Skipper Eoin Morgan sees South Africa rout as timely lesson for England

The aggressive approach of Stokes is one that has served him well in all formats

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has said that he was "pretty upset" with the umpires implying that his side was involved in ball tempering during the second ODI of the three-match series against England which they lost by two runs at the Ageas Bowl.

Jonny Bairstow (51) offered some resistance but England were bowled out for 153 with 18.5 overs remaining.

But England took the three-match series 2-1 despite being well-beaten in a match where only 60 overs out of a scheduled 100 were bowled.

Fast bowler Rabada took four wickets for 12 runs in his first three overs, before eventually finishing with four for 39 in nine. India's Champions Trophy defence will begin with the first match against Pakistan on June 4 in Edgbaston.

Shocked into a change of mindset by their wretched from in the tournament, they discarded their coach, several senior players (including their top wicket-taker, James Anderson, and top run-scorer, Ian Bell) and their old approach in reinventing themselves as an ultra-aggressive side who are committed to attacking with bat and ball as a default option. We probably didn't read the conditions as well as we could have done but credit to them on a wicket which had a little bit in.

Bairstow featured in two half-century stands with David Willey (26) and debutante Toby Roland-Jones (37 not out).

South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to field for the third successive time in the third and final one-day global against England at Lord's on Monday.


SA now turn their attention to the Champions Trophy‚ in which they play their first match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.

"The stats show there's something in it for the first 15 overs", said de Villiers at the toss.

JP Duminy spent valuable time at the crease and struck the winning cover boundary as he finished undefeated on 28, while a subdued AB de Villiers was unbeaten on 27. After playing a beautifully timed flick off his pads to get off the mark, the opener inexplicably prodded at a length delivery from Kagiso Rabada that edged straight to Hashim Amla at first slip.

The good news for England is that they can expect much more batting-friendly conditions on the grounds used for their Champions Trophy game.

Up to that point, Alex Hales had faced just one ball as the carnage unfolded at the other end but a loose drive shot offered up another catch for Amla, who made no mistake after a wobbly fielding display in Southampton.

With an unassailable 2-0 series lead and the side re-jigged, England's top order succumbed to 20-6 in the fifth over - their worst start to a one-day worldwide - before eventually posting 153 all out.

But Bairstow, stumped charging down the wicket on 51, Jake Ball and Steven Finn fell to spinner Keshav Maharaj as the innings was wrapped up in 31 overs.

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