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South African skipper Faf Du Plessis hails Vernon Philander as 'new Jacques Kallis'

South African skipper Faf Du Plessis hails Vernon Philander as 'new Jacques Kallis'

He made valuable scores of 54 and 42 at number seven before taking three wickets for 24 in 10 overs as England, chasing a huge 474 for victory, collapsed to 133 all out in what was their heaviest Test defeat, in terms of runs, at Trent Bridge.

England crumble as South Africa win second Test by 340 runs

England crumble as South Africa win second Test by 340 runs

No England batsman made a fifty in an innings where former captain Alastair Cook's 42 was the top score.

England vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Visiting Proteas survive difficult periods to 309-6 on Day 1

England vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Visiting Proteas survive difficult periods to 309-6 on Day 1

England still leads the four-test series after a convincing 211-run win at Lord's in the first game.

WATCH: CSK fans celebrate Faf du Plessis' 33rd birthday, share special video in honour of the South African

WATCH: CSK fans celebrate Faf du Plessis' 33rd birthday, share special video in honour of the South African

In the last two seasons, Faf had turned up for Rising Pune Supergiant. And by the look of things, he is likely to return to CSK, once the franchise gets reactivated.

ENG vs SA: England look to 'positive' Joe Root in Test series against South Africa

ENG vs SA: England look to 'positive' Joe Root in Test series against South Africa

Root was appointed in February after Alastair Cook, still in the team purely as an opening batsman, stood down but this week`s match will be England`s first Test since the change of skipper.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis to miss first Test against England

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis to miss first Test against England

Opening batsman Dean Elgar will lead the team and become the 12th player to captain South Africa since their readmission to international cricket in 1992.

ENG vs SA: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis to miss first Test; Dean Elgar to lead

The 32-year-old batsman -- who became only the fourth South African to score a century on his Test debut in 2012 -- returned home for the birth of his first child last week, but will be unable to return in time for the opening match of the four-Test series.

South Africa great Barry Richards calls on AB de Villiers to quit captaincy

South Africa great Barry Richards calls on AB de Villiers to quit captaincy

De Villiers was only leading the Twenty20 side in place of Faf du Plessis, who is back in South Africa expecting the birth of his child.

South Africa's T20 league: Faf du Plessis hopeful tournament will halt talent exodus

South Africa's T20 league: Faf du Plessis hopeful tournament will halt talent exodus

The likes of Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Dane Vilas, David Wiese, Simon Harmer, Hardus Viljoen and Stiaan van Zyl have all opted to play county cricket rather than continue to represent South Africa.

India vs South Africa: Twitterati destroy Faf du Plessis, David Miller after hilarious run-out in ICC Champions Trophy

India vs South Africa: Twitterati destroy Faf du Plessis, David Miller after hilarious run-out in ICC Champions Trophy

In the post-match conference, de Villiers agreed to the fact that those two run-outs cost them the match.

WATCH: Is this for real! Two South African batsmen Faf du Plessis, David Miller fight for lives in farcical manner at the same end against India

WATCH: Is this for real! Two South African batsmen Faf du Plessis, David Miller fight for lives in farcical manner at the same end against India

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first at The Oval. After a decent start, the top-ranked ODI side in the world collapsed to 192 all out inside 44.3 overs.

Faf du Plessis leaves Rising Pune Supergiant camp to join South African teammates for England series

Faf du Plessis leaves Rising Pune Supergiant camp to join South African teammates for England series

South Africa are supposed to play a 3-match One Day International series against England, starting May 24 as well as two warm-up games on May 19 and 21.

IPL 2017: Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan destroys Steve Smith-less Pune with vintage performance — MUST WATCH

IPL 2017: Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan destroys Steve Smith-less Pune with vintage performance — MUST WATCH

Zaheer Khan still rocks. That's what the former India pacer did yesterday, when the visiting Delhi Daredevils put up a brilliant show against a leader-less Pune Supergiant in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Proteas `saved by rain` as downpour seals series

New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Proteas `saved by rain` as downpour seals series

The drawn outcome ensured South Africa took the series 1-0 after winning the second Test in Wellington by eight wickets in three days.

WATCH: Tom Latham takes IMPOSSIBLE catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis

WATCH: Tom Latham takes IMPOSSIBLE catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis

South Africa made 314, and the Kiwis were 67 for no loss at Day 2 Stumps. Latham was unbeaten on 42.

NZ vs SA, 3rd Test: Matt Henry leads New Zealand`s triple strike to give edge over South Africa on Day 2

NZ vs SA, 3rd Test: Matt Henry leads New Zealand`s triple strike to give edge over South Africa on Day 2

At lunch, South Africa were 243 for seven with Quinton de Kock, nursing an injured finger, on 66 and Keshav Maharaj on five.

New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test: DRS bungle aids Proteas on rain-hit Day 1

New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test: DRS bungle aids Proteas on rain-hit Day 1

At stumps, the Proteas' captain had advanced to 33, Temba Bavuma was on 13 and South Africa were 123 for four.

NZ vs SA: Quinton de Kock cleared to play third test against depleted New Zealand

NZ vs SA: Quinton de Kock cleared to play third test against depleted New Zealand

De Kock trained on Friday with strapping and a protective splint and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said as far as he was concerned the aggressive batsman was too important to leave out for the series-deciding match starting on Saturday.

#NZvsSA: Tough skipper Faf du Plessis says South Africa 'not good enough' against Kane Williamson's men

#NZvsSA: Tough skipper Faf du Plessis says South Africa 'not good enough' against Kane Williamson's men

Central to du Plessis`s drive is another victory over New Zealand to lift South Africa`s Test ranking to number two in the world, which would complete a remarkable turnaround since being as low as seventh 12 months ago.