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Statistics don't bat! - Butcher defends Root's T20 spot

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Five series takeaways for England's T20 World Cup preparations

Eoin Morgan's form a huge positive, but Powerplay bowling and middle-overs batting are concerns

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

3RD ODI, JOHANNESBURG

Nicholas: SA have learned more than England in series

At Newlands, de Kock and Bavuma briefly took watchers back to a golden age of South African cricket

Boucher hails de Kock's 'smart cricketing brain'

Coach believes new captain can rise to the workload of opening and keeping wicket as well

England overcome late wobble to square series

England lose four wickets for 20 runs then edge over line after Rashid and Moeen tie South Africa down

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

T20I SERIES

De Kock to lead, Steyn returns for England T20Is

Du Plessis, Rabada given a rest; Pite van Biljon and Sisanda Magala get maiden call-up

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

1ST ODI, CAPE TOWN

'I'm black, that's my skin, but I play cricket because I love it'

Temba Bavuma admits recent discussions about his place in the side have weighed heavily on him

ENG IN SA 2019-20

LIMITED-OVERS SERIES

All-formats star van der Dussen shines amid SA gloom

Impressive debut Test series confirms strong impression batsman has made over last year

De Kock ready for three-pronged role as SA begin ODI rebuild

New skipper primed to open, keep wicket and captain side, insisting "extra responsibility is good for me"

ENGLAND IN SA

50-OVER WARM-UP MATCH

Roy ton helps England overcome stumble in warm-up win

England recover from rusty batting display and hosts' bright start to run chase to seal victory

Banton retains white-ball focus amid 'whirlwind' rise

Batsman committed to KKR contract, and T20 World Cup ambitions, despite Test talk from Vaughan

ENG IN SA 2019-20

LATEST NEWS

Switch Hit - Wood fires England's Test ambition

Mark Butcher and the Switch Hit team discuss England's fast-bowling depth and Jos Buttler's Test future

Kookaburra would bring 'a different skillset' into Championship - Mahmood

Young seamer worked hard on reverse-swing methods in training during England's New Zealand tour

ENG IN SA 2019-20

TEST SERIES REVIEW

Quick-learning Pope ready to take limelight in his stride

Surrey youngster delivers on promise with key role in memorable 3-1 victory in SA

Dobell: Young England embrace old-fashioned virtues

The success of a clutch of players aged 24 or under means Joe Root can look forward with optimism

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

4TH TEST, JOHANNESBURG

South Africa owe Elgar a stable partner

The opener isn't blameless, and his indecisiveness against spin is a problem he must work on

ENGLAND IN SA

REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Broad handed demerit point over du Plessis altercation

Fast bowler fined after being found to have used an "audible obscenity" in Johannesburg Test

Silverwood savours 'good headaches' as Test team takes shape

England's successes are just the first step in a longer journey, says head coach

SA VS ENGLAND

4TH TEST, THE WANDERERS

Moonda: Nortje stands alone in South African party that wasn't

Festive atmosphere at the Wanderers can't disguise South Africa's flat-lining series prospects

VERNON PHILANDER

SWAN SONG

Philander a good thing we never fully appreciated while we still had him

Retiring allrounder is less bully and brute than you might think

Team-mates past and present lead tributes

Wanderers Test will be Philander's last before he retires from international cricket

ENGLAND IN SA

4TH TEST, THE WANDERERS

Broad 'still living for' the Ashes, even if he misses Sri Lanka tour

Veteran quick reveals pace plan for final South Africa Test with one eye already on Australia in 2021

ENGLAND IN SA

3RD TEST, PORT ELIZABETH

Switch Hit: Hope for the future, or false dawn?

Matt Roller, Mark Butcher and George Dobell review England’s turnaround in South Africa

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SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

3RD TEST, PORT ELIZABETH

England complete innings win despite 99-run last-wicket stand

Keshav Maharaj, Dane Paterson bludgeon quick runs before England wrap up win

Wanderers could be my last home Test - du Plessis

South Africa captain insists he expects to stay on until end of West Indies series in July

Root equals unwanted record with 28-run over

How ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary recorded Keshav Maharaj's brutal hitting

SOUTH AFRICA

THE AFTERMATH

'It hurts' - Rabada admits to letting his team down

Bavuma, Phehlukwayo, Petersen and Hendricks have rejoined the squad for the last Test

One good morning can't erase four bad ones

South Africa batting show comes too late as Maharaj and Paterson play with freedom

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

3RD TEST, PORT ELIZABETH

Moonda: 'It's time for de Kock to grow up'

Changes are afoot with du Plessis' Test future uncertain and Bavuma's recall looming large

Boucher says he has 'no clue' about du Plessis' Test future

Head coach believes 'under pressure' captain should take confidence from second innings

Cricket is a finite game and du Plessis' finish is in sight

Wanderers Test could be captain's last - at least at home

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

3RD TEST, PORT ELIZABETH

Moonda: SA's saint and sinner endure thankless days

England's imposing batting pushes South Africa's bowlers to the brink on day of toil

'I hope ICC don't take emotion out of the game' - Mark Boucher

South Africa coach in a quandary after fast bowler's fiery nature gets him in hot water again

Rabada handed demerit point, set to miss fourth Test

Fast bowler roared in celebration after pegging back England captain's off stump

ENGLAND NEWS

ABSENT TRIO

Moeen admits to 'burn-out' as SL decision awaits

Allrounder asked for a break from Tests when dropped after the first Ashes Test

Overworked Archer deserves support not suspicion

Criticism of fast bowler based on unrealistic expectations, not actual returns

ENGLAND IN SA 2019-20

TEST SERIES

Botham, Flintoff, Stokes - who is England's greatest?

Ben Stokes appears to be reaching his golden age, but how does he stack up against his celebrated predecessors?

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Pope leading the charge for England's young guns

Batsman increasingly confident in middle-order role after returning to Test side in New Zealand

ENG IN SA 2019-20

TEST SERIES

Nkwe 'confident' in new SA role despite effective demotion

Assistant coach believes he can have "massive impact" working in partnership with Mark Boucher

'Wouldn't be surprised if he takes over after Faf' - Nkwe on Bavuma's SA future

South Africa's assistant coach backs Temba Bavuma as potential captaincy candidate

Nortje ready to pound in again on green grass of home

Fast bowler has learnt to pitch it up at Port Elizabeth but fears reverse swing may be in short supply for third Test

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

3RD TEST, PORT ELIZABETH

Harris backs Maharaj to rise to the occasion if Port Elizabeth spins

Former South Africa spinner Paul Harris has been working on a consultancy basis with the Test team

SA frailties increase pressure on du Plessis captaincy

Leader in the spotlight in Port Elizabeth after going more a year without a Test hundred

England in SA 2019-20

2ND TEST FALLOUT

Denly's best supporting act begins to earn its plaudits

England's No.3 has come through a tricky start to his Test career and is beginning to know his game

The end of the Anderson overseas debate? It should be

England's leading wicket-taker may have played his last away Test - but pension him off at your peril

Crawley quietly confident he can 'take Rabada down' after Newlands duel

Young opener frustrated as "average shot to a pretty average ball" causes second-innings dismissal

SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND

3RD TEST, PORT ELIZABETH

The race for Test selection: How SA's fringe players are faring

The race for recognition hotted up in the latest round of first-class matches in South Africa

South Africa v England

Test series

How Bess reminded England of the importance of spin

The Switch Hit team reflect on Dom Bess' disciplined role as England level the series in Cape Town

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Bess 'lost a lot of confidence' after falling off Test radar

Offspinner says he is starting to mature after trying to bowl 'magic balls' early in his career

Malan rises after hard graft in the backwaters

The 30-year-old opener is enjoying the belated fruits of grinding out runs in provincial cricket, year after year

South Africa v England

2nd Test, Cape Town

Nicholas: Why Cape Town was a big win for Joe Root

Finally he has full ownership of his team, and in this Test he got what he wanted from his leading men and from the support cast too

'This is why five-day Tests should always be around'

Combatants decry move towards four-day Tests after thrilling Newlands finish

Stokes stands tall again to seal thrilling England victory

Three late wickets deliver win as South Africa falter in brave rearguard

South Africa v England

2nd Test, Cape Town

Dobell: Seven things we learnt from a memorable match

This was an eloquent response to suggestions Tests should last only four days

Moonda: What's that smell over Newlands?

SA batting on the nose, but winds of change may be here

South Africa v England

2nd Test, Cape Town

'I wouldn't waste a referral like this' - Elgar

Opening batsman fumes over key dismissal

Moonda: SA give themselves much to consider

Hosts find top-order stability that has been a stranger over the past year

Eng in SA 2019-20

Test openers

Dobell: New England find value in old-school Sibley

On the ground where Trevor Bayliss set out his preference for an "attacking" top order, Dom Sibley knuckled down

Burns doubtful for Sri Lanka tour, may require surgery

Established opener set to be sidelined for extended period after suffering ankle ligament injury

South Africa v England

2nd Test, Cape Town

England put best feet forward despite Broad's no-ball

Players must take responsibility after Broad's overstep denies him a wicket

Nine lives not enough as van der Dussen, Elgar let edge slip

They put on 117, showing plenty of grit and enjoying a fair amount of luck too

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