South Africa vs Sri Lanka

  • Ford to replace Marsh as Lankan coach January 22, 2012

    Colombo: Geoff Marsh's unimpressive four-month stint as Sri Lanka coach is almost over with the SLC set to appoint former South Africa coach Graham Ford as the Australian's successor. Ford coached the Proteas for two years from 1999 to 2001, taking over from the late Bob Woolmer. An official announcement on this...
  • Kallis, Amla rested for last three SL ODIs January 16, 2012

    Johannesburg: Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have been rested from South Africa's one-day international (ODI) squad for the remainder of the series against Sri Lanka, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Sunday. All-rounder Kallis, 36, has been rested while Amla, the top-ranked batsman in ODIs, has been granted time off...
  • SA aim to win series in Bloemfontein January 16, 2012

    Bloemfontein: At 2-0 up against a Sri Lankan team fighting slump in form, hosts South Africa sniff the opportunity to take a wining lead in the five-match ODI series here in the third ODI on Tuesday. Like India in Australia, the bad form of seniors Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar...
  • South Africa go 2-0 up in ODI series January 14, 2012

    East London: Half-centuries by Hashim Amla and JP Duminy sent South Africa to a workmanlike five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday and a 2-0 lead in their five-match limited-overs series. Top-ranked one-day batsman Amla hit 55 from 58 balls up front and Duminy's unbeaten 66 from No. 4 guided...
  • Albie Morkel recalled for SL ODIs January 8, 2012

    Johannesburg: South Africa on Sunday recalled allrounder Albie Morkel to their One-Day International (ODI) squad as an injury replacement for the five-match series against Sri Lanka. Morkel will replace uncapped allrounder Dean Elgar in the 14-man squad after the latter pulled out due to a knee ligament injury. 30-year-old Morkel has...
  • Series win a starting point: Smith January 6, 2012

    Cape Town: South Africa's series win over Sri Lanka was "a starting point" for a year of demanding tours, captain Graeme Smith said on Friday. Speaking after South Africa clinched the series with a ten wicket win on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands, Smith said:...
  • SA clinch series with 10-wicket win January 6, 2012

    Cape Town: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by ten wickets to clinch the series 2-1 on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Friday, despite a fighting century by Thilan Samaraweera. Samaraweera's 115 not out and some bold hitting by the tailenders enabled Sri Lanka...
  • 3rd Test: SA close in on series win January 5, 2012

    Cape Town: South Africa closed in on a long-awaited first home series win since 2008 as it reduced Sri Lanka to 138-4 in its second innings in the decisive third Test at Newlands on Thursday, still more than 200 behind. Returning from injury, seamer Vernon Philander took four wickets on day...
  • Sri Lanka name Malinga in ODI squad January 3, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday named paceman Lasith Malinga and opening batsman Upul Tharanga in a 15-man squad for the one-day series in South Africa. Fast bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara and Kosala Kulasekara will also join the team for the five-match series starting in Paarl on January 11, the governing body, Sri...
  • Sangakkara wants to 'close out' South Africa December 29, 2011

    Durban: Kumar Sangakkara hit a superbly-crafted century on the third day of the second Test match against South Africa at Kingsmead on Wednesday and put Sri Lanka in a strong position to "close out the game". Sangakkara's 108 enabled Sri Lanka to reach 256 for 7 in their second innings -...
  • India look to close gap in ICC Test rankings December 24, 2011

    Dubai: India can inch towards regaining the top spot by narrowing the gap with current numero uno England in the ICC rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the four-Test series starting on Monday. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side currently sits in second place on 118 ratings points, seven behind Andrew...
  • No let-up for SL struggling batsmen December 25, 2011

    Durban: There will likely be no let-up for Sri Lanka's under-fire batting lineup in next week's second Test, with rain in Durban on Friday hinting at another field day for South Africa's buoyant fast bowlers. Having been bowled out for 180 and 150 to lose the first Test by an innings,...
  • 'Mahela will bat more freely after 10,000 runs' December 22, 2011

    Johannesburg: Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene will bat more freely after he reaches his milestone of 10,000 Test runs, feels captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. "I believe Mahela will bat with more freedom after he will get that single run he still requires to reach his 10,000 Test run mark," Dilshan told the...
  • Kulasekara, Prasad to join SL squad in SA December 18, 2011

    Centurion: Seam bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad will join Sri Lanka's squad in South Africa to boost the tourists after they fell to a heavy loss in the first Test on Saturday. Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan says the pair will arrive in the next couple of days ahead of the second...
  • De Villiers happy to trust SL fielders December 17, 2011

    Centurion: South African batsman AB de Villiers said he had no regrets about taking a Sri Lankan fielder's word about a catch that ended his innings of 99 on the second day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Friday. "I believe in asking the fielder," said De Villiers about...
  • 1st Test: De Villiers 99 gives SA control December 17, 2011

    Centurion: AB de Villiers fell for 99 to a dubious catch but still helped South Africa to 389-9 and a commanding 209-run lead over Sri Lanka in the first Test on Friday. De Villiers walked off one short of a 13th Test century after asking substitute fielder Dimuth Karunaratne if his...
  • 1st Test: SA take upper hand on Day 1 vs SL December 15, 2011

    Centurion: Fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn shared nine wickets on Thursday as Sri Lanka again struggled in South Africa to be bowled out for 180 on day one of the first Test. The Proteas were then 90-1 in their first innings at close of play at SuperSport Park to...
  • Our pacers will exploit the Lankans: Smith December 14, 2011

    Centurion: South Africa captain Graeme Smith describes Sri Lanka as a "pretty crafty team." But the tourists will likely need all their guile to deal with the Proteas pace attack on a fiercesome-looking pitch when the first Test starts on Thursday. Smith said on the eve of the series-opener that the...
  • SL aim to get back to winning ways against SA December 14, 2011

    Johannesburg: Unpaid for nine months, without a Test series win in over two years and now hit by injury, Sri Lanka's cricket team has a list of problems to overcome in its search for an elusive success in South Africa. Sri Lanka has never won a Test in its three previous...
  • SL's Nuwan Pradeep ruled out for SA tour December 12, 2011

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out of the ongoing tour of South Africa after tearing his right hamstring, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Monday. Pradeep, 25, suffered the injury while bowling during the warm-up game against the South Africa Invitation XI in Benoni on Saturday. "Physio Stephen...
  • Dilshan praises Smith role over salaries December 8, 2011

    Benoni: Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan thanked South Africa counterpart Graeme Smith on Wednesday amid signs that most of the salaries owed to the touring team will be paid this week. Heavily indebted Sri Lanka Cricket have been unable to pay national players since the country finished runners-up to fellow co-hosts...