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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

Cricket: Atherton emerges into the light

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.

Cricket: `We've just got to keep fighting'

Stephen Brenkley hears an honest response to depressing reality

Cricket: Gough primed and ready to fire

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

Cricket: Relaxed, and as ready as we can possibly be

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.

Cricket: Gough eases back and looks ahead

England's premier strike bowler raises Test hopes with useful workout on his return from injury

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.

Cricket: Gritty Atherton leads Lancashire back to top

Hampshire Hawks 180-8 Lancashire Lightning 181-4 Lancashire win by 6 wickets
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