England v South Africa, 4th NatWest ODI, Lord's September 1, 2012

Crucial advantage up for grabs

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Match Facts

Lord's, September 2
Start time: 10.15am (0915GMT)

The Big Picture

It was not quite a new era for English cricket at The Oval on Friday, but Alastair Cook's first match since being confirmed as the new Test captain was a much-needed victory for the home side as they levelled the one-day series with their first win over South Africa this season.

The four-wicket success was not flashy or especially thrilling, but very efficient and effective which, after a difficult few weeks, was just what England needed to get themselves back on track. It also confirmed that there is not an awful lot between the two teams. The series will now go to the wire in Nottingham next week, but whoever takes the honours at Lord's on Sunday knows they cannot lose.

As has been shown by the yo-yo nature of the last two games it is very difficult to say who has the momentum. England's attack had an extra cutting edge with the return of Jade Dernbach, who took an impressive 3 for 44, and it was a smart move by the hosts to target the stumps considering their recent catching form and they claimed six bowled dismissals and an lbw.

South Africa are finding out that balancing their side in the absence of Jacques Kallis is not easy. They were a batsman light at The Oval and coupled with some lose shots by the top order it left them 30 runs short. If Wayne Parnell, who later bowled very accurately, is to bat at No. 7 the onus is on one of the top four to bat through the innings as Hashim Amla did in Southampton.

Form guide

(Most recent first, completed matches)

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Watch out for...

Ian Bell has threatened to dominate the South Africa attack in this series without kicking on to a major innings. Rain curtailed him in Cardiff, then a good delivery by Robin Peterson in Southampton before he missed a straight ball from Dale Steyn at The Oval. He looks in good touch and he will not want to waste it. With Cook struggling for a little form and fluency it is important that Bell takes the pressure off his captain.

In the absence of Kallis, and with an eye to the future, JP Duminy needs to show he is a senior batsman in this one-day side. Twice in this series he has played himself in and then given it away, with his miscued shot at The Oval coming at an especially crucial moment with the lower order exposed. His stock rose during the Test series and now he needs to consolidate his one-day position.

Team news

England could well go with an unchanged side which would still mean no place for Jonny Bairstow. Ravi Bopara's tight 10 overs in the previous match will probably earn him another outing despite his batting struggles. Samit Patel did not bowl at The Oval, so in theory Bairstow could replace him, but Cook is likely to want the insurance as Bopara is unlikely to string together a full spell too often.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 James Tredwell, 9 James Anderson, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

South Africa would like to be able to bring back allrounder Albie Morkel to help balance the side but his fitness situation was still unclear following ankle problems. If he is still ruled out, they may need to recall McLaren to offer a little more batting and Lonwabo Tsotsobe could be the one to make way after a poor display at The Oval. Justin Ontong would be another option in the middle order.

South Africa (possible) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Dean Elgar, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel

Pitch and conditions

It would be good to see a one-day pitch with some pace and bounce to encourage stroke play. Now that September has arrived the start time to day games is a little earlier which may encourage some movement for the pace bowlers, but Lord's is usually pretty flat. The forecast is for an overcast, but dry, day.

Stats and trivia

  • Morne Morkel needs three wickets to reach 100 in ODIs

  • England have won the two previous ODIs at Lord's against South Africa, both by seven wickets, in 2003 and 2008. James Anderson and Graeme Smith played in the 2003 match which was the NatWest Series final.

  • Eoin Morgan, Man of the Match at The Oval, averages 47.90 in run chases for England and 64.84 in matches they have won.

Quotes

"He was really good. He's a wicket-taker, and he came in and got them at crucial times. All our bowlers did well, but especially him. He took two important wickets before the batting Powerplay."
Alastair Cook praises the performance of Jade Dernbach on his return

"From the word go we didn't make it count with the bat and we lost momentum early in the game. The bowlers were up for it and we still believed we could win but we just needed that extra 30 runs."
AB de Villiers bemoans his team's batting effort at The Oval

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Hammond on September 2, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Bopara is bowling so well he's almost worth it just as an odi bowler. Normality @ thebrotherswaugh? England have won 11 out of the last 12 completed odi's they have played. What "normality" would you be talking about then? Regardless, with South Africa 4/138 with 15 overs left, I can say that England look pretty comfortable at this point.

  • KunzMan on September 2, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Ridiculous decision to leave Morne out for McLaren. It should have been Tsotsobe. 2-1 to England in 8 hours time.

  • arun_padmanabhan on September 2, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    i always thought du plessis should come up before AB, because faf needs some time to settle down and is not a 30 of 10 batsman. i guess AB can play that role really well and also moving faf up the order will ensure SA are not inexperienced at the lower middle order

  • thebrotherswaugh on September 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I expect a return to normality in this one. The Saffers to win by at least 50 runs if they bat first, or by 5-overs if they bat second.

  • Hammond on September 2, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Gee I would love to see Bairstow in for Bopara, but he is bowling so well at the moment. England really do miss having a world class all rounder in the side.

  • jackthelad on September 2, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Indeed, Kallis is a genuine world-class all-rounder, of whom there have been perhaps six or eight in the last forty years; an all-rounder would be worth an international place as either a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler, and a man who can be classed as both is the rarest of rare birds. The rest are actually 'bits and pieces' players, not good enough as specialists but ok as a 50/50 package. We should stop debasing the meaning of this outstanding description (and, incidentally, persuade young players to concentrate on their actual strengths rather than trying to become something that not one in a thousand is up to).

  • kaidranzer on September 2, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Why is Philander not in the playing XI?

  • on September 2, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Pick Richard Levi...................South Africa have lot of slow strike rate players with this team they cant chase 300 ever...elgar is just a waste. Duminy p;aying for last 3 years and have not score a 100... Pick ontong...where is David Miller....Rubbish team selection....

  • on September 2, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Fafi has a lots of point to prove.Not in the field but certainly with the bat.A hundered from AB is being missed very badly by South African fans.Albie,Where are you?

  • fozameer456 on September 1, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Kallis replacement doesnt seem to be aggreable!!!AB is out of touch too,needs to score some runs to give boost to the side.Lonwabo should be replaces with albie if found fit or bring in philander who is pretty handy with the bay.... South africans are stronger at this point with KP missing in englands team. i see a century from amla tomorrow and cook needs to score some runs also! Why not prior in for kieswether?morgan should promote up the order! May the best team win

  • Hammond on September 2, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Bopara is bowling so well he's almost worth it just as an odi bowler. Normality @ thebrotherswaugh? England have won 11 out of the last 12 completed odi's they have played. What "normality" would you be talking about then? Regardless, with South Africa 4/138 with 15 overs left, I can say that England look pretty comfortable at this point.

  • KunzMan on September 2, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Ridiculous decision to leave Morne out for McLaren. It should have been Tsotsobe. 2-1 to England in 8 hours time.

  • arun_padmanabhan on September 2, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    i always thought du plessis should come up before AB, because faf needs some time to settle down and is not a 30 of 10 batsman. i guess AB can play that role really well and also moving faf up the order will ensure SA are not inexperienced at the lower middle order

  • thebrotherswaugh on September 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I expect a return to normality in this one. The Saffers to win by at least 50 runs if they bat first, or by 5-overs if they bat second.

  • Hammond on September 2, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Gee I would love to see Bairstow in for Bopara, but he is bowling so well at the moment. England really do miss having a world class all rounder in the side.

  • jackthelad on September 2, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Indeed, Kallis is a genuine world-class all-rounder, of whom there have been perhaps six or eight in the last forty years; an all-rounder would be worth an international place as either a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler, and a man who can be classed as both is the rarest of rare birds. The rest are actually 'bits and pieces' players, not good enough as specialists but ok as a 50/50 package. We should stop debasing the meaning of this outstanding description (and, incidentally, persuade young players to concentrate on their actual strengths rather than trying to become something that not one in a thousand is up to).

  • kaidranzer on September 2, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Why is Philander not in the playing XI?

  • on September 2, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Pick Richard Levi...................South Africa have lot of slow strike rate players with this team they cant chase 300 ever...elgar is just a waste. Duminy p;aying for last 3 years and have not score a 100... Pick ontong...where is David Miller....Rubbish team selection....

  • on September 2, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Fafi has a lots of point to prove.Not in the field but certainly with the bat.A hundered from AB is being missed very badly by South African fans.Albie,Where are you?

  • fozameer456 on September 1, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Kallis replacement doesnt seem to be aggreable!!!AB is out of touch too,needs to score some runs to give boost to the side.Lonwabo should be replaces with albie if found fit or bring in philander who is pretty handy with the bay.... South africans are stronger at this point with KP missing in englands team. i see a century from amla tomorrow and cook needs to score some runs also! Why not prior in for kieswether?morgan should promote up the order! May the best team win

  • sirvivfan on September 1, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Smith Kumar what remove Wayne Parnell 10 overs 2 for 23 last game. You must be joking!

  • MattyP1979 on September 1, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Eng have a pretty good ode day side though it isn't the finsished article. It does seem empty being ranked no.1 without taking the WC but so be it. I hope Eng win the series and claim some pride back but there is very little to seperate these 2 teams so it could be a coin toss.

  • tommytucker on September 1, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Add a batsman remove a bowler for SA. Simple. The pitches in England are rubbish no pace and bounce due dumbIng down for T20 crIcket, the batsman who can bowl a bit can make up for the loss of a bowler. Edgar at 3 is not on. Duminy at. 3, AB at 4.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 1, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Kallis is never going to be easy to replace. His batting alone, bowling alone and even fielding alone might very well get him into just about any team, full stop. Tredwell bowled very well last game... I'd hate to see him dropped, even for Woakes. If anything, I'd rest either Anderson or Patel for Woakes if he was to come in, but YEAH RIGHT comes to mind... For SA, Dean Elgar at 3 is questionable; surely Faf should be up around there somewhere instead of 6? Depends on the situation of the innings I suppose.

  • DirkL on September 1, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: Ireland left the Commonwealth on18 April 1949, so maybe it's the United Nations XI.

  • suniljoseph on September 1, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    This is a big problem for South Africa now. That is why I have never been a fan of this very good team. You see they seem to have problems with replacements. They have not got replacement of Gary Kirsten till now. And if Kalis retires in which is not very far, who will be his replacement.

  • MattyP1979 on September 1, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Agree with Yogi, Kallis is one of the best cricketers ever to grace the game and wish him to stay for a long while yet. Would love to see woakes in for Tredwell. Patel showed his bowling abilites as did Bopara. Woakes is one of the hottest new breed waiting his turn right now and he needs a run in the Eng side. We just seem to have a long tail atm.

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    woakes in for tredwell.....definetly he should get chance

  • SurlyCynic on September 1, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    SA really miss Albie, as he can clear the boundary and strengthens the batting a lot. McLaren is an improvement on Tsotsobe, but they could select someone like Ontong and still have plenty of bowlers. AB seems to like having 8 bowling options but when the top order fail it means SA lose. Poor selection. As for the Commonwealth XI, the Irish batsman is clearly the danger man. If he gets out then the opposition can just keep Trott in and watch the run rate escalate.

  • YogifromNY on September 1, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Nice article. One thing in it struck me again - "South Africa are finding out that balancing their side in the absence of Jacques Kallis is not easy." It is true. Having Kallis in your side is like having 12 people instead of 11. He is not your typical all-rounder, who can only bat a bit and bowl a bit. He is a great batsman AND a penetrating bowler. What a player! SA and world cricket will be the poorer when this legend decides to retire.

  • amithkumar on September 1, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    South Africa should remove one bowler either Parnell or Tsotsobe and add another batsman.

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  • amithkumar on September 1, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    South Africa should remove one bowler either Parnell or Tsotsobe and add another batsman.

  • YogifromNY on September 1, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Nice article. One thing in it struck me again - "South Africa are finding out that balancing their side in the absence of Jacques Kallis is not easy." It is true. Having Kallis in your side is like having 12 people instead of 11. He is not your typical all-rounder, who can only bat a bit and bowl a bit. He is a great batsman AND a penetrating bowler. What a player! SA and world cricket will be the poorer when this legend decides to retire.

  • SurlyCynic on September 1, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    SA really miss Albie, as he can clear the boundary and strengthens the batting a lot. McLaren is an improvement on Tsotsobe, but they could select someone like Ontong and still have plenty of bowlers. AB seems to like having 8 bowling options but when the top order fail it means SA lose. Poor selection. As for the Commonwealth XI, the Irish batsman is clearly the danger man. If he gets out then the opposition can just keep Trott in and watch the run rate escalate.

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    woakes in for tredwell.....definetly he should get chance

  • MattyP1979 on September 1, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Agree with Yogi, Kallis is one of the best cricketers ever to grace the game and wish him to stay for a long while yet. Would love to see woakes in for Tredwell. Patel showed his bowling abilites as did Bopara. Woakes is one of the hottest new breed waiting his turn right now and he needs a run in the Eng side. We just seem to have a long tail atm.

  • suniljoseph on September 1, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    This is a big problem for South Africa now. That is why I have never been a fan of this very good team. You see they seem to have problems with replacements. They have not got replacement of Gary Kirsten till now. And if Kalis retires in which is not very far, who will be his replacement.

  • DirkL on September 1, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: Ireland left the Commonwealth on18 April 1949, so maybe it's the United Nations XI.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 1, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Kallis is never going to be easy to replace. His batting alone, bowling alone and even fielding alone might very well get him into just about any team, full stop. Tredwell bowled very well last game... I'd hate to see him dropped, even for Woakes. If anything, I'd rest either Anderson or Patel for Woakes if he was to come in, but YEAH RIGHT comes to mind... For SA, Dean Elgar at 3 is questionable; surely Faf should be up around there somewhere instead of 6? Depends on the situation of the innings I suppose.

  • tommytucker on September 1, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Add a batsman remove a bowler for SA. Simple. The pitches in England are rubbish no pace and bounce due dumbIng down for T20 crIcket, the batsman who can bowl a bit can make up for the loss of a bowler. Edgar at 3 is not on. Duminy at. 3, AB at 4.

  • MattyP1979 on September 1, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Eng have a pretty good ode day side though it isn't the finsished article. It does seem empty being ranked no.1 without taking the WC but so be it. I hope Eng win the series and claim some pride back but there is very little to seperate these 2 teams so it could be a coin toss.