Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our cricket correspondent

About Jonathan

Now one of the regular voices on BBC's Test Match... Read more about Jonathan Agnew Special, Jonathan first came to note as a seam bowler of genuine pace.

In a first-class career spent entirely with Leicestershire, Jonathan took more than 650 first class wickets, including a best of 9-70 and represented England in three Tests and a further three one-day internationals.

After retiring from playing in 1990 aged just 30 (although he would return for one match two years later as Leicestershire suffered an injury crisis), Jonathan began to pursue a career in broadcasting and joined the TMS team in 1991.

Now the senior member of BBC's cricket team, Jonathan is a regular on the radio and BBC Sport website and also fronted the television coverage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

England still on the up - Agnew

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It was desperately disappointing to see England fall in such a heap on the final day of the fourth Test against South Africa.

Captain Alastair Cook was determined not to have a repeat of the Ashes, when they were thrashed in the final match at The Oval after winning the series, but it happened again.

England must sort top order - Agnew

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England seem set to end the series in South Africa with a defeat after a horrible start to their second innings.

They quickly subsided to 18-3 and you feel something exceptional will need to happen from the overnight score of 52-3 to prevent a heavy loss, with a victory target of 382 surely entirely academic.

'Missed opportunities cost England'

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England are up against it in the final Test at Centurion, with South Africa 175 runs ahead, nine wickets intact and two full days remaining.

South Africa's 475 was simply too many, no team should have been scoring that on this pitch - 350-380 is about a par first-innings score.

Broad wants to stand up and be counted

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England's victory in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg was quite remarkable.

They began the third day 75 runs behind with five first-innings wickets in hand. For them to win on the same evening is not quite unprecedented, but certainly highly unusual, especially in the age of covered pitches.

Root the complete Test batsman - Agnew

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Once again, this England-South Africa series treated us to an absolutely outstanding day on the second day of the third Test here in Johannesburg.

For me, Test cricket at its best is all about ebb and flow of initiative, and it's always a fascinating moment of the match for me when one sides snatches it from the other.

England benefit from SA errors - Agnew

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It was always going to be a challenge for both England and South Africa to adjust to the conditions of the third Test in Johannesburg.

Neither have experienced anything like it for months, particularly on their respective assignments before this series - England in the UAE to play Pakistan, South Africa on tour in India. In those Asian nations, pitches were slow and lifeless.

'S Africa now a handful for England'

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England had to dig very deep to draw the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

You have to admire the way South Africa fought back to a position where if one hairline decision - the potential stumping of Jonny Bairstow, when England were 147-6 - had been given out they would have been favourites to win the game.

'Bavuma hundred transcended cricket'

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Temba Bavuma's magnificent unbeaten century for South Africa against England on day four in Cape Town transcended cricket.

I've been very lucky - I have followed South Africa and witnessed their first tour after they came back into world cricket in 1991 following the wilderness years of apartheid.

England lucky to have 'stellar' Stokes

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Superlatives can't really sum up an innings like the 258 Ben Stokes made for England against South Africa on day two of the second Test in Cape Town and you probably won't see anything quite like it again.

It is the fastest 250 in Test cricket, 30 fours, 11 sixes - that's 186 in boundaries - and the facts and figures illustrate what an extraordinary innings it was.