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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Crawley flourishes in a new era

Cricket: Kallis survives to douse England's fire - South Africa 450 and 189-4 England 373

t SECOND TEST South African batsman escapes with controversial catch decision as Hussain's men begin final day 266 runs behind

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Stephen Brenkley hears that a run of ducks was never a swansong

Cricket: Stewart set to lead England's `Lord Lucans'

IF IT were politics, Alec Stewart would have been lucky to find himself grazing on the back benches let alone back in charge again, six months after being sacked. Named as captain for today's one-day match against a Gauteng XI in Lenasia, Stewart's promotion is the clearest indication yet who will take over should Nasser Hussain get injured.

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Stephen Brenkley hears an honest response to depressing reality

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England's fast bowler believes he has found an antidote to his injury jinx and is set to hound South Africa.

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THE TOUR has begun at last. England have been in South Africa for three weeks, of course, but the feeling that matters were about to start in earnest was unmistakeable when we returned to Johannesburg.

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Cricket: Sadness to put the game in perspective

SOMEWHERE IN the memorabilia at home - a pile which one day will be placed into pristine order - is a photograph of Malcolm Marshall, Bobby Parks and me. It is there because one summer's day back in 1990 when I thought I knew something about how to bat I went in at the United Services ground in Portsmouth.

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