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Keeping it above the eyes…

Steyn and Miller deserve the glory

David Miller’s career-defining innings in the third ODI against Australia underlines that he can prove a match-winner for South Africa. South Africa’s first ODI series triumph against Australia away from home since the 2008/09 tour is a fantastic achievement. I … Continue reading

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Smart rather than Brave cricket is needed

Having secured an unassailable three-nil lead in the five-match ODI series, I implored the Proteas to maintain the winning momentum and secure a series whitewash against Sri Lanka. However, having claimed the ODI series, the Proteas’ mental release was in … Continue reading

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Markram will carry the scars

The Proteas have made a great turnaround since their Test series defeat to Sri Lanka and now hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ODI series. South Africa have upped their game, but the difference between the Tests and ODIs … Continue reading

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Maharaj can be our go-to man for years

While South Africa’s Test series defeat against Sri Lanka was extremely disappointing on a collective front, Maharaj’s awesome individual bowling performance in the second Test was worth applauding. After taking figures of 12-283 in Colombo (including 9-129 during the first … Continue reading

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Winging it just doesn’t work!

The Sri Lanka Test series will have far-reaching effects for the Proteas. It was a brutal lesson, and accountability for such poor batting displays will surely be expected from their loyal fans. The narrative emanating from the coaching set-up, which … Continue reading

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No lessons learnt really

No matter how much we may want to promote the niceties of the Proteas cricket team, the wonderful blokes in it and how good they are generally, we cannot hide behind the fact that South Africa’s batting implosion against Sri … Continue reading

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Steyn can still do the business

I was part of the first Proteas touring squad to Sri Lanka in 1993. It was a ground-breaking tour, with us having only recently been re-established in international cricket and them in the midst of a brutal civil war. When … Continue reading

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Lehmann created a terrible culture

Former Proteas spinner PAT SYMCOX says Australia’s cricket culture became a mess under coach Darren Lehmann. Never in the history of Australian cricket was so much owed by so few to so many in light of the ball-tampering debacle. Cheating … Continue reading

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The ghosts of Tours past for Kohli

Could 2018 be the year that Team India finally lay the ghost of the past to rest in South Africa! The series between these two cricketing giants will be eagerly watched by millions. Many of those will have their doubts … Continue reading

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Just a few thoughts to AB..

Dear AB, Having watched the Tests series in India and the current travails against England so much has happened that I’m afraid not enough of it is within your control right now. I’m really worried that one morning you’ll wake … Continue reading

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