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    South Africa tour of England (2022) and Ireland

    South Africa white-ball skipper and Test vice-captain Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of their tour of England which starts next month, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday. Bavuma suffered an elbow injury during a recent Twenty20 series in India and needs eight weeks to recover.

    The Proteas will play three world championship Tests, three one-day internationals and three T20 internationals against England as well as two T20 internationals against Ireland in England. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj will lead the one-day team and batsman David Miller will lead the T20 side in Bavuma's absence.

    South Africa have included Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer in their Test squad after he and Maharaj were the match-winners in a series against Bangladesh last season.

    They have picked a strong pace attack, with Anrich Nortje, their fastest bowler, set to make a Test return after missing Tests during the 2021/22 season because of a hip injury.

    He joins Kagiso Rabada and tall left-armer Marco Jansen in what could be a potent combination.

    South Africa have not won a Test series against the English since 2012 when Graeme Smith guided them to victory in England.

    But South Africa are currently second in the world Test championship and had impressive home wins against India and Bangladesh as well as sharing an away series against world champions New Zealand.

    England are languishing in seventh place but are coming off a rousing 3-0 clean sweep against New Zealand under the new leadership of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

    Left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw, 32, has been selected for the T20 internationals, returning to national colours for the first time since 2016 when he signed a Kolpak contract with Hampshire in England.

    Fast bowler Gerald Coetzee, 21, is also in the T20 squad, the only uncapped player across all three squads.

    South African squads:

    Tests: Dean Elgar (capt), Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Duanne Olivier, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wkt), Khaya Zondo.

    One-day internationals: Keshav Maharaj (capt), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams, Kyle Verreynne, Khaya Zondo.

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    SA lack of decent test batting will be exposed, england should be aiming for a 3-0 series win.

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    South Africa got weaker in Test (despite their 2-1 win over India). England should win 3-0.

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    Bavuma's absence would probably be beneficial to the side cause as good as his leadership is, he just doesn't fit in the team.

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    England Men name squads for white-ball matches against South Africa

    England Men's selection panel have named squads for the Royal London ODIs against South Africa starting on Tuesday 19 July and the Vitality IT20s versus South Africa, which get underway later this month.

    England Men's Royal London ODI squad v South Africa:

    Jos Buttler (Lancashire) (captain)
    Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
    Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    Brydon Carse (Durham)
    Sam Curran (Surrey)
    Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
    Craig Overton (Somerset)
    Matthew Potts (Durham)
    Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
    Joe Root (Yorkshire)
    Jason Roy (Surrey)
    Phil Salt (Lancashire)
    Ben Stokes (Durham)
    Reece Topley (Surrey)
    David Willey (Yorkshire)

    England Men's Vitality IT20 squad v South Africa:

    Jos Buttler (Lancashire) (captain)
    Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
    Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    Harry Brook (Yorkshire)
    Sam Curran (Surrey)
    Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)
    Chris Jordan (Surrey)
    Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
    Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
    Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
    Jason Roy (Surrey)
    Phil Salt (Lancashire)
    Reece Topley (Surrey)
    David Willey (Yorkshire)

    Durham seamer Matthew Potts is called up to the ODI squad for the first time after making an impressive debut in England's four Test matches earlier this summer.

    Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid returns to both squads after missing the series against India, having been permitted by the ECB to make The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

    Yorkshire batter Jonathan Bairstow is included in the T20 squad after he was rested for the India series.

    To manage the workload and fitness of England Men's Test captain Ben Stokes, he will not feature in the Vitality IT20 series and The Hundred competition, which is due to start next month.

    Royal London ODI Series Schedule:

    1st ODI: England v South Africa, Tuesday 19 July, Seat Unique Riverside, (1.00pm start)
    2nd ODI: England v South Africa, Friday 22 July, Emirates Old Trafford (1.00pm start)
    3rd ODI: England v South Africa, Sunday 24 July, Headingley (11.00am start)

    Vitality IT20 Series Schedule:

    1st IT20: England v South Africa, Wednesday 27 July 2022, The Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol (6.30pm start)
    2nd IT20: England v South Africa, Thursday 28 July 2022. Sophia Gardens (6.30pm start)
    3rd IT20: England v South Africa, Sunday 31 July 2022, Ageas Bowl (2.30pm start)


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    Looking forward to seeing Rabada and Nortje bowl in the tests.

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    DURHAM: Stand-in captain Keshav Maharaj says the Proteas will be aiming to improve on their recent One-Day International (ODI) form when they take on England in their series-opener at the Riverside in Durham on Tuesday.

    South Africa face the world champions in three 50-over matches as they get the business end of their two-month long tour to the United Kingdom under way.

    The tourists mixed an impressive 3-0 series win over India over the past 12 months with defeats to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh either side, but they have also introduced several new players to their squad in that period as they build towards the World Cup in India next year.

    “We haven’t done relatively well in the ODI format, but we’ve tried various formats and combinations, so hopefully we’ve found that rhythm to our game now when we can start off on a positive note come this England series,” Maharaj told the media on Monday.

    “Obviously England have come off quite a bit of cricket and they’re pretty much a more settled team. But having put in the hard work over the past 12 months, I think it’s about time we see some good results come this series and moving forward.”

    South Africa last played an ODI in March when they faced Bangladesh in Centurion. Maharaj, who is leading the Proteas in the absence of injured captain Temba Bavuma, says they are looking ahead to ODI cricket again.

    “The boys are really excited, it’s been a while since we’ve played our last ODI game and it’s been a substantial and lengthy build-up to the game, so the boys are ready to get onto the park, so come tomorrow and hit the ball running,” he said.

    “Results haven’t really gone our way, but it’s a nice way to build that confidence and filter in towards ODI cricket up until the World Cup next year.”

    South Africa enjoyed two productive warm-up games against England Lions ahead of the series, while the home side were beaten by India in their three-match ODI sequence against India.

    The Proteas have also not historically done very well in limited-overs cricket in England and Maharaj is hopeful of changing that.

    “It does present an opportunity to do something special,” he explained. “We’ve come a long way as a team and as a unit. So it is an opportunity to create history, but we’ll take it one ball at a time and hopefully achieve something really big as the ODI unit.”

    Looking ahead to the clash against an England side that has become famous for its attacking brand of batting, the skipper added: “It’s all about doing the basics correctly and following our own game plan.

    “We just need to make sure we execute our plans right, adapt to conditions on the day and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. It’s one thing we have been good at and hopefully we can replicate much of that in this series and going forward.”

    Quinton de Kock, who missed the warm-up matches as an injury precaution, is fit and available for the game.

    Proteas ODI squad against England

    Keshav Maharaj (captain, Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Marco Jansen (Gbets Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (GbetsRocks), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Anrich Nortje (Gbets Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kyle Verreynne (Six Gun Grill Western Province).


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    South Africa White ball squad is good except zondo who if I am not wrong was a test player at his best when I Seen him last time.

    Series will be competitive imo.
    Looking forward to see jaaneman malan, klassen and markram do well.

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    Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo has been ruled out for the remainder of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England due to the concussion he sustained following a collision with a team-mate while fielding, during the first ODI at The Riverside in Durham on Tuesday.

    Proteas team doctor, Dr Hashendra Ramjee explained: “Following his concussion, Andile has been monitored closely and has shown signs of improvement. He will now commence his concussion return to play rehabilitation program.”


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    NORTJE AND PROTEAS BID FOR ODI SERIES WIN

    Thursday, 21 July 2022

    MANCHESTER: Proteas speedster Anrich Nortje says South Africa want to go for “the win and the kill” when they face England in game two of their three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.

    The visitors were victorious in the opening fixture in Durham on Tuesday and now have the chance to seal only a second bilateral series triumph over their hosts on their shores. The last time the South Africans won an ODI series in the country was in 1998.

    They are up against an England team who are the world champions and will be hurting after their heavy 62-run loss at The Riverside.

    Nonetheless, Nortje feels the Proteas need to focus on their own strengths and strategies heading into the clash.

    “For us it’s about doing what we do well,” he told a pre-match press conference on Thursday. “We’re not too bothered about how England goes about their thing. That’s their own sort of strategy and how they want to play.

    “For us it’s about on the day, so obviously if it’s a green wicket then things might change. We’ll try and adapt as quickly as possible, but going all guns blazing might be tough.

    “We will just try to adapt and to be smart. They have very good batters, so we’ll have to be on it, it doesn’t matter where we’re playing. We have to stay on our toes and do our homework.”

    The South Africans had amassed a huge 333 for five in the opening fixture, before restricting the English to 271 all out.

    Head coach Mark Boucher and his team only arrived in Manchester on Thursday ahead of the game and Nortje, who is playing for the first time in his career in England, said they were yet to assess conditions at the venue, although he hoped it would be more bowler friendly.

    “From what I understand and what’s being said, they say it will play a little bit better than the previous venue,” he said. “Hopefully we can get a little bit more bounce…it was quite tough trying to bowl bouncers (in the last game). So hopefully there’ll be a little bit more in it and I think it will help to make it a good wicket as well for batters and bowlers.”

    When South Africa were last in action on the international stage, they drew 2-2 with India on the sub-continent having taken a 2-0 lead in what was a five-match Twenty20 sequence.

    Nortje believes they have learnt from that set of games, adding that they will be looking to be more clinical this time around.

    “We mentioned that, the India series and that third game which was going to be like a final for us,” he concluded. “We didn’t get through it and the next one was going to be like another final and we didn’t pull through.

    “So there’s definitely some learnings from that. I have to be honest and we know the team that we’re playing against has nothing to lose. They’re going to come hard at us because they also want to draw level in the series.

    “We’ve only won one game now and every time we come close to that (winning a series) we want to try and pull through. We’re aware of it and want to go for the win and for the kill. We don’t want to drag it out even longer.”

    All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was earlier on Thursday ruled out for the remainder of the series due to the concussion he sustained following an on-field collision with a team-mate.


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    Brydon Carse will miss Sunday’s third Royal London ODI in Leeds after suffering an injured right big toe during the series opener at Chester-le-Street.

    Carse left the squad on Saturday morning and will be further assessed over the next week.
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    Big game tomorrow.

    Headingley is a special ground for England they will want to bring home a much needed series win.

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    BRISTOL: Stand-in Proteas T20 International (T20I) captain David Miller is looking forward to the challenge of captaining South Africa in their three-match series against England starting in Bristol on Wednesday.

    The tourists face the hosts on successive days, starting with the clash at the Seat Unique Stadium and followed by another in Cardiff on Thursday. The series concludes with a trip to Hampshire on Sunday.

    Star batsman Miller is leading the visitors in the absence of injured skipper Temba Bavuma and is hopeful of a good outing against the English.

    “I have captained a few times in my career so far and what I have learnt is that things do get a little bit crazy and frantic out there,” he told the media at a pre-series press conference. “It’s just about having your clear plans along with staying as calm as possible.

    “I’ve already done a bit of prep and hopefully will be nice and prepared for tomorrow leading into the next couple games.”

    The two sides concluded their three-match One-Day International (ODI) series on Sunday, a sequence of games that ended 1-1 after the final game was washed due to rain.

    Keshav Maharaj led the team for that series and now Miller has stepped in for this one. The stand-in captain admitted that Bavuma’s unavailability was not ideal but felt that it provided an opportunity for others who had performed well domestically to stake a claim in the national set-up.

    “It does become quite challenging when there are injuries and stuff,” Miller said. “But it’s part of the game and for the last year or year-and-a-half we’ve got together a squad that we’re pretty comfortable with at the moment.

    “So with Temba not being here, it doesn’t really help, but it does allow for us to get a closer look at other players around the country leading into the World Cup.”

    Some of the relatively new faces in the mix for this series include batsmen Rilee Rossouw and Tristan Stubbs, together with paceman Gerald Coetzee.

    Meanwhile, England themselves have been getting use to life under a new captain after Jos Buttler stepped up following the retirement of Eoin Morgan.

    Miller conceded that the hosts will present a tough challenge, although he was confident the South Africans will be prepared.

    He added: “The England team has come a long way in the last couple of years. They are a formidable team, Jos has played a lot under Eoin Morgan, he’s got great experience and has travelled all around the world, he plays IPL and has done extremely well on the international circuits.

    “So I do think that they are a serious team. But to counter that, we’ve got a serious team as well. I think it’s going to be a good series.”

    Proteas T20I squad against England

    David Miller (captain, Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Gerald Coetzee (ITEC Knights), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Gbets Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Rilee Rossouw (ITEC Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Gbets Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions).


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    Can full time Captain Jos get off the mark this week and win a series?

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    The Proteas T20 International (T20I) squad has arrived in Bristol ahead of their two-match T20I series against Ireland.

    Proteas paceman Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the series following a review of his left medial ankle injury by the Proteas medical team. He will continue medical management and rehabilitation and his progress will be closely monitored in preparation for the upcoming three-match Test series against England later this month.

    Proteas T20I squad against Ireland

    David Miller (captain, Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Gerald Coetzee (ITEC Knights), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Gbets Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Rilee Rossouw (ITEC Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Gbets Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions).



    South Africa T20I Series against Ireland

    Wednesday, 03 August - 18:30

    Ireland vs South Africa – Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol


    Friday, 05 August - 18:30

    Ireland vs South Africa – Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol


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    England Men name Test squad for LV= Insurance Test matches against South Africa

    England Men's selection panel have named a 14-strong squad for the first two LV= Insurance Test matches against South Africa starting at Lord's on 17 August.

    England Men's Test squad v South Africa:

    Ben Stokes (Durham) captain
    James Anderson (Lancashire)
    Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
    Harry Brook (Yorkshire)
    Zak Crawley (Kent)
    Ben Foakes (Surrey)
    Jack Leach (Somerset)
    Alex Lees (Durham)
    Craig Overton (Somerset)
    Matthew Potts (Durham)
    Ollie Pope (Surrey)
    Ollie Robinson (Sussex)
    Joe Root (Yorkshire)

    Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson returns to the squad for the first time since the Caribbean tour in March. He returned to LV= County Championship action last week after recovering from a back injury, which has prevented him from playing any cricket since

    Commenting on the selected squad, ECB Men's Performance Director, Mo Bobat, said:

    "After an excellent start to the summer under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, we're looking forward to an exciting Test series against a strong South Africa side.

    "The selectors have picked a squad for the first two Tests at Lord's and Emirates Old Trafford with continuity in mind.

    "It's good to get Ollie Robinson back in the mix after his recent injury. He will continue his progress by playing for the Lions against South Africa in a four-day match at Canterbury next week."

    The Lions squad for the four-day tour match will be announced at the end of this week.

    LV= Insurance Test Schedule:

    1st Test: England v South Africa, 17-21 August, Lord's Cricket Ground, London
    2nd Test: England v South Africa, 25-29 August, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
    3rd Test: England v South Africa, 8-12 September, Kia Oval, London

    Tour Match:

    Four-day match: Lions v South Africa, 9-12 August, The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Canterbury


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    MARKRAM WARY AS PROTEAS PREPARE FOR IRELAND TEST

    Tuesday, 02 August 2022

    BRISTOL: Proteas batter Aiden Markram is looking forward to facing Ireland in the opening T20 International (T20I) of their two-match series starting in Bristol on Wednesday, saying that South Africa can take plenty of heart from the progress they made in their recent series win over England.

    The tourists impressively overcame a formidable English outfit 2-1 in their three-game sequence, which came on the back of a 1-1 scoreline in a rain-affected One-Day International (ODI) series.

    Now they will be hoping to build on that success at the Seat Unique Stadium, although Markram is wary of the threat posed by the opposition.

    “I think it will be a new and exciting challenge for us,” he said. “We played them quite recently in Ireland and we saw exactly what they could do and they're certainly a team that is improving series by series.

    “We've witnessed that (when Ireland played) against India now recently and certainly they're a team that you can't take for granted.

    “I think it's just about us now working on our plans, trusting those plans that we've now got in place and that have been working for us.

    “We know that if we sort of take care of our space and play at the right intensity, then with the right plans in place hopefully that's enough to get us over the line again against Ireland. “

    Because of the form of some of his team-mates, Markram only featured in one of the three games against England. Rilee Rossouw, Reeza Hendricks and Tristan Stubbs were in fine form, meaning he had to bide his time on the sidelines.

    When his chance finally did arrive, the all-rounder struck a fine half-century to illustrate the strength in depth that the Proteas currently possess.

    “The form we saw from Rilee, Reeza and Tristan is exciting for us as a team and it creates some good competition amongst the squad which is certainly something healthy for us to have,” Markram stated.

    And regarding his role in the team, he added: “If I come in after them I'll play as the situation needs me to, if they start well with good intensity then it will mean coming in and matching that intensity and if not then adding more intensity.

    “It's great to have those guys in front of me in good form, guys putting their hand up in different games and it's exciting for us as a squad to have that around us.”


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    Ireland vs South Africa, 1st T20I

    Teams :

    South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj(c), Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(w), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little

    South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat


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    PROTEAS EDGE OUT SPIRITED IRELAND IN OPENING T20I

    BRISTOL: Half centuries by Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram ensured the Proteas began their two-match T20 International (T20I) series against Ireland with a 21-run victory at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol on Wednesday.

    Opener Hendricks became only the sixth player to record four successive 50 plus scores at this level when he top-scored with 74 off 53 balls (10 fours, 1 six), with Markram also posting back-to-back half centuries on his way to 56 off 27 balls (2 fours, 5 sixes).

    Their performances helped propel the Proteas to 211 for five – a record score against the Irish beating the 189 for two they posted in Belfast last year.

    The South Africans were then handed a scare in the chase as their opponents replied with 190 for nine in their 20 overs, the tourists eventually holding on to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match sequence.

    The second game takes place at the same venue on Friday.

    The Proteas were full value for their latest win, though. Fresh from beating England 2-1 in the last series that concluded on Sunday, Mark Boucher’s side – without the injured David Miller – won the toss and opted to bat first.

    Quinton de Kock was run out early for seven, while Rassie van der Dussen (10) also fell cheaply leaving the score on 45 for two in the sixth over.

    But Hendricks and Markram then came together for a 112-run third-wicket partnership. They made full use of the short boundaries – the former bagging his 11th T20I 50 and the latter his eighth – before falling to successive Gareth Delany (2/31) deliveries.

    However, rising star Tristan Stubbs (24 off 11 balls) and Dwaine Pretorius (21 not out off 7 balls) made merry at the death to lift their side to a strong total.

    Ireland flew out of the blocks by reaching 43 for one in the fifth over, but lost four wickets relatively quickly to slip to 84 for five in the 10th over.

    Stand-in skipper Keshav Maharaj (2/29) claimed two of the wickets in that period added to a double for Wayne Parnell (2/36).

    But they were then handed a scare as Lorcan Tucker (78 off 38 balls, 7 fours, 5 sixes) and George Dockrell (43 off 28 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes) put on 86 together in no time to raise hopes for the Irish.

    However, Tabraiz Shamsi (2/37) snapped the partnership by removing the former and with it the hopes of their opponents as the South Africans closed out a slightly nervy win.


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    I guess Hendricks and Stubbs can be added to the list of World Cup hopefuls for South Africa. Both have been making a case for their selection forcefully in the last few matches. The only one who looks like the odd man out is captain Bavuma. South Africa's selectors have a big selection headache ahead of them.

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    Ireland vs South Africa, 2nd T20I

    Ireland have won the toss and have opted to field

    South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller(c), Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little


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    South Africa (white ball) are starting to become pretty fearsome again imo. Stuffed full of quality players

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    Wayne Parnell took 5-30 as South Africa eased to a 44-run win over Ireland in the second T20I.

    The left-arm quick ran through the Irish batting line-up as Harry Tector top-scored with 34 in an unsuccessful chase of 183.

    Ireland won the toss, chose to bowl first, and were successful once again in limiting any potential damage from Quinton de Kock; the left-hander pulled Barry McCarthy to Curtis Campher at deep midwicket for 7 in the sixth over to leave South Africa 42-1.

    Rassie van der Dussen never got going either, struggling to find his flow against Gareth Delany’s leg-spin before Andrew McBrine claimed the dismissal: the right-hander holed out to long-on for 4 off 14.

    The impressive Delany then bowled Reeza Hendricks for 42, denying the right-hander a fifth consecutive T20I half-century. Aiden Markram was destructive, smashing 27 off 10, but Delany had him walking back too – with the Proteas 85-4 in the 13th over, Ireland looked in a strong position.

    But then came some blistering hitting as Heinrich Klaasen (39 off 16), David Miller (32* off 20) and Dwaine Pretorius (17 off 7) lifted South Africa to an imposing total of 182-6. With 89 runs scored off the final six overs, the Irish bowling figures took a hit – but Delany (2-24) and Josh Little (1-20) still enjoyed solid outings.

    The Irish innings never really got going, with Parnell taking two wickets in two balls to send Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker packing for ducks in the second over. Paul Stirling was threatening to cause damage, hitting 28 off 16, but a Lungi Ngidi slower ball accounted for him in the sixth over.

    Delany was the third duck of the innings, and while Curtis Campher (19 off 17) and Tector put on 47, Ireland then collapsed from 87-4 to 96-9.

    Barry McCarthy saved Ireland from the threat of being bowled out for double figures, putting on a last-minute show for the crowd at Bristol: he smashed 32 off 19, his new T20I-best, with three fours and two sixes included in the cameo.

    But the Proteas were eventually able to taste victory, wrapping the match up with seven balls to spare. For his five-wicket haul, Parnell was Player of the Match, while Hendricks took the Player of the Series award.

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Bristol, 5 August 2022

    South Africa 182-6 (20 overs; R Hendricks 42, H Klaasen 39; G Delany 2-24)

    Ireland 138 (18.5 overs; H Tector 34, B McCarthy 32; W Parnell 5-30)

    South Africa won by 44 runs


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    Ireland remain winless. They played some excellent cricket this summer; were close to winning on a few occasions.

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) congratulates the Proteas for winning their two-match T20 International (T20I) series against Ireland.

    The series concluded on Friday with South Africa winning the second match by 44 runs. The win came off the back of a 21-run victory earlier in the week in the first T20I at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.

    The two-match sequence rounded off a memorable white-ball tour of England and Wales, which included a one-all draw in the One-Day International (ODI) series, followed by a historic 2-1 T20I series win against hosts England.

    CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki commented:

    “Cricket South Africa would like to congratulate the Proteas on a consecutive T20I series win.”

    “Credit to both Kesh (Maharaj) and David (Miller) for the way they led the Proteas in the absence of permanent white-ball captain Temba (Bavuma).

    “A special mention must go to Reeza (Hendricks) for his impressive feat of four consecutive half-centuries at the top of the order, as well as Wayne (Parnell) for his career-best five-wicket haul which propelled him to 50 wickets in the shortest format.”

    CSA Chairman of the Board Lawson Naidoo added:

    “I extend my heartiest congratulations to Mark Boucher and the team for their most recent result. The quality and aggression with which they approached the series is testament to the brand of cricket that the Proteas have become synonymous with over the past 12 months.

    “There were moments in the series where they were challenged but an all-round team effort ensured they ended up victorious. They will no doubt have gained a lot of confidence from back-to-back series wins which will stand them in good stead as they continue their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.”


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    ELGAR READY FOR TOUR MATCH AGAINST LIONS

    Monday, 08 August 2022

    CANTERBURY: The Proteas formally kick-off their preparations for the first Test match against England next week when they play a four-day tour match against the Lions starting at The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence in Canterbury on Tuesday.

    The players travelled from Bristol in the south west, to the east coast over the weekend to begin their red-ball preparations following a highly successful trip thus far.

    They drew their rain-affected One-Day International (ODI) series 1-1 against the hosts, who they then beat 2-1 in a three-match T20 International (T20I) sequence. That was followed by a 2-0 win over Ireland in their two-game T20I series.

    Speaking ahead of the warm-up match, Test captain Dean Elgar told the media that having players join the squad that were part of those limited-overs games was a big positive for the team.

    “They've got a lot of confidence coming into the set-up and it's almost like a breath of fresh air with these guys coming,” he told the media on Monday. “Knowing they've done so well in the last month playing here, that's great for us. It gives us good resources, many options and info we can use to best prepare going into the series.”

    Many of the players in the Test squad also have strong experience playing county cricket in England. Elgar believes this too will benefit South Africa immensely.

    “I think those options are brilliant for us,” he said. “I think we're ticking the boxes in the right nature, having guys play country cricket here now and doing pretty well in those games they've played. It's a massive asset for us going into this Test series just from an experience of the conditions point of view.”

    Elgar also provided an injury update regarding Kagiso Rabada, who did not feature in their most recent white-ball matches due to an ankle problem.

    The skipper said: “He has bowled since we started our camp in Canterbury. Obviously with regard to the workload, I think that's the biggest concern whether he can carry himself through a Test match with the intensity and the volume of overs in a day's play.

    “For now he's doing all the right things. I can't say yes or no as yet, but there still are eight or nine days before the first Test and he's high on our list to get him fit and giving us more options for the series.”

    While Rabada is on the mend, the Proteas have been significantly bolstered by the return to the Test squad of Anrich Nortje. The paceman played the last of his 12 Tests against West Indies more than a year ago.

    “It's great to have Ana back,” Elgar added. “He's gone amiss a bit with his injuries over the last year. The way he's bowling in the nets and the way he's bowled in the white-ball game now is big for us.

    “He brings a whole different aspect of pace to the table and in the UK if you have those kinds of assets, you need to use them.”

    The three-match Test series against England begins at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on 17 August.


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    The South African team will be wearing black armbands on the sad news that umpire Rudy Koertzen passed away


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    282/6 close of play.

    Evens?

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    England Lions having South Africa for lunch!





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    One word:

    Embarrassing

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    England Lions won by an innings and 56 runs


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One word:

    Embarrassing

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    England Lions won by an innings and 56 runs
    Very surprising. South Africa have a decent Test team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Very surprising. South Africa have a decent Test team.
    The definitely should still not be losing to Eng Lions which despite having 8 test players doesnt have much international experience. However, sometimes it can happen when your team is in transition.

    Yes SA are decent and have quality but, test is probably the toughest of formats where every ounce of experience to support the skills makes the difference. Their test team being in transition which means that their overall test experience is pretty limited which plays a huge role and many fans and critics often overlook it. You take out Elgar and Rabada and you wont find anyone with even 50 test matches. Same is the case with current Pak outfit rather worse in experience point of you as guys like Azhar and Yasir who have experience are past their peak.

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    Will be stronger with Rabada(If fit), Ngidi and Nortje in the test team. Jansen or Olivier for fourth seamer. If Rabada doesn't make it they start to look weaker.

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    Come on England! (full team)

    Should be a highly competitive series.

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    I am expecting it to be a good test series. What are the test matches schedule?

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    @Ab Fan

    LV= Insurance Test Schedule:

    1st Test: England v South Africa, 17-21 August, Lord's Cricket Ground, London

    2nd Test: England v South Africa, 25-29 August, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

    3rd Test: England v South Africa, 8-12 September, Kia Oval, London

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    Proteas fast bowler Duanne Olivier has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England due to a grade 2 right hip flexor muscle tear. Olivier sustained the injury during the four-day tour match against England Lions at The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence in Canterbury.

    Proteas team doctor, Dr Hashendra Ramjee explained: “Duanne presented with significant discomfort involving his right hip flexor muscle at the close of play on day three of the four-day tour match. After clinical assessment, he was referred for an MRI scan which revealed a grade 2 tear involving the right pectineus muscle.

    “Due to the extent of the injury, he has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England and will return home where he will commence his rehabilitation with the Gauteng Central Lions medical team.”

    No replacement has been named.


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    South Africa Test skipper Dean Elgar has played down the hype around England's new batting approach in the format under head coach Brendon McCullum.

    Elgar has stressed that he has "absolutely no interest" in the way England have reformed their Test batting ahead of the Test series between the sides in an interview on The Guardian.

    England, whose batting has undergone an astonishing metamorphosis with McCullum taking over the coaching role, are set to host South Africa for three Tests this summer, with the first Test to be played at Lord's on August 17.

    They come off the back of a 3-0 drubbing of New Zealand and a victory in the one-off Test against India - a continuation of the series played in 2021 - in the last couple of months.

    However, Elgar is unperturbed by the talk around Bazball, the reformed batting mantra, and has in fact thrown an open challenge for England's batters.

    “I think it can go one of two ways for them and it can go south very quickly," Elgar said. "Their own coach doesn’t even like the slogan they’ve come up with. I’d like to see them do it against our seamers.”

    South Africa, however, have issues in the fast bowling department with Duanne Olivier ruled out with a muscle tear and Kagiso Rabada still recovering from injuries to ligaments in his left ankle during the T20Is against England.

    Olivier was the pick of South Africa's quicks in the pre-series warm-up match against England Lions, which South Africa lost by an innings and 56 runs.

    The upcoming Test series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship, where South Africa are currently the toppers with a win percentage of 71.43%.

    England, meanwhile, have won just five of their 16 Test matches this cycle and are seventh in the points table. But four of those five wins have come in the last four Tests they played.

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    Lots of trash talking from the arrogant sounding Dean Elgar, not sure why for ten years now England have been handing out fairly regularly thumpings to South Africa in Test cricket, at home and away.

    Rather than droning on in interviews and trying to start off unprovoked mind games, Elgar should be more focused on his worrying fast bowling injuries & the fact that his team just lost a warm up game by an innings to England B, with the fringe English batters piling up a total of almost 700 at a rapid run rate.

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    England v South Africa: Proteas opener Sarel Erwee on journey from nearly quitting to Test success

    South Africa opener Sarel Erwee laughs as he goes through his notes on how to face England bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Board.

    "I'm actually getting my book out here to give you some inside info," he says.

    Preparing to face a resurgent England when the first Test starts at Lord's on Wednesday, the 32-year-old Erwee is on a high that is deserved after a decade of piling on runs in South African domestic cricket.

    Just over two years ago, this high was unimaginable - Erwee was going to quit.

    "It had nothing to do with my stats or feeling I was never going to play for South Africa," he says.

    "It was a case of what was going on in my personal life, away from the cricket field that was influencing my energies and mindset."

    Off-field events were turning the game he loved into the job he didn't and Erwee's mental health was suffering.

    When his domestic side the Dolphins offered him a new contract, Erwee was busy coaching at his old school. Coaching gave him an insight into a future life that, with one phone call, could easily have become his present.

    Erwee knew something was wrong, but not how to fix it.

    Time passed, but nothing changed, until a "blessing in disguise" arrived in the form of Covid. With the world on pause, Erwee says it allowed him the time to "pluck up my courage and address my mental health."

    He adds: "I made the decision one day that I love my job, but I'm going absolutely hate it if I don't sort out my personal issues."

    Erwee describes what happened next as "probably the best thing that's happened" to him.

    The South African Cricketers' Association employ people to help players work out what to do next in their careers, with sports psychologist Dr Kirsten van Heerden performing that role for the Durban-based Dolphins.

    "I took a chance, because she's such an approachable person," says Erwee. "I sat down with her and started talking.

    "That first step, just saying those first couple of words took a hell of a lot of weight off my shoulders.

    "I feel like a lot of men, we get into this state where we're too nervous to talk because of how we're going to get judged. Mental health gets spoken about a lot in the media, but we get too nervous of how we'll be judged if we come out and speak to someone."

    In their conversations the two would use sporting analogies rather than official medical terms, a step that Erwee says made the process more accessible and effective. And over time, Erwee's enjoyment of the game returned.

    While it had never been about the runs, those improved alongside Erwee's health.

    In early 2022, over 13 years on from his first-class debut, he was selected for South Africa for the first time. A selection that was the result of leaning on the door until it caved rather than banging it down.

    Across his four Test matches so far he averages 30, a respectable return that includes a century away to New Zealand in his second match. It was an innings of particular importance to Erwee as it came in front of his sister and niece, who he had been unable to see in years.

    "It was incredible," he says, "It's indescribable really unless you're in that moment. You get overwhelmed with feelings. Even a month after I got home, I was still like, 'Wow, that actually happened.'"

    The emotions that followed for Erwee were a combination of pride, joy, and, ultimately, hunger.

    Erwee says he asked himself after his maiden century whether it was something he only wanted to do once.

    He adds: "Or is it something you want to do for as long as you possibly can?

    "Now I train and I try to get one per cent better every day just so that doesn't happen just once.

    "I'm sure it will happen again, I'm an optimist."

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    I question if all this trash-talking is going to come back to bite Elgar in the rear. South Africa already got a reality check in the tour match. Elgar is going to look really stupid if something similar happens in the test matches too.

    And with Rabada in doubt for the first test and Olivier out of the series, I'm also not sure how smart it is to go out boasting about your quicks when a team with a better pace bowling attack was just flattened by this same England side months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    I question if all this trash-talking is going to come back to bite Elgar in the rear. South Africa already got a reality check in the tour match. Elgar is going to look really stupid if something similar happens in the test matches too.

    And with Rabada in doubt for the first test and Olivier out of the series, I'm also not sure how smart it is to go out boasting about your quicks when a team with a better pace bowling attack was just flattened by this same England side months ago.
    Proper blockhead behaviour from Elgar.

    No sympathy for him if it goes belly up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Proper blockhead behaviour from Elgar.

    No sympathy for him if it goes belly up.
    I wonder what brought it on though? Elgar tends to be pretty mild-mannered and diplomatic in pressers. This is like a 180 degree turn in the opposite direction.

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    England men's Test captain Ben Stokes insists the team's attacking mindset won't change for their three-Test series against South Africa which starts on Wednesday at Lord's.

    Under Stokes and new head coach Brendon McCullum, England won four Tests in a row to start the summer, sweeping New Zealand in their three-match series - chasing scores of over 275 in each Test - and then beating India with a record run-chase of 378.

    South Africa captain Dean Elgar has been the latest to comment on England's new style which has been labelled 'Bazball', saying: "I don't see that there's longevity in brave cricket".

    But Stokes has reiterated the message to his team, eager to see the "venom" in their approach still after five weeks away for white-ball cricket.

    "The opposition seem to be doing a lot of the talking at the moment about it," Stokes said. "We just concentrate on what we do.

    "We've got a style of play, they've got a style of play. At the end of the day, it's bat against ball and whoever plays best over a Test match is most likely to win.

    "I'm happy for Dean and the South African team to keep saying they're not interested but also keep talking about it."

    Stokes added: "For me, it's just about reiterating the points that we were making at the start of the summer - our mindset, attitude and everything like that - about how we go out and play our cricket.

    "Personally, I think that's the most important thing at the moment for this team. Believing in what we speak in the changing room, going out there and trying to deliver on what we say.

    "It has felt like we've been a really long time away from each other - obviously there has been a lot of different cricket, different formats played - so there is a real excitement for me to get back in there, see everybody, and reminding everybody about what we've achieved and sticking to our guns.

    "It's about making sure that five-week period doesn't mean we've lost our venom. It would be easy to have so long away to almost forget the place we managed to find ourselves in.

    "The results will look after themselves. If we play to the standard that we have done over the last four Test matches, we know we're going to give ourselves a great opportunity of winning the game.

    Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes returns to the starting XI, replacing Sam Billings, in the only change for the first Test at Lord's after he missed the win over India at Edgbaston with Covid.

    Stokes said he was also happy with his own fitness, having been troubled with a knee issue earlier this summer.

    "Everyone in the starting eleven, who you'll see tomorrow, the shirt is theirs at the moment," Stokes said.

    "I look at the squad as a whole and it's a very exciting place to be at as a captain and a coach, as me and Baz [McCullum] keep saying. We feel as if we've got all bases covered.

    "You'd definitely rather be there, than scratching your head thinking 'who are we going to pick?'

    "It was quite an easy decision based on our previous four performances."

    With regards to his knee, Stokes added: "It has been a long process with that, but we have an unbelievable medical team. I'm very pleased and happy with where I am at the minute. It's just about maintaining it.

    "I had two weeks off after my one-day retirement. I've built myself back up nicely and I'm really excited to get back out there tomorrow."

    England men's XI, first Test: Ben Stokes (c), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Matthew Potts, James Anderson

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    ELGAR AND PROTEAS READY FOR ENGLAND TEST

    Tuesday, 16 August 2022

    LONDON: Proteas captain Dean Elgar insists that he wants to be the best as South Africa prepare to face England in the first Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday.

    The clash at the ‘Home of Cricket’ marks the start of what is a three-match Test series, one the tourists will be aiming to win to consolidate their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship rankings.

    The Proteas are also presently ranked third in the world behind Australia and India in red-ball cricket and skipper Elgar has expressed his desire for them to reach the top.

    “I didn’t take this job thinking that we would just be mid-table and not playing our best cricket,” he told the media at the pre-match media briefing on Tuesday. “It’s always been my goal and my ambition (to be the best).

    “I’ve experienced us being world number one twice and the feeling is great. But I know it’s such a journey and hard work to get there. I want the young guys to experience that, I still want to experience it before I turn a chapter.

    “But for me it’s definitely one of my biggest goals as captain. I wouldn’t be in this job if I thought we’re not capable of doing that.”
    In England they come up against an opponent that has won their past four Tests, three against New Zealand and one versus India, under new coach Brendon McCullum. Their attacking style of play has drawn widespread praise, but Elgar believes the Proteas can challenge them.

    “I think one of our biggest strengths as a Test side over the last period has been our awareness to adapt,” he said. “I think when you’re under the pump in Test cricket you need to have that quality and that skill. I think we fast-tracked that at quite a good rate just purely out of the guys having a good attitude around that.

    “I think that’s going to be a massive factor for us in this series, especially if England do have a flier, which I know somewhere they’re going to have periods in the game where they’re going to be on top of us.

    “We’re going to have to find a way to adapt into that situation. There’s been a lot of learnings from watching what happened in those series and I do think we’re a smarter side and adaptability is a big thing for me.”

    Elgar confirmed that Kagiso Rabada had made good progress with his most recent injury in the past few days.

    “KG has really done well in the last few days,” he said. “I think he’s very close to being fully-fit for this Test. We’re still currently waiting to learn the final I’d say 12, but his progress has been good and that’s positive for us.”

    The Proteas have already won series against England and Ireland during their tour to the United Kingdom, both in the T20 International format. They also drew their One-Day International (ODI) series 1-1 against world champions England at the start of the trip.


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    Right, the UK heatwave is finally over (thank god) and the weather is turning milder. Rain is forecast tomorrow at Lord's where the slope means there's always something for the seamers.

    This will be a proper test of whether "Bazball" can succeed in all conditions and against a handy South African pace attack.

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    England captain Ben Stokes has insisted there will be no let-up in the team's attacking approach as they look to bounce back in the second Test against South Africa starting Thursday. The hosts have arrived at Manchester's Old Trafford 1-0 down in a three-match series following a chastening innings and 12-run defeat inside three days by the Proteas at Lord's last week. That was their first defeat under the new leadership duo of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum following a run of four successive wins with an aggressive approach dubbed 'Bazball', characterised by attacking batting that saw England chase down stiff fourth innings targets against New Zealand and India during the past two months.

    England, however, had no answer to a formidable South Africa pace attack led by Kagiso Rabada at Lord's, where they were dismissed for just 165 and 149 in their two innings, although a lack of domestic red-ball cricket since last month's win over India, was arguably more responsible than 'Bazball' for a clatter of wickets.

    And a rare double failure by Joe Root meant England have not won a Test when the star batsman has not made a fifty for more than two years.

    All-rounder Stokes, who took over as captain after close friend Root had presided over just one win in 17 Tests, was in no mood to change tack after just one loss.

    "Absolutely not," he said. "We know well that when we perform to the capabilities that we're capable of, then we can go out and put on an incredible performance, like everybody's seen in the four games before."

    "Timid"

    Former New Zealand captain McCullum said England's problem at Lord's had been a lack of attack rather than too much cavalier cricket.

    "I think they were perhaps a touch timid," he said. "We approach the game with a clear mentality about the way we want to play.

    "It's not always going to work. As we said at the time, you've got to buckle up for the ride. It's not nice at times like this but we'll come back strong."

    There are, however, legitimate questions over the form of opening batsman Zak Crawley who, after another two low scores at Lord's, is now averaging a mere 16.4 across 10 Test innings this season.

    England, however, seem determined to stick with the 24-year-old Kent right-hander, backed in bizarre fashion by McCullum when the coach said: "I look at a guy like Zak and his skill-set is not to be a consistent cricketer."

    As for their bowling, England may consider recalling Ollie Robinson in place of Matthew Potts to a seam attack that lacked sharpness and penetration at Lord's, where South Africa cemented their position at the top of the World Test Championship table.

    No Proteas batsman managed a century in the match but a collective effort led by opener Sarel Erwee got them to a competitive total of 326.

    Undeniably gifted batsman Aiden Markram came out of the match, however, with an average of under 10 from his last 10 Test innings.

    The uncapped Ryan Rickelton, in form for English county side Northamptonshire, could be given a Test debut if Markram is dropped.

    South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj, asked Tuesday if the Proteas had struck a psychological blow against England by winning the first Test so emphatically, replied: "I'd like to think so."

    The left-armer added: "I think England have played some really good cricket and fought themselves out of tough situations to win Test matches and series in the last year."

    South Africa captain Dean Elgar made it clear before the series he was still a believer in Test cricket's fundamentals for all the 'Bazball' hype surrounding England.

    Elgar also demonstrated a nice line in tactical innovation when his decision to bring Maharaj on early in England's second innings was rewarded by the spinner taking two top-order wickets.

    The Proteas have become a highly effective Test team since Elgar became their skipper 18 months ago.

    "I think we know what to do and go about our business a lot better," said Maharaj. "And there's more clarity and role definition within the team.

    "I think that's been Dean's mantra from the time he's taken over as the Test captain.

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    Ben Stokes confirms Ollie Robinson will replace Matthew Potts for England's second Test against South Africa


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    England announced their playing XI for the second Test of the series against South Africa in Manchester.

    Ollie Robinson replaced Matty Potts in the only change from Lord's for England in their playing XI for the second Test of the series against the Proteas.

    Potts, who took two wickets in the first Test, which England lost by an innings and 12 runs, wasn't picked in the XI, but out-of-form opener Zak Crawley retains his place with the hosts looking to draw level in the series.

    England XI for the second Test: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.

    Robinson's last appearance was in the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart in January, but the fast bowler has had a remarkable start to his Test career, taking 39 wickets in nine Tests at an average of 21.28.

    The series, which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship cycle, has crucial points at stake. South Africa, who are table toppers, will aim to continue their winning run to ensure a place in the finals of the WTC next year. England, meanwhile, are seventh with a 31.37% win rate.

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    Ben Stokes confirms Ollie Robinson will replace Matthew Potts for England's second Test against South Africa
    Ace. That immediately strengthens the bowling attack, and theoretically the tail too (Robbo has seven FC fifties and a FC ton).

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    Proteas captain Dean Elgar admits that he is expecting England to come back with the vengeance in the second Test starting at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, but has warned that South Africa’s hunger for success continues to grow.

    The tourists claimed a stunning victory over their hosts in the first Test in London where they won by an innings and 12 runs well inside three days. It was a result that put them 1-0 ahead in the three-match series.

    But despite the manner of victory at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Proteas know that their opposition are hurting – and desperate to try and make amends for that defeat.

    “I know it won’t (go the same way),” Elgar told the media at the pre-match press conference. “It’s going to be a lot tougher knowing that England were hurt and I know they’re coming back with a vengeance I guess against us.

    “I really just hope we can play another solid game of cricket. I think that will give us the best chance to try and get into a position of victory. But we know we have to start again where the scoreboard is on nought for nought and we’ll have to start off pretty well against them.”

    Elgar also highlighted the ‘will to win’ feeling within his team, saying they were no less determined to to come out on top in this Test compared to the first.

    “What happened in the first Test was something amazing for us,” he explained. “We played really solid, sound cricket as we’ve been doing the last year. I think our hunger was up there and I think our hunger’s still here.

    “I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. We drive a hard message with regards to that. We really want to play a brand of cricket that everyone loves back home, and hopefully the rest of the world enjoys. It’s difficult to read the future, I wish I could, and I really hope the second Test goes the same way.”

    The Proteas bowlers completely blew away England in the first game everyone played their part to claim 20 opposing wickets in just 82.4 overs. Elgar warned that these bowlers – amongst them being Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi – can get even better in Manchester.

    “I reckon they can get much better,” he said. “They’re still pretty fresh, which is a nice thing to have from my part. They had a brilliant game, the wicket obviously assisted them as well at Lord’s and you’ve got to take that into account as well.

    “But again you’ve got to put the ball in the right areas and they did that. And again it brings us back to the first question about hunger and I think our bowlers are leading our pack at the moment, they’re extremely hungry for success.

    “The competition amongst them is brilliant and the way they go about things is some of the most professional behaviour I’ve seen from fast bowlers. It’s a great asset to have them leading the pack like that. You don’t have to speak to them too much. They just know what to do.

    “They’ve been around the international scene now for quite some time. This may be a different wicket, so they’ll have to adapt, but this is a massive strength of ours.”

    Elgar was asked about the starting XI for the match, but stopped short of giving any names, stating only that “consistency is key to Test cricket and even consistency when it comes to selection”.

    “It’s a tough series playing away from home against England and you need to back your horses that you’ve been backing for some time now. All you can do is give them the best resources to try and do well. Hopefully it comes off,” he added.

    The Proteas have already won series against England and Ireland during their tour to the United Kingdom, both in the T20 International format. They also drew their One-Day International series 1-1 against world champions England at the start of the trip.


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    England have recalled Ollie Robinson in place of fellow seamer Matthew Potts for the second LV= Insurance Test against South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford.

    England are 1-0 down in the three-match series after losing the opening Test at Lord's last week by an innings and 12 runs inside three days.

    Robinson will now make his first Test appearance since the final Ashes fixture in Hobart in January, when his fitness was publicly called into question by England bowling coach Jon Lewis.

    The 28-year-old has been hampered by injury and illness since then.

    Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

    Robinson for Potts is the only change to the England side from the hammering in London with Zak Crawley retaining his place despite averaging below 17 in 10 Test innings this summer with a top-score of 46.

    Speaking at his press conference in Manchester on Wednesday, England captain Ben Stokes said of Robinson: "When you look at what Ollie possesses as a bowler, one of his real key assets is how much extra bounce he gets compared to other bowlers in our squad.

    "We think here at Old Trafford, with it being a slightly quicker wicket than other grounds we play at, it obviously offers a lot more bounce."

    He's in the XI for a reason and he's playing for England, so he's a pretty good bowler. But it's interesting that they've gone away from (Matthew) Potts, considering he's had a really good summer for them.
    South Africa captain Dean Elgar on Ollie Robinson

    Robinson missed the three Tests against West Indies in March with a back spasm and was then left out of the home series against New Zealand earlier this summer.

    However, after overcoming his back issue and a bout of Covid-19, Robinson claimed nine wickets in Sussex's County Championship fixture with Nottinghamshire in late July and then five wickets as England Lions beat South Africa in Canterbury earlier this month.

    In that game in Kent, Robinson dismissed Rassie van der Dussen and Sarel Erwee twice each and South Africa skipper Dean Elgar once.

    'Robinson's skillset incredible, thoroughly deserves recall'
    Robinson has picked up 39 wickets in nine Tests to date, at an average of 21.28 and with best figures of 5-65 against India at Headingley last summer.

    Stokes added: "We all know the quality of bowler Ollie is because when he has played for England before his skillset is incredible.

    "Against South Africa for the Lions, he bowled long spells, three or four spells in a day, and took wickets as well.

    "I am very excited for him to put the England shirt on again. It's something he has worked very hard for and thoroughly deserves.

    "Ollie's form wasn't letting him down, it was his body and that is a tough thing to deal with. But, where he is now, I think he can look back on that and use it as something to gain experience from.

    "He is here with the team and playing this week so everything that has gone on in the past is something he has grown from. He has learnt a lot as a person and a player.

    "I stayed in contact with him quite a lot through the period and told him whatever team he plays for is lucky to have him because of what he possesses as a bowler.

    "I let him know exactly where I stand. That enabled him to go away and work on what has been asked of him. All I can say is he's done that to the absolute extreme. He's worked hard behind the scenes."

    Stokes praises Potts' attitude after being left out
    Durham seamer Potts has claimed 20 wickets in five Tests since debuting for England earlier this summer, with the 23-year-old bagging 2-79 from 20 overs in South Africa's sole innings at Lord's last week.

    Stokes praised the manner in which Potts accepted being left out.

    The skipper added: "It is tough for Matty [Potts] to miss out but what he has done in five games is taken himself from a county cricketer with a lot of promise and really announced himself on the big stage.

    "You also have to give him a lot of credit to handle the decision so professionally at such a young age. I think that is a real indication of where we are at as a team at the moment.

    "The selection was based around what we thought was the best bowling attack to suit this particular ground and he completely understood that.

    "For a 23-year-old to completely understand the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve and not throw his toys out of the pram was something that shouldn't be overlooked."

    'England won't take backward steps'
    England's batters lasted a combined 82.4 overs at Lord's, rolled for 165 in their first innings before crumpling to 149 all out in their second.

    The heavy defeat in the capital was England's first since Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum took up their roles earlier this summer, with the team having swept to a 3-0 series win over New Zealand and then beaten India in the rearranged fifth Test.

    Highlights from day three of the first Test between England and South Africa at Lord's as the Proteas stormed to an innings victory
    Stokes added: "What we have learnt from ourselves is that you can't always go out there and perform how you want to perform.

    "The address after the game was, 'look, lads, you have obviously not performed anywhere near the capabilities we want to and we know we can, but it's not something that we are going to take backward steps from'.

    "South Africa were better than us in that Test, that's fine, that's sport. Sport is set up for someone to be a winner and someone to be a loser. We are focussing on this game and the next and want to win the series 2-1."

    If South Africa win in Manchester, they will secure a first Test series victory over England, either home or away, since 2012, when they triumphed 2-0 in England under the captaincy of Graeme Smith.

    Current Proteas skipper Dean Elgar said: "We know it's going to be a lot tougher. England were hurt [by what happened at Lord's] and I know they are coming back with vengeance against us. The scoreboard is on nought again now, we have to start again.

    "What happened in the first Test was something pretty amazing for us. Our hunger was up there and our hunger is still there. That's not going anywhere and we're driving a hard message on that.

    "It's difficult to read the future. I really wish I could, but I really hope the second Test goes the same way as the first.

    "Our bowlers are leading our pack at the moment and are extremely hungry for success. I reckon they can get much better. They had a brilliant game and they're still pretty fresh, which is nice for my part.

    "If there's going to be extra pace and bounce, I'm pretty sure our fast bowlers are going to get that out of the wicket."

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    Proteas batter Rassie van der Dussen has been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series against England due to a fracture of his left index finger. Van der Dussen sustained the injury while fielding on the opening day of the second Test against England at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.

    He will return to South Africa to consult a finger specialist, who will then guide on further medical management.

    Imperial Lions all-rounder Wiaan Mulder has been added to the squad.


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    England unchanged for LV= Insurance third Test versus South Africa

    England Men have named an unchanged squad for the LV= Insurance third Test versus South Africa at the Kia Oval starting on Thursday 8 September.

    Ben Stokes (Durham) captain
    James Anderson (Lancashire)
    Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
    Harry Brook (Yorkshire)
    Zak Crawley (Kent)
    Ben Foakes (Surrey)
    Jack Leach (Somerset)
    Alex Lees (Durham)
    Craig Overton (Somerset)
    Matthew Potts (Durham)
    Ollie Pope (Surrey)
    Ollie Robinson (Sussex)
    Joe Root (Yorkshire)

    LV= Insurance Test Schedule:

    1st Test: England v South Africa, 17-21 August, Lord's Cricket Ground, London - South Africa won by an innings and 12 runs

    2nd Test: England v South Africa, 25-29 August, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester - England won by an innings and 85 runs

    3rd Test: England v South Africa, 8-12 September, Kia Oval, London


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    England will make just one change to the XI that won by an innings at Old Trafford, with Harry Brook coming in for the injured Jonny Bairstow.



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    Captain Ben Stokes says England can round off a "great summer" with a series-clinching victory over South Africa in the final Test at The Oval.

    England have won five of their six Tests under Stokes and new coach Brendon McCullum.

    Only once before have they won six or more Tests in a home summer - the seven wins under Michael Vaughan in 2004.

    "Even if you take away results, the way we have played the game has been the most satisfying thing," said Stokes.

    "We've changed the way in which England's Test cricket is viewed. We've captured the imagination of fans of cricket that have been around for years, and I feel like we might have gained some new fans as well."

    England beat New Zealand 3-0 in June, then won the rescheduled fifth Test against India.

    They were beaten by an innings inside three days by South Africa at Lord's, but reversed that result to win the second Test at Old Trafford, also by an innings margin.

    "Coming into the last game of the summer, both teams want to win the series, it will provide that winning mentality from both sides," all-rounder Stokes told BBC Sport.

    "All the situations will boil down to how can victory come for both sides, which is good for the game."

    Stokes confirmed that Yorkshire batter Harry Brook, 23, will make his Test debut in place of Jonny Bairstow, who is likely to miss the rest of the year after suffering a broken leg slipping whilst playing golf on Friday.

    "I'm devastated for Jonny with the summer he's had and the T20 World Cup coming up," said Stokes.

    "It's really unfortunate timing but he can be really proud of what he's achieved this summer. He's been the catalyst of the revival and he should definitely hold his head high."

    Yorkshire's Brook, who has played four T20s for England, has been in every Test squad this summer without playing a game.

    The right-hander averages 36 in first-class cricket and made 140 for England Lions against South Africa in a warm-up match for the Test series.

    "Hopefully he can take the opportunity with both hands and put even more pressure on the batting line-up," said Stokes.

    "The style he goes about things is exactly what we want in that middle order. Jonny has set the tone, style and manner in which the middle order likes to play. I think we get a like-for-like replacement with the aggressive intent, the positive way Harry wants to show off his skills."

    When asked about Brook's innings in the Lions game, South Africa captain Dean Elgar said: "This is Test cricket. This is the big league now.

    "You can bat like that in a four-day game or a County Championship game, but in Test cricket there are a lot of things that can put a stop to you - the cameras or the crowd."

    South Africa are without Rassie van der Dussen after the batter suffered a broken finger in the second Test. Ryan Rickelton comes in to the side to win his third cap.

    Elgar said the Proteas will make "one or two" other changes to their side, but the situation is complicated by the wet weather forecast.

    "There is definitely going to be a winner," said Elgar. "This is a World Cup final for us."

    Stokes also said England are open to altering their tactics if rain leaves them short of time to force a result.

    "With the weather about, if we do lose a few days, I know what I'll be trying to do," he said.

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    STAGE SET FOR PROTEAS-ENGLAND SERIES DECIDER

    Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    LONDON: Proteas captain Dean Elgar has described the decisive third Test against England as the biggest of his tenure ahead of the showdown that starts at the Kia Oval in London on Thursday.

    The two teams are level at 1-1 after the tourists won the opening match at Lord’s by an innings and 12 runs. In return, the hosts eased to an innings and 85-run triumph in match two at Manchester setting up a grandstand finish in the British capital.

    The South Africans have enjoyed some time off in the English Midlands since the second Test ended inside three days on August 27 and Elgar admits they had now put that loss behind them.

    “We’re long over that,” Elgar told the pre-match press conference on Wednesday. “We know it wasn’t our proudest moment but in saying that you’ve got to go through the grievance and then you’ve got a job on.

    “You can’t dwell for too long on what happened, you have to crack on and focus on what’s next. We’ve had a few days off where I’m pretty sure the guys have gotten rid of that frustration. But we’re still raring to go, we’re still pretty fresh when it comes to that.

    “We’ve only had six days of Test cricket actually, so with regards to freshness we’ve got no excuse around that, with regards to hunger we’ve got no excuse around that. But again, we’ve got to start from ball one. I always say the scoreboard starts at nought and that’s where we are at the moment.”

    The Proteas are expected to make one change with Ryan Rickelton due to come in for the injured Rassie van der Dussen, who was injured in Manchester. The former has been in good form playing county cricket earlier in the year, while Elgar suggested that more alterations to the team may also be made.

    “He’s (Ryan) had a decent stint in the UK now playing a bit of county cricket,” he said. “So it’s his time to shine hopefully. We’re pretty confident he’ll be filling that spot left by Rassie.”

    And regarding the rest of the XI, the skipper added: “It’s been quite a few days off but we’ve had a lot of thinking and a lot of tough decisions been made. I’m sure there’s one or two extra changes that we’re going to enforce for the next Test.

    “But I’m extremely confident in the guys that will be given the opportunity. It’s obviously a big Test for us but I think everyone’s raring to go. We’ve got fit players which is nice to have, we’ve got a lot of options and there might be one or two other changes.”

    Elgar also spoke about the difficulty both teams were experiencing in their top orders.

    “Up front it’s pretty tough,” he conceded. “I think if we look at both teams, we haven’t executed the runs result as of yet. It’s been pretty tough getting through the new ball, which is always going to be a challenge in the UK, it’s been a challenge generally everywhere in the world.

    “But we know that if we stick to our guns and stick to our processes… the guys have been preparing brilliantly, we’ve been thrown into really tough conditions here at the Oval and the weather hasn’t played its part. It’s been a good challenge for us. We just have to stick to our processes.

    “I know it’s around the corner for those things and I understand and I know how much top order runs means for a team to set up a successful chance of victory. It has been a bit of a frustration, but it’s something we’ve worked on hard. We have spoken at length on the topic but now it’s time to walk the walk.”

    Elgar, who took over the Proteas captaincy permanently last March, spoke about the importance of the match for him and the Proteas.

    “I think it’s the biggest Test so far my captaincy period that I’ve had,” he concluded. “I reckon it’s the biggest. I think the players know that; they sense that. You have to play every game like it’s your last and this one is no different. So it’s huge; it’s massive and to win will be an unreal feeling.”

    South Africa have already won series against England and Ireland during their tour to the United Kingdom, both in the T20I format. They also drew their One-Day International (ODI) series 1-1 against world champions England at the start of the trip


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    Normally I would be looking forward to a classic series decider. But unfortunately we could be about to see the impact of the Hundred pushing Test matches into early-mid September. The weather forecast for this match is poor. We could end up with a washout this weekend and a 1-1 draw.

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to resume the third Test match at the Kia Oval in London on Saturday, 10 September. The match will be played over the remaining three days in accordance with the original schedule.

    Unfortunately play was abandoned on day one due to the extensive rain, and day two was suspended following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

    The ECB and CSA considered whether it was possible to extend the final match of the series by one day but this was unfortunately not feasible due to the Proteas’ current schedule and the imminent departure of the white-ball squad for another two-month tour. The Proteas players have already been away from home for over two months and will have only a few days with families at home before leaving on their next two-month tour to India and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

    The Test squad will arrive home on Wednesday, 14 September as scheduled, with the white-ball squad and the entire team management set to depart for the limited-overs tour of India on 23 September.

    CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki commented:

    “CSA is in full support of the ECB’s decision to go ahead with the third Test match between England and South Africa following the UK’s day of mourning. After consultation with the Proteas’ team management and given the schedule ahead, it was clear that it would not be in the players’ interests to extend the Test and reduce the few days the players have with their families before another long tour.”

    To commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, both teams will observe a minute’s silence prior to the start of play and each squad member will wear a black armband for the duration of the match.

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