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  • Australia beat South Africa by 4 wickets to clinch T20 series 2-0 15-03-2014 01:47 AM

    Centurion: Australia outlined their World Twenty20 credentials as they chased down South Africa's target in just 15 overs to win the third and final T20 international by six wickets at Centurion on Friday. Where South Africa had made the pitch appear stodgy and batting seem difficult, Australia proved conditions were...
  • 'Burnout' not depression caused Ashes return, says Trott 14-03-2014 10:56 PM

    London: England batsman Jonathan Trott said mental "burnout" was behind his sudden withdrawal from England's Ashes tour of Australia and he is now eager to resume his international career. Trott left the tour after England were thrashed in the first Test in November with what was reported to be a...
  • As it happened: South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20I 14-03-2014 09:06 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to bowl first. The last of the matches before the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh will see two of the tournament favourites South Africa and Australia play the series-decider at Centurion. The...
  • PCB announces itinerary for 'home' series against Australia 14-03-2014 06:44 PM

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced the final itinerary for its 'home' series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates in October. A PCB official said that the series had been finalised after consultations with Cricket Australia who have agreed to play in the UAE. "We have no...
  • 3rd T20: South Africa, Australia in battle to decide series 14-03-2014 01:40 PM

    The last of the matches before the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh will see two of the tournament favourites South Africa and Australia play the series-decider at Centurion, but the rain-marred series is expected to finish on a damp note with rain in the air. The match will also draw curtains...
  • Toe injury puts Johnson in doubt for World Twenty20 14-03-2014 11:06 AM

    Sydney: Mitchell Johnson is struggling to be fit for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with the Australian fast bowler suffering a toe infection stemming from a cut he picked up in South Africa. Cricket Australia said the pace spearhead was receiving treatment and it may mean a late arrival for...
  • Mitchell Johnson has toe ailment, T20 status in doubt 13-03-2014 09:33 AM

    Melbourne: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has a right toe infection and his availability for the World Twenty20 tournament is in question. Cricket Australia said on Thursday a final decision on his inclusion in the squad is yet to be made and that his scheduled departure on Sunday to Bangladesh...
  • Australia beat South Africa by five wickets in 2nd T20 13-03-2014 01:51 AM

    Durban: Veteran Brad Hodge smashed two sixes in the final over to propel Australia to a five-wicket victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international reduced to seven overs a side in Durban on Wednesday. After Australia won the toss, South Africa piled up 80 for 1 and looked...
  • As it happened: South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20I 12-03-2014 09:02 PM

    Another washout looms in the second T20 international between South Africa and Australia, who would want the rain gods to be kind enough to allow them some practice in the shortest format before their flight to Bangladesh for the World Twenty20. The first match of the three-game series proved to...
  • Rain threat looms over second South Africa-Australia T20 12-03-2014 01:44 PM

    Another washout looms in the second T20 international between South Africa and Australia, who would want the rain gods to be kind enough to allow them some practice in the shortest format before their flight to Bangladesh for the World Twenty20. The first match of the three-game series proved to...
  • Australia pacer Ryan Harris out for six months after surgery 12-03-2014 09:31 AM

    Sydney: Australia paceman Ryan Harris, who bowled his country to a series victory in South Africa last week, will be out for six months after undergoing surgery on his right knee, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. The 34-year-old has suffered a series of injuries throughout his Test career but played...
  • World Twenty20 2014: Format and points system explained 11-03-2014 10:44 AM

    The fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 will for the first time see sixteen teams in the fray, with the competition divided into two rounds. FORMAT: The first round will see two groups (A and B) of four teams each divided according to their seeding. Each team will play...
  • Defiant Ryan Harris says he's not done yet 11-03-2014 09:18 AM

    Sydney: Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris, who bowled his country to a series victory in South Africa last week, is hoping knee surgery will prolong his Test career through the 2015 Ashes at least. The 34-year-old has been plagued by injuries since his debut in 2010 but was able to...
  • Rain washes out South Africa-Australia 1st Twenty20 09-03-2014 08:24 PM

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa and Australia were denied potentially useful preparation for the World Twenty20 tournament when the first of their three-match series was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Sunday. Rain fell throughout the morning at St. George's Park. Although it halted briefly around the time that the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st T20 09-03-2014 05:38 PM

    Persistent showers forced the first Twenty20 between Australia and South Africa at Port Elizabeth to be called off. South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday. Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a...
  • 1st T20: South Africa, Australia prepare for World Twenty20 08-03-2014 08:47 AM

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday. Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a succession of 20-overs games would not normally have much more than entertainment value, but for both...
  • Graeme Smith the greatest Test captain ever, says Gary Kirsten 07-03-2014 08:35 PM

    New Delhi: Graeme Smith has received an enormous compliment from former India coach Gary Kirsten, who called the just-retired South African legend the "best captain that has ever lived" in Test cricket. The South African called time on his international cricket career after a successful run that saw him being...
  • Australia 'long way' from out-ranking South Africa, Clarke says 07-03-2014 02:37 PM

    Michael Clarke says Australia have a long way to go before supplanting South Africa as the number one Test cricket team. Captain Clarke returned home on Friday after leading the Australians to an epic 2-1 series win over the Proteas in South Africa to cement their status as the second...
  • Australia have momentum to win maiden World T20: Clarke 07-03-2014 01:59 PM

    The momentum Australia have gained from the recent hard-fought win against South Africa will carry the team to their maiden World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh, Test captain Michael Clarke said on Friday. Clarke, who does not play the shortest format, returned to Australia on Friday after leading his team to...
  • Warner progresses from short-form cameos to leading man 07-03-2014 01:28 PM

    Cape Town: From bar room brawler to Test match troubadour, cricketing bad boy David Warner has made a swift transition into one of the sport's extraordinary talents and brought a new dynamism to opening the batting in Tests. Once seen as a flashing blade in the shorter formats of the...
  • Johan Botha handed a one-match ban by CA 07-03-2014 12:32 PM

    Melbourne: South Australia's Johan Botha has received a reprimand and two suspension points for two separate breaches of the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour during the ninth round of the Bupa Sheffield Shield against New South Wales. CA in statement said that in the first breach, the former South...
  • Barking Aussies panned for boorish behaviour 07-03-2014 10:09 AM

    Australians have acclaimed their cricket team's epic series win over South Africa, but not the manner in which they achieved it. Michael Clarke's team Wednesday clinched a 2-1 series win over the world's number one-ranked Test side just months after thrashing England 5-0 in their home Ashes series. But just...
  • Mitchell Johnson to miss Twenty20s against South Africa 06-03-2014 08:38 PM

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia's national selection panel on Thursday said Mitchell Johnson will return home to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and will not take part in the Twenty20 Series against South Africa beginning Sunday. All-rounder Moises Henriques will stay on in South Africa as a replacement...
  • South Africa in no hurry to select new Test skipper 06-03-2014 03:07 PM

    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...
  • Former skippers and players heap praise on Graeme Smith 06-03-2014 11:41 AM

    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...
  • Fast bowler Harris hailed hero as Australians prevail 06-03-2014 10:40 AM

    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...
  • I was out of line, says Michael Clarke 06-03-2014 08:35 AM

    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...
  • Retiring Graeme Smith wants role in South Africa future 06-03-2014 08:30 AM

    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...
  • Australia displace India from No 2 spot in Test rankings 05-03-2014 11:49 PM

    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...
  • 3rd Test: Ryan Harris bowls Australia to South Africa series win 05-03-2014 11:04 PM

    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...