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  • U-19 World Cup: South Africa beat Australia to set up final against Pakistan February 26, 2014

    Dubai: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc with a six-wicket haul as South Africa trounced Australia by 80 runs to storm into the final of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup on Wednesday. Rabada returned figures of 8.2-0-25-6 as Australia, chasing 231 for victory, lost its last seven wickets for...
  • South Africa dismiss ball-tampering allegations February 26, 2014

    South Africa have dismissed ball-tampering allegations surrounding their second Test victory over Australia after opposing opener David Warner said the Proteas worked on the ball at Port Elizabeth to generate reverse swing. Chasing a 448-run victory target, Australia cruised to 126 for no loss before being undone by a devastating Dale...
  • Momentum has swung towards South Africa, says Hashim Amla February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa will head to their favourite ground with momentum in their favour when they take on Australia in the series-deciding third Test at Newlands, batsman Hashim Amla said on Tuesday. The Proteas have suffered just one loss in Cape Town in 12 years, to Australia in 2006, a...
  • Selection posers for victorious South Africa February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa face a selection dilemma ahead of the decisive third Test against Australia, starting at Newlands Saturday, despite a convincing 231-run second Test win in Port Elizabeth, At least two changes seem likely, and the uncertainty of the selectors about their final eleven was indicated by their naming...
  • Australia's Lehmann pleased to be 'bowled out' February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia's dramatic collapse against South Africa at the weekend has drawn inevitable comparisons with their previous Test defeat but vanquished coach Darren Lehmann says the two losses were vastly different. South Africa grabbed nine wickets in a single session after tea to win the second Test in Port Elizabeth...
  • South Africa fired up to end Australia jinx February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa's dramatic 231-run victory over Australia in the second Test set up an enticing decider at Newlands which could see the hosts seal a first home series win over the tourists in 44 years. After their humiliating 281-run defeat in the first Test, the Proteas were written off,...
  • South Africa's fix up plans for 2015 World Cup February 24, 2014

    Mumbai: South Africa, who are in the same group as holders India in the 2015 ICC World Cup, would prepare for the mega event by playing eight ODI games in Australia as well as New Zealand, the joint Cup hosts, in October-November. South Africa, who would clash in the World Cup...
  • Graeme Smith salutes South African comeback against Australia February 24, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa achieved something in the second Test that would have been beyond most teams, said captain Graeme Smith after his side's 231-run win over Australia on Sunday. The world's top-ranked outfit came under under-fire after their crushing 281-run defeat in the opening Test but Smith was proud at...
  • Dale Steyn spell swung the match, says Michael Clarke February 24, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke paid tribute to a great spell of fast reverse swing bowling by South Africa's Dale Steyn after his side were bundled to defeat on the fourth day of the second Test at St George's Park on Sunday. South Africa bowled out Australia for 216 to...
  • SA beat Australia by 231 runs to win the 2nd Test and level 3-match series February 23, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Dale Steyn produced a ferocious spell of fast bowling to inspire South Africa to a crushing 231-run victory over Australia in fading light on day four of the second test on Sunday. With rain predicted for Monday, Steyn charged in and took four wickets, including the key scalp of...
  • Australia, South Africa enter U-19 World Cup semi-finals February 24, 2014

    Dubai: Australia and South Africa on Sunday booked their places in the last four of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after winning their respective quarter-final matches. A magnificent century by West Indies' Nicolas Pooran went in vain as Australia reached their third successive semi-final with a comfortable five-wicket victory here,...
  • Australian TV actor Charlotte Dawson dies at 47 February 23, 2014

    Sydney: Former model and Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson was found dead at her home here. She was 47. According to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Dawson was found dead Feb 22 by a real estate agent who was getting her apartment ready for a viewing, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Authorities said there were...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4 February 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 3 round-up: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day on...
  • We've got work to do in second innings, says Michael Clarke February 23, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted his side had "some work to do" after South Africa moved into a strong position on the third day of the second Test at St George's Park on Saturday. Australia were bowled out for 246 in their first innings, giving South Africa a lead...
  • 2nd Test: Amla nears ton as SA take a massive 369-run lead over Australia February 22, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day on Saturday. Amla backed up a South African bowling attack that took six...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 February 22, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 2 round-up: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder...
  • 2nd Test: Warner solid as Australia trail by 311 February 21, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder Parnell, playing his first Test in four years, and paceman Philander...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2 February 21, 2014

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Elgar (83), Du Plessis (55) and De Villiers (51*) scored half-centuries as South Africa reached 214 for 5 before bad light stopped play on day one. On a slow pitch which negated the menace of Mitchell Johnson and his...
  • De Villiers key for South Africa on Day 2 of second Test February 21, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa were left to rue the loss of cheap wickets after battling to 214 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday. Bad light brought a premature end to the day after 83 overs bowled with AB de Villiers not out...
  • 2nd Test: Australia take late wickets, South Africa 214 for 5 on Day 1 February 20, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take two late wickets and reclaim control over South Africa on the first day of the second Test on Thursday. Spinners Nathan Lyon, who took 2 for 47, and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock cheaply...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC February 20, 2014

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister Salman...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 February 20, 2014

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Toss and Team News: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat. There are changes to the South African side, with Dean Elgar to open, Quinton de Kock makes his Test debut and Wayne Parnell will...
  • Watson set to miss out on Test if he can't bowl: Clarke February 19, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Captain Michael Clarke has indicated that Shane Watson will not return to the Australia side as a specialist batsman for the second Test against South Africa at St George's Park on Thursday. Allrounder Watson missed Australia's 281-run victory in the first Test with a calf problem, and the tourists...
  • South Africa not carrying 'baggage' from Centurion February 19, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Graeme Smith says South Africa have arrived for the second cricket Test against Australia in the hot and humid south coast city of Port Elizabeth without too much mental "baggage" from their heavy defeat in the first game. The skipper says the top-ranked team has done its best not...
  • Watson's selection no longer elementary for Australia February 19, 2014

    The perennial fitness battles of Shane Watson are likely to rule the allrounder out of Australia's second Test against South Africa. Selectors are unlikely to be crying. Watson's unique ability to hog the spotlight whether playing or languishing injured on the sidelines may be unmatched in Test cricket, but another win...
  • South Africa ponder team balance ahead of second Test February 19, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Whether to stick with an allrounder at number seven or play an extra batsman to counter Australia's fiery bowling attack is the vexed question for South Africa ahead of the second Test at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth starting on Thursday. The Australians were clearly superior in all...
  • Johnson blow rules out McLaren for second Test February 18, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South African allrounder Ryan McLaren has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia starting at St George's Park on Thursday after being hit on the head by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the first Test in Centurion on Saturday. South African team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said...
  • U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan stun Australia by 36 runs February 18, 2014

    Dubai: Afghanistan caused a major upset in the ICC U-19 World Cup when they defeated three-time champion and last edition runner-up Australia by 36 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 2 on Monday. Half-centuries by Mohammad Mujtaba, Ihsanullah and Hashmatullah Shaidi helped Afghanistan post a respectable 253 in 49.2 overs, before fast...
  • Australia to decide on return to Test side of Shane Watson February 17, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australia face a selection quandary with the return from injury of allrounder Shane Watson for the second Test against South Africa, which starts on Thursday. Watson exacerbated a calf injury on the eve of the first Test and watched from the stands as two players, selected since the recent...
  • Former Aussie cricket coach Arthur rules out England job February 17, 2014

    Dumped Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur Friday ruled out applying for the vacant England job after being appointed head of the Super 15 rugby team Western Force's development programme. The South African, who was ousted just before the start of the Ashes series in England last year with two years left...