South Africa

  • 1st Test: Battling Zimbabwe survive Dale Steyn, Dane Piedt onslaught August 9, 2014

    Harare: Dale Steyn and Dane Piedt claimed four wickets apiece for South Africa, but Zimbabwe defied the odds as they batted out the first day of the one-off Test to reach stumps on 248 for 9. Top-ranked South Africa had been expected to rifle through ninth-ranked Zimbabwe after the hosts had...
  • Mark Vermeulen puts trauma behind him in Zimbabwe return August 9, 2014

    Acquitted arsonist Mark Vermeulen will make a remarkable return to Test cricket on Saturday when Zimbabwe face South Africa, seven years after he burned down his country's cricket academy. Vermeulen has been included in a 12-man squad for the one-off Test match after showing excellent form over the past year, and...
  • Verdict in Oscar Pistorius trial scheduled for September 11 August 8, 2014

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Friday that she will give a verdict on September 11, bringing closer to an end a globally televised five-month trial that has transfixed South Africans and others around the globe. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the announcement after the prosecution and defense...
  • South Africa pledge no mercy on struggling Zimbabwe in one-off Test August 8, 2014

    Harare: Freshly re-installed as the top-ranked Test team in the world, South Africa appear disinclined to take any mercy on their struggling neighbours Zimbabwe when the two teams engage in a rare Test starting on Saturday. Given Zimbabwe's lowly ranking and the myriad problems infecting its cricket, the Proteas could have...
  • Rossouw, Shezi in South Africa's ODI squad for Zimbabwe tour August 5, 2014

    The South Africa have rewarded the form of South Africa A batsman Rilee Rossouw and seam bowler Mthokozisi Shezi by naming them in their squad for three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe later this month. The uncapped pair were the standout performers for the country's A side on their recent tour to...
  • Mark Vermeulen returns to Zimbabwe training squad August 5, 2014

    Harare: Zimbabwe recalled batsman Mark Vermeulen to their cricket squad on Monday, six years after he was cleared of arson on psychiatric grounds after setting fire to the national union's headquarters and an academy building. Vermeulen was cleared in a court in 2008 despite admitting setting fire two years earlier to...
  • Lyon recalled to Clarke-led Australia ODI squad for Zimbabwe tour August 4, 2014

    Brisbane: Michael Clarke will lead Australia on their first tour to Zimbabwe in a decade for an international tri-series also involving South Africa starting later this month. The 14-man limited-overs squad is close to full strength, with Clarke, vice-captain George Bailey, veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, paceman Mitchell Johnson and allrounder Shane...
  • CWG 2014: Indian men thrash SA 5-2 to set up semi-final date with NZ August 1, 2014

    Glasgow: A clinical first-half performance from India saw them breeze past South Africa by 5-2 margin to qualify for the semi-final of the men's hockey competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Thursday. Having finished second in the pool behind defending champions Australia, India will now take on New Zealand...
  • Jaques Kallis is one of the greatest allrounders in cricket history: ICC July 31, 2014

    Dubai: In a rich tribute to Jaques Kallis, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said the legendary South African all-rounder will be remembered for his consistency with both bat and ball in all formats of the game. Kallis yesterday announced his retirement, prompted by a poor run in the series against Sri...
  • CWG 2014: India eyeing win against South Africa for hockey semi-final spot July 30, 2014

    Glasgow: High on confidence after the spirited showing against Australia, the Indian men's hockey team would look to win outright against South Africa in their final group match on Thursday, even though a draw is enough to seal their semifinal spot in the 20th Commonwealth Games. Going into Thursday's crucial match,...
  • South Africa legend Jacques Kallis retires from all forms of cricket July 30, 2014

    South Africa's Jacques Kallis has surprisingly decided to call time on his international limited overs career six months before the World Cup. The 38-year-old, one of the greatest all-rounders in the game's history, retired from Test cricket last year but had been planning to finish his South Africa career at the...
  • Phil Hughes makes Australia case with one-day double ton July 30, 2014

    Sydney: Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who put aside personal grief with a record unbeaten double century in an A match against South Africa on Tuesday, is happy to let his runs do the talking as he presses his case for an international recall. The one-time batting prodigy has been recalled and...
  • CWG 2014: Indian women's hockey team eyeing win against South Africa for semis berth July 29, 2014

    Glasgow: The Indian women's hockey team will be eyeing for a semi-final berth with a win over a formidable South African outfit in the Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday. With three goals each by Jaspreet Kaur, Deepika and Rani, the Indian team will be looking at continuing their onslaught to book...
  • South Africa opt for unchanged Test squad against Zimbabwe July 29, 2014

    South Africa have named an unchanged 15-man squad for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe starting at the Harare Sports Club on August 9. Convener of selectors Andrew Hudson said in a Cricket South Africa statement issued on Tuesday that the players had "earned a vote of confidence" upon completing their first...
  • Angelo Mathews hails Sri Lankan spinners despite draw July 29, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Monday lavished praise on his ace spinners for nearly winning his team the second Test against South Africa with a lion-hearted effort. The hosts were agonisingly close to victory, having taken eight wickets in the second innings, but South Africa's tailenders hung on to...
  • South Africa draw 2nd Test against Sri Lanka, jump to number one July 28, 2014

    Colombo: A gritty South African tail fought off Sri Lanka's spinners to snatch a nerve-jangling draw in the second Test and seal a historic 1-0 series win. The series victory propelled South Africa to the top of world Test ranking ahead of Australia and also ended their 21-year-old jinx on the...
  • Sri Lanka's Test debutant Dickwella fined July 28, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was on Sunday fined 10 per cent of his match fee for claiming an unfair catch on day three of the ongoing second Test against South Africa. The 21-year-old player was found guilty of conduct that is either "contrary to the spirit of the...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka on top against South Africa on curtailed Day 4 July 27, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath picked up an early wicket to put South Africa under pressure as the visitors finished day four on 38/1, needing another 331 runs to win the second Test. Opening the bowling, the left-arm spinner had opener Alviro Petersen caught by Kithruwan Vithanage without scoring with the...
  • 2nd Test: Perera gives Sri Lanka big lead despite Amla ton July 26, 2014

    South Africa captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd Test hundred but off-spinner Dilruwan Perera's career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second Test on Saturday. South Africa were dismissed for 282 in reply to Sri Lanka's...
  • All-round show by Karn takes India A closer to final July 26, 2014

    Darwin: Young leg-spinner Karn Sharma's all-round exploits helped India A eked out a thrilling one-wicket victory over South Africa A team to reach closer to the title round in the Quadrangular 'A' series on Saturday. Batting first, South Africa A scored 275 for eight in 50 overs with Rilee Russouw scoring...
  • Mahela Jayawardene cherishes playing against South Africa July 26, 2014

    In the twilight of his glorious Test career, Mahela Jayawardene will sign off with a bagful of memories when he hangs up his boots next month. But there is one team he will cherish playing against the most. The stylish right-hander has scored against all-comers but his records against South Africa...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka spinners keep South Africa in check on Day 2 July 25, 2014

    Colombo: Hashim Amla led South Africa's recovery to 98 for 3 in reply to Sri Lanka posting 421 on day two of the second cricket Test on Friday. Mahela Jayawardene was run out for 165 on his home ground at Sinhalese Sports Club, hastening a Sri Lanka collapse from 385 for...
  • 2nd Test: Jayawardene ton gives Sri Lanka edge on Day 1 against South Africa July 24, 2014

    Colombo: Mahela Jayawardene smashed his 34th Test century as Sri Lanka overcame an early hiccup and scored a healthy 305 for 5 on day one of the second Test against South Africa on Thursday. Jayawardene made a splendid unbeaten 140 off 225 balls with 16 fours and a six on a...
  • India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza July 24, 2014

    Geneva: India along with BRICS countries on Wednesday voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied...
  • South Africa mull extra pace option against Sri Lanka in 2nd Test July 23, 2014

    South Africa, on the verge of a rare series win in Sri Lanka, are considering playing an extra fast bowler on the Singhalese SC track which is not as conducive to spin as the one in Galle. South Africa played legspinner Imran Tahir and the off-spin of JP Duminy in...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to end Test career on home ground July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have shifted the venue of the second Test against Pakistan next month by request to enable star batsman Mahela Jayawardene to bow out of Test cricket at his club ground in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket in a statement on Wednesday says the request was made by Jayawardene's Sinhalese...
  • Amla heaps praise on struggling Tahir before 2nd Sri Lanka Test July 23, 2014

    South Africa skipper Hashim Amla on Wednesday backed struggling leg-spinner Imran Tahir to come good, saying he had the qualities to be a match-winning bowler ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka. The 35-year-old Pakistan-born spinner took just one wicket off 45 overs in the first Test at Galle, raising...
  • Niroshan Dickwella included in Sri Lanka squad for 2nd Test against SA July 23, 2014

    Colombo: Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been included in the Sri Lanka squad for the second and final Test against South Africa which starts at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here Thursday. "At a selection meeting, it was decided to include Niroshan Dickwella in the Sri Lanka national squad for the...
  • Sri Lanka pacer Eranga ruled out of second Test against South Africa July 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's frontline seamer Shaminda Eranga was Tuesday ruled out of the deciding second Test against South Africa due to a hand injury, dealing a fresh blow to the beleaguered hosts. Eranga, 28, tore the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his right hand while fielding on day...
  • Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey script 70-run win for India A July 22, 2014

    Darwin: Manoj Tiwary and Manish Pandey missed out on three-figure marks but their contrasting innings were enough to guide India 'A' to a comprehensive 70-run win over South Africa 'A' in the second match of the quadrangular series on Tuesday. Tiwary blazed his way to a 73-ball 93 while Manish Pandey...