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Temba Bavuma says he has learnt to embrace the responsibility of batting with the lower order, after his match-changing 52 in the third Test match against England at The Oval on Saturday. His crucial partnerships in ‘difficult’ conditions with Kagiso Rabada (30) and Morne Morkel (17) -which contributed 100 runs -  helped the Proteas avoid the follow-on and an embarrassing first innings total.

Lower-order resolves have become a  speciality for the 27-year-old, a role he has adapted to admirably in his 23- match Test career.  

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Temba Bavuma scored his 1000th Test match run as he and Morne Morkel guided the Standard Bank Proteas past the follow on target on a rain-disrupted third day of the third Test match at The Oval in London on Saturday.

Bavuma (50 off 120 balls, 8 fours) was last man out, having shared key partnerships of 53 with Kagiso Rabada and 47 with Morkel. Vernon Philander batted at No. 11, having been released from hospital, as the Proteas innings ended on 175, giving England a massive lead of 178 on the first innings.

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Toby Roland-Jones celebrated a memorable debut both with bat and ball to send South Africa cartwheeling into a load of trouble on the second day of the third Test match at The Oval in London on Friday.

He first played an important innings of 25 (25 balls, 4 fours and a six) that not only enabled England’s batting hero, Ben Stokes (112 off 153 balls, 9 fours and 4 sixes), to reach his fifth Test match century and his second against the Proteas but also to post an above par total of 353 in the conditions that continued to be overcast rather than the total of less than 300 that seemed more likely at one stage.

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England's Alastair Cook fought an all-day battle with the Standard Bank Proteas five-man attack as the two sides fought for supremacy on the opening day of the third Test match at The Oval in London on Thursday.

On balance, the Proteas could probably claim to hold a slight advantage, particularly after losing the toss, as they restricted England to 171/4 on a rain-shortened opening day on which only 59 overs were possible to be bowled.

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Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has cautioned against complacency heading into the third Test match against England starting at The Oval on Thursday. The Proteas enter the match as favourites following their 340-run win in the second match in Nottingham, but will be wary of a fightback from the hosts, who have been under close scrutiny and criticism throughout the week.

An overriding characteristic of Du Plessis’ captaincy has been his simple and candid approach to the role, which has been clear in his message to the players in preparation for the series-defining match.

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A flurry of late wickets – including six from Anya Shrubsole - took England to World Cup glory today in front of a packed Lord’s. Puna Raut’s 86 had looked to be taking India home before a collapse saw England win by nine runs and lift the trophy.

After winning the toss England started positively before initially some accurate slow bowling and then the wily veteran Jhulan Goswami pegged them back. Goswami, who made her international debut in 2002, starred with the ball to record figures of 10-3-23-3.

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Captain Mithali Raj knows it will be a special occasion for her and Jhulan Goswami when India plays its second ICC World Cup Final, 12 years after losing their showpiece event.

India was beaten by Australia back in 2005 but banished those demons by knocking out the reigning World Cup winner in a dramatic semi-final in Derby. That 36-run win earned India a spot at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final where it will face host England in front of a sold-out at the home of cricket in London.

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