South Africa

  • 1st T20: South Africa, Australia prepare for World Twenty20 March 8, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday. Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a succession of 20-overs games would not normally have much more than entertainment value, but for both teams...
  • Graeme Smith the greatest Test captain ever, says Gary Kirsten March 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Graeme Smith has received an enormous compliment from former India coach Gary Kirsten, who called the just-retired South African legend the "best captain that has ever lived" in Test cricket. The South African called time on his international cricket career after a successful run that saw him being handed...
  • Team India static at No. 2 position in T20 rankings March 7, 2014

    Dubai: They might be out of action for quite sometime in this format of the game, but India managed to hold to their second position in the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings issued on Friday. Both India and third-placed South Africa have 123 points in their accounts, but the former just...
  • Injury rules Steyn out of two Australia T20 contests March 7, 2014

    A hamstring injury will keep South African fast bowler Dale Steyn of out of the first two Twenty20 internationals against Australia in the next week, Cricket South Africa said. Steyn's bowling in the recently concluded third and final Test against Australia in Cape Town was affected by the strain as the...
  • Australia 'long way' from out-ranking South Africa, Clarke says March 7, 2014

    Michael Clarke says Australia have a long way to go before supplanting South Africa as the number one Test cricket team. Captain Clarke returned home on Friday after leading the Australians to an epic 2-1 series win over the Proteas in South Africa to cement their status as the second team...
  • Warner progresses from short-form cameos to leading man March 7, 2014

    Cape Town: From bar room brawler to Test match troubadour, cricketing bad boy David Warner has made a swift transition into one of the sport's extraordinary talents and brought a new dynamism to opening the batting in Tests. Once seen as a flashing blade in the shorter formats of the game,...
  • Elgar replaces Smith in list of contracted players March 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named Dean Elgar in the list of its contracted players, in place of the retired Test captain Graeme Smith. Smith, who was on the list of contracted players for 2014-15 season, retired from all forms of cricket after the third and final Test against Australia...
  • Barking Aussies panned for boorish behaviour March 7, 2014

    Australians have acclaimed their cricket team's epic series win over South Africa, but not the manner in which they achieved it. Michael Clarke's team Wednesday clinched a 2-1 series win over the world's number one-ranked Test side just months after thrashing England 5-0 in their home Ashes series. But just as Australia...
  • Mitchell Johnson to miss Twenty20s against South Africa March 6, 2014

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia's national selection panel on Thursday said Mitchell Johnson will return home to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and will not take part in the Twenty20 Series against South Africa beginning Sunday. All-rounder Moises Henriques will stay on in South Africa as a replacement for...
  • South Africa in no hurry to select new Test skipper March 6, 2014

    With their next Test series in Sri Lanka in July, Cricket South Africa (CSA) say they are in no rush to find a replacement captain for Graeme Smith, who retired from the sport at the conclusion of the third Test against Australia on Wednesday. Two candidates appear to have the strongest...
  • Former skippers and players heap praise on Graeme Smith March 6, 2014

    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 just 22...
  • Fast bowler Harris hailed hero as Australians prevail March 6, 2014

    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 day...
  • I was out of line, says Michael Clarke March 6, 2014

    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 last...
  • Retiring Graeme Smith wants role in South Africa future March 6, 2014

    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 in...
  • Australia displace India from No 2 spot in Test rankings March 5, 2014

    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 handed...
  • 3rd Test: Ryan Harris bowls Australia to South Africa series win March 5, 2014

    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 series-deciding...
  • De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain March 5, 2014

    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 the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test March 5, 2014

    (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 decisive...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat March 4, 2014

    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 at...
  • Judge in Oscar Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo March 4, 2014

    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 the...
  • Johnson, Steyn underline need for speed, says Lee March 4, 2014

    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, instilling...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 March 4, 2014

    (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 aggression to...
  • Graeme Smith's retirement ushers in new era for South Africa March 4, 2014

    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 usher...
  • Factbox - Graeme Smith leaves behind a legacy March 4, 2014

    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 opener, who played his...
  • Graeme Smith announces shock retirement from cricket March 4, 2014

    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 unaware,...
  • 3rd Test: Johnson, Harris give Australia advantage on Day 3 March 3, 2014

    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 wickets...
  • Sachin's feats incredible, but Lara best: Kallis March 4, 2014

    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 amount...
  • South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: as it happened March 3, 2014

    (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 totally...
  • 3rd Test: Clarke hundred leads Australia to 494 for 7 on Day 2 March 2, 2014

    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 161....
  • Warne impressed with Clarke's courage March 2, 2014

    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 of...