Throughout their history, South Africa national cricket team have had to fight a lot of battles and not just on the cricket field. Despite getting their ICC full member status in 1909, it took the South Africa cricket team a long time to become a competitive side.
And just as they started to be a side that could consistently beat the very best sides in the world, an international ban was imposed by the ICC due to the country's apartheid policy and the South Africa cricket board had to pay, much like the other sports boards of the country. The ban robbed the South Africa team of the opportunity to field some of their finest players including Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards in international cricket for an extended period of time.
Since they were reinstated as a Test nation in 1991, they picked up from where they left off before the international ban. Since then, they have consistently been one of the best teams across formats and in 2012, the South Africa team became the first to be the No.1 ranked side in all three formats of the game.
Overcoming adversity has always been par for the course for South Africa cricket as they have had to fight both internally and externally for their very existence. Hansie Cronje being banned for match-fixing before being killed in a plane crash was arguably the lowest point for SA cricket since their re-admission.
Although they entered international cricket and first-class cricket at the same time, it has taken them a long time to develop a side that can consistently compete across all formats of the game. The South Africa team has always been hampered by the country's policies, from apartheid to the current quota system.
The South Africa national cricket team only have a solitary Champions Trophy to show for the incredible talent that they have possessed. Four World Cup semi-final appearances, two World T20 semis and four Champions Trophy semis and their inability to come through pressure situations have earned them the tag of "chokers". Despite that the South Africa team have always been a competitive force across formats since the turn of the millennium.
South Africa national cricket team roster includes some of the finest players to have played. While some have had long and fruitful careers, like Dale Steyn, Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock, others weren't as lucky due to the country's apartheid policy.
Despite that the South Africa Test squad had always boasted of some quality players. From the likes of Hugh Tayfield, Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock to the more recent Allan Donald, Makhaya Ntini and Graeme Smith.
The current South Africa cricket team captain is Faf du Plessis. The right-handed batsman took over as South Africa cricket captain across all formats from AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla. Since taking over, he has had considerable success and became just the seventh Test captain to win a home and away series against Australia.
While there has been some uncertainty over South Africa cricket team captain in the past, they have a settled side and a strong leader in Faf du Plessis. The current South Africa cricket coach is Otis Gibson, who took over from Phil Simmons.
Despite their considerable success in ODIs that has seen them reach four semi-finals in the World Cup and Champions Trophy, their success in T20Is has been nowhere near as prolific. The South Africa T20 squad is in a constant state of flux and has seen several T20 stars not perform to their expectations.
Over the years, South Africa cricket team players have broken plenty of records and etched their names in the annals of cricket folklore. The most famous of them all is the world record run chase against Australia at the Wanderers.
Jacques Kallis holds the national record for most Test matches, runs and centuries. While Hashim Amla holds the record for highest Test score, Shaun Pollock is their all-time leading Test wicket-taker.
While Kallis is once again the leading run-getter for South Africa team in ODIs and has the most half-centuries, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers jointly hold the record for most centuries. Shaun Pollock is the leading wicket-taker in ODIs while Imran Tahir holds the record for best ODI bowling figures.
As far as South Africa t20 records are concerned, JP Duminy has the most runs and half-centuries for his country while three players all have a century apiece. Dale Steyn has the most T20I wickets for South Africa while Ryan McLaren holds the record for best T20I bowling figures.
South Africa cricket schedule for the remainder of 2018 sees them traveling to Sri Lanka for a tour that was initially supposed to be for just three Tests but now sees them play two Tests, five ODIs and a solitary T20I. Once they return, they are set to host Zimbabwe across all formats before going to Australia for a limited-overs tour.
South Africa cricket fixtures for the home season (2018/19) sees them taking on Pakistan and then Sri Lanka before they set off for the 2019 World Cup in England.
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