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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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England National Cricket Selectors have named the following 13-man squad for the third Investec Test match against South Africa starting at the Kia Oval on Thursday July 27 2017.

England third Test Squad:

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England edged South Africa by two wickets in a thrilling semi-final match that went down to the last over in Bristol on Tuesday. The hosts will play the winners of the second semi-final between India and Australia at Lord's on Sunday.

South Africa were restricted to a modest 218/6 at the end of their innings after winning the toss and electing to bat first. The main contributions came from Mignon du Preez (76*) and Laura Wolvaardt (66), whose half-centuries came as the side lost big hitters, Lizelle Lee (7), captain Dane van Niekerk (27) and Chloe Tryon (1).

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Tammy Beaumont says England’s victory over South Africa earlier in the group stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 will count for nothing when the two sides face each other in the semi-final in Bristol.

England has won six WWC games in a row – including a 68-run victory over South Africa – following its opening defeat by India. South Africa has won four, lost two and had one game washed out due to rain. But with a place in the Lord’s final the prize for Tuesday’s winner, Beaumont says both teams go into the game with a clean slate. 

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South Africa made an emphatic statement about their prospects of emulating the series-winning classes of 2008 and 2012 when they thumped England by 340 runs with more than a day and a session to spare in the second Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday.

The series is now level at 1-1 with two matches to play with the next one starting at The Oval in London on Thursday week – a venue of which the older hands in the Proteas squad will have very fond memories. On their last visit there in 2012 Hashim Amla scored a treble century, Morne Morkel put in a superb spell on the fourth evening, culminating in the wicket of Kevin Pietersen and the Proteas equalled a record by winning by an innings for the loss of only two wickets.

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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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