South Africa

  • Series decider against Australia could be South Africa's crowning glory 28-02-2014 08:33 AM

    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,...
  • Shane Watson declared fit for decisive third Test against South Africa 27-02-2014 11:36 PM

    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...
  • Dale Steyn backs Morne Morkel to make Australia suffer again 27-02-2014 11:18 PM

    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...
  • No panic in Australia camp before final Test, says Ryan Harris 27-02-2014 11:17 PM

    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...
  • Working Committee set to zero in on two prospective countries for IPL 27-02-2014 08:25 PM

    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...
  • Australia's Warner fined for inappropriate comments 27-02-2014 03:23 PM

    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...
  • U-19 World Cup: South Africa beat Australia to set up final against Pakistan 26-02-2014 11:04 PM

    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...
  • South Africa dismiss ball-tampering allegations 26-02-2014 11:03 AM

    South Africa have dismissed ball-tampering allegations surrounding their second Test victory over Australia after opposing opener David Warner said the Proteas worked on the ball at Port Elizabeth to generate reverse swing. Chasing a 448-run victory target, Australia cruised to 126 for no loss before being undone by a devastating...
  • Momentum has swung towards South Africa, says Hashim Amla 25-02-2014 11:17 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa will head to their favourite ground with momentum in their favour when they take on Australia in the series-deciding third Test at Newlands, batsman Hashim Amla said on Tuesday. The Proteas have suffered just one loss in Cape Town in 12 years, to Australia in 2006,...
  • Selection posers for victorious South Africa 25-02-2014 09:22 AM

    Cape Town: South Africa face a selection dilemma ahead of the decisive third Test against Australia, starting at Newlands Saturday, despite a convincing 231-run second Test win in Port Elizabeth, At least two changes seem likely, and the uncertainty of the selectors about their final eleven was indicated by their...
  • Australia's Lehmann pleased to be 'bowled out' 25-02-2014 08:52 AM

    Cape Town: Australia's dramatic collapse against South Africa at the weekend has drawn inevitable comparisons with their previous Test defeat but vanquished coach Darren Lehmann says the two losses were vastly different. South Africa grabbed nine wickets in a single session after tea to win the second Test in Port...
  • South Africa fired up to end Australia jinx 24-02-2014 06:52 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa's dramatic 231-run victory over Australia in the second Test set up an enticing decider at Newlands which could see the hosts seal a first home series win over the tourists in 44 years. After their humiliating 281-run defeat in the first Test, the Proteas were written...
  • South Africa's fix up plans for 2015 World Cup 24-02-2014 02:41 PM

    Mumbai: South Africa, who are in the same group as holders India in the 2015 ICC World Cup, would prepare for the mega event by playing eight ODI games in Australia as well as New Zealand, the joint Cup hosts, in October-November. South Africa, who would clash in the World...
  • Graeme Smith salutes South African comeback against Australia 24-02-2014 09:00 AM

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa achieved something in the second Test that would have been beyond most teams, said captain Graeme Smith after his side's 231-run win over Australia on Sunday. The world's top-ranked outfit came under under-fire after their crushing 281-run defeat in the opening Test but Smith was proud...
  • Dale Steyn spell swung the match, says Michael Clarke 24-02-2014 08:22 AM

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke paid tribute to a great spell of fast reverse swing bowling by South Africa's Dale Steyn after his side were bundled to defeat on the fourth day of the second Test at St George's Park on Sunday. South Africa bowled out Australia for 216...
  • SA beat Australia by 231 runs to win the 2nd Test and level 3-match series 23-02-2014 10:29 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Dale Steyn produced a ferocious spell of fast bowling to inspire South Africa to a crushing 231-run victory over Australia in fading light on day four of the second test on Sunday. With rain predicted for Monday, Steyn charged in and took four wickets, including the key scalp...
  • Australia, South Africa enter U-19 World Cup semi-finals 23-02-2014 10:18 PM

    Dubai: Australia and South Africa on Sunday booked their places in the last four of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after winning their respective quarter-final matches. A magnificent century by West Indies' Nicolas Pooran went in vain as Australia reached their third successive semi-final with a comfortable five-wicket victory...
  • Is it time to show Duncan Fletcher the door? 23-02-2014 03:13 PM

    The concept of coaching has changed over the years as the coaches are no more considered background staff and in every way are responsible for a team's success and failure. India in the past had never been tolerant with the coaches, Greg Chappell's sacking comes to mind after India's early...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4 23-02-2014 01:35 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 3 round-up: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day...
  • UAE now in contention to host IPL 7 matches 23-02-2014 12:55 PM

    Dubai: With the upcoming general elections and the Indian government denying security, UAE has emerged as an alternate venue along with South Africa to host the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is learnt that the Indian board will give a presentation to Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for facilitation to hold...
  • We've got work to do in second innings, says Michael Clarke 23-02-2014 10:09 AM

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted his side had "some work to do" after South Africa moved into a strong position on the third day of the second Test at St George's Park on Saturday. Australia were bowled out for 246 in their first innings, giving South Africa a...
  • 2nd Test: Amla nears ton as SA take a massive 369-run lead over Australia 22-02-2014 10:18 PM

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day on Saturday. Amla backed up a South African bowling attack that took...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 22-02-2014 01:42 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 2 round-up: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on...
  • 2nd Test: Warner solid as Australia trail by 311 21-02-2014 10:40 PM

    Port Elizabeth: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder Parnell, playing his first Test in four years, and paceman...
  • IPL 7 likely to be played outside India 21-02-2014 09:55 PM

    Looking at the General Elections happening at that time of the year, home ministry has denied providing security to the tournament. ...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2 21-02-2014 01:16 PM

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Elgar (83), Du Plessis (55) and De Villiers (51*) scored half-centuries as South Africa reached 214 for 5 before bad light stopped play on day one. On a slow pitch which negated the menace of Mitchell Johnson...
  • De Villiers key for South Africa on Day 2 of second Test 21-02-2014 09:05 AM

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa were left to rue the loss of cheap wickets after battling to 214 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday. Bad light brought a premature end to the day after 83 overs bowled with AB de Villiers not out...
  • 2nd Test: Australia take late wickets, South Africa 214 for 5 on Day 1 20-02-2014 09:29 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take two late wickets and reclaim control over South Africa on the first day of the second Test on Thursday. Spinners Nathan Lyon, who took 2 for 47, and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 20-02-2014 01:37 PM

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Toss and Team News: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat. There are changes to the South African side, with Dean Elgar to open, Quinton de Kock makes his Test debut and Wayne Parnell...
  • Watson set to miss out on Test if he can't bowl: Clarke 19-02-2014 10:24 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Captain Michael Clarke has indicated that Shane Watson will not return to the Australia side as a specialist batsman for the second Test against South Africa at St George's Park on Thursday. Allrounder Watson missed Australia's 281-run victory in the first Test with a calf problem, and the...