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  • 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...
  • Injury rules Steyn out of two Australia T20 contests 07-03-2014 02:46 PM

    A hamstring injury will keep South African fast bowler Dale Steyn of out of the first two Twenty20 internationals against Australia in the next week, Cricket South Africa said. Steyn's bowling in the recently concluded third and final Test against Australia in Cape Town was affected by the strain as...
  • 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...
  • De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain 05-03-2014 02:43 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test 05-03-2014 01:07 PM

    (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...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat 04-03-2014 10:58 PM

    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...
  • Johnson, Steyn underline need for speed, says Lee 04-03-2014 07:15 PM

    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,...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 04-03-2014 01:34 PM

    (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...
  • Graeme Smith announces shock retirement from cricket 04-03-2014 08:35 AM

    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...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 03-03-2014 10:25 PM

    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...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: as it happened 03-03-2014 01:40 PM

    (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...
  • Australia demands Russian envoy explain Ukraine 03-03-2014 07:04 AM

    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...
  • 3rd Test: Clarke hundred leads Australia to 494 for 7 on Day 2 02-03-2014 09:48 PM

    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...
  • Warne impressed with Clarke's courage 02-03-2014 03:55 PM

    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...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2: as it happened 02-03-2014 01:57 PM

    (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...
  • 3rd Test: Warner, Clarke put Australia on top 01-03-2014 10:37 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 01-03-2014 01:43 PM

    (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...