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Temba! Temba!……Temba Bavuma!

Yes, he is short. Yes, whenever he attends a press conference the journalists have more questions about his height than anything else. Yes, he belongs to the country where the ‘colour’ of the person makes a huge difference. Yes,...
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Rain was the main player of the day, yet England remain on top

There were a few memorable moments in those measly 37 overs possible during the day. Stuart Broad bowling Kagiso Rabada with a beauty. A valiant, fighting knock by Temba Bavuma, the sight of the triumphing underdog that is one of the...
Toby Roland Jones

Blinders: The Top five of the England Batting Order

Blinders - The Top 5 of the England Batting Order Concept - Arunabha Artwork - Maha
Morne-Morkel

Morne Morkel: The silent assassin

South Africa have some serious firepower in their pace artillery. The likes of Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada render bowling a joy to behold. The latest addition of Chris Morris has only strengthened the pace battery further...
Toby Roland Jones

Toby Roland-Jones rushes in

Seven years of preparation. A platform painstakingly built, season by season. Such a prolonged wait can go either way. It can forge a fighter out of you. But fruitless knocking on the door is more likely to plunge one into...
Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes shows maturity and composure in vibrant hundred

There is something about Ben Stokes that sets him apart from the rest. While a close enough replica of Andrew Flintoff, Stokes is more to England now than Flintoff ever was. He is the more aggressive version of Jacques...
Vernon Philander

Vernon Philander continues to weave magic

When South Africa bounced back vigorously at Nottingham to square the series, Vernon Philander had a huge role to play behind his side’s victory. He not only chipped wickets with the new ball but also scored crucial runs in...
Alastair Cook: England’s best man for a reason

Alastair Cook: England’s best man for a reason

When Morne Morkel made a loud appeal against Alastair Cook and the on-field umpire Alim Dar raised his finger immediately, the approximate 20,000 spectators at the Oval went silent, praying for an edge or too much height. The replays,...
Joe Root

Joe Root should bat at number three

How often is it said that a team's best batsman should bat at three? Joe Root by far is the best batsman England have produced for a while now. In fact, he is the best that England have unearthed...
Veron Phillander

Gaps visible even on a gloomy, cloudy day

The England batting line-up is a tale of a couple of giants balancing out a confederacy of midgets. Well, that can read a trifle harsh. But harshness hardly stops it from ringing true. Keaton Jennings, the man who started his Test...
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Can England bounce back?

Joe Root marked his captaincy with an emphatic victory after which, Faf du Plessis’ return saw South Africa squaring the four-match series with a scintillating win. After two games of the four-match series, both the teams are evenly poised...
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England v South Africa a fascinating history, Part 5: A brief period of equality

South Africa in England 1906-07: Tests 3, England 1 South Africa 0 The 1905-06 tour changed everything. For the next half decade, the tussles between England and South Africa were keen, leading to close series and delightful matches. The devastating defeat...
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Great opportunity for Tom Westley to make an impact at number 3

With two more games to go in the four-match Test series, the onus of making a comeback is on England going into the third encounter at The Oval. South Africa did exceptionally well in bouncing back at Nottingham and...
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England v South Africa a fascinating history, Part 4: The epochal 1905-06 tour and...

England in South Africa 1905-06: South Africa 4 England 1 Everything changed with the 1905-06 tour. On the matting wickets of South Africa, the battery of googly bowlers pulverised England. Of course, as we shall see, there were the pacemen as...
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England’s top-order needs fire

After a thumping start to The Basil D’Oliveira Trophy, where England romped home to a scintillating victory at Lords, they lost the battle at Nottingham. With two more games to go, both the teams are evenly poised by claiming...
Chris Morris

Impressive Chris Morris justifies his selection at Trent Bridge; provides solid option

After a disheartening start to the four-match Test series, where they lost the battle at Lords, South Africa bound back emphatically at Nottingham. South Africa put up a disciplined all-round performance and won the game by 340 runs to...
Chris Morris

The hosts play into waiting hands

The match was already all but over by the time Keshav Maharaj bowled to Moeen Ali. Much before that, Chris Morris had practically removed any possibility of English resistance with two fascinatingly diverse deliveries. One that pitched right up,...
Hashim Amla

The visitors tighten the screws by sticking to their plan

It was masterly execution. The South Africans had a plan, and they stuck to it all day. By the end of it, the hosts had been batted out of the game. Miracles do take place in cricket, but they are...
Keshav Maharaj

‘Harmless’ Keshav Maharaj a huge boon for Proteas in Tests

November 4, 2016 - Perth - Australia vs South Africa - day 2, 1st Test Keshav Maharaj, the seemingly innocuous left-arm spinner came around the wicket to Steven Smith, the prolific Australian skipper, on the second day of the first...
Chris Morris

Fantastic day for the tourists

There is no greater joy in sports than watching the underdog turn the tables on the frontrunners. Throughout this series, South Africa have shown signs of vulnerability. The sparkle of Quentin de Kock and the fizz of Vernon Philander, along...

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