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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...