South Africa looking to upstage England at Lords

Updated: August 15, 2012

Over the last few weeks Lords cricket ground has played host to Archery and the Olympics. Tomorrow it resumes normal service as the home of cricket in the third and final Test, that will not only decide the fate of the series but also the fate of England as the number 1 ranked side on the ICC Test rankings.

The visiting Proteas have a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series and will be in no mood to relinquish that. Unbeaten home and away over the last 6 years, South Africa come into the Lords Test packed with quality with both bat and ball  and in Jacques Kallis they posses statistically the greatest all rounder in the history of the sport. With a series average so far of 114 Kallis will be looking to get his name on the board at Lords with his 44th Test century.

Hashim Amla set a new individual South African record in the first Test with a superb 311 not out and alongside South African captain Graeme Smith, AB De Villiers and century hero from Edgbaston, Alviro Pietersen, Englands bowlers are going to have their work cut out to dismiss the Proteas twice, which is required to win a Test match.

In the bowling department both attacks have performed well over recent years however in this series England have fallen short in both matches so far, highlighted in their lack of ability and variety to take 20 wickets.

Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Tahir will provide a stern Test for the England batsman and its imperative that captain Strauss in his 100th Test and 50th as captain alongside opening partner the brilliant Alastair Cook, give England the platform to build an innings.

The build up to the Test has not been without controversy as England’s most explosive and talented batsman, Kevin Pietersen has been dropped for off the field antics directed at his team mates and paymasters, the ECB. This without question will be a massive loss to the England middle order especially after his timely return to form with a stunning 149 at Edgbaston. In comes the inexperience of Jonny Bairstow a man that will be targeted by the South African quicks especially with some short bowling.

The stage is set at Lords and the stage is set on 2BET2 for this intriguing encounter. England are at 5/2 to save face while South Africa are at 17/10.