SOUTH AFRICA

  • SA assistant coach backs Ireland and 10-team World Cup 11 hours 25 minutes ago

    Canberra: South Africa's assistant coach Adrian Birrell wants the decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams from 14 to be reversed, saying he did not want his former wards at Ireland to be left out. Birrell, who coached Ireland for four years from 2007 to 2011, said the...
  • World Cup 2015: India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field 19 hours 50 minutes ago

    Mumbai: It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup. Too often in the past, India's fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers backs Jason Holder to succeed as captain Yesterday

    Sydney: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers backed his young West Indies counterpart Jason Holder to succeed as captain, saying he expects the Caribbean side to pose a threat in the ongoing cricket World Cup. The 23-year-old Holder has had a rough initiation, suffering a 1-4 drubbing from South Africa in...
  • Watch: Record-breaking De Villiers arrives at ICC World Cup, Day 14 highlights Yesterday

    South Africa's run-monger AB de Villiers added the fastest 150 in ODIs to his world records of fastest 50 and fastest 100 as Jason Holder's West Indies were handed out a batting tutorial. Highlights from day 14 of the ICC World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers 'best of century', says Imran Tahir Yesterday

    Sydney: South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as "the best player of the century" after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup. De Villiers made his runs off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the second-highest World...
  • ICC World Cup, Week 2: Gayle, De Villiers steal the thunder Yesterday

    Not that the World Cup was bereft of runs in week one, but Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers chose to write 'BOWLERS BEWARE' in all caps and bold. While West Indies provided the Cup its first ever double centurion, South Africa got over the 'choking' sensation in signature AB...
  • 3 months down the line South Africa finish with Hughes Test number at SCG 2 days ago

    In January, a few weeks after he passed away, a plaque was unveiled outside the Sydney Cricket Ground changing rooms to commemorate the life and career of Phillip Joel Hughes. South Africa and AB de Villiers, who were his opponents when he made his Test debut at The Wanderers in...
  • ICC World Cup: Jason Holder blames West Indies' death bowling for loss 2 days ago

    Sydney: West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed their pathetic death bowling and dropped chances as they slumped to a 257-run defeat in their World Cup Pool B encounter against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. "We dropped chances and chasing 400 was always tough. But had we...
  • After South Africa win, India look good to defend World Cup: Brad Hogg 2 days ago

    Perth: Former Australia chinaman bowler Brad Hogg is extremely impressed with the manner in which the Indian cricket team have made a comeback after an indifferent Australian Summer', making them firm contenders for the ICC World Cup title. What India did brilliantly was to change the plan after knowing what didn't...
  • World Cup: It all comes down to hard work for AB de Villiers 2 days ago

    Sydney: AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion. The 31-year-old's innings of 162 not out from 66 balls...
  • World Cup: De Villiers, Tahir script South Africa's West Indies heist 2 days ago

    Sydney: West Indies came into this match on the back of Chris Gayle's 215-run blitz against Zimbabwe. South Africa's World Cup credentials had been questioned after India brushed them aside in Melbourne. When the two met at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday (February 27), AB de Villiers stroked his...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers vs West Indies, a blow-by-blow account 2 days ago

    AB de Villiers 162 not out off just 66 balls, including fastest ever ODI 150 in 64 balls, and then South Africa 408 for 5 - the Sydney crowd was treated to a feast in the ICC World Cup on Friday. If there ever was an exhibition on how to bat...
  • AB de Villiers - came, hammered, conquered; 162 off 66 2 days ago

    Soon the dictionary for cricket synonyms will have AB de Villiers listed under fireworks. West Indies would admit that, and this: that nuclear weapons can't be much different than this South African's bat. He demolishes bowlers and bowling figures like a crater on missile-testing land. Jason Holder will be feeling the...
  • ICC World Cup: South Africa must beat West Indies to breathe easy 2 days ago

    CNN-IBN's Kings of Cricket Ricky Ponting and Kris Srikkanth preview the crucial Pool B encounter between South Africa and West Indies. ...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, World Cup 2015, Match 19 2 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: If you go by numbers alone, Friday's clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa haven't just dominated West Indies in recent seasons, they've toyed with them, winning 16 of their last...
  • World Cup: South Africa need to do better against West Indies, says AB de Villiers 3 days ago

    Usually, it's in the latter stages of a global tournament that South Africa are subjected to C-word jibes. At the 2015 World Cup, it's taken just two matches - an unconvincing win against Zimbabwe, followed by a 130-run thrashing at the hands of India. "They've got their choke in early,"...
  • World Cup: Chris Gayle backs out of training but no problem, says West Indies 3 days ago

    Sydney: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Thursday played down Chris Gayle's absence from training on the eve of the team's crunch World Cup Pool B match with South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Gayle, who has a chronic back complaint, hit the highest-ever individual World Cup score of 215,...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Pool B turning into 'Group of Death' 3 days ago

    While many would sit back and wait for the knock-out stages to kick off, Ireland have certainly given the apex body more than something to think about. A lot of us sitting in our drawing rooms might have thought it would be a cake walk for the top Test nations...
  • ICC World Cup: South Africa need to conquer jitters in West Indies clash 3 days ago

    Sydney: If you go by numbers alone, Friday's clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa haven't just dominated West Indies in recent seasons, they've toyed with them, winning 16 of their last 18 matches. The only loss came at Port Elizabeth, in a...
  • World Cup 2015: Ireland on course, says match-winner Gary Wilson 3 days ago

    Brisbane: Ireland's Gary Wilson said the side had done all that could be asked of them ahead of their World Cup clash against South Africa after they made it two wins out of two with a thrilling victory over the United Arab Emirates. Wilson's composed 80 and a quickfire 24-ball fifty...
  • JP Duminy now a key cog for South Africa in World Cup tilt 3 days ago

    When JP Duminy finally made his test debut the first question many people asked was, "How good is South Africa's top six if this guy can't make it?" Duminy had made his one-day debut as a 20-year-old in 2004 but had to wait another four years before making his test bow...
  • World Cup 2015: Vernon Philander absence may test depth, balance but not result 3 days ago

    Vernon Philander's hamstring injury will not only upset the balance of South Africa's attack against West Indies but also test their pace bowling depth when the two sides clash in their World Cup Pool B match in Sydney on Friday. The 29-year-old Philander limped out of South Africa's 130-run humbling by...
  • World Cup: South Africa have learnt their lessons, says Hashim Amla 3 days ago

    Sydney: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla insisted his team won't panic despite their 130-run World Cup loss to defending champions India, while Friday's clash against a rejuvenated West Indies can't come round soon enough. The Proteas, widely-regarded as one of the favourites for a first world title, suffered a sobering wake-up...
  • World Cup: At MCG, India showed they can blow away any side, says Morkel 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Out of favour South African all-rounder Albie Morkel says India's hammering of the Proteas at the MCG demonstrated that the defending champions are capable of blowing any team away in the World Cup and big-ticket ICC events bring out the best in them. Morkel, holidaying after getting done with...
  • World Cup: Dale Steyn next in Chris Gayle's firing line 4 days ago

    Struggling South African fast bowler Dale Steyn must find a way to contain record-breaking West Indian batsman Chris Gayle in Friday's crunch World Cup clash. Steyn's cutting edge has been blunted at the tournament so far with his two matches giving him total figures of two for 119 from a...
  • Cricket World Cup: Gayle, WI eye 300-plus against South Africa 4 days ago

    Canberra: Record-breaking Chris Gayle says the West Indies will be looking to post their fourth total above 300 in Friday's crunch World Cup game with South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Gayle exploded back to form with a World Cup record 215 off 147 balls and put on a record...
  • World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja have proved critics wrong, says Virat Kohli 5 days ago

    Perth: Question marks have been raised about their ability to trouble batsmen in overseas conditions but "spin twins" Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have "proved their critics wrong" with an impressive start to their World Cup campaign, feels team's premier batsman Virat Kohli. With convincing wins over Pakistan and South Africa...
  • World Cup: India have brought their A-game to the table, says Rohan Gavaskar 5 days ago

    Rohan Gavaskar feels Team India were not switched on during the tri-series and thinks the team is back to their best. ...
  • Vernon Philander ruled out of South Africa's next World Cup match 5 days ago

    Sydney: Paceman Vernon Philander has been ruled out of South Africa's next World Cup match against the West Indies due to a left hamstring injury he picked up during last weekend's loss to defending champion India. South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee released a statement on Tuesday saying medical scans in...