Inexplicable decisions caused a Proteas slump to 220 all out on the first day of the Test against Pakistan in Karachi, only for their bowlers to excel and put them in charge.
The Proteas lost two wickets in the morning session but Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis set the innings on course once more.
Proteas head coach Mark Boucher says the wicket in Karachi is likely to spin far more than it has historically, explaining that reverse swing may not be a factor.
SA Cricket magazine editor RYAN VREDE looks at five key issues facing the Proteas as they prepare to battle Pakistan in a two-Test series.
Faf du Plessis says the Proteas batters need a multi-dimensional skill set to negotiate the threat posed by Pakistan’s spinners.
Sri Lanka scored 381 and then had England under pressure before Joe Root brought some stability to the innings in Galle.
With the series against Australia all but confirmed, there are lessons to be learned for the Proteas from India’s bowling strategies against Steve Smith and co, writes SA Cricket magazine editor RYAN VREDE.
Sri Lanka were 229-4 at stumps on the first day of the second Test against England after an Angelo Matthews century gave them a much-needed confidence boost.
The argument that the Indian Premier League is directly responsible for India chasing down a massive target to win their series is flawed. It has more to do with a thinking transformation that Gary Kirsten was the catalyst for, writes RYAN VREDE.
The most immense collective effort helped India chase down a massive target to beat Australia by three wickets and win the series, reports RYAN VREDE.
Quinton de Kock says the Proteas’ concerns over their safety in Pakistan have eased after seeing the level of security on offer.
Mohammed Siraj took a five-for as India bowled Australia out for 294, leaving them to chase 328 to win the series on the final day.
Sri Lanka, driven by a century from Lahiru Thirimanne, fought hard in their second innings and had England in trouble with just 74 runs needed victory.
A 123-run partnership between Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur saw India bowled out just 33 runs short of Australia’s first innings, with Josh Hazlewood claiming a five-wicket haul, before Australia’s openers extended their lead to 54 by stumps on day three.
India were 62-2 at stumps after a rain-affected day in Brisbane with a strong bowling performance pegging Australia back.