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Dom Bess takes five wickets but rain, drops and South Africa stall England

• Third Test day three: England 499-9 dec; South Africa 208-6• Tourists still in charge but rue drops on rain-affected dayHow South Africa needed some rain, not just because of the parched landscape of the Eastern Cape, but also since a draw in the Thi…

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England on top after Ollie Pope’s maiden century and two wickets from Dom Bess

• Third Test day two: England 499-9 dec; South Africa 60-2 • Ollie Pope scores unbeaten 135 and shares stand of 203Now for the tricky bit. England’s pursuit of 20 South African wickets in this match has begun and it will require much hard graft and ing…

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Conditions may swing it for Mark Wood as England delay selection | Vic Marks

Hot weather and the hope of reverse swing could lead England to plump for Wood against South Africa but it would be a riskThe situation has improved markedly for the England tourists. Before the Centurion and Cape Town Tests there were not really any t…

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Conditions may swing it for Mark Wood as England delay selection | Vic Marks

Hot weather and the hope of reverse swing could lead England to plump for Wood against South Africa but it would be a riskThe situation has improved markedly for the England tourists. Before the Centurion and Cape Town Tests there were not really any t…

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Ollie Pope looks the part as he follows in footsteps of England batting giants | Vic Marks

Not all young Test debutants have gone on to have illustrious careers but so much about the Surrey batsman suggests he willIt pays to keep an eye on England batsmen who make their debut at the age of 22 or younger. The chances are they will become very…

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Jack Leach quits England tour of South Africa after sepsis and sickness bug

• Bowler hit hard by gastroenteritis and flu before Centurion Test• Player struggled to recover from sepsis on New Zealand tourJack Leach, England’s senior spinner on the tour to South Africa, is to return home with immediate effect. The Somerset left-…

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Woakes, Archer and Wood bowl off for spot in Test team, says Collingwood

• Three players battling to replace Anderson in England side• ‘They’ve an opportunity to prove they should be in the team’Three pacemen and one place: that is England’s dilemma in Port Elizabeth. Someone has to replace Jimmy Anderson in the team and th…

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England not in mood for abandoning attacking mindset, says Ben Stokes | Vic Marks

Modern players are reluctant to compromise but slower pitch means runs may not flow freely in the second one-day international against South Africa

If there is to be any respite for the bowlers in this 50-over series it is likely to come here. St George’s Park provides a characterful venue, much beloved by South African cricketers. The brass band plays in the stands (with a wonderful “Stand By Me” ringing out several times a day). “It’s the closest we come to your Barmy Army,” said Faf du Plessis. “It is one of our favourite grounds.”

But it is not, usually, the batsmen’s favourite ground. The ball tends to keep low and at sea level it does not travel quite so far once lofted. Sometimes there is a little seam movement. The last time England were here, in 2009, they bowled South Africa out for 119 in a one-day international with Jimmy Anderson taking 5 for 23; Graeme Swann did not get a bowl.

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Jos Buttler and England could be indebted to the IPL as player’s stock rises

This weekend the England centurion will be in the IPL auction and participation in the tournament would broaden his experience on and off the field

One of the virtues of this England setup is that their glasses are usually half-full. It helps that they are young, they seem to enjoy each other’s company and they are winning a good proportion of their games. They are also keen to improve.

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