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'An unbelievable feeling of no panic'

Nov 8, 2012: Unlike with their predecessors, when the pressure is on South Africa now, the players believe in themselves and their team-mates. Alviro Petersen explains

Firdose Moonda

South Africa in England 2012

Make 50 overs special again

Sep 6, 2012: England's awful display at Trent Bridge was partly down to the skewed priorities of the cricket schedule and, instead of the current fixture cram, short one-day series should be played before the Tests

Mark Nicholas

England v South Africa, 5th NatWest ODI, Trent Bridge

First-drop flop and the captain's choice

Sep 5, 2012: Plays of the Day from the fifth one-day international between England and South Africa at Trent Bridge

Andrew McGlashan at Trent Bridge

ODIs: still necessary, no longer evil

Sep 5, 2012: How much of the backbone England currently show can be traced to the benefits of one-day cricket?

Rob Steen

England v South Africa, 4th NatWest ODI, Lord's

Poor slippers, super stumpers

Sep 2, 2012: Plays of the Day from the fourth one-day international between England and South Africa at Lord's

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v South Africa, 3rd NatWest ODI, The Oval

Surprised and bamboozled

Aug 31, 2012: Plays of the Day from the second one-day international between England and South Africa at The Oval

George Dobell at The Oval

South Africa set for long spell at No. 1

Aug 31, 2012: Among the top four sides, they appear to have the best combination on and off the field. But they have to find de Villiers' best position and prepare for life after Kallis

Harsha Bhogle

South Africa's bookends rank them up with the best

Aug 29, 2012: They aren't just a decent side who managed to make it to No. 1

Ed Smith

South Africa's overseas advantage

Aug 24, 2012: Unlike the two previous top-ranked Test teams, South Africa have risen to the top on the basis of consistently excellent away results

S Rajesh

South Africa in England 2012

The cream of the crop

Aug 22, 2012: The contest between the attacks that was supposed to dictate the terms of the series never materialised because England's bowlers could not hold a candle to South Africa's

Telford Vice

South Africa in England 2012

South Africa's new mindset brings rewards

Aug 22, 2012: Their assent to No. 1 is proof of the changes made in South Africa cricket under Gary Kirsten - the most important of which is mental

Firdose Moonda

History done two ways

Aug 22, 2012: The past smacks you in the face when you're in England; and South Africa make their own history too

Firdose Moonda

South Africa in England 2012

No longer bridesmaids: how South Africa reached the top

Aug 21, 2012: With victory at Lord's, South Africa became the No. 1 Test team in the world. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the years that led to them reaching that goal

Firdose Moonda

South Africa in England 2012

South Africa relentless and ruthless

Aug 21, 2012: The era of undisputed supremacy went with the Australians, but of the recent claimants South Africa's status as No. 1 would seem the most legitimate

Sambit Bal

England v SA, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Kirsten does it again

Aug 20, 2012: After Test and World Cup success with India, Gary Kirsten has now led his native country to No. 1

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

The case for flexibility in the Pietersen saga

Aug 20, 2012: Unity and stability are overrated, great teams are built around great players

Sambit Bal

England v SA, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Steely Amla shows substance over style

Aug 19, 2012: Hashim Amla is one of the rare stylists left in the game but it was his unwavering determination that brought him a valuable hundred at Lord's

Sambit Bal at Lord's

The Philander puzzle

Aug 19, 2012: He found overwhelming success in his first seven Tests but is now struggling in England. It's all to do with the nuts and bolts of how he bowls

Aakash Chopra

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Jonny earns his place in folklore

Aug 18, 2012: The 95 runs of epic character scored by Jonny Bairstow at Lord's were of immense importance to English cricket

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Short of a milestone and a costly drop

Aug 18, 2012: Plays of the Day from the third day of the third Test between England and South Africa at Lord's

George Dobell and Firdose Moonda at Lord's
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England v South Africa at Birmingham - Sep 12, 2012
England won by 28 runs
England v South Africa at Manchester - Sep 10, 2012
No result
England v South Africa at Chester-le-Street - Sep 8, 2012
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Nottingham - Sep 5, 2012
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 93 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Lord's - Sep 2, 2012
England won by 6 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
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