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  • Historic Windies win my ideal birthday gift: Richie Richardson January 14, 2015

    Durban: The West Indies' historic successful run chase to beat South Africa in the second Twenty20 International was a perfect birthday gift to him, team manager Richie Richardson has said. Richardson, one of the finest batsmen to have played for the West Indies, watched from the dugout as his team pulled...
  • Windies consider resting big guns for final T20 against South Africa January 14, 2015

    Durban: Captain Darren Sammy is hoping to rest several players for the third and final Twenty20 International here on Wednesday with the series already wrapped up, but has impressed upon his unit the importance of making a clean sweep. The West Indies arrived here on Monday fresh from taking a winning...
  • WICB president backs new ODI captain to excel January 13, 2015

    St. George's: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has given his full backing to new one-day skipper Jason Holder. The 23-year-old pacer was surprisingly named the replacement to Dwayne Bravo last month for the five-match ODI series in South Africa starting Friday, reports CMC. He was also announced last...
  • Proteas rest captain Du Plessis for final Twenty20 January 13, 2015

    Cape Town: South Africa will rest captain Faf du Plessis for the final Twenty20 international against West Indies in Durban on Wednesday as they seek to manage his long-term hip injury ahead of the 50-over World Cup. Du Plessis scored the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals, off 46 balls, on...
  • From Cinema to Cricket World Cup January 13, 2015

    The 2002/2003 season was my first full season of playing for South Africa. I was 21-year-old and living my dream. I was travelling around the country and to parts of the globe I had never previously seen or experienced. My whole world had just opened up and there was so...
  • Darren Sammy beams after West Indies' memorable T20I win January 12, 2015

    Johannesburg: West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said there was never any doubt his side could produce a world record chase to beat South Africa in the second Twenty20 International at the Wanderers. Set 232 for victory on Sunday, the Windies pulled off the highest run chase in the history...
  • Chris Gayle gears up for World Cup with six-hitting spectacle January 12, 2015

    Test cricket is the supreme test of technique and character and T20's are a bowler's nightmare with short boundaries and big willows. And when Chris Gayle is in his own zone in the shortest format of the game, he is a known marauder with a devil-may-care attitude towards bowlers. ...
  • South Africa submit to calypso music as Windies win series in world record T20 chase January 11, 2015

    Johannesburg: Chris Gayle powered the West Indies to the highest score by a team batting second in Twenty20 internationals on Sunday, sealing a 2-0 series win in South Africa. Gayle hammered 90 off 41 balls as West Indies made 236 for 6 in 19.2 overs to overhaul South Africa's 231 for...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 2nd T20 at Wanderers January 11, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. Teams: South Africa: F du Plessis*, MN van Wyk†, RR Rossouw, DA Miller, JL Ontong, F Behardien, D Wiese, KJ Abbott, M de Lange, Imran Tahir, AM Phangiso West Indies: Darren...
  • 2nd T20: South Africa seek remedy for Gayle headache January 11, 2015

    It was Chris Gayle versus South Africa in the first T20 international on Friday, where a storm of 52 off 11 balls buried any hopes the young South African side entertained before conceding a four-wicket defeat. And Sunday may be no different. But mood in the West Indies dressing room could...
  • On track for World Cup, says Chris Gayle after smashing a 17-ball 50 January 10, 2015

    Cape Town: Chris Gayle believes success in the limited-overs series against South Africa in the coming weeks will stand the West Indies in good stead for the ICC cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting in February. The West Indies opened the three-match Twenty20 International series with a four-wicket...
  • 1st T20: Chris Gayle powers West Indies to 4-wicket win over SA January 10, 2015

    Cape Town: Chris Gayle blasted 77 off 31 balls as the West Indies beat South Africa by four wickets in the first Twenty20 international at Newlands on Friday. The big left-hander thrashed eight sixes and five fours in a brutal assault on the South African bowlers. His innings included an extraordinary...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 1st T20 January 9, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: South Africa win the toss and elect to bat against the West Indies in the 1st T20 at Newlands. Teams: West Indies XI: Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy (c), Russell, Holder, Nurse, Cottrell South Africa XI: van Wyk, Hendricks,...
  • Gayle, Pollard back as West Indies face South Africa in 1st T20 January 9, 2015

    After suffering a humiliating 2-0 Test series defeat, the West Indies will look to bounce back against South Africa in a three-match Twenty20 international series starting on Friday at Newlands. South Africa have rested their key players and have opted for an experimental squad for the shortest format of the game...
  • World Cup 2015: The challenge of selecting one squad for two different conditions January 9, 2015

    For some, the announcement of the ICC Cricket World Cup squads rivals the actual tournament in terms sheer excitement and the wait for the unknown. The months leading up to the tournament sees members of the public and media making educated guesses as to what they believe the make-up of...
  • Andre Russell credits mid-night cardio for speed increase January 9, 2015

    Cape Town: West Indies allrounder Andre Russell says strength training and late night cardio vascular exercises to YouTube videos have formed important part of his training routines and are responsible for improvements in his bowling speed. The 26-year-old Jamaican cricketer has improved his speed and accuracy with the ball, and showed...
  • World Cup squads: South Africa gamble on De Kock injury January 7, 2015

    Cape Town: Injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was on Wednesday named in South Africa's squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month. De Kock, 22, a free-scoring left-handed opening batsman and capable wicketkeeper, tore ligaments in his right ankle while warming up during the first Test...
  • West Indies youngsters promise brighter future: Denesh Ramdin January 6, 2015

    Beleaguered West Indies cricket has a promising future with exciting young players being further exposed to the Test format recently, captain Denesh Ramdin said following his team's series loss in South Africa. "We need to be consistent and learn how to take ownership of the game," the skipper said after an...
  • South Africa retain top Test team status January 6, 2015

    Dubai: South Africa have retained their ICC top ranking in Tests following their 2-0 series win over the West Indies. The win helped South Africa retain the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Championship mace and pocket a cash award of $500,000, an ICC statement said Tuesday. "The series win means irrespective...
  • Hashim Amla looks ahead to tougher challenges January 6, 2015

    Cape Town: South African captain Hashim Amla hit the winning runs on the fifth day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Newlands on Tuesday, collected the International Cricket Council mace and a $500 000 cheque for the world champion Test team, then looked ahead to...
  • South Africa opening batsman Petersen retires January 6, 2015

    Cape Town: South Africa opening batsman Alviro Petersen is retiring from international cricket. Petersen made his announcement after top-ranked South Africa beat the West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Test on Tuesday for a 2-0 series victory. The 34-year-old Petersen said he will now concentrate on playing...
  • South Africa thump West Indies in third Test, win series 2-0 January 6, 2015

    Dean Elgar guided South Africa to a series-clinching victory by eight wickets on the fifth day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Newlands on Tuesday. South Africa won the series by two matches to nil, with one match finishing in a rain-affected draw. The left-handed Elgar made...
  • South Africa to tour Bangladesh in July January 6, 2015

    Dhaka: South Africa will play two Tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches on their month-long tour of Bangladesh starting in July, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday. The tour will start with the first T20 on July 5 in Mirpur, followed by the ODI series and the Test...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd Test, Day 5 January 6, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Simon Harmer and Dale Steyn shared seven wickets to negate a lengthy rain delay and set South Africa up for victory over the West Indies in the third and final Test at Newlands on Monday. Harmer took 4 for 82 and...
  • 3rd Test: South Africa on course to victory against West Indies January 5, 2015

    Cape Town: Simon Harmer and Dale Steyn shared seven wickets to negate a lengthy rain delay and set South Africa up for victory over the West Indies in the third and final Test at Newlands on Monday. Harmer took 4 for 82 and claimed the key wicket of top-scorer Marlon Samuels...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd Test, Day 4 January 5, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Round-up: Leon Johnson and Marlon Samuels dug in to keep the West Indies in touch after AB de Villiers' century gave South Africa the initiative. Johnson and Samuels put on an unbroken 61 for the third wicket to rescue...
  • 3rd Test: AB de Villiers ton gives South Africa edge vs West Indies January 4, 2015

    Cape Town: Leon Johnson and Marlon Samuels dug in to keep the West Indies in touch after AB de Villiers' century gave South Africa the initiative on day three of the third and final Test at Newlands on Sunday. Johnson and Samuels put on an unbroken 61 for the third wicket...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd Test, Day 3 January 4, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 Round-up: Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla hit half-centuries as South Africa threatened to cash in where the West Indies missed out on day two. While the West Indies could muster only 329 after winning the toss and...
  • Clive Lloyd all praise for Kraigg Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels January 4, 2015

    Cape Town: Chief selector Clive Lloyd has praised Kraigg Brathwaite's maturity in the wake of the opener's third Test century and said that coupled with the presence of the experienced Marlon Samuels, the West Indies were now only two middle order batsmen short of being a quality Test side. Lloyd, the...