England will face South Africa in the final match of the five-game One Day International (ODI) series confident in the knowledge they are firmly re-entrenched as the No 1 ODI team in the world; a ranking they reclaimed after winning the third match in the series. The six wicket win at Lord's now means England cannot lose this series, as they did the Test matches.

England v South Africa: Third ODI

Match Four

The highlights of the match at Lord's were brilliant bowling performances by all-rounders Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell and frontline bowler Steven Finn. The three took 6/102 between them and the South Africans were restricted to 220.

In comparison, the wickets of Alastair Cook (2) and Bopara (6) aside, the English were far more commanding with the bat than their visitors and although made to work by an opponent that refused to give up, Ian Bell (88), Jonathan Trott (48), Eoin Morgan (36*) and Craig Kieswetter (21*) ensured a win.

Match Five

The final match, at Trent Bridge, will be an acid test of the hosts' reclaimed top ranking. Can they hold their nerve to see off the South Africans' last charge and seal what will be a famous ODI series win? The Proteas have little to lose at this point; they've already surrendered this series - after a dominant Test summer, to only draw the ODI series will not be as sweet a conclusion to their tour.

So expect Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and co. to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at their hosts.

As far as the English batting is concerned, they will need that top order to start getting runs. Captain Cook, in particular, needs to step up and deliver. The middle order has proven itself capable of carrying pressure and delivering match-winning knocks, with Morgan in particular looking solid.

The big positive from the last two games, however, will be the bowling. It is not often the South African batting line-up is restricted to consecutive scores of 220 or below and James Anderson, along with Bopara, Tredwell, Finn and Jade Dernbach do seem to have the measure of the batting.

England v South Africa: Third ODI

The South Africans, meanwhile, have a lot of work to do. They must, first, find another big-scoring batsman up front. The opening pair of Smith and Amla is easily one of the best in the world... when the two are firing together. Unfortunately, so far this series, Smith, like Cook, has failed to hit high scores consistently; the 52 in the second ODI apart. Amla, after a stunning Test series, remains in good form and has over 200 runs from the three games so far. However, he needs support and without the calming presence of Jacques Kallis (rested for this series), the South African middle order, full of big hitters, does not have someone to anchor the innings. The bowling also needs to perk up a little bit. Steyn was unplayable in the Test matches and although has delivered somewhat in the ODIs, needs both support and to improve slightly.


England (from): Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Craig Kieswetter (wkt), Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

South Africa (from): Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers (capt & wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Albie Morkel, Justin Ontong, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Where to Watch Live

Watch the game live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD from 1.30 pm to 10.30 pm.