SOUTH AFRICA

  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test March 5, 2014

    (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 decisive...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat March 4, 2014

    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 at...
  • Judge in Oscar Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo March 4, 2014

    The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state's first witness, who had asked that her image not be broadcast. The warning was one several dramatic moments in the...
  • Johnson, Steyn underline need for speed, says Lee March 4, 2014

    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, instilling...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 March 4, 2014

    (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 aggression to...
  • Graeme Smith's retirement ushers in new era for South Africa March 4, 2014

    He was seen as a brash, arrogant and aloof South African but no one can dispute the impact Graeme Smith had on the world stage as he became the most successful captain in Test history. Smith's decision to retire from international cricket just nine weeks after Jacques Kallis quit will usher...
  • Factbox - Graeme Smith leaves behind a legacy March 4, 2014

    Factbox on Graeme Smith, who announced he will be retiring from international cricket following the conclusion of South Africa's third Test against Australia. - Born February 1, 1981 in Johannesburg EARLY CAREER - Promising schoolboy cricketer at King Edward School in Johannesburg, picked for South Africa's under-19 team. - Left-handed opener, who played his...
  • Graeme Smith announces shock retirement from cricket March 4, 2014

    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 unaware,...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 March 3, 2014

    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 wickets...
  • Sachin's feats incredible, but Lara best: Kallis March 3, 2014

    Cape Town: Retired South African allrounder Jacques Kallis would not rate Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman he has played against but said the Indian legend has "tremendously" helped in taking the game forward by playing with the right spirit throughout his illustrious career. "He (Tendulkar) has done a tremendous amount...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: as it happened March 3, 2014

    (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 totally...
  • 3rd Test: Clarke hundred leads Australia to 494 for 7 on Day 2 March 2, 2014

    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 161....
  • Warne impressed with Clarke's courage March 2, 2014

    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 of...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2: as it happened March 2, 2014

    (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 tourists...
  • 3rd Test: Warner, Clarke put Australia on top March 1, 2014

    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 135...
  • South Africa lift ICC U-19 World Cup beating Pakistan March 1, 2014

    Dubai: South Africa lifted the ICC U-19 World Cup defeating Pakistan by six wickets in a low-scoring final encounter here on Sunday. Batting first, Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 131 in 44.3 overs with right arm medium pacer Corbin Bosch grabbing four for 15 in 7.3 overs. In reply,...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 March 1, 2014

    (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 a comprehensive...
  • Pressure on captains Smith, Clarke in deciding third Test March 1, 2014

    Cape Town: Captains Graeme Smith and Michael Clarke will be under greater than usual pressure when South Africa and Australia clash in the series-deciding third Test from Saturday. Apart from the normal challenge of trying to win a showdown at Newlands between two of cricket's top teams, both skippers will be...
  • U-19 World Cup: Resurgent Pakistan face tough test against South Africa in final March 1, 2014

    Dubai: South Africa will aim to break the title drought when they lock horns with two-time champion Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. South Africa finished runner-up in the 2002 and 2008 tournaments while Pakistan remains the only side to win...
  • Clarke disappointed over Warner's comments February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Friday criticised David Warner over comments that earned the opening batsman a fine from International Cricket Council match referee Roshan Mahanama. Warner was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for "inappropriate comments" when he suggested South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers might...
  • Pandove questions Srinivasan at BCCI Working Committee meet on India's overseas defeats February 28, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Former BCCI treasurer and Punjab Cricket Association secretary MP Pandove on Friday was the only member in the BCCI working committee to raise questions about India's disastrous performance in the recently concluded series in South Africa and New Zealand. India lost both Test and ODI series in both countries. Mahendra Singh...
  • Shane Warne factor big as Australia seek answers February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Shane Warne's vast Test experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Captain Michael Clarke says the veteran of 145 Test matches and arguably the greatest legspinner of all time...
  • Newlands Test the biggest of my career: Michael Clarke February 28, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that the decider of the three-Test series against South Africa starting Saturday at the Newlands in Cape Town is the biggest Test of his decade-long career. Clarke said it was special to win the Ashes 5-0 at home and a series win in South Africa...
  • Series decider against Australia could be South Africa's crowning glory February 28, 2014

    Capetown: 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 a comprehensive 281-run victory in the opening game in Pretoria, but...
  • Shane Watson declared fit for decisive third Test against South Africa February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia are expected to recall allrounder Shane Watson for the third Test against South Africa as they attempt to bounce back from their first defeat in six Test outings and clinch a series win over the world's top-ranked side. The tourists were made to pay for going into the...
  • Dale Steyn backs Morne Morkel to make Australia suffer again February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Dale Steyn, the world's number one Test bowler, says his team-mate Morne Morkel will be the player to watch when South Africa play Australia in the series-deciding third Test starting at Newlands on Saturday. Steyn tore through the Australian batting on Sunday to drive his side to a 231-run...
  • No panic in Australia camp before final Test, says Ryan Harris February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Ryan Harris says there is no panic in the Australian camp before the series-deciding third Test against South Africa starting in Cape Town on Saturday. Australia lost the second Test by 231 runs on Sunday after failing to cope with the Proteas pace attack that took nine wickets in...
  • Working Committee set to zero in on two prospective countries for IPL February 27, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The BCCI Working Committee will meet here on Friday to shortlist two prospective countries which will be kept as alternative venues for the seventh edition of the IPL which is coinciding with the general elections. While South Africa is the front-runner having had the experience of hosting the second season...
  • Australia's Warner fined for inappropriate comments February 27, 2014

    Dubai: Australian cricketer David Warner has been fined 15 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty of making inappropriate comments about South Africa's AB de Villiers ahead of the third and final Test which starts in Cape Town Saturday. Warner was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC...
  • U-19 World Cup: South Africa beat Australia to set up final against Pakistan February 26, 2014

    Dubai: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc with a six-wicket haul as South Africa trounced Australia by 80 runs to storm into the final of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup on Wednesday. Rabada returned figures of 8.2-0-25-6 as Australia, chasing 231 for victory, lost its last seven wickets for...