshadowed
the grand farewell of Australian batsman Ponting, although the retiring
Tasmanian will probably be glad of that.

He contributed just four to a
first-innings total of 163 all out which left South Africa in credit
before they even started their second innings.

It was their rousing bowling
performance that gave them the platform, on a morning when fans had
flocked to the WACA in anticipation of one last masterclass from the
departing Ponting, but instead it was the Proteas attack who grabbed the
limelight as they took eight wickets for 130.

Australia, who need to win to return
to top spot in the ICC rankings, would have been in more trouble had
wicketkeeper Matthew Wade not made a fluent 68.

The hosts resumed on 33 for two in
the morning session but David Warner fell to the first ball of the
second over, aiming a swipe at Dale Steyn's loosener to feed AB de
Villiers a catch.

Got him! Philander celebrates dismissing Ponting for lbw on day two of the third Test

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That brought Ponting to the crease to
a rousing ovation and the clapping had scarcely abated when he scooped
his first ball just short of mid-wicket.

A nervy single got him going but
nightwatchman Lyon was gone inside the same over, Steyn and Faf Du
Plessis combining for the wicket.

Vernon Philander then played the role
of party pooper, Ponting tucking bat behind pad before being struck on
the knee-roll after some late inswing.

Asad Rauf raised the finger and Ponting's unsuccessful use of DRS screamed of hope rather than judgement.

Australia were desperate to take the
sting out of the situation but instead things went from bad to worse as
in-form skipper Michael Clarke (five) was undone by another brute of a
ball from Steyn.

That left Clarke's side reeling at 45 for six and Wade decided to launch the counter-attack.
He hooked Philander for six and then nicked him through an empty third
slip for four and from there was looking to score from most balls.

A second six followed off Robin Peterson and he found the boundary again with a couple of cross-bat shots.

Final farewell: Ponting runs out in Perth

Final farewell: Ponting runs out in Perth

Final farewell: Ponting runs out in Perth as Australia bid to stay in touch with South Africa

Michael Hussey made 12 in 40 balls
before edging Morne Morkel to Graeme Smith at slip, but Wade continued
unabashed, bringing up his half-century with a third maximum off
Peterson.

Wade went into his shell somewhat after lunch and was eventually bowled by the left-arm spin of Peterson for 68.

That exposed the tail but John Hastings struck three fours in a row off Peterson to offer hope.
Peterson had more luck against Mitchell Johnson, who he bowled for
seven, and Hastings was last out for 32 when Alviro Petersen took a
smart catch in two movements at long-off.

Some streaky hitting from Petersen
took South Africa to 24 without loss at tea but, after he went to
Johnson, caught and bowled off a riser, the tourists took a firm grip on
proceedings.

Smith brought up his 50 off 67 balls –
Amla outpaced him and did it in 37 – although the hosts thought they
had snared Smith when Starc pinned him and was given out, although his
review proved a correct one as replays showed the ball was going over
the top.

Smith would eventually perish with
the partnership on 178, hooking Starc into the hands of Lyon who did
brilliantly to dive forward running in from the boundary, although he
was unable to cling on when

Kallis did something similar on
three. That was the last real action of the day, with Amla ending one
run shy of an 18th Test century and Kallis on 17.

Nasser Hussain: Ricky Ponting was a streetfighter, a panto villain… and a true great

Ponting was a streetfighter, a panto villain… and a true great

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20:19 GMT, 29 November 2012

This is good news for England. Ricky Ponting still had the potential to score big runs, even though he hadn’t done that for a while, and his retirement adds a bit more weight to England’s Ashes chances.

I’m not saying England should be breathing a sight of relief now Ponting has gone but this means another younger player will have to come into the Aussie side for the Ashes and there are not too many knocking on the door.

Ponting was right up there with the best. While Brian Lara was a genius and Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid almost machine-like in their run scoring, Ricky was a bit more human, if you like.

Fierce competitor: Ricky Ponting was so stung by Australia's 2005 Ashes loss that he masterminded a 5-0 whitewash over hapless England

Fierce competitor: Ricky Ponting was so stung by Australia's 2005 Ashes loss that he masterminded a 5-0 whitewash over a hapless England

He had some off-field issues — like that night he got himself in a fight in a Sydney bar and admitted to a drink problem — and he was more of a streetfighter than the other greats, a real scrapper who loved a battle.

When he was on top of his game, Ponting’s hand-eye co-ordination was incredible. In my day bowlers like Andy Caddick, Angus Fraser and Alex Tudor would bowl a natural length and he would just pull them dismissively. Other batsmen would have played a defensive shot.

I would see the looks on the bowlers’ faces, of sheer disbelief, and they would try to bowl fuller at Ponting and then he would just smack it back past them.

Yet at times, with his huge backlift, he looked vulnerable to the moving ball.
Ponting was very popular among his team-mates and a captain for whom players loved performing. But he was not the greatest of tacticians.

Calling it a day: Ponting holds some remarkable records, including most test victories as captain, most runs by an Australian, most centuries by an Australian and most consecutive test victories by a captain

Calling it a day: Ponting holds some remarkable records, including most test victories as captain, most runs by an Australian, most centuries by an Australian and most consecutive test victories by a captain

Ponting was more of a Graham Gooch type, a captain who led from the front, and for a while the shadow of Shane Warne, who really was astute, hung over him.

After Ponting had wrongly decided to bowl first at Edgbaston in 2005, when Warne had advised him to bat, Ponting was always chasing the game tactically.

Ponting became a pantomime villain in England, probably after that time at Trent Bridge when he started chuntering at Duncan Fletcher after Gary Pratt had run him out, but I think the public liked the fact he could be vulnerable. He was clearly a decent and honest guy.

Way back when: Ponting (second left) celebrates as Nasser is bowled by Andy Bichel at Adelaide in 2002

Way back when: Ponting (second left) celebrates as Nasser is bowled by Andy Bichel at Adelaide in 2002

We had our moments as opponents. There is a tape somewhere that a stump mic picked up of Ponting launching into me after I had clashed with Glenn McGrath — I might have made a comment about Ricky’s size in return — but that was what he did. He would always back up his players and I had absolute respect for that. It was never aimless and he would be the first opponent to say well done after you had made a score against him.

He deserves a great last Test.

India v England: James Anderson to set trap for Sachin Tendulkar – Nasser Hussain

Jimmy to set trap for Little Master… but beware new star Kohli and old foe Sehwag

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain gives the lowdown on India's main threats to England over the forthcoming Test series, which starts in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

The main man:

Sachin Tendulkar

Where else to start than with the Little Master At 39, Tendulkar is not quite the player he was, but then no cricketer has ever been the batsman Sachin was. He may be one level down from genius now but Tendulkar is still a massive presence, still a run machine and still a batsman England will be desperate to get out early.

Hands up who wants to score runs against England! India's Sachin Tendulkar (right) and Virender Sehwag

Hands up who wants to score runs against England! India's Sachin Tendulkar (right) and Virender Sehwag

Sachin will have seen the runs that Michael Clarke and Hashim Amla have scored in recent times and will feel that he has a point to prove, that he is still among the best batsmen in the world. He may also be energised by the presence of the new wonderkid, 24-year-old Virat Kohli, alongside him in the middle order, as Jacques Kallis has been energised with South Africa by Amla.

Jimmy Anderson will be the man England turn to for Sachin because, as we have seen in England, he can set him up beautifully with a couple that move away before nipping one back and exposing Tendulkar’s pads. And Sachin has been getting out bowled and lbw a bit more.

How long will he go on for Well, there are no real signs of Tendulkar tiring of the game. Whenever I’ve spoken to him, he has always had that Graham Gooch-like love of batting and love of cricket and as long as he’s got that and his form doesn’t slump too much, we can look forward to him being around for a while yet.

Still got it: Tendulkar

Still got it: Tendulkar

Still got it: Tendulkar is still a brilliant batsman, albeit one step below the remarkable level he once played at

The support cast:

Virat Kohli

Just look at Kohli’s stats over the last couple of years, particularly in one-day cricket. He is very consistent, elegant, technically sound and strong-willed, with a bit of a Kevin Pietersen-style strut about him.

England will not be daunted by Kohli, as they might have been by Rahul Dravid, because he is yet to do it against them in Test cricket, but this could be the series when he really performs. Kohli ticks all the boxes.

Ravi Ashwin

A real threat on spinning pitches. Ashwin is a level down from Saeed Ajmal but does have a ‘carrom ball’ — where he flicks the ball out of the front of his hand to make it turn away from the right-hander — and history tells us that England struggle against a spin bowler who can turn it both ways.

He is a tall man who gets plenty of bounce and overspin for his stock off-break that will stop the England batsmen lunging forward.

Keep your eye on the birdie: India opener Sehwag practices his batting in the nets

Keep your eye on the birdie: India opener Sehwag practices his batting in the nets

The opening pair:

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir

They have been a bit quiet of late — and that’s how England must keep them. If they can nip these two out with the new ball, and expose India’s middle order, they will be in business.

There are ‘issues’ between Sehwag and captain MS Dhoni and the pressure is on, but it would only take him to score a big hundred in Ahmedabad for everything to change and England to be on the back foot.

South Africa v Australia: Day two abandoned

South Africa unable to build lead against Aussies as play abandoned due to rain

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09:24 GMT, 10 November 2012

No play was possible on the second day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa because of rain in Brisbane.

Bad light brought an early end to day one with South Africa 255 for two and the weather worsened overnight meaning the covers stayed on all day, with any hope of play finally abandoned shortly after 4pm local time.

Play will start half on hour early on day three, weather permitting, with Hashim Amla 10 runs from his century and Jacques Kallis alongside him on 84.

Washout: No play was possible between South Africa and Australia

Washout: No play was possible between South Africa and Australia

While South Africa remained in a strong position, they suffered a blow after the first day's play with the news JP Duminy ruptured an Achilles tendon in the warm-down, leaving them with only 10 batsmen.

The Proteas' 12th man Francois du Plessis will field in Duminy's place at the Gabba but will not be able to bat, while Duminy is expected to be out for up to six months.

World Twenty20 2012: Umar Gul blasts Pakistan to victory over South Africa

Gul blasts Pakistan to victory over South Africa in low-scoring encounter

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14:02 GMT, 28 September 2012

Umar Akmal and Umar Gul led a superb fightback as Pakistan snatched a two-wicket victory against South Africa in a thrilling opening Group 2 match of the World Twenty20 Super Eights.

Despite chasing a modest 134 for victory, Pakistan looked destined for defeat as they slumped to 76 for seven in the 15th over, needing 58 runs off the final 30 balls.

However, Akmal and Gul joined forces to turn the game on its head in an eighth-wicket partnership worth 49 in just 4.3 overs.

Gul force: Umar Gul smashed three sixes in his 32

Gul force: Umar Gul smashed three sixes in his 32

Gul force: Umar Gul smashed three sixes in his 32
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Man of the match Gul provided much of the
momentum as he smashed three sixes and two fours in a 17-ball 32 before
falling to the final ball of the penultimate over.

That left Pakistan needing nine off the last over and Akmal clubbed a
Morne Morkel full toss for six off the second ball before Saeed Ajmal
sealed the victory with a guided four off the fourth.

Akmal finished unbeaten on 43 off 41 deliveries, having also struck four other boundaries to go with that maximum.

The triumph leaves Pakistan at the top of Group 2 ahead of Friday afternoon's match between Australia and India.

Winning moment: Saeed Ajmal (left) and Umar Akmal celebrate Pakistan's win

Winning moment: Saeed Ajmal (left) and Umar Akmal celebrate Pakistan's win

Winning moment: Saeed Ajmal (left) and Umar Akmal celebrate Pakistan's win

South Africa were earlier limited to 133 for six after suffering a poor start in Colombo.

They lost Hashim Amla (six), Richard Levi (eight) and Jacques Kallis
(12) as they struggled to 28 for three after six overs, before JP Duminy
and AB de Villiers led a recovery.

Duminy put on 38 for the fourth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (18)
before adding 44 with captain De Villiers to help South Africa into
three figures before both fell in the closing overs.

The Proteas' total looked below par, and Pakistan were quickly making
in-roads into their target as captain Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir
put on a rapid 24 for the first wicket.

Top scorer: JP Duminy hit 48 runs earlier in the day for the Proteas

Top scorer: JP Duminy hit 48 runs earlier in the day for the Proteas

Key man: Ajmal took the wicket of Richard Levi

Key man: Ajmal took the wicket of Richard Levi

However, South Africa hit back in emphatic fashion with three breakthroughs in seven balls.

Paceman Dale Steyn made the first, having Nazir caught behind by De
Villiers for 14, before spinner Robin Peterson struck twice in his first
over, bouncing back from being smashed for six off his opening delivery
by having Hafeez (15) and Nasir Jamshed (nought) stumped.

That was the start of a collapse that saw Pakistan in all sorts of
trouble but, just when it appeared as though South Africa were cruising
to victory, Akmal and Gul combined to dramatic effect.

LIVE: England v South Africa – T20, Old Trafford

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the second T20 match at Old Trafford

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13:00 GMT, 10 September 2012

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England take on South Africa at Old Trafford on Monday night in what is the second 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.

Stuart Broad's England side will be looking to level the series at Old Trafford having lost the series opener by seven wickets at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

England 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.

Expected to feature for the home side alongside Broad are fellow Twenty20 stalwarts Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann, while the world class trio of Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn will feature for the tourists.

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Jumping Jacques flash: Kallis bludgeoned South Africa to victory at Durham

Jumping Jacques flash: Kallis bludgeoned South Africa to victory at Durham

Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy steer South Africa to seven-wicket victory in T20 opener

Kallis and Duminy steer South Africa to seven-wicket victory in T20 opener

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16:56 GMT, 8 September 2012

England repeated familiar mistakes as they switched formats and venues, but again came up short against South Africa in the first NatWest Twenty20 at Emirates Durham ICG.

As at Trent Bridge, where England posted an under-par total on the way to NatWest Series defeat against the same opponents three days ago, so it was here as a string of frontline batsmen fell to soft dismissals.

A vulnerable 118 for seven resulted before, in another echo of Nottingham, England's new-ball attack took three early wickets – and then an old hand, this time the returning Jacques Kallis (48no), took over in company with JP Duminy (47no) to see South Africa home with seven wickets and an over to spare.

Fluent: JP Duminy (47no) and Jacques Kallis (48no) shake hands after steering South Africa to a comprehensive victory

Fluent: JP Duminy (47no) and Jacques Kallis (48no) shake hands after steering South Africa to a comprehensive victory

On a pitch of decent pace, but with spin available for Johan Botha and Robin Peterson, England's highest partnership was captain Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann's unbroken 33 for the eighth wicket.

Until then, early promise foundered alarmingly as Peterson and Botha shared four wickets – with minimal resistance – and England registered the third-lowest total in their Twenty20 history. Alex Hales began the innings with boundaries from the second and third balls he faced, a sweep and front-foot push past point in the first over off Peterson.

Top scorer Craig Kieswetter clubbed Lonwabo Tsotsobe for England's only six over long-on, but the first-wicket stand ended unsatisfactorily when Hales over-committed himself for a single into the leg-side off his partner's thick inside-edge and could not beat Kallis' direct hit as he tried to dive back.

Unbeaten Both Kallis (top) and Duminy (bottom) were in fine fettle, punishing some loose England bowling

Unbeaten Both Kallis (top) and Duminy (bottom) were in fine fettle, punishing some loose England bowling

Safe hands: JP Duminy hit an unbeaten 47 as South Africa chased down England's total with ease

Kieswetter stayed long enough to help England to 40 for one in powerplay, only to go lbw to the first ball of the next over – Botha striking immediately with a big off-break which hit the batsman just on off-stump.

Out-of-form Ravi Bopara stayed that way after AB de Villiers recalled Dale Steyn, kept a slip in and duly saw England's number three go again to a compliant outside-edge.

Botha and Peterson's spin variations soon did for two of England's biggest hopes.

Eoin Morgan was bowled by Botha, attempting a hybrid leg-side swipe, and Jos Buttler advanced to Peterson but missed one that turned.

Jonny Bairstow picked out long-on with regrettable precision, off Albie Morkel – and Samit Patel was well-caught by a diving Kallis at long-off off Peterson.

In a rut: Ravi Bopara's woes continued, with England's No 4 making six off 11 balls

In a rut: Ravi Bopara's woes continued, with England's No 4 making six off 11 balls

Broad and Swann therefore had to try to rescue a worthwhile total, from 85 for seven in the 16th over, after a procession of six wickets for the addition of only 45 runs.

Swann hit Peterson to deep mid-wicket, for England's first boundary in nine overs, and he and Broad at least pushed their team into three-figures.

Top scorer: Craig Kieswetter made 25

Top scorer: Craig Kieswetter made 25

When South Africa faltered to 29 for three after four overs, it seemed England's bowlers might somehow salvage the situation after all.

But that was a fleeting misconception.

Steven Finn bowled especially well, rewarded only with the wicket of debutant Faf du Plessis – stuck on the crease lbw.

Jade Dernbach had already had opener Richard Levi well-caught high at slip by Swann, and home hopes were truly raised when De Villiers edged the same bowler behind as he tried to force off-side runs off the back foot.

But Kallis, back after his sabbatical during the drawn 50-over series, was still standing in England's way.

He and JP Duminy duly shared an unbroken stand of 90, a record for the fourth wicket by any team against England in this sprint format.

South Africa did not quite complete the task with the conspicuous ease they had in the midlands. But once again, England's faulty batting had given them the freedom to play without risk.

Broad and Swann, in particular, bowled economically. But wickets were the required currency to make a game of it – and despite Finn's early recall, they never came.

England lose third Test to South Africa

England no longer top of the world after South Africa survive thrilling Lord's fightback to claim victory

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16:05 GMT, 20 August 2012

England have lost their world No 1 status after South Africa won the third Test by 51 runs for a 2-0 series triumph.

Andrew Strauss's side went into the final day with eight wickets remaining and needing 330 runs for victory.

But despite Matt Prior (73) and Graeme Swann (41) setting up a thrilling finish – after half centuries from Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow – the hosts came up short.

Full report to follow….

Super six: Graeme Swann hits out as the third Test reaches a thrilling climax

Super six: Graeme Swann hits out as the third Test reaches a thrilling climax

Safe hands: Graeme Smith (centre) celebrates after taking the catch to dismiss Ian Bell

Safe hands: Graeme Smith (centre) celebrates after taking the catch to dismiss Ian Bell

What a catch: Jaques Kallis dives for the ball to get Jonathan Trott out for 63

What a catch: Jaques Kallis dives for the ball to get Jonathan Trott out for 63

Point made: Vernon Philander celebrates after dismissing Ian Bell at Lord's

Point made: Vernon Philander celebrates after dismissing Ian Bell at Lord's

Out: Jonny Bairstow falls victim to Imran Tahir after managing a half century

Out: Jonny Bairstow falls victim to Imran Tahir after managing a half century

Matt finish: Prior tries to steer England closer to their target

Matt finish: Prior tries to steer England closer to their target

Packing a punch: Imran Tahir celebrates taking the wicket of Jonny Bairstow

Packing a punch: Imran Tahir celebrates taking the wicket of Jonny Bairstow

Take that: Graeme Swann helped himself to a couple of sixes as England battled

Take that: Graeme Swann helped himself to a couple of sixes as England battled

LIVE: England v South Africa, day five, third Test, Lord"s

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day five 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, England 315

Second innings: South Africa 351

ENGLAND REQUIRE 346 RUNS TO WIN

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10.47am: Here is what Sportsmail has to offer you today before the start of play at 11am…

Paul Newman's report on day four is here.

Nasser Hussain's view on England's predicament is here.

David Lloyd's alternative take on proceedings in Bumble at the Test is here.

And Lawrence Booth's Match Zone is here.

10.35am: So, this is it then, the outcome of the series and the world's No 1 Test status all comes down to what happens here on the final day of England's summer. The hosts need another 330 runs to win – and win they must if they are to remain at the top of world cricket. It is a very tall order for England, especially the way South Africa bowled last night and, in fact, all series long. It is not impossible though and, what is for sure, it will compelling stuff.

Early breakthrough: Philander removed both England openers

Early breakthrough: Philander removed both England openers

LIVE: England v South Africa, day four, third Test, Lord"s

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day four 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, England 315

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61st over: South Africa 177-4 (Amla 71, De Villiers 8)

Broad continues… Amla punches a couple through the covers off the back foot. Amla then clips two through midwicket off his pads. Four from the over.

60th over: South Africa 173-4 (Amla 67, De Villiers 8)

Close! Swann beats Amla's edge with a straight one. Amla then thick-edges a drive to third man for a single. Shot! De Villiers dances down the track and launches Swann through midwicket for a one-bounce four.

59th over: South Africa 168-4 (Amla 66, De Villiers 4)

AB De Villiers the new man in with one ball left in the over. You feel that this is the key partnership – if England let it develop then it could be a matchwinner. Four! Short from Broad and De Villiers pulls fine to get off the mark.

WICKET! Steyn c Taylor b Broad 9

Got him! Steyn gloves one right up in the air and into the grateful hands of Taylor at short leg.

59th over: South Africa 164-3 (Amla 66, Steyn 9)

Stuart Broad replaces Finn at the Pavilion End… Steyn gloves a single down to fine leg.

58th over: South Africa 162-3 (Amla 65, Steyn 8)

Swann comes into the attack. Amla dabs a single through gully. Steyn then thick-edges two runs wide of slip. Steyn comes down the wicket and manages to hack a single to mid on.

57th over: South Africa 158-3 (Amla 64, Steyn 5)

Finn has Amla on strike. He pushes two runs through the covers. Three more are then timed through midwicket. Five from that over… frustration mounting now for England.

56th over: South Africa 153-3 (Amla 59, Steyn 5)

Signs of the pressure getting to Steyn as he has an ugly heave at a short one from Anderson and misses it by a mile. Four! Steyn gets the first boundary of the day, not quite timing a clip through midwicket. An interesting little battle is developing here between Anderson and Steyn.

55th over: South Africa 149-3 (Amla 59, Steyn 1)

Finn is bowling a very sharp little spell here, and he just beats Amla's outside edge with that one. Close! That one reared up and jagged back into Amla and beat his edge by millimetres as he attempted the cut. Exceptional over from Finn. Maiden.

54th over: South Africa 149-3 (Amla 59, Steyn 1)

Amla prods a single into the off side. Steyn was a bit slow out of the blocks but he's home safely despite Bell's direct hit. Steyn does well to sway out of the way of an Anderson bouncer… not enough balls aimed at the stumps this morning. One from the over again.

Nightwatchman: Steyn had to cope with some short-pitched bowling

Nightwatchman: Steyn had to cope with some short-pitched bowling

53rd over: South Africa 148-3 (Amla 58, Steyn 1)

Close! Amla inside edges an attempted drive and the ball just squirts past his leg stump. Amla will keep the strike with a single down to fine leg.

52nd over: South Africa 147-3 (Amla 57, Steyn 1)

Anderson to bowl from the Nursery End. Too short and wide to Steyn and he is able to leave with ease. A no-ball is called as Anderson bounces one too many. Steyn survives the rest.

51st over: South Africa 146-3 (Amla 57, Steyn 1)

Steve Finn will open the bowling – the nightwatchman Steyn is on strike. Ouch! Steyn is wrapped on the gloves by a bouncer and will have to receive a bit of treatment after they manage to scamper a single… A fine delivery from Finn. Just one from the over – a good start from the big quick.

Chin music: Steyn sways away from a bouncer

Chin music: Steyn sways away from a bouncer

10.55am: We have a plethora of reading for you to get stuck into today…

First up there is Peter Hayter's report on day three here.

Sportsmail can reveal the content of those infamous KP texts here.

James Anderson lauds the impact of Jonny Bairstow in his exclusive Sportsmail column here.

Patrick Collins ponders the KP saga here.

Peter Hayter reveals that Pietersen is likely to be axed for good here.

And finally, former England skipper Michael Vaughan gives his view on Bairstow here.

10.45am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the fourth day of the third and final Test between England and South Africa from a sun-baked Lord's. South Africa will resume their second innings at 11pm leading by 139 runs with seven wickets still intact.

Nip and tuck: England are right up against it as they search for victory in the final Test

Nip and tuck: England are right up against it as they search for victory in the final Test