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 Toby Roland-Jones: has been given the nod in place of Mark Wood for the third Test against South Africa. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

It must have been a long week for the England cricketers – the men, that is. While the women have been justly feted for their exploits, not least for (...)

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis leaves the field after losing his wicket for 63 during play on the third day of the second Test match between England and South Africa at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Getty Images

We know the equation now. And we think we know the outcome. England need 474 runs to win and they have two days and 10 wickets in hand to do it. The h(...)

South Africa’s Hashim Amla  hits a shot past England’s Alastair Cook during play on the first day of the second Test. Photograph: Getty Images

Joe Root wanted his England side to be stretched and the South Africans duly obliged on a dreamy day at Trent Bridge. Here was Test cricket as we crav(...)

Ronan O’Gara leaves the field against the New South Wales Waratahs in 2001. Photograph: Getty Images

Violent. Intense. Intoxicating. And so another Lions tour is sprung on two hemispheres. A chain of warm up matches whet appetites before Warren Gatlan(...)

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee: from July he will only be able to select overseas-based players who have more than 30 international caps

South African rugby coach Allister Coetzee will from July only be able to select overseas-based players who have more than 30 international caps in a (...)

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada  celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka  captain Angelo Mathews  during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka   in Cape Town. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty

Four wickets in seven overs from Kagiso Rabada helped South Africa wrap up a series victory over Sri Lanka with one Test to spare. Rabada’s opening (...)

Sporting opium: silver medallist Annalise Murphy with other Irish Olympic sailors. Photograph: Alan Betson

They say sport is a great healer. They say so, and – as someone who first invested in a tracksuit at the age of 30, and only then because I was pregna(...)

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee (right). Photograph: Getty Images.

At the end of what he described as a terrible year, South Africa’s head coach, Allister Coetzee, has chosen the rawest Springboks side in the professi(...)

Faf du Plessis: In 2013, the South Africa captain  was fined half his match fee for ball tampering against Pakistan. Photograph: EPA/Dave Hunt

Footage showing South Africa captain Faf du Plessis applying saliva to the ball with a lolly in his mouth is being reviewed by the International Crick(...)

 England’s Billy Vunipola  is tackled by South Africa’s Adriaan Strauss  during  England’s victory at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

England 37 Tries: May, Lawes, Ford, Farrell Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Farrell 2, Daly South Africa 21 Tries: Goosen, le Roux Cons: Combrinck Pens: Lam(...)

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