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  • South Africa in no hurry to select new Test skipper March 6, 2014

    With their next Test series in Sri Lanka in July, Cricket South Africa (CSA) say they are in no rush to find a replacement captain for Graeme Smith, who retired from the sport at the conclusion of the third Test against Australia on Wednesday. Two candidates appear to have the strongest...
  • Former skippers and players heap praise on Graeme Smith March 6, 2014

    Johannesburg: Former captains and fellow players were unanimous in their accolades for international cricket's longest-serving skipper, Graeme Smith who announced his retirement earlier this week. Shaun Pollock, who preceded Smith, lauded the 33-year-old for his tenacity in captaining South Africa for over a decade. Smith took over the reins aged just 22...
  • Fast bowler Harris hailed hero as Australians prevail March 6, 2014

    Ryan Harris was acclaimed Thursday as one of Australia's finest bowlers after spearheading his country to a dramatic late series victory over South Africa in Cape Town. The Australians won the third and final Test by 245 runs in a nailbiting finish with just 27 balls to spare after a day...
  • I was out of line, says Michael Clarke March 6, 2014

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted he had been out of order after a heated exchange with South Africa's Vernon Philander during the tense closing stages of the third and final Test at Newlands on Wednesday. Clarke and Philander were seen exchanging words as the match went into the last...
  • Retiring Graeme Smith wants role in South Africa future March 6, 2014

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith said on Wednesday he was keen to continue to play a role in South African cricket following his retirement from the international game as a player. "I'd love to play a role with Cricket South Africa and who knows where that's going to be," he said in...
  • Australia displace India from No 2 spot in Test rankings March 5, 2014

    Dubai: Australia replaced India at number two position in the Test team rankings by the virtue of their hard-fought 245-run victory over South Africa in the third and final Test in Cape Town on Wednesday. Australia had entered the series in third position on 111 ratings points and the victory handed...
  • 3rd Test: Ryan Harris bowls Australia to South Africa series win March 5, 2014

    Australia's Ryan Harris took the last two wickets as South Africa came within five overs of saving the third Test on a dramatic day in which a third umpire decision came close to deciding the outcome of the match. South Africa were bowled out for 265 as Australia won the series-deciding...
  • De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain March 5, 2014

    Cape Town: World's No.1 batsman AB de Villiers is not sure he would take over as the South African Test captain succeeding Graeme Smith, who will be retiring from international cricket after the third and the final Test against Australia. De Villiers is the obvious choice to take charge of the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test March 5, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 roundup: Graeme Smith's international cricket career came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when South Africa's captain was dismissed for 3 as Australia moved to within six wickets of victory on day four of the third and decisive...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat March 4, 2014

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith's international cricket career came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when South Africa's captain was dismissed for 3 as Australia moved to within six wickets of victory on day four of the third and decisive Test. South Africa, set 511 to win, were 71 for 4 at...
  • Johnson, Steyn underline need for speed, says Lee March 4, 2014

    Mitchell Johnson and Dale Steyn have once again underlined the need for speed in Test cricket with their recent exploits, former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee said on Tuesday. Johnson, recalled after more than a year in the Test wilderness, took 37 England wickets in Australia's recent 5-0 Ashes whitewash, instilling...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 March 4, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 round-up: Australia took a firm grip on the third Test as seamers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris snared seven wickets between them to bowl South Africa out for 287 on day three. While Johnson combined pace and aggression to...
  • Graeme Smith announces shock retirement from cricket March 4, 2014

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith, one of the most dogged batsmen of his generation, stunned South Africa on Monday by announcing he will retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing third Test against Australia at Newlands. The 33-year-old captain told team-mates after the third day's play, catching all unaware,...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 March 3, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia took a firm grip on the third Test as seamers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris snared seven wickets between them to bowl South Africa out for 287 on day three on Monday at Newlands. While Johnson combined pace and aggression to raise his series tally to 19 wickets...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: as it happened March 3, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 roundup: Michael Clarke reached his 27th Test century in the morning, then spent the afternoon converting it into an unbeaten 161. Rain dominated the second half of the day, triggering an early tea with the final session totally...
  • Australia demands Russian envoy explain Ukraine March 3, 2014

    Canberra: The Australian government has summoned the Russian ambassador to explain his country's actions in Ukraine. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the secretary of her department, Peter Varghese, will meet with Ambassador Vladimir Morozov on Monday. Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio: "We'll express our concerns officially, directly through him and also...
  • 3rd Test: Clarke hundred leads Australia to 494 for 7 on Day 2 March 2, 2014

    Cape Town: Only the rain could stop Australia captain Michael Clarke on day two of the third Test against South Africa as the tourists reached a commanding 494 for 7 on Sunday. Clarke reached his 27th Test century in the morning, then spent the afternoon converting it into an unbeaten 161....
  • Warne impressed with Clarke's courage March 2, 2014

    Sydney: Spin wizard Shane Warne was proud with the way Australian captain Michael Clarke showed his toughness while batting on the first day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa when the batsman took several blows on his body from pacer Morne Morkel. Clark was peppered with a barrage of...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2: as it happened March 2, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 round-up: David Warner thumped a run-a-ball century as Australia dominated the opening day of the third and final Test against South Africa, piling up 331 for three at Newlands on Saturday. The wicket was flat and the tourists...
  • 3rd Test: Warner, Clarke put Australia on top March 1, 2014

    Capetown: David Warner thumped a run-a-ball century as Australia dominated the opening day of the third and final Test against South Africa, piling up 331 for three at Newlands on Saturday. The wicket was flat and the tourists took full advantage after winning the toss and electing to bat. Warner's 135...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 March 1, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The tourists blazed their way to a comprehensive...
  • Australia to turn on the lights for Sheffield Shield March 1, 2014

    Australia will play a number of first-class matches in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition under lights next week as a trial for playing day-night Test cricket, Cricket Australia said on Saturday. Brisbane's Gabba ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval will all host matches with sessions played at night using...
  • Pressure on captains Smith, Clarke in deciding third Test March 1, 2014

    Cape Town: Captains Graeme Smith and Michael Clarke will be under greater than usual pressure when South Africa and Australia clash in the series-deciding third Test from Saturday. Apart from the normal challenge of trying to win a showdown at Newlands between two of cricket's top teams, both skippers will be...
  • Clarke disappointed over Warner's comments February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Friday criticised David Warner over comments that earned the opening batsman a fine from International Cricket Council match referee Roshan Mahanama. Warner was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for "inappropriate comments" when he suggested South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers might...
  • Shane Warne factor big as Australia seek answers February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Shane Warne's vast Test experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Captain Michael Clarke says the veteran of 145 Test matches and arguably the greatest legspinner of all time...
  • Newlands Test the biggest of my career: Michael Clarke February 28, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that the decider of the three-Test series against South Africa starting Saturday at the Newlands in Cape Town is the biggest Test of his decade-long career. Clarke said it was special to win the Ashes 5-0 at home and a series win in South Africa...
  • Dressing room a better place without Kevin Pietersen, says Matt Prior February 28, 2014

    England's dressing room will be a better place without Kevin Pietersen after the controversial batsman was sacked following the dismal Ashes tour of Australia, wicketkeeper Matt Prior said on Thursday. Prior, the tour vice-captain, said Pietersen's ability should have made him "the best England cricketer to ever walk this planet" and...
  • Series decider against Australia could be South Africa's crowning glory February 28, 2014

    Capetown: Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The tourists blazed their way to a comprehensive 281-run victory in the opening game in Pretoria, but...
  • Shane Watson declared fit for decisive third Test against South Africa February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia are expected to recall allrounder Shane Watson for the third Test against South Africa as they attempt to bounce back from their first defeat in six Test outings and clinch a series win over the world's top-ranked side. The tourists were made to pay for going into the...
  • Dale Steyn backs Morne Morkel to make Australia suffer again February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Dale Steyn, the world's number one Test bowler, says his team-mate Morne Morkel will be the player to watch when South Africa play Australia in the series-deciding third Test starting at Newlands on Saturday. Steyn tore through the Australian batting on Sunday to drive his side to a 231-run...