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England prove stubborn against Proteas
England refused to give up on their bid for an improbable victory at Lord's despite Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow's departures on the final afternoon of the Investec series.
The fifth-wicket pair gave England fleetingly realistic hope that they could chase a record 346 to beat South Africa during a counter-attacking stand of 89. Bairstow (54) and Trott (63) went in the space of nine overs, however, and for the addition of only 12 runs.
And at 146 for six, England seemed sure to fall well short and therefore concede their world number one status to the tourists. However, that was reckoning without Stuart Broad and Matt Prior, who responded with a stand of 62 in England's teatime 221 for seven.
Broad strode out with licence to thrill and did so with some adventurous strokeplay, including a six pulled over square-leg off South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn. Yet when Broad mis-hooked a Jacques Kallis bouncer down to long-leg, where Hashim Amla set himself to complete a low catch, England were surely running out of batsmen.
The hosts had lost Ian Bell and James Taylor, to a calamitous run-out, before lunch. Bell succumbed when Vernon Philander (three for 29), also responsible for both wickets on Sunday night, had him edging to a juggling Graeme Smith at first slip.
Trott had a charmed life with a series of early plays and misses against Philander and Morne Morkel. He registered England's first boundary, an edge high over the slips off Philander, from the first ball of the 17th over.
England's number three was joined by Taylor, who came through the remainder of Philander's spell unscathed only to be run-out when Trott clipped Steyn to wide long-on and then sent his partner back for an attempted fourth run. The breakdown in communication left Taylor with no chance to retrieve his ground as the ball was ferried in from the deep.
Bairstow got under way with a rush of four from eight deliveries off Steyn and then taking two from the first two balls he received at the start of Imran Tahir's spell - clubbing the leg-spinner down the ground and sweeping him fine.
Trott had time just before lunch to complete his near three-hour 50 when he nudged Tahir into the off-side for a scampered two, and Bairstow passed his half-century from only 41 balls - clipping Philander fine for his eighth four.
England needed much more of the same, though, and did not get it from Bairstow - who went fatally back to Tahir and was bowled by a leg-break that kept low. Steyn then returned from the pavilion end and, with his very first delivery, produced a beauty to have Trott very well-caught high to his left at second slip by Kallis.