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England suffer record top-order collapse as South Africa win at Lord’s

• England 153; South Africa 156-3
• South Africa win by seven wickets with 127 balls remaining

Any fears that England will saunter into the Champions Trophy in an overly-confident fashion have at least been allayed following a limp display on a grey bank holiday Monday in which their batsmen produced a collapse of old to gift South Africa a consolation seven-wicket win.

Eoin Morgan’s side have produced some startling feats with the bat during their post-World Cup revival but after suffering the ignominy of losing their first six wickets for 20 runs in five overs – the fastest top-order collapse in one-day history – and being eventually bowled out for 153 in 31.1 overs, they have received a significant size 10 up the backside on the eve of the tournament, albeit in a dead-rubber.

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