Vernon Philander interviews Dane Piedt, on the eve of his Test debut, and Stiaan van Zyl while doing a pretty good impersonation of Hugh Bladen.
Proteas opener Dean Elgar has been reprimanded after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day’s play in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday.
Just as we were sitting bolt upright digesting the best-ever Test debut performance by a South African spinner, we are reminded of the fact that it will be another four months before we get to see the world’s No1-ranked team in action again.
Proteas seamer Beuran Hendricks has been forced out of the ODI series against Zimbabwe thanks to an injury sustained while playing for SA A in Australia.
Hashim Amla says the Proteas haven’t been able to play their brand of cricket since he has taken over the captaincy, but he’s pleased with how the team has adapted to unfavourable conditions.
CSA today announced the appointment of former national captain, Graeme Smith, as tournament director and brand ambassador for the Domestic T20 Challenge.
Dane Piedt was the standout in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, claiming eight wickets, the most by a South African spinner on debut, to lead the Proteas to a nine-wicket win over their northern neighbours.
The Proteas batsman has been knocked off his No 1 Test batting spot by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakarra following the latter’s double century on the weekend.
After reaching 397, thanks to Faf du Plessis’ 98 and half-centuries from Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, the Proteas took one wicket to leave Zimbabwe 113 runs behind going into day four.
South Africa A completed a resounding eight-wicket victory over their Australian counterparts on the final day of their four-day unofficial Test match at Townsville on Sunday.
The Zimbabwean attack managed to keep their team in the Test by restricting the flow of runs, but South Africa are in a position to pull away on day three.
Rilee Rossouw and Temba Bavuma continued the previous day’s damaging form, sharing a 343-run partnership for the third wicket to give South Africa A a strong foundation on which to build a healthy lead on day three of the first unofficial Test against Australia A in Townsville on Saturday.
Debutant off-spinner Dane Piedt took four wickets for the Proteas on day one of their Test against Zimbabwe, while Brendan Taylor scored 93 to frustrate the visitors.
A tribute to Jacques Kallis, who defined cricket in South Africa over the past two decades, and retired from the international game recently.
We preview the one-off Test between the Proteas and Zimbabwe, taking place in Harare from 9-13 August.