England’s gamechanger Mark Wood admitted he was not even in line to play the fourth Test against South Africa until he woke up raring to go on the morning of the match.
Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley became the first England openers to post a century stand in over three years but South Africa fought back to leave the fourth Test in the balance after day one in Johannesburg.
Joe Root has teased “a relentless barrage of pace” as he looks to complete his finest hour as England captain with a third straight win over South Africa.
Graham Thorpe remembers Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg as one of the most intimidating grounds he played at but England are hoping they can make South Africa feel the heat if both Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are passed fit for the fourth Test.
Jofra Archer stepped up his bid for a place in the final Test against South Africa, turning in a sustained spell of fiery fast bowling in the nets.
England are eyeing all-out pace in the final Test against South Africa and will give Jofra Archer every chance to prove he is ready to join Mark Wood for the decider in Johannesburg.
England are set to unleash Mark Wood in the third Test against South Africa, with Jofra Archer unable to prove his match fitness.
Captain Joe Root will keep a close eye on the fitness of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in England’s final practice session before the third Test against South Africa.
A 28-year-old man who admitted racially abusing England bowler Jofra Archer in November has been banned from attending international and domestic games in New Zealand for two years.
Mark Wood has stepped up his bid to prove he is the man to provide England with the “X factor” they are looking for in the third Test against South Africa.
England slumped to an underwhelming 262 for nine on day one of the second Test against South Africa, another disappointing entry in a tour that is lurching from bad to worse.
England’s batsmen were fighting for a foothold on day one of the second Test in Cape Town, with Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope at the crease on 149 for four at tea.
England reached 67 for two by lunch on day one of the second Test against South Africa as they attempted to reset the tone of the tour in Cape Town.
England had more bad news on the morning of the second Test against South Africa, with paceman Jofra Archer ruled out due to an elbow injury.
England’s troubled tour of South Africa hit a new low on the eve of the second Test in Cape Town, with batsman Rory Burns ruled out for the remainder of the series with an ankle injury sustained while playing football.
England’s troubled tour of South Africa threatened to take a fresh turn for the worse on Thursday, with Jofra Archer looking certain to miss the second Test with an elbow injury and Rory Burns limping out of the team’s football warm-up.
England are awaiting scan results on Jofra Archer’s right elbow but the paceman looks increasingly unlikely to feature in Friday’s second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
Jofra Archer has emerged as a doubt for the New Year Test in Cape Town, with England’s bad luck in South Africa showing no signs of abating.
England are hoping to sign off an unforgettable 2019 with another improbable chase after Rory Burns gave them a promising start pursuing a record 376 against South Africa.
England will attempt to dramatically shift the momentum of the Boxing Day Test on day three against South Africa, when Jofra Archer will find himself under scrutiny after a beamer row.