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Category: England in South Africa 2019-20

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England Test nursery under threat from growth of short-form game | Vic Marks

England Under-19s are struggling at the World Cup but graduates from that level underpin Joe Root’s Test sideWhile the England Test team were embarking on a deserved celebration of the Port Elizabeth victory on Monday, which was no doubt measured by th…

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England Test nursery under threat from growth of short-form game | Vic Marks

England Under-19s are struggling at the World Cup but graduates from that level underpin Joe Root’s Test sideWhile the England Test team were embarking on a deserved celebration of the Port Elizabeth victory on Monday, which was no doubt measured by th…

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South Africa’s Faf du Plessis set to retire from international game this year

• Final Test against England will be captain’s last on home soil• Du Plessis to play T20 World Cup and in West Indies Test seriesFaf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, has indicated he will walk away from international cricket this year after admitt…

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Joe Root says world No 1 Test ranking is back in England’s sights

• ‘It won’t happen overnight but that’s the journey we are on’• England will rise to No 4 with victory in Friday’s fourth TestJoe Root says England are targeting becoming the No 1 team in the world following a crushing innings-and-53 run win in the thi…

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‘We were outstanding’: Joe Root delighted after England thrash South Africa in third Test – video

England moved 2-1 up in the Test series against South Africa after a superb performance in Port Elizabeth, winning by an innings and 53 runs. Despite the flattering scoreline England were made to work for the final wicket which fell at a partnership of…

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England thrash South Africa by an innings and 53 runs to take 2-1 lead

England 499 beat South Africa 209 & 237 by an innings & 53 runsLead series 2-1 before fourth and final Test in JohannesburgThe victory was so easy, despite a cheerful, preposterous last wicket partnership of 99, that it becomes hard to assess. …

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

Live updates from St George’s Park, 8am (GMT) start Mark Wood happy with his bowling but concerned about weatherFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 8.00am GMT Right then. The players are out and ready for action. Stuart Broad has the ball …

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England’s Mark Wood happy with his bowling but concerned about weather

• Fast bowler concerned poor forecast will affect victory push• Wood: ‘I’d be lying if I wasn’t a little bit worried’Mark Wood said he is worried England’s hopes of winning the rain-hit third Test could be put in jeopardy by the weather on the final da…

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Joe Root takes four wickets as England close in on South Africa victory

• England 499-9 dec: South Africa 209 & 102-6• Captain Root claims Test-best haulThere has been much talk of Joe Root’s consistency since he has been made England captain but here in Port Elizabeth he has been landing the ball on a length often eno…

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

Over-by-over updates as South Africa fight to avoid the follow-onEngland tempted to pair Wood and Archer in JohannesburgGet in touch! Email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 7.42am GMT “You mention the unique confluence that was Peter Such,” says Ian Forth…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…