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  • SA beat Australia by 231 runs to win the 2nd Test and level 3-match series 23-02-2014 10:29 PM

    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...
  • Australia, South Africa enter U-19 World Cup semi-finals 23-02-2014 10:18 PM

    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...
  • Australian TV actor Charlotte Dawson dies at 47 23-02-2014 02:29 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4 23-02-2014 01:35 PM

    (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...
  • We've got work to do in second innings, says Michael Clarke 23-02-2014 10:09 AM

    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...
  • 2nd Test: Amla nears ton as SA take a massive 369-run lead over Australia 22-02-2014 10:18 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 22-02-2014 01:42 PM

    (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...
  • 2nd Test: Warner solid as Australia trail by 311 21-02-2014 10:40 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2 21-02-2014 01:16 PM

    (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...
  • De Villiers key for South Africa on Day 2 of second Test 21-02-2014 09:05 AM

    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 20-02-2014 09:29 PM

    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...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC 20-02-2014 05:15 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 20-02-2014 01:37 PM

    (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...
  • Watson set to miss out on Test if he can't bowl: Clarke 19-02-2014 10:24 PM

    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...
  • South Africa not carrying 'baggage' from Centurion 19-02-2014 05:10 PM

    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...
  • Watson's selection no longer elementary for Australia 19-02-2014 09:31 AM

    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...
  • South Africa ponder team balance ahead of second Test 19-02-2014 08:58 AM

    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...
  • Johnson blow rules out McLaren for second Test 18-02-2014 04:07 PM

    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...
  • U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan stun Australia by 36 runs 17-02-2014 09:12 PM

    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...
  • Australia to decide on return to Test side of Shane Watson 17-02-2014 07:54 PM

    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...
  • Former Aussie cricket coach Arthur rules out England job 17-02-2014 07:11 AM

    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...
  • South Africa's Test champions tag in danger 16-02-2014 04:34 PM

    Centurion: South Africa entered their Test series against Australia as undisputed world champions in the five-day form of the game. But the crushing nature of their 281-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park has raised the possibility that their era of dominance may be coming to an end....
  • No scar but need to curb Johnson, says Graeme Smith 16-02-2014 01:50 PM

    Johannesburg: South Africa will turn their attention to finding a way to negate the formidable threat posed by fiery Australian Mitchell Johnson, captain Graeme Smith said following his team's comprehensive 281-run defeat in the first Test on Saturday. "There is no doubt Mitchell Johnson was the difference in this game...
  • Australia focused on winning away from home 16-02-2014 12:49 PM

    Pretoria: Capturing the Ashes was a big boost for Australia but being able to win a series away would be proper affirmation of their ability, captain Michael Clarke said after the first Test victory over South Africa on Saturday. "The greatest test for us right now is being able to...
  • Mitchell Johnson vows to improve further against South Africa 16-02-2014 08:00 AM

    Centurion: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson produced career-best match figures as he sent South Africa crashing to a humiliating 281-run defeat on the fourth day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Saturday - then said he is looking to improve. Johnson followed up his 7 for 68 in...
  • 1st Test: Johnson helps Australia crush No. 1 South Africa 15-02-2014 08:23 PM

    Centurion: Australia crushed cricket's top-ranked team on Saturday as unstoppable fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 12 of 20 wickets to send South Africa to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test. Already with 7 for 68 from the first innings, Johnson ripped out 5 for 59 in...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4 15-02-2014 01:22 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 summary: David Warner blazed Australia's third century in three days after fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 7 for 68, giving the tourists complete control over South Africa in the first Test on Friday. Warner's 115 off 151...
  • 1st Test: Unstoppable Australia take massive lead on Day 3 14-02-2014 10:59 PM

    Centurion: David Warner blazed Australia's third century in three days after fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 7 for 68, giving the tourists complete control over South Africa in the first Test on Friday. Warner's 115 off 151 balls with 13 fours and two sixes was almost as blisteringly quick as...
  • Australia to tour Zimbabwe for 1st time in a decade 14-02-2014 05:40 PM

    Harare: Australia's cricket team will tour Zimbabwe for the first time in a decade to play a triangular one-day series that also will involve South Africa. The tournament is likely to be scheduled for July or August, around the time South Africa were meant to visit their African neighbour for...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3 14-02-2014 01:32 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day-two roundup: Mitchell Johnson's breathtaking burst of fast bowling had top-ranked South Africa 140 for 6 and staggering in reply to Australia's first-innings 397 after the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Johnson ripped out four South...