South Africa

South Africa Send Zimbabwe Packing

Zimbabwe were the first team to exit the ICC World T20 following another abject performance - this time at the hands of South Africa in Hambantota. After being put into bat by South African captain AB de Villiers, they lost their three big guns - Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor - early and never really recovered, in spite of a determined 37 from Craig Ervine.
20 September 2012

Pakistan Beat India As England, Ireland, South Africa & West Indies Also Win

The final round of warm-ups ahead of the ICC World Twenty 2012 ended with wins for England, Ireland, India, South Africa and the West Indies. Ireland produced an impressive comeback to beat Bangladesh by five runs, England came out on top of a similarly close game against Australia to win by nine runs, Pakistan confidently chased down a stiff target to overcome India by five wickets while South Africa proved too strong for New Zealand, as did the West Indies for Afghanistan.
17 September 2012

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Preview - South Africa

Coming off the back of a successful tour of England, which saw them ranked at one time or another as number one in each of the three forms of the game, South Africa have to go into the World Twenty20 as one of the main contenders for the title. Traditionally they are the nearly men of World Cups - as shown by their semi-final appearances in the 2007 and 2009 World Twenty20s - but with the likes of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan being talked about as the pre-tournament favourites, for once South Africa do not have the burdensome favourites tag hanging round their necks.
14 September 2012

Kieswetter And Buttler Set Up England Victory

England completed their summer with a 28-run win - and a convincing one at that - over South Africa in the third and final Twenty20 International at Edgbaston. Just as it had at Old Trafford, the game was reduced due to rain but here it was played to its conclusion and England's score of 118 for five in 11 overs proved well beyond the Proteas.
12 September 2012

Rain Puts An End To Second Twenty20 International

On a frustrating evening for players and spectators alike, the second Twenty20 International between England and South Africa was abandoned as a no result with just five more balls required to confirm a legitimate match. This came despite the game being reduced to nine overs per side following a prolonged spell of rain that delayed the start by two hours, after which South Africa reached 77 for five.
10 September 2012

South Africa Breeze To Victory Over England

The opening Twenty20 International between England and South Africa followed a similar pattern to that which the final One-Day International had on Wednesday. England posted a much below par total after batting first; took three early wickets to provide false hope; and then watched as South Africa plodded home with time and wickets to spare.
8 September 2012

South Africa Tie Series Despite England Fightback

South Africa and England tied their One-Day International series 2-2 after South Africa pulled off a seven-wicket win in the fifth and final match at Trent Bridge. After England batted poorly to be bowled out for 182, they hit back with three quick wickets but Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers guided South Africa home with an unbroken 172-run stand for the fourth wicket.
5 September 2012

England Take Six-Wicket Victory Over South Africa

England completed a six-wicket victory over South Africa to move into an unassailable 2-1 lead in the One-Day International series at Lord's. Another impressive performance in the fourth match saw them hold South Africa to 220 for eight at the home of cricket before chasing down their target with more than three overs to spare.
2 September 2012

Bowlers Star As England Retake Number One Spot

A batting collapse cost South Africa a par score in the second ODI at The Oval. England then chased down the 212 that they needed for victory with relative ease to retake the number one ranking. South Africa had got off to an excellent start after winning the toss and electing to bat, with Hashim Amla, again in fine form, and Graeme Smith putting on 50 for the first-wicket. Amla played the dominant hand and was at his fluent best, and while he and Smith were at the crease South Africa looked like they could make 300.
31 August 2012

South Africa Hammer England To Take Number One Ranking

A brilliant century from Hashim Amla gave South Africa their second number one ranking in as many weeks as they beat England by 80 runs in Southampton. Robin Peterson and Wayne Parnell starred with the ball as South Africa successfully defended their total of 287 for five, which had been built upon an opening stand of 89 between Graeme Smith and Amla.
28 August 2012

South Africa Trounce New Zealand To Finish Third

South Africa Under-19s beat their New Zealand counterparts to record a respectable third place finish in this year’s Under-19 World Cup in Queensland. Ahead of tomorrow's final, which sees host Australia take on India, the Proteas dismissed New Zealand for just 90 and eased home by eight wickets thanks to an innings of 50 off 43 balls from wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
25 August 2012

Bell Shines Through The Gloom In Cardiff

Not for the first time in Cardiff, the weather intervened to frustrate England and South Africa as the opening One-Day International was abandoned. After several delays and recalculations, England reached 37 without loss in 5.3 of 23 overs before the rain returned and the officials simply ran out of time and the game was called off.
24 August 2012

South Africans Too Good Despite Housego Century

The touring South Africans beat Gloucestershire by three wickets in a one-day game as part of their preparations for the One-Day International series against England. Gloucestershire were bowled out for 261 with Dan Housego scoring a century but South Africa reached their target with an over to spare.
22 August 2012

South Africa Dethrone England In Gripping Finale

South Africa gained the number one ranking in Test cricket by beating England by 51 runs on the final day of an enthralling third and final Test at Lord's. England did not let the symbolic mace disappear from their grasp lightly, half-centuries from Jonathan Trott, Jonny Bairstow and Matthew Prior ensuring the Proteas fully earned their deserved victory.
20 August 2012

South Africa And Australia Advance To Semi-Finals

South Africa Under-19s booked their place in the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup with a comfortable 103-run win over England in Townsville. Elsewhere, there was a win for Australia over Bangladesh and, in the plate tournament, there were wins for Scotland over Zimbabwe and Afghanistan over Papua New Guinea.
19 August 2012

South Africa Qualify For Quarter-Finals

South Africa qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Brisbane. Elsewhere, there were hard-fought wins for Afghanistan and Ireland.
15 August 2012

Broad Forced To Deny Involvement In Spoof KP Account

The farce surrounding Kevin Pietersen's omission from the third Test at Lord's has reached a new level with the news that Stuart Broad has released a statement denying any involvement with the parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account. In the statement, he accepts to being a friend of the creator of the account, but denies playing "any role in the creation of this account or providing any information regarding Kevin Pietersen".
14 August 2012

KP Texts 'Acceptable' Banter Between Team Mates - CSA

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Team Manager Dr Mohammad Moosajee has released a statement distancing his team from the Kevin Pietersen text message controversy. Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad for the third and final game at Lord's amid allegations that he sent text messages criticising England players and management staff to South African players during the second Test at Headingley.
13 August 2012

Cricket Betting: South Africa Cut For Third Test - Will KP Play For England Again?

Following the news that Pietersen has been dropped from the test squad the bookies have reacted by cutting South Africa to 2/1 (from 9/4) whilst pushing England out to 11/4 (from 5/2). The draw remains solid at even money. The book is now also open on KP's England future with 2/1 the first price quoted he never plays for the side again.
13 August 2012

England Drop Pietersen Bombshell

Kevin Pietersen has been axed from England's squad for the third Test match at Lord's which begins on Thursday, with Jonny Bairstow recalled. The main sticking point appears to have been Pietersen's failure to prove that he did not send disparaging text messages about his England team-mates to South African players during the Headingley Test match.
12 August 2012

Mr Predictor - Who Will Be England's Next Coach?