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A thunderstorm interrupted play on the final day at Potchefstroom

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 3rd day

Rain frustrates England preparations

England's hopes of narrowing down their bowling options ahead of the Boxing Day Test were thwarted by a spectacular thunderstorm that wiped out the final afternoon of their opening warm-up game at Potchefstroom

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Alex Hales made 8 in his first audition as England's new opener

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 2nd day

Hales 'under pressure' after twin failures - Dala

Alex Hales failed for the second time in consecutive innings on the second day of England's three-day warm-up match at Potchefstroom

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Stuart Broad claimed two wickets with the new ball

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 2nd day

Hales fails again after bowlers thrive

England's bowlers enjoyed a productive work-out on the second day at Senwes Park but Alex Hales missed a second opportunity to make his case at opener

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Ben Stokes hit five sixes in his 158

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 1st day

Stokes declares fitness after big hundred

Centuries from James Taylor and Ben Stokes helped England recover from a shaky start to post an imposing 470 for 5 on the first day of their opening warm-up match in South Africa

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James Taylor drives through the off side during his half-century

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 1st day

England cruise on Taylor and Stokes hundreds

Centuries from James Taylor and Ben Stokes helped England recover from a shaky start to post an imposing 470 for 5 on the first day of their opening warm-up match in South Africa

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Jos Buttler is set to be replaced behind the stumps by Jonny Bairstow

SA Inv XI v Eng XI, Potchefstroom

Bairstow ready to wear gloves with pride

Jonny Bairstow goes into the opening warm-up game of England's tour of South Africa knowing that he is at last England's first-choice wicketkeeper in Test cricket