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Title contenders Durham turned the screw against First Division leaders Yorkshire at Scarborough, stretching their overnight score of 406 for 6 to 573, their highest total since May 2011 and their biggest against Yorkshire, who closed the second day at 182 for 3 in reply, with New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson unbeaten on 76.

Captain marvel: Players can learn from the Ego's self-help mentality

Kevin Pietersen has let it be known that he does not believe in destiny. He is the master of his soul and the captain, not just of England's cricket team, but of his fate. "I've had more good days than bad days in my career...[but] it's no surprise that I keep improving because I wake up every morning trying to get better," he tells inquiring reporters at The Oval.

South Africa 194 & 37-1 England 316: Pietersen's dominant display puts South Africa on back foot

Kevin Pietersen does not like being upstaged, least of all by an event as inconsequential as the Olympics, so it came as little surprise to see him focus his mind, hone his skills and post a majestic hundred in his first innings as England captain here yesterday. Pietersen has the enviable but not coincidental knack of rising to the biggest of occasions even though, in his moment of triumph, he was not totally true to his word.

Harmison roars in to give 'brilliant' captain Pietersen perfect Test start

Kevin Pietersen's first action as England captain was to lose the toss, but thereafter almost everything the new man tried bore fruit as England enjoyed a dominant opening day of the fourth and final Test here yesterday.

Comment: Honours even under new captain

It could have been so different. For a second or so England looked to have got off to the best of all possible starts when the first ball of the match, a widish long hop from Stephen Harmison, caught Graham Smith’s bat high up and flew head high to Alastair Cook in the gully.

Broad and Harmison recalled by England

England have made two changes to their line-up for the final npower Test against South Africa starting tomorrow as they attempt to salvage some pride at The Oval.

Pietersen named England captain

England ended 24 hours of deliberations today by officially unveiling Kevin Pietersen as their new captain of the Test and one-day sides at Lord's.

Collingwood produces just in time to turn tide of summer

There might have been greater examples of playing sport under pressure. There might have been instances of turning round careers, matches, series in more improbable circumstances. But not many.

Comment: Vaughan's chance to shine

After Thursday evening's heroics, Andrew Flintoff drew a blank in his four overs with the ball this morning - but England managed to finish off South Africa in any event, although with a lead of 83 there is no pretending that the tourists do not still have the upper hand.

Harmison overlooked by England

Ryan Sidebottom and Paul Collingwood have been recalled to the England side for the third npower Test with South Africa at Edgbaston starting tomorrow but there is no place for Steve Harmison.

England 203 & 327 South Africa 522 & 9-0: South Africa dominance gives Vaughan an unsavoury verdict

Michael Vaughan believed the four-Test series against South Africa would give England's selectors and fans a good indication of where he and his side sit in the cricketing world. At 6.26pm yesterday evening, when Neil McKenzie dropped a Darren Pattinson delivery at his feet and scampered a quick single to complete a comprehensive 10-wicket victory for South Africa, the England captain was given an early sign, and he is unlikely to enjoy the verdict.

Second Test: South Africa clinch victory

England 203 & 327 v South Africa 522 & 9 - South Africa win the second Test by 10 wickets

Prince exploits a succession of duff English decisions

South Africa batsman's stately progress underlines errors in selection and tactics. By Stephen Brenkley at Headingley

Selectors fail their first big test with peculiar pick of Pattinson

Miller and Co try to be too clever but wrong message is sent out to English academies as Aussies laugh their socks off

England 203 South Africa 101-3: Flintoff and Anderson fire back after South Africa's fusillade

The second Test turned ugly as the shadows lengthened at Headingley yesterday evening with controversial umpiring marring a fascinating day's play. Andrew Flintoff, England's returning hero, and Michael Vaughan were in the thick of it as the hosts claimed the wicket of Hashim Amla, South Africa's unbeaten centurion in the drawn first Test at Lord's.

Hoggard: 'I genuinely thought Pattinson was Australian'

When the master plan for English cricket was unveiled this year a major section was kept secret. The elements that the England and Wales Cricket Board were willing to disclose were all too obvious: £14m grants to community clubs, subsidies for 1,0000 coaches, £1m to the National Performance Centre.

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