England v South Africa, first Test, day four, The Oval

England close day four of the first Test on 102-4, needing a further 150 to avoid an innings defeat by South Africa.

22 July 2012 Last updated at 19:20

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  1. 1915: 
    Commentary

    England have already starred in a quartet of great escapes against South Africa. Johannesburg in 1995, Old Trafford in 1998, Centurion and Cape Town in 2009-10. Can they complete the box set with a fifth tomorrow? Join me in the morning to find out. Before then, read Marc Higginson's match report and listen to the TMS podcast. Bye for now.

  2. 1913: 
    Commentary

    The final word goes to the man of the day, Hashim Amla: "This innings is something I’ll remember, but I’ve still got a long way to go in the development of my game. Having Jacques there was a massive help; he kept the scoreboard ticking, which meant I could go about my business. We’re in a good position as the bowlers have done a fantastic job."

  3. 1909: 
    Commentary

    The covers are coming on at The Oval, but, even in this summer of endless rain, it would be optimistic for England to think they are going to get any help from the weather when they attempt to save the game tomorrow.

  4.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    “Quite frankly, it was murder in the sun. They’ve bowled and batted better than us, showed more energy, everything was better. We certainly haven’t looked like the number one side in the world in this Test. Morne Morkel hit the deck and showed aggression – the bowling was so different to ours. This is a pretty good fourth-day pitch, but our batsmen didn’t change their mindset. England’s batting was awful."

  5.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "South Africa have won the day, for the third day in succession. If you win three days of Test cricket, you usually win the match."

  6. 1855: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Eng 102-4

    Morne Morkel is asked to bowl what could prove to be the last over of the day, and is given two men short on the leg side as he runs in to Bopara, who hooks for a single. If England are trying to waste some time, they're helped by a man from the crowd, who invades the pitch at deep cover. "Must be Ian Bell's brother," says Vic Marks. Our invader is tackled and removed, leaving England to run a bye then earn four leg byes to move past 100. After some debate, Steve Davis removes the bails and the players head for the pavilion.

  7. 1850: 
    Commentary- Eng 96-4

    There are perhaps more empty seats than spectators inside The Oval as Tahir comes in around the wicket to Bell. The Warwickshire tries to waste some time, but Tahir races through a maiden.

  8. 1847: 
    Commentary- Eng 96-4

    Philander is still shaping it away from Bopara, who manages to take two through square leg. Big Vern replies with one that pitches on off stump and holds its line, beating Bopara all ends up.

  9. 1843: 
    Commentary- Eng 94-4

    "What can Ravi Bopara do in this sitaution?" wonders Jonathan Agnew. Ravi starts by wristily flicking Tahir through mid-wicket for four, possibly the best shot he's played in Test cricket for 12 months.

  10. 1840: 
    Commentary- Eng 89-4

    Philander busily runs in from the Pavilion End as a trumpeter draws a cheer from the crowd. That's the first time I've heard the trumpet - where's he been all day? Bell, batting out of his crease, is solid in defence.

  11. 1836: 
    Commentary- Eng 88-4

    Tahir is around the wicket to Bell, who doesn't mind padding away when the ball pitches outside leg stump. There's four catchers around the bat, but Bell plays back a maiden. At extra cover, two seagulls are out for a Sunday evening stroll.

  12. 1832: 
    Commentary- Eng 87-4

    If he was at a party, I reckon Vernon Philander could get movement out of that one bloke who always says "I don't ever dance". He arcs one away from Bopara, who can't help but follow the ball as it makes its way to AB de Villiers. 

  13. 1829: 
    Commentary- Eng 87-4

    I reckon that about a third of the seats at The Oval are empty now, as the huge shadow cast by the OCS Stand slowly engorging the ground like cream over a cake. Bell drives down the ground, then through the covers.

  14. 1824: 
    Commentary- Eng 82-4

    We have 14 overs remaining, but I'm not sure we'll get them all in. Vernon Philander replaces Steyn at the Pavilion End and finds some shape away from the right-handed Bell, who edges through the slips. Graeme Smith gives chase, then stops, then chases again, stops, finally deciding he can catch it. The batsmen run three.

  15.  
    Twitter

    Hasib Dewan on Twitter: "Time for Ravi Bopora to prove whether he can hack it at this level. Needs to grind out a score to save his country."

  16. 1818: 
    Commentary- Eng 79-4

    There's lots of empty seats at The Oval now, are England fans seeing the writing on the wall? Bopara has a slip, silly point and short leg for company as he faces up to Tahir, but is able to push a single to cover.

  17.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Ravi Bopara is going to feel the strain in this situation."

  18. 1815: 
    Commentary- Eng 75-4

    Ravi Bopara, on a pair, is the new man, and probably won't be looking forward to facing Dale Steyn again. Hashim Amla has returned to the field too, and gets a lovely ovation from the crowd at deep square leg when he takes his place on the boundary. When Bopara does get to the business end, he does well to keep out one that nips back, then pulls handsomely for four to get off the mark.

  19.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "The plan has worked for South Africa - they've left a gap out there to promote that shot. Strauss has seen the open space and fallen into the trap. But the thing that's done for him is the two balls beforehand."

  20.  
    WICKET- Strauss ct Philander b Tahir 27 (Eng67-4)

    Deeper into the abyss. Strauss sees a Tahir leg-break kick out of the rough and go past him at head height, then plays and misses at a googly. Clearly unsettled, he misses a sweep and, when trying a repeat, can only top edge to Philander at backward square leg. Surely there's no way back now?

  21.  
    Commentary

    Lloyd in Wester Ross, TMS inbox: "England might well lose this now, but here's some cheer: bowled 189 overs and conceded just 2 no-balls and 2 wides. That's pretty good." Very true, Lloyd. Every cloud...

  22. 1802: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 65-3

    As the sun gets lower, the shadows cast by the players lengthen. The odd fluffy cloud has appeared in the sky, but it's a glorious evening in south-east London. Steyn is accurate to Bell, but has the ball stopped swinging? It's a maiden, and time for a drink.

  23.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "England need a David Steele here - get his front foot forward and get his nose over it. 'Over my dead body'."

  24. 1757: 
    Commentary- Eng 64-3

    Bell is batting with an open stance to Tahir, who lands six balls on a good length. Bell plods forward dutifully to play back a maiden.

  25. 1754: 
    Commentary- Eng 64-3

    There's huge gaps available thanks to the attacking field set by Graeme Smith, but Ian Bell hits a lovely square drive off Steyn straight to point. When Steyn, who has the look of a movie villain's henchman, strays onto the hips, Bell takes a single.

  26.  
    Twitter

    AndyStacey on Twitter: "I think they've had the better of the conditions but got to hand it to SA, England haven't been made to look this ordinary in ages."

  27.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "They can't pick Tahir - there's more chance of them picking their nose."

  28. 1750: 
    Commentary- Eng 63-3

    Down to the my left, spectators pass each other on the stairs as they head to and from their seats. The ones going away are usually empty-handed, the ones returning look to have beer, tea, pies and burgers. This pitch is very dry, but Imran Tahir isn't posing nearly as many problems as the seamers, and Strauss is watchful in defence.

  29. 1746: 
    Commentary- Eng 62-3

    Morkel is withdrawn from the attack, to be replaced by Dale Steyn. He's around the wicket, looking to swing the ball in to the left-handed Strauss, but beating the bat with one that holds its line.

  30.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "We're good at winning matches in the last few years but we've not shown aptitude at saving them. I can't see them getting out of this unless somebody makes a hundred - and makes it in four or five hours. One guy has to seal one end and the rest of the guys can play around him."

  31.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "England have been outplayed in this match so far. They're in the mire here - seven wickets down, a good forecast tomorrow. It will be a good challenge."

  32. 1741: 
    Commentary- Eng 62-3

    You do sense Imran Tahir is relishing this chance to shine, but he only has two close fielders in - I'd have thought Smith might gamble a bit more? The leg-spinner is getting some turn, but Bell and Strauss are coping well with him so far.

  33.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "You can't blame the pitch. This is as good a late fourth-day pitch as you get. The bowlers have come at them hard and we haven't been good enough."

  34. 1739: 
    Commentary- Eng 62-3

    Morkel persists with the short stuff, this time to Bell, who laps a pull around the corner for a single. To the left-handed Strauss, Morkel is a round the wicket and full, with the England skip firm in defence.

  35.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "It has been a really chastening three days for England. It's hard to see them getting out of this from here."

  36. 1734: 
    Commentary- Eng 60-3

    A lone piegeon stands at cover as Tahir opts to come around the wicket to Strauss. The England skip reaches for one that drifts past both him and keeper AB de Villiers to be taken by Jacques Kallis at slip.

  37.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "It is possible to get wickets on this surface, but that was a straight ball missed - he played a long way inside it. You don't often see them go past the outside edge and remove middle stump."

  38. 1731: 
    Commentary- Eng 59-3

    South Africa are in a huddle as Ian Bell walks past to take guard. When Morkel gets to the end of his run, Bell has two slips, a gully, a short leg and a short mid-wicket for company, but is off the mark with a couple through square leg.

  39.  
    WICKET- Pietersen b Morkel 16 (Eng 57-3)

    Is that the ball game? Pietersen is nowhere near far enough forward to a ball of good length from Morkel, somehow missing as the ball goes straight on and removes his middle stump. South Africa are cockahoop and England are staring down the barrel.

  40.  
    Commentary

    Diane Purchase, TMS inbox: "When we were younger my family had a caravan. Birds used to wake my dad up by pitter-pattering on the roof, so he used to throw breadcrumbs on to the roofs of neighbouring caravans to attract the pigeons on to their roofs. Result: a good night's sleep!"

  41. 1724: 
    Commentary- Eng 57-2

    Tahir, spinning his leg-breaks into the left-handed Strauss, continues, as shadows begin to inch across The Oval like children creeping downstairs on Christmas morning. An inside edge runs through square leg for two.

  42.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "That was quite a difficult chance - but you'd expect Kallis to catch it. A poor shot but Pietersen survives."

  43.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Neil ManthorpContributor

    "What was Pietersen doing? He looked for all the money in the world like he was offering catching practice. I just can't believe that shot."

  44. 1721: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 55-2

    Morkel and Pietersen resume battle, with the lanky pacer again trying the short stuff and KP again pulling with aplomb. The next one is short, and Pietersen can't help but fence at it. Kallis dives to his right, gets two hands to the ball, but can't cling on and the ball is grassed. Shades of the 2005 Ashes? Pietersen taking on the short stuff and being dropped in the slips. England got a draw that day - how big a miss might that be from Kallis?

  45.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Imran Tahir hasn't won a match for South Africa yet but I think there's scope for him to do it - he's playing in a strong side with a strong seam attack."

  46. 1716: 
    Commentary- Eng 49-2

    England are scoring at a decent rate, so, if they bat long enough, we could have a situation tomorrow afternoon where South Africa are chasing against the clock. That's a long way off yet, though. We see spin for the first time in the innings, Imran Tahir serving up a low full toss to Strauss, who drives uppishly down the ground for four.

  47.  
    Commentary

    Stefan in Holland (still rooting for England), TMS inbox: "Even if they get a draw out of this game, the psychological damage is already done. How will England recover from this spanking?"

  48. 1712: 
    Commentary- Eng 45-2

    Now we have Morkel to Pietersen and the first ball is indeed short, but the England man is up to the task, hooking cleanly for four. Morkel, starting his run up by turning in a circle, tries another, and this one defats KP, who gets a top edge over the slips for four more.

  49. 1708: 
    Commentary- Eng 37-2

    Hashim Amla hasn't yet taken the field for South Africa, I suspect he's getting some sort of massage after batting for 13 hours. Not sure if that's strictly within the laws, though. Andrew Strauss is distracted by a pigeon that is meandering towards the wicket, causing the England skip to charge in order to scare it off. One from Steyn's over.

  50.  
    Twitter

    SallyChocQueen on Twitter: "Saving a game against South Africa? Call for Mike Atherton and Jack Russell."

  51. 1700: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 36-2

    Morne Morkel replaces Philander at the Pavilion End, is he here to give Pietersen some chin music? "Let him smell the leather Morne". It's actually Strauss getting one up him, but the England skip sways out of the way.

  52. 1655: 
    Commentary- Eng 34-2

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man? Kevin Pietersen is cheered to the crease, is he England's saviour? Is he getting some chat from the South Africa fielders there too? Steyn has posted two men back on the hook, but KP is away instantly with a clip to mid-wicket.

  53.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "A huge wicket for South Africa. Jonathan Trott is probably the one England man you'd put your mortgage on. It swung, lured him forward, just bounced on him - he followed it. He possibly could have left it but hats off to the bowler. England are in a bit of trouble now."

  54.  
    WICKET- Trott ct De Villiers b Steyn10 (Eng 32-2)

    This is a critical situation for England now. Steyn's delivery starts wide of off stump and swings wider, but Trott can't resist having a little nibble, edging through to De Villiers. Trott lingers, perhaps in disbelief, but by the time he drags himself away Steyn is level with him with a fist in the air. England in the mire.

  55.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "This partnership holds the key. If this goes quickly... Trott is the guy you want to see in this situation."

  56. 1648: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 32-1

    Careful there Captain Strauss, don't be surprised by a rare Philander bouncer. The skip aims a hook, nearly getting a feather through to De Villiers. South Africa appeal, but it's more out of hope than expectation.

  57.  
    SMS

    Henry at The Oval, via text on 81111: "Says something, when the loudest cheer of the day in a match between teams 1 and 2 in the world, comes when Cav wins the stage and Wiggo wins Le Tour! Chapeau guys and let's hope for no more wickets today and plenty of runs."

  58. 1644: 
    Commentary- Eng 30-1

    This is the best shot of the England innings so far, as Strauss leans on a cover drive off Steyn, causing Morne Morkel to chase into the sdaows and cut it off. The batsmen run three. Trott follows that up with a flat-batted smear through cover for the first boundary off the bat.

  59. 1639: 
    Commentary- Eng 23-1

    The sky may be blue, but the wind is up. The flags to my left flap like knickers on a washing line. Philander, looking to bring the ball back into Strauss, gets too staright and is worked for a single.

  60. 1635: 
    Commentary- Eng 21-1

    Steyn, running in with his elbows jutting out, swings one in to Strauss's pads, with the Middlesex man helping himself to three through mid wicket. Up ahead, there is not a cloud in the sky and we're not expecting them to arrive tomorrow either.

  61.   
    BBC Sport's Justin GouldingContributor

    Breaking news: Hashim Amla has been admitted to the Beard Liberation Front for his triple century. The BLF says: "Amla is an outstanding example of how a beard can add weight to a sporting performance and make a significant positive impact in the public eye."

  62. 1630: 
    Commentary- Eng 18-1

    Umpire Asad Rauf, having switched ends with Steve Davis, crouches like a wicketkeeper as Vernon Philander bustles in towards me. He's accurate on off stump to Trott, who gets a thick edge along the ground to gully from the final ball. A maiden.

  63.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "It's a tall order against this South Africa attack. They did it against Australia at Cardiff, but South Africa will cause problems. And England are only a few Tests away from how they played against Pakistan in the UAE."

  64. 1626: 
    Commentary- Eng 18-1

    Now then, South Africa got some stick for not getting Dale Steyn into the attack quick enough on the first day. With the right-handed Trott again in early in England's second dig, they bring Steyn on in the fifth over. That's a good move in my view. As news comes through that Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour de France, the whole Oval crowd begins to applaud, with a group in yellow-jersey fancy dress standing to salute them. Steyn is getting some swing, Strauss nearly loses his off stump when he leaves one alone.

  65. 1620: 
    Commentary- 11-1

    Is this the same wicket? Philander just nips one away from Strauss, catching the England skipper's edge, but it falls short of the slips. Another edge goes through point for a couple, then a straight one runs away off the left-hander's thigh pad for four leg byes.

  66.  
    SMS

    Andy at The Oval, via text on 81111: "Apologies for the wicket, my fault entirely. Left my seat for the first time today. Not going to repeat that mistake."

  67. 1616: 
    Commentary- Eng 5-1

    Remember that scoreboard pressure I talked about? There's hardly been a close catcher since yesterday - as if the South African batsmen had eaten something riddled with garlic and England didn't want to get near them. Morkel now has two slips, a gully, a short leg and a short mid-wicket for new man Jonathan Trott. Trott just falls over one and there's a huge appeal for lbw, but Steve Davis isn't interested. Inevitably for England, the ball is now nibbling about off the seam.

  68.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "That's a good ball. You kind of get on that front foot - get it planted - and the ball nipped away. The ball sometimes grips on a slow, dry surface. The declaration has worked already."

  69.  
    SMS

    Soumen in London, via text on 81111: "Despite everything, we should still draw this Test match against the third ranked team in Test cricket. The bookies still have us favourites to win the series."

  70.  
    WICKET- Cook ct De Villiers b Philander 0 (Eng 2-1)

    Boy oh boy, England's massive task has just been made even bigger. It is Philander from the Pavilion End, and he entices Cook to edge one that just moves off the seam through to AB de Villiers. Has Philander just moved the ball more than England have managed for two days? What we do know is that England had to bowl for two days to get only one South Africa wicket. The Proteas got an England wicket inside two overs.

  71.  
    SMS

    Danny in Cardiff, via text on 81111: "Peterson with his duck must feel like a man who decided to sit out a week on a lottery syndicate, only to watch it win the jackpot."

  72. 1605: 
    Commentary- Eng 1-0

    ...the England skipper is away first ball, pushing into the off side for a single. Cook is hit on the pads by Morkel, then is happy to leave the rest of the over alone. Vernon Philander has been at fine leg warming up, is it he who will bowl the second over?

  73. 1601: 
    Commentary

    The declaration must have delayed the start a little, because it's past 1600 by the time Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook reach the middle. Morne Morkel has the new ball. Like in the first innings, he's around the wicket. Strauss is on a pair...

  74. 1558: 
    Commentary

    South Africa's bowlers are out warming up in the sunshine, even the part-time off-spinner JP Duminy. Maybe a clue as what South Africa think is the key to bowling England out?

  75. 1555: 
    Commentary

    So I suppose the big question is, how difficult is batting going to be on this Oval pitch? The ball has done less than nothing for two days now, but, such is the ebb and flow of this great game, scoreboard pressure could produce swing, seam and spin in the heads of England's batsmen. As I type, the heavy roller is going up and down the wicket.

  76. 1552: 
    Commentary

    What do you make of that? I think it's a good move by Smith. England would probably have been expecting to field again after tea, so the Proteas skipper popping his head around the door to say "you have a go lads" might have come as a bit of a surprise.

  77.  
    DECLARATION- SOUTH AFRICA

    And England won't be getting any more wickets either, because Graeme Smith has decided enough's enough. South Africa declare on 637-2, a lead of 252. There's 43 overs remaining today, plus all day tomorrow for England to survive.

  78. 1549: 
    Commentary

    Thanks Marc, a stunning effort. How many wickets have England taken since I was last here?

  79.  
    Commentary

    England football manager Roy Hodgson on TMS: "I feel really sorry for the bowlers and fielders, the batsmen are playing so nicely. It's such a great experience to watch cricket from here, it's so different to watching it on the TV, which is what I usually do."

  80. 1541: 
    Commentary- SA 637-2

    The last over before lunch is delivered by Ravi, and Kallis and Amla continue on their merry way. The big question now is, when will they stick England in? I know of a perfect man to take you through the last session. He goes by the name of Stephan Shemilt - and he is back in the hot-seat. Over to you, mate.

  81. 1537: 
    Commentary- SA 632-2

    Jonathan Trott ambles up with all the enthusiasm of a man taking a Sunday afternoon trip to his mother-in-laws for tea. Out on the boundary, James Anderson shows his amazing fielding prowess with another fine stop. You can't keep the Burnley Express down for long.

  82. 1533: 
    Commentary- SA 626-2

    You sense the declaration is not too far away, because Kallis and Amla are in one-day mode now. There's a few wild shots being aimed at Bopara's tasty-looking bowling, before Kallis creams him through the covers for four. Seven from the over.

  83.   
    BBC Sport's Stephan ShemiltContributor

    "Rivalling that view from the top of the pavilion, though, is from the roof-top terrace on top of a block of flats just outside the ground. Peering over the OCS Stand, quite a large group have gathered there. Looks like a good spot for a barbecue."

  84. 1528: 
    Commentary- SA 619-2

    Like a prize-fighter who has been battered on the ropes for 12 rounds, England are wandering around a bit confused now. So much so, that Andrew Strauss has given Jonathan Trott a bowl. As we approach tea, Kallis is 170 not out and Amla is unbeaten on 306.

  85.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Neil ManthorpContributor

    "Hashim Amla is in such a zone; I'm not sure he's able to change gears. He's been on the freeway that crosses America; he's just approaching the east coast now."

  86. 1524: 
    Commentary- SA 612-2

    What a great moment. Amla's knock is the first triple century in England since Graham Gooch's 333 in 1990. However, Hashim is getting a bit weary now and he is dropped again. He hits one on the rise back at the bowler Ravi Bopara, who shells it.

  87. 1521: 
    Commentary- SA 605-2

    I believes that it's 24 hours since England last took a wicket. Amla advances to 299 and Kallis puts him back on strike straight away. There is a real sense of anticipation as Amla attempts to reach the landmark of 300. And he does it with a smash over extra-cover, which beats Ian Bell and goes for four.

  88. 1515: 
    Commentary- SA 599-2

    He is human after all! Amla tries to smear it over extra cover and narrowly avoids the fielder. He was nearly a goner there, three runs short of the magical 300. It was the shot of a tired man. Bopara is the bowler, and Kallis comes tearing down the pitch to try and smash him into the next county. Ravi sees him coming and pushes it a bit wider into the hands of Prior.

  89.   
    BBC Sport's Stephan ShemiltContributor

    "On my travels, I also explored the magnificent Oval pavilion. Climbing the stairs I was flanked by pictures of Surrey players through the ages, the Bedsers, Laker, Pocock and May to names I grew up with like Adam Hollioake and Alec Stewart. At the top is surely the best view in the entire ground - you feel as if you are almost sat right above the square."

  90. 1510: 
    Commentary- SA 596-2

    Jacques Kallis has got a licence to thrill, a licence to kill (England's spirit) as he smashes Bresnan for four. He's on 161 not out now - I bet he fancies a double-century himself.

  91.  
    jblackbird1Twitter

    Jack Blackbird on Twitter: "Best Test innings was Pietersen at The Oval in 2005. Summed up the whole summer."
     

    Andrew Manion on Twitter: "VVS Laxman against Australia in 2001. 281 when they were following on to go on and win against top bowling side."

    Alastair Tyson on Twitter: "Michael Clarke 329 not out against India this year - classy and showed his hunger for victory when he declared instead of going for 400."

  92.   
    BBC Sport's Stephan ShemiltContributor

    "Wandering around the ground I can tell you that there are a lot of spectators outside the stands finding alternative entertainment, more than on any other day in this Test so far. I also found that a bookmaker is offering odds of 8/1 for a wicket not to fall all day. They reckon Vernon Philander is 10/1 to take one..."

  93. 1506: 
    Commentary- SA 591-2

    Take that, Swanny - as Kallis opens his shoulders and smashes a six over deep midwicket and into the stands. By the way, I'd make sure you tune into TMS at tea, because Aggers is having a chat with England football manager Roy Hodgson.

  94.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "England have got lots of character and lots of fight; you don't get to number one in the world without that. I've no doubt they have the expertise to survive, but it will be tough. If they do see it out and get a draw, it will be a nipper."

  95. 1502: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SA 582-2

    "HOWZAT," scream 20,000 desperate people as Bresnan manages to beat Amla and rap him on the pads. It's pitching outside off, however, and Strauss is right not to refer it. The batsman then takes three to move to 293 not out.

  96. 1458: 
    150!- SA 579-2

    Kallis moves untroubled to 150, the 14th time he has reached the landmark - and second time against England. He has made it look so easy, the sign of a classy batsman.

  97.  
    Commentary

    Rev Weekes in Florida, TMS inbox: "Is this a record for number of runs scored in an innings without a six being scored?" We were hoping you would tell us that...

  98. 1454: 
    Commentary- SA 576-2

    There's no doubting that this has been a special knock by Amla, but what is the best innings you have ever seen? I'll kick us off by nominating Brian Lara's 153 not out against Australia at Bridgetown in 1999. He took everything Warne and McGrath could throw at him and won the game for his team. Two more runs to the score.

  99.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "I don't care what wicket you're on - it's pressure. It's hard batting last on a wearing pitch against an attack of Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Kallis and Tahir. You've seen it before, when a team bats last and tries to bat time, it's difficult. And England players like to score."

  100.  
    Twitter

    Jeet Vyas on Twitter: "Hashim Amla joins the legends of the game!"

  101.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "England have got to look at the positives. They got Petersen out on Friday, Smith out on Saturday, so they're due one today."

  102. 1447: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SA 574-2

    Amla and Kallis knock it around to add two more runs to the score, and it's time for a drink. A brief bit of respite for England.

  103.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Hashim Amla is due a new ball himself - he's batted for 80 overs now. He's heading for his triple century and I certainly wouldn't bet against him getting there."

  104.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "My word, England are struggling. Andrew Strauss is resorting to just taking some overs out of the day as he pretends to discuss some fielding positions. It doesn't matter who they put where."

  105. 1441: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    And there it is, Hashim Amla clips Tim Bresnan through mid-on for four and moves to 281 not out. That's the highest score by a South African in Test cricket. He looks delighted, and rightly so. It's been a remarkable innings of skill and endurance. He scores another five runs in the over to edge towards his next landmark - a triple-century.

  106. 1435: 
    Commentary- SA 562-2

    Hashim Amla moves to 277 - one short of the South African national record. I have to make a little apology - the record is actually currently held by AB de Villiers, who made 278 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

  107.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "The South Africans' powers of concentration are amazing - they just go on and on."

  108. 1431: 
    Commentary- SA 554-2

    Big Tim is running in for his 32nd over of the innings. The lad is struggling to get those joints loose, as he delivers at speeds of 76 and 77mph. If he looks up to his right, a couple of blokes are sat with their legs hanging out of their flat window from about five storeys up. They have got a great vantage point, as England change the ball because it has lost its shape. Aggers reckons the ball will take five wickets for 20. Wishful thinking, I suspect.

  109.  
    Commentary

    Mike Bell, TMS inbox: "How thoughtful of our lads to allow South Africa to bat all day again today. We can now concentrate on the Open and Bradley Wiggins."
     

  110. 1424: 
    Commentary- SA 549-2

    Anderson bowls five good deliveries at Amla but the one time his radar is off, he is punished with a trip to the boundary.

  111.  
    GriffithHarveyTwitter

    Harvey Griffith on Twitter: "Is it heresy to suggest Swann has done little to justify his Test place over the last 12 months?"

  112. 1420: 
    Commentary- SA 545-2

    When you are on 261 not out, you deserve a bit of luck - as Amla edges it down to third man for four. He's getting closer to that South African national record of 277, which was set by Graeme Smith at Edgbaston. That's about 253 more than my all-time best against Flowery Field thirds.

  113. 1414: 
    Commentary- SA 539-2

    Anderson slips a short one into Amla, who effortlessly pulls it for a single. Kallis steers one down to third man, where Bresnan and Trott get into a bit of a tangle. Trott loses his hat in the process. Get it back on, Jonathan - you need it in this weather, mate.

  114. 1410: 
    Commentary- SA 537-2

    England might be down, but they are not out yet. Hashim Amla smashes one in front of square, but Big Tim makes a diving stop on the boundary to save two runs.

  115.  
    SMS

    Ade, via text on 81111: "Anyone out there remember the time all those days ago when we were all looking forward to a titanic test match between the 2 best teams in the world? What happened to that then?"

  116. 1404: 
    Commentary- SA 532-2

    That's got the crowd going. Hashim Amla plays and misses as Anderson gets some bounce and a bit of subtle swing. Boycott reckons Jimmy has been England's best bowler, and it's hard to disagree. That's some compliment from a Yorkie to a Lanky. That sun is starting to beat down too. I reckon there will be some sunburn knocking around tonight. It happened to me once, at Headingley. I got home and put some moisturiser on, following some motherly advice, but little did I realise, after a couple of beers, that the brand I had dug out of the cupboard had a bronzing agent in it. My streaky face the next day made me a laughing stock in the office.

  117. 1401: 
    Commentary- SA 531-2

    Aww, that's a lovely touch. Kevin Pietersen has blown a kiss and waved in my direction. I'm not sure who it was directed at, in reality, but I'm guessing it was not for Hashim Amla. He must be sick of the sight of him. KP then takes time to sign a couple of autographs as Broad keeps it a bit tighter with the ball.

  118.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "There's been huge improvement in fielding in the last 20 years, everyone is expected to be a good fielder. I wasn't taught until I got into the England side but, at 23, it was too late for me to become exceptional, I just became competent."

  119. 1356: 
    Commentary- SA 531-2

    I bet Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott know what the Aussies went through at Brisbane when they racked up 517-1 now. It's tough work out there - especially when you stray on to Hashim Amla's pads and he clips you for four. That brings up his highest ever Test score. The man is a machine. I bet robots make more mistakes than him.

  120. 1351: 
    Commentary- SA 527-2

    He might only have a rabbit-like nibble for lunch, but Kallis is feasting on England's bowling instead. He crashes Broad through the covers three times - treating any width with disdain. That will soon take the shine off the new ball.

  121.  
    Twitter

    Felicity Thomas on Twitter: "I wanted to say something witty so that would publish it but I've got nothing. Nothing. A bit like these bowlers..."

  122. 1346: 
    NEW BALL- SA 515-2

    Come on Jimmy, do it for Burnley. He is given the new ball by Andrew Strauss - can he work some magic? He is certainly getting some nice shape with it, and one keeps low to test Kallis. One run from the over extends South Africa's lead to 130.

  123. 1340: 
    Commentary

    I wonder if Graeme Smith's thinking will be influenced by England's final-day survival in two Test matches on their tour to South Africa in 2009-10? Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions caused them plenty of frustration on that tour.

  124.  
    SMS

    Tim in Marlow, via text on 81111: "Do you think we can convince Graeme Smith that there can't be a positive result on this pitch and that he should just let Amla bat on until he passes Lara's 400 not out? Although the way he's going, that could still leave the whole of tomorrow to bowl at England."

  125. 1336: 
    Commentary

    Thanks Stephan, I'll let you go and work out how to grow some facial hair worthy of the Beard Liberation Front. Out in the middle, it seems there is little chance of England cutting Hashim Amla down to size. It's been a majestic innings so far. Can he reach 300 in the afternoon session? We'll soon find out.

  126. 1305: 
    Commentary

    I'm not sure how I can describe that session other than it was one of the most one-sided I've ever seen in Test cricket. The lunches of the two sides will taste very different. Speaking of lunch, I'm off for mine. Keep listening to TMS during the break as they talk fielding with Simon Hughes. When we return, Marc Higginson will talk you through the afternoon.

  127. 1301: 
    Commentary- SA 514-2

    Bopara bowls the last over of the session, another that has been full of misery for England. Both South Africans are dancing around the crease, moving to lunch with three singles. The players head for the dressing rooms, Amla getting a pat on the back from Andrew Strauss as he goes. England look broken.

  128.  
    Twitter

    Simon des Forges on Twitter: "Can you bowl Wiggo? We could use you in the cricket if you're not busy today."

  129.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Amla doesn't have the decency to look weary. He's just on sublime automatic pilot."

  130.  
    250!- HASHIM AMLA

    This is an ineffective I've seen Graeme Swann look for some time. Bowling around the wicket with a packed leg-side field, he goes wide, allowing Amla to cut for four. At the end of the over, a low full toss is driven for four to bring up Amla's 250. I can't remember a time in my life when he wasn't batting.

  131.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Neil ManthorpContributor

    "Some batsmen don't eat much at lunch when they are not out. Graeme Smith just has an energy drink, while Jacques Kallis says he eats like a rabbit."

  132. 1253: 
    Commentary- SA 501-2

    Still Bopara, still no new ball. Amla continues walking towards Bopara and shovels through mid-on for a couple, with a single to point taking him to 240. Looking around the England fielders, there are four with hands on hips, two with there hands behind their back, one (Pietersen) with his arms folded and one (Trott) digging a hole in the turf with his foot. Trott is awoken by a Kallis cover drive that screams away for four. 500 up.

  133. 1248: 
    Commentary- SA 494-2

    Kallis pokes, Amla cuts, South Africa take two singles from the over. Incidentally, the new ball was available, but England have decided against taking it.

  134.  
    selvecricketTwitter

    Dean Faccini on Twitter: "'Would a Mr Hashim Amla please report to reception, your car is being towed'. That's the only way we're going to get him out!"

  135. 1245: 
    Commentary- SA 492-2

    During the lunch break, TMS will be talking about fielding and the best fielders in the world. Surely no one will top Jonty Rhodes? Although Paul Collingwood might come close. Kallis flashes at Bopara, getting a thick edge for four. Almost a moral victory for the bowler. Almost. The Proteas are 107 in front.

  136. 1241: 
    Commentary- SA 485-2

    One positive for England is that the lack of threat currently being posed by Swann perhaps suggests that Imran Tahir may not be too dangerous tomorrow. Is that clutching at straws? Just one from the over, almost time for the third new ball.

  137.  
    Twitter

    Dan Gummer on Twitter: "Anyone else think that Hashim Amla looks like Nicholas Anelka with a beard?"

  138. 1238: 
    Commentary- SA 484-2

    Believe it or not, Bopara persuades Kallis to play and miss, albeit from a very expansive drive outside off stump. When Big Jacques rotates the strike, Amla continues to walk at Ravi, driving through the off side for a couple. I wonder if Matt Prior should try standing up to the stumps.

  139.  
    Commentary

    Orson in Istanbul, TMS inbox: "Rick and his mustard - I think it is quite right that it was confiscated. Any true patriotic civilised cricket supporter should have had good strong English mustard."

  140. 1235: 
    Commentary- SA 480-2

    Graeme Swann isn't looking much of a threat at the moment, the South Africa pair are picking him off through the leg side pretty easily. As I look down to my left, I can see a stunning array of hats being worn by spectators. Boaters galore.

  141.  
    Commentary

    Ian Morgan, TMS inbox: "As a suffering Worcestershire follower for some years, I was delighted to read of batsman Moeen Ali's match haul of 12 for 96 against Lancashire earlier this week. Can the panel suggest any similar, or better, match deeds by bearded bowlers in first-class cricket?"

  142. 1231: 
    Commentary- SA 477-2

    As Ravi Bopara replaces Tim Bresnan, Marc's beard musings have got me wondering. The BLF would be little use to me, I couldn't grow a beard even if I slept in compost. Am I missing out? Do bearded men get on in life? Has anyone ever benefitted from having a good beard? I want answers. Speaking of beards, Amla moves down the track to Bopara, gliding a drive past point for four.

  143.  
    Commentary

    BBC Sport's Marc Higginson: "Keith Flett's email about the Beard Liberation Front got me scurrying about for more information on this wonderful subject. Apparently, the BLF are 'committed to rescuing the beard from the unfashionable doldrums to which it has been condemned in these 'cool' so-called post-modern times.' Monty Panesar was the 2006 winner of the Beard of the Year award. What price Hashim getting the 2012 prize?"

  144. 1227: 
    Commentary- SA 471-2

    Now then, are South Africa about to accelerate? Amla dances down the track to Swann, lifting over mid-wicket for four. We haven't seen many shots like that over the past day and a half.

  145.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "That was a wonderful innings from Jacques Kallis, you just felt from the moment he walked out that he was on for something big. He doesn't have a great average in England, it was 29 before that innings, so it was about time he got three figures over here."

  146.  
    CENTURY- JACQUES KALLIS

    Kallis is greeted by a ring of seven men saving one - four on the off side, three on the leg. Bresnan is straight at first, but then gives some width, allowing Kallis to guide to third man for four and his 43rd Test ton. He removes his helmet and lifts his arms high and, in a nice touch, he points to his left eye in tribute to his mate Mark Boucher.

  147. 1218: 
    Commentary- SA 457-2

    It's spin for the first time today, with Graeme Swann joining the attack. Amla is not distracted by yet another plane flying overhead, driving through cover for four, then taking one to bring Kallis on strike, two away from a ton. He dabs for one, and will have strike on 99 in the next over.

  148.  
    SMS

    Rick via text on 81111: "The guy behind me is outraged that he had his Dijon mustard confiscated on entry to The Oval. Is this the end of civilised society as we know it?"

  149. 1214: 
    Commentary- SA 449-2

    Amla guides Bresnan through the vacant third-man area for four, then calls Kallis through for a sharp single. Ian Bell's throw hits the stumps as Kallis stretches for his ground. England celebrate, but replays show Kallis is home. When you're struggling as much as England are, you have to revel in the small victories. Now it's Kallis's turn to dab to third man, moving to 98. The Proteas lead by 64.

  150. 1209: 
    Commentary- SA 440-2

    It's still Broad after drinks, running in as another aeroplane casts a huge shadow over the ground. It's such a clear day, as I look towards Archbishop Tenison's School to my right, I can see way off into the distance. Being from Stoke, I can't tell you which part of London it is on the horizon. Amla takes a single on the off side.

  151. 1201: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SA 439-2

    Tim Bresnan replaces Anderson at the Pavilion End, but is greeted by the most attractive cover drive from Kallis that runs away for four. That's a thing of beauty, the Kylie Minogue of cricket strokes.The sight of two chaps in bright yellow bibs carrying cool bags tells me it's time for drinks.

  152.  
    Twitter

    Joe Haining on Twitter: "Worst fancy dress I've seen at  the cricket was a guy wearing a big piece of carpet like a stiff poncho with 'Carpetman' scribbled on the front."

  153.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "Jacques Kallis has got more wickets than any of the England bowlers. Throw in 12,000 runs and you have got a useful player. Yep, I rate him."

  154. 1156: 
    Commentary- SA 434-2

    The wind has really got up now, the flags over the OCS Stand are waving pretty violently. Broad serves up a good over, he's taken the pace off the ball slightly and keeps a decent line to Kallis. It has to be said though, England do not look like taking a wicket.

  155.  
    Commentary

    Keith Flett, TMS inbox: "The Beard Liberation Front says Hashim Amla's double century at the Oval will be celebrated with a pre-Olympic beard waggle at midday today. BLF Organiser Keith Flett said Amla's 200 is proof that beards and batting go together."

  156. 1152: 
    Commentary- SA 434-2

    Shot lad. Amla goes back and forces Anderson through the covers, but it's only a single as England have a sweeper on the boundary. One for Kallis to square leg takes him to 90.

  157.  
    SMS

    Jim from Cambridge, via text on 81111: "England have lacked invention. Where's the slower balls, the yorkers, even the odd full toss to earn or even buy a wicket? England's Test bowling could learn a lot from the one-day side."

  158.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "I think Amla has time to get 300, I don't think South Africa will declare before tea."

  159. 1148: 
    Commentary- SA 432-2

    More from Broad, with Amla turning to mid-wicket for a couple. Kevin Pietersen chases after that with all the enthusiasm of a darts player running for a salad.

  160.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Neil ManthorpContributor

    "Graeme Smith loathes the 10 minutes between innings rule, and he presumes other openers do too. So, I expect he will bat for a very short time after tea so it disrupts Strauss and Cook."

  161.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "England will be up for the fight later on. The openers will be getting ready for it already. The only pressure will be the situation, because if you lose a couple of wickets you get Pietersen in, who sometimes does something stupid, and Ravi Bopara."

  162. 1144: 
    Commentary- SA 429-2

    Kallis has been more sedate than Amla this morning and plays defensively to Anderson. As he does, an aeroplane flies over The Oval, casting a huge shadow. Makes me think it must have been a bit low.

  163.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "Everyone is on their feet for Hashim Amla, and rightly so. He really has come of age."

  164.  
    DOUBLE CENTURY- 200 FOR HASHIM AMLA

    Indeed it is Broad replacing Bresnan down below me at the Vauxhall End. When Kallis takes a single, Amla drives through the covers for three to bring up his double century. The Oval crowd stands to salute a smooth, silky and wristy knock. He removes his helmet and looks to the sky, that's his second Test double ton. Well played sir.

  165.  
    SMS

    Jon in Eastleigh, via text on 81111: "Come on England. I'm sat in a room with my fiance, her bridesmaid, and three generations of female relatives and I need some relief from endless bridesmaid discussions."

  166.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "My specialist fielding position was 'over there'. You can concentrate for an hour, nothing happens and then you catch the eye of someone in the crowd, turn to give them a wink, and the ball comes racing towards you."

  167. 1134: 
    Commentary- SA 424-2

    In response to Michael's text below, maybe we could have a designated stand for those in fancy dress? Going by this Test, we would have Bananaman sat next to Team Sky, then Scooby Doo and a parrot. Also, if you sat there in your normal clothes, you'd have to put up with people asking you "where's your costume?". As Stuart Broad loosens up, Amla takes Anderson for two twos to move to 198.

  168.  
    Commentary

    Michael Bates, TMS inbox: "I went to the Saturday of the Edgbaston Test and sat with all these fancy dress men. The so-called Men of Harlech. They are a complete distraction all day. Ruined my rare day to watch a Test. I would have to think twice about going to a Test again. Have to pay more to sit somewhere else or become a member. Sorry if this appears to be a spoil sport. I wonder what other people think?"

  169. 1130: 
    Commentary- SA 419-2

    Apparently, Tim Bresnan's cricketing hero is Jacques Kallis. When Kallis was told this, he asked "how old is he?". Kallis, facing Bresnan, gets a leg bye, then Amla ducks under a bumper.

  170.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "England have been a bit too steady this morning - why not try something different?"

  171. 1126: 
    Commentary- SA 418-2

    The Oval crowd is humming the hum that only a Test-match crowd can produce in sun so bright it is reflecting off the advertising boards. Amla opens the face and guides Anderson to third man for a couple.

  172.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "What is harder? 200 overs in the field or a stage on the Tour de France?

  173. 1123: 
    Commentary- SA 416-2

    Ah, now this is the closest England have come to taking a wicket for a while. Amla is a little lazy in defence, inside edging Bresnan, and is lucky that the ball doesn't cannon into his stumps.

  174.  
    SMS

    Dave in London, via text on 81111: "Just a quick heads up for the rest of the series: in every form of the game, Graeme Smith has only scored centuries in pairs against England (never a hundred vs any other team in between). Suggests that Jimmy and co. may have more days like yesterday to come."

  175. 1119: 
    Commentary- SA 414-2

    Is that a hint, just the tiniest hint, of a reverse swing from Anderson? Hard to tell. Kallis takes two to deep square leg, then pinches the strike with a single to cover. England haven't beaten the bat yet today.

  176.  
    SMS

    Mike in Tolworth, via text on 81111: "Have been looking up highest individual runs scored in preparation for huge total from Mr Amla - bit of a way to go yet to reach Brian Lara (375 & 400 no)? And why were these scored against England I wonder? Hmmm! Omens not good! Come on England! Stop it now!"

  177. 1114: 
    Commentary- SA 411-2

    The TMS crew are wondering how many miles Jonathan Trott must cover in the field. He spent most of yesterday on the boundary - fine leg, third man, right-hander, left-hander, deep point, deep square leg. Anyone who has played the game will have had days like those. Bresnan gets too straight to Amla, who flicks to fine leg for four. He's 191 not out, the highest score by a South African at The Oval.

  178.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "I've had mornings like this, where you have got one wicket on the previous day and the coaches are trying to gee you up but you know in the pit of your stomach that it could be another long day."

  179. 1111: 
    Commentary- SA 405-2

    I reckon the stands are filling up slower today than any of the previous three - Sunday is a day of rest, after all. Amla takes a single to deep point, then Kallis is watchful in defence. Only two runs off three overs so far today.

  180. 1107: 
    Commentary- SA 404-2

    It will be Tim Bresnan, who didn't bowl until after Ravi Bopara yesterday, starting things off from this Vauxhall End. Hashim Amla, 183 not out, scores the first run of the day by taking a single to mid-wicket. How many times did he do that yesterday?

  181.  
    Twitter

    Oliver Jones on Twitter: "Think De Villiers will be key for result today. Counter-attacking 50, then standing up to Tahir last 10 overs of day."

    Hamza Bhatti on Twitter: "Amla was clean shaven when he started this innings."

  182. 1103: 
    Commentary- SA 403-2

    Anderson starts with two slips and a straight mid-wicket that's been employed by both sides almost throughout the whole match. The Lancashire pacer is on the money, but there's not much movement. A maiden.

  183.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Shaun PollockContributor

    "Kallis and Amla need to put on 70 together, then the lads behind them can come in and be aggressive and build a lead of 200. They will probably want to be 260 in front and then they can bowl at England in the final session."

  184. 1100: 
    Commentary

    "Bring me my chariot of fire" - the words of Jerusalem. Andrew Strauss wouldn't mind a chariot of fire following behind as he leads his England team out to warm applause. James Anderson has the ball at the Pavilion End, Jacques Kallis, who moved to 82 with all the ease of a man having a net yesterday, is on strike.

  185.  
    Twitter

    Adam Philps on Twitter: "And England have brought Andrew Flintoff into the attack to try and break up this South African partnership! Then I woke up."

  186.  
    Commentary

    Will in France, TMS inbox: "If South Africa want to force a result (bat for 2 sessions & get a good lead, then put England in for final 4) they'll have to up the run-rate. Could open the door for wickets! A fine line to tread."

  187.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "Hashim Amla is one of those players that likes to bat and bat, a bit like Jonathan Trott. Once he gets in, he's hard to get out."

  188. 1057: 
    Commentary

    It's a proper sunburn day at The Oval, plenty of the hot stuff, but enough breeze so that you wouldn't notice your forehead gradually turning beetroot. Slip, slap, slop. I'm not just a text commentator, I care about your wellbeing too.

  189.  
    SMS

    Rick in Greenwich, via text on 81111: "One possible thing to look forward to today - 229 is the lowest score never scored in a Test. Could Amla become the first man to get this elusive score?"

  190.   
    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "The pitch is drier than it was yesterday, the footmarks are getting bigger and I think this is Imran Tahir's time. England won't skittle South Africa today, and they will end up having to bat four sessions to save the game. That will be difficult against the South African attack."

  191. 1051: 
    Commentary

    James Anderson and Stuart Broad have wandered out in their whites to get loose. On the way, they walked past TV broadcasters Sir Ian Botham, Michael Holding, Shaun Pollock and Shane Warne. I reckon even that legendary quartet would have struggled on this track. The Oval wicket is flatter than a sumo wrestler's airbed.

  192. 1045: 
    Commentary

    As I peer out onto The Oval, the nets, where South Africa have been having a hit, are being taken down, while what looks like the England 12th man does some fielding drills in the distance. The flags on the OCS Stand to my left are fluttering, there's a bit of a breeze. Below, Michael Vaughan, wearing a pair of white trousers, prepares to do his opening hit on TMS.

  193.  
    Commentary

    England bowler Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Tough day at the office on a sub-continent type wicket. No pace in it at all but we kept plugging away. Bring back the old Oval wicket. Amla and Smith played brilliantly too. Credit where credit is due."

  194.  
    Twitter

    Adam Butler on Twitter: "Bet on England to win the first Test. Optimistic."

  195. 1040: 
    Commentary

    So, are England in for more punishment today, or will they be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat? Will South Africa continue to pile on the runs or will they fold faster than Superman on laundry day? You know the drill by now - tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, email tms@bbc.co.uk (with 'For Stephan Shemilt' in the subject), or text 81111. Get your names on the texts though, otherwise they will be as useless as a slip fielder at The Oval.

  196. 1038: 
    THE SUN IS OUT

    England have got another problem too. In this summer when even a glimpse of warmth has been as rare as an honest banker, you'd think everyone would be pleased to see the sun with his hat on. Trouble is, the sunshine has made The Oval a bowler's graveyard, and it's already hotting up in London. 

  197. 1036: 
    Commentary

    Yep, the chances are that England's headache will still be pounding away on Monday morning, when work begins all over again...

  198. 1034: 
    Commentary

    And it's not as if Strauss can write off his Sunday lying on the settee watching Friends on the telly. The chances are that he's in for more punishment, like going to a barbecue at the house of someone from work who you don't really like, then being made to drink again by that bloke from accounts who won't take "no" for an answer.

  199. 1032: 
    Commentary

    At least, that's how I imagine England are feeling this morning, almost as if Andrew Strauss woke up with a shopping trolley and a traffic cone at the end of his bed and said "what happened yesterday?"

  200. 1030: 
    Commentary

    It's Sunday morning and you've got a hangover. A big hangover. Almost as if you went out for a few drinks on Friday evening and somehow managed to turn Saturday into a horrible blur.

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Live Scores - England v S Africa

 

  • South Africa beat England by an innings and 12 runs
  • England: 385 & 240 (97.0 overs)
  • S Africa: 637-2 (189.0 overs)
  • Venue: The Oval

England 2nd Innings

All out
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Strauss c Philander b Tahir 27
Cook c de Villiers b Philander 0
Trott c de Villiers b Steyn 10
Pietersen b M Morkel 16
Bell c Kallis b Steyn 55
Bopara b Steyn 22
Prior c Kallis b Tahir 40
Bresnan not out 20
Broad c de Villiers b Steyn 0
Swann c Petersen b Steyn 7
Anderson lbw b Tahir 4
Extras 12nb 1w 11b 15lb 39
Total all out 240