Stuart Broad held the court in the English team room; the same in which he would lead the bowlers' meeting later that day; the same one he remembers from 2016, when he then went out and took 6-17 at The Wanderers, including a five wicket spell for a single point in 36 balls.
It is very different now. Broad was already one of the most experienced players in the team at that time – only Alastair Cook, Nick Compton and Jimmy Anderson were older – but now, with Anderson missing, he is very much the older statesman.
It's an increasingly vulnerable place to be, especially with such enthusiasm for a young side shooting for the third consecutive test win, amid the suggestion that Joe Root has emerged as a better captain now that he a more malleable group has to control.
There are echoes of the Gareth Southgate regime, here: a manager who puts his faith in youth as a youth resources to spend time on an old regime.
The Phasing of Wayne Rooney, The Refusal to Reclaim Jamie Vardy – It was obvious from that moment that Southgate preferred the eagerness, the novelty of youth. He did not want dilapidated old faces who saw their presence as a favor.
Broad certainly would not fit into that category, but with his old partner Anderson he undoubtedly represents a strong alliance.
It was noticeable in Port Elizabeth that Root would sometimes run to Broad and give instructions, while in the past those conversations might have already taken place between Broad and Anderson, who had then passed on their wishes to the captain.
It is complex. Root would not want to be without Broad and Anderson when the circumstances are right. But which captain doesn't want to mention the shots?
First test (Centurion)
South Africa won with 107 runs
Second Test (Cape Town)
Won England with 189 runs
January 16-20, January 1945 ]
Third test (Port Elizabeth))
England won by innings and 53 runs
Fourth test (Johannesburg)
] England led the series 2-1 with one test to play
Root admitted Thursday that Broad, indeed all senior fast bowlers could be grumpy. He had decided to find it charming.
So these are interesting times for Broad, who may not be touring Sri Lanka where spider is king and will visit England later in the year. It would make him almost 34 when he played for England in the summer.
Yet he did not speak like a man who is afraid that his career will end. He sees Anderson, still vital at 37, he sees young players watching him; he sees a path ahead.
& # 39; Oh, it gives you so much energy, really, & # 39; Broad said. & # 39; You walk into the dressing room with these young players every day and it encourages you – if you spend a little time with them, they are incredibly mature.
& # 39; Pocket Crawley, Sibley Dom, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran, Dom Bess – incredibly mature children and they absorb information very quickly. I feel that I can share a lot of experience within the group and the young players really listen to things like that.
& # 39; You forget how much you can learn at 21 or 22, subtle changes that make the difference.
& # 39; There is a myth that all young people want to do is play T20 – but as a test-playing, test-loving 33-year-old, what I like is that everyone who comes into our environment would know it can't be further from the truth.
You have men who are hungry and desperate to develop as test crimeters; they all want long, successful, Ash-winning test careers.
& # 39; And that is a great sign for English cricket, because the desire is to make this team the best in the world, and with the talent around, who knows?
& # 39; I have seen Ollie Pope operate, it must be one of the best young prospects England has ever seen. If we can be patient, let him settle down, learn his trade at six o'clock, he can deliver anything for England.
& # 39; If we can win this series, it would be a great achievement because we have seen young players come through. When I leave next week, I look back on this trip and I think: English cricket is really in good hands.
& # 39; But Jimmy is also an inspiration to me because of his way of acting. He has become a better bowler, so I look at him and think: why not me?
& # 39; His experience came together, all his know-how and he was able to deliver consistently. I feel that my consistency has also improved over the past 12 months due to the energy and excitement and enthusiasm of the young boys for training and play.
Just as Southgate benefited from a relatively benign schedule at the 2018 World Cup – England cynically, England defeated every team they hoped would beat, and lost to the two good teams they played – so Roots team here has benefited from a bad show from South Africa in back-to-back tests.
Certainly the batting performance in Port Elizabeth was bleak and the loss of the fastest bowler Kagiso Rabada is a huge blow.
On a fast Johannesburg wicket, it gives England the advantage because Mark Wood and Jofra Archer stay fit. However, it is still expected that Broad will take the new ball; just not forever.
& # 39; It is now a different kind of role, & # 39; he added. & # 39; You start a little less to give your own performance and you start to give more to others. That sounds very cheesy, but it's true. & # 39;
As he says, English cricket seems to be in very good hands.
For Celtic the spotlights that illuminated the artificial grass field of Rugby Park, offered at the hideout.
After the defeat against Rangers the first competition match after the winter break found eyes lurking for signs of further weakness. More proof of a crumbling empire.
The foundations were solid thanks to Scottish Football's own Odd Couple. In Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, Neil Lennon develops the modern Oscar and Felix. One is a French international under the age of 21 with the world at his feet, the other a somewhat worn Scotch with the weight of the world on his shoulders. They came together last night to impress the effect.
The 4-2-3 -1 formation of Brendan Rodgers has served Celtic well over the past three and a half years.
They have won 10 straight trophies. They are undefeated in 32 head games. They came to this top of the competition.
But the defeat against Rangers three weeks ago forced a different way of thinking. Lennon's tactical solution is a new 3-5-2 form, with Edouard and Griffiths forming a powerful duo.
Edouards 18th goal of the season came after 25 minutes and set the champions on their way. Griffiths fired a second five minutes in the second half and, despite a first Kilnarnock goal for Nicke Kabamba who threatened to make a game of things, an unstoppable header from Christopher Jullien made the points secure.
Two young men in hoodies, packed against what was a rather cold wind at the end, packed the bouncy castle early. It will not be back on the last day.
Nor South Africa in all likelihood, if the weather permits. England has four wickets to mop up to win an innings in this test and enough and the same goal was achieved in yesterday's morning session at the cost of one run.
Provided that rain does not provide an escape, this will be an emphatic victory, leading England to lead the series on its way to the final test in Johannesburg. Yet the result seems to be almost the least.
Even if Joe Root and his players were watching three sessions of frustrating drizzle today – and predictions make that increasingly unlikely – this still feels like an opportunity of significance. A way forward has begun in the darkness of Port Elizabeth, solutions to long-term problems.
English cricket is just as changeable as the coastal weather in the Eastern Cape, it can be unwise to read too much in a single test.
But with resilience in the top order, a century before Ollie Pope, five wickets for Dom Bess and Mark Wood fit again, this is an important test for England.
And, where, things went here for them too. Ben Stokes fell to ten and made 120, transforming the game in the process.
The news that Kagiso Rabada would be banned for the decision maker in Johannesburg broke on the morning of day two and he and South Africa didn't look the same after that from.
The weakness of the opposition must also be taken into account. This is not old South Africa and the fact that Root ended day four with the best bowling figures of an English captain, because Bob Willis against New Zealand in Headingley in 1983 suggests that the host's defense strategies left much to be desired.
Root is a handy support player with the ball, but he is.
Batsman is very much in favor of English captains, but it is nevertheless surprising that in their combined 15 tests, former captains John Emburey, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen have not bottled a single four wicketstint in any competition.
So this has been one of those games in which the planets are aligned with England. They even looked at the part, considering how often poles felt flying during the morning session.
While England brought the first innings of South Africa to a sudden and spectacular end, Stuart Broad cast a fabulous spell saying three wickets, two bowling , traveled for no runs.
Every time a stump was sent flying. First off the stump, then off the leg, finally in the middle. It was very beautiful to see. It is the detail of sport that makes it special.
A few years ago, when Nike signed a deal to make the kits at Rangers, the company investigated what had a special appeal to their supporters.
A blue shirt was of course the priority, but Nike was surprised by how attached Rangers fans were to the socks. And not only that they had to be black. What they loved, what they were absolutely married to, was the red upholstery. It is the small details that often contain the essence of sport and that certainly applies to cricket.
The best wickets are those that get the stumps out of the ground. It has something great to see such a wild demolition.
The last four wickets of the first innings of South Africa and the first of their second saw the batsmen lose a stump. One fell like a chopped tree, the other with a wheel like an illuminated Catherine wheel detached from the berth.
Cricket spends so much time on lifting up bail and other gimmicks, but nothing provokes pleasure as easily as the old school that comes loose from wood from the earth.
And also a sequel. Not many of those days nowadays, not since Steve Waugh invited India to go back to Calcutta in 2001 and then lost Australia.
It seems so rare in the modern game that some wondered how it was done. Would Root again invite South Africa to hit again, just like traditional terminology? This means that they could politely reject it.
Actually, the besieged captain has no choice for all politeness. Root neither. With circumstances that were so fluid, he could not have dared to add a superfluous 100 to England & # 39; s lead just to lose time to rain and end with a draw.
If South Africa did not take on the run chase challenge in Cape Town, they certainly did not intend to find the cavalier spirit here.
Their only ambition from this moment on, the game was resumed after again a significant rain delay survival, although lemmings have better instincts to get it done.
Mark Boucher, the head coach of South Africa, described his team as broken after this and after seeing England burst like twigs on Ashes tours on various occasions, it was good to see that they used similar pres here.
Bowling was excellent, but South Africa was sad. Good batsmen played bad, non-thinking shots and Pope took another brilliant catch to turn the knife. What a test he enjoyed.
His performance is clearly the greatest positive. A brilliant foil for Stokes and a beautiful, technical percussion player who is once in charge.
Pope may promote the order in the future, but for now he poses a real threat at six o'clock. The top three in England will have to be trusted with more freedom before the caravan reaches Australia in 2021, but they built a solid platform here.
Regarding Bess, he turned a battlefield promotion into the answer for England, who since Graeme Swann retired, he was looking for a spinner with potential to win competitions. Some games grow in import afterwards. England's victory over Pakistan in Karachi under Nasser Hussain certainly did it and perhaps this will
Let us not get carried away for the time being. This is one test, even though the momentum builds up after the victory in Cape Town.
No team has ever survived on the last day from South Africa's position and the Boucher players seem to have no history.
So, all right, England will continue on Johannesburg with 2-1. And even if they didn't do that due to a meteorological fluke, they are going north in better shape than they could have hoped they would come from the first test. Even if there are clouds today, they have the largest silver lining.
Luke Woolfenden is a communicator … if the defender of Ipswich Town keeps things simple and concentrates on his defensive duties, he has a bright future
- Luke Woolfenden looked calm and composed from when viewed by the Secret Scout
- It would be interesting to see how the 21-year-old defender was doing pressure, but on the basis of this evidence his defense work more than adequate
- He lacks electric speed but has a good stature and likes to play crossfield passes
Our scout is a top football expert who attends games every week looking for the next star.
This week is the low point of the 21-year-old city of Ipswich defending Luke Woolfenden.
Woolfenden is worth £ 3 million and will have appeared 26 times so far this season for the Tractor Boys …
WHAT HAS He GOT?
Position: ] Center defender
Value: £ 3m
Returning to my earlier one files, I saw a report from a young center 18 months ago that caught a lot of attention while playing for Ipswich.
He seemed to make little progress afterwards and moved on loan to Swindon, but he has since returned to his parent club and is doing well. In that report I wrote that he was a tall and well-built centerpiece that played in a four-man defense. It seemed as if he could settle down. He looked at a prospect. He showed maturity that day, marked the head of the opposition and dealt with his sharp movements. He read the game well, he had a height advantage in air duels and he easily repelled any straight ball in the middle.
Well protected by his more experienced partner in the middle, he never seemed a problem as a team dominated possession.
I would like to see how he was doing under more pressure, but on the basis of this evidence his defensive work is more than sufficient. In possession he played wisely and gave the ball early with forward passes to his midfield and front men.
When his right back took a throw in the middle third, he gave depth by falling 20 meters back to take the ball.
Woolfenden's pace over short and longer distances was comparable to his opponent, but he didn't look electric. He was guilty of trying to cross balls from right to left with too much height, which immediately gave the opposition too much time to get on the cover and read the pass. However, that did not stop him. It was his favorite pass and he later succeeded with a sweeter, faster ball with a lower trajectory.
He has a good stature and communicated with his defending colleagues, especially as the game progressed. He felt more comfortable with an opponent who did not bother him. If he keeps things simple and concentrates on his defensive duties, he has a bright future.
Curtis Jones is the cream of the salmon of the Kop … the future looks bright for the children of Anfield de Liverpool in the FA Cup
- Curtis Jones, 18 , curled in a sensational attack against rivals Everton in FA Cup
- Liverpool defeated their neighbors 1-0 in the FA Cup despite making nine changes
- Manager Jurgen Klopp chose youth stars such as Harvey Elliott and Nat Phillips
- Pedro Chirivella said the inexperienced team still had faith in performing
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Manchester United is moving towards 2020
- This decade has not been friendly to United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired went in 2013
- They have appointed four different managers and spent nearly £ 1 billion on players
- But Solskjaer believes that the future is bright at the Old Trafford representing the New Year
- Brendan Rodgers is preparing for a & # 39; exciting & # 39; year with its Leicester side
- The Foxes are second in the Premier League semi-finals and Carabao Cup
- After a strong starts his Leicester on the hunt for Champions League football
- Heung-min Son scored Jose Mourinho's first goal was in the 3-2 victory
- Lucas Moura and Harry Kane also stood up the score sheet in the West Ham victory
- But how did you start with the XI rate and do they have a future among the Portuguese?
- Liverpool is unbeaten in the Premier League and its eight points clearly at the top
- They scored eight of 28 league goals in the first 15 minutes of halves
- Andros Townsend thinks they are trying to get full throttle during that period of competitions
- Townsend and Crystal Palace take on Liverpool in the league on Saturday
You score a sensational goal for a packed Anfield with millions of viewers on tv. Immediately you are on the backpages & # 39; s thanks to a strike that goes down in folklore. So how do you celebrate it?
In the case of Curtis Jones, the answer is simple. You go home to your mother and have an early night. There was no fuss, no fanfare for the 18-year-old, only silent reflection and sleep.
Curtis Jones arranged the FA Cup tie against Everton with the striking goal of the third round
KLOPP & CONFIDENCE IN YOUTH
The average age of the Liverpool XI against Everton was 24 years and 225 days – the youngest of any PL t eam in the third round of the FA Cup.
Sunday was a dream come true. Jones grew up as a Liverpool fanatic in the city center, the youngest of four, with ambitions to pursue Steven Gerrard – and his strike was characterized by his idol.
The road to Liverpool's first team was not easy for Jones, who was brought to the club academy from the age of nine by his mother, Sandra, who provides support and guidance. Part of the reason he was in bed at a sensible hour is because he still lives in the family home.
What Jones has always possessed is power. Those who saw him in the youth ranks remember a bleak talent that could slide past opponents and produce something else. Great occasions never did it.
When Gerrard had just become Liverpool & # 39; s head coach under 18, it was one of his first games against Everton in September 2017. His team trailed 1-0 after 45 minutes, but Jones went through the accelerations in the second half, scored twice to achieve a 3-1 victory. He celebrated it by jumping into Gerrard's arms.
Gerrard posted a post on Instagram with the text & # 39; love it kid & # 39 ;. The club icon regularly brought Jones to one side and explained what it took to mature from promising novice to seasoned whole blood, both mentally and physically.
He is not there yet, but Jones comes because of his willingness to listen and learn. There is a strong group of senior players in Liverpool's dressing room and no one would be friendly to a young person with ideas above his station.
Talk to them about Jones, and their affection is clear. They acknowledge his self-confidence, but also know that he is doing the right things. Jones, whose best friends are Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster, has been trained with the team for two years and has never looked out of place
No one knows this better than Jurgen Klopp, who is Jones from a team of England under got the 18, so he could be with the team when they went to the Champions League final in May 2018.
Klopp was delighted for Jones on Sunday but he did not go overboard. The next goal is a first Premier League start and that brings us back to the early night.
His first thought of boarding was & # 39; Tottenham & # 39 ;, with which Liverpool is confronted on Saturday.
Whether he starts in London or is back on the couch, one thing is clear: this journey is just beginning
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trusts that Manchester United is ready to fight for years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired: & I'm going to make 2020 a good year for myself … we're on the right track & # 39;
Manchester United will be happy to back of the last decade, but are finally on the right track to 2020, claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After two decades of dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson, United struggled in the six-and-a-half years since the Scot retired in May 2013.
They have appointed four different managers – David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer – and spent nearly £ 1 billion on new players while lifting only three large trophies at the time .
Manchester United is finally on the right track to 2020, claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
However, while he leads United the next decade and what he hopes for a better future, Solskjaer believes that there are enough reasons to be optimistic.
& # 39; We will certainly consign this decade, that is just in the nature of this club, & he said. But 2020 sounds very good to me. I am going to make 2020 a good year for myself.
& # 39; I think we are on the right track. We are in a transitional period, we have seen other clubs and will be strong after a few years. & # 39;
The new decade begins with a trip to Arsenal on Wednesday and Solskjaer said he expects Paul Pogba to travel to the Emirates after teammate Scott McTominay was excluded for eight weeks with knee ligament damage.
Pogba was equipped for Friday's victory in Burnley after he had twice taken off the bench against Watford and Newcastle over his comeback of ankle surgery.
United has won six of the last eight games in all competitions, and their manager believes they are heading in the right direction this season despite some setbacks.
& # 39; We are improving & # 39 ;, Solskjaer added. & # 39; I think we can see more and more what we want to be and our identity and what we are good at. We make games more and more in our style.
& # 39; We have been playing the same way for a while and are getting used to each other. We are a little bit away from where we want to be and we will have ups and downs, but fewer and fewer hopefully downs.
& # 39; I said that we are not going to Manchester City, we cannot play and leave football teams as they already do, but hopefully within a few years. It will not be overnight. Only they can do that. We are moving faster, attacking football faster. & # 39;
& # 39; I told the players that 2020 could be a very exciting time for us & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers insists that the future looks bright in Leicester because they focus on Carabao Cup success and Champions League -finish
Defeats by Liverpool and Man City during Christmas shows that there is still work to do
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing himself on a & # 39; exciting & # 39; year.
Leicester gives the strength of their team when a heavily changed game defeated West Ham 2-1 on Saturday, and Rodgers said, "I told the players that we will start the new year before," the second part of the season and 2020 could be a very exciting time for us.
& # 39; We have a big month, lots of games, a semi-final and a race our goal is to come to Wembley.
& # 39; Our focus is really above everything else on our next game and how the players recover. But it's an exciting time for the club. & # 39;
Defeats of Liverpool and Manchester City on either side of Christmas showed that a gap still needs to be bridged to the elite.
The January transfer window provides an opportunity for Leicester to move forward, but Rodgers maintain that they are not in a hurry to splash the money.
& # 39; Over time we want to develop, there is no doubt about it, if we start competing with your Manchester Citys and Liverpools & # 39 ;, he added.
& # 39; We know we need extra quality and different player profiles, but it goes step by step. We are not a club that can just go out and spend £ 80-90 million on a player. The club does not work that way.
& # 39; We have to bring it into a certain type of player, develop it, and grow it our way.
& # 39; That is why I am here to try to support that development for players and for the team and to create a culture that will hopefully enable us to support European football.
We have some great players, but of course everyone would like to improve. Players must be affordable and available for this.
& # 39; But that is something the club will take care of – they are very, very good at that recruitment side. If the club can get them, then I'm sure they will. & # 39;
Jamie Vardy returns to Newcastle on New Year's Day after he missed the West Ham competition after his wife gave birth to their daughter.
Ricardo Pereira is expected to be fit after resting a tight hamstring.
& # 39; There is much that people can get excited about & # 39 ;: Gareth Southgate insists that the future looks bright for England as preparations for Euro 2020 begin
Gareth Southgate That sees the future look bright for England as we face the new year.
The Three Lions bold told Sky Sports News : & We expected to win our group [qualification]but I think the way we played and the way we played detached us from those lower ranked teams. . I don't think we could have done more than we did.
& # 39; There are many people to get excited about, our internal expectations are high.
& # 39; Of course we want the fans to be enthusiastic, I don't want to take away that hope and excitement. & # 39;
The future looks bright for Heung-min Son, but questions remain about Serge Aurier's indiscipline … So how many of Jose Mourinho & # 39; s first starting XI games for Spurs next season?
Begin the way you want to continue, Jose. Tottenham fans will certainly hope so after catching a glimpse of the first selection of their new manager.
There was no sense for the old, pragmatic Jose Mourinho at 11:30 pm when the teams were confirmed. Instead, Mourinho was bold and adventurous – offensive quartet Harry Kane His Alli Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura all took their place in the starting XI.
Maybe Mourinho has really changed. But how many are in the Special One team next season?
Paulo Gazzaniga – You have the chance to make yourself Mourinho & # 39; s No. 1 in the absence of Hugo Lloris. But you would imagine that his new boss wants an upgrade. Bench.
Serge Aurier – Was stable enough on Saturday, but his lack of discipline will be a problem for his new boss who is advancing. Oct.
Davinson Sanchez – Mourinho loves a combative middle back – he has one in the Colombian. Must be a key figure in the future. Hold
Toby Alderweireld – If – and it is a big if – the Special One can persuade him to stay, the new Spurs boss will build his back four around the Belgian. Starter
Ben Davies – With Danny Rose planning to conclude his contract, the Welshman has a Spurs future. But will it be the first choice? Bench.
Harry Winks – An important midfielder for England and must be an integral part of Mourinho. His ability to dictate time to characterize Mourinho will appreciate it. Starter
Eric Dier – Perhaps the biggest winner of the arrival of Mourinho. Lost his way under Mauricio Pochettino but his new boss loves him. Starter
Lucas Moura – The trust of his manager repaid with a purpose. But does the Brazilian have the kind of discipline that fits in with Mourinho's system? The jury is out. Bench
His Alli – Mourinho called the deal to stand on His Alli. He did it. The future looks bright for the attacker under Mourinho. Starter
Heung-min Son – Notched was the first goal of the Mourinho and has the ethical work to guide his attacking talent. A Mourinho player every day of the week. Starter
Harry Kane – Mourinho considers the English captain essential for his plans. Will lead Tottenham & # 39; s indictment for trophies among the Portuguese. Starter.
& # 39; They suss you out & # 39 ;: Crystal Palace must be wary of Liverpool's quick start to halves, Andros Townsend warns, withdrawing to make another upset
Crystal Palace must find a way to weather conditions of persistent Liverpool pressure to withstand the opening periods of every half if they want a result on Saturday, according to winger Andros Townsend.
Liverpool is undefeated in the league this season and hold a lead of eight points at the top after a 3-1 win over champions Manchester City in their last match.
They are clearly fast starters – eight of their 28 league goals came in the first 15 minutes of each half.
& # 39; It's unbelievable, I think they make a conscious effort every half to get the first 15 minutes full of gas, & # 39; Townsend told the website Premier League
& # 39; They take you out the first 15 minutes and they did that against Manchester City. Although they did not play well, they were 2-0 higher. & # 39;
Townsend said Hosts Palace, which is 12th, would have to play a counterattack if they had a chance to upset, just like they did in a 2-1 win over Manchester United and a 2- 2 draw in Arsenal.
& # 39; You know you won't get much possession, & # 39; he added. & # 39; You know you have to defend 90 minutes, even as a winger.
& # 39; My main priority is that I have to defend first. If we get counterattacks, I will attack.
& # 39; If you defend well and take your chances on the other side, you can certainly cause a shock, as we have come many times before. & # 39;