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South African bowler Vernon Philander (R) celebrates the dismissal of Australian batsman Pat Cummins

Big Vern rocked at Johannesburg

Vernon Philander devastated the Australian batting lineup at Johannesburg. Vernon Philander pulled Nathan Lyon's slower short ball for a single to bring South Africa's lead to a massive 600 runs. It was the fourth day of the final Test at...
Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis rediscovers his zen and zone at Johannesburg

The last time Du Plessis raised his bat towards heavens was way back in October 2017 against Bangladesh. This is not the kind of standard Du Plessis sets for himself, he belongs to a rare breed of impactful cricketers.
Tim Paine

Tim Paine: An Australian cricketer with glimpses of ‘Australianism’

Tim Paine exhibited character which the Australians are famous for.... When Australian team landed in South Africa last month, one hoped to watch a closely-fought Test series between two of the best sides in the world. Australia were coming off...
Keshav Maharaj

All eyes on Keshav Maharaj as the final battle ensues

In the course of time, Keshav Maharaj has become a very important member of the South African side... The procession of a mighty contest between Australia and South Africa is most likely to end at the Wanderers in an anti-climactic...
Pat Cummins' love affair with Johannesburg

Pat Cummins’ love affair with Johannesburg

Cummins stuck to his guns and came out hard to record his maiden Test fifty on a pitch, where most of his imminent peers failed to get going.
Mark Stoneman starts converting his starts

It’s high time Mark Stoneman starts converting his starts

Mark Stoneman was going very well but in the end, he failed to covert his scores into big ones.  Over the course of the summer in the Oceanic countries, England have struggled in Tests in that part of the world....
Temba Bavuma shines again

Temba Bavuma shines again

The little man proves his worth yet again.... Temba Bavuma nudges the ball to square leg, takes a single and moves to 95. The camera immediately pans on his father and head coach Ottis Gibson, both seem nervous at the...
Smith at press conference

Video: On Cricket Australia’s punishment and reaction of media, fans and critics

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqKkGL4KLtg It was sad to see a champion cricketer cry in front of the camera, but at the end of the day, a mistake is a mistake. But as a matter of fact, the reactions of fans and critics...
Chadd Sayers of the Redbacks bowls during the Sheffield Shield final between Victoria and South Australia

Relentless Chadd Sayers finally realises his Test dream

Chadd Sayers looked good at the Wanderers.  The atmosphere over the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg bore a sombre look. The Australian cricket team, rocked by the ball-tampering saga had been through the painful images of their skipper Steven Smith break...
Composed Aiden Markram piles on Australia's agony

Composed Aiden Markram piles on Australia’s agony

"Aiden Markram smashed another ton in this series. The bloke has a great future ahead."   Following the series of controversies on the aftermath of Cape Town Test, Aiden Markram's career-best 152 at Wanderers has come as a breath of a...
Erroneous du Plessis in fruitless search for runs

Erroneous du Plessis in fruitless search for runs

The bat of Faf du Plessis is not smiling these days. Yet another press conference was in full swing a day before the Wanderers Test. The South Africans had seen countless ones since the onset of this controversial series but...
Steven Smith Press Conference after ball tempering saga

#sandpapergate: Why the punishment to ball-tampering incident is unjust

"Cricket Australia’s response, therefore, seems a bit over the top. For the sake of justice, there should be a rethink of Smith and company’s severe punishment". Reflecting on his and his team’s transgressions, Australian captain Steve Smith cried during a...
Smith and Warner

#sandpapergate: It is time we stop this hypocritical hullabaloo over the bans given to...

"In possibly one of the biggest humiliations in this decade on the cricket field, the actions and the reactions of the media and the experts stood out and it is high-time that they stop whining and complaining when it...
David Warner with wife after ball tampering saga

#sandpapergate: David Warner, why?

Bad times for the Australian superstar. David Warner is in the soup.  The Australian team is shattered. They suddenly have a new skipper. The upcoming Test against South Africa will be their head coach's final assignment. They are trailing 1-2...
Glenn Maxwell of Australia bats during day three of the Second Test match between Bangladesh and Australia

Can Maxwell’s elan bring focus back to cricket?

 It's time for Maxwell to prove his worth.  “Just looking at the way he trains, I think he could train a little bit smarter," Steven Smith had commented on why Glenn Maxwell was dropped from the ODI team at the start...
Australia's Matt Renshaw celebrates making 100 runs against Pakistan

Matt Renshaw lands in South Africa with a hope to revive Australia and his...

"In the absence of Warner and Smith, Australia's best Test batsmen at present, it will be a challenge for the visitors to put a great fight in Johannesburg. Players like Renshaw, Burns, Marsh brothers, Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine...
South Africa's batsman Kagiso Rabada

Can Rabada be the ideal bowling all-rounder for South Africa?

Kagiso Rabada can not only bowl but can bat as well.  The Test was already marred by the ball-tampering controversy. But the show had to go on and so South Africa resumed their second innings on the fourth day at...
A Test match overshadowed by sandpapergate

Video: A Test match overshadowed by #sandpapergate

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1RQNH00kG0&feature=youtu.be It could have been a Test match to remember for all the good reasons as on the first and second day, we witnessed some high-quality batting and bowling display, but everything was overshadowed by one of the most...
Morne Morkel

Unheralded hero Morne Morkel finally gets his moment in the sun

"Morkel leaves the field behind a cricketer who could have achieved more, much more but knowing him, he will just be glad to walk away being known as one of the greatest team-men". Farewells are hard. Adieus are tough. But...
Sandpaper Australia

Where to now for holier-than-thou Australia?

Tim Paine sat in the verandah of his bungalow sipping evening tea, zipped up his cozy, new sweater neck high to avoid the cool winter breeze and enjoyed the view around. The phone rings and it's Trevor Hohns on...

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