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South Africa wary of resurgent Pakistan - Reeza Hendricks
The opener says that a spot in the World Cup squad will be "a dream", but he insists that his focus is much more short-term

South Africa look to overturn recent record against Pakistan
The hosts have beaten Pakistan only once since late 2013 and will be bothered by how they've started in a World Cup year

South Africa leave out Sune Luus for Sri Lanka series
South Africa selectors offer opportunities to youth as the team chases improved batting shows

Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez ace chase to put Pakistan 1-0 up
Pakistan survived a wobble at the end as South Africa's Hashim Amla-inspired total was shown to be short

South Africa eye one-day series to fill allrounder's slot
The SA captain considers the ODI series as a 'challenge' as they look to fill up the empty spots ahead of the 50-over World Cup in March

Returning Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez key against resurgent South Africa
Pakistan have never lost at St George's Park in three matches, but they'll have to be wary of David Miller, who returns to his favourite ground in South Africa

South Africa's Rory Kleinveldt calls time on first-class career
The 35-year-old from Cape Town last played a Test in February 2013, but had been active in the domestic first-class circuit and the county scene in England

Qaasim Adams suspended for incident allegedly involving a firearm
Western Province Cricket Association suspends him for 12 playing days from provincial cricket

Dale Steyn, Quinton de Kock rested from first two ODIs
Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier have been called up as their replacements

Shane Burger named Scotland coach
Burger has been coaching KwaZulu-Natal Inland since 2015 and has won CSA's coach of the year award twice in the last three years

'Mission accomplished' - Ottis Gibson on South Africa's 3-0 sweep of Pakistan
While South Africa's quicks stood out, the coach and stand-in captain Dean Elgar also credited the batsmen for their grind on tough pitches

Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada end Pakistan resistance for 3-0 sweep
South Africa demonstrated the ruthless instinct that has brought them seven straight series win at home, rounding up the seven Pakistan wickets they needed before lunch

De Villiers to play PSL matches in Lahore
AB de Villiers felt he has "a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan" and this had influenced his decision to be available for the Lahore Qalandars' matches on March 9 and 10

Pakistan fight in pursuit of 381 after Quinton de Kock century
Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq counterattacked to hold up South Africa's charge to a 3-0 series win

Injury scare for Steyn, Olivier says he is "perfectly fine"
Steyn walked off in the first hour of play, clutching the same shoulder he's had surgery on

Duanne Olivier, Hashim Amla wrest control for South Africa
Duanne Olivier claimed his third five-for of the series before Hashim Amla helped guide South Africa into a 212-run lead with five wickets standing

'Plan of controlling run rate worked' - Amir
Left-arm fast bowler believes it's still only "50-50" despite Pakistan's outstanding bowling day

'Probably the best I've batted in a session' - Markram
He put on 126 with Hashim Amla, hitting 14 boundaries before lunch alone to quickly put Pakistan on the defensive

Pakistan seamers hit back after Aiden Markram sets punishing tone
Pakistan's bowlers hauled themselves off the canvas after a lethargic start to the Johannesburg Test, taking seven wickets for 33 runs after tea

No let up for Pakistan as South Africa eye whitewash
South Africa could include two debutants, in Pieter Malan and Zubayr Hamza, while Pakistan are mulling whether to play allrounder Faheem Ashraf

How Ottis Gibson set up South Africa's 'elite fast-bowling group'
South Africa have now won five home Test series in a row, and key to that success has been a reinvigorated pace culture, reignited by coach Ottis Gibson

Van der Dussen called up to South Africa's ODI squad
Behardien, Markram and Morris have missed out on selection for the first two ODIs, but could get a look-in towards the end of the five-match series

Zubayr Hamza's wait could be over and he is ready
As the possibility of a Test debut looms, the Cape Cobras batsman says time off during MSL helped channel his game better

Albie Morkel retires from all forms of cricket
The South Africa allrounder remains tied to the game having signed on as a coaching consultant for Namibia

Nothing wrong with pitches favouring home team - Ottis Gibson
The South Africa coach defended the preparation of pitches suited to seam and swing after the facilities in the first two Tests came in for criticism from Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

Faf du Plessis suspended for one Test due to second over-rate offence
The South Africa captain will be forced to skip the third and final Test against Pakistan, beginning in Johannesburg from January 11

Amla injured but Elgar seals South Africa's fourth-morning victory
Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt as South Africa ticked off the 41 runs required for victory

Resilient South Africa outlast Pakistan on a day of toil
As the pitch flattened out and the short ball stopped working, the bowlers decided to stick to a channel and wait for the opposition to blink

Pakistan live to die another day after spirited fightback
Pakistan battled through an absorbing third day, but defeat is only a matter of time

Centurion, Cape Town pitches not good enough for Test cricket - Mickey Arthur
South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma, who scored 75 on the second day, said the Newlands surface was 'tricky and challenging', but not 'dangerous'

Okay with batsmen's numbers dropping as long as we're winning - du Plessis
Tasked with batting in some of the toughest conditions in the world, the South Africa captain said players got to keep their places if they helped win Test matches

Faf du Plessis' century leaves Pakistan with mountain to climb
Faf du Plessis bounced back from his pair at Centurion with a captain's innings of 103 as South Africa stretched their lead above 200

Soft signal, hard luck, as Pakistan suffer more third-umpire woe

Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier put South Africa in full control at Newlands
Pakistan's batting subsided meekly for the third innings of the series, in spite of a battling half-century from their captain Sarfraz Ahmed

Steyn out? No spinner? South Africa ponder their pace riches
With the return to fitness of Vernon Philander, South Africa have to work out how best to balance their attack for the second Test

IPL just before World Cup 'a concern' for Faf du Plessis
South Africa captain said the last thing he wanted was one of his bowlers getting injured just before the World Cup

Vernon Philander's return amps up pressure on Pakistan's middle order
One source of hope for the visitors is the potential presence of Mohammad Abbas, who missed the first Test with a shoulder injury

'They should triple my salary' - Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar says opening the batting in South Africa is the toughest job in Test cricket but that is also what makes it the most satisfying

Olivier, Amla, Elgar shine as South Africa go 1-0 up
Set 149 for victory, the home side got there before tea on the third day to take an early lead in the three-Test series

South Africa to chase 149 after Olivier takes 11
Pakistan imploded from 101 for 1 to 190 all out on the second day, with the home team's pacers inducing a post-tea collapse

Steyn record lights up bowlers' day out
Pakistan fought back after being bowled out for 181, reducing South Africa to 127 for 5 at stumps

Steyn surpasses Pollock to become South Africa's top wicket-taker
It took 19 balls on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test at Centurion for Steyn to achieve the landmark

Du Plessis backs 'rock' Amla to come good
In the last 10 Tests, Hashim Amla has averaged just 23, less than half his career average of 47, but he still has the backing of his captain

Chasing history, Pakistan seek batting solidity against Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada
Having arrived with a strong bowling attack, this could be Pakistan's best-ever chance to finally win a Test series in South Africa

'I feel like I'm 23' - Dale Steyn
The 35-year old says he has bigger goals beyond the long-awaited feat of becoming South Africa's most successful Test bowler

Hashim Amla finds form; Faf du Plessis, Duanne Olivier impress ahead of Boxing Day Test
Most of the national squad that will reassemble to take on Pakistan next week were given good workouts in the latest round of domestic four-day fixtures

Paterson called up for Boxing Day Test after Philander injury
The fast bowler, however, is unlikely to play, with Duanne Olivier, the initial back-up bowler, slated to partner Steyn and Rabada in the pace attack

'I was buying meat for a braai' - How Anrich Nortje scorched his way to an IPL deal
South Africa's little-known IPL pick has built a big reputation with his exploits in the Mzansi League

Mixed results for Pakistani bowlers on SA tour's opening day
Fakhar Zaman, who was nursing an injured knee before the tour, batted for the tourists before stumps on the first day in Benoni

Hendricks, van der Dussen claim MSL title for Jozi Stars
Table-toppers Cape Town Blitz faltered badly on the day it mattered most and were beaten by eight wickets

Vernon Philander to miss Boxing Day Test against Pakistan
South Africa seamer is set to miss the first Test of the home series after sustaining a hairline fracture on his right thumb

SA coach Gibson not worried about Amla's dip in form
Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram weren't particularly productive in their last Test series in Sri Lanka, but home comforts should remedy that

Jozi Stars through to Mzansi Super League final after rain ruins eliminator
They qualified on the virtue of finishing higher than Paarl Rocks on the points table

Pongolo six-for secures home play-off for Jozi Stars
The Spartans were left reeling from the batting onslaught of Rassie van der Dussen and Dan Christian, and a career-best 6 for 20 from Nono Pongolo

Zondo, van Wyk guide Heat home in 162 chase
Heat though were already out of the running for a play-off position, while Blitz were already assured of an automatic ticket to a home final next Sunday

Cloete, von Berg keep Spartans in play-off race
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants were kept to 137 for 9 in a chase of 166 on a slow pitch in Port Elizabeth

GLT20 franchise owner to launch legal action against CSA
Hiren Bhanu, owner of the Pretoria Mavericks, is claiming damages of over half a million dollars from the board

Quinton de Kock 93 carries Blitz to bonus point win
The wicketkeeper-batsman's onslaught at the top laid Paarl low after they had put up a below par 144

Durban Heat concede 14 off last two balls in sixth straight loss
Marchant de Lange's horror final over ensures Jozi Stars' qualification into the tournament playoffs

SA pick uncapped Zubayr Hamza for Pakistan Tests
The 23-year-old Cape Cobras batsman was rewarded for his consistency over the first-class season, and for his form during a tour of India in 2018

Tabraiz Shamsi, Faf du Plessis keep Durban Heat at the bottom of the table
After the left-arm wristspinner's twin strikes limited Heat to 154 for 6, the Paarl Rocks captain led the chase with an unbeaten 76

De Kock ton delivers massive win for Blitz
The opener scored at a strike rate of nearly 200 and helped Blitz make 172 after collapsing to 101 for 8 on a difficult surface

Markram, Ngidi among SA Cricket Annual's Cricketers of the Year
The other three players named in the 2018 edition are Titans and South Africa fast bowler Junior Dala, Warriors captain and allrounder Jon-Jon Smuts and Lions batsman Rassie van der Dussen

Injured Anrich Nortje leaves his imprint at MSL
The wickets of Amla and Bavuma aside, he impressed by often clocking close to 150kph

Temba Bavuma joins Northamptonshire for 2019 Championship campaign
South Africa batsman heads for Wantage Road on a three-month contract for the 2019 season.

Elgar delivers much-needed win for Spartans
The opener stayed unbeaten through the chase, notching a career-best 79* to lift his side off the bottom of the table

Rabada reclaims No. 1 ICC bowling ranking from Anderson
Yasir Shah has returned to the top ten after his 14-wicket haul, while Jonny Bairstow and Mominul Haque made gains in the batting rankings

MSL attracts 3.4 million viewers on opening weekend
While gate receipts have been lukewarm, the TV numbers spell out hope for Cricket South Africa

Injured Lungi Ngidi to miss Pakistan series
Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi will be out of action for a minimum of three months after sustaining a knee injury during the T20I against Australia last Sunday

South Africa win by 30 runs despite another batting failure
South Africa didn't find any more answers to their batting woes in the final group game, but they found a relatively big win to close their tournament

Tshwane Spartans win high-scoring thriller by one run
Gihahn Cloete's 80 had carried the visiting side to 203 for 5, but Cameron Delport's 73 ensured Paarl Rocks were in the game till the very end

Morris and Shamsi impress as South Africa extend Australia's misery
A torrential downpour on the Gold Coast dampened the mood before South Africa inflicted Australia's third loss in four matches

'Not sure how I got the hat-trick' - Anya Shrubsole
The fast bowler turned the spotlight on her team-mate Natalie Sciver, who took 3 for 4 to seal a thumping England victory

Shrubsole, Sciver heroics knock South Africa out
Anya Shrubsole took a hat-trick while Natalie Sciver finished with incredible figures of 3 for 4 as England sealed their semi-final berth in the 2018 World T20

Gold Coast's debut something 'a bit different' for T20I
South Africa will look to follow up their one-day series victory by taking the one-off T20 against an Australia side juggling resources

After multiple hurdles, South Africa braces for its own T20 league
It might be a little ramshackle, and it's very last minute, but the Mzansi Super League is ready to kick off, with the likes of AB de Villiers and Rashid Khan in the mix

Taylor overcomes neck injury to take career-best 4 for 12
About 12 overs into the chase in St. Lucia, it seemed like a West Indies win was very unlikely but the captain took the ball because she wanted to change the game, and she did

Stafanie Taylor's career-best figures help West Indies defend 107
Shabnim Ismail rocked West Indies' top order, but South Africa lost their last nine wickets for 28 runs and were bundled out for 76

Ben McDermott run out again as South Africa warm-up with victory
Andrew Tye, a member of Australia's squad, felt the force of South Africa's batsmen ahead of the T20I

Marizanne Kapp and I are the best opening bowling pair - Shabnim Ismail
Ismail starred with 3 for 10 in South Africa's victory over Sri Lanka, while Kapp picked up 1 for 13

Ismail, Kapp power South Africa to seven-wicket win
Shabnim Ismail was near unplayable, racking up 20 dot balls in a four-over spell, and Marizanne Kapp followed up her economical bowling with a 44-ball 38 to anchor South Africa's chase

Injured Trisha Chetty ruled out of Women's World T20
Teenager Faye Tunnicliffe, who made her international debut during South Africa's recent limited-overs tour of the Caribbean in September, has been called up as replacement

Miller, du Plessis centuries clinch series for South Africa
Shaun Marsh's century went in vain as he did not get any support from the rest of the top-order batsmen

Australia's win sets up series decider against South Africa in Hobart
Can the hosts build on the victory in Adelaide? Or will South Africa bounce back to win their first ODI series in Australia since 2009?

Kagiso Rabada skirts danger with Chris Lynn send-off
The South Africa fast bowler is currently on seven demerit points, and if he gets one more he could be suspended for four limited-overs matches or two Tests

Fast bowlers finally end Australia's worst ODI streak
After seven losses in a row, Australia secured a hard-fought win as Marcus Stoinis took three wickets

Rashid Khan eyes South African success
After getting the better of batsmen in T20 leagues around the world, the Afghanistan star is gearing up for the Mzansi Super League

Du Plessis wants more from batsmen at venue of 'mixed memories'
The South Africa captain said he would have liked the batsmen to be more clinical in the chase in Perth, after the bowlers had demolished Australia for 152

Australia seek end to longest losing streak in ODIs
The defeat against South Africa in the first ODI in Perth was Australia's seventh in a row

Former South Africa batsman Gulam Bodi pleads guilty to corruption
Having become the first South African sportsperson to be criminally convicted for match-fixing, he faces a potential 15-year sentence

Dale Steyn sets the tone to set up crushing South Africa win
Andile Phehlukwayo picked up three wickets in an outstanding collective bowling display but Australia's batsmen aided in their downfall

Youngsters have brought "fearlessness" to the side - van Niekerk
The very first stand-alone women's World T20 is less than a week away, and the South Africa captain feels women's cricket thoroughly deserves the "alone time"

Cape Town cloud lingers as Australia resume at home
After a week of dramatic boardroom developments, Australia's international season gets underway in Perth with the hosts desperate to find some ODI form

De Kock, Morris need to step up before the World Cup - Graeme Smith
The former South Africa captain also said Test cricket would be safe till Virat Kohli kept it as his priority

Australia's new culture will be hard to crack - Steyn
For the South African quick, the increased scrutiny on player behaviour is just a sign of the game becoming "more professional"

Yolani Fourie, Moseline Daniels in South Africa women's World T20 squad
They replaced Raisibe Ntozakhe, who has been suspended for an illegal bowling action, and Saarah Smith, who sustained an injury during practice

Philander shows his all-round value on return
Vernon Philander, on his return from an ankle injury that flared up during South Africa's trip to Sri Lanka in mid-July, scored a match-winning 104 for Cobras

'We were a touch rusty and not at the right intensity level' - Aiden Markram
The opener was one of only two batsmen to make a significant contribution, alongside David Miller, as the South Africans were bowled out for 173

Jason Behrendorff, Usman Qadir bag three-fors to inflict defeat on South Africans
Fifties from Josh Philippe and George Bailey steered the Prime Minister's XI home in a chase of 174

Gibson hopes for fresh start after Newlands saga
The South Africa coach said that his team has moved on from the mishappenings of their previous series, and hoped their opponents would be able to do the same

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