Sport Australia batsman George Bailey has admitted taking some 'pride' in seeing England struggle

The departure of Steven Finn saw the bowler become the third player to leave the Tour Down Under after Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann both returned home early

Look and learn: Matt Prior watches as Hashim Amla plays another sublime shot on his way to an unbeaten 183

Amla class and Smith clout stand out

England 385 South Africa 403-2 (SA lead by 18 runs with 8 wkts left): England's celebrated bowling attack left in tatters as South African pair turn the First Test on its head

Amla applies the cool hand of experience to take full control

If Graeme Smith treats his bat as a bludgeon, Hashim Amla deploys his as an accomplished painter might use a brush. Where Smith's game is based upon power and pragmatism, Amla's shots are delicate and precise, and between them the pair compiled a record-breaking partnership that threatened to break England's spirit.

Andrew Strauss and England's wicketkeeper Matt Prior react as Hashim Amla of South Africa hits the ball

England locked out at The Oval

England's bowlers had no answer as Graeme Smith marked his 100th Test with his 25th hundred and he and fellow centurion Hashim Amla wrested control at The Oval.

England to opt for Patel to fill Swann boots

If one-dayer even gets underway the all-rounder likely to get nod over Tredwell

England's Steven Finn celebrates after spectacularly running out Australia's David Hussey

England notch eighth successive one-day victory against Australia

England coasted to their eighth successive one-day international victory, to go 2-0 up on Australia in the NatWest Series.

A view of Headingley this morning

England's third one-day international against West Indies abandoned due to rain

England's third NatWest one-day international against West Indies was abandoned without a ball being bowled after persistent rain at Headingley.

Tino Best celebrates becoming the first number 11 batsman to hit a half-century against England in over 100 years

Draw looms for West Indies despite Tino Best's record breaking heroics

Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin's last-wicket heroics stunned England at Edgbaston, but were still powerless to permanently revive the rain-ravaged third Investec Test.

Spring in his step: Graham Onions was in the wickets on his Test return

Bowlers battle each other while battering Windies

Stuart Broad looked cross when he learned that he was to be rested, along with James Anderson. When Andrew Strauss won the toss and said England would bowl, the game was turned into an entertaining trial between three pace bowlers determined to make a case for a role against South Africa next month.

England struggle for wickets at Edgbaston

England's understudy pace attack could muster just one West Indies wicket before lunch at Edgbaston as the third Investec Test finally got under way on the third morning.

Graeme Swann (left) and Jimmy Anderson in action at Trent Bridge

England pair 'a match for Warne and McGrath'

Anderson and Swann compared to great Australian pace-spin duo

Stuart Broad reacts to a missed chance at Trent Bridge yesterday

Brilliance of Tim Bresnan offers England chance to rest Stuart Broad

England cricketers enjoy salaries and lifestyles beyond the reach of many of those who follow them, but they certainly work hard for their money. The team's schedule for the next 12 months and beyond is demanding enough to tempt Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower to rest key players and reduce the risk of injury.

Strauss back in the century groove

Captain Andrew Strauss hit his second century in as many matches as England set the foundations for a considerable first-innings lead on day two of the second Investec Test against the West Indies.

'Anderson can say some more when I get my double hundred'

When a player has scored only three Test centuries in 12 years of international cricket, he is entitled to enjoy his moment in the spotlight, and Marlon Samuels was not about to waste his.

Marlon Samuels hits out for the West Indies yesterday

Samuels shows tourists they do not need to be a one-man band

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's batting technique is the antithesis of elegance. Shuffling across the crease to turn the ball into the leg side, his workmanlike style frustrates bowlers and spectators alike. Yet Test cricket will miss him when he is gone.

Marlon Samuels hits out for the West Indies yesterday

Samuels shows the tourists need not be a one-man band

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's batting technique is the antithesis of elegance. Shuffling across the crease to turn the ball into the leg side, Chanderpaul's workmanlike style frustrates bowlers and spectators alike. Yet Test cricket will miss him when he is gone.

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