There are no winners in a cricketing scandal that has rocked the sport and brought Australia to its knees, writes GARY LEMKE.
AB de Villiers rescued a series that was in danger of being spoiled by animosity and crass behaviour with a match-winning hundred at St George’s Park.
Aiden Markram’s heroics in the first Test at Kingsmead might have been in vain but he has announced himself to the world as a player of the highest class.
South Africa’s chances of avoiding defeat against Australia at Kingsmead range between slim and none. And slim has just left Durban.
Australia’s batsmen have shown more application and aggression while their bowlers have bowled with skill and patience. Which is why they are bullying South Africa after two days of the opening Test at Kingsmead, writes GARY LEMKE.
If the opening day of a four-Test series between two of the sport’s giants can’t attract a decent crowd, then Test cricket is in deep trouble. Or maybe, it’s just Durban.
Virat Kohli might have lost the war but he won the battle of the batsmen in a series tailormade for the bowlers.
India played superbly to fight back at the Wanderers and show they’re not just flat track bullies.
South Africa are again in the driving seat after a day when 11 wickets fell at the Wanderers.
At times it’s been men against boys as South Africa wrapped up a Test series in style against an Indian team lacking fight.
The fat lady has cleared her throat and now we’re just waiting to hear her sing in the second Test at Centurion.
South Africa are in the box seat heading into day three on what is a slow pitch at Centurion, where batting last will be tough.
After the pyrotechnics of a Newlands Test that was over inside three days of actual playing time, this first day at Centurion was tame by comparison. Which is understandable. But. There’s always a but.
South Africa showed character and class in recording an emphatic first Test victory at Newlands.
South Africa are in a commanding position going into day three of the first Test at Newlands.