South Africa

  • 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,...
  • Is it time to show Duncan Fletcher the door? February 23, 2014

    The concept of coaching has changed over the years as the coaches are no more considered background staff and in every way are responsible for a team's success and failure. India in the past had never been tolerant with the coaches, Greg Chappell's sacking comes to mind after India's early exit...
  • 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...
  • UAE now in contention to host IPL 7 matches February 23, 2014

    Dubai: With the upcoming general elections and the Indian government denying security, UAE has emerged as an alternate venue along with South Africa to host the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is learnt that the Indian board will give a presentation to Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for facilitation to hold IPL...
  • 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...
  • IPL 7 likely to be played outside India February 21, 2014

    Looking at the General Elections happening at that time of the year, home ministry has denied providing security to the tournament. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • South Africa recall allrounder Albie Morkel for T20 World Cup February 17, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa recalled hard-hitting allrounder Albie Morkel on Monday in their squad for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh starting next month. The 32-year-old, older brother of fast bowler Morne, last played in the 20-over format for the Proteas at the previous World Twenty20 held in Sri Lanka in 2012. South...
  • U-19 World Cup: Sri Lanka, South Africa reach quarter-finals February 16, 2014

    Dubai: Sri Lanka and South Africa progressed to the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup after recording contrasting victories, here on Sunday. Sri Lanka overcame 1998 champion England by one wicket at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in a match of fluctuating fortunes to become the first side from Group D...
  • South Africa's Test champions tag in danger February 16, 2014

    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. Irrespective...
  • No scar but need to curb Johnson, says Graeme Smith February 16, 2014

    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 and...
  • Australia focused on winning away from home February 16, 2014

    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 consistently...
  • Mitchell Johnson vows to improve further against South Africa February 16, 2014

    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 the...
  • 1st Test: Johnson helps Australia crush No. 1 South Africa February 15, 2014

    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 the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4 February 16, 2014

    (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 balls with...
  • 1st Test: Unstoppable Australia take massive lead on Day 3 February 14, 2014

    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 Johnson's...