LIVE: England v South Africa – the action on day four of the first Test at the Oval
13:16 GMT, 22 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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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