AUSTRALIA VS SOUTH AFRICA 2012

  • Shane Watson favored to drop down the batting order December 4, 2012

    Perth: Australia coach Mickey Arthur says captain Michael Clarke will likely retain his No. 5 spot in the batting lineup with allrounder Shane Watson most likely to fill in at No. 4 in a reshuffle forced by the retirement of Ricky Ponting. Arthur said Ponting's replacement in the Australian lineup...
  • Australia series win proudest achievement, says Smith December 3, 2012

    Perth: South African captain Graeme Smith Monday hailed his team's second successive series win in Australia as the finest moment of his decorated career. The Proteas, forced to bat out for draws in the first two Tests, dominated the Australians in the third and final Test at the WACA Ground...
  • Dennis Lillee questions commitment of modern quicks December 2, 2012

    Perth: Fast bowling great Dennis Lillee has questioned the workrate of Australia's current crop of quicks after injury and fatigue sidelined several pacemen ahead of the final South Africa Test.Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during the third and deciding Test in Perth, Lillee said the home team's fast bowling...
  • Khawaja gets chance to audition for Ponting's spot November 30, 2012

    Usman Khawaja will have an opportunity to audition for Ricky Ponting's spot in the test team after the lefthander was named captain of the Australia Chairman's XI to take on Sri Lanka in Canberra next week. Former captain Ponting on Thursday said he would be calling time on his glittering...
  • Atherton salutes 'great competitor' Ponting November 30, 2012

    London: Former England captain Michael Atherton hailed Ricky Ponting as a "great competitor" after the Australia star announced on Thursday his intention to retire from international duty after the upcoming Test against South Africa in Perth. Ponting, who turns 38 next month, will be playing in his 168th Test, equalling Steve...
  • We want Ponting firing for the Ashes, says coach Arthur November 27, 2012

    Melbourne: Australia selectors want Ricky Ponting to be part of the backtoback Ashes series in 2013, coach Mickey Arthur has said, but the third and final test against South Africa in Perth may be his last chance to reverse a run of wretched form. Ponting scored a duck, four and...
  • Johnson back into Australian squad for Perth Test November 26, 2012

    Adelaide: Michael Clarke didn't waste time after a frustrating draw against South Africa on Monday to rush Mitchell Johnson and some fresh fast bowlers into Australia's squad for the third and deciding Test in Perth. Johnson and uncapped pair John Hastings and Josh Hazlewood were included in a 14man squad as...
  • Injuryhit South Africa call up McLaren November 25, 2012

    Johannesburg: South Africa has called up allrounder Ryan McLaren as cover for injured pair Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander, who are both doubts for the crucial third Test against Australia. The visitors will likely have to win that final match to save the series with Australia in a commanding position heading...
  • Morkel backs South Africa to carry fight to Australia November 23, 2012

    Adelaide: Actions speak louder than words for South Africa's world number one test team and the players needed little encouragement to turn around their fortunes on day two of the second test against Australia, according to paceman Morne Morkel. Spanked for 482 runs on day one, South Africa rattled through...
  • Steve Waugh compares Clarke with Bradman November 22, 2012

    Bangalore: Former Australian captain Steve Waugh on Thursday said that Michael Clarke, who became the first batsman in Test history to score four double centuries in a year, is playing like Don Bradman and is relishing his captaincy. "Clarke has become the first player to score four double centuries in a...
  • Clarke first batsman to score 4 double centuries in a year November 22, 2012

    Adelaide: Michael Clarke set a benchmark in Test cricket that surpasses even the great Don Bradman's best years when he stroked his fourth double century of 2012 with a stunning, unbeaten 224 against South Africa. It was a recently as January last year that an Australian crowd booed him as...
  • Rob Quiney determined to do well in Tests November 17, 2012

    Sydney: Australian top order batsman Rob Quiney is desperate to get another taste of Test cricket and will be ready to go if Shane Watson is unfit for next week's second match against South Africa. Quiney made his Test debut in last week's drawn first test in Brisbane and is on...
  • Australia wait on Watson's fitness for 2nd Test November 16, 2012

    Melbourne: Australia has named Shane Watson in a 13man squad for the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide next week, but said it was too early to guarantee the player's selection as he recovers from a calf strain. Vice captain Watson was ruled out of the drawn first Test in...
  • Watson in Australia squad for S. Africa Test November 16, 2012

    Melbourne:Allrounder Shane Watson was Friday included in Australia's squad for the pivotal second Test against South Africa despite still struggling with a calf strain.The vicecaptain sat out the first drawn Gabba Test against the world number one Proteas with the injury and his inclusion for next week's Adelaide clash is...
  • Team showed a lot of character after day one: Clarke November 13, 2012

    Brisbane: Australia skipper Michael Clarke praised his team's character after they fought back from a miserable start to the first Test against South Africa to a position where they were eyeing and unlikely victory on Tuesday. Clarke's imperious 259 not out fired Australia's recovery and although ultimately the South Africans...
  • JP Duminy hopeful of speedy recovery November 12, 2012

    Brisbane: South Africa batsman JP Duminy is remaining positive after the freakish" injury that ruled him out of the Test series against Australia and could sideline him from all cricket for six months. Duminy ruptured his left Achilles tendon during a warmdown session following the opening day's play of the first...
  • Australia must make new ball pay, says Arthur November 10, 2012

    Brisbane: Australia's bowlers must make the most of second new ball if they want to get anything out of the raindisrupted first test against South Africa after disappointing on the opening day, coach Mickey Arthur said on Saturday. The second day of the contest was washed out by the Brisbane...
  • Australia have been the pioneers of cricket: Rajdeep Sardesai November 9, 2012

    IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai talks about the ongoing Australia and South Africa series which will be a closely fought contest. ...
  • Tony Greig, Bill Lawry's banter missed at commentary box November 9, 2012

    Brisbane: Tony Greig and Bill Lawry are being missed in the commentary box with the first Test of the Australian cricket season beginning here on Friday. Greig is undergoing treatment for lung cancer while Lawry opted out of the first Test between Australia and South Africa due to personal reasons. What...
  • Aussies play down leaked secret dossier on SA November 8, 2012

    Brisbane: Australia captain Michael Clarke has played down the significance of the socalled "Protea Files" leaked in the domestic media a day ahead of the seriesopening Test against South Africa. The CourierMail newspaper reported Thursday it had obtained a twopage dossier revealing Australia's blueprint for targeting perceived weaknesses in each of...
  • Pak refugee helps Aus with spin practice November 6, 2012

    Brisbane: Australia on Tuesday used the legspin bowling of a Pakistani asylum seeker in their first net practice session ahead of this week's first Test against South Africa in Brisbane. Fawad Ahmed, who is awaiting a decision from the Australian government about his refugee protection claim, bowled against Australia's top...
  • SA vs Aus 'A' warmup match ends in a draw November 4, 2012

    Sydney: Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla hit unbeaten half centuries for South Africa as they warmed up for the first Test against Australia in a threeday match against Australia A which ended on Sunday in a draw. Smith made 60 and Amla 53 before retiring to allow teammates a chance for...
  • Injury scare for Watson ahead of 1st SA Test November 3, 2012

    Wellington: Australia have suffered another injury scare ahead of the first Test against top ranked South Africa after allrounder Shane Watson appeared to pick up a calf strain in a first class match on Saturday. The 31yearold, whose career has been blighted by back and leg injuries, left the field...
  • I am not the world's best bowler, says Steyn November 1, 2012

    Sydney: Dale Steyn believes there are better bowlers in world cricket and it is simply his durability and consistency that have enabled the paceman to rise to the top of the ICC Test bowling rankings. There are many who would disagree with the South African, not least those who have...
  • South Africa take strength from last Aussie win October 29, 2012

    Sydney: South African captain Graeme Smith said on Monday he was taking strength from his team's historic win in Australia's home series four years ago, as he prepares for the next "knife edge" contest. The South Africans arrived in Sydney on Sunday aiming to consolidate their position as the world's top...