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(...)

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’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 drives off the front foot during his innings in the second Test against England in  Cape Town. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Day 3 close: England 629-6 dec leads South Africa 353-3 by 276 runs It was inevitable perhaps but there really was a feeling of after the Lord Mayor(...)

Ben Stokes hit a sensational 258 to put England in the driving seat of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town. Photograph: Getty

Sometimes it pays to just fasten the seat belt, sit back and enjoy the ride. And what a ride it has been. In to bat on a hat-trick, Ben Stokes produce(...)

 South African bowler Dane Piedt celebrates dismissing England captain Alastair Cook during day three of the first Test match  at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

1st Test, Day 3: England 303 & 172-3 lead South Africa 214 by 261 runs England are firmly in the driving seat after three days at Kingsmead, a p(...)

Stuart Broad and his England  team-mates  appeal unsuccessfully for the wicket of  South Africa captain Hashim Amla during day two of the first Test at  Kingsmead Stadium in  Durban. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

1st Test, Day 2: England 303, South Africa 137-4 If there has been no more productive bowling combination for England than Stuart Broad and Jimmy And(...)

England bowler Monty Panesar backed to rise above the fuss over clumsy tweet. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

Monty Panesar has received a second apology from Cricket Australia inside a week, but has been backed to rise above off-field distractions to re-estab(...)

 Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand celebrate the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook during day four of the third Test in Auckland. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

England were in a desperate position at the close of the fourth day of the final Test match dominated by a vibrant New Zealand team in Auckland(...)

Groundsmen push water off covers on the final day of the second  Test between New Zealand and England in Wellington. Photograph:  David Gray/Reuters

England had to accept the inevitable at the Basin Reserve in Wellington today, and will head to Auckland tomorrow for a winner-takes-all final (...)