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Amla's feats acknowledged with national award
The batsman has been handed South Africa's Order of Ikhamanga which recognises achievements of those in the fields of arts‚ culture‚ literature‚ music‚ journalism and sport

Centurion takes Boxing Day Test as CSA confirm 2018-19 fixtures
South Africa will play five home Tests, 13 ODIs and nine T20s in the 2018-19 summer, which will see incoming tours from Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

SACA says key elements of MoU yet to be discussed with CSA
SACA's fear is that if the MoU is not signed by the time the current deal expires, South African players may consider their options elsewhere rather than commit to cricket at home

CSA proposes interim agreement to extend contract negotiation with players
With only seven working days left before the negotiation period ends, Cricket South Africa are looking to give three-month contract extensions to players

Deadline fast approaching as CSA, players yet to reach agreement
The South African Cricketers' Association has prepared its position, but sources say negotiations have not begun with the deadline of April 30 looming

Legendary fielder Colin Bland dies aged 80
The allrounder, who played 21 Tests for South Africa between 1961 and 1966, had been suffering from colon cancer for several years

Surrey sign Elgar as Marsh replacement
South Africa opener Dean Elgar has answered a late call to stand in for the injured Mitchell Marsh at Surrey

Surrey confirm Morkel capture
The arrival of the South African fast bowler on a two-year Kolpak deal will invite hopes of a Championship challenge

Steyn signs county contract with Hampshire
Dale Steyn, South Africa's veteran fast bowler, has signed with Hampshire for the 2018 season

Kagiso Rabada sidelined for three months with injury
A lower-back stress reaction has ruled the South Africa fast bowler out of the IPL

Newlands hit by armed robbery
Friday's raid on the Cape Town stadium was the third such instance since 2015, according to the Western Province Cricket Association

SL to play ODI series, one-off T20I instead of third SA Test
The revised tour will begin with Tests in Galle and at the SSC - which had also been the venues of South Africa's most-recent Tests on the island - before moving to Dambulla, Pallekele and finally Khettarama for the limited-overs leg

'A lot of us have to step up' - Paine
The Australia captain hopes the team, under a new head coach, will embrace a culture shift and start with a clean slate

'There was not one day did I not enjoy coming to nets' - Morkel
The fast bowler counted South Africa's first Test series wins in England and Australia since readmission as the highlights of his international career, and the 2015 World Cup semi-final defeat as a significant low point

Philander six-for completes historic series win for South Africa
South Africa wrapped up the series 3-1 - their first home win against Australia since readmission - with a 492-run victory

Morkel takes SA closer to 3-1 after du Plessis ton
South Africa batted on and on in Johannesburg on the fourth day to push their lead past 600, before Morkel's strikes, as he battled a side strain, left Australia three down in a colossal chase

Heinrich Klaasen replaces Smith at Rajasthan Royals
The South Africa wicketkeeper batsman joined Royals as a replacement for Steven Smith, who was banned from playing IPL 2018 in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal

Australia made to grind as SA lead crosses 400
Tim Paine and Pat Cummins showed fight with the bat, and Cummins was a constant threat with the ball, too, but South Africa remained firmly in control of the match, and almost certain to complete a historic home series win against Australia

Morkel pulls up with injury in his final Test
He left the field 40 minutes before lunch on the third morning in Johannesburg for some treatment. The team management hope he could push on for the rest for the match

Steyn likely to join Hampshire in June
Steyn, who has not played competitive cricket since the New Year's Test against India, will look to county circuit to get game time ahead of South Africa's next assignment in Sri Lanka in July

Bee-stung de Kock misses Shaun Marsh stumping
Keshav Maharaj's flight left Australia's No. 5 stranded outside his crease, but he lived to fight on (though not for too long) thanks to the timely efforts of a wicketkeeper-hating bee

Lions axe Geoffrey Toyana as head coach
Franchise redeploys him as High Performance Coach after two trophy-less seasons; Enoch Nkwe, the current national women's team assistant coach, believed to be in the running to take over

Bavuma, Philander leave Australia staring at follow-on
South Africa's last four wickets added 189 to shore up an already strong total before Australia's new look batting line-up went on a freefall

Australia find the will to fight after Markram 152
Aiden Markram capitalised on a bowling line-up lacking penetration, making 152, his highest Test score, and strengthening South Africa's position in their bid for their first home series win against Australia since 1970

Smith 'a good guy caught in a bad place' - du Plessis
South Africa's captain has expressed sympathy for Steven Smith, but was less charitable to David Warner, whom he hoped would 'reflect and see if he can change the way he has played the game'

South Africa aim to farewell Morkel with historic series win
Despite the tumult of the ball-tampering controversy, Australia have a Test to play, and a record of not having lost a series in South Africa since 1970 to keep alive

'A reality check for every team in the world' - Amla
Calling the ball-tampering incident a "sad moment", the South Africa batsman suggested it could push the global game to take another look at the way individuals and teams act

'I would hope this never happens under my watch' - Gibson
The schadenfreude is subtle in the hosts' camp, but its there. They know Australia are in a bad position, so they sniff a maiden home-series win against this opposition since readmission

Morkel jumps to sixth, gets career-high rating points
With Morkel set to retire after the Johannesburg Test, the 33-year-old could finish his South Africa career among the world's ten best bowlers

FICA chief calls for 'honour code' among players
Cricketers around the world should consider taking a leading role in adopting their own honour code under which they operate, according to Tony Irish, chief executive of FICA

Morris, Kuhn, Klaasen help Titans pip Warriors to Sunfoil Series title
The Titans completed their double this season, having previously won the RamSlam T20 Challenge. During a closely contested final round of fixtures over the weekend, they beat the Knights by four wickets

Today is the highlight of my life - Morkel
Morne Morkel has waited 12 years for a day like this, a day when he could stand out and revel in the highest high of his career

Broad pours scorn on Australian double-standards
England fast bowler openly questions Smith's defence of his team's actions, and accuses coach Lehmann of hypocrisy

Despondent Australia crushed in a session
Morne Morkel walked off with career-best figures as Australia lost all 10 wickets during the evening session, though off-field events continued to overshadow the result

Steven Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will lead the side for the last two days of the contest, and Smith and Warner will play under him

The ball-tampering incident: full coverage
Full coverage of the ball-tampering incident and its aftermath during Australia tour of South Africa 2017-18

South Africa tighten grip as ball-tampering row erupts
Cameron Bancroft worked on the ball in an incident, which overshadowed the third day's play in Cape Town, where the hosts stretched their lead towards 300

Smith, Boucher take aim at Lehmann and Australian crowds
Former South Africa cricketers weigh in after Australia coach labels Newlands crowd behaviour "disgraceful"

It's been a lot of hard work over the 12 years - Morkel
"It's a special feeling, especially because I am the world record holder for the most [wickets off] no-balls," Morkel joked afterwards

Morkel becomes fifth South African to 300 Test wickets
The fast bowler took the wickets of Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh on the second day at Newlands to reach the milestone in his 85th Test

Warner in heated exchange with spectator after dismissal
David Warner was involved in a heated exchange with a spectator as he walked off the ground after his dismissal by Kagiso Rabada on day two of the third Test in Cape Town

Bowlers keep SA on top after Elgar carries bat
Morne Morkel ran through Australia's middle order and collected his 300th Test wicket as South Africa strengthened their position

Elgar stands firm as Cummins leads Aussie revival
Pat Cummins' afternoon spell turned the tables on South Africa, after Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers had laid a very promising platform

SA set to miss 2017-18 transformation target
Selection questions over Temba Bavuma/Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi/Morne Morkel highlight the delicate balancing act for South Africa

Steyn all but out of Australia series
The fast bowler has recovered from the heel injury that has kept him out since the New Year's Test against India, but will not get any chance to prove his fitness in a first-class game with the Titans leaving him out of their squad for the final fixture o

Rabada reprieve adds spice to simmering contest
South Africa will be buoyed by the availability of No. 1 Test bowler Kagiso Rabada while Australia hope to have Mitchells Starc and Marsh fit

Smith critical of Rabada's successful appeal
Surprised by the outcome, the Australia captain has declared the appeal verdict sets a troubling standard for allowable physical contact in the game

'Great decision for series and Test cricket'
Having Kagiso Rabada back is "satisfying" for two reasons: he will play at Newlands and South Africa feel vindicated that inconsistent application of the ICC code of conduct has been rectified

Reactions to the Rabada verdict: 'Common sense prevails'
Twitter reactions to Kagiso Rabada's two-Test ban being overturned, allowing him to play in the Cape Town Test

Rabada's ban overturned, cleared to play in Cape Town
Kagiso Rabada will play in the Cape Town Test after his two-match ban for making physical contact with Steven Smith was overturned by the ICC's code of conduct appeal commissioner Michael Heron

'Backroom noise hindering exciting Test series' - Elgar
A quiet break from cricket, after two high-quality Tests that were in the spotlight for several wrong reasons, has given the South Africa opener time to think about his faltering batting

We'll use Philander tweet on the field - Bancroft
The Australia opener is sure the "hacked" tweet will be brought up at some stage during the Newlands Test to get under the opposition's nerves

Codes, and politics: what the aftermath of the bust-ups tells us
Perhaps it's time Australia have another look at how they, as players, are perceived by the cricketing world. Perhaps it's also time for South Africa, as a cricketing nation, to reconsider the way they negotiate authority

Olivier, Morris added to South Africa Test squad
There is no room yet, however, for Dale Steyn, who has yet to play a competitive match since injuring his heel in January

Rabada takes responsibility for Smith shoulder brush
Pacer says the incident was partially his fault, but maintains that he did not feel any contact when shoulders brushed

Rabada's appeal hearing on March 19
The judicial commissioner, Michael Heron, will have 48 hours to reach a decision. If cleared, the fast bowler could play in the Newlands Test that starts on Friday

Starc reveals conflict over Smith instructions on de Villiers
The Australia fast bowler said his captain had told him to take a highly negative approach in his bowling to AB de Villiers during the Port Elizabeth Test

Rabada's defence advocate named for ICC appeal
High-profile South African advocate Dali Mpofu will represent Kagiso Rabada as he tries to overturn his two-Test ban

Philander denies posting inflammatory tweet accusing Smith
The South Africa seamer said his account was hacked, after an inflammatory tweet was posted on his account, accusing Smith of being equally culpable in the shoulder brush that led to Rabada getting banned

Rabada appeals ban, could yet play at Newlands
Two-Test suspension could be put on hold during appeal process, giving fast bowler a chance to play in third Test

'There's a place for emotion on the field' - Anderson on Rabada
England paceman sympathises with Kagiso Rabada after his on-field aggression leads to two-Test ban

Australia on Rabada: 'His arm speed is quite amazing'
From analysing what works for Kagiso Rabada the bowler, to suggesting what needs to change for Kagiso Rabada the angry young cricketer, here's Australia's players and staff

Ntozakhe added to CSA womens' contracts
The only new addition is Gauteng's 21-year old offspinner Raisibe Ntozakhe. Marcia Letsoalo, who last played over a year ago at the World Cup Qualifiers, is the only exclusion from the 2017-18 list

Rabada climbs to No. 1 in ICC Test bowler's rankings
Less than a day after racking up four demerit points, fast bowler achieves career-best ranking points to usurp James Anderson at No. 1

Elgar, Amla taught us a lesson - Lehmann
The coach believes the pair's 88-run stand, which weathered extended periods of reverse-swing from Australia's quicks, helped AB de Villiers play with far more freedom alongside the tail

Du Plessis hails South Africa's 'character and pride'
They were outplayed in Durban, the form of the senior batsmen coming under question, but all of that was put to rest by a very professional display from South Africa

'I can't keep doing this because I am letting the team down' - Rabada
South Africa's pace spearhead admitted that he has a lot to think about and needs to reign himself in

Steyn's comeback delayed until end of March
The South Africa fast bowler will only be considered for the fourth Test against Australia, and not the third as initially hoped as he continues to recover from a heel injury

Rabada handed two-Test suspension
The South Africa fast bowler was punished for a level two breach of the ICC's code of conduct, when he brushed against Australia captain Steven Smith's shoulder while celebrating a wicket

Rabada's 11-for helps South Africa level series
AB de Villiers played another cameo as the hosts chased down 101 with six wickets in hand

Rabada picks up second disciplinary charge in same Test
Fresh charge levelled against South Africa quick for Warner send-off, even as he awaits ruling on Smith shoulder nudge

'It was right up there with the best feeling ever' - de Villiers
Just how much did it mean for South Africa's superstar to score his first Test century in three years?

De Villiers and Rabada tighten South Africa's grip
After the batsman hit his first Test century in more than three years and one of his finest, the quick took three wickets to hurt Australia further on the third day in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth brass band silenced during play
The band left the stadium after being silenced, only to return in dramatic circumstances

De Villiers' mastery secures South Africa lead
Half-century from Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar also helped counter Australia's reverse swing in Port Elizabeth

CSA apologises to Australia for mask slip-up
Cricket South Africa has issued an apology to Cricket Australia after two CSA officials were photographed posing with fans, who were wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks at St George's Park

Rabada in danger of missing series after ICC charge
Kagiso Rabada is contesting the Level 2 charge on the basis that his contact with Steven Smith was accidental

Rabada makes contact with Smith during wicket celebration
The incident could end up attracting the attention of match officials, already alert to such moments in a series that is not short of them

Rabada's five-for puts South Africa in command
Kagiso Rabada turned the match around for South Africa in the space of two overs, ripping through Australia with the use of reverse swing

SA claim moral high ground, hope to target Warner
With a line drawn under the stairwell saga, South Africa turn their attention to an advantage they have over Australia - David Warner is one demerit point away from a suspension

Control your teams, Smith and du Plessis told
The two captains outline how their approaches differ, but both agree that conversation on the field of play is fine so long as it does not veer into hurtful territory

Markram, Ngidi awarded CSA central contracts
Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Stephen Cook, Wayne Parnell and Aaron Phangiso have been left out of the 18-player contracts list

Back to cricket after Warner-de Kock saga
Australia have a chance to take an unassailable lead, South Africa have an opportunity to build on an improved performance in Durban. That's all that matters in Port Elizabeth.

Smith rules line under stairwell saga
The Australia captain says he is keen to not let "emotions get in the way" of his team building on their 1-0 series lead, come the Port Elizabeth Test

Kent sign Kuhn on Kolpak deal
Heino Kuhn has become the latest South Africa international to take the Kolpak route into county cricket after signing a contract with Kent

Fresh footage captures moment Warner snaps
Australia's vice-captain David Warner is seen reacting ferociously to a remark by Quinton de Kock and needing to be dragged away by the wicketkeeper Tim Paine

'Look me in the eye' - Warner on stairwell feud
Australia vice-captain says ICC sanction won't cramp his on-field aggression as new footage emerges of bust-up with Quinton de Kock

De Kock loses hearing against ICC sanction
Quinton de Kock was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC's code of conduct in relation to bringing the game into disrepute

SA likely to persist with extra batsman
A lack of big contributions from the line-up, a strong Australian attack and surfaces that are expected to be drier and more abrasive than usual may force the hosts to avoid thinking about a fourth fast bowler

'Whose line is it anyway,' asks Gibson as SA maintain de Kock's innocence
South Africa's head coach Ottis Gibson was steadfast in his defence of Quinton de Kock ahead of an ICC code of conduct hearing on Wednesday

Warner, de Kock charged after stairwell dispute in Durban
Warner has been charged with a Level 2 offence, while de Kock has been booked under the Level 1 category

Paine insists Australia did not cross a line, but de Kock did
Australia's wicketkeeper Tim Paine said it was "blatantly untrue" that Quinton de Kock's family was targeted, but he did hear a comment on David Warner's wife Candice

Warner vice-captaincy secure - Lehmann
Australia's coach has defended his player in the strongest terms, while also indicating he wants the captains and coaches from both teams to sit down together to discuss player behaviour

Demerit points keeping Rabada quiet - Steyn
The fast bowler believes South Africa have been disadvantaged in the chirping battle with Australia thanks to the disciplinary straitjacket put on their most combative personality

South Africa target greater lower-order efficiency
Faf du Plessis wants his tail-enders to find ways to resist the reverse-swinging ball, and his bowlers to try and match their Australian counterparts' effectiveness with the old ball

SA talent Vasconcelos signs for Northants
Warning bells will be ringing once more in South Africa after Northamptonshire signed Ricardo Vasconcelos as a wicketkeeper batsman

Nip it in the bud on the field - du Plessis
The SA camp and former Australia batsman Simon Katich have called on match officials to play a more proactive role to ensure that tensions between the two sides don't boil over

Australia, South Africa point finger at the other over stairwell incident
Australia believe Quinton de Kock's words crossed a line; South Africa insist that David Warner got personal

Starc, Hazlewood swing Australia to 118-run win
Starc misses out on hat-trick but South Africa's resistance lasts 22 balls on the fifth and final day at Durban

Warner involved in heated exchange with de Kock
Cricket Australia has said it is up to the on-field umpires and the match referee to decide upon the future course of action with regard to the incident

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