SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa can break World Cup jinx: Du Plessis November 13, 2014

    Sydney: South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis believes they have a team that can win the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand Feb 14-March 29. Talking about his team's chances in the quadrennial One-Day International (ODI) tournament, du Plessis said, "It's too...
  • Steven Smith omitted from opening ODI against South Africa November 13, 2014

    Australia batsman Steven Smith will be rested for the opening one-day international against South Africa in Perth, with all-rounder Shane Watson returning to the side after recovering from injury, Cricket Australia said on Thursday. Smith was named man-of-the-series when Australia swept Pakistan 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates, but will be...
  • 1st ODI: Fireworks expected as Australia host South Africa November 13, 2014

    Fireworks can be expected when Australia meet South Africa in five one-day internationals over the next two weeks even if the focus for both sides will be putting in place the structures for World Cup success next year. The series pits the second-ranked South Africa against the third-ranked hosts with the...
  • Former cricket coach Gary Kirsten back as South Africa mentor November 13, 2014

    Former South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has been recalled to help the South Africa prepare for next year's World Cup and will act as a batting coach and mentor in the upcoming one-day series in Australia. The 46-year-old guided India to their World Cup triumph on home soil in 2011 and...
  • Chris Gayle returns for West Indies tour of South Africa November 13, 2014

    Hard-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle will return to the West Indies squad for their tour of South Africa after recovering from a back injury. Gayle was not involved in the ill-fated trip to India last month during which a dispute between players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) led to the...
  • Broadcasters to air third-umpire discussions: ICC November 12, 2014

    Dubai: In a bid to make umpiring more understandable to viewers, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday confirmed it would conduct a live-match trial where broadcasters will be permitted to air the decision-making communication between on-field and TV umpires. The trial will be conducted in the forthcoming One-Day International (ODI) series...
  • No hate but plenty of fire in South Africa cricket rivalry: Mitchell Johnson November 12, 2014

    Sydney: Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is expecting a fiery encounter with South Africa in the upcoming one-day series but thinks to say the teams "hate" each other would be to overstate the case. The bad blood between the sides goes back to Australia's Test triumph in South Africa at the start...
  • Umpire communication will be on air during Australia-South Africa series November 12, 2014

    Dubai: The fans will be able hear the conversation between on-field umpires and the TV umpire while arriving at a decision during the upcoming ODI series between Australia and South Africa as ICC has given a go ahead for the experiment. The umpire communications can be aired during umpire referrals, consultations...
  • South Africa withdraws case against suspect in soccer captain's murder November 11, 2014

    South African prosecutors on Tuesday withdrew the case against a suspect in the killing of national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa, the latest high-profile murder in which police and prosecutors have struggled to build an air-tight case. Police arrested Zamokuhle Mbatha late last month after witnesses picked him out in an...
  • Spin great Shane Warne backs misfiring Michael Clarke to regain form November 10, 2014

    Sydney: Shane Warne on Monday said he was concerned about Australia's batting but backed struggling skipper Michael Clarke to score heavily this summer season. The spin great said the congested home season looms as an opportunity for Australia to win some big trophies and regain the status of the top team...
  • Injured JP Duminy to miss ODI series with Australia November 10, 2014

    Sydney: South African all-rounder JP Duminy will miss this month's five-match one-day series against Australia due to a knee injury, team officials said on Monday. Duminy was withdrawn from the series, which begins in Perth on Friday, with patella tendinopathy in his left knee, a team spokesman said. Farhaan Behardien, who is...
  • 3rd T20: Australia edge South Africa in a thriller to win series November 9, 2014

    Sydney: Cameron White made an unbeaten 41 to steer Australia to a two-wicket win over South Africa with a ball to spare in the third Twenty20 international on Sunday and to a 2-1 win in the three-match series. Australia stumbled to 62 for 4 after 8.1 overs, chasing South Africa's inadequate...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd T20 November 9, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Australia have won the toss and have opted to field against South Africa. T20 series is level at 1-1. Teams: South Africa (Playing XI): Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock(w), Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Wayne...
  • Oscar Pistorius' lawyers oppose verdict, jail sentence appeal November 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have formally opposed an appeal by the state against the South African athlete's culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down last month, prosecutors said on Friday. Pistorius was sentenced in the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after the state failed to convince judge...
  • 2nd T20: Australia thrash South Africa to level series November 7, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia's bowlers choked the run flow to restrict South Africa to 101 for 7 and Aaron Finch took care of the rest, carrying his bat in an unbeaten 44 to guide the hosts to a series-leveling seven-wicket win in the second Twenty20 on Friday. South Africa won the toss but...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd T20 November 7, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After Faulkner's 3/25 restricted South Africa to a paltry 101, skipper Finch led Australia's reply with 44* for an easy 7-wicket win to level series 1-1. PLAYING XIs: AUSTRALIA: Cameron White, Aaron Finch (c), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Ben Dunk (wk), N...
  • Cricket Australia suspends flame throwers at T20 games November 7, 2014

    Cricket Australia on Friday suspended the use of flame throwers used to signal boundaries or when a wicket falls at Twenty20 internationals after a close call in a match this week. Australia captain Aaron Finch was shocked when he came within a metre (yard) of a burst of the pyrotechnic display...
  • Michael Clarke welcomes return of fit-again Aussie quicks November 7, 2014

    Sydney: Skipper Michael Clarke on Friday welcomed the likelihood of Australia having a surfeit of fit pacemen ahead of a demanding season of cricket climaxing with next year's World Cup. The gruelling schedule of international matches at home began on Wednesday, with the first of three Twenty20 matches against South Africa....
  • Cricket Australia apologises over flame thrower near miss November 6, 2014

    Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch received an apology on Thursday after a close call with a flame thrower during the team's loss to South Africa in Adelaide. Finch was shocked when he came within a metre (yard) of a burst of the pyrotechnic display as he went to get the ball...
  • Glenn Maxwell rushed back into Australia's T20 squad November 6, 2014

    Big-hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been called into Australia's Twenty20 side for the remainder of their three-match series against South Africa and will join the team before the second contest in Melbourne on Friday. The 26-year-old Maxwell only returned from Australia's 2-0 Test series loss against Pakistan in the United Arab...
  • Rossouw powers South Africa to 7-wicket win over Australia in first T20I November 5, 2014

    Adelaide: Adelaide: Rilee Rossouw blazed 78 on his Twenty20 debut and shared a 129-run second-wicket stand with Quinton de Kock as South Africa opened the three-match series against Australia with a seven-wicket win on Wednesday. Australia batted first and was restricted to 144 for 6 from 20 overs, with Shane Watson...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 1st T20I November 5, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Australia won the toss and opted to bat. PLAYING XIs: Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron White, Shane Watson, Ben Dunk (wk), Nathan Reardon, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza...
  • South Africa series the perfect pick-me-up for ailing Australia November 5, 2014

    A disappointed Michael Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia's Test series loss to Pakistan and begin his side's World Cup buildup in the series against South Africa. Clarke's side were hammered by Pakistan in the two-Test series, losing the first game in Dubai...
  • India to host South Africa women's cricket team November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian women cricket team will play one Test, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match against South Africa in a home tour, starting November 12. The visitors will begin the tour with a two-day warm-up game, starting November 12 at Alur, against India A ahead of the one-off Test,...
  • India is closest ally in Asia: South Africa November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Describing India as its "closest ally" in Asia, South Africa on Tuesday sought its help in gaining expertise in science and engineering besides pitching for better cooperation in areas like culture and education. "We know how good India is in the field of engineering and science. We lack...
  • South African prosecutors appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict and sentence November 4, 2014

    Johannesburg: The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month. Pistorius was absolved of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the end of a seven-month trial after the...
  • Pat Cummins relaunches international career in T20 series November 4, 2014

    Young Australian paceman Pat Cummins gets a chance to relaunch his injury-blighted international career in Wednesday`s Twenty20 series opener against South Africa in Adelaide. Cummins, 21, will play his first international for more than two years as fifth-ranked Australia take on the third-rated Proteas in the first of three T20 matches....
  • Gayle hopeful South Africa tour will go ahead November 3, 2014

    Star West Indies batsman Chris Gayle says he is hopeful that a tour to South Africa will go ahead despite a pay dispute. The West Indies cut short a tour to India last month, refusing to play the last of five one-day internationals, a Twenty20 match and three Tests over a...
  • South Africa seek momentum in T20 Australia series October 31, 2014

    Sydney: South Africa hope a win against Australia in a Twenty20 series getting under way this week will set them on the path for a successful summer, coach Russell Domingo said Friday. The Proteas are in Australia for three T20 matches before a five-match one-day series in mid-November ahead of the...
  • Brad Haddin out, Shane Watson back in Australia squad for SA October 29, 2014

    Brisbane: Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested and allrounder Shane Watson recalled from injury for Australia's squad to start a five-game limited-overs series against South Africa next month, a clash of the top two ODI teams ahead of the World Cup. Haddin, who is with the Australian squad preparing for...