Australia vs South Africa

  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, Triseries, Match 5 September 2, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: South Africa won the toss and opted to field. Team News: Australia have made three changes. Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson and Kane Richardson are back for them. Michael Clarke has been ruled out while Ben Cutting and James Faulkner...
  • De Villiers, Du Plessis power South Africa to a 7wicket win over Australia August 27, 2014

    Harare: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis hit centuries in a 206run partnership as South Africa chased down a formidable 327 to beat Australia by seven wickets on Wednesday. Captain De Villiers was 136 not out to see South Africa to 3283 and home with 20 balls to spare, a...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, Triseries in Harare August 27, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: South Africa opted to bowl at Harare. PLAYING XIs: AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson SOUTH AFRICA: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk),...
  • Siddle defends sitting out of third SA Test December 5, 2012

    Perth: Australia paceman Peter Siddle has hit back at criticism of his omission for the third and final Test against South Africa, saying his participation would have risked a longterm injury that might have ultimately hurt his side more. Following a draining draw in the second Test in Adelaide, Australia took...
  • 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...
  • Australian media blast team for debacle against South Africa December 4, 2012

    Australian media blasted the national team's "monumental failure" in the third Test against South Africa while lamenting the end of former skipper Ricky Ponting's illustrious career. South Africa thumped the Australians by 309 runs in Perth to hold on to their number one Test ranking and ruin an emotional farewell...
  • 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...
  • Australia get happy returns from Mitchells in Perth November 30, 2012

    Perth: Australia's gamble on a ragtag band of rookies and fringe players to overhaul their pace bowling unit paid rich dividends at the WACA on Friday, giving the hosts the edge in the third Test against South Africa. Although the tourists battled back from the depths of 6 for 75 to...
  • 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...
  • 3rd Test: Aus 33/2 after bowling out SA for 225 November 30, 2012

    Perth: Faf du Plessis defied Australia's attack for the second time this week before running out of batting partners when South Africa was dismissed for 225 late on the first day of the third Test. Du Plessis finished unbeaten on 78 and guided crucial partnerships of 57 with Robin Peterson...
  • Du Plessis needs to cut down on risky shots: coach November 29, 2012

    Johannesburg: Faf du Plessis, who rescued South Africa from a certain defeat in Australia in the second Test in Adelaide, was advised to cut down on risky shots by his coach at provincial side Titans before the brilliant debut hundred. Du Plessis has become a hero after he hit an...
  • Ricky Ponting to play his last Test at Perth November 29, 2012

    The former Australian captain announced his retirement on Thursday from all forms of cricket. ...
  • 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...
  • 2nd Test: Du Plessis debut ton helps SA earn a draw vs Australia November 26, 2012

    Adelaide: Faf du Plessis helped South Africa salvage a draw in an epic debut, defying the Australian attack all day Monday to post his maiden Test century. Du Plessis (110 not out) defended resolutely in partnerships with AB de Villiers (33) and Jacques Kallis (46) after resuming at 77 for 4,...
  • 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...
  • Pressure builds on outofform Ricky Ponting November 25, 2012

    Adelaide: Struggling Ricky Ponting on Sunday ruled out his chances of playing in next year's Ashes in England unless he breaks his dismal run of form in the series against South Africa. The former Australia skipper, who turns 38 next month, has failed in three innings against the Proteas, chopping...
  • 2nd Test: Australia stamp their authority over South Africa November 25, 2012

    Adelaide: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis stonewalled the Australian bowlers for most of the evening session on Sunday, trying desperately to save the second Test and protect South Africa's No. 1 Test ranking. Needing a record fourth innings of 430 to win after Australia captain Michael Clarke declared at...
  • 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...
  • Kirsten worried with SA injury list growing November 22, 2012

    Adelaide: Critics have condemned South Africa's decision to give players a holiday between Test matches after veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis limped off the Adelaide Oval just 3.3 overs into his opening spell on Thursday, only hours after paceman Vernon Philander was ruled out of the second Test against Australia with...