Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

OJ Pope
OJ Pope
73(102) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 20 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
14 6 7 2 19 2 1 22
SJ Erwee
73(146) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 24 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 7 16 7 19 0 9 10

Best performances - Bowlers

K Rabada
K Rabada
O19
M3
R52
W5
Eco2.73
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
1W
A Nortje
A Nortje
O7
M1
R47
W3
Eco6.71
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Debayan (@debayansen)

4.15 pm That's that then. Lord's is behind us, much, much, much quicker than anyone could have anticipated, including the victorious captain! We will see you again in time for the second Test. Lots of analysis and reactions yet to come. Do send in your questions for Polite Enquiries as well for for Firdose and Vish. For the moment, bye from Binoy, Alan and myself. See you around.

Kagiso Rabada gets the Player of the Match award : "Always special to contribute to a team success. For us to get over the line, especaily at Lord's, is really special. I didn't even know about the stats. All I try and do is repeat my processes and get into the contest and do what's best for the team and for myself. (Biggest learnings since 2017) You always pick up skills along the day. The pitches here are different, bowling with the Duke's ball is different. It's about adjusting your lengths, and getting used to the ball. (On the seam attack) I will leave you guys to name that. (On Maharaj) Exactly., Kesh has been an outstanding performer for us down the years. Those two wickets really helped us, and nobody expected that from him. Looking forward to Manchester."

Dean Elgar: "Didn't think, especially waking up this morning. 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. Very grateful with a young side. I have got a great think-tank behind the scenes. Good coaches who give great advice. As things work out, with Kesh getting a few wickets. And bringing Anrich who bowls at the speed of light. I am just looking to get better as captain. (On his partnership) Having Sarel around helps. He's an experienced cricketer, and a great team-mate. He is a pretty fiesty character. 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."

Ben Stokes: "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. 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. (Next game) Probably win the toss."

Greg: "I had tickets for tomorrow - haven't been to a test match since 2019. I'm not sure gutless, brainless collapses are the way to keep the public engaged. But credit where it's due - South Africa have an excellent bowling attack and they've ruthlessly outperformed England here."

Peter: "If you add up the total overs the match didn't even last 2 days. Without the rain this would be England's second two-day defeat in as many years (India the other at Ahmedabad). This also came a week after the Lions, which perhaps wasn't even a second string England team given the players that are playing in the hundred, racked up almost 700 and beat South Africa by an innings. Serious questions to be asked!"

3.56 pm The presentation isn't long from us.

Sampath says this is just the fourth time England have lost by an innings at Lord's. The last time around was in 2003, to a familiar opponent!

AP: "To give context to just how much South Africa outplayed England in terms of basic test cricket methodology - taking as many balls as needed to bat your opposition out of the game is the way to win a test match. England, in 2 innings and using 20 wickets, did not even bat out as many overs as South Africa did in 1 inning. Time for the drawing board for ENG, you would have to say. The aggressive ODI type style of attack in a test match only works when the conditions allow for it."

"Test cricket is so beloved because of its intricacies, its changes of pace, the different strategies deployed as conditions and opponents vary. A simplistic and narrow-minded approach - whether singularly defensive or attacking - is going to fail as often as it works. And if the opposition have worked you out as a one-trick pony, it will fail more often than that. And if Test cricket becomes as simplistic as England seem to want it to be, it will cease to be interesting and it will die." --- You do make some valid points, Graham. Though England could look back on the first two days and say they had their moments, but just failed to seize them. Also the batting woes have been around for a while. They were probably just getting papered over by some cases of individual brilliance. But yes, they will need to re-evaluate how they want to play this superb South African unit.

PD: "Well that was embarrassing from England - in Boycott's words, my mum could bat better than that!"

3.49 pm Well, well, well. Quite clearly all the pre-match chatter was not just a case of talking the talk. South Africa have done well to back it up with a professional performance. This game has been done and dusted in about two-and-a-half days, remember, with most of day 1 rained out. Their bowlers have been superb, the captaincy has been consistently good, and when they were required to dig in and get some runs on the board, pretty much everyone chipped in for the visitors. Lots for England to think about ahead of the second Test.

37.4
W
Jansen to Anderson, OUT, full again, and on the stumps this time! No mistake this time. Anderson backs away a touch, and misses out completely. Strikes the base of the stumps, and Jansen lets out a roar as South Africa celebrate

JM Anderson b Jansen 1 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

37.3
0
Jansen to Anderson, no run, it is full, it swings away after pitching around middle, and misses both the outside edge and the off stump. Great bowling. No disrespect to the great cricketer, but perhaps wasted a bit on Anderson!

Full one coming, surely...

37.2
0
Jansen to Anderson, no run, full, around off, swings further away, yet again beating Anderson's outside edge
37.1
0
Jansen to Anderson, no run, full, around off, nips further away, and beats a tentative poke from the batter

Jacko: "And don't forget the ENG batters are undercooked thanks to the absurd schedule this summer." --- True, Birmingham came more or less on the back of the New Zealand series

END OF OVER:
37 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 149/9

  • Jack Leach0 (4b)
  • James Anderson1 (3b)
  • Kagiso Rabada8-2-27-2
  • Marco Jansen3-0-13-1
36.6
0
Rabada to Leach, no run, length, punched towards point
36.5
0
Rabada to Leach, no run, quicker, around off, and he looks to defend this. Almost goes through his defence

John: "This is not Bazball - it's just rubbish batting. England gave up on this match at 6 wickets down and are having a happy, laughing slog time. - full of smiles at every mistimed shot landing safely. Entertaining? - maybe. But no respect for the game or their caps"

LenS: "Looks like SA have Planball!"

England 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st20AZ LeesZ Crawley
2nd18AZ LeesOJ Pope
3rd19JE RootAZ Lees
4th24JM BairstowAZ Lees
5th5BA StokesAZ Lees
6th0BA StokesBT Foakes
7th55SCJ BroadBA Stokes
8th5BA StokesMJ Potts
9th0BA StokesMJ Leach
10th3JM AndersonMJ Leach