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Alastair Cook brings glad tidings with 126 against South Africa A

Alistair Cook

Alastair Cook is 31 on Christmas Day and, while his double dose of festivities will be tempered by the tedium of a training session and a press conference before the first Test with South Africa in Durban, the England captain will at least be free of any anxiety over his own form and that of his fellow batsmen.

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Heather Knight gets off to dream start as England captain in win over Pakistan

Heather Knight must be wondering what the guff about the rigours of high office is all about. For her first day in the captaincy job that Charlotte Edwards held for a decade she led England to a clinical seven-wicket win to go one-up over Pakistan in their series opener. In the process she became the first captain to combine a five-wicket haul and a half-century in almost 1,000 women’s one-day internationals.

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