In the bosom of the great Unity Stand at the Wanderers there is a long line of glass encasements honouring triumphs of the past, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
Vernon Philander left the field in almost complete anonymity. At least to those of us sitting in the yawning Unity Stand at the Corlette Drive end of the Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
What must have Anrich Nortje been thinking when he walked out to the middle of the Wanderers at 6:06pm carrying his bat in the fading Johannesburg light? DANIEL GALLAN has more.
So that’s what fight looks like. The word has been used so liberally by the South Africans throughout this series that it seemed they had forgotten what it meant, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
This is what a medieval siege must have felt like. The enemy have your stone-walled town surrounded. Citizens have already resorted to eating rats. Disease and lethargy and boredom and fear have swirled to concoct a noxious potion. Hope has faded. The bells toll, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
The ancient Greeks believed that the battlefield was ruled by two mischievous gods: Phobos and Deimos. These deities would stalk among the tight ranks of soldiers and whisper tales of terror.
After his side’s 189-run defeat in Cape Town, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis praised the fighting spirit of his doomed men.
When Quinton de Kock called for his helmet and made his way towards the stumps at St George’s Park, the Test match was seven overs old. This was a portent for a day of attrition, writes DANIEL GALLAN in Port Elizabeth.
Everyone with an opinion on cricket, from the beer-guzzling punter to the meticulous, data-obsessed coach, will tell you that the leap from domestic to international ranks is a gargantuan one, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
It’s the third ball of the 42nd over of South Africa’s second innings. Ben Stokes, the man who has strode across world cricket like a colossus for the past 12 months, digs in with a 140km/h short ball, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj bowled 22 consecutive overs on a day of cricket that moved slower than Table Mountain. In total, he trundled to the crease and twirled the ball for 27 overs, conceding 79 runs and accounted for exactly zero Englishmen, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
One day, when the Atlantic Ocean laps the base of Lion’s Head and the Karoo desert has shrivelled all the vineyards of Paarl, what will historians and sociologists make of Test cricket, asks DANIEL GALLAN at Newlands.
Keshav Maharaj won’t dominate the headlines after the Proteas’ resounding victory over England, but his value should not be overlooked, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
Shorn of superstars, the Proteas beat England by 107 runs in the first of four Test matches as a result of the team’s overall strength, writes DANIEL GALLAN at Centurion.
The light was already fading at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday when Jofra Archer’s knuckleball slipped from his grasp, writes Daniel Gallan at Centurion.