Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Batting collapse a timely reminder for England - Morgan

Batting collapse a timely reminder for England - Morgan

There was a wobble when South Africa lost three wickets for just six runs before JP Duminy (28*), allowed some time at the crease, and De Villiers (27*) applied the finishing touches.

The Lords pitch provided some assistance to the South African bowlers, but the England batsmen failed to show any application as they provided catching practice to the South African cordon.

"South Africa bowled beautifully and they did not give us anything to hit, and if we did hit it we managed to nick it".

Things might have been far worse for the hosts considering they were six down inside the first five overs.

The Middlesex paceman responded on his home ground with a battling 37 not out from number nine but still then had precious little to bowl at as Hashim Amla (55) kickstarted the untaxing chase, earning his 50 off just 51 balls.

Jonny Bairstow (51) offered some resistance but England were bowled out for 153 with 18.5 overs remaining.

SEAMERS Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell wreaked early havoc to set the platform for an easy South African victory in the third and final one-day cricket global against England at Lord's on Monday.

England, who are hosting the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, are being hailed as pre-tournament favourites and their performance in the first two matches of the ongoing series have done no harm to their reputation.

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But a victory in the Champions Trophy, also in England, would go a long way to relieving the pressure that has built on South African teams during 19 years of near-misses and outright failures in global events - pressure that has seen South Africa labelled "chokers" due to their tendency to perform well in limited overs cricket but crumble in one-off knockout games.

They might even be the most exciting team to watch in the tournament; has that ever been the case with an England ODI side?

"We should have done better than we did but a 2-1 series over South Africa, we'll take that every day".

England were immediately up against it as Rabada and Parnell exploited conditions expertly with the new ball, and counter-attacking intent backfired alarmingly.

England captain Eoin Morgan said his side had learned a lesson "with bat and ball" after their seven-wicket defeat by South Africa at Lord's.

Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid fell to consecutive deliveries by Rabada in the fifth over - both to catches by Faf du Plessis at second slip - but Bairstow survived the hat-trick ball.

England had a brief flicker of hope as Ball forced Du Plessis to edge behind, but unlike the hosts, South Africa weathered the storm. And with Bairstow continuing his fine run of form with another half-century - his third in his four most recent ODI innings - there might be a temptation to bring him into the side in place of Roy.

Roland-Jones struck five fours but the damage had long since been done.

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