Cape Town: Less than a year after climbing to the top of the Test rankings, South African cricket is suddenly faced with an uncertain future with respected coach Gary Kirsten set to depart and two top players at a crossroads in their careers.
Kirsten's decision not to extend his contract when it expires in August comes as captain Graeme Smith battles recurring ankle problems and all-rounder Jacques Kallis admits his desire to play International cricket is on the wane.
For a team hoping to nail down a dominant spell in international cricket, the loss of their winning coach is a major setback. To lose all three components at the same time would be a hammer blow.
The last two years have seen South Africa become the most consistent performers in world cricket at the Test level, opening up a 14-point lead at the top of the International Cricket Conference ratings....more
03:05 PM, May 13, 2013