AB De Villiers won’t be leading South Africa in ODI

AB De Villiers won’t be leading South Africa in the 50-over format of the game anymore and will provide his services to the team only as a player.

50-over format was the only format in which De Villiers was in charge of the South Africa Cricket team. In the two other formats, the South African team was being led by Faf Du Plessis and now after De Villiers’ resignation, Du Plessis is almost certain to be given the responsibility of leading the team in the 50-over format as well. Du Plessis has had a good time as captain in test matches and in 20-over Cricket and after the Champions trophy debacle, many people were of the view that he should be appointed the captain of the One Day team as well. And it seems that De Villiers himself has also realized that it is in the best interests of South African Cricket that Du Plessis takes the charge of the team across all formats. (more…) Read more...

SOUTH AFRICA RANK SECOND IN ICC RANKINGS

South Africa ended with a 1-0 win against New Zealand as the rains forced a draw in the third and final Test after five days in Hamilton.

The result means the African side have lost just one series in the last ten years. They lost to only India in the 2015/16 season. South Africa entered the Test season last summer, placing seventh in the ICC Test team rankings. The result against New Zealand helped them push up to the second spot on the log as they topple Australia. India remain confident at the number one spot, and the Faf du Plessis-led side will be confirmed as the second on April 1. Their clash against New Zealand historically favoured them and they maintained the record. They have defeated them in the last two Test series but they had to score 95 runs to avoid an innings defeat this time. New Zealand gave a big fight but they would not be too disappointed to have lost the game despitehaving a firm grip. The visitors would also ascend in the new rankings. (more…) Read more...

NEW ZEALAND EDGE SOUTH AFRICA IN THIRD TEST

New Zealand have snapped up the control after the third Test in Hamilton. They now have 321 after the third day against their opponent’s 314.

The visitorswere really affected by the awesome partnership of Kane Williamson and JeetRaval. The pair posted a record of 102 runs in the first Test at Dunedin but they posted a better result of 190 runs on the third day to take control of the series. The Black Caps improved on their Wellington performance, going the route of low risk batting and maximum impact – something they would typically do at home. This make their South African opponents flat in the field. South Africa were not all that bad as their lines were accurate, and they bounced the ball on the block strips for sake of its advantages. Their skipper Faf du Plessis and the African bowlers tried their best but they could not penetrate the resolute New Zealand side. Williamson equalled Martin Crowe’s record after he reached his 17th test century. This makes him the sixth Kiwi to reach 5000 Test runs in their history. He is now in contention to move up in the best batsmen list. John Wright is the one directly above him with 5334. Then there is Crowe’s 5444, then Ross Taylor at 6030, Brendon McCullum at 6453 and Stephen Fleming at 7172 runs. Williamson is the third youngest test player at 26 years and 231 days, having Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook ahead of him, to reach 110 innings. (more…) Read more...

WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO ACCOMPLISH – JP DUMINY

Just recently, the South African Cricket Team defeated their Australian counterparts in their own grounds during the three-Test series.

This came on the heels of two back to back wins over the same opponents on One-Day International (ODI) series at home where they won 5-0 and a 1-o win over New Zealand some time before that. However, it seems their recent victorious run is not enough for some of the team members as one of the most experienced cricketers in the South African squad, JP Duminy hopes that his team would improve, as they still have a lot to accomplish, considering that they are yet to live up to expectations in the ICC events. On iol.co.za, Duminy was quoted as having said, “It’s been an amazing journey. One that has been truly humbling.” (more…) Read more...

Makhaya Ntini is a little bit annoyed that most of the nations don’t opt for their main players

Makhaya Ntini is a little bit annoyed that most of the nations don’t opt for their main players to play the series against Zimbabwe and it’s mostly a group of the newly emerging players which they send. The Reds coach wants to make every Cricket board realize that experimentation can lead to defeats in Zimbabwe and thus, has vowed to thrash the team that has come from the BCCI’s side for the One Day internationals and the Twenty 20s. It’s only weeks back that Ntini was added to the Zimbabwe set up as a bowling consultant and he has had a promotion in the job rather quickly as he is now heading the coaching staff of the national team with Dave Whatmore getting thrown out. Ntini though, being from the African continent himself, would know the Zimbabwean culture well and the promotion of him is not completely shocking. The initial statements of the Ex-South Africa bowler already suggest that he would coach the same way he played and that is with aggression. Whatever he said in the media interaction on Friday evening pretty much suited to the personality he was when he had the ball in his hands. He was as aggressive as anyone else. (more…) Read more...

Although Hashim Amla is a part of the World T20 squad of South Africa

Although Hashim Amla is a part of the World T20 squad of South Africa, he would not be a guaranteed pick in the playing XI. South Africa would probably be opening with the destructive pair of AB De Villiers and Quinton De Kock. Amla has not done badly opening the innings for South Africa in the shortest format of the game, but, his strike rate in the middle period of the innings is a concern. He is a boundary hitter in the power play, but, once there are more than two fielders outside the thirty yard circle, his strike rate drops down significantly. The big hitting just does not come naturally to him. However, he is a good player of spin and has played in India many times before and that’s the only reason he is there in the squad. If it’s a real turner, the team management might choose to pick him as an opener as he can make a difference in the low scoring games on those sorts of wickets. On a flat surface though, De Villiers would certainly be a better bet than him. De Villiers is not a natural opener, but, of late, on a couple of occasions, South Africa has tried him as an opener in twenty 20 Cricket and he has shown he can be deadly in that role. (more…) Read more...

South African fast bowlers are using the short ball tactics

The South African fast bowlers are using the short ball tactics against the Indian batsmen in the ongoing One Day International series and are succeeding in getting them out. The short balls have been the weakness of the Indians over the years, but, mostly in overseas conditions. It’s not a tactic which the opposition team uses in subcontinent conditions because the pitches there happen to be dead. However, the Proteas have looked prepared to bang the ball in even on the slow Indian surfaces and have been able to extract bounce out of them at some fair clip. Morne Morkel, in particular, has bowled game changing spells using his height to great advantage. He has been fiery and quite relentless in the energy sapping heat. In the current Indian set up, there is no batsman other than Rohit Sharma who plays the short balls with full conviction. Almost everyone else is a little susceptible. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have been alright with the pull shots in most parts of their careers, but, they have also been dismissed playing that shot a few times of late. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have huge problems with anything that is not pitched in their half. The venues where the last two matches of the series are to be played, Chennai and Mumbai, the Indians will not have things easy there. (more…) Read more...

South Africa has beaten Bangladesh in the 2-game T20 series by 2-0

South Africa has beaten Bangladesh in the 2-game T20 series by 2-0. After Bangladesh’s promising performances against top nations in home conditions, it was believed they would be able to run South Africa close as well, but, it wasn’t to be. South Africa proved to be too difficult an opponent for the Tigers as the series ended up quite one sided. The Bangladeshi bowlers, who had been so effective against India and Pakistan, continued their good work in this series too. But, it was the batsmen who failed to be up to the task against the high quality attack of South Africa which had a great mixture of pace and spin. In both the games, South Africa batted first and Bangladesh managed to restrict them to a score which could have been chased with a bit of application, but, it did not happen. Bangladesh fell short by significant margins. First game, they lost by 70 odd runs and second by 31. Both the teams had taken this series as a preparation for the World Championship coming up next year and if these performances are any hint, then, Bangladesh needs to improve batting. However, this has been a long season and Bangladesh has performed better than the expectations. So, there is no point for them to introspect too much. The One Day International series will start shortly and Bangladesh will like to make an impact in that. Their ODI side is probably more balanced than their T20 side. (more…) Read more...