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Day 5

752dThe Report by David Hopps

South Africa hold nerve to take No. 1

South Africa displaced England at the top of the Test rankings with a 51-run victory in the third Test at Lord's to give them a 2-0 victory in the series

752dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Strauss has cause for self-reflection

As Andrew Strauss outlined the reasons England had lost the series, it was hard to avoid the conclusion that to some extent he was talking about himself

752dFirdose Moonda and George Dobell at Lord's

Eager Philander and lucky Prior

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fifth day of the third Test at Lord's

752dMark Nicholas at Lord's

Kirsten does it again

After Test and World Cup success with India, Gary Kirsten has now led his native country to No. 1

752dGeorge Dobell

Strauss wants to map out future

Andrew Strauss has no intentions of marking his 100th Test by resigning from the captaincy after England's 2-0 Test series defeat against South Africa, their heaviest defeat in a home Test series for 11 years.

752dESPNcricinfo staff

Smith savours 'wonderful' triumph

Graeme Smith was breathing a sigh of relief after South Africa secured a 51-run victory at Lord's to rise to top the world Test rankings

752dFirdose Moonda at Lord's

Smith's South Africa come of age

The growth of Graeme Smith as captain can be seen reflected in his team as South Africa finally ended their wait to be crowned No. 1

Day 4

752dFirdose Moonda at Lord's

Amla gesture to SA team ethic

Hashim Amla did a strange thing when he reached his century at Lord's. He dedicated the ton to the team's video analyst, Prassan Agoram, gesturing a TV-set towards the dressing room

752dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

England must ask tough questions

The home side can have no arguments that they have been out-played by South Africa and if they have ambitions of reviving their Test fortunes will need to be honest about their problems

752dSambit Bal at Lord's

Steely Amla shows substance over style

Hashim Amla is one of the rare stylists left in the game but it was his unwavering determination that brought him a valuable hundred at Lord's

Day 3

752dGeorge Dobell

Jury still out on England

The Lord's Test against South Africa may come to be seen as marking the end of a golden era for England - but the future remains bright

752dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Bairstow credits Lions' part

Jonny Bairstow has credited his experience playing with England Lions as one of the contributory factors in his impressive innings of 95 at Lord's

752dMark Nicholas at Lord's

Jonny earns his place in folklore

The 95 runs of epic character scored by Jonny Bairstow at Lord's were of immense importance to English cricket

752dFirdose Moonda at Lord's

Another big moment for South Africa

Jacques Kallis missed out on a chance to finally make his mark at Lord's as the tourists' No. 1 challenge reached a critical stage

Day 2

752dFirdose Moonda and George Dobell at Lord's

Cook's waft and Prior's dive

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the third Test at Lord's

752dFirdose Moonda at Lord's

Philander shows he can adapt to succeed

After bursting onto the Test scene with wickets galore, Vernon Philander has been made to stay patient for his successes in this series but has proven he is capable of sitting tight

752dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Bairstow vindicates his selection

Having been picked in place of one of England's finest ever batsman, Jonny Bairstow succeeded in the most testing of circumstances

Day 1

752dThe Report by David Hopps

England on top despite Duminy rally

England put the brouhaha with Kevin Pietersen behind them, temporarily at least, with the third Test initially taking shape in their favour at Lord's

752dFirdose Moonda and George Dobell at Lord's

Kallis' moan, Strauss' wine

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first day of the third Test at Lord's

752dMark Nicholas at Lord's

Finn shows his heart in full glare

It was a tight call over who would be England's third fast bowler at Lord's. The decision to stick with Steven Finn, despite his Headingley problems, was rewarded

752dFirdose Moonda at Lord's

South Africa's depth comes to the rescue

Having been put under pressure for the first time in this series, South Africa were grateful they got their selection right and JP Duminy worked them out of trouble

752dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Fortune finally turns for England

England didn't bowl that much better than at Headingley but they enjoy the rub of the green that eluded them in the second Test


771dFirdose Moonda

The trundler who grabbed the mace

Few thought Vernon Philander could succeed in England the way he had done at home. But at Lord's, with the No. 1 ranking on the line, he did

England 4th innings Partnerships

1st5AJ StraussAN Cook
2nd1AJ StraussIJL Trott
3rd28IR BellIJL Trott
4th11IJL TrottJWA Taylor
5th89IJL TrottJM Bairstow
6th12IJL TrottMJ Prior
7th62MJ PriorSCJ Broad
8th74GP SwannMJ Prior
9th12JM AndersonMJ Prior
10th0JM AndersonST Finn