This is turning out to be a thrilling series of big hitting with South Africa demolishing England in the last game – against the odds it must be said – and winning by seven wickets in Centurion on Wednesday. Three games gone and the Proteas are 2-1 down in the series so they need to win again to keep any hopes alive of a series win. The weather is set for a hot and warm afternoon with a chance of a thunderstorm but it's unlikely to be severe enough to disrupt play for long. Thunderstorms are short, sharp events in Johannesburg at this time of the year. England played well in the third game right up until the time I left to pick my son up from school and when I returned to see the total they had posted it was at least...
South Africa V England Third Test Preview 14-01-2016 With two matches played and England leading the series 1-0, South Africa will be hoping to level the series in the third game and will be buoyed by events on the last day of the second test when an unlikely victory was briefly on the cards. England won the first test handsomely by 241 runs and must have been scenting another victory in the second after Ben Stokes bashed his way to a double century in quick time giving them a first innings total of over 600 runs. South Africa though were methodical in their reply and Hashim Amla posted a double ton of his own in riposte moving to 201 runs in 477 deliveries and effectively killing the match as a contest. With both sides posting over 600 runs apiece surely...
England v Australia 1st One Day International 03-09-2015
A thrilling run chase in the only T20 game between these two sides resulted in a narrow win for England by five runs. A shame there wasn't more games in this format planned for the rest of the summer.
We do have five One Day Internationals though to take us through the first two weeks of September before England head off to Pakistan and then South Africa for a lengthy tour.
England V Australia Fifth Test Match Preview Jimmy Anderson is sadly ruled out of the fifth and final test against the Aussies being unable to recover in time from a side strain picked up in the third test match. Mark Wood will continue as his deputy although there have been mooted suggestions that he might need surgery on an ankle problem immediately after this game. If England can win this game and take the test match series 4-1 it will be the first time any England team has managed to win four games in a test series against Australia on home soil. Captain Alistair Cook has been rallying the troops ahead of this game and effectively cajoling everyone into keeping their foot on the Aussies throat whilst they have them down and out, dismissing a woeful Australian...
England v Australia Fourth Test Preview
What a shame that on the test pitch that is almost guaranteed to provide the most swing in this series, England's most potent seam bowler – Jimmy Anderson is sidelined with a side injury sustained during the third test match.
The Trent bridge ground is tightly enclosed and the construction of the New Stand in 2008 completes the claustrophobic effect whilst sand under the turf and regular watering keep the pitch moist which aids the bowler who can swing the ball.
Mark Wood will replace Anderson but the Durham man is highly prone to injury and will be playing with cortisone injections in his ankle.
A rejuvenated England side buoyed by their victory in the first test match and being competently steered by Andrew Strauss go into the second game as slight underdogs at the bookies.
I guess the general feeling is that Australia can't play as badly as they did in the first test and England had several moments go their way, particularly the dropped catch which let Joe Root escape a duck before he went on to make a century and take the game away from the Aussies.
The Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin misses this game for personal reasons.
In the First Test betting we picked England to win and just about scraped home with Australia fighting all the way to the end with dogged determination.
At that point it was quite conceivable that Australia could have won the first test but the third day morning collapse losing a quick five wickets was what ultimately led to their demise. each run took the Aussies closer to their total and on the final day it looked more and more like an unlikely Australia victory.
England start as massive favourites but how can you ignore odds of 16/5 at Boylesports that Australia will win this game?
They won't make so many DRS mistakes this time around and those odds are too good to miss. On top of that the Aussies have lost just one test at Lords since 1938 - There's value there.
Lancashire are on a hot streak having won their last three games whilst even if they win their last three games Yorkshire may still fail to qualify for the last eight.
After crashing at Headingley and losing by 25 runs on Sunday Yorkshire are left with not much to salvage but pride from their remaining games.
Last night's TV action was a fantastic game between St Helens and Wigan with the Saints quickly gaining a 12 point lead within the first 10 minutes but then making some silly mistakes to let Wigan back into the game.
A superb dropkick from Pat Richards gave Wigan a 16/15 advantage with about six minutes left on the clock but then the try of the game was scored by Joe Greenwood with just three minutes left.
It was a cracking game and even if you are casual super league fan betting on the action can make a great evening's entertainment.