London - South Africa completed a good
morning's work when Morne Morkel bowled England captain Andrew Strauss
off the last ball before lunch on the second day of the third Test at
Lord's on Friday.
Strauss, playing his 100th Test and 50th as
skipper, was clean bowled between bat and pad on his Middlesex home
ground by fast bowler Morkel to leave England 29 for one in reply to
South Africa's first innings 309.
Alastair Cook was six not out.
Earlier, Vernon Philander's maiden Test fifty helped South Africa further frustrate England with the bat.
tourists collapsed to 54 for four after winning the toss on Thursday's
first day but, by stumps, had rallied to 262 for seven thanks to several
useful efforts by their lower order.
Philander's 61, the the
innings' joint top score along with that of JP Duminy, then saw South
Africa -- 1-0 up in this three-match series and needing only to avoid
defeat to replace England at the top of the world Test rankings -- past
the benchmark total of 300.
It was nowhere near the 637 for two
declared they made in their innings victory in the first Test across
London at The Oval but far more than looked likely when Middlesex fast
bowler Steven Finn was running through their top order on Thursday.
Finn finished with figures of four for 75 from 18 overs.
South Africa resumed Friday with No 8 Philander 46 not out and Dale Steyn 21 not out.
However, Steyn added just five more runs to his overnight score before edging Stuart Broad to Graeme Swann at second slip.
though, completed a 75-ball fifty, including five fours, having already
surpassed his previous Test best of 29 against New Zealand at
Wellington in March.
Morkel, having made 25 and helped Philander
add 37 for the ninth wicket, was out when he nicked a wide delivery from
Finn and wicket-keeper Matt Prior, diving to his left, held a low,
Duminy had said he and Philander were the "engine room" of the team if the top-order failed and both men made "tough" runs.
more than three hours of resistance ended when he was last man out,
stumped slogging at off-spinner Swann to give Prior his sixth dismissal
of the innings.