Eng v SA

Vernon Philander

Sparkle, struggle, fizz

Perhaps the visit to the Gunn and Moore bat factory did the trick. Quentin de Kock and Vernon Philander had trotted down to the historic Nottingham establishment on the eve of the Test match. And they were the two...
Kagiso Rabada

Can the Proteas find their groove with the cherry in the absence of Rabada?

He is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket since the beginning of 2016 and the highest when filtered out to consider only fast bowlers. We are talking about South Africa's high profile seam bowler, Kagiso Rabada. With 75...
England

England’s formula for success at Trent Bridge

England brushed past an uninspiring South African unit at Lord’s in the first Test. Such was the dominance exhibited by the hosts in the first Test that fans and critics alike have dismissed South Africa’s chances in the series....
English Team

SA-Eng A Fascinating History Part 3, The two tours with the Boer War brewing...

1895-96 England 3 South Africa 0 In spite of his rather curious experiences with WW Read’s team, the financier James Logan bankrolled Lord Hawke’s remarkably strong side in 1895. He also diligently planned the itinerary. The great business-minded patron, the founder...
Quinton de Kock

South Africa’s defeat more to do with bigger issues in the background

South Africa's woeful tour of England continued as they lost by a whopping 211 runs in the first Test at Lord's. Quite contrary to their fates in the country in the past few years, South Africa have endured a...
Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, the underrated stalwart

Moeen Ali is the personification of the term ‘underrated’ in cricket. Vacillating in his role between a middle order batsman who can bowl a few overs of off-spin to the official off-spinner of England because-they-have-no-one-better who can bat usefully down...
Rabada

The thin Protean resources rendered thinner by the Rabada suspension

Perhaps it was puerile. Kagiso Rabada knew that he was already in the warning zone after having pushed Niroshan Dickwella early this year. Profanity, especially voiced within earshot of the stump microphone, can be fatal in such circumstances. Yet, the...
James Anderson

Late strike undermines spirited South African fightback

It has been a match that has ever so often veered on the verge of becoming one-sided. Especially so after Joe Root’s chance-laced masterclass yesterday. Staring at 357 for 5 at the end of the first day, the Protean eleven,...
Joe Root

Joe Root: Class makes a telling difference

There was a slice of luck. Or two, even three. Every sportsman needs it. If the top edged pull off  Kagiso Rabada had gone straight into the hands of the substitute fielder Aiden Markram, as it should have done if...
Vernon Philander

Vernon Philander’s breezy opening spell

Big Vern as he is fondly called, Vernon Philander lit up Lord's with a typically nagging spell in the morning session of the first Test between South Africa and England. Having suffered an ankle injury since arriving in England,...
Joe Root and Dean Elgar

South Africa’s big challenge at Lord’s

One of the most-awaited Test series of the season - South Africa in England (Basil D’Oilveira Trophy) gets underway from July 6th, with the first Test being played at Lords. England host South Africa for a four-match Test series...
Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance’s golden opportunity to cement his place in the team

For any cricketer, making it to the Test side is a huge achievement. Survival in Test cricket is crucial and one of the toughest tasks known in cricket. As England are all set to take on South Africa for...
Middlesex v Yorkshire - Specsavers County Championship: Division One

Toby Roland-Jones has to wait a bit more

The hat-trick! When the ‘Home of Cricket’ is being discussed, the English cricketers have a very recent reminiscence about it. Winding the clock nine months back, the Specsavers County Championship Division One was at the business end and three teams...
1st Test - Australia v South Africa: Day 5

South Africa’s bowling attack: Inexperienced but promising

It is often said - batting wins you matches but good bowling wins you tournaments. The saying goes well with shorter formats but one can also relate it with Test cricket. South Africa lock horns with England in a...
India vs South Africa Test match

Experimentation with differences  

On one side, we have men answering to fresh names such as Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Mason Crane and Toby Roland-Jones. On the other hand, we have the likes of Theunis de Bruyn, Aiden Markram and Heino Kuhn. Whatever be the...
Kagiso Rabada

Basil D’Oliveira Trophy 2017: 5 key players to watch out for

England host South Africa for a four-match Test series starting on Thursday, July 6th, at Lord's. The Proteas, known as exceptional travellers, have had considerable success in England in the past few years. England, on the other hand, have...
Jonny Bairstow

X-factor wicket-keepers the key for both teams

When the England-South Africa series gets underway at Lord's on the 6th of July the focus will be on two wicket-keepers who have hogged headlines in the past few months in World Cricket. Not since the time of Adam...
AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers and the plight of the modern cricketer

For the last 13 years, AB de Villiers has been nothing short of a sensation. In many ways, he has been the face of the modern cricketer. He is not constrained by any limit to the range through which his...
England v South Africa: A fascinating history Part 2, Broken Beds and Writs of Arrest

England v South Africa: A fascinating history Part 2, Broken Beds and Writs of...

England in South Africa 1891-92 Tests 1 Result: England 1 South Africa 0 WW Read was a prize catch for the South Africans. Edwin Ash, the man who had managed the first British Isles Rugby Union side to tour South Africa, managed...
South African Cricket Team

England v South Africa: A fascinating history Part 1, the first ever tour 1888-89

The tour is arranged Early cricket in South Africa was sired by the garrison troops at the end of the eighteenth century. With Englishmen settling down in the land, the sport became popular with time as in any other British outpost....

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