England Reaches 221-7 as South Africa Nears No. 1 Test Ranking

South Africa needs just three more wickets in the final Test to clinch a 2-0 series win over England and take the No. 1 ranking from their hosts.

England, on 221-7, trails by 124 runs at tea on the last day at Lord’s in London. Only a home victory would stop the visitors taking over as the top-rated team in the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

England, set 346 to win, started the day at 16-2 after Vernon Philander dismissed Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss yesterday

Today he got Ian Bell out for 4, and James Taylor was run out for 4 to leave the hosts on 120-4 at lunch. Jonny Bairstow then went for 54, Jonathan Trott got 63, and Stuart Broad was caught by Hashim Amla for 37. Matt Prior has 35 and Graeme Swann is on 12.

South Africa has scored 309 and 351, England replying with 315. The Proteas won the first Test by an innings and 12 runs, with the second rain-affected game drawn.

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