England vs South Africa LIVE: Cricket score and updates from first Test at Lord’s today


‘Stokes ODI retirement is England's acquire in check cricket’ – Buttler

England’s Check cricket revolution continues with the primary of a three-match sequence towards South Africa getting underway at Lord’s this morning with play set to start out at 11am BST.

It’s been a wild begin to existence beneath Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes with a brand new fearless emblem of cricket – labelled “Bazball” after the most popular moniker in their new trainer – serving to nowadays’s hosts forestall the rot after languishing right through a run of only one victory in 17 Exams. Momentum seized, England secured memorable win after memorable win this summer time and now face every other tricky check within the form of the Proteas, who sit down most sensible of the International Check Championship desk.

England pass in with only one trade from the aspect that shocked India remaining day trip with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes returning after a bout of Covid rather than Sam Billings. James Anderson, Stuart Wide and Matthew Potts make up the tempo assault with Ollie Robinson, who hasn’t performed for his nation for the reason that ultimate tournament of the Ashes in January, saved looking forward to a recall. In-form Yorkshire batter Harry Brook additionally misses out.

Apply the newest rating and over-by-over updates from what will have to be an enchanting first Check beneath.


South Africa win the toss and elect to bowl

Ben Stokes thows the coin within the air, Dean Elgar calls heads, and it's heads. He chooses to bowl first – Stokes appears a bit of shocked by way of that – and that suggests England will more than likely no longer be doing any fourth-innings chasing right here at Lord’s this week.

“It’s not anything to do with what they’ve completed previously, it’s extra to do with prerequisites overhead,” says Elgar with a smile.


England vs South Africa: Dean Elgar unimpressed by way of ‘Bazball’ method

Dean Elgar has no longer held again with the anti-Bazball rhetoric within the build-up to this Check tournament.

The South Africa captain tried to finish the “mud-slinging” over England’s fresh exciting technique to Check cricket sooner than he backtracked when considering how Bazball would glance when it is going flawed.

A daring emblem of cricket with a favorable method at the vanguard of the whole thing has been briefly applied by way of new red-ball captain Ben Stokes and head trainer Brendon McCullum, which noticed the time period ‘Bazball’ coined, however Elgar has again and again poked a laugh on the philosophy in fresh weeks.

He first of all appeared to chill tensions at the eve of the primary Check sooner than the 35-year-old promised the vacationers weren't right here to play soft-natured cricket.

“With all due appreciate I'm in reality no longer going to entertain that (Bazball) anymore. We've got chatted about it hard and long. I simply need to crack on with the cricket,” Elgar stated.

“I feel the sport merits that appreciate and mud-slinging is now a factor of the previous for me. We don't seem to be going to head backward and forward any further round that.

“What they (England) did, the prerequisites had been beautiful great to bat in right through the ones particular Exams.

“They did in reality distinctive issues round that point, the ones months in the past, chasing the ratings they did and it was once one thing the place I used to be additionally blown away with. It was once beautiful spectacular.

“However I wish to suppose the bowlers we now have, although the wickets are beautiful flat, I feel we now have lined our bases relating to our bowling unit and we will be able to bowl them out although they're chasing.

“I'm beautiful assured as a result of we now have completed it previously. It could be not easy paintings for us however that is what we're right here to do. We don't seem to be right here to play soft-natured cricket, we would like it not easy and in reality tricky and expectantly the consequences pass our manner.”

South Africa captain Dean Elgar right through a nets consultation at Lord’s

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Lord’s turns pink for Ruth Strauss Basis on day two of England vs South Africa

Lord’s will flip ‘Purple for Ruth’ on Thursday in popularity of the Ruth Strauss Basis.

The previous England captain Sir Andrew Strauss’s spouse died from lung most cancers in December 2018, elderly 46. Strauss, whose two sons Sam and Luca had been small children on the time of Ruth’s sickness and demise, has since arrange the basis to give a boost to households as they get ready for grief and bereavement.

Purple for Ruth has grow to be an annual match wherein gamers put on vivid pink caps and blazers and the house of cricket is remodeled in color, with spectactors inspired to put on pink too. This summer time it falls on the second one day of this Check tournament with South Africa.


England vs South Africa: Lord’s prepares for the primary Check

Groundstaff get ready for the beginning of day one:

Lord’s readies for the talk over with of South Africa

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England vs South Africa: Rain forecast this afternoon

It's dry at this time at Lord’s and appears promising for some play this morning, even if showers and thunderstorms are forecast later within the day.

Mark Butcher’s research of the pitch suggests there’s a bit of inexperienced at the wicket and the possibility of some asymmetric jump, however possibly extra essential this morning is the cloud quilt above and humidity within the air. It seems like just right bowling prerequisites, and given Ben Stokes’ new philosophy on the helm, England are positive to take the ball in hand will have to they win the toss.

Dean Elgar will fancy difficult England’s ‘Bazball’ method and can more than likely need to have a bat, so this coin toss might be instructional.


Ben Stokes: England is not going to compromise their taste

England’s new ultra-aggressive method has filtered down, with the Lions enjoying in the similar approach in thrashing South Africa in Canterbury remaining week.

Centuries by way of Harry Brook and Ben Duckett, plus Dan Lawrence’s run-a-ball 97, noticed the Lions put up 672 and win by way of an innings and 56 runs within the four-day tournament.

Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton inspired with the ball however England’s simplest trade from the win over India is that fit-again Ben Foakes is again at the back of the stumps rather than Sam Billings.

However Stokes added: “We've got a undeniable form of manner of enjoying and everybody else wishes to understand that who is attempting to push to get on this England staff.

“There’s possibly extra pleasure than standard (about enjoying for the Lions) as a result of I feel you’ve been in a position to in reality categorical your self in the way in which that you're feeling such as you’ve at all times sought after to, however no longer felt like you'll since you’ll get a slap at the wrist for enjoying a silly shot. Neatly you’re no longer going to get that during our staff right here.

“You spot the likes of Dan Lawrence, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, the ones guys are severely excelling at the present time with the way in which we would like guys to play.”

Whilst Brook specifically is knocking at the door, Stokes’ religion in opener Zak Crawley stays unwavering.

The Kent batter averages 17.75 in 8 Check innings this summer time however earned reward from his captain for his contribution of 46 in a century stand for the primary wicket with Alex Lees that kick-started England’s very good chase of 378 to overcome India remaining month.

“Him and Leesy had been the principle reason we received,” Stokes insisted.

“Hand on middle I will say that was once essentially the most pleasant factor to me over the ones 4 or 5 weeks, that opening partnership at Edgbaston. To look Zak pass out and nonetheless play in any such selfless approach.

“While you take a look at it from my standpoint, I feel you'll see why those guys are getting the backing from me. They’re purchasing into what we’re doing and it’s no longer about them, the larger image is ready successful the sport.”

Ben Stokes warming up at Lord’s this week

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Ben Stokes: England is not going to compromise their taste

There was numerous speak about England’s front-foot taste within the build-up, however Ben Stokes has promised England is not going to trade their new daring and competitive technique to Check cricket regardless of the problem in entrance of them.

After 4 exciting victories towards New Zealand and India previous this summer time, South Africa are the following opponent seeking to burst the hosts’ bubble.

Since red-ball captain Stokes and new head trainer Brendon McCullum took over, England have produced exhilarating cricket the place data have tumbled with 378 chased down at Edgbaston remaining month.

It has resulted within the playful time period ‘Bazball’ being coined however outsiders like Steve Smith and Dean Elgar have solid doubt over the longevity of a philosophy which has remodeled the way in which the longest structure is seen back in the United Kingdom.

Lord’s is the venue for Wednesday’s opening Check of a three-match sequence and Stokes is adamant although his staff bat first, having chased for his or her victories in 2022, it is going to no longer make a distinction.

“It doesn't matter what prerequisites we now have, we’ve were given our manner of enjoying and we’re going to keep on with that. We’ll adapt to scenarios, however we’ll at all times pass out with the similar mindset that you just’ve observed over the past 4 video games,” he stated.

“We’ve stated if we need to chase down 400 in 60 overs on day 5, we’ll try to do it, nevertheless it’s the similar mindset with the ball. If we’ve were given 40 overs to bowl a staff out on day 5, we’ll be doing the whole thing that we will be able to to try this and no longer simply hope it occurs.

“One in every of my wants as captain, clear of the cricket and effects, was once how are we able to seize the creativeness of the English fans back?

“I nonetheless firmly imagine that if we had walked away at the flawed aspect of the ones video games and no longer come away with a win, particularly the Trent Bridge recreation if we hadn’t chased the ones (299) runs down, the folks there and observing on TV would clearly were disillusioned with the end result however they'd were excited with what they’d observed and would have sought after to return watch us.

“We'd have were given their give a boost to although we hadn’t received, which is an excessively uncommon factor to do as a carrying staff that you just lose however you acquire extra enthusiasts and pleasure out of the way in which you play, so truthfully if we’d misplaced 4-0, I wouldn’t be sitting right here converting the way in which I ask the men to play.”

England captain Ben Stokes is gearing up for the primary Check towards South Africa (John Walton/PA).

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South Africa able to check England’s daring new generation – simply don’t point out Bazball

Ben Stokes might need to unfold the gospel of “Bazball” and alter what the sector believes about Check cricket, however he'll no longer discover a disciple in South Africa captain Dean Elgar.

Elgar is a straight-laced, hard-nosed cricketer nearly from every other generation, stern and stoic like a person who’s by no means been hugged, whose grafting approach may no longer be extra at odds with England’s showboating summer time. The place Stokes sees an obligation to entertain, Elgar sees simplest responsibility. England and South Africa meet on Wednesday at Lord’s for the primary of a three-Check sequence, and if the pre-match discourse gives a glimpse of what’s to return, it’s going to be a confrontational, flamable affair.

“I’ve were given completely little interest in the way they’ve performed,” Elgar stated this week of England’s transformation beneath new trainer Brendon McCullum, sooner than occurring to speak about it in some element. Elgar predicted England might be left with “egg on their faces” by way of their gung-ho method and dared Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and co to tackle South Africa’s bold bowling assault.


England vs South Africa: Groups

England XI: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (capt), Ben Foakes (wkt), Stuart Wide, Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, James Anderson.

South Africa XI (possible): Dean Elgar, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje


England vs South Africa: Staff information

England’s simplest trade from the Check towards India is the go back of wicket-keeper Ben Foakes – who overlooked that conflict after checking out certain for Covid – rather than Sam Billings. That implies under-fire opener Zak Crawley keeps his spot atop the order regardless of the prolific type of Harry Brook, whilst Matthew Potts continues because the 3rd seamer at the back of James Anderson and Stuart Wide after bursting directly to the scene this summer time, even supposing fit-again Ollie Robinson shone for the England Lions remaining week.

South Africa will title their staff on Wednesday morning with their primary worry surrounding seamer Kagiso Rabada, who underwent a health check on Tuesday and is due every other check-up after straining the medial ligament in his proper ankle. The Proteas appear assured he'll be match to play, on the other hand. They're additionally most probably to choose all 6ft 8in of all-rounder Marco Jansen, except they choose for an additional out-and-out batter, wherein case Ryan Rickelton or Khaya Zondo may get the nod.