Updated: 04/09/2012 12:28 | By pa.press.net

England ease to Lord's victory



Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter embraec after guiding England to victory over South Africa.

Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter embraec after guiding England to victory over South Africa.

Ian Bell did the steering as England coasted to an emphatic six-wicket win over South Africa at Lord's to take a 2-1 NatWest Series lead.

Alastair Cook's team therefore cannot lose this one-day international contest between the world's top two teams, with just one match left to play at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Bell (88) and Jonathan Trott (48) overcame Cook's own early departure, in pursuit of 220 for eight after England's bowlers had given the hosts an obvious chance of a successful run chase. Ultimately, it was achieved in routine circumstances - with more than three overs to spare - thanks principally to Bell, who shared a second-wicket stand of 141 with Trott.

The latter defied the pain of an injury to his right hand, suffered when Dale Steyn hit him with a short ball and which will necessitate an x-ray on Monday.

Steyn was also Cook's downfall, the England captain taking his sequence of innings without a half-century - in Tests and ODIs - to nine when he was lbw in the first over to a good delivery which came back up the slope to beat his forward-defence.

Bell was already well-past his 88-ball 50 when he had his one moment of fortune, dropped by Robin Peterson above his head at mid-on off Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Even though Trott went soon afterwards, lbw on DRS when he missed a sweep at Dean Elgar's slow left-arm, England stayed in a comfort zone.

Ravi Bopara failed with the bat for the second successive match, driving loosely at Ryan McLaren and edging behind. But if there were any fleeting nerves, they were duly settled by the in-form Eoin Morgan (36 not out) and Craig Kieswetter (21no) , who finished the job by clubbing Steyn for a dismissive six off over long-off - after Bell had fallen short of a third ODI hundred when he was athletically caught-behind by AB de Villiers off South Africa's pace spearhead.

As in England's series-levelling victory at The Oval two days ago, it was off-spinner James Tredwell (three for 35) and all-rounder Bopara (2 for 34) who were among their most effective bowlers on a pitch offering turn and occasional variable bounce.

A 10.15am start increased the significance of the toss on a day which would prove persistently cloudy, and South Africa openers Hashim Amla (45) and Graeme Smith (29) were required to be conservative. After three wickets then fell for the addition of only 15 runs in the middle overs, more caution was necessary for the tourists from 115 for four in the 29th.

Amla was yet again the scourge of England's bowlers, and fielders, on his way to South Africa's modest top score of 45. England dropped the prolific batsman for the sixth time this summer, on four, when Tredwell failed to hang on to a sharp chance away to his right at second slip off Steven Finn but Bopara bowled the opener, who was the only Proteas batsman to score over 40.

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02/09/2012 22:23
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Bell should be captain. Strauss resigned for the same reason that Cook should not have been offered the job as his replacement, he was an opening batsmen who didn't score runs. Cook is taking the place of someone who might post a score of more than single figures. He should step aside and sort his game out. Only in form players should start for their country 
02/09/2012 21:25
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I'd rather watch paint dry, far more entertaining, call this sport (ONLY for people with an iq of ZERO)!!!!
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