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.
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South Africa 194 & 318 England 316 & 0-0: Pietersen counts his blessings as England toil towards victory
Monday 11 August 2008
The fate of Kevin Pietersen's first Test as England captain now lies in the hands of himself and his fellow batsmen. Yesterday's fourth day of the fourth Test ended with the match beautifully poised. A masterful 97 from AB de Villiers, and his 95-run eighth-wicket partnership with Paul Harris, allowed South Africa to ask England to score 197 if they are to complete a morale-boosting victory.
Sunday 10 August 2008
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.
Saturday 09 August 2008
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.
Friday 08 August 2008
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.
Thursday 07 August 2008
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.
Wednesday 06 August 2008
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.
Monday 04 August 2008
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.
Saturday 02 August 2008
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.
Friday 01 August 2008
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.
Tuesday 29 July 2008
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.
Tuesday 22 July 2008
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.
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