England hanging on in third Test

England hanging on in third Test
© PA Photos
England need 125 runs to retain their number one status in the Test rankings at the expense of South Africa.

England require 125 runs to claim the victory from the third Test encounter against South Africa at Lord's this afternoon.

However, they have just three wickets remaining as their grip on top spot in the world rankings appears to be loosening.

Jonny Bairstow was the first go in the afternoon session when he was bowled by Imran Tahir for 54 runs.

Jonathan Trott soon followed Bairstow back to the pavilion when he was caught by Jacques Kallis with 63 runs to his name.

That brought Matt Prior and Stuart Broad to the crease and both went about hitting numerous boundaries, frustrating the South African bowling attack in the process.

Broad was eventually dismissed for 37 runs when he was caught in the deep by Hashim Amla. Prior remains unbeaten on 35, alongside Graeme Swann with 12 as England closed for tea on 221-7.

Defeat for the home side will see them lose the three-match series 2-0.

Jonny Bairstow
Read Next:
Bairstow keeps England's hopes alive
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account