South Africa

  • Better than Ashes start, says devastating Mitchell Johnson February 13, 2014

    Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson produced a devastating bowling performance on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Thursday which he said was better than that which set the tone for the recent Ashes series against England. Johnson took four for 51 as South...
  • 1st Test: Red-hot Mitchell Johnson rocks South Africa February 14, 2014

    Centurion: Mitchell Johnson's breathtaking burst of fast bowling had top-ranked South Africa 140-6 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 Africans, with captain Graeme Smith and Faf du Plessis falling to ferocious and near-unplayable...
  • Morne Morkel goes for scan on injured right shoulder February 13, 2014

    Centurion: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel missed the start of the second day of the first Test against Australia to go for a scan on an injured right shoulder. The South African team said Morkel hurt his shoulder diving for a ball while fielding on the first day. South Africa's bowling...
  • IPL 7 could be shifted to South Africa due to elections: Ranjib Biswal February 13, 2014

    Bangalore: The seventh edition of the high-profile Indian Premier League could be shifted to South Africa due to the security concerns posed by the upcoming General Elections, the dates of which are clashing with the event. The Indian Premier League Authorities will be meeting Home Ministry officials next week and a...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 February 13, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day-1 Roundup: Shaun Marsh marked his return to Test cricket with a fighting century as Australia overcame a poor start on the first day at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Australia were 297 for 4 at the close. They were reeling...
  • I'm no Kallis, says South Africa's Ryan McLaren February 13, 2014

    Pretoria: Ryan McLaren said "I am no Jacques Kallis" after replacing the recently retired all-rounder in the South Africa team for the first Test against Australia on Wednesday. McLaren was preferred to Wayne Parnell as Kallis's successor in the allrounder role, to win his second cap, four years after his first. But...
  • 1st Test: Shaun Marsh scores ton to put Australia in control on Day 1 vs SA February 13, 2014

    Late call-up Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten century in his first Test in two years to lead a middle-order recovery as Australia closed at 297 for four on the first day of the first Test against South Africa on Wednesday. Marsh, who arrived only on Sunday as an emergency replacement for...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 February 12, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to...
  • Aussies on a high, ready for South Africa: Michael Clarke February 11, 2014

    Centurion: Whatever the 'poverty,' as one reporter described it, of England's performances in the Ashes, Australia will discover over the next three weeks just how good its revived Test team is. Australia can't overtake South Africa as the top-ranked team - even if they wins this series 3-0 - but...
  • South Africa did not sell out to Big Three: CSA president February 11, 2014

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not sell out to India, England and Australia over the decision to allow the 'Big Three' to effectively take control of the sport, president Chris Nenzani said on Tuesday. However, Nenzani acknowledged it was "not ideal" the International Cricket Council (ICC) governing authority had given more...
  • 1st Test: After Ashes, Australians bullish in South Africa February 11, 2014

    Johannesburg: Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to 14 series. "I didn't watch one ball of that series to...
  • 'South Africa's U-turn forced SL to abstain from voting' February 10, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had no other choice but to abstain from voting during the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, after South Africa did U-turn on the Big Three's plan to revamp the ICC structure. "When Haroon Lorgat said South Africa was...
  • South Africa's SMS service plans rollout in 11 Indian languages February 10, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African mobile instant messaging service Mxit, launched in India a fortnight ago, plans to rollout its service in 11 regional Indian languages within the next six months. "At the moment, India is our number one growth market," Mxit chairman Michael Jordaan told the weekly Sunday Times in Johannesburg as...
  • IPL 7 may be held in South Africa, UAE or Bangladesh February 9, 2014

    The IPL Governing Council has shortlisted the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bangladesh, and South Africa as three alternative venues to host IPL 7 even as the organisers await the announcement of dates for the General Elections in India, ESPNCricinfo reported on Saturday. The timing of the General Elections in India is...
  • Watson out of first Test, Marsh back in squad February 8, 2014

    Johannesburg: Allrounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa starting on Wednesday after a slow recovery from a calf injury with Australia bringing Shaun Marsh back into their squad. Left-handed batsman Marsh, who was in the original squad named by Australia for the tour but...
  • Gary Kirsten rules himself out of England running February 7, 2014

    London: South African Gary Kirsten has said he does not want to be considered for the job of England team director because of personal reasons. The 46-year-old had been tipped by many as a potential replacement for Andy Flower, who resigned last week to allow the team to rebuild after...
  • South Africa happy with Test warm-up ahead of Australia series February 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: A century by Faf du Plessis and a first session in the middle for wicketkeeper AB de Villiers since hand surgery has left South Africa satisfied with preparations for the Test series against Australia. South Africa, who host a buoyant Australian side fresh from their Ashes triumph in a three-Test...
  • Court to hear 2000 match fixing case on May 20 February 4, 2014

    New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday fixed May 20 for hearing the 2000 match-fixing scandal case involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje and five others and asked the Delhi Police to provide copy of the charge sheet and all the documents annexed with it to the accused. The matter...
  • Snapshot: Gauahar, Kushal leave for South Africa to shoot for 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' February 4, 2014

    Gauahar Khan and Kushal Tandon, who met on reality show 'Bigg Boss', will yet again be seen in another reality show 'Khatron Ke Khiladi 5'. The couple will be joined by 11 other contestants who will fight one another to win the adventure reality show. Gauahar and Kushal were recently...
  • Australia's Test warm-up in South Africa cancelled February 3, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia's only warm-up fixture ahead of the three-match Test series against South Africa has been cancelled after torrential rain in Potchefstroom left little chance of play. The four-day match against a South African Invitational XI was due to be played between Wednesday to Saturday, but with conditions unlikely to...
  • Chris Rogers learning from 'not so dumb' David Warner February 2, 2014

    Experienced Australia batsman Chris Rogers has been taking advice from fellow opener David Warner about how to face up to the South African bowling attack ahead of the first Test in Pretoria. The left-handed pair will be crucial for Australia in seeing off the new ball on wickets that will give...
  • Confident Michael Clarke lays down challenge to South Africa bowlers January 31, 2014

    POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa: Australia captain Michael Clarke has laid down the challenge to South Africa's bowlers to prove they are the world's best attack after suggesting on Friday his side owned that honour ahead of their three-match Test series starting on February 12. The fast-bowling trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander...
  • Hughes replaces injured Marsh in Australia squad January 30, 2014

    Australia replaced injured batsman Shaun Marsh with Phillip Hughes on Thursday while clearing fit-again paceman Jackson Bird to join the team in South Africa for the three-Test series starting on February 12. Though named in the 15-man squad, both Marsh and Bird stayed put in Australia battling fitness issues. "As Shaun Marsh's...
  • Australian pacer Jackson Bird fit for South Africa January 30, 2014

    Sydney: Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird was on Thursday declared fit and will fly out to join the rest of the squad in South Africa after being cleared of a back injury. The Tasmanian jarred his back in a domestic Big Bash League game last week and has been undergoing treatment...
  • McLaren, Parnell in South Africa Test squad for Australia series January 29, 2014

    Durban: Allrounders Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell were named in South Africa's 15-man squad on Wednesday for the three-match Test series against Australia starting on February 12. One of them is likely to fill the void left by the retirement of Jacques Kallis, who quit the five-day game ahead of the...
  • CSA denies being part of 'unanimous support' to ICC revamp January 29, 2014

    Johannesburg: One of the first to oppose a proposed revamp of the ICC's administrative structure, Cricket South Africa has denied the governing body's claim that there was "unanimous support" for "key principles" of the plan which would cede executive decision-making to India, Australia and England. "The support is subject to the...
  • ICC backs 'principles' behind cricket shake-up January 29, 2014

    London: World cricket was set for a shake-up after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave "unanimous support" for "principles" to change its structure and governance. However, no sooner had the ICC presented a united front following the first of a two-day board meeting at its Dubai headquarters Tuesday, than South Africa...
  • Clarke confident on Marsh, Bird for South Africa tour January 29, 2014

    Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he was confident Shaun Marsh and Jackson Bird will be fit to face top-ranked South Africa as the squad flew out for a three-Test tour. Batsman Marsh is struggling with a calf strain while paceman Bird has a back problem, with both players...
  • PCB chief says four in opposition of ICC revamp January 28, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are likely to oppose sweeping changes in the ICC as the governing body's executive board meeting began in Dubai on Tuesday. Before attending the meeting, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf told private television channels in Pakistan that all the four boards "have...
  • Injured James Faulkner out of England T20s, SA Test tour January 28, 2014

    Australia allrounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series against England due to a knee injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday. Faulkner, whose brilliant unbeaten 69 lifted Australia to an unlikely victory over England in the second one-day international in Brisbane this month, will also miss...