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Philander ready to lead Proteas attack against England

Vernon Philander is fit and ready to lead the Proteas attack in the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s in London on Thursday. Philander has recovered from the ankle injury he sustained earlier this month, and returns to a happy hunting ground which holds fond memories.

His man-of-the-match performance in the 51-run win at the ground in 2012 led the Proteas to a 2-0 series victory and the No.1 Test ranking. The current squad has a completely different look and feel to the class of 2012 – Philander, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Morne Morkel are the only players from that squad - but the objectives and desire remains the same ahead of the series-opener.

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Dean Elgar to Captain South Africa in 1st Test against England

Proteas head coach, Russell Domingo, says Dean Elgar will bring a ‘gutsy’ attitude as captain for the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s in London on Thursday. Elgar will stand in for Faf du Plessis - who is unable to lead the side due to family reasons - and will become the 12th player to captain South Africa’s Test team since readmission.

The 30-year-old has become an established member of the Test side since his debut in 2012, and has grown into a tenacious rock at the top of the order. He has scored seven centuries and six half-centuries (at an average of 39.25) in his 35-match Test career, innings’ that have been characterised by unrelenting fight and determination.   

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Proteas draw positives from drawn tour match

South Africa received a thorough workout in the drawn three-day match against the England Lions at New Road in Worcester on Saturday. The home team finished on 266/4 declared after 80 overs, in response to the Proteas’ first innings total of 382/6 declared.

The bowlers all managed to run in for three spells, with Morne Morkel (1/49) and Chris Morris (1/35) the most successful and economical of the pacemen. Keshav Maharaj, the only frontline spinner in the squad, was equally impressive as an effective holding option in his 18 overs.  

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England announce squad for 1st Test against South Africa

England's National Cricket Selectors have named the following 12-man squad for the first Investec Test match against South Africa starting at Lord’s on Thursday July 6.

Yorkshire’s Joe Root, who was appointed England’s Test captain in February, will lead the team out for the first time on Thursday.  Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones, who made his one-day international debut last month at Lord’s against Ireland, is the only uncapped player in the squad and is in contention to make his England Test debut on his home county ground. The 29-year-old has taken 22 wickets in the Specsavers County Championship during this campaign. 

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Rahul Dravid reappointed India 'A' and U-19 Coach

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced today that Mr. Rahul Dravid will continue as coach for India A and U-19 teams for the next two years. The former India captain was first appointed as the coach for the two teams in 2015 and under his leadership the youngsters have achieved outstanding results, at home and away.

In his first assignment as coach, the ‘A’ side won the triangular series in Australia which also had South Africa as the third team. He repeated that success with the Under-19 team as well, guiding them to the final of the World Cup in 2016. 

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