Ben Stokes credits England’s opening pair for setting up South Africa success as he picks up man-of-the-series award

27 Jan

Ben Stokes heaped praise on England’s openers following their 3-1 series win against South Africa. Stokes was named man-of-the-series after scoring 318 runs and taking ten wickets across the four Test matches. But he said he was only able to score freely because of the work done early on by the young opening pair of […]

Vernon Philander fined for using ‘inappropriate language’ at Jos Buttler – after England man swore at South Africa bowler earlier in Test series

26 Jan

Vernon Philander clearly hasn’t forgiven Jos Buttler for calling him a ‘f***ing k***head’ in the second Test of England’s tour of South Africa. This is because the South Africa bowler has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a similar offence after dismissing Buttler in the fourth Test. The seamer shouted in […]

England smash their way to 400 before ripping through South African top order on day two in Johannesburg

25 Jan

England took control of the fourth Test against South Africa on day two by dominating the hosts with bat and ball. Resuming on 192 for four, Joe Root and Ollie Pope both reached 50 before tail-enders Mark Wood and Stuart Broad took England’s first innings total to 400 with some magnificent hitting. The tourists then […]

South Africa vs England fourth Test LIVE: Listen to exclusive coverage of day four on talkSPORT 2

24 Jan

England need ten South African wickets on day of the fourth Test to win the series – and you can follow all the action on talkSPORT 2. Captain Joe Root declined to enforce the follow-on after establishing a 217-run first-innings lead, top-scoring with 58 as his side added another 248 to their opponents’ nominal chase. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Africa vs England first Test: Tourists suffer batting collapse as 15 wickets fall on second day in Centurion

27 Dec

England suffered yet another batting collapse as they were bowled out for just 181 on the second day of their first Test against South Africa. Fifteen wickets fell in total in Centurion on the day as Joe Root’s side face an uphill battle to win the match. Four South African wickets fell in the final […]

South Africa vs England first Test, day one: Quinton de Kock steadies the ship for hosts after Sam Curran shines with the ball in Centurion

26 Dec

Sam Curran carried England’s ailing bowling attack on his young shoulders as South Africa posted 277 for nine on day one of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion. When Joe Root boldly sent the hosts in on a green-tinged pitch, the 21-year-old all-rounder was probably expecting to bear the lightest load in a five-strong seam […]