South Africa

  • Former skippers and players heap praise on Graeme Smith 06-03-2014 11:41 AM

    Johannesburg: Former captains and fellow players were unanimous in their accolades for international cricket's longest-serving skipper, Graeme Smith who announced his retirement earlier this week. Shaun Pollock, who preceded Smith, lauded the 33-year-old for his tenacity in captaining South Africa for over a decade. Smith took over the reins aged...
  • Fast bowler Harris hailed hero as Australians prevail 06-03-2014 10:40 AM

    Ryan Harris was acclaimed Thursday as one of Australia's finest bowlers after spearheading his country to a dramatic late series victory over South Africa in Cape Town. The Australians won the third and final Test by 245 runs in a nailbiting finish with just 27 balls to spare after a...
  • I was out of line, says Michael Clarke 06-03-2014 08:35 AM

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted he had been out of order after a heated exchange with South Africa's Vernon Philander during the tense closing stages of the third and final Test at Newlands on Wednesday. Clarke and Philander were seen exchanging words as the match went into the...
  • Retiring Graeme Smith wants role in South Africa future 06-03-2014 08:30 AM

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith said on Wednesday he was keen to continue to play a role in South African cricket following his retirement from the international game as a player. "I'd love to play a role with Cricket South Africa and who knows where that's going to be," he said...
  • Australia displace India from No 2 spot in Test rankings 05-03-2014 11:49 PM

    Dubai: Australia replaced India at number two position in the Test team rankings by the virtue of their hard-fought 245-run victory over South Africa in the third and final Test in Cape Town on Wednesday. Australia had entered the series in third position on 111 ratings points and the victory...
  • 3rd Test: Ryan Harris bowls Australia to South Africa series win 05-03-2014 11:04 PM

    Australia's Ryan Harris took the last two wickets as South Africa came within five overs of saving the third Test on a dramatic day in which a third umpire decision came close to deciding the outcome of the match. South Africa were bowled out for 265 as Australia won the...
  • De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain 05-03-2014 02:43 PM

    Cape Town: World's No.1 batsman AB de Villiers is not sure he would take over as the South African Test captain succeeding Graeme Smith, who will be retiring from international cricket after the third and the final Test against Australia. De Villiers is the obvious choice to take charge of...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test 05-03-2014 01:07 PM

    (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...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat 04-03-2014 10:58 PM

    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...
  • Judge in Oscar Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo 04-03-2014 07:39 PM

    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...
  • Johnson, Steyn underline need for speed, says Lee 04-03-2014 07:15 PM

    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,...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 04-03-2014 01:34 PM

    (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...
  • Graeme Smith's retirement ushers in new era for South Africa 04-03-2014 10:11 AM

    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...
  • Factbox - Graeme Smith leaves behind a legacy 04-03-2014 09:52 AM

    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...
  • Graeme Smith announces shock retirement from cricket 04-03-2014 08:35 AM

    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...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 03-03-2014 10:25 PM

    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...
  • Sachin's feats incredible, but Lara best: Kallis 03-03-2014 07:08 PM

    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...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: as it happened 03-03-2014 01:40 PM

    (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...
  • 3rd Test: Clarke hundred leads Australia to 494 for 7 on Day 2 02-03-2014 09:48 PM

    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...
  • Warne impressed with Clarke's courage 02-03-2014 03:55 PM

    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...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2: as it happened 02-03-2014 01:57 PM

    (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...
  • 3rd Test: Warner, Clarke put Australia on top 01-03-2014 10:37 PM

    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...
  • South Africa lift ICC U-19 World Cup beating Pakistan 01-03-2014 08:34 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 01-03-2014 01:43 PM

    (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...
  • Pressure on captains Smith, Clarke in deciding third Test 01-03-2014 09:55 AM

    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...
  • U-19 World Cup: Resurgent Pakistan face tough test against South Africa in final 01-03-2014 08:31 AM

    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...
  • Clarke disappointed over Warner's comments 28-02-2014 10:41 PM

    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...
  • Pandove questions Srinivasan at BCCI Working Committee meet on India's overseas defeats 28-02-2014 08:37 PM

    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....
  • Shane Warne factor big as Australia seek answers 28-02-2014 07:00 PM

    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...
  • Newlands Test the biggest of my career: Michael Clarke 28-02-2014 05:37 PM

    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...