England edge day 1 at Lord’s

August 17, 2012

by hobbs luton

3rd Test, Lord’s
Day 1: South Africa 262-7 v England

England had a good start to their must win final Test match against South Africa at Lord’s yesterday in restricting the visitors to 262-7.

Andrew Strauss lost the toss on his 100th Test match and England were asked to field first in what were overcast conditions.

England kept faith with Steven Finn as Tim Bresnan missed out with the returning Graeme Swann coming back into the side. It proved to be the right decision as England restricted South Africa to 54-4 with Finn picking up three quick wickets. The other wicket was thanks to James Anderson who removed Graeme Smith caught behind by Matt Prior for 14.

In the afternoon, South Africa showed some fight with JP Duminy making 61, and he was well supported by Jacques Rudolf (42), and Vernon Philander who will resume this morning on 46 not out. South Africa closed the day on 262-7 which was slightly below par having won the toss and elected to bat.

Anderson finished the day as the pick of the bowlers claiming 3-58 from 23 overs. Swann was the other wicket taker when he bowled Rudolf with one that went through the gate.

England will be hoping to take three quick wickets this morning before trying to gain a first innings lead.

The Scoop 17/08/12

One Comment to “England edge day 1 at Lord’s”

  1. Matt
    August 17th, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    They shouldn’t have got anywhere near what they are on at the moment. After a really good morning session England should have taken advantage over that.

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