LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day five of the first Test at the Oval
10:32 GMT, 23 July 2012
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England v South Africa: Essentials
England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
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: Asad Rauf and Steve Davis. TV: Kumar Dharmasena
England won the toss and elected to bat
First innings: England 385, South Africa 637-2 declared.
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WICKET! Bopara b Steyn 22
Unlucky… Bopara drags on to a wide one from Steyn and South Africa have their first wicket of the day.
45th over: England 117-4 (Bell 15, Bopara 22)
44th over: England 117-4 (Bell 15, Bopara 22)
Bell tucks his first run of the day down to fine leg. The ball didn't miss Bopara's off stump by eight millimetres in the last over, it was in fact 0.8 millimetres! Bopara fends a single to square leg as Morkel goes too straight again. That brings up the 50 partnership.
43rd over: England 115-4 (Bell 14, Bopara 21)
Steyn continues… Close! Bopara leaves one that nips back and misses the off stump by eight millimetres, according to HawkEye. Maiden.
42nd over: England 115-4 (Bell 14, Bopara 21)
Bopara was out to the short ball in the first innings and South Africa seem to be targeting with him it. He comfortably pulls a single to square leg again though, this time off Morkel. No-ball. Two from the over.
41st over: England 113-4 (Bell 14, Bopara 20)
Steyn into his second over of the day. Shot! Steyn goes short and too straight and Bopara finds the gap at square leg with the pull. He then tucks a single to the same area. Five from the over.
40th over: England 108-4 (Bell 14, Bopara 15)
Morne Morkel will bowl the second over of the day. Signs of swing for the big man as a leg bye is added down to fine leg. Four! Morkel strays down the leg side and De Villiers can't stop it going all the way. Wide: not a good start this from Morkel. Six from the over.
39th over: England 102-4 (Bell 14, Bopara 15)
Dale Steyn will bowl the first over of the day, Bell is on strike… Hardly any bounce out of this pitch for Steyn. Bell is solid in defence. Maiden.
10.58am: The players are on their way out on another glorious day. England fans will be praying for a repeat of Cape Town 2010, or Centurion 2009, or Old Trafford 1998, or Johannesburg 1995…
10.48am: Here's Sportsmail's reaction to the events yesterday if you fancy a pre-match read to get you in the mood for today…
Paul Newman's report on a day where a 'toothless' England were dominated by Hashim Amla is here.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain lauds South Africa's nullifying of Graeme Swann here.
Lawrence Booth spoke to Amla after his record-breaking innings here.
David Lloyd's reacts to Amla's innings, amongst other things, in Bumble at the Test here.
And Lawrence Booth's Match Zone is here.
Historic day: Fans celebrate Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France triumph on day four at the Oval
10.43am: Interesting quotes have emerged from Andy Caddick this morning, with the former England quick calling for Kevin Pietersen to be dropped.
'I personally think it's time we moved on from the Pietersens and looked for a fresher player,' he told talkSPORT.
'I think Kevin Pietersen is a wonderful cricketer but I just don’t think his mindset is right for English cricket, especially with all else that is going on in world cricket which he is involved in.
'It's one of those things, it has to be said, and I think it's going to happen.'
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Star man: Amla takes the plaudits at the end of day four
10.38am: The men at the crease for England are Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara. They have already put on 35 for the fifth wicket, but they'll need to put on a whole lot more if England are to save this one. England do bat deep, but they'll want these two and Matt Prior at No 7 to bat for the bulk of the day.
10.35am: South Africa effectively need six wickets to win this match. England are 150 runs behind the tourists at 102-4 and have no chance of winning this match. For them the task is simple, yet much easier said than done: bat out the day.
10.30am: This is it then. A day of reckoning for England. Can they hold out for what would be an unlikely draw. If they can do so, it would match, if not better, those earned in South Africa and against Australia in Cardiff back in 2009.
Bowled him: Pietersen's middle stump is uprooted