Cricket News sort by South Africa tour of England - 2012

Lord’s it is then that will officially decide which is the best team in the world. South Africa only need to secure a draw to claim the crown whereas England will have to find a way to upset the Proteas if they are to retain the number one ranking. In short, there will be everything to play for, for both teams at Lord’s.

South Africa tour of England(Basil D'Oliveira Trophy) 2012, 3rd Test Squad, Live Score: England Vs South Africa(Eng v SA) at Lord's, Aug 16-20, 2012. Match scheduled start at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT, 3:30 PM IST, 3:00 PM PKT).

England took a bold step by omitting Kevin Pietersen for the Third Investec Test against South Africa at Lord’s. Pietersen has got himself into smashing form scoring 149 in the Second Test at Headingley.

The English cricket team may not have managed to register a comeback win in the second Test at Headingley, Leeds. However, they did well enough to ensure that they get a chance to draw the series that has been billed as the battle of the two best sides in Test cricket at present.

The Second Test at Headingley ended in a draw as expected but both the teams had to work extremely hard on the final day. It was just a long day at Headingley with play getting extended by nearly one and a half hours from the scheduled close.

The Second Test at Headingley is certainly heading towards a draw as there was little action that was possible on the penultimate day because of heavy showers on two occasions. South Africa were battling hard against the new ball at 39 for no loss in 17 overs before rain had the last laugh wiping out part of the afternoon session and the entire final session.

Kevin Pietersen produced one of the best knocks in the history of Test Cricket as England finished the third day’s play at Headingley with a deficit of 68 runs with five wickets in hand.

Going into theHeadingey Test, South African opener Alviro Petersen was the player under extreme pressure from the Proteas camp. The others who batted at Leeds got score of 131, 311 and 182. Even going into this series, Petersen’s place in the squad wasn’t certain.

Bad light and rain brought an abrupt end to the proceedings on Day 2 in the Headingley Test with England off to a solid start in reply to South Africa’s 419. England were well placed at 48 for no loss after surviving 18 overs before play was suspended due to bad light.