England and South Africa go head to head in the fourth NatWest One Day International (ODI) of the five match series, at Lord's.

England v South Africa fourth ODI
England v South Africa fourth ODI


After a disappointing performance in the Test series and a defeat in the second ODI (the first game at Cardiff was abandoned due to rain) at Southampton, England finally have something to cheer about, after beating their visitors for the first time this tour, in the third match.

Good bowling by pacers Jamie Anderson (4/44) and Jade Dernbach (3/44) saw the home side restrict South Africa to 211 off 46.4 overs. Jonathan Trott (71) and Eoin Morgan (73) helped England stabilise their innings and win the match by four wickets. This was a very good victory for the home side, especially after the retirement of Andrew Strauss.

However, despite the easy win on paper, the English batsmen were not at their best and looked uneasy, especially after Morgan (Man of the Match) was dismissed. Earlier in the innings, openers Alastair Cook (20) and Ian Bell (12) were similarly uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, a win is a win and this result means the series is now level at 1-1. With two matches remaining, England have everything to play for.

South Africa, on the other hand, will be a little disappointed. Hashim Amla, who scored a mammoth 150 in the second ODI (to follow up a triple century in the first Test) was once again the top scorer for the Proteas with 42, but the team's other batsmen, including Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers and Jean-Paul Duminy, failed to perform and will be looking for a strong response. Middle order batsmen Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis have not been in particularly good form either.

Still, the opening pair of Smith and Amla is one of the best in the world and England will have their work cut out to repeat the bowling heroics of the third ODI.

In the bowling department the Proteas are doing very well, thanks to the in-form pace attack of Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel. They have been pretty economical as well (with the exception of Tsotsobe in the last match) and have been able to take wickets at regular intervals. Medium pacer Wayne Parnell and spinner Robin Peterson have also been doing well as they tend to break up crucial partnerships.

Confirmed Teams

England: AN Cook, IR Bell, IJL Trott, RS Bopara, EJG Morgan, C Kieswetter, JC Tredwell, SR Patel, JM Anderson, JW Dernbach, ST Finn

South Africa: GC Smith, HM Amla, D Elgar, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, WD Parnell, RJ Peterson, R McLaren, LL Tsotsobe, DW Steyn

Where to Watch Live

Watch the game live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD from 10am BST.