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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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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

England and South Africa draw second Test at Headingley

Broad and Pietersen star with ball but draw means England must win at Lord's to remain No 1

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England will have to beat South Africa in the third and final Test at Lord's to hang on to their No 1 status after the two sides were frustrated by rain again on the final day at Headingley.

Andrew Strauss' side looked bereft of ideas early on day five as Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph put on 120 for the tourists' first wicket, but career-best figures for part-time off spinner Kevin Pietersen (3-52) and a purple patch from Stuart Broad (5-69) left England requiring 253 runs at over six an over for the win.

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Strauss sent out a signal of intent by allowing Pietersen to open the innings with Alastair Cook, and when the pair smashed 21 off the first three overs England dared to dream.

But after Pietersen holed out off the bowling of Vernon Philander and the fast-scoring Matt Prior – elevated to No 5 – was run out with the score at 106-4, England shut up shop.

Smith finally shook hands with six overs remaining and the score at 130-4.

More to follow…

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

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

England v South Africa – the action on day five 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

England 425

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19th over: South Africa 43-0 (Smith 18, Rudolph 24)

James Anderson's into the attack and Rudolph plays a decent front-foot push back via mid off for the first runs (three of 'em) of the morning. A gentle ripple of applause from the spartan crowd in at Headingley. Disappointed by the denizens of Yorkshire. Not too often South Africa come to town. If you're in the area you can still grab a ticket – or thousand- if you want them

18th over: South Africa 39-0 (Smith 17, Rudolph 21)

'Conditions are perfect for bowling', urges Bumble. And he's got a point. Lowe lying cloud, ideal for swinging the ball round corners. Just what England need of they are to conjure up a miracle. Stuart Broad leads the attack this morning and he serves up a couple of absolute jaffas to Smith, the ball hooping in from outside off, but past the edge. Maiden.

10.52: OK, so what do I know. Action will be starting bang on time. Time for you to stick on a brew and let's see what drama this Test can offer us. Oh, and due to all the rain yesterday, well have 98 overs to try and force a result.

10.49: While we wait for the resumption of hostilities, have a read of Bumble's musings on a soggy day four west Yorkshire right here.

10.45: Tractors out in the field and groundstaff swarming all round as they prepare the track and outfield for play. We won't start on time, but the delay should one be another half hour or so.

10.35: Action starts in 25 minutes, in the meantime why not read over the full report from yesterday's action right here

10.30am: Oh, quelle surprise, it has been raining again. Covers are coming off and we should be good to start on time. But there's more rain scheduled later today. This isn't the most insightful comment you'll hear all day, but I'm not sure we're going to see anything other than a draw today.

Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day five of the second Test between England and South Africa. What did we learn yesterday Not a great deal as rain limited the action to a mere 39 overs.

What can we hope for today Early wickets could make it a nervy one for South Africa, who will be boosted by the return of Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen has to bat at No 7 after missing much of day three.

Action on the way presently and you can get in touch via the email address above. Many thanks to you.

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

Dale Steyn on South Africa beating England at Kia Oval

A five-star show at The Oval… and they said that I was injured!

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21:50 GMT, 24 July 2012

South Africa pulled off a magnificent innings and 12-run victory over England after dominating the first Test, with the world's No1 bowler Dale Steyn at the centre of it. Here Steyn provides an exclusive insight into the historic events at the Kia Oval.

Dreamland

I'm super stoked at what we achieved in the first Test. I'm sitting here now, a day later, still trying to get my head round what we did and how we did it.

I don't really know what to say. It was a massive team effort. To think that three top players in AB De Villiers, Jacques Rudolph and JP Duminy, didn't even get a bat but were still a big part of an incredible five days with their energy and support. Their turn will come.

Flat out: AB De Villiers didn't have to bat such was South Africa's dominance against England

Flat out: AB De Villiers didn't have to bat such was South Africa's dominance against England

Yes, that was an emphatic victory but I'm not going to say 'wow' or criticise the England team in any way. The time to look back on this will come after the third Test when, hopefully, we will have won the series.

Injury scare

I have racked my brains and I still don't know where these rumours came from that I had been injured going into the Test. It just wasn't true.

I'll tell you where it might have started, though. The day before the game it had been raining but we managed to get out into the nets. The strapping on my ankle had snapped so I took my right boot and sock off to put it back on when our bowling coach Allan Donald asked for a word. Now I didn't want to get my sock wet on the outfield so I hopped on my left leg about 15 paces over to AD. I can only imagine someone saw that and came to the wrong conclusion.

Injury What injury Steyn was in explosive form for the visitors at the Kia Oval

Injury What injury Steyn was in explosive form for the visitors at the Kia Oval

The strapping is something I always wear to protect my ankles and feet. It's just part and parcel of a fast bowler's life. It really was nothing. I guess it was all part of the hype of a massive Test series.

A slow start

I know people were questioning us after the first day and wondering if we could take 20 wickets. But we really didn't think we had bowled badly and, crucially, hadn't let England get away.

We just vowed to stick to the same plans on day two when we got that little bit of luck with overhead conditions. Then I just think we got what our bowling had deserved. It was like the game was saying 'this is your reward for working hard.'

The history makers

I will tell you something about Hashim Amla. He batted with the same pair of batting gloves for his first run as he did for his 300th. Just one pair for more than 13 hours at the crease. The man just doesn't sweat. Not a single drop on his head. We joke that Hashim sweats whenever we are doing our fitness training and he is faced with the bleep test but never when he's batting!

Triple crown: Amla became the first South African to score 300 test runs with his stellar batting display

Triple crown: Amla became the first South African to score 300 test runs with his stellar batting display

There's only one man who would have deserved that historic innings more than Hashim and that's me! Just joking. Hash is a fabulous guy and a great batsman and you could see in the celebrations how happy everyone was for him. Our silent warrior reacts exactly the same whether he has scored 30 or 300. His personality always comes shining through. Jacques Kallis said he had the best view in the house at the other end to watch him. And I will tell you something about the great Kallis too.

At tea on the fourth day Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten went up to him and said 'you're 18 away from a double hundred. What do you want to do' And Jacques replied 'do whatever is best for the team. That's the important thing.' He could have easily asked for another three or four overs to have a thrash but he didn't because Graeme wanted to declare and give us as much time as possible to bowl England out again. Jacques saw the bigger picture.

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Completing the job

We really had good intentions as a bowling unit to pick up another 10 wickets and win the game. We didn't want to give England the option of drawing at all. There had been some surprise that I hadn't taken the new ball at the start of both innings but that was a tactical decision. Morne Morkel has got Andrew Strauss out something like seven times in nine goes and he was much better equipped to dismiss him than I was.

We felt we had to really attack the stumps on a slow pitch. We didn't want to give England the opportunity to leave too many balls, as Alastair Cook had done in the first innings.

I don't know why we got more movement than the England bowlers. Maybe we hit the deck a bit harder. When a team has made over 600 and lost only two wickets it can play tricks in the minds of the batsmen on the other side.

High five

Being first change doesn't matter to me as, with the lacquer on the Duke ball, it can swing for a bit longer than the Kookaburra and it was still swinging when I got my hands on it. But I took the second new ball and it was fantastic to take five wickets and do my bit for the team.

I'm not a statto but I did know that I hadn't taken a five-for in England before so it meant a lot to do so.

Steyn remover: The South African quick bowler took five wickets in the opening Test

Steyn remover: The South African quick bowler took five wickets in the opening Test

My 18th five-for in Test cricket I won't think about things like that until after I retire but someone did tell me I'm two behind Allan Donald now. As he's my bowling coach I'm not sure I should remind him of that! I don't think we were ever really concerned that we might not win on the last day because we just knew if we stuck to our plans and remained patient we were confident wickets would come. And it was a lovely moment when Imran Tahir got the last wicket. Test victories are special.

Enjoying the moment

Test victories need to be celebrated. We had a lovely night on Monday, just going to a little pub over the road from our hotel as a team with the wives and girlfriends who are here. Nothing serious. Just a very nice South African way of doing things.

Graeme Smith went straight off to go home to be at the birth of his first child and he would have been a lot happier sitting on that plane after the five days we had. It was immense of the captain to score a hundred in his 100th Test but he will be happier about the win. Now we will be in Worcester for a couple of days and then it's on to Headingley.

We will become the No1 team in Test cricket if we win there but it's not all about that. We want to build something with this team and do things in a way that will set an example for generations to come. We are hugely satisfied about what we did at the Oval but the job isn't done yet. ends

LIVE: England v South Africa: Day five, first Test, the Oval

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day five of the first Test at the Oval

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Stay up to date with all the action on day five of the first 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, 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)

Steyn continues…

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

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.'

If you have any thoughts on that, or on anything cricket-related throughout the day, feel free to drop me an email by clicking on the link above.

Star man: Amla takes the plaudits at the end of day four

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

Bowled him: Pietersen's middle stump is uprooted

LIVE: England v South Africa: Day four, first Test, the Oval

LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day four of the first Test at the Oval

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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.

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172nd over: South Africa 540-2 (Amla 261, Kallis 141)

Here comes Broad again… Kallis takes advantage of the defensive field with a single from a defensive shot.

171st over: South Africa 539-2 (Amla 261, Kallis 140)

Amla pulls Anderson to midwicket for a single. One more for Kallis makes it two from the over.

170th over: South Africa 537-2 (Amla 260, Kallis 139)

Amla tucks Broad to fine leg for a single. Kallis picks up a single with nothing more than a defensive prod into the off side. Smart fielding from Bresnan at square prevents a certain boundary and restricts Amla to two. He adds another single to extra cover to make it five from the over.

169th over: South Africa 532-2 (Amla 256, Kallis 138)

A chorus of applause rings around the Oval as Anderson beats Amla's bat with a bit of swing and seam. Amla pushes a single through the covers. One from the over.

168th over: South Africa 531-2 (Amla 255, Kallis 138)

Broad again, he's got to improve on that last over. The fact he's got no slip in with a enw ball three overs old says it all… Kallis can't beat the fielders and it's a rare maiden.

167th over: South Africa 531-2 (Amla 255, Kallis 138)

Anderson takes the new ball into into its third over. Shot! Anderson goes too straight and Amla whips him over midwicket for four.

166th over: South Africa 527-2 (Amla 251, Kallis 138)

The out-of-sorts Broad will share the new ball. Four! Swing for Broad but it's wide enough for Kallis to play the cover drive. Shot! Over-pitched again by Broad and this time Kallis absolutely middles it through the covers. Broad's pace is well down at 77mph – I wonder if he's carrying a knock Shot! This is woeful from Broad but you've got to admire Kallis' cover-driving.

165th over: South Africa 515-2 (Amla 251, Kallis 126)

England have taken the new ball. Can Anderson and Broad salvage some pride for this bowling attack Kallis fends a single to square leg. One from Anderson's over.

LUNCH ON DAY FOUR: SOUTH AFRICA LEAD BY 129 RUNS

1.02pm: Another torrid session for England, with 111 runs coming from it. Amla has passed 200 and 250, while Kallis has made his 43rd Test ton. South Africa will look to accelerate after lunch and may declare around tea time. England will surely take the new ball. Join me at 1.40pm for the afternoon session.

Still going strong: Amla celebrates passing 250

Still going strong: Amla celebrates passing 250

164th over: South Africa 514-2 (Amla 251, Kallis 125)

Bopara will bowl the last over before lunch. Three singles from the over end another sorry session for England.

163rd over: South Africa 511-2 (Amla 250, Kallis 123)

Swann continues with lunch fast approaching. Four! Amla cuts down to the vacant third man region. Amla turns two runs round the corner. 250 for Amla! Filth from Swann and Amla gives it the treatment through the covers. Ten from the over.

162nd over: South Africa 501-2 (Amla 240, Kallis 123)

Amla clips Bopara down the ground for two runs. He guides another to backward point. Four! Kallis crashes one through the covers to make it seven from the over.

Ice cool: Amla is a model of concentration

Ice cool: Amla is a model of concentration

161st over: South Africa 494-2 (Amla 237, Kallis 118)

The third new ball is now available, but Strauss gives Swann the old one. Just the two singles from the over.

160th over: South Africa 492-2 (Amla 236, Kallis 118)

Four! Kallis slashes at one outside off from Bopara and the thick edge runs away down to third man. He adds a single to midwicket. Close! Amla has a flirt outside off to one that keeps low from Bopara. Amla drives a single. Kallis cuts one off the last ball of the over.

159th over: South Africa 485-2 (Amla 235, Kallis 112)

Singles for each batsman as Swann continues – two from the over.

Pure class: Kallis became the third South African centurion on day four

Pure class: Kallis became the third South African centurion on day four

158th over: South Africa 483-2 (Amla 234, Kallis 111)

Amla pushes Bopara to deep extra cover for a single. Close! An ugly swing and a miss from Kallis as he looks to crash it through the covers. He cuts the next one to third man for a single. Smart fielding from Trott restricts Amla to two with the extra cover.

157th over: South Africa 480-2 (Amla 231, Kallis 110)

Amla flicks a single to mid on, Kallis one to fine leg. Amla to fine leg this time. This is all to easy for these two. Three from Swann's over.

156th over: South Africa 477-2 (Amla 230, Kallis 109)

In comes Ravi Bopara for a bowl. He was arguably England's best seamer yesterday, which says it all really. Close! Kallis comes oh so close to dragging on. He drives a single to deep cover. Shot! Sheer class from Amla as he opens to face to perfectly place a square drive. One more single is added to make it six from the over.

Jacques the lad: Kallis celebrates reaching his 43rd Test century

Jacques the lad: Kallis celebrates reaching his 43rd Test century

155th over: South Africa 471-2 (Amla 225, Kallis 108)

Swann comes around the wicket for his second over of the day. Singles into the leg side for each batsman. Shot! Amla dances down the track for a per-meditated heave to midwicket for a one-bounce four.

154th over: South Africa 465-2 (Amla 220, Kallis 107)

Bresnan has Kallis on 99… There it is! It took five balls from the over, but he eventually gets the width to guide another one wide of the slips for four. That is an incredible 43 Test match hundreds now for Kallis. Four! A slow bouncer from Bresnan is pulled to midwicket with disdain.

153rd over: South Africa 457-2 (Amla 220, Kallis 99)

Swann comes in for a bowl, with 99 in his runs conceded column. Four! Ton up for Swann as Amla drives an over-pitched ball through the covers. Amla then sweeps a single down to fine leg to bring Kallis on strike, two runs from his hundred. He works a single to midwicket. Amla guides two more down to third man to make it eight from the over.

Looking for inspiration: Prior and Swann ponder England's predicament

Looking for inspiration: Prior and Swann ponder England's predicament

152nd over: South Africa 449-2 (Amla 213, Kallis 98)

Four! Amla guides a wide-ish delivery from Bresnan down to third man. Appeal! Not out. A direct hit from Bell at midwicket looked tight at full speed, but the replay shows Kallis was home pretty comfortably. Shot! Kallis cunningly guides one down to third man in a very similar manner to Amla's boundary earlier in the over.

151st over: South Africa 440-2 (Amla 208, Kallis 94)

Still no sign of Swann as Broad continues. Another comedy moment – although not quite as funny as Strauss' smashing of his sunglasses yesterday – as Kallis drops his bat at the non-strikers end just before Broad is about to deliver. Broad sportingly stops and the pair share a laugh. Amla pushes the only run of the over to backward point.

150th over: South Africa 439-2 (Amla 207, Kallis 94)

Bresnan comes back in to end Anderson's spell. Single to Amla. Shot! Bresnan goes too wide and Kallis leans into a cover drive beautifully. Five from the over, and that will be drinks. Yet another hour comprehensively won by South Africa.

In command: Amla was in scintillating form in the morning

In command: Amla was in scintillating form in the morning

149th over: South Africa 434-2 (Amla 206, Kallis 90)

Broad now into his third over… Kallis is happy to defend. he looks like he's seeing it like a beach ball out there. Maiden.

148th over: South Africa 434-2 (Amla 206, Kallis 90)

Anderson continues. It surely can't be long until Graeme Swann comes in for a bowl. He had no luck yesterday but did extract plenty of turn from this pitch. Maybe today will be his day. Amla punches a single into the off side. Kallis keep the strike and moves into the 90s with a single to square leg.

147th over: South Africa 432-2 (Amla 205, Kallis 89)

Amla flicks Broad for a couple into the leg side. he then punches a single into the off side. It's all very flat out there for England at the moment.

Double trouble: Amla went past 200 in the morning

Double trouble: Amla went past 200 in the morning

146th over: South Africa 429-2 (Amla 202, Kallis 89)

Anderson continues his spell. This pitch has given him nothing so far today, but he's still charging in with his usual dogged determination. It's a maiden.

145th over: South Africa 429-2 (Amla 202, Kallis 89)

Broad replaces Bresnan. Kallis brings Amla on strike, two from his double ton, with a prod into the off side. 200 for Amla! What an incredible innings this has been – the milestone comes up from his 392nd ball with a drive through the covers for three.

144th over: South Africa 424-2 (Amla 198, Kallis 88)

Kallis punches a single into the off side. Amla turns a couple in front of square on the leg side. Amla times a push through the covers for two to make it five from Anderson's over.

Pure class: Amla is in outstanding form

Pure class: Amla is in outstanding form

143rd over: South Africa 419-2 (Amla 194, Kallis 87)

Bresnan to continue his spell. There's a strangled appeal as the ball strikes Kallis' pads, but he clearly got an inside edge. Just a single from the over.

142nd over: South Africa 418-2 (Amla 194, Kallis 86)

Amla cuts two to backward point. These two have picked up where they left off last night and things are looking ominous for England. Just two from Anderson's over.

More frustration: Anderson looks dejected as Amla takes another run

More frustration: Anderson looks dejected as Amla takes another run

141st over: South Africa 416-2 (Amla 192, Kallis 86)

Kallis picks up a single from a mistimed cut. Close! Amla
nearly drags Bresnan on to his stumps attempting to cut a ball that was
too close to him. He punches a single into the off side.

140th over: South Africa 414-2 (Amla 191, Kallis 85)

Anderson continues… Kallis whips two runs through midwicket. He adds one more to make it three from the over.

139th over: South Africa 411-2 (Amla 191, Kallis 82)

Amla tucks a couple to square leg. Four! too straight again from Bresnan and Amla tucks it fine to make his score the highest of any South African at the Oval.

138th over: South Africa 405-2 (Amla 185, Kallis 82)

Anderson has Amla – 16 away from a double ton – on strike. He cuts a single to the sweeper on the off side. One from that over. Just a hint of swing for Anderson, but nothing more.

137th over: South Africa 404-2 (Amla 184, Kallis 82)

Bresnan will bowl the second over of the day – he was the pick of England's seamers yesterday. Amla tucks a single into the leg side – God knows how many times I typed that yesterday! Signs of uneven bounce as Bresnan gets one to rear up, but it's too wide of off to trouble Kallis. One from the over.

Ready to go: Sportsmail's David Lloyd (centre) with Warne and Ian Ward (right)

Ready to go: Sportsmail's David Lloyd (centre) with Warne and Ian Ward (right)

136th over: South Africa 403-2 (Amla 183, Kallis 82)

Anderson to open the bowling as ever for England… 97 overs are to bowled today, and we have glorious sunshine in south London, so we'll get them all in. Kallis is solid in defence. Maiden.

10.54am: Here's your essential reading for today before we get under way at 11am…

Peter Hayter's report on day three is here.

Patrick Collins lauds the quality of cricket on display at the Oval here.

And James Anderson's exclusive column is here.

Old friends: Shane Warne (left) chats to England's Kevin Pietersen

Old friends: Shane Warne (left) chats to England's Kevin Pietersen

10.48am: Hashim Amla resumes unbeaten on 183, with Jacques Kallis on 82, then there's the small matter of AB De Villiers to follow. England will do well to restrict South Africa to 600 here you feel. What is certain, is that they will need to bowl much better than they did yesterday, not just to enhance their chances of earning a draw, but to lay down a marker for the rest of the series.

10.42am: England are well and truly on the ropes here and only a minor miracle can see them emerge victorious. They would definitely take a draw right now, given that they are already trailing by 18 runs and South Africa still have eight first innings wicket intact.

10.30am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the fourth day of the first Test between England and South Africa at the Oval.

Centurion: Hashim Amla was outstanding on day three

Centurion: Hashim Amla was outstanding on day three