South Africa

  • South Africa not carrying 'baggage' from Centurion 19-02-2014 05:10 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Graeme Smith says South Africa have arrived for the second cricket Test against Australia in the hot and humid south coast city of Port Elizabeth without too much mental "baggage" from their heavy defeat in the first game. The skipper says the top-ranked team has done its best...
  • Watson's selection no longer elementary for Australia 19-02-2014 09:31 AM

    The perennial fitness battles of Shane Watson are likely to rule the allrounder out of Australia's second Test against South Africa. Selectors are unlikely to be crying. Watson's unique ability to hog the spotlight whether playing or languishing injured on the sidelines may be unmatched in Test cricket, but another...
  • South Africa ponder team balance ahead of second Test 19-02-2014 08:58 AM

    Port Elizabeth: Whether to stick with an allrounder at number seven or play an extra batsman to counter Australia's fiery bowling attack is the vexed question for South Africa ahead of the second Test at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth starting on Thursday. The Australians were clearly superior in...
  • Johnson blow rules out McLaren for second Test 18-02-2014 04:07 PM

    Port Elizabeth: South African allrounder Ryan McLaren has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia starting at St George's Park on Thursday after being hit on the head by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the first Test in Centurion on Saturday. South African team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee...
  • Australia to decide on return to Test side of Shane Watson 17-02-2014 07:54 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Australia face a selection quandary with the return from injury of allrounder Shane Watson for the second Test against South Africa, which starts on Thursday. Watson exacerbated a calf injury on the eve of the first Test and watched from the stands as two players, selected since the...
  • South Africa recall allrounder Albie Morkel for T20 World Cup 17-02-2014 03:10 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa recalled hard-hitting allrounder Albie Morkel on Monday in their squad for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh starting next month. The 32-year-old, older brother of fast bowler Morne, last played in the 20-over format for the Proteas at the previous World Twenty20 held in Sri Lanka in...
  • U-19 World Cup: Sri Lanka, South Africa reach quarter-finals 16-02-2014 10:45 PM

    Dubai: Sri Lanka and South Africa progressed to the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup after recording contrasting victories, here on Sunday. Sri Lanka overcame 1998 champion England by one wicket at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in a match of fluctuating fortunes to become the first side from Group...
  • South Africa's Test champions tag in danger 16-02-2014 04:34 PM

    Centurion: South Africa entered their Test series against Australia as undisputed world champions in the five-day form of the game. But the crushing nature of their 281-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park has raised the possibility that their era of dominance may be coming to an end....
  • No scar but need to curb Johnson, says Graeme Smith 16-02-2014 01:50 PM

    Johannesburg: South Africa will turn their attention to finding a way to negate the formidable threat posed by fiery Australian Mitchell Johnson, captain Graeme Smith said following his team's comprehensive 281-run defeat in the first Test on Saturday. "There is no doubt Mitchell Johnson was the difference in this game...
  • Australia focused on winning away from home 16-02-2014 12:49 PM

    Pretoria: Capturing the Ashes was a big boost for Australia but being able to win a series away would be proper affirmation of their ability, captain Michael Clarke said after the first Test victory over South Africa on Saturday. "The greatest test for us right now is being able to...
  • Mitchell Johnson vows to improve further against South Africa 16-02-2014 08:00 AM

    Centurion: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson produced career-best match figures as he sent South Africa crashing to a humiliating 281-run defeat on the fourth day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Saturday - then said he is looking to improve. Johnson followed up his 7 for 68 in...
  • 1st Test: Johnson helps Australia crush No. 1 South Africa 15-02-2014 08:23 PM

    Centurion: Australia crushed cricket's top-ranked team on Saturday as unstoppable fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 12 of 20 wickets to send South Africa to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test. Already with 7 for 68 from the first innings, Johnson ripped out 5 for 59 in...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4 15-02-2014 01:22 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 summary: David Warner blazed Australia's third century in three days after fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 7 for 68, giving the tourists complete control over South Africa in the first Test on Friday. Warner's 115 off 151...
  • 1st Test: Unstoppable Australia take massive lead on Day 3 14-02-2014 10:59 PM

    Centurion: David Warner blazed Australia's third century in three days after fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 7 for 68, giving the tourists complete control over South Africa in the first Test on Friday. Warner's 115 off 151 balls with 13 fours and two sixes was almost as blisteringly quick as...
  • U-19 WC: England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe win 14-02-2014 09:13 PM

    Dubai: A 151-run fourth wicket partnership between Ed Barnard and Ben Duckett provided 1998 champions England a solid start in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup as they defeated the hosts United Arab Emirates by 213 runs in Abu Dhabi today. In the other matches of the day, West Indies...
  • Australia to tour Zimbabwe for 1st time in a decade 14-02-2014 05:40 PM

    Harare: Australia's cricket team will tour Zimbabwe for the first time in a decade to play a triangular one-day series that also will involve South Africa. The tournament is likely to be scheduled for July or August, around the time South Africa were meant to visit their African neighbour for...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3 14-02-2014 01:32 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day-two roundup: Mitchell Johnson's breathtaking burst of fast bowling had top-ranked South Africa 140 for 6 and staggering in reply to Australia's first-innings 397 after the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Johnson ripped out four South...
  • Better than Ashes start, says devastating Mitchell Johnson 13-02-2014 11:53 PM

    Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson produced a devastating bowling performance on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Thursday which he said was better than that which set the tone for the recent Ashes series against England. Johnson took four for 51 as...
  • 1st Test: Red-hot Mitchell Johnson rocks South Africa 13-02-2014 09:35 PM

    Centurion: Mitchell Johnson's breathtaking burst of fast bowling had top-ranked South Africa 140-6 and staggering in reply to Australia's first-innings 397 after the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Johnson ripped out four South Africans, with captain Graeme Smith and Faf du Plessis falling to ferocious and near-unplayable...
  • Morne Morkel goes for scan on injured right shoulder 13-02-2014 04:27 PM

    Centurion: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel missed the start of the second day of the first Test against Australia to go for a scan on an injured right shoulder. The South African team said Morkel hurt his shoulder diving for a ball while fielding on the first day. South...
  • IPL 7 could be shifted to South Africa due to elections: Ranjib Biswal 13-02-2014 03:42 PM

    Bangalore: The seventh edition of the high-profile Indian Premier League could be shifted to South Africa due to the security concerns posed by the upcoming General Elections, the dates of which are clashing with the event. The Indian Premier League Authorities will be meeting Home Ministry officials next week and...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 13-02-2014 01:24 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day-1 Roundup: Shaun Marsh marked his return to Test cricket with a fighting century as Australia overcame a poor start on the first day at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Australia were 297 for 4 at the close. They were...
  • I'm no Kallis, says South Africa's Ryan McLaren 13-02-2014 08:32 AM

    Pretoria: Ryan McLaren said "I am no Jacques Kallis" after replacing the recently retired all-rounder in the South Africa team for the first Test against Australia on Wednesday. McLaren was preferred to Wayne Parnell as Kallis's successor in the allrounder role, to win his second cap, four years after his...
  • 1st Test: Shaun Marsh scores ton to put Australia in control on Day 1 vs SA 12-02-2014 10:55 PM

    Late call-up Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten century in his first Test in two years to lead a middle-order recovery as Australia closed at 297 for four on the first day of the first Test against South Africa on Wednesday. Marsh, who arrived only on Sunday as an emergency replacement...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 12-02-2014 01:36 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to...
  • Aussies on a high, ready for South Africa: Michael Clarke 11-02-2014 07:30 PM

    Centurion: Whatever the 'poverty,' as one reporter described it, of England's performances in the Ashes, Australia will discover over the next three weeks just how good its revived Test team is. Australia can't overtake South Africa as the top-ranked team - even if they wins this series 3-0 - but...
  • South Africa did not sell out to Big Three: CSA president 11-02-2014 06:33 PM

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not sell out to India, England and Australia over the decision to allow the 'Big Three' to effectively take control of the sport, president Chris Nenzani said on Tuesday. However, Nenzani acknowledged it was "not ideal" the International Cricket Council (ICC) governing authority had given...
  • 1st Test: After Ashes, Australians bullish in South Africa 11-02-2014 11:22 AM

    Johannesburg: Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to 14 series. "I didn't watch one ball of that series...
  • 'South Africa's U-turn forced SL to abstain from voting' 10-02-2014 08:40 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had no other choice but to abstain from voting during the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, after South Africa did U-turn on the Big Three's plan to revamp the ICC structure. "When Haroon Lorgat said South Africa...
  • South Africa's SMS service plans rollout in 11 Indian languages 10-02-2014 07:07 AM

    Johannesburg: South African mobile instant messaging service Mxit, launched in India a fortnight ago, plans to rollout its service in 11 regional Indian languages within the next six months. "At the moment, India is our number one growth market," Mxit chairman Michael Jordaan told the weekly Sunday Times in Johannesburg...