Monday, 29 May 2017

England v South Africa LIVE!

England v South Africa LIVE!

Over-by-over commentary and in-play video clips from the third ODI at Lord's. Watch on Sky Sports 2.

SA win toss & bowl
England slip to 20-6
Rabada picks up 4-12
Toby Roland-Jones makes debut
Stokes, Moeen Ali, Wood rested
Roland-Jones, Finn, Willey, Finn in
SA make three changes
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England rest Stokes, Woakes, Ali
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Over 10 – England 40-6 (Bairstow 10, Willey 9)
Parnell is pulled out of the attack with figures of 2-20 off four overs and Morkel finally gets a go in this series, troubling Willey with one at the body before the all-rounder drives to deep point for one. Bairstow becomes the first man to double figures with one to third man. What a powerplay!

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Over 9 – England 38-6 (Bairstow 9, Willey 8)
Rabada removes a slip for Bairstow – a minor victory for the Englishman, who then misses a straight drive but is saved from an lbw dismissal on the grounds of height. Bairstow nurdles two to Morkel at third man – picking his fielder well, because otherwise that would have been tight – then unfurls a glorious drive to round off a productive over (comparatively speaking).
Talking telephone numbers - England's hapless scorecard... 4, 1, 2, 8, 3*, 4, 0, 8*
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Over 8 – England 32-6 (Bairstow 3, Willey 8)
Some boundary relief for England as Willey picks up Parnell off his pads – the seamer replying with a crackerjack ball that lifts off a length and moves away. Still three slips and a gully in. “The crowd are in a state of shock,” says Botham, reflecting on the silence pervading Lord’s at present. Willey swings at the final ball of the over, outside off, and it passes harmlessly into de Kock’s gloves. 
With short leg in, Rashid might well have been expecting a short ball but instead he got a full one and wafted at it...
Over 7 – England 28-6 (Bairstow 3, Willey 4)
Rabada is bang on target with the hat-trick ball, which arrows in on off and is met by the straight face of Bairstow’s bat. Lovely feeling having 40-odd overs to bat, the task that now awaits Bairstow, but England’s lower-order need to stay with him. Morne Morkel continues to prowl on the boundary edge, waiting for his chance with the ball. Rabada’s fourth over is a maiden.
Buttler also fell on the drive - it's the way to go, today - click on the video to watch the action...
Over 6 – England 28-6 (Bairstow 3, Willey 4)
The crowd erupts as Bairstow defends solidly – and again as Parnell slips in a wide. Bairstow clips for three to deep square where Maharaj, after some sliding and juggling, cuts off the boundary. Willey edges his first ball from Parnell into gully on the bounce, then flashes the second through the gap between third slip and gully. That would have been down fourth slip’s throat.
England are now 25/1 to win this match with Sky Bet - South Africa 1/200. That just about says it all after this start. Other markets are available, including next man out with Jonny Bairstow 6/4 and David Willey 8/15. Click here for all the latest in-play odds.
Plenty of wickets to catch up on - this was how Hales departed to his second ball, having watched three go at the other end...
Over 5 – England 20-6 (Bairstow 0, Rashid 0)
That was England’s lowest score in an ODI with five wickets down – beating the previous low of 24 – and then Rashid went. The changes in the bowling department mean England’s tail looks a little bit thinner than normal. Enter David Willey, smiling as he’s given a rousing reception.
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WICKET! Rashid c du Plessis b Rabada 0 - England 20-6
Rabada is now on a hat-trick - he pitches another one up and Rashid, on the drive, snicks to second slip. That's the end of the over. Rabada's figures are 4-12.
WICKET! Buttler c du Plessis b Rabada 4 - England 20-5
Rabada has three - and England are in pieces! Buttler goes hard at a big half-volley but only snicks to second slip.
A rather manic start to our video clips service this morning - here's how Morgan departed, snicking through while defending...
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WICKET! Hales c Amla b Rabada 1 - England 15-4
Catching practice this is - South Africa rampant. Having had largely a watching brief, Hales drives loosely at only his second ball and presents first slip with a regulation chance.
Over 4 – England 15-3 (Bairstow 0, Hales 1)
Three slips form part of a strong off-side field that wouldn’t look out of place in Test cricket but that matters not a jot to Morgan, who advances to cream Parnell over the top of the covers for four. Morgan then rather flashes at one with flat feet and Parnell does find the edge off the final ball of the over. Enter Jonny Bairstow, just the man for a crisis…
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WICKET! Morgan c de Kock b Parnell 8 - England 15-3
Superb stuff from Parnell, who runs a length ball down the slope and finds the edge of Morgan's bat - his forward defence not equal to the task this time.
The ball of the day so far - and it's going to be tough to beat, I reckon - Parnell finding late swing to trip Root up...
Over 3 – England 11-2 (Morgan 4, Hales 1)
Crackerjack stuff from Rabada, who fires in a fast yorker – the type that did for Roy in the second ODI – then flashes one over the stumps as Morgan stays leg-side. The skipper push drives for a couple through the leg-side and then ducks under a shorter ball, perhaps wary of the leg slip waiting around the corner. Rabada is politely asked to stop running on the pitch – not clear if that was an official warning.
Watch how Roy fell to Rabada in the very first over of the day, one ball after flicking powerfully for four...
Over 2 – England 8-2 (Morgan 1, Hales 1)
Think you call this a good toss to win… Boy, that was a cracking ball to see off Root. He played all around it as many might have done, to be fair. The late swing did him. Four slips are in for Morgan’s first ball, which he inside edges to fine leg for one. No doubt the calls to get Jonny Bairstow in up the order will strengthen after Roy’s latest failure – and England do have the worst opening partnership stats of all ICC Champions Trophy teams. Nasser Hussain, though, is not for changing. “In England we panic too early.”
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WICKET! Root lbw Parnell 2 - England 7-2
That's knocking them all out - and some. Parnell isn't known for his inswinger but he beat Root all ends up there. 
Over 1 – England 4-1 (Root 0, Hales 0)
When you’re out of nick, you’re out of nick… Rabada demonstrated just how tricky it might be to score quickly under leaden skies this morning, running one past Roy’s edge before finding some rather extravagant bounce outside off stump. The Surrey opener’s response was emphatic - a powerful flick off his legs for four – only to snick a perfect delivery in that off-stump corridor.
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WICKET! Roy c Amla b Rabada 4 - England 4-1
Roy's struggles continue as he pushes forward tentatively and snicks to Amla at snip - Amla, who didn't have the best of fielding games last time out, holding well low down.

Jason Roy could do with a few runs this morning, says NASSER HUSSAIN...
“Jason Roy desperately needs some time in the middle; he hasn’t got many runs so far. He’s been one of the cricketers that the IPL has stuffed a little bit because he’s had a lot of bench time and has lost the rhythm of batting. A good knock for him today will ensure that England have virtually every box ticked going into the ICC Champions Trophy.”
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He's not quite Tom Stoppard - more Tom Hingley. Here's Bumble taking us on a tour of St John's Wood...
The toss had a little touch of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about it this morning - AB winning it again... Here's what each captain had to say about their respective team changes, Eoin Morgan just about remembering all of England's changes!
Watch highlights of how England secured an unassailable lead in the series as Ben Stokes' century and some superb Mark Wood death bowling denied South Africa parity at the Ageas Bowl.

You can tell MARK WOOD is a man who relishes the pressure of bowling at the death...
"I was really pleased with how it went the other day. People go about death bowling in a number of ways - Chris Jordan, for example, is one of the best at hitting his yorkers.
"In the last game I decided to go into the pitch because I felt that with there being a little bit extra bounce, and the pitch being a little two-paced, I decided to pack the leg-side and make them try to hit it off-side."
MARK WOOD is rested today - England protecting that rare commodity of pace before the ICC Champions Trophy - but earlier he joined Mike Atherton to explain how he closed out the second ODI...
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The lesser-spotted Morkel finally gets a go for the tourists and this line-up is, perhaps, one that South Africa might have started the series with...

Roland-Jones received his cap from his mentor, Angus Fraser, a little earlier - and DAVID LLOYD is delighted to see the Middlesex man included...
"Think Angus Fraser - Roland-Jones is exactly the same. He's no-nonsense and has a strong, solid action - and he's a strong, solid citizen as well. He's a little bit quicker than Angus would have been, bowling at around 85mph, and I think it''s a really good pick.
"He's very mature, he's on top of his game - I said ages ago that this guy would play for England. He's got everything to play for."
So here's England's XI - confirming that Toby Roland-Jones will make his debut. Stokes, Ali, Plunkett and Wood are out with TRJ, Bairstow, Willey & Finn come in.
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South Africa win the toss & bowl. AB de Villiers completes the hat-trick at the toss - but will his side lose their third match in a row? Morne Morkel, Duminy and Parnell come in for the visitors. Morgan would have bowled first too. Four changes for England, three for South Africa. 
Our live TV coverage is now underway on SS2...
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The mind boggles...


NASSER HUSSAIN reckons at least one of the trio might feature today…

“One of the three might play today. It doesn’t feel like a two-spinner day so England might prefer to stick with Joe Root as their second spin option rather than go with Dawson.
“Roland-Jones is an interesting selection – he is definitely one to keep an eye on, perhaps more so for red-ball cricket than white-ball, but watch him nonetheless. He finished last season well for Middlesex and he’s started this season well too – he is a proper bowler.”
We’re minutes away from the toss when we’ll find out how much the forecast has influenced the thinking of each skipper. England’s final XI is the subject of some speculation after Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Liam Dawson were called up last night in place of rested all-rounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, and paceman Chris Woakes. Finn seems the most likely to feature - and surely it's time for Jonny Bairstow and David Willey to get a go? We're about to find out...

Let’s check in with our very own weather expert, ‘the beak’. So, NASSER HUSSAIN, what do you attribute England’s winning sequence to?
“Good players and a change in selection policy. There was a change in mind-set after the abysmal World Cup and the players are taking more responsibility. The coach has admitted himself that the players give them the plans. 
“England used to reward Test match players with one-day berths even if they weren’t one-day players but now they are picking proper one-day players, who know exactly what they are doing. That win the other day will give them a lot of confidence. They are already a tightly-knit group but to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat will mean a lot to this team.
“If they can keep that momentum going, this side is heading in the right direction. I have to give Eoin Morgan special praise too; he is a serious character and one that has led this side very well on and off the field.” 

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