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Understandably, most players demand absolute silence when they are on the tee, especially the first tee of a Ryder Cup, but not Bubba Watson. Before his first shot in the fourballs yesterday, the self-confessed "goof", his caddie and team-mates encouraged the crowd to make as much noise as possible. A brave tactic, but it paid off. Bubba drove straight and true down the middle. But then, if you can chip balls unsighted into your jacuzzi from behind your garage – as Bubba posted himself doing on YouTube – then what's the first tee at Medinah?

Alex Hales hits out during his valiant innings of 68 for England

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West Indies 179-5 England 164-4 (West Indies win by 15 runs)

A forlorn Stuart Broad, while Amla gallops towards yet another century

Errors set to hand match, series and No 1 ranking to South Africa

Gradually, inexorably, the match, the series and the status slipped through England's hands yesterday. Some time today, barring a resplendent and historic batting performance, South Africa will win the fourth Test and the rubber 2-0, becoming the world's top-ranked side.

England's Stuart Broad (C) reacts during the fourth day of the third International Test cricket match between England and South Africa at Lord's

Vital errors set to hand match, series and No 1 ranking

South Africa 309 & 351 England 315 & 16-2: Only a record-breaking final innings can preserve England's top Test standing now

A forlorn Stuart Broad, while Amla gallops towards yet another century

Hosts' status slips but real tragedy is that this is not a five-Test series

Long form of the game reveals its true beauty in epic arm-wrestle for world No 1 ranking

Marching orders: South Africa bowler Morne Morkel celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow at Lord's yesterday

Bairstow deserves to be acclaimed like a centurion

The five missing runs were irrelevant. He had more than done his job

Pietersen is the victim of bullying

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Noose tightens for England as the tail wags

There is nothing more infuriating for a captain than the opposition scoring lower-order runs, and the way the South African tail wagged yesterday amplified the feeling that the tourists have simply been better than England in every department this summer.

South Africa's Jacques Kallis (centre) celebrates with Graeme Smith (right) after catching England's Alastair Cook for 7 runs

Bairstow leads England recovery in third Test

Jonny Bairstow proved an able deputy, in exacting circumstances, for the controversially absent Kevin Pietersen as England stayed in contention in the must-win Lord's Test.

Steven Finn of England celebrates dismissing Hashim Amla

JP Duminy leads resistance as England lose their momentum

Third Test, Lord's (Day One) - South Africa 262-7

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Botham: 'I haven't seen one home bowler attempt to be attacking. It's like they are brainwashed'

Legend leads criticism of Strauss's negative tactics while Pietersen success suggests dropping Swann was a mistake

England v South Africa: Alviro Petersen takes control on day two of the second Test

Alviro Petersen scored 182, his highest in a test match, as he steered South African to a commanding 419 all out on day two of the second test at Headingley on Friday.

Hashim Amla of South Africa is run out by England's wicketkeeper Matt Prior

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Tim Bresnan kickstarted England's belated progress in the second Investec Test, on his home ground, once cloud cover rolled in at Headingley.

England’s Matt Prior mistimes a ball from Imran Tahir and is caught by Jacques Kallis

Thumping defeat puts England position as world No 1 in peril

The defeat that England suffered yesterday against South Africa was perhaps the worst of the 266 inflicted on them in Test matches. On the surface the margin of an innings and 12 runs is in the middling ranks of heavy reversals.

Hashim Amla celebrates historic triple century to pile misery on England

Hashim Amla became South Africa's first triple-centurion as he and Jacques Kallis piled on England's misery in the first Investec Test.

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