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The Proteas bowlers are prepared for a hard fight to get the remaining 10 England wickets required for victory in the second Test match at Trent Bridge. Alastair Cook (0) and Keaton Jennings (0) survived four eventful overs before stumps on day three, and will have to survive against a ‘hungry’ and motivated attack en-route to the record 474 runs required for victory.

Proteas opener, Dean Elgar, says the new ball will be important in the first session on Monday, but believes every bowler in the attack will have a role to play in a series-levelling performance.

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South Africa achieved their dual objectives of setting England a fourth innings chase far in excess of anything that has previously been achieved and of subjecting the pitch to another day of wear and tear on the third day of the second Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.

When Faf du Plessis finally declared, leaving his bowlers four overs to attack the tired England batsmen before the close, the home side faced a target of 474 in some 184 overs. 

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The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named a 15-member Windies Test squad for the Tour of England, starting later this month. Opening batsman Kyle Hope and left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer are the only two uncapped players in the squad for the tour which will feature the first ever day/night Test in England from August 18 to 22 at Edgbaston. The second match will be at Headingley (August 25 to 29) with the third at Lord’s (September 7 to 11).

On the announcement of the squad, Courtney Browne, Chairman of Selection Panel of CWI, said: “The core group of this squad has been playing together from the Test series against India last year in the Caribbean. The group is developing nicely and we are already seeing some good signs from some individual players and the team as a whole. Our bowling again has shown that hard work and consistency will bring success. This bowling group has played around 10 Test matches consecutively and quite a number of ODIs together over the last year, and they had success which augurs well for their continued development.

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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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