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Can Rochelle from The Saturdays tell her shortcrust from her choux? Is Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton as swift with a whisk as she is round the velodrome? On GBBO charity spin-off series, The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off, a celebrity's baking ability is inversely proportionate to their entertainment value, but it's still fun to speculate on which of this year's batch will actually have any skill.

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Simon Timson is the new director of performance for UK Sport

Cricket guru Simon Timson given Rio role

Simon Timson, one of the men behind England's rise to No 1 in cricket's Test rankings, has been given the task of overseeing Britain's attempt to improve on their London medal haul at the Rio Olympics.

Batsman Andrew Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss retires from professional cricket

Andrew Strauss today described his decision to step down as England Test captain as being in the "best interest" of the national team.

Kevin Pietersen believes he is expected to play too much

England will not be weakened by Kevin Pietersen omission says Graeme Swann

England spinner Graeme Swann says England will not be weakened by the absence of Kevin Pietersen for this week's third Test against South Africa at Lord's.

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

Graeme Smith is in line to become the most-capped Test captain

Evergreen Smith ready for third England scalp

Captains come and captains go. But Graeme Smith of South Africa seems to plough forever onward and upward. By the end of the series against England which begins at The Oval on Thursday, he will be the most enduring captain in Test history.

Michael Vaughan (right) says he woke up one morning and knew it was all over - but he doesn't believe that time has come yet for Strauss

Strauss is wrong to play for county, says Vaughan

One topic above all continues to dominate the early season. It has been fuelled by scores of 0 and 6 and if the flames are not yet engulfing Andrew Strauss, only one repellent on earth can extinguish them. He needs a Test hundred and he needs one smartish.

Michael Vaughan (right) says he woke up one morning and knew it was all over - but he doesn't believe that time has come yet for Strauss

Strauss is wrong to play county cricket, claims Vaughan

Ex-England captain says current incumbent is on hiding to nothing and should return for first Test – when he backs him to come good

England captain Andrew Strauss: 'I feel in good form but
I haven't performed well enough'

Defiant Strauss: I'm not stepping down in the middle of a series

He was disappointed and he was defiant. If he was going anywhere he was not saying so. It was neither the time nor the place. There was a series still on the line and, if it cannot be won by England now, it can be drawn.

Graham Onions puts Alastair Cook through his paces in Abu Dhabi

Cook out to make critics eat words

For Alastair Cook the moment of truth may already be at hand. Not a year into his captaincy of England's one-day team, three years before the next World Cup in which it is intended he should lead them, and it is becoming clearer that if he wants job security he should become Health Secretary.

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Why Strauss is England's greatest ever captain

His CV has Ashes wins home and away and world No 1 spot on it, but the way he saved flailing side makes opener finest leader his country has had, writes Stephen Brenkley

Cook back in form as England dominate

Alastair Cook rediscovered his prolific run-scoring knack to take his burgeoning Test century tally to 19 as England established total dominance over India at Edgbaston.

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