South Africa vs England third Test: Joe Root takes four wickets to put tourists on brink of victory heading into final day

19 Jan

England closed in on victory in their third Test with South Africa thanks to a superb effort with the ball on day four. The seamers blasted away the Proteas’ tail to enforce the follow-on while Joe Root’s part-time off spin caused havoc in their second innings. The skipper took four wickets as the hosts finished […]

Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior end long-standing feud as they join forces for talkSPORT’s cricket coverage

16 Jan

Considering Kevin Pietersen infamously called Matt Prior the ‘Big Cheese’, it’s only fitting we write a cheesy article about how they’re best friends now. Like a sporty Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, the feuding cricketers have put the past behind them as they join forces for talkSPORT’s coverage of the South Africa tour. Their relationship, […]

England crisis deepens as Jack Leach sent home from South Africa tour with illness following James Anderson and Rory Burns out

14 Jan

Jack Leach has become the latest England player to be sent home from the ‘cursed’ tour of South Africa. The Somerset spinner, who has struggled to recover from sepsis since the tour of New Zealand, joins James Anderson and Rory Burns back home as the tourists’ nightmare with injuries and illness continues. Leach was also […]

Fan slapped with two-year ban for racially abusing England’s Jofra Archer in New Zealand

13 Jan

A 28-year-old man has been banned from attending international and domestic games in New Zealand for two years after racially abusing England bowler Jofra Archer in November. New Zealand Cricket announced action has been taken, after Archer was subjected to the abuse as he walked back to the pavilion during the final day of the […]

Joe Root’s illness is only minor and has ‘plenty of time’ to recover for third Test against South Africa, suggests Jos Buttler

12 Jan

Joe Root has ‘plenty of time’ to recover for England’s third Test against South Africa despite falling ill this weekend, claims Jos Buttler. The England captain was absent from their training session on Sunday with illness leading to fears he may not be available for the match, which starts on Thursday. It’s the latest setback […]

England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler apologises for swearing at Vernon Philander but questions whether stump mics should be turned on

12 Jan

England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has issued an apology for swearing at Vernon Philander during their second Test against South Africa. Stump mics picked up Buttler calling Philander a ‘f***ing kn*bhead’ as England desperately searched for a win in Cape Town. Philander, who eventually fell to Ben Stokes, had proved stubborn at the crease and tempers […]

Ben Stokes explains why he keeps trying to give England teammate Dom Sibley man of the match award from epic South Africa victory

9 Jan

Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley can’t stop bickering over which one of them deserved the match-of-the-match award against South Africa. The two England heroes, who delivered match-winning contributions during the epic 189-run victory, both think it belongs to the other. In the end, it went to Stokes, and who can argue with that? England’s talisman […]

Jos Buttler calls Vernon Philander a ‘f***ing kn*bhead’ on live TV during tense England victory over South Africa

7 Jan

A foul-mouthed exchange between Jos Buttler and Vernon Philander was picked up on live TV during England’s tense victory over South Africa. The stump microphone at Newlands Cricket Ground overheard the England wicket-keeper call his opponent a ‘f***ing kn*bhead’ as the tourists desperately searched for the final South African wickets. Philander, who eventually fell to […]

Ben Stokes produces more heroics as England level series with nail-biting victory over South Africa in second Test

7 Jan

Ben Stokes produced a sensational late flourish as England levelled the series against South Africa with a thrilling 189-run victory in the second Test. With time running out, Stokes ripped through the South African tail in the final session of the match, taking three quickfire wickets after tea on day five. Van der Dussen and […]

Dom Sibley produces best display for England yet as visitors take control of second Test against South Africa

5 Jan

Dom Sibley enjoyed his best performance for England so far as he methodically worked the visitors into a dominant position in the second Test against South Africa. The Warwickshire opener came to the crease early on the third morning averaging just 17.5 from his first six innings at the highest level, but walked off with […]

England Cricket ban football from pre-match warm-ups after Rory Burns ruled out of South Africa series with ankle injury

3 Jan

England’s cricketers have been banned from playing football in their warm-up following the ankle injury sustained by Rory Burns. The opening batsman landed awkwardly while shooting and had to be carried to the dressing room. Scans revealed he has suffered ankle ligament damage and has returned home from South Africa. Zak Crawley was named as […]

England batsman Rory Burns ruled out for remainder of South Africa Test series after picking up injury playing football

2 Jan

Rory Burns has been ruled out for the rest of England’s Test series in South Africa after sustaining ligament damage to his left ankle. England’s opening batsman limped out of the team’s football warm-up on the eve of the second Test match at Cape Town. He was seen landing awkwardly after taking aim at goal […]

Jofra Archer and Rory Burns doubts for second Test in South Africa as England’s ‘cursed’ tour goes from bad to worse

2 Jan

England’s ‘cursed’ tour of South Africa is threatening to take a turn for the worse with Jofra Archer looking certain to miss the second Test with an elbow injury, while Rory Burns limped out of the team’s football warm-up. Eleven players were struck down by illness before, during or after the series opener in Centurion […]

South Africa vsEngland second Test: Ollie Pope ‘ready to go’ if called upon after recovering from sickness bug

31 Dec

Ollie Pope is ‘ready to go’ for the second Test after being struck down by the sickness bug that has swept through the England dressing room. The 21-year-old batsman missed the first Test due to illness but has now fully recovered. Jonny Bairstow replaced him in Centurion but failed with scores of one and nine […]

Dom Sibley the latest England player to fall ill on South Africa tour as sickness bug continues to sweep through the camp

30 Dec

Dom Sibley is the latest England player to be struck down with illness during their tour of South Africa. The sickness bug has swept through the England dressing room, with the opening batsman the 11th player to fall victim while it has also affected five members of the backroom staff. Jofra Archer, Jack Leach and […]

VAR steals the show, Fallon Sherrock gets knocked out, and England run out of miracles: Six things we didn’t like in the world of sport over the weekend

29 Dec

Maybe it’s because the Christmas hangover has kicked in, or maybe it’s because we all have to go back to work, but quite a lot of things really ground our gears this weekend. It started with the nation’s newest sweetheart Fallon Sherrock getting dumped out of the PDC Darts Championship and ended with a predictable […]

Ben Stokes’ father Ged out of intensive care following serious health concerns as England all-rounder thanks Cricket South Africa for support

29 Dec

England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ father has left intensive care after his critical condition was stabilised in Johannesburg. Ged, 64, was admitted to hospital two days before Christmas with a ‘serious illness’. Stokes missed training with England on Christmas Eve to be by his bedside, before featuring in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, which […]

England fall well short in record chase and suffer crushing 107-run defeat to South Africa in first Test

29 Dec

England were unable to repeat their summer heroics as South Africa claimed a resounding 107-run victory in the first Test at Centurion. The tourists were chasing a record 376 on day four, which would’ve eclipsed the 359 they chased down at Headingley back in August. But despite beginning the day on a promising 121 for […]