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South Africa vs England: Combined XI
South Africa vs England: Combined XI

After a disappointing Test series, which ended in a 2-1 loss to England, South Africa will be yearning to start the new year on a positive note. The five-match ODI series, which starts in Bloemfontein, will be a test of the bench strength for both teams, as a number of star players are unavailable due to injury. Here is a combined ODI XI, consisting of the players from both the sides that might be crucial for their team’™s p

Feb 3 2016
Shoulder injury rules out Dale Steyn from ODI series against England
Shoulder injury rules out Dale Steyn from ODI series against England

Dale Steyn will not be risked with the 2016 World T20 in mindSouth Africa’s joy at achieving a consolation victory against England in the fourth Test have been dampened by the news that their premier fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the upcoming five-match ODI series against the visitors, ESPNCricinfo reports. The 32-year-old has been struggling with injury woes ever since the opening Test at Mohali against India in No

Jan 27 2016
Kagiso Rabada rips England apart as South Africa beat England on final day
Kagiso Rabada rips England apart as South Africa beat England on final day

Rabada celebrating with teammates after picking a wicketSouth Africa beat England by 280 runs in the 4th Test of their series at SuperSport Park, Centurion. Despite the loss, England won the series 2-1.Overnight, England were 52/3 and needed 330 runs for an improbable victory after losing their top three batsmen in their second innings inside the first 10 overs as Alex Hales, Alastair Cook, and Nick Compton all departed without rea

Jan 26 2016
South Africa on the brink of winning 4th Test against England
South Africa on the brink of winning 4th Test against England

Temba Bavuma sweeping en route to his unbeaten 78South Africa are on the brink of winning the 4th Test against England at SuperSport park, Centurion. Set 382 runs to win, England were 52/3 at the end of play on day 4 with Joe Root and James Taylor (both on 19*) at the crease.Kagiso Rabada continued from where he left off in the first innings, by picking up early two wickets. He got started by dismissing Alex Hales LBW with the help of the su

Jan 25 2016
5 reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis
5 reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis

The South Africans, who sat atop the ICC Test rankings for a long time, have slipped from their throne after a series of woeful performances in the past year. The last twelve months have seen nine Test matches and zero Test wins, a steep drop from the lofty pedestal they were on just a year back.  Here’s a look at five reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis:

Why South Africa need to reformulate their Test squad
Why South Africa need to reformulate their Test squad

Issues with captaincy, batting order, and injuries have hurt South Africa in an unprecedented manner.After an inspiring Stuart Broad blitz which saw the Proteas crumble miraculously to hand England a series win, and lend India the numero uno status in the latest test rankings, South Africa’s disastrous 2015 seems to have stretched even further, with no wins in the last nine test encounters.Though many would speculate it was a

Jan 18 2016
What has happened to South Africa?
What has happened to South Africa?

Broad spitting fire at the Wanderers came as a spell of death for the home side in an evenly poised Test.The third Test match at Johannesburg was turning out to be a compelling one. The ground staff of the New Wanderers stadium did a fantastic job to prepare a track which provided advantage both for the batsmen and bowlers and it dented the concept among the modern day cricket experts that the best tracks are those which aids well for scorin

Jan 17 2016
Joe Root-Ben Stokes counterattack sees England comfortably placed at end of Day 2 of 3rd Test
Joe Root-Ben Stokes counterattack sees England comfortably placed at end of Day 2 of 3rd Test

Joe Root reaches his 9th Test century, one of his best till dateAt stumps on Day 2 of the 3rd Test, which were called early due to fading light, England are 238/5, trailing South Africa by 75 runs. Joe Root, who is unbeaten on 106, will resume his innings alongside Johnny Bairstow on Day 3.Joe Root and Ben Stokes have been the best performers in the 3rd Test at the Wanderers, on a pitch where batting has been difficult. Before the

Jan 15 2016
Best XI across all formats
Best XI across all formats

Cricket is one of the few sports that has different formats in which the game is played. As a result, there is a need for different skill sets to be successful in those formats, but the best players find a way to transcend the format and continue to be successful everywhere. While some are pigeon-holed as just a Test or a T20 player, there are those, who have shown that irrespective of the format, they can produce the goods. Over a period of tim

Jan 13 2016
5 of the most Underrated Cricketers of the modern era
5 of the most Underrated Cricketers of the modern era

Cricket is indeed a funny game. It takes a combination of heroes and sidekicks to win you games. On a cricket field, the amount of hard work required, along with concentration is unmatched. To make it in the squad for your national team is a moment to cherish for every human being. Almost every team in cricket today carries their individual icons. These guys can be described as the face of their respective teams. These heroes are always in the h

Jan 6 2016
South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Day One: Stokes' fifty gives England upper hand
South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Day One: Stokes' fifty gives England upper hand

Ben Stokes scored his 6th Test fifty to lift England out of a troublesome situationA Dale Steyn-less South African side took on England in the second Test at Newlands, Cape Town. The Proteas would have hoped to get off to a good start to the Test. However, the day was dominated by a quality batting display by the English batsmen.This is the fourth Test in the last six Tests that Steyn has missed for South Africa. 20-year-old Kagiso Rabada wa

Jan 2 2016
Top 10 wicket-takers in ODI cricket in 2015
Top 10 wicket-takers in ODI cricket in 2015

Mitchell Starc finished the year as the highest ODI wicket-takerIn 2015, ODI cricket was its high as the 2015 ICC World Cup occupied a month and a half of the calendar year. 14 teams battled it out to become the ultimate team in the 50-over format of the game. In the end, it was the co-hosts Australia who beat the other host, New Zealand in the final to win their fifth World Cup title.Mitchell Starc, who was the player of the tournament for

Jan 2 2016
Sportskeeda's ODI Bowler of the Year 2015 - counting down from No. 10 to No. 1
Sportskeeda's ODI Bowler of the Year 2015 - counting down from No. 10 to No. 1

The last 12 months have witnessed several great performances, especially by the New Zealand team who came as close to winning the coveted World Cup as they had ever been, ending up second-best to Australia in the final. Among the less acknowledged teams, Bangladesh can pride themselves for their efforts while Afghanistan’s decent displays have catapulted them to No. 10 in the latest ICC ODI rankings for the first time ever. While it has l

Dec 28 2015
Morkel denies rumours about ABD's retirement
Morkel denies rumours about ABD's retirement

According to Rapport, AB de Villiers will quit Test cricket at the end of the England seriesSouth African media had come out with reports suggesting that AB de Villiers, the Proteas’ ODI captain was contemplating quitting Test cricket after the England series. However, fast bowler, Morne Morkel has denied any such development with regard to South Africa’s best player in all three formats of the game.Rapport, a South African newsp

Dec 28 2015
Enough with the double standards
Enough with the double standards

Bowlers had very less to cheer about in the second Test of the Trans-Tasman trophy at the WACABe it the rules or opinions, cricket has always been a batsmen’s game. The term “Gentleman’s game” has two completely different meanings. One being the obvious: that cricket is usually played with great sportsmanship. The second simply reiterates the fact that batsmen have an edge over the game. To understand this better, let&rsqu

Dec 14 2015
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