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Cook defies South Africa on rain-shortened day

Media playback is not supported on this device Third Investec Test, The Kia Oval, day one England 171-4 (59 overs): Cook 82*, Root 29, Philander 2-17 South Africa: Yet to bat Scorecard Alastair Cook’s battling 82 held England together on a rain-affected first day of the third Test against South Africa at The Oval. The former captain guided the home side to 171-4 in the 59 overs that were possible. He withstood some excellent South Africa bowling, particularly from Vernon Philander, who took 2-17. England gave Test debuts to three…

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England v South Africa: Toby Roland-Jones to make England Test debut at Oval

Third Test: England v South Africa Venue: Kia Oval, London Date: 27-31 July Time: 11:00 BST Coverage: In-play video clips, Test Match Special radio commentary and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website, tablets, mobiles and app. Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones will make his Test debut when England face South Africa at The Oval on Thursday. Durham fast bowler Mark Wood misses out with a heel injury, with Steven Finn on stand-by. Essex batsman Tom Westley will also be making his debut, replacing the injured…

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News: South Africa Airlink to finally establish flights to St Helena

South Africa Airlink will offer scheduled commercial air services to St Helena when it starts flights between South Africa and the island later this year. This follows a period of contractual negotiations between St Helena government and the airline. Initially Airlink is expected to offer a weekly Saturday service to-and-from South Africa to St Helena using the new Embraer E190-100IGW ETOPS certified aircraft that has already undertaken a number of very successful test flights to the island. To begin with, the maximum number of seats available on each flight will…

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South African child 'virtually cured' of HIV

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth. They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of active virus. The family is said to be “really delighted”. Most people need treatment every day to prevent HIV destroying the immune system and causing Aids. Understanding how the child is protected could lead to new drugs or…

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Essex's Westley to make England debut in third Test against South Africa

Third Test: England v South Africa Venue: Kia Oval, London Date: 27-31 July Time: 11:00 BST Coverage: In-play video clips, Test Match Special radio commentary and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website, tablets, mobiles and app. Essex batsman Tom Westley will make his England debut in the third Test against South Africa at The Oval starting on 27 July. The selectors confirmed the 28-year-old will bat at number three in place of Gary Ballance, who broke a finger in the second Test. Uncapped Middlesex…

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England beat South Africa by two wickets to reach Women's Cricket World Cup final

England reached the Women’s World Cup final by winning a nerve-shredding contest against South Africa with only two balls to spare. Anya Shrubsole hit the decisive boundary to seal a two-wicket win for England, who were left needing two runs from the last three balls of a dramatic contest in Bristol. South Africa had earlier set England a target of 219 to win after Laura Wolvaardt (66) and the unbeaten Mignon du Preez (76) had given the underdogs hope of a shock victory. But Sarah Taylor set England on their…

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