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  • Vernon Philander selection not race-based: Cricket South Africa 2 days ago

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has denied reports that the selection of pacer Vernon Philander ahead of fast bowler Kyle Abbott for their team's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand was racially motivated. Philander was called into the South African XI in place of Abbott for last week's match against the...
  • AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are two gentlemen of the game 1 week ago

    "Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility...
  • Rain, blemishes conspire to knock South Africa out, NZ reach maiden final 1 week ago

    Cricket is a great leveler but you tell that to a South African in any corner of the world and you would notice that the eyes are getting red and the face turning pale, fuming with anger and frustration. A nation gripped with inflation, unemployment and crime rates going up at...
  • South Africa, rains and the World Cup jinx March 24, 2015

    South Africa's tryst with rain God Zeus continued on Tuesday as it again played a cruel part in the outcome of the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015. New Zealand reached their first Cricket World Cup final when Grant Elliott struck a six from the penultimate ball to beat...
  • World Cup 2015: I cost South Africa the game, says AB de Villiers March 24, 2015

    At a news conference after his team's loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, as the emotions of the defeated captain were almost painfully raw, AB de Villiers' most revealing answer was of only one word. De Villiers' voice cracked as he fielded questions, and he paused at times...
  • Twitter hails New Zealand's historic entry into World Cup final March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott struck a six off the penultimate to lift New Zealand to a four-wicket win over South Africa in a cliff-hanging match on Tuesday which carried them into a World Cup final for the first time, ending their run of defeats in their six previous semi-finals. New Zealand went into...
  • New Zealand create history, reach maiden World Cup final by beating South Africa March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott scored a match-winning 84 off 73 to power New Zealand (299/6) to their first ever World Cup final, beating South Africa (281/5) by 4 wickets (D/L) in a cliffhanger heavily affected by rain. New Zealand, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 298, reached 299 for 6 with a ball to...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2015, 1st semi-final March 24, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) New Zealand will take on South Africa at the Eden Park, Auckland in the first semi-final as both the teams look to book a place in a World Cup final for the first time. New Zealand, who have lost all their six previous...
  • New Zealand, South Africa battle it out for their first World Cup final March 23, 2015

    The apartheid had given the Proteas enough pain that denied the world to watch some of the best cricketers in action starting with the likes of Barry Richards to Basil D'Oliveira, who later went on to play for England. Cricket, much like any other sport in the African nation, had...
  • World Cup: NZ and SA to battle out for a spot in the finals March 23, 2015

    New Zealand and South Africa will face each other in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015 with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. ...
  • New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st semi-finals: The key battles March 23, 2015

    New Zealand and South Africa are all set to create history as either of the teams will make it to the semi-finals for the first time in a World Cup. Both semi-finalists- New Zealand and South Africa - will meet at the beautiful Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday with...
  • New Zealand and South Africa on the cusp of history, eye first ever World Cup final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand and South Africa meet in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday, with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. Here are some things to watch for: Captains Fantastic New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and South Africa's AB de Villiers are not only the...
  • World Cup: South Africa determined to win the semis, says De Villiers March 23, 2015

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers doubts he will need to say too much to motivate his team mates for their cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as he feels they are already in a 'good space'. South Africa enter Tuesday's clash at Eden Park slight favourites after demolishing Sri...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa's road to semi-finals March 23, 2015

    South Africa face New Zealand in Auckland on Tuesday in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 that will bring some of world cricket's most extraordinary hitters under one roof. There will be South Africa's AB de Villiers, who owns the fastest ODI century and New Zealand's Corey...
  • World Cup quarter-finals: Guptill, big retirements, favourites through March 22, 2015

    Favourites India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia registered comprehensive victories against their opponents in the quarter-finals to book their spot in the last four of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Hosts Australia and New Zealand reached the semis for the record seventh time, South Africa won their first...
  • World Cup: South Africa delivered their most convincing performance March 19, 2015

    AB de Villiers came out in the pre-match press conference and assured South Africa that the Proteas would be up for the game and they were determined to win it - he was right. Not only did they managed the victory, but they ran out and delivered their most convincing...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa finally shed their chokers tag March 19, 2015

    Sydney: From the time they made their return to international cricket in 1991, South Africa have been no pushovers. On their first tour of India since being welcomed back, South Africa narrowly went down 1-2 in a three-match One-Day International series. In their first World Cup the following year, they...
  • World Cup: We were very motivated for the contest, says De Villiers March 18, 2015

    Sydney: On a high after winning their cricket World Cup quarter-final match against Sri Lanka, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said his team was "very motivated" as they looked to break loose from the tag of "chokers". "I didn't have to say much. We were very motivated for this game....
  • World Cup: South Africa rout Sri Lanka to break knockout jinx and reach semis March 18, 2015

    It was here, at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1992, that South Africa's World Cup hard luck story began. It was in the fitness of things that their World Cup knockout jinx ended at the same venue. An absurd rain rule had been responsible for South Africa being bundled out of...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Kiran More reflects on the quarter-finals line-up March 18, 2015

    (Former India wicketkeeper and selector Kiran More, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) The pool stages of the World Cup had delivered as it promised, with the...
  • World Cup 2015: Can Proteas end the choke? March 18, 2015

    South Africa are taking on Sri Lanka in the first quarter-final of the Cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground. ...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Quarter-final March 18, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It will be a highly-charged contest between two powerful batting line-ups as former champions Sri Lanka take on superbly talented but traditional under-performers South Africa in the first quarter-final of the cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In a quest...
  • World Cup: Need to get rid of De Villiers early, says Angelo Mathews March 17, 2015

    Sydney: Wary of the threat his counterpart AB de Villiers is to his side, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says getting rid of the dashing right-hander early will be the key to his side's success in the first World Cup quarterfinal to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)...
  • World Cup 2015: A day off for South Africa ahead of Sri Lanka tie March 17, 2015

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a master of managing practice sessions. Along with Duncan Fletcher, the coach, and other members of the support group, he has worked out a strategy that ensures that training stints are snappy and meaningful, not everyday affairs that can trigger ennui. During the World Cup, India have...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    It's not always that things go as per your expectations. The South Africans, who came into the World Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites, had to wait longer than expected to book a place in the quarter-finals. The men from the Rainbow nation moved into second place in Pool...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa hope to shrug off 'chokers' tag against Sri Lanka March 17, 2015

    It's come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket's pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of...
  • ICC World Cup: The men who mattered in the pool stage March 17, 2015

    The pool stage of the ICC World Cup 2015 came to an end on Sunday. It provided a feast of big hitting and some exceptional bowling performances. There have been players who turned out to be one-match wonder but on the other end there have been stars who have performed...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    After an extensive phase of group stages that saw 42 matches in four weeks spread across 14 cities and two countries separated by sea, the cricket World Cup 2015 has reached the knockout stages. The quarter-finals will kick off on Wednesday with 1996 champion Sri Lanka battling against pre-tournament favourites South...