SOUTH AFRICA

  • ICC World Cup: Misbah backs bowlers to slam brakes on South Africa March 6, 2015

    Auckland: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq insists his bowlers can slam the brakes on South Africa's batting superstars in Saturday's World Cup clash in Auckland with AB de Villiers their prime target. South Africa have blasted totals of 400-plus in their last two Pool B matches with De Villiers notching one-day international cricket's...
  • World Cup: Pakistan batsmen need to stay focussed against South Africa March 5, 2015

    Back to back victories must have given captain Misbah-ul-Haq a huge sigh of relief as Pakistan's fragile looking batting is gradually gaining some confidence ahead of all-important Pool B match against South Africa. After two successive losses against India and West Indies, Zimbabwe also tested Pakistan batsmen to the limits...
  • Weather threatens South Africa vs Pakistan World Cup clash March 5, 2015

    Auckland: The weather may play a role in the outcome of Saturday's Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan in Auckland, with New Zealand's MetService predicting some heavy rain showers during the afternoon. Should the worst happen and the day-night game is washed out, Pakistan might be glad to...
  • South Africa, Australia, India have shown glimpses of how strong they are: Gilchrist March 5, 2015

    "India's bowling was very impressive at the WACA, they had pace and they had aggression," Gilchrist said. ...
  • Watch: Ireland get 400-run stick from South Africa, Day 17 at ICC World Cup March 4, 2015

    South Africa improved from 409 in the last match to put 411 on the board against Ireland and become the first team in ODI history to score two consecutive totals in excess of 400, thanks to centuries by Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. Watch highlights from Day 17 of...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers backs Dale Steyn as match-winner March 4, 2015

    Canberra: South Africa captain AB de Villiers backed Dale Steyn to be a World Cup match-winner despite the strike bowler struggling to hit top form at the tournament. After an indifferent start to the World Cup, Steyn marked his 100th one-day international with 39 for 2 in the 201-run mauling of...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa thump Ireland in Canberra March 3, 2015

    Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis scored brilliant hundreds and Kyle Abbott picked up four wickets as South Africa registered a 201-run win over Ireland. ...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers hails South Africa 'rock' Hashim Amla March 3, 2015

    Canberra: South Africa captain AB de Villiers hailed Hashim Amla as the team's "rock" after the opener cracked 159 in the crushing 201-run World Cup win over Ireland on Tuesday. Amla reached his 20th one-day international century faster than any batsman, his career-best score coming in his 108th innings, with India's...
  • World Cup 2015: Amla, Du Plessis star as South Africa thump Ireland March 3, 2015

    Ireland came into the match at the Manuka Oval high on confidence after victories in their first two games. South Africa, one of the pre-tournament favourites, presented a far sterner test than West Indies and United Arab Emirates, however, and ruthless batting from Hashim Amla (159) and Faf du Plessis...
  • World Cup: A contrasting week for South Africa and the Pakistan threat March 3, 2015

    It has been a week of contrasting emotions for the Proteas as they mixed despair with brilliance. The lows of the MCG were offset by the highs of the SCG in two games of stark contrast. The loss to India has been unpacked time and time again the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Ireland, World Cup 2015 March 3, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Quick Preview: Ireland go into Tuesday's World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for. How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before...
  • World Cup: Shaun Pollock expects De Villiers to fire against Ireland March 2, 2015

    Canberra: Former South Africa cricket captain Shaun Pollock on Monday said current skipper AB de Villiers could produce "something really special" in their World Cup Pool B match against Ireland at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday, having seen both of the South African captain's destructive innings in the last month. "After...
  • World Cup: Ireland won`t be intimidated by South Africa, says captain March 2, 2015

    Canberra: Ireland captain William Porterfield is confident his team will not be overawed by the mighty South Africans in Canberra on Tuesday, saying they had made good plans to contain AB de Villiers` side. The Proteas, who have won all their three one-dayers against the Irish so far, are overwhelming favourites...
  • ICC World Cup: Mountain fires worry Dale Steyn ahead of landmark match March 2, 2015

    Cape Town: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn plays his 100th one-day international on Tuesday looking to regain top form despite being distracted by mountain fires raging near his home in Cape Town. "Massive fire behind my house in Stonehurst! Plz be safe and watch out for the mountain animals trying...
  • World Cup 2015: Spirited Ireland ready for daunting South Africa challenge March 2, 2015

    South Africa have won 32 and lost just 16 of the 50 World Cup matches that they've played since 1992. Of those, only two of the defeats could be regarded as major shocks. At Chelmsford in 1999, a virtuoso display from Neil Johnson provided the impetus for a 48-run Zimbabwe...
  • AB de Villiers expected to score big against Ireland in World Cup March 2, 2015

    Canberra: South Africa players have said they're in awe of skipper AB de Villiers' current form, with high expectations of another record-breaking innings when he faces Ireland in a World Cup Pool B match on Tuesday. Allrounder Farhann Behardien on Monday said he had goose bumps when he batted with De...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Fans enjoy Gayle and De Villiers, not the bowlers March 2, 2015

    (Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) The on-going World Cup is a true testimony of the fact that people come in large numbers...
  • SA assistant coach backs Ireland and 10-team World Cup March 1, 2015

    Canberra: South Africa's assistant coach Adrian Birrell wants the decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams from 14 to be reversed, saying he did not want his former wards at Ireland to be left out. Birrell, who coached Ireland for four years from 2007 to 2011, said the...
  • World Cup 2015: India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field March 1, 2015

    Mumbai: It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup. Too often in the past, India's fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers backs Jason Holder to succeed as captain February 28, 2015

    Sydney: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers backed his young West Indies counterpart Jason Holder to succeed as captain, saying he expects the Caribbean side to pose a threat in the ongoing cricket World Cup. The 23-year-old Holder has had a rough initiation, suffering a 1-4 drubbing from South Africa in...
  • Watch: Record-breaking De Villiers arrives at ICC World Cup, Day 14 highlights February 28, 2015

    South Africa's run-monger AB de Villiers added the fastest 150 in ODIs to his world records of fastest 50 and fastest 100 as Jason Holder's West Indies were handed out a batting tutorial. Highlights from day 14 of the ICC World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers 'best of century', says Imran Tahir February 28, 2015

    Sydney: South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as "the best player of the century" after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup. De Villiers made his runs off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the second-highest World...
  • ICC World Cup, Week 2: Gayle, De Villiers steal the thunder February 28, 2015

    Not that the World Cup was bereft of runs in week one, but Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers chose to write 'BOWLERS BEWARE' in all caps and bold. While West Indies provided the Cup its first ever double centurion, South Africa got over the 'choking' sensation in signature AB...
  • 3 months down the line South Africa finish with Hughes Test number at SCG February 27, 2015

    In January, a few weeks after he passed away, a plaque was unveiled outside the Sydney Cricket Ground changing rooms to commemorate the life and career of Phillip Joel Hughes. South Africa and AB de Villiers, who were his opponents when he made his Test debut at The Wanderers in...
  • ICC World Cup: Jason Holder blames West Indies' death bowling for loss February 27, 2015

    Sydney: West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed their pathetic death bowling and dropped chances as they slumped to a 257-run defeat in their World Cup Pool B encounter against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. "We dropped chances and chasing 400 was always tough. But had we...
  • After South Africa win, India look good to defend World Cup: Brad Hogg February 27, 2015

    Perth: Former Australia chinaman bowler Brad Hogg is extremely impressed with the manner in which the Indian cricket team have made a comeback after an indifferent Australian Summer', making them firm contenders for the ICC World Cup title. What India did brilliantly was to change the plan after knowing what didn't...
  • World Cup: It all comes down to hard work for AB de Villiers February 27, 2015

    Sydney: AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion. The 31-year-old's innings of 162 not out from 66 balls...
  • World Cup: De Villiers, Tahir script South Africa's West Indies heist February 27, 2015

    Sydney: West Indies came into this match on the back of Chris Gayle's 215-run blitz against Zimbabwe. South Africa's World Cup credentials had been questioned after India brushed them aside in Melbourne. When the two met at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday (February 27), AB de Villiers stroked his...