The farce surrounding Kevin Pietersen's omission from the third Test at Lord's has reached a new level with the news that Stuart Broad has released a statement denying any involvement with the parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account.
In the statement, he accepts to being a friend of the creator of the account, but denies playing "any role in the creation of this account or providing any information regarding Kevin Pietersen".
Cricket South Africa (CSA) Team Manager Dr Mohammad Moosajee has released a statement distancing his team from the Kevin Pietersen text message controversy.
Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad for the third and final game at Lord's amid allegations that he sent text messages criticising England players and management staff to South African players during the second Test at Headingley.
Following the news that Pietersen has been dropped from the test squad the bookies have reacted by cutting South Africa to 2/1 (from 9/4) whilst pushing England out to 11/4 (from 5/2). The draw remains solid at even money. The book is now also open on KP's England future with 2/1 the first price quoted he never plays for the side again.
Kevin Pietersen has been axed from England's squad for the third Test match at Lord's which begins on Thursday, with Jonny Bairstow recalled.
The main sticking point appears to have been Pietersen's failure to prove that he did not send disparaging text messages about his England team-mates to South African players during the Headingley Test match.
The bowlers prospered on the second and final day of the South Africans' tour match against Derbyshire at the County Ground. The tourists made 365 for four before declaring in their first innings yesterday, but opted to give their lower order a run out today and shook hands at 168 for seven in their second innings.
AB de Villiers retired on 97, while JP Duminy was caught and bowled by former Yorkshire all-rounder David Wainwright for 69. Faf du Plessis then marked his South African red-ball debut with a characteristically aggressive unbeaten 76-ball 68, while Albie Morkel added an equally aggressive 49 off 57 balls before the declaration came with the tourists on 365 for four.
Jacques Kallis has made the cut and has been selected in South Africa's final 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20. Test captain Graeme Smith, who was included in the 30-man provisional squad, has not been included however.
The other notable absentee is fast-bowler Marchant de Lange who has still not recovered from the back injury which ruled him out of the ongoing tour to England.
England and South Africa drew the second Test in Headingley after an enthralling final day in which both sides pushed hard for the win but were ultimately foiled.
South Africa advanced to 258 for nine before declaring, setting England a target of 253 in 39 overs. England then closed the day on 130 for four having given the target serious thought before realising that discretion was the better part of valour on this occasion.
South Africa have been beset by injuries to three of their top-order batsmen with Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen and Jacques Kallis all struggling during the ongoing second Test against England at Headingley.
Petersen has a grade one hamstring strain, Smith jarred his knee fielding on day three and Kallis has suffered a recurrence of lower back spasms.
Albie Morkel has been ruled out of the second Test against England, which begins on Thursday at Headingley, with an ankle injury. He was unlikely to come into contention for selection in any event as South Africa will be loath to change their team from the one that won so convincingly at The Oval. Fellow all-rounder Faf du Plessis has been called up as cover
England have made one change to their squad from that which lost the first Test against South Africa at The Oval so comprehensively. Ravi Bopara has been ruled out for what the ECB describe as "personal reasons" with former Leicestershire and current Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor called into the 13-man squad for Headingley.
Worcestershire ended their match against the South Africans by having had the better of the draw as they went past the tourists' first innings and then reduced them to 67 for four in their second before the teams shook hands.
The tourists had had the better of the day's opening exchanges, however, as Worcestershire resuming on 70 for three, lost Neil Pinner for the addition of only ten runs to a short ball from Vernon Philander.
South Africa have rested all-rounder Jacques Kallis and included Dean Elgar in their 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day International series against England which begins in Cardiff on 24th August.
South Africa underlined their dominance of the final four days of the opening Test against England at the Kia Oval by completing an innings-and-12-run win before tea on day five.
England, who resumed on 102 for four in their second innings, were dismissed for 240, failing to make South Africa bat again despite Ian Bell scoring a half-century.
Two days of the Netherlands' ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates were lost to rain as the miserable summer in northern Europe claimed its latest victim.
The Dutch had been inserted after UAE captain Khurram Khan won the toss on Monday and they closed a shortened first day on 118 for three, with Wesley Barresi lighting up a dank day with an innings of 52 from 77 balls and adding 64 for the second wicket with stand-in captain Michael Swart.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named an 18-strong Women's training squad ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
The players will prepare for the tournament, which gets underway on 26th September when South Africa take on hosts Sri Lanka, also facing New Zealand and the West Indies.
Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Jacques Rudolph all hit half centuries as South Africa's middle-order took the opportunity to find some form ahead of next week's first Test. Kent hit back later in the day, taking the last five wickets to fall for just 49 runs, with their openers then impressing against the tourists' new ball attack.
England have recalled Ravi Bopara and James Anderson to a 13-man squad ahead of the first Test against South Africa, which begins on 19th July at the Kia Oval.
Bopara replaces Jonathan Bairstow, who played all three Tests against the West Indies, while Anderson returns having missed the final Test at Edgbaston with a thigh injury.