Tim Ambrose

Steady start for England in final Test

England captain Andrew Strauss hit an assured, unbeaten 42 as the visitors enjoyed a positive start to the fifth and final cricket Test against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval.

South Africa 194 & 318 England 316 & 0-0: Pietersen counts his

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.

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

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.

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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

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.