Zubayr Hamza impressive on Proteas debut but South Africa squander advantage at Wanderers- Day 1 Report

Zubayr Hamza scored an assured 41 on test debut for South Africa but the hosts squandered their advantage in a frenetic last session that saw them lose 7 wickets for 33 runs after being 229/3 at one stage on the opening day of the third test at the Wanderers.

Stand in skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and opted to bat first. The Proteas made only one change, with Hamza coming in for suspended regular captain Faf du Plessis. Pakistan however made three of them, with Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali coming in for Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Elgar was the first to go, edging an Abbas delivery to the keeper for just 5. His opening partner Aiden Markram, surprisingly dropped from the South Africa ODI squad against Pakistan, was impressive, hitting fours at will as Amla and he took control of the game. Just as it had been in Cape Town, Markram looked good for a century but fell at an inopportune moment. On 90, he attempted to flick an Ashraf delivery down the leg side, only for Sarfaraz Ahmed to take a good catch. Continue reading “Zubayr Hamza impressive on Proteas debut but South Africa squander advantage at Wanderers- Day 1 Report”

Proteas vs Pakistan 2019 Second Test Preview | South Africa look to make it 2-0 at Newlands

South Africa will be looking to wrap up the series at Newlands when they take on Pakistan in the second test on Thursday. The Proteas had some stressful moments to endure in the first test at Centurion, but prevailed thanks to Duanne Olivier’s 11 wicket haul and Hashim Amla’s half century in the second innings.

Pakistan had their chances in Pretoria- they allowed the Proteas tail to wag in the first innings (after the hosts had been 43/4 in reply to Pakistan’s 181 all out) and take a valuable 42 run lead and then went from 101/1 to 190 all out in the second.

In South Africa’s tricky fourth innings chase, Amla was dropped early in the innings and Elgar had a reprieve via the third umpire despite the on field umpires ruling Azhar Ali’s catch to be clean. Had both decisions gone Pakistan’s way, the Proteas would’ve been 16/3, but they did not, and the hosts eventually coasted to a six wicket victory.

Vernon Philander missed the first test due to injury but has recovered for the second, and is a certainty in the XI given his fabulous record at Newlands. With Faf du Plessis also confirming that Duanne Olivier would play in Cape Town, the Proteas selectors have a headache as to how to fit in Philander. The options before them would be to Continue reading “Proteas vs Pakistan 2019 Second Test Preview | South Africa look to make it 2-0 at Newlands”

Australia vs South Africa First T-20 Match Report-2018

South Africa continued from where they had left in the ODI’s as they defeated Australia by 21 runs in the one off T-20 international at Carrara on Saturday.

With rain forcing the game to be reduced to ten overs, Australian skipper Aaron Finch opted to bowl first after winning the toss. South Africa’s opening pair of Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks got their team off to a blazing start as they added 42 runs for the opening wicket before Nathan Coulter-Nile broke the stand by getting rid of Hendricks. Continue reading “Australia vs South Africa First T-20 Match Report-2018”

Glenn Maxwell catch of Faf Du Plessis- Australia vs South Africa T20 2018

Here is the video of Glenn Maxwell taking an outstanding catch on the boundary line to dismiss South African captain Faf Du Plessis off Billy Stanlake during the one of T-20 match at Carrara on Saturday. Continue reading “Glenn Maxwell catch of Faf Du Plessis- Australia vs South Africa T20 2018”

Australia vs South Africa Third ODI Match Report 2018 Hobart | Proteas win 2-1

Scintillating centuries from Faf Du Plessis and David Miller helped South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs in the third one day international at Hobart on Sunday.

After winning the toss and electing to field, the home side appeared to have fully justified skipper Aaron Finch’s decision when they picked up South Africa’s top three with just 50 odd on board for the visitors.

The first to go was wicket keeper Quinton De Kock, caught by Alex Carey off Mitchell Starc for 4. His opening partner Reeza Hendricks was the next to follow, caught down the leg side by Carey off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis.

Aiden Markram looked very good in his innings of 32 hitting three beautiful sixes and a four before he fell in similar fashion to Hendricks Continue reading “Australia vs South Africa Third ODI Match Report 2018 Hobart | Proteas win 2-1”

Australia vs South Africa Third ODI Match Preview-2018

The series is on the line in Hobart as Australia and South Africa lock horns in the Tasmanian capital city on Sunday.

Australia, after a disappointing performance in the first one dayer at Perth, came back strongly to defeat South Africa by 7 runs in the second ODI at Adelaide, thus ending their seven game losing streak in ODI’s. Continue reading “Australia vs South Africa Third ODI Match Preview-2018”

List of CSA Academy Players- Cricket South Africa Powerade Academy 3 year cycle 2018-2021

Beginning the 2018/19 season, CSA’s Academy will switch to a three year cycle from the current yearly one.

Here are the fifteen members chosen for Cricket South Africa’s National Academy squad for the cycle from 2018 till September 2021, as officially announced in November 2018. It includes several players who have appeared for South Africa’s U19 squad like Raynard van Tonder, Matthew Breetzke, Tony de Zorzi and Wandile Makwetu.

How old are the players in CSA’s Powerade Academy?

We’ve listed the players below by franchise- the most number of players in the Academy are from the Cape Cobras (Western Province), and have added their ages in brackets.

The oldest players in this current CSA Academy cycle are Tladi Bokako and Tshepang Dithole, both of whom are already 25. The youngest are the duo of Sinethemba Qeshile and Wandile Makwetu, both of whom are still 19. The vast majority of the intakes are in their early 20’s.

Cricket South Africa National Academy Roster- 3 year cycle from 2018-2021

4 Cape Cobras CSA Academy players: Tladi Bokako (25), Janneman Malan (22), Kyle Simmonds (24), Jason Smith (24)

3 Highveld Lions CSA Academy reps: Nandre Burger (23), Tshepang Dithole (25), Bjorn Fortuin (24)

3 Warriors CSA Academy players: Matthew Breetzke (20), Lutho Sipamla (20), Sinethemba Qeshile (19) Continue reading “List of CSA Academy Players- Cricket South Africa Powerade Academy 3 year cycle 2018-2021”

Australia vs South Africa 2018 Adelaide Second ODI match report- Proteas choke & collapse again!

Australia ended their seven game losing streak in ODI’s as they beat South Africa by 7 runs in the second one day international at Adelaide. The home side produced a strong bowling performance to defend a modest total of 232 on what appeared to be a good batting wicket, storming back after a chastening defeat five days ago in Perth.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and sent Australia in at the Adelaide Oval. The hosts suffered an early jolt as local lad Travis Head was trapped LBW by Lungi Ngidi for 8 runs. Even worse, Head wasted the review despite the appeal looking good in real time.

The returning Shaun Marsh along with skipper Aaron Finch added 54 runs for the second wicket stand, before Kagiso Rabada provided a much needed breakthrough by getting rid of Marsh for 22.

Finch looked set for a big score, but lost his concentration and chopped on for 41, giving Dwaine Pretorius his first wicket of the game.

Chris Lynn then took Rabada to the cleaners, hitting a six and three fours off consecutive deliveries. The South African pacer however had the last laugh as Lynn attempted to smite another delivery, only to be caught behind by Quinton De Kock. Continue reading “Australia vs South Africa 2018 Adelaide Second ODI match report- Proteas choke & collapse again!”

Australia vs South Africa Second ODI Match Preview-2018

Australia after a disappointing opening game at Perth will be looking to turn the tide when they face South Africa in the second ODI at Adelaide on Friday.

The home side turned in a shocking batting performance on Sunday at the new Optus Stadium as the Proteas coasted to victory. Continue reading “Australia vs South Africa Second ODI Match Preview-2018”

Australia vs South Africa 2018 Perth First ODI match report

South Africa’s pace battery produced a magnificent bowling performance, as they thrashed the Australians by six wickets in the first ODI at Perth and took a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

After winning the toss and electing to field, the Proteas started superbly with the ball, as Dale Steyn claimed the wickets of Travis Head and D’Arcy Short after a maiden from Lungi Ngidi at the other end had seen pressure mount on the home side.

Ngidi then joined the party, as he claimed the wicket of opposition skipper Aaron Finch LBW to leave the home side reeling at 8/3. Replays showed that Finch would’ve had a reprieve had he chosen to preview, but for reasons best known to him, the Australian skipper chose not to.

Chris Lynn and Alex Carey steadied the ship somewhat by adding 28 runs for the fourth wicket, before Lynn was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo for 15.

Carey’s 33, plus some resistance from the tail, helped the Aussies go past the 150 run mark after having been 66/6 at one stage. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the last wicket to fall, top edging one to mid wicket as they were bowled out for 152 in 38.1 overs.

Phehlukwayo was the highest wicket taker for the Proteas, with figures of 3/33 to his name. Steyn, Ngidi and Imran Tahir scalped 2 wickets each as all the Proteas bowlers made merry at the new Optus Stadium.

Chasing a target of 153 runs, South Africa’s openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks set the tone by adding 94 runs for the opening stand, before De Kock fell to Coulter Nile for 47.

Hendricks and Aiden Markram got some time at the middle and made 44 & 36 respectively before falling to Marcus Stoinis.

Though they did lose wickets towards the end, the visitors overhauled the target of 153 with six wickets to spare.

Dale Steyn was declared the Man of the match for his fantastic bowling performance that set the tone for the Proteas early on.

Dale Steyn

The second one day international will be played at Adelaide on 9 November.