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Vaughan stands by England criticism before Thursday's third Test

Third Investec Test: England v South Africa Venue: The 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. Former England captain Michael Vaughan has stood by his criticism of the current Test side – which skipper Joe Root admitted “felt a bit personal”. Vaughan said England did not “respect” Test cricket after their heavy defeat by South Africa in the second Test. “It has…

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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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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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'Ballance & Jennings have Test futures' – Vaughan backs England pair

Media playback is not supported on this device Gary Ballance and Keaton Jennings have a future in the England Test team if they are handled better, says former captain Michael Vaughan. The two left-handers have struggled for runs in England’s opening two Tests of the summer. Vaughan, however, believes England are doing Ballance a “disservice” by batting him at three. “He can have a Test career, but it should be at number five,” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live. “They’re doing the lad a disservice. It’s unfair on a player…

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South Africa crush England by 340 runs to level Test series – report & highlights

Media playback is not supported on this device Second Investec Test, Trent Bridge, day four South Africa 335 & 343-9 dec: Amla 87, Elgar 80, Moeen 4-78 England 205 & 133: Cook 42, Philander 3-24, Maharaj 3-42 South Africa won by 340 runs; series level at 1-1 Scorecard England’s batting crumbled for a second time to give South Africa a 340-run win on day four of the second Test. Chasing an improbable 474, the home side were bowled out for 133, as only Alastair Cook (42) offered any prolonged resistance….

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England batsman Gary Ballance set for x-ray after injuring finger during defeat to South Africa in second Test

England batsman Gary Ballance Monday, July 17, 2017 Gary Ballance is set to have an x-ray on his left index finger after taking a blow from a Morne Morkel short ball in the second Investec Test. The England number three needed treatment on the pitch during England’s second-innings 133 all out against South Africa at Trent Bridge. Ballance was then able to resume his innings but could make little difference to England’s fortunes as they slid to defeat by 340 runs in a series therefore level at 1-1 with two…

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