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Finn burst boosts England in Durban

Steven Finn took three wickets to keep England on course for victory in the first Test, but Jonny Bairstow's missed stumping of AB De Villiers gave South Africa faint hope in Durban.

Finn, a late addition to the touring squad after a foot injury, took out Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis as the Proteas closed the fourth day on 136 for four, 280 short of an improbable winning mark.

They will have little serious interest in hunting down a record 416 but the presence of master batsman De Villiers at least gives them a chance of surviving three sessions for the draw.

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Oscar Pistorius appeal comes to a close

An appeal by South African prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius' culpable homicide charge changed to a murder one has come to an end with judgement reserved until a later date.

Judge: Miracle 'not to shoot someone' when firing through door

An appeal court judge has told Oscar Pistorius' lawyer that it "would be a miracle not to shoot someone" if firing repeatedly through a door which someone is behind.

Responding to the lawyer's submission that the original judge in his client's case had not ignored key circumstantial evidence Justice Leach said: "If you put four shoots through that door you must surely foresee that you will shoot someone."

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