England must stand and deliver against South Africa

Two matches played and both sides will think they could win the series. England and South Africa are surprisingly well matched. A smattering of world-class players, a few decent workers at Test level and enough wannabes lacking real quality to make each session compelling.

Tom Westley of Essex gets his chance at No 3 due to Gary Ballance's broken finger. Picture: PA

Allan Massie: England must get heads down against South Africa

South Africa poor at Lord’s, England very poor at Trent Bridge, and so the series is even as they resume at The Oval next week. Even it may be, but England must be the more worried. South Africa know what is their best 11, and, with Kagiso Rabada back from his absurd suspension, will be able to field it now. England, in contrast, don’t know their best team and on recent evidence have forgotten or, in some cases, never learned how to play Test cricket.

England coach Trevor Bayliss will announce his squad later this week

Bayliss prepared for change after ‘shocker’ of Test performances

England coach Trevor Bayliss will consider changes to England’s unconvincing top order for the Oval Test, but has indicated Keaton Jennings’ position remains safe.

Englands Keaton Jennings is bowled for just three runs by South African seamer Vernon Philander. Picture: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty

England fall to 340-run defeat as South Africa level series

England collapsed to a 340-run defeat well inside four days as their batting failed embarrassingly once again in the second Investec Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

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Heriots Richard Cummine went for 3. Picture: Neil Hanna

Grange make hay as weather beats West

RAIN did its best to wreck things yesterday and, while it succeeded in wiping out the entire Western Premier card, significant action beat the elements in the Eastern Premier.

South Africas Chris Morris celebrates taking the wicket of Englands Mark Wood.  Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

England in a spot of bother at Trent Bridge

The bowlers are in charge and it has made for a compelling Test match.

England's James Anderson in full flight as he bowls against South Africa during day one of the second Test at Trent Bridge.  Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

South African rearguard thwarts late England blitz

England hit back to take four wickets in the evening session but could still claim only a share of the spoils on the first day of the second Investec Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Jimmy Anderson gets some practice at Trent Bridge yesterday. Picture: Getty.

Pitch perfect as Joe Root set to launch all-out England attack

Joe Root senses his pedigree seam attack will have conditions that suit them against South Africa on their return to a favourite hunting ground at Trent Bridge.

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England captain Joe Root, left, is congratulated by wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow  following victory over South Africa. Picture: AP.

Joe Root hails England team’s response in first Test

Joe Root has thanked his England team for pulling together exactly as he asked in his first Test in charge at Lord’s – and reminded them he wants the same thing in Nottingham.

Moeen Ali acknowledges applause for his fifth wicket on the fourth day against South Africa. Picture: PA.

Moeen Ali’s top 10 gives Joe Root a winning start for England

Joe Root thanked his England team for pulling together exactly as he asked to ensure his tenure as captain got off to flying start with a wide-
margin win over South Africa.

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Carltons Craig Marshall is clean bowled at Portgower Place. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Advantage Arbroath after Grange defeat

Arbroath’s hopes of Eastern Premier glory received a double boost yesterday after they secured an emphatic win over SMRH at Inverleith while closest challengers Grange slipped-up against Carlton.

Keaton Jennings on his way to 33 in the evening sunshine at Lords in Englands second innings.  Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

England put South Africa in a spin

Barring a collapse of awful proportions or a most extraordinary rally by the South African batsmen in the fourth innings, England should complete a well-deserved victory sometimetomorrow.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates taking the wicket of England's Ben Stokes. Picture: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Root denied double century but England in the box seat

Joe Root fell 10 runs short of his double century before Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali took over with bat and ball to help England retain the upper hand against South Africa at Lord’s.

Mark Watt, of Heriot's, faces a delivery from Andrew Brock, of Grange, at Goldenacre, where the home side were decisively outgunned. Picture Ian Georgeson

Eastern Premier draw a first for Glenrothes veteran

World Cup veteran Alec Davies has lost count of the number of matches in which he has appeared.

Bodie Hodges of Grange bowls to Heriots batsman James Hearn in the teams clash at Goldenacre. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

Classy Clydesdale capitalise as Uddingston are stunned

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Joe Root has a good chance of leadibng England to victory. Picture:  Clive Rose/Getty Images)

England’s Joe Root needs a team of heroes

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Glenrothes batsman Fred Culley sweeps during his innings of 56. Picture: Jon Savage Photography.

Records tumble as George Munsey and Mike Carson punish Falkland

Just when Falkland began to think that their season couldn’t possibly get even worse, along came George Munsey and Mike Carson.

Ross Lyons scored an unbeaten century and claimed five wickets. Picture: SNS.

Ross Lyons tipped for Scotland recall after demolishing Ferguslie

Ross Lyons has been backed for a Scotland recall – seven years after earning his last cap.

Dawid Malan has his eyes on the prize as he swings at a South African delivery. Picture: AFP/Getty.

New boy Dawid Malan fires England to victory over South Africa

England claimed the NatWest International Twenty20 Series with a 19-run victory over South Africa in Cardiff.

Glenrothes batsman Fred Culley keeps his eye on the ball during the Fife sides win over Grange. Photograph: Jon Savage

Watsonians’ George Munsey rewrites the record books

George Munsey re-wrote the record books yesterday as Watsonians rattled-up the runs in a one-sided Eastern Premier clash at Falkland.

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