Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Proteas win 'dead' England ODI

Proteas win 'dead' England ODI

KAGISO RABADA and Wayne Parnell cut a swathe through the England top order, taking 6/20 between them in the first five overs, as the Proteas coasted to a seven-wicket victory in the final match of their ODI Series at Lord's on Monday.

"He's a guy we really need in our team if we're going to win the Champions Trophy or be real contenders", he added. Any side batting first has the potential to lose the game. It makes it one-sided which I don't think is good for anybody. "Obviously what cost us was that first hour - a lot of live, green grass on the wicket".

"They made us play a hell of a lot and managed to get the ball moving around".

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.

England on the other hand maintained a psychological advantage heading into the ICC Champions Trophy winning the series 2-1.

Skipper Eoin Morgan came down the track to Parnell and whacked him over extra cover for four to break the shackles momentarily but he was next to go after edging behind to Quinton de Kock four balls later. Similarly, among bowlers, Bangladesh and England have three each inside the top 20, followed by New Zealand, South Africa and Australia with two each.

Instead, captain Morgan - who plays domestic cricket for Middlesex at this ground - questioned the quality of the wicket prepared for this game.

Bairstow's form is creating more pressure on Roy, especially as England considered using the Yorkshireman as an opener at the start of the one-day tour of the Caribbean in February when Alex Hales was injured.

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England were bowled out for 153 before South Africa eased to victory to reduce their series defeat to 2-1.

With an unassailable 2-0 series lead and the side re-jigged, England's top order succumbed to 20-6 in the fifth over - their worst start to a one-day global - before eventually posting 153 all out. That's the feeling that I got and I expressed that I was quite upset about it.

Morgan was impressed by Bairstow but did not appear to echo Bayliss" sentiment, saying: "I was very impressed and as I continue to say he never lets us down. As regards selection, Jason is the No1 pick at the moment.

One of the most prolific batsmen now, Amla is not looked at in the same league as a Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Martin Guptill or Alex Hales, but Amla's consistency in the 50-over format is matched by only a few.

"We're very confident", he said.

Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes are all carrying minor niggles and were rested ahead of the Champions Trophy as England made four changes to the side which won the second match.

That same uninhibited approach, albeit with a few refinements, remains at the heart of left-handed batsman Stokes's approach at the crease. Such is his long-term importance to England, they will be loathe to risk his fitness. "Batting and running around the field and everything like that is fine". "And when he got his hundred over the weekend, he didn't even feel it".

"It is just in my delivery stride bowling", he said. Hopefully that means it's not much and hopefully an extra day or two and it'll come good. "He is a huge part of our team".

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