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Australia will face India in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup after beating South Africa by 59 runs in their final league game at Taunton to finish second in the eight-team league.

Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton and Ellyse Perry all struck half-centuries for the Southern Stars with Sune Luus taking five wickets as Australia was all out for 269 in 48.3 overs.

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It took a simple message from captain, Faf du Plessis, to spur Chris Morris on for a lethal spell to wrap up England’s tail and to give the Proteas the advantage on day two of the second Test match at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Morris had an expensive opening account with his three overs going for 20 runs, but pulled it back with a fiery second burst (3/18 in 5.5 overs) to finish with overall figures of 3/38.

“For me personally, you fall into the trap as a bowler where the swing and everything happening with the pitch makes you focus on putting a ball there instead of bowling it,” he said of the mistakes in his opening spell.“ The message was clear from Faf, be aggressive and bowl fast. For me that cleared any doubt of what I needed to do and I think it worked today. I ran in and tried to bowl as fast as I could.”

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South Africa produced far and away their best day of their entire England tour to date when they played themselves into a potentially winning position on the second day of the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.

In the absence of their suspended champion, Kagiso Rabada, the bowlers produced a superb team effort to dismiss England for 205 runs in one ball short of 52 overs to give their side a lead of 130 runs. This had been extended to 205 runs by the close of play with Dean Elgar (38 off 63 balls, 6 fours) and Hashim Amla (23 off 45 balls, 5 fours) both well set after an unbroken second-wicket stand of 57. 

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Proteas wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, says it’s honours even after the opening day of the second Test match against England at Trent Bridge on Friday. The Proteas recovered from a middle order collapse to finish on 309/6 at stumps, after a determined 74-run seventh-wicket partnership between all-rounders Vernon Philander (54 not out) and Chris Morris (23 not out) lifted the first innings performance.

The hopes of a substantial first innings score lie with the two - with only Keshav Maharaj remaining as the last batting option- and every run will be vital in making the most of the decision to bat first.  

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Vernon Philander and Chris Morris fully justified the Standard Bank Proteas decision to balance their side with two bowling all-rounders rather than the extra specialist batsman on the opening day of the second Test match against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday.

After Faf du Plessis had won the toss and taken the courageous yet correct decision to bat first under overcast skies the Proteas were set up for a big total by the 113-run partnership for the third wicket between Hashim Amla and their new No. 4 Quinton de Kock.

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The England Learning Disability side maintained their unbeaten run in the INAS Tri-Series supported by NatWest after a nail-biting three wicket victory over Australia.

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The Proteas will need to draw on their experiences in previous difficult situations to bounce back in the second Test against England starting at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. Captain, Faf du Plessis, says the match will be a ‘ big character test’ given some of the off and on-field challenges the squad has faced this week.

Du Plessis’ return after missing the first Test adds invaluable experience and temperament to the batting line-up to go with his presence and intensity as the leader of the pack. One of his strengths as captain has been his ability to lead from the front, a characteristic that has shone through during challenging periods he has faced throughout his tenure.

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