Bairstow behind England ballast
Jonny Bairstow announced himself in the Test arena with an unbeaten maiden fifty that aided England’s recovery on what became a gloriously sunny day two of their must-win Test with South Africa at Lord’s.
Bairstow, playing his fourth Test, came in with England in trouble at 54 for four - a position the Proteas had been in yesterday and rallied from to reach 309 all out - and put on a restorative 124 with Ian Bell.
The fifth-wicket duo survived an attritional afternoon session to make half-centuries, which had a similar effect to the tourists’ three consecutive middle-order fifty partnerships.
Vernon Philander’s economy was rewarded when he had Bell caught at gully for 58, but Bairstow went on to close on an assured 72 of 208 for five alongside Matt Prior.
Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn shared the other England wickets, Morkel removing Andrew Strauss and James Taylor either side of Steyn snaring Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook in consecutive overs.
South Africa, 262 for seven overnight, were bowled out midway through the morning session after Philander’s maiden Test half-century helped them pass 300. His 61 was the Proteas’ joint top score.
Steven Finn added one wicket today for figures of 4-75 and James Anderson was unfortunate to only make three breakthroughs. Wicketkeeper Prior affected six dismissals.
6:34pm - STUMPS: Eng 208/5; Bairstow 72 Prior 22 - Kallis and Steyn bowl the last two overs of the day, Prior flicking the latter for four to fine-leg in an otherwise impressive set of six.
6:23pm - Steyn loses hold of the ball shortly before bowling to Bairstow, who clips the next legitimate delivery through midwicket for two to take England to 201.
6:18pm - Morkel delivers a maiden to Bairstow. With 6:30pm the cut-off, it looks as if there will not be a full allocation of overs bowled today.
6:04pm - Steyn, back in the attack in place of Philander whose spell was 5-2-8-1, almost bowls Bairstow with a beauty that was a hair’s breadth from off stump. Morkel delivers a similar ball to Prior in the next over. Prior responds with four through point.
5:57pm - With a maximum of 10 overs to go today, Prior drives Morkel - who has replaced Tahir at the Nursery End - off the back foot for four.
5:51pm - Matt Prior gets going by playing Tahir to deep point for two. England need a good knock from him here.
5:45pm - WICKET! Bell c Petersen b Philander 58; Eng 178/5 - Philander is rewarded for a fine over when Bell edges to gully, ending a stand worth 124 with Bairstow in a wicket-maiden.
5:37pm - Bairstow breaks a quiet spell of play by cutting Philander, bowling from the Pavilion End, in front of square for four. Bell soon flicks Tahir to the square-leg rope.
5:23pm - FIFTY! Bell (133b 6x4 0x6) - The right-hander ushers Kallis behind point for four to reach his landmark.
5:17pm - Bell guides Jacques Kallis, who has replaced Tahir at the Nursery End, for four behind backward point.
5:11pm - FIFTY! Bairstow (86b 8x4 0x6) and CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - The right-hander gets a thick edge off Morkel for four between second slip and gully to take him to a maiden Test half-century and England beyond 150. His three to midwicket later in the over brings up the hundred stand.
5pm - Bell plays and misses at a short and wide Morkel delivery, which swings after beating the bat and de Villiers has to dive spectacularly to his right to take the ball one-handed. The drinks break follows the over.
4:53pm - Bell is fortunate to survive on 40 when he tries to leave Morkel’s short delivery only to send it looping over the slips and gully.
4:47pm - Bairstow advances to Tahir and checks his shot in dragging the leg-spinner to midwicket rope. Later in the over, which costs 13, he picks up two much more convincing fours to leg.
4:42pm - South Africa have successfully requested a change of ball, which Morkel makes first use of in place of Steyn in the attack. His first delivery is a brute, bouncing towards Bell’s throat but to no avail en route to a maiden.
4:37pm - Bell cutely sweeps Tahir for two and immediately goes aerially down the ground for four, not getting as much elevation as he aimed for but staying clear of mid-off.
4:30pm - Tahir sends down a maiden to Bairstow as England continue at around 2.5 runs per over.
4:22pm - Tahir takes over from Morkel and, in the next over, Bell guides Steyn for four past the slips.
4:16pm - Comical scenes in the middle! A pigeon was loitering in front of the slips and, as soon as Bell nudged Steyn to cover, wicketkeeper AB de Villiers went to shoo the bird only for Jacques Rudolph to throw to the stumps where de Villiers should have been, allowing England to take a single. Bell drives a four later in the over to herald the fifty partnership.
4:14pm - Bairstow, who scored a century for England Lions last week, confidently pulls Morkel for four.
4:06pm - Dale Steyn continues from the Pavilion End, bowling round the wicket to Jonny Bairstow.
4:02pm - Morne Morkel begins the evening session from the Nursery End with a maiden over to Ian Bell. Lord’s is bathed in glorious sunshine.
3:41pm - TEA; Eng 94/4 Bell 20 Bairstow 19 - Brilliant fielding by Tahir at fine-leg denies Bairstow a boundary as his stand with Bell reaches 40 by the interval.
3:37pm - Tahir briskly gets through a maiden to Bell, allowing Steyn one more over before tea.
3:32pm - With tea approaching, Steyn replaces Philander but fails to trouble the batsmen who look to be playing for the interval.
3:21pm - Bairstow drives Tahir just short of cover and immediately follows up with a classy cover-driven four.
3:14pm - REVIEW - Tahir’s lbw appeal against Bell is declined, but Smith wants another look. Replays show enough doubt to uphold the original decision. The ball was probably turning to miss off stump.
3:12pm - Bell and Bairstow are continuing to establish themselves as Grame Smith makes a double bowling change. Philander takes over from Morkel at the Pavilion End and leg-spinner Imran Tahir replaces Kallis.
3pm - Bell relieves some of the pressure with a three and four off Kallis. Bairstow edges Morkel for his first boundary, low past second slip, and gets another in the over with a clip through midwicket.
2:53pm - Kallis and Morkel, the latter bowling with great pace, keep the pressure on with back-to-back maidens. Bairstow and Bell must survive this tough period.
2:42pm - Jonny Bairstow’s first delivery is a Morkel full-toss no-ball that the right-hander plays to short-leg. He then survives a barrage of short balls.
2:39pm - WICKET! Taylor c Smith b Morkel 10; Eng 54/4 - Morkel finds the right-hander’s edge and Graeme Smith holds a low catch. The umpires check for a no-ball, but it is a legitimate delivery and Taylor is on his way. England are in the same position South Africa were. Can they respond as impressively?
2:35pm - Morkel replaces Steyn and Kallis’ second over is a maiden to Bell.
2:25pm - Steyn delivers a maiden to Bell before Kallis replaces Philander from the Nursery End. His first ball is a real loosener that barely hits the cut strip.
2:17pm - Bell’s single to cover off Philander takes England to 50. They are looking for a recovery similar to South Africa’s from 54 for four.
2:13pm - Following Philander’s maiden to Ian Bell, Taylor edges Steyn over the slips for a fortuitous four but cuts an authoritative boundary later in the over.
2:02pm - WICKET! Cook c Kallis b Steyn 7; Eng 39/3 - Cook plays away from his body and gets a toe-end, which flies to Jacques Kallis’ left at second slip. Kallis is distracted by Alviro Petersen at third slip, but holds an excellent catch. England are in a spot of bother here.
1:54pm - WICKET! Trott lbw b Steyn 8; Eng 38/2 - Trott drives Steyn through the vacant covers for four but is then struck on the pad. Graeme Smith belatedly reviews and replays show the ball hitting middle and leg. Ian Bell gets off the mark first ball with a single to midwicket.
1:46pm - Vernon Philander replaces Morkel and has a close lbw shout against Cook turned down. The ball was going just down leg and South Africa did not review.
1:42pm - Dale Steyn continues from the Pavilion End and Alastair Cook gets a single to cover, his first run for 22 balls. Trott opens his account later in the over with a four off his hip to square-leg.
1:39pm - Morne Morkel completes his over, a wicket-maiden, to new batsman Jonathan Trott.
12:59pm - WICKET! Strauss b Morkel 20; Eng 29/1 - Morkel sneaks one between bat and pad to clip the top of middle stump. The breakthrough heralds lunch with Cook unbeaten on six.
12:52pm - Steyn is into the attack from the Pavilion End, but the International Cricket Council's top-ranked Test bowler cannot break through in what will be his only over before lunch.
12:49pm - Morkel beats Strauss’ inside edge and the ball brushes the thigh pad en route to de Villiers. There is not much of an appeal, nor a review. Strauss takes one on the body later in the over, but relieves any pressure with three to midwicket.
12:42pm - Morkel is tying Alastair Cook down from the Nursery End, getting good bounce through to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.
12:32pm - Strauss clips to leg for four off Morkel, who responds by beating the left-hander’s outside edge. Much of the early cloud cover has gone so there is a fair bit of blue sky over the home of cricket now.
12:30pm - There are many well-known people in the Lord’s media centre during a Test here, but a true legend has today taken a seat immediately to my right: former Australia captain and popular commentator, presenter and writer Richie Benaud.
12:19pm - Philander’s first delivery is on Strauss’ pads and the left-hander clips him for four. Next ball Strauss drives him through the covers for three. Cook edges Philander just short and wide of third slip for four to get going and 13 come from the over.
12:14pm - Andrew Strauss gets off the mark first ball by glancing Morkel for a single to leg. Bowling from round the wicket, Morkel beats Alastair Cook’s outside edge from his first ball. Cook plays out the rest of the over.
South Africa innings
12:04pm - WICKET! Philander st Prior b Swann 61; SA 309 all out - Swann beats Philander in the flight and Prior has his sixth dismissal of the innings.
11:58am - WICKET! Morkel c Prior b Finn 25; SA 307/9 - Finn takes over from Anderson and, having strayed onto Morkel’s legs to go for four, takes the left-hander’s edge and Prior holds a stunning one-handed catch low in front of first slip.
11:53am - Morkel clips Swann to leg for three to herald South Africa’s 300 - an impressive recovery from 54 for four.
11:48am - Anderson is steaming in from around the wicket to Morkel with four slips, a gully and backward point waiting for an edge. He switches to over the wicket for the right-handed Philander.
11:44am - Graeme Swann replaces Broad from the Nursery End, beginning with a tidy over.
11:39am - Morkel continues to attack and is lucky to survive when he plays aerially between gully and point for four.
11:36am - Broad troubles Morkel with a short delivery, but the batsman responds by lifting him down the ground for four.
11:32am - Philander produces a textbook straight drive for four off Anderson and then an ungainly play and miss, but he takes a single to keep the strike.
11:28am - FIFTY! Philander (75b 5x4 0x6) - The right-hander pulls Broad to fine-leg for a single that takes him to a maiden Test half-century, which is helping South Africa towards the 300-mark that JP Duminy said they wanted when he spoke to the media after play yesterday.
11:23am - New batsman Morne Morkel, who got off the mark at the end of Broad’s wicket-taking over, steers Anderson through the catching cordon for four. Anderson switches to bowl around the wicket and beats the left-hander’s outside edge.
11:18am - WICKET! Steyn c Swann b Broad 26; SA 270/8 - Anderson and Broad are keeping run-scoring to a premium with a ball little more than 10 overs old. Broad seams one away to comfortably beat Steyn’s outside edge and, next delivery, the right-hander chases one only to edge to Graeme Swann, who comfortably holds on at second slip.
11:06am - Stuart Broad replaces Finn and Steyn, who had treatment on his struck hand between overs, edges between third slip and gully for four.
11:02am - James Anderson continues from the Pavilion End and Vernon Philander scores the first run of the day, a single to leg. Steyn, who took a blow from Finn in the last over yesterday, takes another - on his non-bowling hand. The physiotherapist comes on, but Steyn says he does not need treatment.
11:01am - Steven Finn bowls the last two balls of his unfinished over from yesterday and Dale Steyn defends both.
11am - The players are out in the middle and ready to go. Jamaica sprinter Yohan Blake rang the pavilion bell yesterday and today that honour went to Great Britain shooter Peter Wilson, who won the double trap Olympic gold.
10:53am - Almost ready to go then. Finn has an over to complete from the Nursery End; he struck Dale Steyn on the body with a bouncer last night, which prompted the umpires to bring the teams off due to bad light.
10:45am - Finn was certainly satisfied with England’s opening-day efforts and admitted it was not a bad toss for Andrew Strauss to lose in his 100th Test. You can read the Middlesex seamer’s thoughts, together with those of Duminy, here.
10:35am - After winning the toss, South Africa found themselves in deep trouble yesterday when Steven Finn’s triple strike left them four down before lunch. Healthy contributions from Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy and Vernon Philander, who will resume on 46, saw them reach the close on 262 for seven, but England would still appear to hold the upper hand.
10:25am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live coverage of the third and final Investec Test at Lord’s. There are a few clouds around this morning, but hopefully the second day’s play will begin on time at 11am. After claiming seven South Africa wickets yesterday, England will be hoping to bring their opponents’ first innings to a swift end.