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SJA awards: Lawrence Booth wins scoop of the year for Kevin Pietersen texts

Sportsmail's Booth wins scoop of the year at SJA awards for revealing Pietersen texts

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22:41 GMT, 25 March 2013

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08:10 GMT, 26 March 2013

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth picked up a prestigious gong at this year's Sports Journalists' Association awards.

Our cricket reporter – who is also the editor of Wisden – led the way with his brilliant story about Kevin Pietersen's text-message scandal last summer.

This was recognised as the scoop of the year at the awards night in London on Monday night.

LAWRENCE BOOTH

Neil Ashton

Recognition: Sportsmail cricket writer Lawrence Booth (left) won the scoop of the year and Neil Ashton (right), Jeff Powell (bottom left) and Jonathan McEvoy (bottom right) were highly commended in their categories

JEFF POWELL

Jonathan McEvoy

Pietersen was revealed to have sent text
messages to members of the South African dressing room about his then
captain Andrew Strauss – later described by Pietersen himself as
'provocative' – which caused an almighty schism in the team's dressing
room.

The scandal led to England's star
batsman being exiled from the squad for the rest of the Test series
defeat against the Proteas. It was also the final straw for Strauss, who
resigned the England captaincy soon after and retired from all cricket.

Meanwhile, Sportsmail's football news correspondent Neil Ashton was highly commended in the specialist correspondent category at the awards, while Jonathan McEvoy was highly commended as a sports news reporter. Boxing correspondent Jeff Powell was highly commended in the feature writer award.

The Mail on Sunday also picked up two prestigious awards, with Patrick Collins named as the columnist of year, while Martha Kelner won the young sports writer award.

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Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

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11:04 GMT, 2 December 2012

Australia need a daunting 592 runs to win the third Test against South Africa after the tourists dominated the third day at Perth.

Hashim Amla and and AB De Villiers both made big hundreds as the Proteas looked well set to win the three-match series 1-0.

Amla fell just short a double-century and De Villiers made 169 as Graeme Smith`s men closed their second innings on 569 to set the home side a victory target of 632. They closed on 40 without loss.

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

South Africa had taken control of the series decider on day two and closed at 230 for two, 292 runs in front.

with another boundary.

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Kallis eventually departed for 37 in 65 balls, top-edging a Mitchell Starc bouncer to Johnson at fine leg.

Amla's innings was unaffected and De Villiers offered solid support to accompany him to lunch, grinding out 18 runs in the process. /12/02/article-2241766-165040DB000005DC-808_468x307.jpg” width=”468″ height=”307″ alt=”Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start” class=”blkBorder” />

Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start

Robin Peterson had failed to trouble the scorers when he was caught by Johnson off Starc with the total on 539 for seven.

Starc went on to claim his fourth wicket when De Villiers fell for 169, caught behind by Matthew Wade after an innings that included 21 fours and three sixes and coming off just 184 balls, with the total on 557 and the lead at over 600.

Starc made it a five-wicket haul when Dale Steyn clipped a rising ball behind to Wade and departed for eight.

Starc finished with six for 154 as he bowled Morne Morkel for a duck to end the South Africa innings 569 on and a lead of 631.

Australia's reply had reached 40 without loss, with David Warner on 29 and Ed Cowan nine not out from 13 overs when the third day's play came to a close.

That left the home side still needing 592 runs to win or two days to bat out and save the Test and deny the Proteas what would be a series-winning victory in a match which carries the extra bounty of the world No 1 spot.

JP Duminy ruptures achilles tendon as South Africa take control of first Test in Brisbane

Duminy ruptures achilles in warm-down to mar South Africa's strong start to Australia tour

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12:27 GMT, 9 November 2012

South Africa batsman JP Duminy could miss up to six months after rupturing an achilles tendon after the first day's play of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Duminy was taking part in warm-down exercises on the Gabba outfield when he fell to the turf clutching his left leg.

He was rushed to hospital where the severity of the injury was confirmed.

Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months

Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months

South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: 'At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object.

'The diagnosis of an Achilles tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.

'Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.

'We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to six months before the player can resume playing cricket.

GABBA CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

This isn't the first time in recent years an international cricketer has succumbed to a serious injury on the Gabba outfield.

Back in the 2002 Ashes series, former England fast bowler Simon Jones ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments sliding to field a ball.

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

'He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason.'

The Proteas' 12th man Francois du Plessis will field in Duminy's place in Brisbane but will not be able to bat.

A century partnership from Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis has put the Proteas firmly in control on 255 for two at the end of day one.

The early loss of captain Graeme Smith for 10 to a DRS lbw decision did not prove too much of a setback as Amla (90 not out) and Alviro Petersen (64) saw them through to lunch without further incident.

And when Petersen fell victim to the match's only specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, Jacques Kallis (84 not out) picked up where he left off.

Graeme Smith signs for Surrey

Surrey pull off major coup by signing South Africa skipper Smith to team up with old foe KP

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11:14 GMT, 1 November 2012

Reunited: Smith (left) and Pietersen will line up together at Surrey

Reunited: Smith (left) and Pietersen (right) will line up together at Surrey

South Africa captain Graeme Smith is to take over as Surrey skipper next season after it was announced the batsman had signed a three-year deal at The Oval.

Smith – widely regarded as one of the best opening batsmen in world cricket for the last decade – will continue in his role with the Proteas alongside his county commitments.

The 31-year-old will captain England batsman and old foe Kevin Pietersen once he joins up with Chris Adams' side after the home Test series against Pakistan in March.

'I am excited to be joining such a professional and talented team, during what will hopefully prove to be a rewarding and successful period for Surrey CCC,' Smith told Surrey's official website.

'When you consider the ambition shown it was an easy decision for myself and my family and I would like to thank Surrey County Cricket Club and Cricket South Africa for giving me the opportunity to lead the side and make it possible.

'I am excited about what we can achieve at Surrey going forward and would like to state very clearly that I will balance my new role alongside my continuing commitments to the Proteas and I look forward to continuing to represent my country for many years to come.'

Coup: Smith is rated among the best openers in world cricket

Coup: Smith is rated among the best openers in world cricket

All-conquering: South Africa are currently ranked as the world's No 1 Test side

All-conquering: South Africa are currently ranked as the world's No 1 Test side

Smith captained the Proteas to victory over England last summer in a series that was marred by the Pietersen text controversy.

ECB chief executive David Collier was forced into apologising to Smith and his side after accusing South Africa of adding flames to the fire started by Pietersen's 'provocative' comments aimed at ex-England captain Andrew Strauss.

The victory saw South Africa take over the world No 1 mantle and resulted in the resignation of Strauss, who followed predecessors Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain in stepping down after losing to Smith's sides.

In 104 Tests since making his debut in 2003 Smith has scored 8,314 runs at an average of 49.78 including 25 centuries, placing him fourteenth on the all-time list of Test century makers.

Smith is likely to miss a chunk of next season when South Africa embark on a three-match tour of Sri Lanka in July and August.

Team Director Adams added: Signing Graeme Smith on a three year deal is a massive coup for Surrey CCC. As well as being one of the best captains in the modern game, he is a phenomenal opening batsman and will lead by example from the top of the innings.'

Smith follows Rory Hamilton-Brown as Surrey captain. The 24-year-old departed for Sussex at the end of a turbulent season during which the club were rocked by the tragic death of young batsman Tom Maynard.

David Collier apologises to South Africa over Kevin Pietersen comments

EXCLUSIVE: ECB chief's apology to South Africa over Pietersen row

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22:08 GMT, 14 October 2012

David Collier has apologised for his comment over Kevin Pietersen that threatened to cause a breakdown in relations between England and South Africa.

The ECB chief executive angered the South Africans last week by saying they ‘provoked’ the text-message affair that led to Pietersen being exiled from the England team in the biggest crisis the national side have faced in years.

Now, after South African players and their board had railed against Collier, the ECB’s top man has backed down to avoid the threat of legal action that would have made his position near-untenable.

Back in the team: Kevin Pietersen is being 'reintegrated' into the England team

Back in the team: Kevin Pietersen is being 'reintegrated' into the England team

Sportsmail expects a joint statement to be released on Monday after talks between ECB chairman Giles Clarke and Cricket South Africa’s acting president Dr Willie Basson. In it, they will attempt to draw the line under a saga that had reached its dying embers before Collier re-lit the fuse on the BBC’s Sportsweek.

Both boards are expected to say that their teams play cricket to the highest ethical levels and that Collier was wrong to suggest the South Africans, who he accused of plotting against Pietersen, had done otherwise.

Globe trotter: Pietersen is in South Africa playing for the Delhi Daredevils

Globe trotter: Pietersen is in South Africa playing for the Delhi Daredevils

The boards are also due to say they differ in opinion on the events that led to the exchange of messages between Pietersen and some South Africa players but that the ECB now accept there was nothing underhand in the behaviour of the Proteas. The statement will also say that CSA accept Collier’s apology.

Apology: ECB chief executive David Collier has apologised for his comments

Apology: ECB chief executive David Collier has apologised for his comments

Sportsmail broke the original story of the texts and understands Collier was wrong when he said that the South Africans were behind the scandal. He also showed poor judgment in speaking out when the affair was all but over.

Collier had kept a low profile since the Allen Stanford affair but was left in no doubt that the South African board directors were not prepared to back down without an official apology. That has now come.

Pietersen, meanwhile, will today begin his ‘reintegration’ process with the England team by meeting some of the team-mates he so upset by sending the BlackBerry Messenger messages.

Pietersen, who returned to action for Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League on Saturday with 14 against Kolkata Knight Riders, has flown back from South Africa for the first of his meetings with senior players and management.

The mood is unquestionably one of reconciliation now and unless something goes badly wrong Pietersen, as reported in Sportsmail, will return to the England squad for the Test tour of India that begins later this month.

World Twenty20: Australia beat South Africa

Australia cruising towards last four after emphatic win over South Africa

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13:47 GMT, 30 September 2012

Tournament top-scorer Shane Watson again provided a telling contribution as Australia beat South Africa by eight wickets to stay bang on course for an ICC World Twenty20 semi-final.

Watson added 70 runs to Xavier Doherty's three for 20 with the ball as Australia won their second successive Super Eight match at the R Premadasa Stadium, by chasing down the Proteas' 146 for five with 14 balls to spare.

Watson had shared a century opening stand with David Warner in Friday's success against India, but this time lost his first-wicket partner early.

Main man: Shane Watson was in fine form as Australia beat South Africa

Main man: Shane Watson was in fine form as Australia beat South Africa

It did not faze him, though, as he reached his third half-century in four innings with his second six – over square-leg off Wayne Parnell – to go with six fours from 35 balls.

Doherty had earlier given Australia a wonderful start after they had won the toss.

The slow left-armer had South Africa eight for two in the third over – Richard Levi somehow playing inside the line to be bowled leg-stump for a duck and then Jacques Kallis edging behind to go cheaply too.

It would have been 16 for three had Michael Hussey managed a direct hit from point to run out JP Duminy by yards.

Marching on together: Australia are heading towards the semi-finals

Marching on together: Australia are heading towards the semi-finals

But Watson saw off Hashim Amla with his medium-pace and doubled up with another big wicket – AB de Villiers caught at cover – when he returned for a second spell.

It was therefore only a late flurry from Robin Peterson and Farhaan Behardien, in an unbroken stand of 60, that kept South Africa competitive.

Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn then bowled well with the new ball, and the pressure told on Warner.
He responded to three tight overs by making room to hit Morkel but failed to make contact and was bowled middle-stump.

Toil: South Africa struggled to cope with the Australians' batting

Toil: South Africa struggled to cope with the Australians' batting

Australia did not manage a boundary until Kallis replaced Steyn for the fifth over, and Watson immediately cut him for four.

The destructive opener did not put a foot wrong until he mishit Peterson on 52 but escaped as Parnell could not quite hold a tough catch, diving in from wide long-off.

Watson eventually holed out off Peterson at long-on to end a stand of 99 with Hussey (45no).
But South Africa still never came close to getting off the mark in a group currently dominated by the Australians – and Watson in particular.

World Twenty20 2012: Zimbabwe eliminated after South Africa defeat

Zimbabwe eliminated after 10-wicket thrashing at hands of South Africa

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18:13 GMT, 20 September 2012

Jacques Kallis starred with the ball as South Africa cruised to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their World Twenty20 opener in Hambantota today, sealing their berth in the Super Eights in the process.

Kallis took four for 15 off his four overs as Zimbabwe were limited to 93 for eight and South Africa's openers Richard Levi (50 not out) and Hashim Amla (32no) easily knocked off the target with 44 balls remaining.

The result means South Africa and Sri Lanka have both qualified for the Super Eights from Group C as Zimbabwe bow out of the competition having also been heavily beaten by hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Stroll in the park: Kallis starred for the Proteas as they hammered Zimbabwe

Stroll in the park: Kallis starred for the Proteas as they hammered Zimbabwe

South Africa v Zimbabwe

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After winning the toss and putting
Zimbabwe in, South Africa were soon establishing a suffocating
stranglehold on their African rivals thanks to some miserly bowling
right from the start.

Dale Steyn (one for nine) conceded
just a single off the first over, and then Morne Morkel (two for 16)
leaked just two off the second, which included South Africa's first
breakthrough when Vusi Sibanda was bowled for a duck.

Thanks for coming: Zimbabwe have been sent out of the competition at the first hurdle

Thanks for coming: Zimbabwe have been sent out of the competition at the first hurdle

Thanks for coming: Zimbabwe have been sent out of the competition at the first hurdle

The dangerous Brendan Taylor quickly
came and went for four, also dismissed by Morne Morkel, and when Albie
Morkel snared Hamilton Masakadza for six, Zimbabwe were in all sorts of
trouble on 16 for three.

Craig Ervine (37) and Stuart
Matsikenyeri (11) stemmed the tide for a while with a fourth-wicket
stand worth 35, but they were the only two Zimbabwe batsmen to reach
double figures as man-of-the-match Kallis made short work of the middle
order.

Kallis sent back Matsikenyeri and
Elton Chigumbura in successive balls in a double-wicket maiden before
also snaring Graeme Cremer (six) and Ervine as Zimbabwe limped to 77 for
eight.

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Zimbabwe at least managed to avoid
their lowest T20 total of 84 but they did not make much more as South
Africa were set a target of 93 to win.

The Proteas achieved that with few
serious concerns, with the only clear opportunity seeing Amla dropped by
Sibanda at point, although South Africa were 88 without loss at that
stage.

All smiles: Kallis finished with figures of 4-15 from his allotted four overs

All smiles: Kallis finished with figures of 4-15 from his allotted four overs

Kevin Pietersen deliberations delay England tour of India squad announcement

England tour squad up in the air as Pietersen discussions go on

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15:30 GMT, 12 September 2012


Uncertain future: The announcement of England's Test squad for the winter tour of India has been delayed as deliberations over whether to include Kevin Pietersen continue

Uncertain future: The announcement of England's Test squad for the winter tour of India has been delayed as deliberations over whether to include Kevin Pietersen continue

England have shelved plans to announce their squad for the Test tour of India on Thursday, as discussions over Kevin Pietersen's future continue.

Team director Andy Flower had previously stated that he wanted the touring party finalised before flying to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20 but, while selection discussions are at an advanced stage, the planned announcement has been delayed until at least Tuesday.

Reports on Wednesday indicated a call has already been made to go without Pietersen for the four-Test series, but it is understood the door has not been closed just yet.

Although unlikely given the issues of 'trust and mutual respect' that have undermined Pietersen's relationship with sections of the dressing room, there is a chance the 32-year-old could travel if private negotiations with the England and Wales Cricket Board bear fruit in the coming days.

Pietersen has admitted sending 'provocative' messages to friends in the South Africa dressing room, but also harbours grievances of his own and as such was not offered a central contract when the 2012/13 batch were drawn up.

He has not played for England since the second Test against South Africa, missing the series decider against the Proteas, the subsequent limited-overs matches and also the forthcoming T20 tournament.

Should the selectors decide a Pietersen return in November would be too soon, they have to resolve how best to replace him.

Back to basics: Pietersen has been playing in the County Championship for Surrey since being dropped from the England team

Back to basics: Pietersen has been playing in the County Championship for Surrey since being dropped from the England team

With former captain Andrew Strauss having retired at the end of the South Africa series, England have already lost one experienced campaigner and must think long and hard about the make-up of their top six if they leave Pietersen at home.

With 117 England appearances to his name, albeit only 13 of them in Tests, Ravi Bopara has enough international cricket under his belt to soften the blow of Pietersen's absence, but is currently in chronically bad form.

His awkward medium-pacers may yet see him play in Sri Lanka and, if he can turn his wretched batting around in that tournament, he would go to India.

Eoin Morgan, dropped from the Test side earlier this year after a troubled run of his own, appears certain to make the squad after being awarded one of ten full central contracts this month.

Back in the fold: Eoin Morgan is likely to return to the England team after being awarded a central contract

Back in the fold: Eoin Morgan is likely to return to the England team after being awarded a central contract

That leaves Jonny Bairstow as the most likely pick of the younger generation of middle-order batsmen, ahead of both Jos Buttler and James Taylor.

England have also been wrestling with the question of who will take Strauss' place alongside captain Alastair Cook at the top of the order.

Yorkshire's Joe Root is the most obvious long-term bet, but at 21 may be given more time to develop. With uncertainty over the credentials of Michael Carberry, 31, and Nick Compton, 29, England may ask Jonathan Trott to open and shift Ian Bell to number three.

Promotion Jonathan Trott could be move up the order to open on England's tour of India

Promotion Jonathan Trott could be move up the order to open on England's tour of India

The identity of the spin contingent will also have been discussed, with Monty Panesar favourite to continue as second choice to Graeme Swann.

A third slow bowler is a certainty, with Samit Patel, Danny Briggs and James Tredwell all offering different qualities.

Patel's batting prowess could ultimately count in his favour, especially given the question marks over the specialist batsmen.

All will become clear when national selector Geoff Miller finally chooses to make the panel's decisions public.

England v South Africa – Twenty20, Edgbaston – LIVE

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the third T20 match at Edgbaston

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England take on South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday night in what is the final contest of this three-match Twenty20 series.

Stuart Broad's side were thwarted by bad weather in Manchester as they attempted to level the series they trail 1-0.

South Africa won the Test series, the two sides drew the one-dayers and the Proteas can seal the T20s with victory this evening.

But this is England's final match on home soil of the summer before they head to the sub-continent to defend their ICC World T20 crown.

The tourists have been the dominant side in this summer series – but the hosts can hit them with a parting shot in Birmingham.

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Final flourish: broad leads England out for their final match on home soil this summer

Final flourish: Broad leads England out for the last time on home soil this summer

England v South Africa – live score fifth ODI Trent Bridge

LIVE: England v South Africa – follow the score from the fifth ODI at Trent Bridge

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England will be determined to complete a notable NatWest Series one day international triumph after the huge disappointment of their heavy Test defeat by South Africa.

Alastair Cook's side were comfortable six-wicket winners at Lord's and take a 2-1 lead into this final encounter at Trent Bridge.

But they must do so without Jonathan Trott, who has been ruled out with the hand injury he suffered in Sunday's win.

Victory over the Proteas will be huge boost ahead of a busy winter schedule.

There are two T20s against South Africa yet to come, before the team head to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20.

There follows a Test, ODI and T20 series away in India.

England won the toss and elected to bat. There were two changes to Cook's team: Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes replace injured pair Trott and Steven Finn.

You can stay right up to date with the latest score from Nottingham by clicking on the link below.

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England: A N Cook (Capt), I R Bell, R S Bopara, E J G Morgan, J M Bairstow, C Kieswetter (Wkt), S R Patel, J C Tredwell, C R Woakes, J W Dernbach, J M Anderson.

South Africa: H M Amla, G C Smith, D Elgar, A B de Villiers (Capt Wkt), J P Duminy, F du Plessis, W D Parnell, J L Ontong R J Peterson, D W Steyn, M Morkel.

Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and R K Illingworth

Line 'em up: England can seal the series against South Africa at Trent Bridge

Line 'em up: England can seal the series against South Africa at Trent Bridge