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England take 2-0 lead in ODI series in South Africa

Jos Buttler demonstrated his star quality, and Alex Hales his versatility, as England won by five wickets to take a 2-0 one-day international series lead over South Africa.

Hales (99) had to bat against type to keep England on track, after Reece Topley's career-best four for 50 restricted South Africa to a marginally under-par 262 for seven on a slow and occasionally unpredictable surface at St George's Park.

Then on a day which started with Buttler bagging a £385,000 deal to join Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, he finished the job with a flurry of fours and sixes and the unexpected leeway of 22 balls to spare.


Topley restricts South Africa in second ODI

Reece Topley. Credit: PA

Reece Topley's career-best figures helped England restrict South Africa to 262 for seven in the second one-day international in Port Elizabeth.

Topley finished with four for 50 at St George's Park, but AB de Villiers (73) shared a century stand with JP Duminy as the hosts had to attune to the limitations of a slow and unpredictable surface after winning the toss.

England were left to contemplate a target well within the range of the power-hitters who piled up their overseas record 399 for nine in Bloemfontein three days ago, but perhaps awkward enough on this pitch.

IPL side Mumbai Indians buy Jos Buttler for £385,000

England's Jos Buttler will play for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League after being bought for £385,000.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who has decided to play in the tournament after losing his Test spot to Jonny Bairstow, was the subject of a bidding war between Mumbai and the Kolkata Knight Riders in Saturday's auction.

The reigning champions stumped up the cash, meaning Buttler's first foray into the IPL will be based at the Wankhede Stadium.


Cricket commentator and former bowler Bannister dies aged 85

Cricket commentator Jack Bannister has died at the age of 85.

Radio station Talksport, where Bannister worked, announced the news on Saturday about the former Warwickshire bowler, who also had a long career at the BBC.

Bannister played for Warwickshire between 1950 and 1968, taking 1,198 wickets. Credit: PA

A short statement on Talksport's Twitter account read: "We are saddened to report that our legendary cricket correspondent Jack Bannister passed away last night aged 85. Rest in peace Jack."

Former England bowler Darren Gough, a colleague of Bannister's at Talksport, paid tribute, tweeting: "RIP jack bannister. A great man who was opinionated, honest, knowledgeable and passionate. A top cricketer, writer, broadcaster will be missed."

A seam bowler, Wolverhampton-born Bannister played for Warwickshire between 1950 and 1968, taking 1,198 wickets during his first-class career.

Former England international Jonathan Agnew, a presenter on the BBC, also paid his tributes to Bannister, writing on Twitter: "Very sad to hear of the death of a great cricketing servant and good friend, Jack Bannister.

Mick Quinn, former Newcastle footballer, and currently a presenter at Talksport, tweeted: "Sad News. Former Cricketer and Talksport Cricket man Jack Bannister has passed away. Our Jack will be missed."

South Africa wicketkeeper returns to side

Quinton De Kock is back. Credit: PA

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has passed a fitness test and will return for Friday's fourth Test against England.

De Kock missed the decisive third Test in Johannesburg, where a stunning seven-wicket win saw the tourists claim the series with a game to spare.

He injured his knee on the eve of the match while walking his dogs, leaving Dane Vilas to fly from Port Elizabeth to the Wanderers on the first morning.

Steyn to miss final Test with England

South Africa have confirmed Dale Steyn will miss this week's final Test against England after failing to recover from his shoulder injury.

The world's number one ranked team has already lost the series to Alastair Cook's tourists, with frontline fast bowler Steyn missing both the drawn second Test in Cape Town and England's victory in Johannesburg which gave Cook's side an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Steyn's shoulder injury means he will miss the final match against England. Credit: PA

Cricket South Africa confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Steyn will not be fit in time for the final match of four, starting at Centurion on Friday.

"Dale Steyn has not recovered from a shoulder injury and will not be available for selection for the last Test, and all efforts will be made to have him ready for the one-day international series starting at the end of the month," a Cricket South Africa release said.

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