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Cape of good hope

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It's been a frustrating three weeks watching from the sidelines but finally my shoulder is fine. It is back to 100 per cent and I'm looking forward to playing on Friday in Cape Town, if I get selected.

I injured it diving on the outfield in one of the tour games. I knew straight away that something was wrong. My shoulder was displaced. I'm quite lucky though as it could have been a lot worse.

It has been annoying not being involved but the time off gave me a good chance to train hard in the gym.

I bowled ten overs on Sunday and I feel ready. I have been easing my way back and I'm now pushing hard for selection.

If I get picked then it's great to think I will be coming back into a side that is one-up in the series.

The boys played so well at Centurion. That was a great result.

We were pleased with how it went from a bowling point of view. We talk about putting pressure on batsmen to get wickets and that's what we did. To keep them down to 250 on a Centurion wicket was a great effort. We then knocked off the runs quite easily.

Jonathan Trott looked so natural in one-day cricket despite playing so few games for England. He's made his mark in international cricket very quickly considering he's only played one Test and a few ODIs. He has been a quality player for a long time though.

Paul Collingwood scored a fantastic hundred. He held the innings together brilliantly. He performed in all areas of the game - he took a stunning catch, bowled well and was unbeaten at the end on a hundred. He deserves it for all his hard work.

Colly and Eoin Morgan have lit up the show so far this tour.

Sajid Mahmood, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Eoin Moran & Paul Collingwood

Fit and firing - Stuart is ready for duty after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained three weeks ago

Spirits are really high at the moment. That often happens when you are performing well on the field. Winning breeds confidence but we must keep the momentum going. Someone told me we have won our last six one-dayers against South Africa. Let's make that seven.

We know South Africa will come back hard at us. We are ready for that. They are the number one side in the world but we know if we perform then we can beat anyone. We also know that if we win the next two games then we can win the one-day series.

I have enjoyed the tour so far. South Africa is a beautiful country. We are in Cape Town at the moment and drive past Table Mountain on the way back to our hotel from the ground at Newlands. It's a lovely place.

There is a lot of cricket squeezed into these tours but the management have done a great job in arranging a few trips for us. The other day we went to a lion park which was great fun. The cubs were jumping on some of the players. That was a great experience. We have also managed to see some other wildlife and played some golf.

It's important to try and get away from cricket when you can.

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