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Dom Bess: ‘I thought about all 10 a little – but 10 is a bit greedy’

• England off-spinner admits to dreaming of a famous record • Bess still aiming at nine-wicket haul against South AfricaDom Bess said he dreamed of taking all 10 South African wickets as he enjoyed the finest moment of his career on day three of the th…

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England tempted to opt for speed by pairing Mark Wood and Jofra Archer | Chris Stocks

The Johannesburg wicket is expected to be quick and Joe Root’s side think they can exploit it in the fourth TestOthers may have grabbed most attention on the first three days here, notably Ollie Pope and Dom Bess, but the performance of Mark Wood in hi…

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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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Australia eye strongest bowling attack for ODI decider against India

Quicks must counteract flat Bangalore wicket‘We’ve got a series to win,’ says Pat CumminsPat Cummins expects Australia to stick with their first-choice bowling attack for the series decider against India as they try to counteract Bangalore’s flat wicke…

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South Africa v England: third Test, day three – live!

Over-by-over updates with the series tied at 1-1Rabada banned for final Test against EnglandGet in touch! Email Tim or tweet @TimdeLisle 4.14pm GMT Morning everyone. England’s cricketers have just woken up to face an unfamiliar challenge: how do you fo…

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Big Bash League and the importance of putting on a ‘damn good show’ | Jonathan Howcroft

In its ninth season, the competition remains conscious that it cannot rely solely on on-field successWhen the Big Bash League is on in Melbourne nobody pays closer attention than Jarrah Whyte. Not the players, most of whom will only be on the field aro…

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Ollie Pope hailed as ‘phenomenal’ by Ben Stokes after maiden Test ton

• ‘It was a pretty special moment,’ says Pope after unbeaten 135• England in charge after day two of third Test in South AfricaBen Stokes hailed the “phenomenal” talent of Ollie Pope after the 22-year-old’s maiden Test century put England in complete c…

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Ollie Pope’s assured innings hints at bright future in England middle order | Chris Stocks

The Surrey batsman is the youngest Englishman to score a Test century since Alastair Cook and the quality of his batting conjured memories of Joe Root at the start of his careerThere are some young players who you only need to see a handful of times be…

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India level ODI series against Australia despite Smith defiance

India 340-6; Australia 304; India win by 36 runsSeries heads for decider in Bengaluru on SundayIndia’s rejigged batting order fired on Friday as the hosts beat Australia by 36 runs in the second one-day international at Rajkot to level the three-match …

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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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Sports quiz of the week: Conor McGregor, cows, cricket and a crash

Who keeps scoring? Who keeps driving? Who keeps playing?Conor McGregor is back in action this weekend in Las Vegas. When did he last win a fight (in UFC or boxing)?2019201820172016JS Saint-Pierroise are playing in the last 32 of the French Cup this wee…

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Kagiso Rabada banned for final Test against England after Root send-off

Ban comes after bowler reaches limit for demerit pointsSouth Africa’s hopes of winning series dealt a huge blowSouth Africa’s hopes of winning the Test series against England have been dealt a huge blow with the news that their pace spearhead Kagiso Ra…

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India v Australia: second one-day international – live!

Updates from the match in RajkotAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 7.28am GMT How about a really tortured musical segue to kick us off? Ok, ok, well, David Warner’s ton in Mumbai was his 18th in ODIs. He’s only two away from becoming a 20th Centu…

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South Africa v England: third Test, day two – live!

Over-by-over updates from Port ElizabethCrawley gives England solid foundationGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 7.24am GMT Breakfast reading Related: Pope and Stokes lead England fightback after slow start and Rabada double Related: England’s…

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England’s Zak Crawley shows right qualities despite finding going tough | Chris Stocks

Opener buried his natural instincts to amass 44 from 137 balls on a slow wicket in Port Elizabeth to lay a solid base for rest of England’s batsmenFor Zak Crawley, after three hours and 23 minutes of hard graft in the searing Port Elizabeth heat, the d…

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England are ‘planning to be in final’ of Women’s T20 World Cup, says coach

• Lisa Keightley: ‘The Aussies are definitely favourites’• England travel to Australia hoping to match 2018 achievementThe new England Women’s head coach, Lisa Keightley, has challenged her players to reach the final of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Au…

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South Africa v England: third Test, day one – live!

Updates from Port Elizabeth with the series tied at 1-1The Knowledge: footballers doing a reverse Rory BurnsAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 6.09am GMT Hello and welcome to live, over-by-over coverage of the third Test between South Afr…

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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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Jofra Archer out and Mark Wood in for third Test against South Africa

• Archer fails to recover from elbow pain during England practice• Wood set to replace James Anderson for first Test in 11 monthsJofra Archer is all but certain to miss this week’s third Test against South Africa after the England fast bowler pulled up…