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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.

Fletcher in line to join White's Hampshire

Hampshire have appointed Giles White as team manager for the 2009 season and confirmed they are hoping to recruit former England head coach Duncan Fletcher as a consultant.

Vaughan handed central deal

Former captain Michael Vaughan was today named among a dozen England players to be centrally-contracted for the next year.

'Passionate' Pietersen is my kind of captain, says Moores

England coach Peter Moores wants Kevin Pietersen to be himself when he takes charge of the England cricket team against South Africa tomorrow morning. Moores and Pietersen are not natural bedfellows – one revels in the limelight whilst the other is at his happiest away from its glare – and neither party has denied that they have held contrasting views on the cricket England play.

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Distraught Vaughan resigns in tears to open door for Pietersen

There was something different about Michael Vaughan's demeanour when he faced the media after England's devastating five-wicket loss to South Africa on Saturday evening. The series defeat signified beyond doubt that Vaughan's England side were a pale imitation of the team that triumphed over Australia in 2005, and were light years away from becoming the outfit he wanted them to be.

Structural weaknesses have brought English game to its knees

In the wake of the last Ashes humiliation, a review into the state of the England team was announced. Its intention was to establish a system which would lead to enduring triumph.

Vaughan resigns as England captain

Michael Vaughan, England's most successful test cricket captain of all time, resigned today following his side's series defeat against South Africa.

There must be blood on the carpet as even Vaughan faces unkindest cut

England are in a mess. It may be largely of their own making, although South Africa have stirred the pot with immense, hard-nosed gusto. They might have won yesterday, there were times when they thought they would indeed do so.

Kallis exposes official blind spot

All-rounder's angry reaction to lbw decision is understandable in light of refusal to remedy sightscreen problem

'I will never forget today because it has been tough'

If there are two qualities that have defined Paul Collingwood as a cricketer, they are courage and self-belief when pressure is at its most intense and the innings he played here yesterday encapsulated both. Two weeks after suffering the lowest moment of his Test career when he was dropped, in wretched form, from the side picked at Headingley, he responded with a performance he believes he will never forget.

Third Test: Collingwood comes to the rescue

Paul Collingwood rediscovered his form to revive England's hopes of levelling the npower Test series against South Africa at Edgbaston.

Miller asks Vaughan to explain 'confused' comment

National selector Geoff Miller has sought an explanation from captain Michael Vaughan following his comments about team selection for the second Test against South Africa.

Confidence crucial to massage England's weary attack

The input of England’s backroom staff will be more important than that of the team’s high-profile coaches in the build up to Friday’s second Test at Headingley. Kirk Russell, Mark Saxby, Sam Bradley and Steve Bull are employed to treat, massage, train and psychologically enhance England’s weary cricketers and they will need to be at their best to get Michael Vaughan’s side in tip top condition for Leeds.

Collingwood likely to lose out as Flintoff earns a Test recall

Michael Vaughan last night warned England fans not to expect too much from Andrew Flintoff when he returns to the England side.

Vaughan licking lips at chance to tuck into South Africa feast

For England the hors-d'oeuvre is over. New Zealand provided Michael Vaughan's side with the occasional dose of indigestion during the last six months but overall they were consumed with little fuss. It is now time to get rid of your side plate and move your knife and fork a bit further apart because the main course has just arrived at the table, and it comes in the form of the big, strong, confident, meat-loving South Africans. Graeme Smith's impressive side care little if the beast placed in front of them is firm or fragile, cooked raw or well done. All they want to do is devour it.

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