England vs South Africa

Match info: England v South Africa Test Series 2012 at Lord's - 3rd Test

Date: 20th Aug 2012 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and S J A Taufel

Home team and score Away team score

England

315 All out (107.3 Overs)
294 All out (82.5 Overs)

Result

South Africa

309 All out (101.2 Overs)
351 All out (124.2 Overs)

South Africa win by 51 runs

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  • England's year-long reign as the world number one Test side is over, South Africa take over the mantle - and it is difficult to argue against that. The tourists have outplayed England during the series and are fully deserving 2-0 winners. Trott, Bairstow, Prior, Broad and Swann all took the attack to South Africa on what turned into a more exciting final day than it might have been but, in the end, it was fitting that Philander finished things off with the second new ball. He has been superb throughout this match. Thanks for joining us and enjoy the rest of the day. Bye for now.
  • South Africa win the third Test by 51 runs, complete a 2-0 series victory and displace England at the top of the world rankings.
  • Wicket

    Philander needs only one more delivery to seal the victory, last man Steven Finn going in a similar manner to Prior, edging to Kallis at second slip. England all out for 294. Philander finishes with 5-30 in the innings and match figures of 9-105.
  • Wicket

    Prior is out this time, edging a drive at a Philander outswinger into the hands of Smith at first slip. It definitely wasn't a no-ball and Prior departs for 73, taking England's hopes with him.
  • Over 82 - Eng 289-8 (Prior 73, Anderson 3)

    Steyn is given first use of the new cherry. Anderson fends a short ball into the gully, played it well and is rewarded with a single to get off strike. Prior guides a cut behind square on the off-side to the boundary. He tries to repeat the dose to the final ball but it shoots through low underneath his bat. Anderson will now be on strike to Philander. England need 53 off 21 overs.
  • Over 81 - Eng 288-8 (Prior 69, Anderson 2)

    Tahir continues with the old ball for the time being. Prior comes down and misses aiming into the leg-side and wicketkeeper De Villiers whips the bails off. Did Prior get his foot back? It goes upstairs and replays show it is close. You can view those replays either way, I'd say he's out but the bails are actually dislodged between the frames when his foot goes from one side of the line to the other. Third umpire Rod Tucker eventually gives it not out and, on the replays available to him, that it is the right decision. England need 58 from 22 overs. South Africa are taking the second new ball.
  • Over 80 - Eng 285-8 (Prior 67, Anderson 1)

    The crowd erupted when Taufel signalled for the no-ball and South Africa's celebrations were cut short. The new ball is now available. England need 60 runs off 23 overs.
  • No-ball

    More drama at Lord's as Prior holes out to Duminy off Morkel. That looks like the end for England until umpire Taufel asks to check if it is a no-ball. Turns out Morkel overstepped (the replays are clear) and Taufel relays the news just as Prior has almost made it to the boundary rope. He turns round and returns to the crease with a big grin on his face.
  • Over 79 - Eng 283-8 (Prior 67, Anderson 0)

    James Anderson joins Prior and survives the last two balls of Tahir's over. England need 63 from 24 overs.
  • Wicket

    Another run out disaster for England, the second of the day. This time it is Swann who has to go, paying the price for his indecision after Prior called him through. Swann, who had played forward to drop a delivery from Tahir into the off-side, stuttered instead of responding immediately to the call and, in the end, Tahir was able to throw down the non-striker's stumps from close range to leave Swann just short. Swann's exit brings an end to an eighth-wicket stand of 74 in 11 overs.
  • Over 78 - Eng 281-7 (Prior 65, Swann 41)

    Morkel is called into the attack to stem the bleeding. England have scored 52 runs in seven overs since tea. There is no change of approach as Prior continues to throw the bat, carving two down into the off-side and then just clearing mid-on for another boundary. Only just got enough on that. England need 65 runs from 25 overs. The required-rate is not a problem.
  • Over 77 - Eng 273-7 (Prior 58, Swann 40)

    Tahir continues despite being expensive in his last over. Prior dances down to drive straight for two and then sweeps to the midwicket boundary. That one didn't land in the rough so was a bit safer for Prior to attack. England need 73 runs off 26 overs. South Africa starting to look a bit worried but still have the second new ball to take in three overs.
  • Over 76 - Eng 265-7 (Prior 51, Swann 39)

    Swann is dealing in boundaries at the moment, dispatching a short ball from Kallis for six to midwicket and following up with a cover drive for four. England need 81 runs off 27 overs.
  • Over 75 - Eng 255-7 (Prior 51, Swann 29)

    Not sure if Swann picked the googly or not but, either way, it ends up in the stand at midwicket. That six reduces England's requirement to exactly 100. Prior twice reverse sweeps for four and suddenly the Lord's crowd are on their feet. Prior has gone to his half-century from 107 balls, England need 91 runs off 28 overs. The second new ball is five overs away.
  • Over 74 - Eng 240-7 (Prior 43, Swann 22)

    Prior picks off Kallis for a single into the leg-side and Swann follows suit on the other side of the wicket. Sharp running from Prior turns one into two to finish the over and means Swann will now be on strike to Tahir...
  • Over 73 - Eng 236-7 (Prior 40, Swann 21)

    Prior tries to open up the off-side without success a couple of times but makes no mistake when Tahir drops the next one in short, pulling to the midwicket fence. Tahir responds with a beauty that spins across Prior and beats his forward defence. Swann fails to spot the googly and is struck on the pad pulling, Tahir is interested in the lbw shout - but nobody else is as it pitched comfortably outside leg-stump.
  • Over 72 - Eng 231-7 (Prior 36, Swann 21)

    Kallis also carries on his spell after the break and is greeted by a thumping pull shot from Swann which races away to the square-leg boundary. That is followed by an even better shot to the next ball, Swann getting right across his stumps to flick it finer for four more. England require 115 runs from 31 overs.
  • Over 71 - Eng 221-7 (Prior 35, Swann 12)

    Tahir continues after tea and starts with a maiden despite Prior's best efforts to sweep from out of the rough.
  • England go to tea needing another 125 runs with three wickets still standing. The dream is alive, just about. There are 33 overs remaining and South Africa will get their hands on a shiny new cherry after 10 of those. Join us for the final session at 1600h (BST).
  • Over 70 - Eng 221-7 (Prior 35, Swann 12)

    Swann is less comfortable against the short ball but plays the first one he receives from Kallis nicely, running it down to the vacant third-man boundary. He fends off another into the leg-side to get off strike. Kallis goes right through Prior's defences, didn't miss the off-stump by much and then nips one back into his pads. Top spell from Kallis and now it is time for tea.

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