Andrew Strauss called time on his career in a hastily arranged press conference at the Home of Cricket.
The CB40 semi-final line-up remains in the balance ahead of the final round of matches this Bank Holiday Monday - with a place in the Lord's final to play for.
Jacques Kallis left Lord's for a third and probably final time without a century, joining other greats of his generation who have struggled in NW8.
Just 13 days after the Olympic Archery event was held at Lord's, one of the finest Test matches in the ground's history was staged.
A Vernon Philander-inspired South Africa took victory and the number one Test ranking despite some late heroics from Matt Prior and England's lower order on a thrilling final day.
MCC has paid public thanks to the Club’s groundstaff, whose outstanding work after the Olympic archery competition enabled Lord’s to host this Test Match just 13 days after the final arrow had been shot.
Late wickets meant England left themselves a mountain to climb to win the third and final Test against South Africa and retain their number one Test ranking.
The late wicket of Jacques Kallis kept England in the hunt after three days of the final Test, with South Africa leading by 139 at Lord's.
Jonny Bairstow led England's fightback from 54/4 as the third Test remained wonderfully even on an enthralling second day at Lord's.
Wickets for Steven Finn and James Anderson gave England the better of day one at Lord's, as Yohan Blake and Alice Cooper tried to steal the limelight.
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