England v South Africa LIVE: Cricket result from the first test at Lord’s after Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow wickets today

“Stoke’s ODI retirement is England’s win in Test cricket” – Buttler

England’s Test cricket revolution continues with the first of a three-match series against South Africa starting this morning at Lord’s.

It’s been a wild start to life under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes with a fearless new brand of cricket – dubbed ‘Bazball’ after their new coach – who helped the today’s hosts halt the blight after failing in 17 Tests in a row weakened by just one win. England have enjoyed one memorable win after another this summer and now face another tough test in the form of the Proteas, who sit at the top of the World Test Championship table.

England start with just one change from the side that stunned India last time out when wicketkeeper Ben Foakes returned in place of Sam Billings after a fight with Covid. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts make the tempo attack with Ollie Robinson, who has not played for his country since the Ashes last game in January, continued waiting for a recall. In-form Yorkshire batsman Harry Brook is also absent.

Follow below for the latest results and ongoing updates from an intriguing first test.

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England 55-4, Pope 29 Stokes 0; South Africa has yet to beat

17th over: That was just speed from Nortje, who after a few loose balls to Ollie Pope finally found his range earlier under his spell. Ben Stokes comes in and tries to tackle the 90 mph bowler – that could be funny/painful to watch.

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gate! Bairstow 0, b Nortje. England 55-4

Nortje rattles the tree stumps with his express speed and Jonny Bairstow is completely dismissed. England are under pressure now and their captain is already at the crunch.

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England 54-3, Pope 28 Bairstow 0; South Africa has yet to beat

16. over: Pope pumps two through the offside before Jansen finds the whopping swing that did for Root, and a tiny noise puts a big appeal behind the stumps. No response from the referee and Elgar decides against a review. UltraEdge reveals it was a hip touch rather than the racquet that made the noise, so a good decision by the South African captain. Pope pushes a single and Bairstow strikes – he lines the slip cordon, but with soft hands, and it doesn’t wear.

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England 51-3, Pope 25 Bairstow 0; South Africa has yet to beat

15. over: It puts Jonny Bairstow in the crease, but it’s Pope just emulating Bairstow’s expansive summer style and taking the fight to Nortje, who seems to be struggling a little with the gentleman’s inclination. Pope cracked back-to-back lines from offside before ending the over with a leg bye.

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gate! Root 8, lbw b Jansen. England 42-3

Jansen gets a spin back and Root is sidelined and unable to get the bat to the ball. It crashes into his cushion below the knee roll and the appeal goes up – and referee Nitin Menon’s finger goes up! Root reviews, did it get in the leg? The pursuit of the ball indicates the weakest spring on the leg stump and the check is rejected, the referee calls. A big moment in this friendly.

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England 39-2, Pope 14 root 8; South Africa has yet to beat

13. over: Another bowling change when the powerful, super-fast Anrich Nortje takes over from Rabada. Pope bats the first ball away to a deep back point for three, and Root does a similar thing, but his soft hands allow the ball to go more delicately, all the way to the boundary rope. England’s best over of the morning and Nortje has relieved some of the pressure that Rabada and Ngidi have been building.

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England 32-2, Pope 11 Root 4; South Africa has yet to beat

12. over: Well then – the menacing Ngidi is deposed and Marco Jansen, the South African giant, comes into play. The 6ft 8in left-arm rapid takes a few balls to find his reach and rolls across the wicket to the right-handers, and a couple of punches from Pope convince Elgar to score a leg slip. A leg bye gets Root for the last two deliveries and he doesn’t play either ball.

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England 31-2, Pope 11 Root 4; South Africa has yet to beat

11. over: Rabada changed tactics and now uses the short ball against Joe Root, who doesn’t enjoy it very much. A ball smashes against a bouncing Root’s gloves, but the former England captain survives.

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England 29-2, Pope 11 Root 2; South Africa has yet to beat

10. over: A big appeal from Ngidi as he smashes one into Pope’s pads but referee Nitin Menon remains unmoved. It was clearly going down but Ngidi’s general enthusiasm seems to persuade Elgar to call for a review and that’s a review burned by the South Africans – not really close. Pope and Root each pick up a single and a two and flick to the side of the leg before the over ends with a leg bye from Roots Pads.

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England 25-2, Pope 10 root 0; South Africa has yet to beat

9. over: Crawley started this morning with good composure in the face of the South African frontline duo’s testing bowling but he never got to the over and Rabada took full advantage. Root survives the last ball.

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