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Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn will slip into the best XI

Staring up from the cover of the book of ‘The 25 greatest South African cricketers of all time’ are 16 faces in black and white and nine in colour.

This book, The Selected, was written by two of the country’s most respected cricket journalists in 2007.

Michael Owen-Smith and Neil Manthorp presumably burned the midnight oil many times in providing their definitive list of the finest cricketers to have played for South Africa.

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Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis has acknowledged on Wednesday that his dream of playing in next year’s Cricket World Cup was “a bridge too far”.

Kallis, 38, scored just five runs in three innings in a recent one-day international series in Sri Lanka

“I just knew on that tour that I was done,” Kallis said in a statement.

“The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.”

It always seemed a long shot for Kallis to remain competitive through to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next February and March.

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King Kallis

King Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis today announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket.

“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” the 38-year-old said via a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

“I just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.”

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.”

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Cricket BallSri-Lanka and South Africa battle each other in the 2nd 5-Day Cricket Test at Colombo in Sri-Lanka from 24 to 28 July 2014. Play starts early for SA viewers, as Sri-Lanka is a few hours ahead of South Africa in the time zones, so it is daly from about 06:00 SA Time every day.

South Africa won the 1st Test and lead the Test Series by 1 / 0 after also taking the ODI Series by 2 – 1, their first ever ODI Series win in Sri-Lanka.

The score cards will be updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

Sri-Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Sri-Lanka started Day 1 well and at the Close of play on Day 1 were on 305 / 5 after 86 Overs.

It was a slow Day initially on Day 2, both from bat and ball, but the Day started heating up after about 30 Overs done for the Day. Sri-Lanka were all out for 421 in their 1st Innings. South Africa started terribly in their 1st Innings, losing 2 wickets with just 13 on the board. South Africa ended with 98 /  after 52 Overs at Stumps, Day 2.

On Day 3 the South African wickets kept falling at regular intervals, SA reaching 234 / 7 after 111 Overs at Tea of Day 3 and then South Africa were eventually all out for 282 from 134.5 Overs, trailing by 139 rins at the Innings break.

Sri-Lanka started their 2nd Innings and at Stumps on Day 3 were 11 / 0 after 5 Overs.

On Day 4 Sri Lanka kept the pressure on and eventually declared at 229 / 8 after 53.4 Overs, leaving South Africa to chase 369 runs for a win. At Stumps, Day 4 South Africa was on 38 / 1 after 17 Overs, still 331 shy of a win with 9 wickets still in tact.

South Africa were in to bat the whole of Day 5, but there was no attempt to chase a win, it was block, block, block to save the Test! After 102.5 Overs bowled it was 148 / 8, which was then still 221 runs short of the win, with 2 wickets in hand. Rain delayed the Final Session of play on Day 5 for a while, but play resumed again.

South Africa managed to stand their ground, eecking out a DRAW, ending with 159 / 8 after 111 Overs. The result, or non-result, means South Africa moves up to TOP Test spot in the world Cricket Test rankings.

 

Sri-Lanka:
  • First Innings – 421 (121.4 Overs)
  • Second Innings – 229 / 8 Declared (53.4 Overs)
South Africa:
  • First Innings – 282 (134.5 Overs)
  • Second Innings – 159 / 8 (111 Overs)

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Cricket BallSri-Lanka and South Africa battle each other in the 1st 5-Day Cricket Test at Galle International Stadium in Sri-Lanka from 16 to 20 July 2014. Play starts early for SA viewers, as Sri-Lanka is a few hours ahead of South Africa in the time zones, so it is daly from about 06:00 SA Time every day.

South Africa have just won the ODI Series by 2 – 1, their first ever in Sri-Lanka.

The score cards will be updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.

South Africa started well on Day 1 and then slightly lost their way towards the end of Day 1. At Stumps on Day 1, South Africa were 268 / 5, after 91 overs. On Day 2 South Africa continued their strong form and declared with 9 wickets down on 455 / 9 after 166.2 overs, leaving Sri-Lanka to field 12 uncomfortable overs before the close of play on Day 2 and with Sri-Lanka ending on 30 / 0 (12 Overs).

On Day 3 Sri-Lanka was steadily losing wickets and after 60 Overs bowled in the Sri-Lankan 1st Innings they were 165 / 4 (60 Overs). At close of play on Day 3 they were reeling at 283 / 9 after 100 Overs.

On Day 4 the Sri-Lankans were all out for 292 after 104.5 Overs and South Africa in their 2nd Innings declared at 206 / 6 (50.2 Overs). The Sri-Lankan 2nd Innings is underway, a target of 370 set.

At Stumps, Day 4, Sri-Lanka was 110 / 1 (32 Overs), 260 runs needed to win the game. One now wonders whether the South Adrican captain, Hashim Amla, declared the South African 2nd Innings too early!

On Day 5 the South African bowling attack and specifically the pace attack, obliterated the Sri-Lankans.

South Africa won the Test comfortably, by 153 runs.

 

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 455 / 9 Declared (166.2 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 206 / 6 Declared (50.2 Overs)

Sri-Lanka:

  • First Innings – 292 (104.5 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 216 (71.3 Overs)

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Cricket BallIndia and South Africa battled each other in the World T20 Cricket competition 2nd semi-final at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Friday 4 April 2014.

The 1st semi-final took place on Thursday 3 5 April 2014 between Sri Lanka and West Indies, with Sri Lanka winning and advancing to the final.

The match started at 15:00 SA Time.

South Africa won the Toss and chose to bat first.

The score cards were updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

India win with 5 balls spare, and win by 6 wickets.

 

South Africa: 172 / 4 (20 Overs)

India: 176 / 4 (19.1 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and Australia battled each other in the 2nd of three 5-Day Tests at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.

Australia were 1 / 0 up in the series, after beating South Africa onvincingly in the 1st Test at Centurion Park, Pretoria.

The score cards were be updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

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South Africa squared the series with a 231 run win, the series now 1 / 1 with the final 5-Day Test set up nicely for Newlands, Cape Town.

There was still 1 full day to go in the Test, but South Africa asked for the extra half an hour on Day 4 to finish the Australians up, which they duly did.

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 423 All Out (150.5 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 270 / 5 Declared (64 Overs)

Australia:

  • First Innings – 246 All Out (57 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 216 All Out (73.4 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa’s Proteas cricket team and Australia went head to head and toe to toe in the first of 3, Five-Day cricket Tests at SuperSport Park, Centurion from Thursday 12 February. THe match ended more than a full day early, with Australia winning by 281 runs..

The match started at 10:30 SA Time on 12 February 2014.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first.

This was the Live Game Article, where we updated the scores from time to time during the Day’s play and where the cricket supporters amongst us had have the opportunity to discuss the game.

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Cricket BallSouth AfricaThe Proteas and rugby Springboks played in a festival T20 game at Newlands, Cape Town as an opener to the Cell C Festival of Cricket.

The match is broadcast Live on SuperSport 2, SHD 2 & CSN on TV in SA.

TV broadcast of the match started at 17:35 SA Time and the match itself started at 18:00 SA Time.

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JKJacques Kallis one of the game’s greatest allrounders, retires from Test cricket after the Boxing Day match against India. Kallis announced his decision on Wednesday, on the eve of the second Test against India, but stated that he would still like to play the 2015 World Cup for South Africa.

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In a statement, Kallis said: “It wasn’t an easy decision, with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying, but I feel the time is right. I don’t see it as goodbye, I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 if I am fit and performing. The last two years specifically have been a memorable journey with an exceptional group of cricketers. I am fortunate enough to have ended my Test career amongst a group of talented cricketers but, more importantly, friends whom I will cherish for years to come.”

Kallis, who made his Test debut against England in December 1995, and has played 165 Tests, scoring 13174 runs at an average of 55.12, with 44 centuries and 58 half-centuries.

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and India did battle in the 1st 5-Day Test at Wanderers, Johannesburg between 18 to 22 December 2013.

India won the toss and elected to bat first.

The scores and match progress was updated here at regular intervals.

The match ended in a draw, with South Africa just 8 runs short of victory, as time ran out on Day 5.

 

India:

  • First Innings – 280 All Out (103 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 421 All Out (120.4 Overs)

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 244 All Out (75.3 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 450 / 7 (136 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and India did battle in the 3rd ODI at SuperSport Park, Centurion, Pretoria.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first on on overcast day always with chances of rain interupting the match.

South Africa were looking at making it 3 / 0 in the ODI Series.

The match was eventually called off after the South African Innings, due to rain. No result follows and South Africa wins the ODI Series against Indie 2 / 0.

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and India did battle in the 1st ODI at Wanderers, Johannesburg.

India won the toss and elected to field first on on overcast day with chances of rain interupting the match.

The South African Proteas wore PINK today in support of breast cancer awareness.

South Africa won the match by 141 runs.

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Cricket BallIn what can only be described as a very dead rubber, SA faced a weakened Sri Lankan side in Columbo, where AB felt that losing 3-2 would be better than losing 4-1. Something I hadn’t thought of – well done, AB. Sri Lanka, with 3 Perera’s and as many changes, won the toss and chose to bat. Unfortunately AB’s side did go down 4-1. Good news is that AB did realise, at the interview, that they needed to improve

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CricketSri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat against South Africa. After a 30-minute delay due to a wet outfield, Dinesh Chandimal chose to bat in cloudy Colombo at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Rain interrupted play again with the Sri Lankan score on 223 / 9 after 49.2 overs.

South Africa eventually came in to bat, with the game reduced to 29 overs and needing 176 to win.

From about 11 overs gone, South Africa started falling behind the par score in terms of a Duckworth / Lewis calculation and eventually the rain stopped play again after 21 overs, with the covers coming on.

All further play was called off and Sri Lanka was declared the winner by 17 runs.

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 1st ODI at Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein at 10:00 SA Time on Sunday 10 March 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

South Africa batted well and amassed 315 runs in their allotted overs, with 4 wickets falling in the process. Colin Ingram not out in the end on 105 runs.

Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and then quicker towards the end, eventually all out for 190 runs. South Africa wins the match by 125 runs, a comprehensive win after only 36.2 overs into the Pakistan batting innings.

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 3rd and final 5-Day Test at Centurion park, Pretoria which started at 10:30 SA Time on Friday 22 February and which was scheduled to run till Tuesday 26 February 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the Match.

South Africa won the Toss and elected to bat.

In South Africa’s First Innings they ammassed 409 runs, all out. Pakistan only managed 156 runs in their First innings and was instructed to follow on. In their Second Innings, the Pakistani’s fought bravely until they were all out on 235 runs, still 18 behind South Africa’s First Innings total.

South Africa won by an Innings and 18 runs, making a clean sweep and achieving a whitewash of Pakistan in the Test Series in South Africa

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 2nd 5-Day Test at Newlands, Cape Town which started at 10:30 SA Time on Thursday 14 February and which was supposed to run till Monday 18 February 2013.

This is the Live Game Article for the Match.

South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

Pakistan managed 338 All Out in the 1st innings and South Africa 12 runs less with their 326. In the 2nd Innings, Pakistan were all out for 169 on the 4th Day and South Africa were required to get 182 to win the Test.

South Africa reached 182 / 6 near the end of day 4, winning the Test and the Series, with 1 Test still to come (Friday 22 to Tuesday 26 February 2013 at Centurion Park).

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 1st 5-Day Test at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg which started at 10:30 SA Time on Friday 1 February and which was supposed to run till Tuesday 5 February 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the Match.

South Africa won the toss and batted first on a difficult wicket, getting 253 in the First Innings, then dismissing Pakistan for a poultry 49 runs. South Africa had the choice to ask Pakistan to follow-on but chose to bat again, amassing 275 / 3 before declaring in their Second Innings, a lead of 479.

Pakistan put up a brave performance in their Second Innings, only losing 4 wickets on Day 3, but with South Africa taking the New Ball early on Day 4, they bundled Pakistan out for 268.

South Africa win comfortably with a Day and a Half spare, before Lunch on Day 4 and win by 211 runs.

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Graeme SmithIt’s shaping up to be a big week for Graeme Smith. On Monday, he announced his wife is expecting the couple’s second child later this year. On Friday, he will turn 32 and also become the first person to captain a team in 100 Tests, when he leads South Africa against Pakistan in Johannesburg.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 3rd and last ODI in the Series at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Friday 25 January 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first.

South Africa won the match with a 6 off the last possible ball in their 50 overs, needing 3 runs from the last ball, and getting those last 3 and 3 more with a magnificent 6 by Ryan McLaren.

New Zealand won the ODI Series 2 – 1 and now heads home, whilst pakistan has already landed in South Africa.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 2nd 5-Day Test at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth which started at 10:30 SA Time on Friday 11 January 2013 and which was due to only finish on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted a mammoth First Innings total of 525 runs for 8 wickets, when they declared the First Innings closed.

New Zealand went in to bat and the South Africans demolished them by bowling them out for a measly 121 runs, forcing New Zealand for follow on with their Second Innings. New Zealand battled on a bit more resolutely in the Second Innings but the last 5 wickets fell rapidly at the end, causing New Zealand to be all out for 211, still 193 runs short.

South Africa won by an Innings and 193 runs, before Lunch on Day 4, also winning the Series with a clean sweep of 2 / 0.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 1st 5-Day Test at Newlands, Cape Town at 10:30 SA Time on Wednesday 2 January 2013 and the match was supposed to run until Sunday 6 January 2013.

South Africa demolished the New Zealanders in the 1st Innings, bowling them out for a measly 45 runs in total, then went in to bat a couple of overs before Lunch on Day 1. South Africa amassed a lead of 302 runs before declaring on 347 / 8 on Day 2 of the match.

At the start of Day 3 of the match New Zealand had already lost 4 wickets, but made a gritty start to the day until eventually tumbling to an Innings and 27 run defeat three quarters through Day 3.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 3rd T20 International at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth at 14:30 SA Time on Wednesday 26 December 2012.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

South Africa posted a mighty 179 / 6 in their allotted 20 overs.

New Zealand started the chase well but after Martin Guptill and Brendan McCullum departed, it was all over bar the shouting.

South Africa won comfortably, by 33 runs and with only 1 New Zealand wicket left standing.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 2nd T20 International at Buffalo Park, East London at 18:00 SA Time on Sunday 23 December 2012.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

After New Zealand won the toss again, they decided to field first.

South Africa set a wonderful total of 165 / 5 after 19 overs (match was reuced to 19 overs due to a power outage in the flodd lights). bad fielding by South Africa, shoddy bowling with a wet ball and a marvelous innings of 101 not out by Martin Guptill saw New zealand home off a 4 on the last ball.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 1st T20 International at Kingsmead, Durban at 18:00 SA Time on Friday 21 December 2012.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

South Africa won with ease, with 7.5 overs to spare (47 balls). The South African bowlers did the trick, bowling the New Zealanders out for a poultry 86 runs in 18.2 overs. New Zealand took the 1st South African wicket without a single run on the board for South Africa, but Faf du Plessis and Davids steadied the ship, untill Davids perished on 20, leaving it to young Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis to finish the New Zealanders off in style.

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abdevilliersAB de Villiers has pulled out of South Africa’s Twenty20 internationals at home against New Zealand in December, citing the need for extra rest before the Tests in January. Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras captain, has been called into the squad.

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