England vs South Africa LIVE: Cricket result from first Test as England thrashed by an innings after batting collapse

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England were blown away by Anrich Nortje on day three  (PA)
England were blown away by Anrich Nortje on day three (PA)

England were blown away by South Africa inside three days to lose the first Test of the series by and innings and 12 runs.

The humbling defeat at Lord’s is the first of the new Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum era and puts the Proteas 1-0 up with two Tests to play.

England were firmly behind from the get-go after losing the toss on day one and coming up short with the bat mustering just 165 in the first innings.

A resolute first dig of 326 in reply by Dean Elgar’s tourists put them firmly in control with a lead of 161 on first innings before they comprehensively ran through the hosts’ batting order again dismissing them for 149 with Anrich Nortje’s three wickets doing the bulk of the damage.

Victory was brought up inside six sessions of play and before tea on the third day without them having to bat again. Follow the reaction and analysis from the first Test below:

England vs South Africa

  • England lose by an innings & 12 runs to South Africa after a batting collapse

  • WICKET! Anderson b Jansen 1. England 149 all out

  • WICKET! Stokes c Maharaj b Rabada 20. England 146-9 (trail by 15)

  • WICKET! Potts b Jansen 1. England 146-8 (trail by 15)

  • WICKET! Broad c Elgar b Rabada 35. England 141-7 (trail by 20). Broad’s exciting cameo comes to an end

  • WICKET! Foakes c Verreynne b Nortje 0. England 86-6 (trail by 75)

  • WICKET! Lees c Verreynne b Nortje 35. England 86-5 (trail by 75)

  • WICKET! Bairstow c Verreynne b Nortje 18. England 81-4 (trail by 80)

  • WICKET! Root c Markram b Ngidi 6. England 57-3 (trail by 104)

  • WICKET! Pope lbw b Maharaj 5. England 38-2 (trail by 123). Final ball before lunch

  • WICKET! Crawley lbw b Maharaj 13. England 20-1 (trail by 141)

  • England finally dimiss South Africa for 326. A lead of 161

  • WATCH: Stuart Broad takes phenomenal catch on the third morning

  • South Africa led by 124 runs at close of day two, reaching 289-7

England thrashed by South Africa inside three days after first Test batting collapse

18:08 , Luke Baker

If there was always a slight feel of “live by the sword, die by the sword” to England’s much-vaunted ‘Bazball’ approach to Test cricket, then you could say that South Africa came along with a full armoury of rapiers, cutlasses and katanas to cut it to shreds, writes Luke Baker.

It would be unnecessary to throw the baby out with the bathwater but England’s display during this first Test at Lord’s, especially on what was billed as the third day but turned out to be the final day, ruthlessly exposed its flaws.

And it raised plenty of questions about how sustainable such a gung-ho, borderline reckless approach, that may work in white-ball cricket, is for the long term with the red ball.

This South Africa team are hardly a conservative throwback to the dull, dogged Test cricket teams of yesteryear but they seemed positively old school compared to their hosts. And far, far more effective.

Luke Baker’s report from Lord’s:

England thrashed by South Africa inside three days after first Test batting collapse

England won’t abandon aggressive approach despite South Africa defeat, Ben Stokes insists

17:04 , Luke Baker

Ben Stokes dismissed any suggestion that England will tone down their newly-aggressive approach in the wake of the humbling defeat at the hands of South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s.

The hosts were blown away inside three days at the home of cricket with the Proteas inflicting a first defeat of the new era under new captain Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

‘Bazball’ has seen England adopt a positive and proactive approach with bat and ball to great effect winning all four Tests so far this summer against New Zealand and India heading into this one.

Stokes though isn’t going to change how his side want to play off the back of one bad outing.

England won’t abandon aggressive approach, Ben Stokes insists

Brendon McCullum: You don’t go from good to bad overnight

16:52 , Luke Baker

Brendon McCullum has been reflecting on his first defeat as England coach.

“South Africa deserved the victory,” said McCullum. “We have a little bit of work to do, but you don’t go from being a good team to a bad one overnight.

“It was the type of wicket that the boys reflected that you get in, then you got a cracking delivery from nowhere. I thought our approach was alright.

“I think over the last four wins we’ve had there have been times where we have been behind then able to absorb it and turn it back on the opposition. We couldn’t do that today.

“As we said at the outset, you have to buckle up for the ride. We’ll come back stronger.”

Dean Elgar: I’ve got a great think-tank behind the scenes

16:40 , Luke Baker

South Africa captain Dean Elgar believes their first Test thrashing of England was a complete team effort.

“I didn’t think that it would be over today, especially waking up this morning,” said Elgar. “We thought they’d bat hard and get a big lead.

“When it was our turn to bowl, we had to put the ball in the right areas. The guys did a great job.

“I’m very grateful with a young side. I have got a great think-tank behind the scenes. Good coaches who give great advice.

“Things work out, with Kesh [Maharaj] getting a few wickets and bringing in Anrich [Nortje] who bowls at the speed of light. I am just looking to get better as captain.

“We’ll enjoy tonight, it is Friday after all. We won’t rush it, because we need to let the young guys take in the moment.”

South Africa celebrate victory at Lord's

16:29 , Luke Baker

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Kagiso Rabada discusses South Africa’s victory

16:14 , Luke Baker

Kagiso Rabada was awarded Player of the Match after taking five wickets in the first innings and two more in the second. He spoke to BBC TMS after the match.

Rabada said: “We thought it was going to go to day five here, but such is the game of cricket. What more can I say?

“The wicket was doing quite a bit on day one. There was nice bounce, good carry and the ball was nipping around. there wasn’t much swing but there was enough bounce and pace in the wicket.

“I’m really glad I could be fit for this game. I’ve had a good game, I think, so I’m glad I was fit.

“I don’t think it’s for me to comment on that [England’s bowling short-pitched balls to the Proteas tailenders]. The opposition come with whatever tactics they come with and we have to answer the questions they are asking.

“I don’t think it’s my place to speak on the English tactics. After yesterday, we were expecting it [short bowling], definitely.

“In Test cricket there is always tension between the two sides. That’s what makes it even more of a great game. It’s good to get the blood going.”

Ben Stokes: This isn’t a wake-up call but we haven’t executed our plans well

16:12 , Luke Baker

England skipper Ben Stokes is discussing the defeat at Lord’s.

“We can’t think too much about what was talked about in the pre-match, but we can’t think about it and that will affect what happens in the next game,” said Stokes.

“Captains before have also been criticised for the way the teams have played. This is not a wake-up call or anything, but we haven’t executed our plans well. South Africa have played better.

On not having played red-ball cricket in the lead-up: “I don’t want to make excuses. Maybe there was a case for some of the guys to get a first-class game, but I don’t want to be talking about it.”

England thrashed by South Africa inside three days after first Test batting collapse

16:10 , Luke Baker

England have suffered defeat to South Africa in the first Test, losing by an innings and 12 runs after a disastrous batting collapse at Lord’s.

The game was over inside three days but, given the rain on day one, it took fewer than two full days of live, on-pitch action for England to slip to a first defeat under the coach-captain combination of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes.

After the red-ball revival that has graced this English summer, the cracks in the ‘Bazball’ approach were ruthlessly exploited by a high-quality South Africa bowling attack, with England unable to put together any meaningful partnerships in either the first or second innings, having been put into bat for the first time.

The Proteas moved from 289-7 heading into day three to a first-innings total of 326 and then set about tearing through the England batting line-up for the second time.

Anrich Nortje took three wickets and although Stuart Broad crunched a few boundaries off him in an entertaining cameo, no England batter ever looked set to make the sort of big score that the team needed, as Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen also grabbed two wickets apiece and the hosts were skittled 149 before tea.

England 165 & 149; South Africa 326 - England lose by an innings and 12 runs

15:59 , Luke Baker

There has always been an element of “live by the sword, die by the sword” to ‘Bazball’ and we saw the negatives there. England were unable to dig in when needed and a high-quality South Africa attack had too much for them.

It’s the first time England have batted first under Brendon McCullum and they didn’t show an ability to post a target. Might they have to rethink elements of their strategy?

Losing inside three days (less than two days of actual live cricket given the rain) on a good pitch is damning, really

England 165 & 149; South Africa 326 - England lose by an innings and 12 runs

15:52 , Luke Baker

Well, that was a disaster from England. A batting collapse means they lose by an innings and 12 runs. Two poor batting performances and great bowling by South Africa cost them.

WICKET! Anderson b Jansen 1. England 149 all out

15:49 , Luke Baker

38th over: Some plays and misses by Anderson off Jansen, perhaps unsurprisingly, but then he’s gone! The final WICKET falls!

Anderson try to slash it through the slips but he’s skittled. Clean bowled and England lose

England 165 & 149-9 (trail by 12) - Leach 0, Anderson 1; South Africa 326

15:45 , Luke Baker

37th over: Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach at the crease. This won’t last long. Anderson survives a couple of balls and then nudges a single, off a no-ball to point.

Leach on strike, a couple of dabs into the off-side, another no-ball and he survives the over. England trail by 12.

WICKET! Stokes c Maharaj b Rabada 20. England 146-9 (trail by 15)

15:41 , Luke Baker

37th over: I think the innings defeat is now an inevitability. It’s another WICKET! Stokes swings for the hills but he comes up short of the leg-side boundary and Maharaj makes a superb catch sprawling to his right on the mid-wicket fence. Rabada has another wicket

WICKET! Potts b Jansen 1. England 146-8 (trail by 15)

15:38 , Luke Baker

36th over: Quickly-run two as Stokes nudges one to the leg side before a single straight down the ground. England edging closer to making South Africa bat again.

Ah, Jansen strikes though. WICKET! Potts gone as one nips back off the surface, through the gate and he’s clean bowled.

England 165 & 143-7 (trail by 18) - Potts 1, Stokes 17; South Africa 326

15:33 , Luke Baker

35th over: Matty Potts the next man in. Can England avoid defeat by an innings? Potts nudges one to the leg side for a single before Stokes does likewise. Final ball of the over from Rabada to Potts and it’s nicely defended

WICKET! Broad c Elgar b Rabada 35. England 141-7 (trail by 20)

15:30 , Luke Baker

35th over: Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack to replace Nortje. Stokes turns a single round the corner and after a no-ball, Broad takes another swing. It’s in the air for a long time but the retreating Maharaj can’t get to the catch.

But then it’s over! WICKET! A mistimed hit off a slower ball flies straight to Dean Elgar at mid-off and he’s out for 35 from 29 balls. England still 20 behind and 141-7.

England 165 & 137-6 (trail by 24) - Broad 33, Stokes 15; South Africa 326

15:27 , Luke Baker

34th over: Broad is loving this. Desperate to run two off the first ball but Stokes says just a single. Sensible as I don’t think there was two there.

Leg bye gets Broad back on strike, short ball from Jansen which Broad sways out of the way of but it clips the bat which he’s holding around shoulder height, it beats the keeper and runs away for FOUR!

Another bye run and that’s the 50 PARTNERSHIP. Then a flicked single off the pads before a dot ball to finish after a big swing. This is breathless stuff!

England 165 & 129-6 (trail by 32) - Broad 28, Stokes 14; South Africa 326

15:22 , Luke Baker

33rd over: Stokes smashes the first ball of the over straight down the ground for FOUR! Single off the next ball and what will Broad vs Nortje look like this time?

Swing and miss twice but he connects with the next ball, clubbed to the mid-off boundary for FOUR! One delivery left... More calmly played into the off-side, misfielded and it’s a single. the deficit down to 32.

England 165 & 119-6 (trail by 42) - Broad 23, Stokes 9; South Africa 326

15:18 , Luke Baker

32nd over: Change of bowling as Maharaj comes off and 6ft 8in Marco Jansen into the attack. Second ball and Stokes charges him, trying to go down the ground but doesn’t connect properly.

Leg bye off the fourth delivery so that Broad is on strike and he takes an almighty swing at the final ball which takes an edge, flies over the slip cordon and races away for FOUR!

England 165 & 114-6 (trail by 47) - Broad 19, Stokes 9; South Africa 326

15:13 , Luke Baker

31st over: Ha! What was Broad worried about? First ball he slashes through the off-side for FOUR! It’s 100 UP for England as well, That may just anger Nortje though.

Ok, Broad has decided to start swinging here and I’m on board with that! A leg-side swing that the diving fielder can’t quite get to and it’s another FOUR!

A big swing and miss from the next ball, then he fends a shorter ball into the leg side before another shorter ball that he pulls/hooks to long leg for SIX! Superb! Huge cheers from the crowd. Final ball of the over, the field is changed, an edge flies into the air on the off-side, two fielders converge but it falls between them as they dive! Safe! Two off it. Broad on 19 as it’s 16 off the over!

England 165 & 98-6 (trail by 63) - Broad 3, Stokes 9; South Africa 326

15:08 , Luke Baker

30th over: Maharaj continuing to bowl. Big appeal from the first ball post-drinks for lbw, not given, then Broad almost run out at the non-striker’s end before an overthrow. Now it’s going to be a REVIEW!

Not given. Umpire’s call on impact and it was missing the stumps anyway. Does mean Broad is on strike though. He sweeps for two and then nudges the final delivery to leg. A single that they consider turning down to put Stokes on strike for Nortje but they do take it.

WATCH: England lose sixth wicket

15:03 , Luke Baker

Here’s how England went six wickets down, as Ben Foakes came and went very quickly...

England 94-6 (trail by 67) - Broad 0, Stokes 9; South Africa 326; England 165

15:01 , Luke Baker

29th over: Stokes pushes a couple of runs through mid-on and then gets a single to backward point. Broad probably didn’t want that as we now get two balls of Nortje vs Broad!

First one dug into the body and he defends it well and edges the second but it falls short of the slips. He survives at least! And that’s DRINKS.

England 91-6 (trail by 70) - Broad 0, Stokes 6; South Africa 326; England 165

14:54 , Luke Baker

28th over: Stuart Broad comes to the crease with the look of a man who doesn’t want to be here... This could be over by tea if England aren’t careful.

Maharaj still spinning away from the Pavilion End. He’s a quality bowler but it must feel like a reprieve between Nortje overs! Just pace bowling at it’s very best.

Anyway, Stokes punches the first ball for FOUR before reverse sweeping a single to backward point. Now a REVIEW for lbw as Broad’s reverse sweep misses and it raps the pad. Pitching and impact are red lights but on height it’s umpire’s call! Broad survives...

WICKET! Foakes c Verreynne b Nortje 0. England 86-6 (trail by 75)

14:48 , Luke Baker

27th over: Ben Foakes is in and England’s long tail is suddenly waiting. These two are going to have to do something special you feel but Nortje is on a tear.

Foakes survives one ball but the second ball is another WICKET! Rinse, repeat. He wafts outside off, gets an edge and the keeper pouches it. Off he trudges for a duck. What a spell by Nortje

WICKET! Lees c Verreynne b Nortje 35. England 86-5 (trail by 75)

14:46 , Luke Baker

27th over: Oh dear, oh dear. This is going from bad to worse for England. WICKET! Nortje is absolutely flying here, as he angles one in, Lees tries to defend but it finds edge through to the keeper.

86-5 and the set batter has gone. A brilliant spell of pace bowling by Nortje.

England 86-4 (trail by 75) - Lees 35, Stokes 1; South Africa 326; England 165

14:42 , Luke Baker

26th over: The spinner Maharaj continuing. Once again, England need to rebuild. Lees has watched partners fall with regularity.

A couple of singles before Lees sweeps for three off the final ball, down towards the fine leg boundary.

WATCH: Bairstow removed by Nortje

14:40 , Luke Baker

Jonny Bairstow got an edge off Nortje and it was held behind the stumps. A bad moment for England.

England 81-4 (trail by 80) - Lees 31, Stokes 0; South Africa 326; England 165

14:38 , Luke Baker

25th over: Big celebration from Nortje and why not. A massive wicket. Ben Stokes the next man in and I feel like he might get some chin music after what he delivered to Nortje when he was batting...

Short, into the body with the first ball and snarls in with the next deliveries as well He’s hitting 94/95mph. Stokes survives for now but that wicket was another blow for the hosts

WICKET! Bairstow c Verreynne b Nortje 18. England 81-4 (trail by 80)

14:36 , Luke Baker

25th over: Lovely drive from Bairstow, backwards of point, and it’s crunched for FOUR. Next ball is a play-and-miss but he makes contact with the third and it’s a WICKET!

Great ball by Nortje, right in the corridor of uncertainty, Bairstow gets an edge on the way through to Verreynne behind the stumps. More bad news for England.

England 77-3 (trail by 84) - Lees 31, Bairstow 14; South Africa 326; England 165

14:33 , Luke Baker

24th over: A couple of singles early in the over before some conservative prods. The scoreboard is ticking over and these two are rebuilding nicely.

England 75-3 (trail by 86) - Lees 30, Bairstow 13; South Africa 326; England 165

14:28 , Luke Baker

23rd over: Bairstow gently pulls the first ball of Nortje’s over towards the boundary. The fielder chases it down but they run FOUR anyway. Good effort, that!

Inside edge for two off the next ball before Bairstow nicely cuts the ball into the off-side and this one rolls away for a more conventional FOUR! Nortje responds by beating the bat as Bairstow’s swing doesn’t make contact, so it’s 10 from the over.

England 65-3 (trail by 96) - Lees 30, Bairstow 3; South Africa 326; England 165

14:24 , Luke Baker

22nd over: South Africa electing to let Maharaj tie up an end, it seems. Soft hands from Bairstow as he steers one through the slips and the scamper a single. That’s the only run from the over though

WATCH: Joe Root caught at slip

14:21 , Luke Baker

Here’s how Joe Root got out in England’s second innings. How crucial could this wicket be in the context of the match?

England 64-3 (trail by 97) - Lees 30, Bairstow 2; South Africa 326; England 165

14:20 , Luke Baker

21st over: Change of bowler as Anrich Nortje comes on from the Nursery End. The boy is quick - definitely 90mph+ when he lets rip.

Lees works a single off the pads, Bairstow does likewise with a back-foot punch before Lees loops one in the air off his hip but it falls safe for two runs. He moves to 30. Final delivery nips in and strikes him, maybe on the thigh.

England 60-3 (trail by 101) - Lees 27, Bairstow 1; South Africa 326; England 165

14:16 , Luke Baker

20th over: Jonny Bairstow off a pair as he tucks one through square leg after Lees takes a first-ball single. Maharaj is very lively while bowing - all sorts of yelps and half-appeals - but there wasn’t actually too much danger in that over.

England 57-3 (trail by 104) - Lees 25, Bairstow 0; South Africa 326; England 165

14:11 , Luke Baker

19th over: Ok Jonny Bairstow, can you dig England out of trouble? Again...? Deary me! That’s a seriously brave leave by Bairstow... Millimetres from clipping off stump, a ball that’s angling in but it just misses. Bairstow is on a pair after his first-innings duck as well.

Ngidi has his tail up now and is targeting the stumps. Obdurate defence from Bairstow to see out the over.

WICKET! Root c Markram b Ngidi 6. England 57-3 (trail by 104)

14:08 , Luke Baker

19th over: This is not what England needed... A massive WICKET for South Africa as Joe Root pushes at one outside off stump by Ngidi and edges it to third slip. Well caught by Markram.

Not sure Root needed to play that, it was quite wide. England in all sorts at 57-3.

England 57-2 (trail by 104) - Lees 25, Root 6; South Africa 326; England 165

14:06 , Luke Baker

18th over: Dean Elgar continues with Maharaj. Root and Lees working singles, with the ex-skipper going for a sort of reverse paddle, Ollie Pope-style. Might need a little more work but no harm done.

A more conventional reverse sweep pulls up just short of the third man boundary but a sharply-taken three keeps the scoreboard ticking. Maharaj responds by beating Lees’ bat off the next ball

England 52-2 (trail by 109) - Lees 24, Root 2; South Africa 326; England 165

14:01 , Luke Baker

17th over: Ngidi has bowled very tidily so far in this second innings and he continues to nip a couple in to Lees. A nice leave and some solid defensive strokes see Lees through but it’s a maiden.

England 52-2 (trail by 109) - Lees 24, Root 2; South Africa 326; England 165

13:58 , Luke Baker

16th over: I thought we might see Nortje brought on to bowl but Maharaj continues for now. That’s 50 UP for England as Lees flicks one to square leg and the hosts run two. Plenty of work still to do.

A tip and run into the covers then ensures it’s three off the over.

England 49-2 (trail by 112) - Lees 21, Root 2; South Africa 326; England 165

13:54 , Luke Baker

15th over: Root dabs a single before Lees flashes at one outside off, he edges it but it flies through the vacant fourth slip earlier for FOUR! Lees hasn’t looked convincing so far today and has already been dropped of course.

The opener moves on to 20 as he runs two after an off-side push before another slightly ungainly pull that he misses but it goes through to the keeper. Might have got a bottom edge actually but it bounces through to Verreyne anyway. Single from the final ball

England 41-2 (trail by 120) - Lees 14, Root 1; South Africa 326; England 165

13:49 , Luke Baker

14th over: South Africa continue with left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj at the Pavilion End. Lees takes a first-ball single, so Joe Root on strike for the first time. The former skipper runs one with a nice push to extra cover.

Maharaj took two wickets before lunch of course but you wonder if the Proteas will turn to seam from both ends before long?

England 39-2 (trail by 122) - Lees 13, Root 0; South Africa 326; England 165

13:45 , Luke Baker

Back underway after lunch.

13th over: Needless to say, this is a crucial session for England. It’s their last chance to salvage this match - they need a couple of their players to go big. Ngidi bowls the first over post-lunch from the Nursery End.

Lees plays out the first five balls before flicking the final delivery to the leg-side for a single.

England 38-2 (trail by 123): South Africa 326; England 165

13:40 , Ben Burrows

Maharaj claimed a wicket with the final delivery of the morning session to increase the pressure on England.

The South Africa spinner pinned Ollie Pope in front for five and while it was called not out on the field, a review confirmed the ball would have hit leg stump with the hosts reduced to 38 for two and still trailing by 123 runs at lunch.

England 38-2 (trail by 123): South Africa 326; England 165

13:35 , Ben Burrows

Zak Crawley was unable to arrest his slump in form with Keshav Maharaj claiming the England opener for just 13 before lunch.

South Africa captain Dean Elgar turned to his spinner after only seven overs and it immediately paid dividends.

Crawley attempted to sweep at Maharaj’s second ball and was pinned in front to depart for another low score. It means the opener now averages 16.4 in Test cricket this summer across 10 innings.

It left England on 20 for one, still trailing South Africa by 141 runs.

England 38-2 (trail by 123): South Africa 326; England 165

13:30 , Ben Burrows

Broad claimed a third wicket to bring South Africa’s first innings to an end on 326.

Lungi Ngidi went for a six-ball duck after he edged Broad to third slip where Jonny Bairstow took the catch but only after an initial fumble.

Bairstow failed to grab the first effort with two hands but clutched the rebound with his left hand to ensure Broad finished with figures of three for 71 while South Africa held a 161-run lead with England’s openers left with just under an hour to bat before lunch on day three.

England 38-2 (trail by 123): South Africa 326; England 165

13:25 , Ben Burrows

Broad backed up his special catch with a wicket of Jansen to reduce South Africa to 318 for nine.

England had deployed a short-pitched mode of attack during the early part of the morning session on day three, but switched tactics for Broad’s second over with the new ball and instantly got reward.

Broad tempted Jansen to drive with a pitched up wider delivery and the Proteas all-rounder edged to Zak Crawley at second slip to fall two short of a maiden fifty in Test cricket.

England 38-2 (trail by 123): South Africa 326; England 165

13:18 , Ben Burrows

England made the perfect start to day three when Stuart Broad produced an unbelievable catch to send Kagiso Rabada back to the pavilion for three.

Matthew Potts opened up from the Nursery End and Rabada took on his third ball of the day but saw his lofted pull through the leg side plucked out of the air by Broad at mid-wicket.

Broad’s one-handed grab mid-air reduced South Africa to 289 for eight, but promoted number six Marco Jansen was still at the other end unbeaten on 41 off 57 balls.

LUNCH! England 38-2 (trail by 123) - Lees 11*, Root 0*; South Africa 326; England 165

13:07 , Luke Baker

So, another session that you have to say South Africa won. That wicket before lunch really hurt England and they’ve got a mountain to climb - still trailing by 123 runs. Can Joe Root save them again?

WICKET! Pope lbw b Maharaj 5. England 38-2 (trail by 123)

13:03 , Luke Baker

12th over: Short leg in for Maharaj and Lees flicks the first ball straight to him. Was that in the air? No real chance to catch it at that pace from that range but it did hit Petersen on the full! Hits his inner thigh, so technically a DROP!

Lees takes a single to square leg and the final delivery sees an excited appeal for lbw against Pope by South Africa! Umpire unmoved but the Proteas REVIEW! This has a chance unless maybe it’s drifting down leg? A shade high?

Nope - unfortunately for Pope it’s OUT! Three reds, hitting leg stump with room to spare on height. The final ball before lunch! A wounder for England.

England 37-1 (trail by 124) - Lees 11, Pope 5; South Africa 326; England 165

12:56 , Luke Baker

11th over: Rabada strays to leg, Pope doesn’t get bat on the attempted glance but it’s off the thigh pad and races away for FOUR leg byes. Nothing else off the over and we’ll have maybe two more before lunch.

WATCH: Zak Crawley’s dismissal

12:54 , Luke Baker

Here’s how Zak Crawley’s woe continued as his latest dismissal saw him trapped in front for lbw.

England 33-1 (trail by 128) - Lees 11, Pope 5; South Africa 326; England 165

12:53 , Luke Baker

10th over: A missed sweep by Lees but it’s well outside off when it strikes him. Slog sweep does get him a single off the next ball before Pope works a single to leg. Two from the over

England 31-1 (trail by 130) - Lees 10, Pope 4; South Africa 326; England 165

12:49 , Luke Baker

9th over: Rabada continuing. He bowls one down the leg side that Pope tries to shape away, can’t make contact but it flies past the keeper for FOUR byes.

Nicely played short ball for two, followed by a single for Pope before Lees pushes the ball down the ground. Doesn’t quite reach the boundary, so they run three.

England 21-1 (trail by 140) - Lees 7, Pope 1; South Africa 326; England 165

12:45 , Luke Baker

8th over: So Crawley’s struggles continue. The calls for Harry Brook to come into the team for him will only grow louder. Ollie Pope is the next man in and he works a single to deep mid-wicket to get off the mark.

WICKET! Crawley lbw b Maharaj 13. England 20-1 (trail by 141)

12:42 , Luke Baker

8th over: A change of bowling and it’s the left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj getting a run just before lunch.

Crawley on to the front foot and nudges the ball to leg for two but then a WICKET! Really not good - Crawley tries a sweep, misses it and it hits him plumb in front for lbw. Doesn’t even bother reviewing, which tells you all you need to know

England 18-0 (trail by 143) - Lees 7, Crawley 11; South Africa 326; England 165

12:39 , Luke Baker

7th over: Nice shot by Lees as he waits for one and drives it into the off-side for two. Then fends a shorter Rabada delivery away before having a flash at the final delivery but through to the keeper with no contact.

England 16-0 (trail by 145) - Lees 5, Crawley 11; South Africa 326; England 165

12:35 , Luke Baker

6th over: I’m going to suggest that Crawley will happily keep seeing South Africa bowl straight to him, given his problems nicking drives. He chips a leg-stump half-volley into the leg-side for two, although he was a bit early on it and it was a sort of leading edge. Closed the bat face too early by the looks of things.

He thinks about going at one outside the off stump but elects to leave it late - the correct decision. No damage done.

England 14-0 (trail by 147) - Lees 5, Crawley 9; South Africa 326; England 165

12:31 , Luke Baker

5th over: Crawley squirts a Rabada delivery into the off-side for two and then swishes one off his pads to wide fine leg for another single. That’s bread and butter for the Kent man, he’s great when the bowler drifts to leg.

Lees thinks about playing a short ball and sort of half-fends at it but it goes through to the keeper. Will give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was a last-minute leave but it might have been a play-and miss

England 11-0 (trail by 150) - Lees 5, Crawley 6; South Africa 326; England 165

12:27 , Luke Baker

4th over: Ngidi bowling some nice stuff here, getting the ball nipping around and looking dangerous. An easy single for Crawley and Lees then digs in to see out the rest of the over.

DROPPED! England 10-0 (trail by 151) - Lees 5, Crawley 5; South Africa 326; England 165

12:22 , Luke Baker

3rd over: Nicely flicked off the pads for a single for Crawley and Lees then gloriously pushes the ball through the covers off his back foot for FOUR! Great timing.

Then DROPPED! Lees edges one where Petersen (at third slip) dives in front of second slip, gets a right hand to it but can’t hold it. It looked like second slip could have caught that about waist high. Let-off for England and they run one. Crawley then adds another single

England 3-0 (trail by 158) - Lees 0, Crawley 3; South Africa 326; England 165

12:18 , Luke Baker

2nd over: Great start from Lungi Ngidi as he’s nipping the ball around and Crawley gets one possibly in the box off an inside edge, a dangerous leave and a half-appeal after being hit on the pads.

He then nurdles one round the corner to leg and they race a really quick two. A couple more solid defensive strokes to finish the over and the final ball actually sees them run a quick single from the off-side block.

England 0-0 (trail by 161) - Lees 0, Crawley 0; South Africa 326; England 165

12:13 , Luke Baker

1st over: Here we go. Alex Lees on strike with Zak Crawley at the other end. Kagiso Rabada bowling the first over.

Lees leaves a couple, pushes a couple to the infield and no runs but no damage done.

Pictures from the third morning

12:09 , Luke Baker

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England vs South Africa

12:07 , Luke Baker

161 runs is no small deficit for England to overcome. If ever they needed their openers to finally put together a big partnership, it’s now... Their second innings will be underway shortly.

WICKET! Ngidi c Bairstow, b Broad 0. South Africa 326 all out

12:00 , Luke Baker

And that’s that. England take the final wicket as Ngidi edges one to third slip where Jonny Bairstow fumbles the initial chance but grabs it before it hits the floor with his right hand.

Hand to the mouth from Stuart Broad. Wouldn’t have wanted to be Bairstow if that one went down!

South Africa all out for 326.

South Africa 326-9 - Nortje 28, Ngidi 0; England 165

11:57 , Luke Baker

89th over: Nortje deciding not to hang about now. Back-to-back boundaries as he dabs one through the slip cordon for FOUR before crunching one down the ground past mid-off for another FOUR!

Gareth Southgate in the crowd

11:55 , Luke Baker

One England coach watching another national team today as England men’s football manager Gareth Southgate is at Lord’s. He’s a big fan of a wide range of sports, so not a huge surprise.

South Africa 318-9 - Nortje 20, Ngidi 0; England 165

11:53 , Luke Baker

88th over: Lungi Ngidi in at No 11 and with a test average of around four, he might not be at the crease for too long. An exaggerated leave, a duck out of the way and a block see him through.

WICKET! Jansen c Crawley, b Broad 48 - South Africa 318-9

11:49 , Luke Baker

88th over: And England finally get another WICKET! Broad pitches one up, just outside off and Jansen drives. It finds the edge and Zak Crawley safely pouches it at slip.

Jansen falls just short of his 50. Out for 48 off 79 balls

South Africa 318-8 - Jansen 48, Nortje 20; England 165

11:47 , Luke Baker

87th over: Ben Stokes continues but bowling to a more conventional field, so presumably pitching the bowl up. Lovely shot punched down the ground by Nortje and it races away for FOUR!

That’s a better use of the short ball, slightly unexpected as it rears up at Nortje and he’s forced up into the air, rocking back and manages to fend it down.

South Africa 314-8 - Jansen 48, Nortje 16; England 165

11:42 , Luke Baker

86th over: Spoke too soon. Short-ball field remains and Broad comes round the wicket. Nortje pulls a delivery into the off-side and they run three before Jansen pushes a single.

Ah, now a field change. Three slips, six men on the off-side and Broad coming over the wicket. One more single comes. The lead is now 149 - this is not going to plan for England.

South Africa 309-8 - Jansen 47, Nortje 12; England 165

11:38 , Luke Baker

85th over: This slightly bizarre strategy doesn’t seem to be working - England have got so many good swing bowlers sitting unutilised. But the short stuff continues from Stokes.

Three singles off the over it finally looks as if Stuart Broad will be entering the attack. Will he be bowling short? Surely full and swinging it?

South Africa 306-8 - Jansen 47, Nortje 10; England 165

11:33 , Luke Baker

84th over: There has to be an argument to start bowling a little more conventionally, i.e fuller, with the new ball doesn’t there? I know the bouncers worked last night but this feels like a slight waste of a fresh cherry and South Africa are dealing with it well.

Jansen nudges a single off Potts before Nortje flashes at one that is in the air for a long time but bounces short of a sprawling Zak Crawley and goes for FOUR! That’s also 300 UP for the Proteas and a couple more singles come before three off the final ball as Potts is forced to chase the ball almost all the way to the boundary off his own bowling. Huge gap in front of square on the off-side.

South Africa 296-8 - Jansen 45, Nortje 2; England 165

11:28 , Luke Baker

83rd over: Stokes is still bowling and he gives away the first bye of the innings, slipping to leg and Ben Foakes does well to get something on it to prevent the boundary. He really is a superb wicketkeeper (hence the no byes until now).

Jansen then prods one for a single and Nortje sways out of the way of a bouncer.

South Africa 294-8 - Jansen 44, Nortje 2; England 165

11:23 , Luke Baker

82nd over: Thought we might see Jimmy Anderson here but Potts continues for now and Nortje fends one off his hip for a single. Quite a defensive field for a new ball, although there are two slips at least - a show of respect to Jansen’s batting ability.

Potts beats the bat a couple of times but doesn’t find the Jansen’s edge.

South Africa 293-8 - Jansen 44, Nortje 1; England 165

11:19 , Luke Baker

81st over: Yep, new ball taken by England. Can they polish off these final couple of wickets? Jimmy Anderson appears to be warming up in the field but Ben Stokes continues from the Pavilion End for now.

Second-ball single from Jansen before more short stuff at Nortje. He jabs a bat at one that loops over the slip cordon and they take a run.

South Africa 291-8 - Jansen 43, Nortje 0; England 165

11:17 , Luke Baker

80th over: Matty Potts continues and concedes just one single to Jansen nudged through mid-on. The plan is clearly to bowl short to Nortje - a brave plan given that he’ll have the ball in his hand at some point soon and has serious pace - but he comfortably survives.

Looks like the new ball will be taken now.

WATCH: Stuart Broad’s remarkable catch

11:14 , Luke Baker

Here’s that unreal catch from Stuart Broad. Incredible athleticism from the veteran. Everyone thought the ball had gone over him to the boundary but a big paw pouches it.

South Africa 290-8 - Jansen 42, Nortje 0; England 165

11:11 , Luke Baker

79th over: Ben Stokes bowling from the other end. A Durham double in the attack for England. Jansen gets the first run of the morning with a flick to leg for a single before Nortje is treated to some short bowling. He avoids any damage though.

South Africa 289-8 - Jansen 41, Nortje 0; England 165

11:08 , Luke Baker

78th over: Wow. What a start to the morning for England. Exactly what they needed. The rest of the over passes with little of note as Anrich Nortje is the man in at No 10.

WICKET! Rabada c Broad, b Potts 3 - South Africa 289-8

11:04 , Luke Baker

WOW! What a start for England! A couple of bouncers from Potts that Rabada sways out of the way of before he pulls another short one and Stuart Broad takes a PHENOMENAL catch!

Leaps into the air like a salmon at wide mid-on, raises a hand and it sticks! Unbelievable grab. Wow!

England vs South Africa

11:00 , Luke Baker

Right, here we go. Matty Potts steaming in for the first over with Kagiso Rabada on strike

Play about to get underway

10:58 , Luke Baker

OK, the players are just heading out, so we’ll be getting underway shortly. As a reminder, South Africa ended day two on 289-7 - 124 runs ahead of England.

Marco Jansen (41 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (3 not out) are at the crease. Jansen put on a very entertaining partnership of 72 with Keshav Maharaj before Ben Stokes bounced out the latter and he showed he knows how to swing a bat.

Forecast set fair

10:56 , Luke Baker

Some good news on the weather front at Lord’s. It’s currently dry and the forecast suggests there’s no rain due today - the wet weather of day one feels increasingly like a distant memory.

There is plenty of cloud cover, which should help England’s swing bowlers, although they’ll be eager to be batting themselves as soon as possible, so that could prove to be a double-edged sword...

Jack Leach promises England will stick at it and fight back

10:51 , Luke Baker

England certainly won’t be giving up the ghost in this game, according to spinner Jack Leach.

"We are behind in the game, but we've stuck at it really well," Leach told Sky Sports at the end of day two. "We are always trying to take wickets, that's our mindset. We could have had a few more, but we just have to keep at it.

"I felt like we were creating half-chances and we have to believe we can take them. It's the way it goes, we are just thinking about how to impact the game in front of us and not about the scoreboard.”

Leach bowled superbly in the evening session and while he deservedly took the wicket of Aiden Markram, could easily have had a couple more.

"I felt like I had nothing to lose and could just go for it, spin the ball hard and see what is in the surface," he added.

"I feel that belief in me now. I have confidence having played enough Test cricket. You get that confidence through performances.

"When I get into a rhythm, I feel I have more control and energy. It's about not rushing things. If you feel excitement and nerves you can rush through your run-up."

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Sarel Erwee say South Africa remain confident

10:45 , Luke Baker

South Africa opener Sarel Erwee top-scored for the Proteas on day two with 73 and then witnessed an entertaining 72-run stand for the seventh wicket between Marco Jansen and Keshav Maharaj that shifted the momentum back to the visitors after England’s post-tea burst.

Earlier in the day, Kagiso Rabada got himself on the Lord’s honours board with a five-fer that helped dismiss the hosts for 165 and Erwee is confident his team are still in control.

Erwee said: “We have got a bit of momentum with that partnership at the back end and with one of our bowlers getting a five-fer. If we rock up again with the same energy, I am sure we will stay ahead of the game.”

Stuart Broad backs Jimmy Anderson to keep going “for as long as he wants”

10:37 , Luke Baker

On day two, Broad himself got Kyle Verreynne to edge behind for his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s while Jack Leach, Matthew Potts and James Anderson all claimed scalps.

The latter celebrated his first Test wicket since turning 40 earlier this month and his partner in crime backed him to keep going.

Broad said: “It’s really special to see. I look at Jimmy and he’s not really changed physically since he was 35.

“As long as he keeps that competitive spirit and enjoyment, he can go for as long as he wants.”

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Stuart Broad impressed by skipper Ben Stokes

10:30 , Luke Baker

Ben Stokes battled through left knee pain to bring England back into the first Test towards the end of day two and Stuart Broad - who took his 100th wicket at Lord’s during the day’s play - was impressed by his skipper.

Broad said: “He’s doing OK. I think his knee just jars a little bit on the odd occasion but he seems to be coping and he’s pretty tough when it comes to that sort of thing.

“He carries an inspirational style about what he does. He’s all action isn’t he? He actually wanted to bowl from the Nursery End, he’s not a big lover of the Pavilion End because it drags him too close to the stump.

“We had to persuade him a little bit but once he settled and got moving, we needed a couple of breakthroughs and the bouncer to get rid of the opener was a cracker. You can’t play that.

“I thought that got us moving, that was a really big wicket. It gave us a bit of energy, got the crowd going and that’s what those players do.

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Stuart Broad feels England have fought their way back into the first Test

10:26 , Luke Baker

Stuart Broad insists England remain positive but conceded they need “a couple of great days” in the first Test against South Africa to continue their winning streak in red-ball cricket.

Ben Stokes inspired a much-needed fightback in the evening session on day two at Lord’s after Sarel Erwee’s 73 had threatened to take the match away from the hosts.

South Africa had reached 187-3 – replying to England’s 165 – only for Stokes to drag his team back into the mix with two wickets in seven balls and a third late on.

The Proteas ended the day 289-7 and hold a 124-run lead, but Broad feels it is still all to play for.

“Anything above 150 on day four and five, you’ve got a chance if you bowl great and create pressure,” Broad said. “We feel like tomorrow is a must-win day and we can come back and attack it.

“We’ve got a genuine feeling like we’re still in this game. I know South Africa are 120-odd ahead, but there’s no doubt it was pretty good batting conditions, particularly when the ball got softer, so that’s something we’ll want to take forward.”

Stuart Broad feels England have fought their way back into the first Test

Ben Stokes leads England fightback after South Africa take control of first Test

10:24 , Luke Baker

England had lost every session of this Test match convincingly up to tea on day two and were meandering towards an enormous first innings deficit, when the unlikely duo of Ben Stokes and Jack Leach – where have we heard that before? – conjured a spell of fierce bounce and genuine spin to disrupt South Africa’s momentum.

The tourists still hold a commanding 124-run lead after reaching stumps on 289-7, boosted by a late flurry of runs from bowlers Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen, having toppled their hosts earlier in the day for only 165 led by Kagiso Rabada’s five-wicket haul. Yet as the sun began to dip behind the Main Stand, the home supporters would have left a humming Lord’s with some small cheer having watched their captain lead the kind of fightback that has become a familiar part of England’s weird and wonderful summer.

Lawrence Ostlere with the report from Lord’s:

Ben Stokes leads England fightback after South Africa take control of first Test