South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing England’s batsman Jonathan Bairstow for a duck. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

With 29 scheduled overs of a rain-interrupted third day to go England were still in the Test, hanging on by the fingernails but with a sniff of a cha(...)

Kagiso Rabada took seven wickets for South Africa to remove England for 342 on day three in Centurion. Photograph: Getty

England’s chances of an unbeaten tour of South Africa took a hefty blow on day three of the fourth Test as 20-year-old tyro Kagiso Rabada ran through (...)

Captain Alistair Cook led the England fightback against South Africa at Centurion. Photograph: AFP

Captain Alastair Cook led England’s fourth Test fightback with his first half-century of the series after South Africa ran up 475 on day two in Centur(...)

South Africa’s Stephen Cook celebrates his century on his  debut during the fourth  Test  against England at Centurion, South Africa. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Fourth Test, Day One: South Africa 329-5 Until Ben Stokes’s competitive spirit and Stuart Broad’s wonderful versatility began to pull England back in(...)

Stuart Broad of England reacts as James Anderson of England nearly catches out Stiaan Van Zyl of South Africa during the third cricket Test  in Johannesburg on Saturday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Trevor Bayliss does not take much notice of the ICC rankings. They are, he reckons, for the fans, something to give a context to what is happening in (...)

England’s Joe Root celebrates after scoring a century on day two of the third Test   at Wanderers Stadium  in Johannesburg.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Third test, day two: South Africa 313 lead England 238-5 by 75 runs There is a scene in the final series of Blackadder where the hapless Baldrick is (...)

England fast bowler Steven Finn in action during the first day of the third Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Third Test, day one: South Africa 267-7 Until a frustrating unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 42 against the second new ball, England had fought (...)

England’s Alastair Cook shakes hands with Hashim Amla after the second Test ended in a draw at Newlands Stadium. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Hashim Amla has resigned as captain of South Africa with the all-rounder AB de Villiers to take over until the end of the four-Test series. The shoc(...)

England’s Jonny Bairstow looks down as he waits the results from the third empire with team member Moeen Ali during the second test against South Africa at Newlands. Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/Getty Images

England 629-6 dec & 159-6; South Africa 627-7 dec The record books will show that this was a match that ended in a draw without the third innings(...)

South Africa’s Hashim Amla  plays a shot as England’s James Taylor looks on during the second Test match in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

If the first Test in Abu Dhabi a couple of months ago taught us anything it is that when it comes to the fifth day of a seemingly dead match, nothing(...)