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Lionel Messi Tokyo Madame Tussauds with David Beckham

Beckham and Messi the stars of the show in Tokyo Madame Tussauds

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Bill Rungay

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16:31 GMT, 13 March 2013

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16:54 GMT, 13 March 2013

When Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that God sent him to earth to play football, Messi said: ‘I didn’t send anybody’.

We all thought that was a joke; however it appears that the Argentine was in Tokyo pointing to the skies last night at the same time as he was in Barcelona scoring twice to help his team progress in the Champions League.

Is he really God Can he be in two places at once Sadly not.

Lifelike: A Lionel Messi waxwork is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Japan this week

Lifelike: A Lionel Messi waxwork is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Japan this week

Matchwinning performance: Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat AC Milan 4-0 on Tuesday night

Matchwinning performance: Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat AC Milan 4-0 on Tuesday night

A visitor poses with the wax figure of Lionel Messi at the Madame Tussauds exhibition in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Madame Tussauds in Tokyo, Japan are reopening this Friday, exhibiting 60 wax figures of Japanese and worldwide stars. These include Messi and England’s finest patriot, Mr David Beckham.

Beckham, now of Paris Saint-Germain, can be seen in his LA Galaxy kit doing sit ups on a bench.

Laid Beck: A David Beckham model can also be found at the museum

Laid Beck: A David Beckham model can also be found at the museum

TOPSHOTS Paris Saint-Germain's English midfielder David Beckham

Many tourists and fans will be at Friday’s reopening in Tokyo, however Messi and Beckham will both have their eyes on the Champions League quarter-final draw, where their sides could possibly meet each other.

LIVE: India v England – Twenty20 international in Pune

LIVE: India v England – follow the score from the first Twenty20 international in Pune

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13:02 GMT, 20 December 2012

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13:45 GMT, 20 December 2012

England take on India in the first of a two-match Twenty20 international series in Pune on Thursday afternoon.

Captain Morgan: The England batsman leads the side in Stuart Broad's absence

Captain Morgan: The England batsman leads the side in Stuart Broad's absence

Although
both sides will make changes from the recent Test series, England will
be looking to take momentum from the historic 3-1 win into the shortest
form of the game.

Eoin Morgan captains the tourists with regular skipper Stuart Broad back at home with a heel injury.

England paceman Stuart Broad ruled out of final India Test

Broad ruled out of India Test but England delay decision on Twenty20 series

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07:51 GMT, 12 December 2012

Stuart Broad has been ruled
out of contention for Thursday's final Test against India because of his
bruised left heel, but have delayed making a decision on his
availabilty for next week's two Twenty20s.

England's Twenty20 captain was highly
unlikely in any case to be selected to play India in Nagpur, when the
tourists will be bidding for a historic 3-1 series win.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

The fast bowler lost form, after first suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net practice yesterday, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed the news at his press conference at the VCA Stadium.

'Stuart is out of this Test match,' he said.

'His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20.

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

'We'll know a bit more when it settles down.'

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

'It's the nature of sport, isn't it Some people have good tours, and some people don't,' added Cook.

'Unfortunately, more down to niggles and and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour.

'It's frustrating for him, and disappointing for us as a side.

'But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back.'

LIVE: England v South Africa – T20, Old Trafford

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the second T20 match at Old Trafford

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England take on South Africa at Old Trafford on Monday night in what is the second contest of a three-match Twenty20 series.

With the World Twenty20 coming up in Sri Lanka later this month, both sides will be looking to gain some momentum in the shortest format of the game before they depart these shores.

Stuart Broad's England side will be looking to level the series at Old Trafford having lost the series opener by seven wickets at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

England are aiming to beat South Africa for the first time in a series this summer having lost 2-0 over three Tests and drawn 2-2 over five one-day internationals.

Expected to feature for the home side alongside Broad are fellow Twenty20 stalwarts Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann, while the world class trio of Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn will feature for the tourists.

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Jumping Jacques flash: Kallis bludgeoned South Africa to victory at Durham

Jumping Jacques flash: Kallis bludgeoned South Africa to victory at Durham

South Africa take control against England at Lord"s

England require record run chase to defeat South Africa and preserve No 1 ranking

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19:08 GMT, 19 August 2012

England fell foul of Vernon Philander, with bat and then ball, as their No 1 Test status hung by a thread against South Africa at Lord's.

Philander consolidated the work of centurion Hashim Amla in the tourists' 351 all out – and then immediately undermined England's hopes of pulling off a record run chase of 346 to share the Investec series, by shifting both openers lbw for only four runs between them.

Captain Andrew Strauss, on his home ground in his 100th Test and 50th in charge, managed just a single before shouldering arms to a delivery that nipped up the slope to follow back Alastair Cook – who at least played a defensive shot but could not cope with Philander's movement off the seam from the pavilion end.

Back to the hutch: Alastair Cook's series comes to an end as he is given out lbw

Back to the hutch: Alastair Cook's series comes to an end as he is given out lbw

Advantage South Africa: Vernon Philander (right) celebrates trapping England's Alastair Cook lbw

Advantage South Africa: Vernon Philander (right) celebrates trapping England's Alastair Cook lbw

After 13 overs of evening batting, England were guided to an ultra-cautious 16 without further loss by Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell – but realistic pretensions to victory, and therefore keeping South Africa off the top of the world, were fading fast.

After Steven Finn (four for 74) did most to bowl the tourists out, England knew already they must rewrite their own history and that of Lord's by achieving their own and the famous venue's highest fourth-innings run chase.

Finn took two big wickets in successive overs on a searingly hot afternoon to help keep English hopes just about alive at that point.

Main man: Hashim Amla scored a century to help South Africa to an imposing total

Main man: Hashim Amla scored a century to help South Africa to an imposing total

Ton-derful: Amla reached three figures earlier in the day

The 6ft 8in seamer twice found telling movement up the slope, on his home ground, to see off centurion Hashim Amla and then AB de Villiers with the second new ball.

England had received scant reward for their efforts before lunch, and did not help their own cause by dropping another crucial catch.

Amla (121), South Africa's first Test triple-centurion in their landslide win at The Oval, was yesterday dropped by Matt Prior on just two.

Fine spell: Steve Finn was outstanding in the afternoon for England

Fine spell: Steve Finn was outstanding in the afternoon for England

Then on Sunday morning De Villiers escaped on eight when James Anderson put down a straightforward low chance at midwicket off Graeme Swann – the eighth catch missed by England in this series.

Finn and Anderson tried to apply the pressure from the outset. But it was not until Strauss made a double change that Stuart Broad made short work of nightwatchman Dale Steyn, trying to fend off the latest in a succession of short balls and offering a simple catch off the shoulder of the bat to short-leg.

De Villiers announced himself with successive boundaries from his first two balls, pulled fine off Broad and then down the wicket to hit Swann over mid-on.

Blunder: James Anderson reacts after dropping AB De Villiers early in his innings

Blunder: James Anderson reacts after dropping AB De Villiers early in his innings

It looked a hammer blow when Anderson then continued his uncharacteristic recent trend of dropped catches after Swann had deceived De Villiers in the air.

That impression was underlined as England began to settle into damage limitation before the second new ball, setting no slips to Anderson and apparently pinning all hope on reverse-swing or an unlikely South African mistake.

After an unexpected lunchtime shower, Amla passed his 182-ball hundred with a skilful cut for his ninth four – and it was only when Finn began to gather momentum from his favoured pavilion end that England had a lifeline.

On the pull: AB De Villiers attacks Stuart Broad to help extend the visitors' advantage

On the pull: AB De Villiers attacks Stuart Broad to help extend the visitors' advantage

Finn had bowled Amla through the gate in the first innings, with one that nipped down the slope; this time he got one to go the other way, beat the defence and hit off-stump to end a stand of 85.

Twelve balls later, he had De Villiers too – edging a little extra bounce to slip where Strauss took his 121st catch, the most by any fielder in English Test history.

Finn was not finished either, and before tea had Jacques Rudolph edging behind to Prior.

All over: Anderson wraps up South Africa's innings with the wicket of Imran Tahir

All over: Anderson wraps up South Africa's innings with the wicket of Imran Tahir

It took another 17.2 overs at the start of the evening session to end the innings, as JP Duminy and Philander – following their twin 61s in the first innings – again held the hosts up in an eighth-wicket stand of 54.

It was an excruciating passage of play, for England supporters, before Philander slapped an Anderson long-hop straight to point.

An alert piece of stumping by Prior off Swann then did for Morne Morkel, and Anderson clean-bowled Imran Tahir to leave the stoic Duminy unbeaten after 93 balls of defiance.

The left-hander had contributed only 26 runs, but nonetheless done much to make England's mission improbable more so – even before Philander got to work again.

Frustration mounting: Stuart Broad kicks the turf in disgust

Frustration mounting: Stuart Broad kicks the turf in disgust

Kevin Pietersen will be missed by England at Lord"s, says Jacques Kallis

England WILL miss KP at Lord's… but he won't be away for long, insists Kallis

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14:31 GMT, 14 August 2012

Jacques Kallis believes England will miss Kevin Pietersen at Lord's this week – but does not expect them to be without their superstar batsman for long.

Kallis and his South Africa team-mates need only avoid defeat in the third Investec Test, to clinch the series and knock England off their world No 1 perch.

That task looks a little easier in the absence of Pietersen, who lit up Headingley with a man-of-the-match century only to be dropped for this final match of three following a fall-out with his employers at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In the field: South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis warm up ahead of Thursday's third Test

In the field: South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis warm up ahead of Thursday's third Test

Many contend South Africa-born Pietersen's refusal to deny or apologise for texts, reportedly sent to opposition players during the Leeds draw and allegedly containing derogatory remarks about his own team-mates, will spell the end of the 32-year-old's career.

South Africa all-rounder Kallis does not see things that way.

'I'm sure they'll sort it out,' he said.

'He's too good a player to stay out of the international scene. I've no doubts they'll come to an agreement, and something will be sorted out.'

Missing man: Kallis believes Pietersen will return to the England fold soon

Missing man: Kallis believes Pietersen will return to the England fold soon

In the more immediate term, Kallis senses a team without Pietersen – he will be replaced by young Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow – is inevitably weakened.

'He's a world-class player … England losing him is a big loss for them.

'Any time he's not in your side it does make a big difference.

'I think they're going to miss his experience, for sure.'

Even so, Kallis and his fellow tourists are readying themselves once again to face tough and talented opponents.

Up for it: AB de Villers, Faf du Plessis and Jean-Paul Duminy play football at Lord's

Up for it: AB de Villers, Faf du Plessis and Jean-Paul Duminy play football at Lord's

'Cricket's not a one-man sport. There are 11 guys who can take a Test match away from us.

'We're certainly not preparing in any other way than we would do if he was playing.'

Kallis, not thought to have received any text messages himself from Pietersen, acknowledges that communication between players – and closer relationships with the opposition – have developed, in part, because of shared experiences alongside and against one another for Indian Premier League franchises.

But he warns that also brings a responsibility to be a little more guarded when the situation dictates – such as, perhaps, in the middle of a high-profile series against your native country when your world number one status is under threat.

'You have got to be careful about just what you send, and if you do send messages keep it pretty much to a team-mate of yours,' said Kallis.

'If a guy does well and you want to send him a message the guys will do that, especially if you're watching on TV.

'You have to be a little more careful during series you're playing against each other.

'But I think we've moved on from those days when the guys didn't have any contact with each other.'

Good to talk: South Africa are looking to secure the series with a second victory over England

Good to talk: South Africa are looking to secure the series with a second victory over England

As for Pietersen, Kallis recognises there are always likely to be ups and downs for such a mercurial cricketer – who he is sure, nonetheless, will be back.

'These sorts of things are going to happen throughout his career – a few things have happened,' he said.

'I don't think it'll affect him; I think he'll bounce back, and I think he's still got a lot of cricket ahead of him.'

South Africa say Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers are not at centre Kevin Pietersen text storm

South Africa claim Steyn and De Villiers are not at centre KP text storm

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17:53 GMT, 11 August 2012

South Africa denied that Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers were the players at the centre of the Kevin Pietersen text message storm.

The tourists' team manager Dr Mohammad Moosajee admitted that texts were exchanged but insisted that Steyn and De Villiers were not the ones who were involved in the latest Pietersen controversy.

Not me: South Africa claim Dale Steyn was not one of the players who received text messages from Kevin Pietersen

Not me: South Africa claim Dale Steyn was not one of the players who received text messages from Kevin Pietersen

When asked if they were the two players who had been sent texts by the England star, he replied: 'I can confirm they did not receive texts, that's what I have been saying, a lot of what has been written is not correct.'

He also denied that the messages were in any way derogatory towards Pietersen's England team-mates.

Controversy: Pietersen says the Lord's Test could be his last

Controversy: Pietersen says the Lord's Test could be his last

'There were text messages but it was banter. Some of these guys have got relationships with overseas players from the IPL (Indian Premier League). But some of what has been reported is totally incorrect.

'We don't want to get ourselves drawn into it because it's not our issue at all. It's very difficult to talk about what is happening in other people's dressing rooms but at the moment, it's for them to sort out.'

England and South Africa draw second Test at Headingley

Broad and Pietersen star with ball but draw means England must win at Lord's to remain No 1

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18:41 GMT, 6 August 2012

England will have to beat South Africa in the third and final Test at Lord's to hang on to their No 1 status after the two sides were frustrated by rain again on the final day at Headingley.

Andrew Strauss' side looked bereft of ideas early on day five as Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph put on 120 for the tourists' first wicket, but career-best figures for part-time off spinner Kevin Pietersen (3-52) and a purple patch from Stuart Broad (5-69) left England requiring 253 runs at over six an over for the win.

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Strauss sent out a signal of intent by allowing Pietersen to open the innings with Alastair Cook, and when the pair smashed 21 off the first three overs England dared to dream.

But after Pietersen holed out off the bowling of Vernon Philander and the fast-scoring Matt Prior – elevated to No 5 – was run out with the score at 106-4, England shut up shop.

Smith finally shook hands with six overs remaining and the score at 130-4.

More to follow…

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Ravi Bopara in England Lions squad to face Australia A

Bopara set for quick return with Lions after mystery exit from England squad

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18:15 GMT, 5 August 2012

Ravi Bopara is due to return to action for England Lions this week, after his last-minute defection from the squad to face South Africa in the ongoing Headingley Test.

Bopara was widely expected to bat at No 6 for England against the tourists in Leeds but pulled out of contention hours before the selectors announced their squad last weekend.

The England and Wales Cricket Board cited unspecified 'personal reasons' for Bopara's absence, and debutant James Taylor took his place.

I'm out: Ravi Bopara withdrew from the England squad for the second Test

I'm out: Ravi Bopara withdrew from the England squad for the second Test

But the ECB announced on Sunday evening that 27-year-old Bopara has been added to the Lions squad which will take on Australia A in an intriguing four-day fixture, starting at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Australian team contains several players expected to be in England again next summer for the Champions Trophy and Ashes – two campaigns in which Bopara too will still be hoping to be involved.

England thrashed by South Africa in first Test at the Oval

No 1 The crown is slipping and devastating defeat gives Strauss serious problems

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23:16 GMT, 23 July 2012

It does not get much worse than this. Never have England lost a Test while taking only two wickets and rarely, at least under Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss, have they looked so utterly outplayed and devoid of ideas and imagination.

Best team in the world Not on this evidence. That hard-earned status is hanging by a thread.

England must beat South Africa at Headingley or Lord’s and avoid defeat in the other Test to remain No 1 and, while that is not beyond them, it will take a mighty improvement on this sorry showing. Whisper it, but England could even slip below Australia if they lose this series 3-0.

Timber: Ravi Bopara is bowled by Dale Steyn on day five of the first Test at the Oval

Timber: Ravi Bopara is bowled by Dale Steyn on day five of the first Test at the Oval

England lose to South Africa

They will shudder at that. Shudder at how they could crash to the most emphatic and demoralising defeat under the reign of the two men who have done so much to transform England into the well-drilled outfit of the last three years. It is a desperately difficult defeat to explain.

Put simply, England were marmalised. They had their chance when they won an important toss and battled to a position of some authority on day one against a South Africa team who looked under-cooked and almost lethargic amid claims the best bowler in the world, Dale Steyn, was carrying an injury. How misplaced those suggestions seem now, after the tourists won their first Test at The Oval — at the 14th attempt — in style.

Not only did South Africa and Steyn come roaring back to the point where, after treating England with all the disdain they would reserve for Bangladesh, they steamrollered their way to victory by an innings and 12 runs. They also inflicted enough psychological blows to carry a significant advantage into the rest of the series. The need for England to make the most of the week they have before the build-up for the second Investec Test begins is paramount.

This was their fifth defeat in nine Tests since thrashing India to go top of the world last year and life will not get easier when they make the return journey to the subcontinent this winter.

Steam Steyn: The fast bowler (left) celebrates after bowling Bopara for 22 runs on Monday morning

Steam Steyn: The fast bowler (left) celebrates after bowling Bopara for 22 runs on Monday morning

Delaying the inevitable: Ian Bell was the only leading batsman who offered any form of resistance, scoring 55

Delaying the inevitable: Ian Bell was the only leading batsman who offered any form of resistance, scoring 55

If they lose this series heavily — and they have now lost their last two Tests against South Africa by an innings — they could easily slip down the ICC ladder as quickly as they climbed to the top of it.

England will let the dust settle before they decide what needs to be done to overturn a defeat in which they could take just those two wickets in 189 overs and capitulated twice with the bat in the home conditions that normally bring out the best in them. There will be no knee-jerk reaction and English cricket is all the better for that.

But if, as they could well do, they throw the same 11 players into battle at Leeds they must have many more plans to dismiss the outstanding South Africa batsmen and insist on much more application from their own. Too many threw their wickets away with the carelessness that Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis simply do not possess.

The damage had been done ahead of the final day but England were still their own worst enemies on Monday. They handed victory to South Africa on a plate when they should have been capable of making the visitors sweat before completing their demolition job.

England’s hopes, with four top batsmen gone, rested with the overnight pair of Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell and next man in Matt Prior, but all three departed to shots they will want to forget, as Kevin Pietersen and Strauss had done on Sunday.

Rare counter-attack: Bell hits out on the way to his half-century at the Oval on Monday

Rare counter-attack: Bell hits out on the way to his half-century at the Oval on Monday

Jacques won't let this one slip: Matt Prior edges a ball from Imran Tahir and is caught by Kallis (left)

Jacques won't let this one slip: Matt Prior edges a ball from Imran Tahir and is caught by Kallis (left)

South Africa’s attack is good enough as it is without England offering gifts. Bopara, looking to be positive, threw his bat too hard at a wide one from Steyn and crashed the ball into his stumps for his second soft dismissal of the match barely half an hour into the final day. He will survive for Headingley, and rightly, because the days of chopping and changing after one game of a series are gone, but the evidence to suggest Bopara will never be temperamentally suited to the ultimate form of the game is sadly growing.

England were then offered hope. Bell and Prior batted sensibly in adding 86 for the sixth wicket and it was possible to discern a hint of concern among the South Africans. If the pair had got through to tea, England might have dared to dream of another great escape to add to those in Cardiff, Centurion and Cape Town in recent times. As it turned out the whole team could not make it to tea.

England’s last realistic hope departed with Prior. He had looked comfortable before, two overs ahead of the second new ball, aiming the first sweep of the day at an Imran Tahir ball from round the wicket that spat out of the rough. Prior could barely believe it as he top-edged to slip and had to drag himself off with the game all but up.

Winning feeling: Tahir celebrates after dismissing Prior after lunch on day five in south London

Winning feeling: Tahir celebrates after dismissing Prior after lunch on day five in south London

When Bell offered one of the safest slippers in the world Kallis further catching practice by holding his bat out to Steyn, Graeme Smith might as well have headed to the airport to fly home for the birth of his first child.

As it was the captain hung around to apply the final rites, with Steyn roaring ‘five’ when he dismissed Graeme Swann for his 18th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. If Steyn is unfit then woe betide England when he has recovered.

It will take a lot for England to recover from this. Initially they must decide whether the pain that Swann still feels in his elbow was in any way responsible for his 52 wicketless overs here and whether Stuart Broad was simply off-colour or suffering an injury of his own.

Then they can decide whether Steven Finn and, possibly, Graham Onions come into the equation but they will not lose faith with the men who took them to the top. They will just demand significant improvement. It is imperative for England that it comes quickly.