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  August 27, 2003 | 13:15 IST

Fear factor behind loss, says skipper Vaughan

Michael Vaughan said English cricket was inhibited by a "fear factor" after South Africa's crushing 191-run fourth Test win at Headingley on Monday.
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Counties 'not to blame'

Worcestershire chairman John Elliott has launched a verbal attack on England captain Michael Vaughan over comments about county cricket.
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The greatest team in history

We asked you the question, giving you five choices, backed up by the views of the sporting heroes who knew them best.
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Trescothick to make a drop in fifth Test?

England are toying with the idea of dropping Marcus Trescothick down to a middle-order position for the final Test at The Oval.
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Bradman's cap to be displayed at Test venues

The Baggy Green cap worn by Sir Donald Bradman in his last Test during the 1948 Ashes series in England will be displayed a all the four Test venues when India take on the hosts in the eagerly awaited series Down Under.
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Mentally weak or plain bad cricket?

England lost at Headingley in conditions their bowlers should have revelled in! So, what's new? They lost, and lost by a heavy margin too, while playing in similar seaming conditions against India, who are not used to this sort of sideways movement of the ball, last season. The only difference is the hosts had a slightly different bowling attack against South Africa.
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Things going wrong? Blame the media

Haven't we heard this before! Aussie super brat Shane Warne and his Test skipper Steve Waugh blaming the leg-spinner's "enemies in the media" for "ruining" Warne's personal and professional life. They say the intrusive media has "crossed the line" and has bared Warne's personal life before the public.
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Shastri denies signing up Tendulkar

Ravi Shastri has denied rumours of Sachin Tendulkar signing on with Showdiff, the player and event management company that he launched recently.
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Headingley pitch was poor

The Headingley pitch wasn't very good and there's no point in pretending it was up to Test match standards, says Geoffrey Boycott.

How England can beat South Africa in eight easy steps

They think it's all over... it isn't yet. England may have blown a good chance of a series win, but 2-2 remains within reach, which would be perfectly respectable against a side that is re-established as the second best in the world.

'United front the key for SA'

South Africa will record their first series win in England since 1965 because they are a united force, whereas the home side is an unfocused collection of individuals.

England's last chance

BBC Sport looks at five questions England's selectors must answer before Friday, when they announce their squad for The Oval Test, which begins on 4 September.

Flintoff in batting quandary

Andrew Flintoff, England's in-form number seven batsman, has been told the highest he could bat in Tests is number six.

Harmison stakes claim for Test return

Stephen Harmison proved his fitness for England's fifth Test against South Africa with 4 for 43 in Durham's day-night victory over Sussex in the National League Second Division.

New skipper 'needs more time'

England coach Duncan Fletcher said today that new captain Michael Vaughan needs more time to develop his own style after their crushing loss to South Africa at Headingley.

Fresh talks on Warne training

Australian cricket union boss Tim May will meet Cricket Australia today to clarify the impact of Shane Warne's training ban on his ability to put in place a meaningful comeback plan.

Warne 'no Test certainty'

Ian Healy cast doubts over Shane Warne's chances of returning to Test cricket, saying it was possible the champion leg-spinner would play out his career for Victoria.

Bangladesh captain keen to perform

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud, with a test batting average of 10.64 and a bowling average of 244, said on Tuesday that his priority was to improve his personal performance.

Relaxation therapy on golf course

Mark Boucher, a keen four-handicapper, was at the forefront of the dozen who took to the fairways on Tuesday afternoon - some of whom were nursing sore heads from the night before.

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