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England v South Africa Twenty20 abandoned due to rain

Summer's definitely over! Rain ends hope of result in England's T20 with South Africa

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England's second NatWest International Twenty20 against South Africa was abandoned after the weather allowed only one short, frantic session at Old Trafford.

England were 29 for two after 4.1 overs of their reply to South Africa's 77 for five in a match reduced to nine overs per side when steady rain began to fall.

A result would have been recorded had another five balls been bowled – and England would have won had they added another 13 – but South Africa will still lead the series 1-0 heading to the third match at Edgbaston.

Dampened spirits: England's Twenty20 against South Africa fell victim to the weather at Old Trafford

Dampened spirits: England's Twenty20 against South Africa fell victim to the weather at Old Trafford

The match had been delayed by two and a
quarter hours by earlier rain but there was still a certain familiarity
to South Africa's batting as Hashim Amla again dominated.

The prolific batsman proved his
mastery of English bowling covers all formats by cracking seven fours in
an unbeaten 47 from 30 balls.

Amla, batting at much higher tempo but
with all his usual authority, opened the batting after a rethink during
the delay to play.

Jacques Kallis had initially
accompanied Richard Levi to the crease for the scheduled start but it
began to rain as Steven Finn prepared to bowl the first ball.

Kallis was kept waiting as the game
began at a frenetic pace with Finn having Levi caught behind by Craig
Kieswetter down the legside off the first ball.

Amla took control by flashing hard and
after the three-over powerplay South Africa had 32 runs on the board.
But by then captain AB de Villiers had also gone, miscuing a pull to
Jade Dernbach at mid-on off Finn.

As has been a recurring quirk this
season, Finn dislodged a bail in his delivery stride but unlike previous
occasions – and another moments later – dead ball was not called.

Entertainment: Much effort was made to keep the crowd entertained as the start was delayed

Entertainment: Much effort was made to keep the crowd entertained as the start was delayed

England started to slow the rate with the introduction of Graeme Swann in the fourth over.

Albie Morkel was the next man out when he failed to clear Jonny Bairstow at cover off the bowling of the recalled Luke Wright.

Amla had a reprieve when he was badly
dropped by Eoin Morgan off Swann but the bowler himself showed how it
should be done by running back to catch JP Duminy one-handed next ball.

Kieswetter claimed his second catch to
remove Justin Ontong off Dernbach before Kallis finally came to the
crease at number seven.

Kallis had a fortunate escape when one
shot landed just short of Dernbach but was unbeaten on 13 at the end of
the innings as rain started to fall again.

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

Worth watching: Hashim Amla's bat and Robin Peterson's safe hands lit up Old Trafford when the action started

That relented to allow England to
begin their reply but Morne Morkel restricted Kieswetter and Alex Hales
to just two off the first over.

Kieswetter fell when he hit Dale Steyn straight but high and Robin Peterson took a fine diving catch.

Hales fortuitously hit a six off the edge and, in partnership with Wright, began to get England up towards a decent rate.

Wright had 14 at the start of the
all-important fifth over when he pulled Morne Morkel to Albie Morkel in
the deep. That proved the final action of the match as drizzle became
heavier and umpires took the players off the pitch.

Moments later came the word the game had been declared a no result.

Wright had come into the side to
replace the out-of-form Ravi Bopara, whose position had been the subject
of much scrutiny ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Sussex all-rounder Wright will now hope to retain his place for the final match of the series.

England v South Africa – live score, T20, Durham

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hashim Amla and AB be Villiers help South Africa thrash England and level series 2-2

Amla and De Villiers ensure South Africa thrash England and level the series

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19:39 GMT, 5 September 2012

England's highly successful 2012 one-day international campaign ended in chastening anti-climax, and a drawn NatWest Series, as South Africa trounced them by seven wickets at Trent Bridge.

Victory would have taken England's winning ratio to 13 out of 14 completed matches this year, and an eighth consecutive home series success.

Instead, after a string of batsmen had contributed to their own downfall with regrettable shots in England's 182 all out on a perfectly viable surface, even James Anderson and Jade Dernbach's new-ball burst could not turn the tide.

From 14 for three in the fifth over, South Africa were hastened home by Hashim Amla (97no) and AB de Villiers (75no) in an unbroken stand of 172.

Flashing blade: Hashim Amla was unbeaten as South Africa easily reached England's total

Flashing blade: Hashim Amla was unbeaten as South Africa easily reached England's total

England v South Africa fifth ODI

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The end came predictably swiftly, an
astounding 15.3 overs to spare illustrating the ease of victory and
depth of defeat, as De Villiers hit his first 50 of the summer against
England after Amla had coasted past the same milestone for the fourth
time.

South Africa's ODI opener duly
finished another prolific series as his team's top scorer in every
match, and with 335 runs in all.

Only captain Alastair Cook (51) and Chris Woakes had done themselves any justice with the bat for England.

The hosts lost their first two
wickets for the addition of one run, in the fourth and fifth overs,
after choosing to bat on a glorious afternoon for this day-night
fixture.

Watchful: AB de Villiers compiled an unbeaten half-century

Watchful: AB de Villiers compiled an unbeaten half-century

They made an encouraging start until
Ian Bell missed a delivery that came on with the arm from Robin Peterson
(three for 37) and was lbw pushing forward, Kumar Dharmasena's decision
confirmed after the batsman invoked DRS.

Ravi Bopara, pushed up to number three in the absence of the injured Jonathan Trott, is enduring a nightmare run of form.

His troubles continued when Dale
Steyn pitched one in the ideal place and found just enough movement for
Bopara to be caught behind for single figures for the third successive
time in this series.

This was also his second duck in
those three innings, and put added pressure on new batsman Jonny
Bairstow – called up for his first one-day international cap since last
October.

Frustration: James Anderson can't disguide his dismay as Amla and De Villers compile the highest-ever fourth wicket partnership for South Africa against England in ODIs

Frustration: James Anderson can't disguide his dismay as Amla and De Villers compile the highest-ever fourth wicket partnership for South Africa against England in ODIs

The young Yorkshireman fared well in a
55-run stand with Cook, until he became the first of three successive
batsmen to fall to catches chipped unerringly straight into fielders'
hands.

Bairstow picked out deep square-leg
off Morne Morkel; Eoin Morgan hit his second delivery, from JP Duminy,
to mid-on – where Amla had just been brought up five yards to save the
single.

Then Cook, who had done so much of
the hard work on his way to his first half-century in his last 10 Test
and ODI innings, lost his famed concentration against Faf du Plessis'
part-time leg-spin and pushed a low full toss back for a routine return
catch.

It was an unsatisfactory end to his
72-ball stay, and a similar summary applied when Craig Kieswetter
mistimed an attempted big hit off Morkel and skied a catch to Amla again
at mid-off.

Top scorer: England captain Alastair Cook notched 51

Top scorer: England captain Alastair Cook notched 51

After the wicketkeeper-batsman had
gone in the powerplay, following back Nottinghamshire's own Samit Patel –
who gloved a slower-ball bouncer from Steyn behind – England began what
should have been the last 10 overs on an unpromising 165 for seven.

The tail then folded to Peterson, who
took two wickets in two balls – and not even Woakes' career-best 33 not
out could salvage much worthwhile before Dernbach was last out in just
45.2 overs.

The tourists' reply was almost
immediately minus Graeme Smith and Du Plessis, the opener caught by a
juggling James Tredwell at second slip off Dernbach and the out-of-form
number three edging to the wicketkeeper off a rampant Anderson.

England's pace spearhead, on one of
his favourite hunting grounds, struck for a second time when Dean Elgar
edged behind to go for a tortured single after a hapless collection of
plays and misses.

But the rush of wickets brought
man-of-the-series Amla and captain De Villiers together early – and
South Africa's most accomplished batsmen, ranked first and third in the
world, soon put the struggles of England's batsmen into stark yet fair
context.

Amla was marginally first to his 50,
in 63 balls, but De Villiers got there more quickly – hitting eight
fours from just 54 deliveries.

Once the fourth-wicket pair had
ridden the storm against Anderson, they were never out of a canter in a
decidedly one-sided contest.

Alastair Cook delighted England performance at Lord"s

Captain Cook delighted with Lord's display as England take lead in ODI series

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18:10 GMT, 2 September 2012

England captain Alastair Cook praised the all-round performance of his side after they beat South Africa by six wickets in the fourth NatWest one-day international at Lord's.

After restricting the Proteas to 220 for eight, a 141-run stand between Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott broke the back of a chase they completed with 20 balls to spare.

The win ensured England can now not lose the series, which they lead 2-1 heading into the final game at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Delight: Cook (left) applauds as Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan see England home

Delight: Cook (left) applauds as Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan see England home

'It was a really good performance again,' said Cook, who had won the toss and sent the Proteas in under cloudy skies.

'When you win a toss in those conditions you need to make the most of it and I thought we did.

'(Steven) Finn and Jimmy (Anderson) asked plenty of questions up front. A couple of chances went down but we hung in there.

'Then with the bat we had that really good partnership between Bell and Trotty which probably got us most of the way home.

Gone: Cook only managed to score two runs opening England's innings

Gone: Cook only managed to score two runs opening England's innings

'We came here to win the series, we had a slow start but now it is 2-1 and all to play for at Trent Bridge.'

Bell top-scored with 88, before he was caught behind off Dale Steyn, while Trott – who was slightly restricted by a hand problem – added an invaluable 48.

Bell's innings continued his good form since being elevated to the top of the order at the start of the summer.

'Yeah it's been good. It's nice to get to the top of order,' he said.

Man of the match: Bell scored 88 runs

Man of the match: Bell scored 88 runs

South Africa captain AB de Villiers blamed his side's middle order after they were unable to capitalise on a solid platform for the second consecutive game.

'Unfortunately the middle order failed again so we'll have to look at that,' he said.

'The guys will have to have a look at themselves, including me. It's a matter of knuckling down.

'We go to Trent Bridge 2-1 down but we could make it 2-2 which would be quite a good result.'

England cricket spinner Graeme Swann rested for ODI

England to be without Swann for South Africa ODI series as spinner granted rest

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England spinner Graeme Swann has been rested for the last three matches of the NatWest one-day series against South Africa, with James Tredwell called up as cover.

Swann, 33, is one of a handful of players who represent England in all three formats and the ECB are keen to manage his workload ahead of another busy year on the international circuit.

The Nottinghamshire off-spinner has admitted to carrying a long-term elbow problem in his right arm and will take the next three matches off before returning for the three-game Twenty20 series.

Ease up: Graeme Swann has been rested for the remainder of the ODI series

Ease up: Graeme Swann has been rested for the remainder of the ODI series

Swann was one of England's better bowlers in Tuesday's defeat to the Proteas in the second one-day international, clean bowling Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers on his way to figures of two for 50.

Team director Andy Flower favours 30-year-old Tredwell as a like-for-like replacement for Swann and he has so far played one Test and six ODIs.

He will join the team for training at Kia Oval tomorrow and will compete with the likes of Samit Patel, Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes for a place in the England XI.

England v South Africa: First ODI live score

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England face South Africa in the first one-day international after losing the three-match Test series and their world No 1 ranking to the Proteas.

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes was recalled to the side in place of the rested Stuart Broad in Cardiff.

With Broad given the series off Woakes edged out all-rounder Samit Patel and fellow seamer Jade Dernbach for a place in Alastair Cook's starting XI.

Woakes, 23, last featured for England on August 25 last year against Ireland but has enjoyed an impressive county season with bat and ball.

South Africa made sweeping changes to the side which won the Test series 2-0, with lead seamer Dale Steyn not selected and a handful of limited-overs specialists, including Dean Elgar, Robin Petersen, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe all included.

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to field.

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Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

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 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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Stay up to date with all the action on day three of the third Test between England and South Africa with Sportsmail's
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England v South Africa: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steve Finn.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers (wkt), Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and SJA Taufel (Australia)

TV umpire: RJ Tucker (Australia)

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

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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unfolds at Lord's while our brilliant team of writers will update
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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

South Africa say Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers are not at centre Kevin Pietersen text storm

South Africa claim Steyn and De Villiers are not at centre KP text storm

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17:53 GMT, 11 August 2012

South Africa denied that Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers were the players at the centre of the Kevin Pietersen text message storm.

The tourists' team manager Dr Mohammad Moosajee admitted that texts were exchanged but insisted that Steyn and De Villiers were not the ones who were involved in the latest Pietersen controversy.

Not me: South Africa claim Dale Steyn was not one of the players who received text messages from Kevin Pietersen

Not me: South Africa claim Dale Steyn was not one of the players who received text messages from Kevin Pietersen

When asked if they were the two players who had been sent texts by the England star, he replied: 'I can confirm they did not receive texts, that's what I have been saying, a lot of what has been written is not correct.'

He also denied that the messages were in any way derogatory towards Pietersen's England team-mates.

Controversy: Pietersen says the Lord's Test could be his last

Controversy: Pietersen says the Lord's Test could be his last

'There were text messages but it was banter. Some of these guys have got relationships with overseas players from the IPL (Indian Premier League). But some of what has been reported is totally incorrect.

'We don't want to get ourselves drawn into it because it's not our issue at all. It's very difficult to talk about what is happening in other people's dressing rooms but at the moment, it's for them to sort out.'