"For us, our focus is on moving forward and trying to get the wins on the board and send a message to everyone that the World Cup is in our backyard and we want to be a team to be beaten." … [Read more...] about Warner not expecting friction between Australia and South Africa
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The South African batting has ceased to be a problem in this format, particularly with Heinrich Klaasen taking charge after the axing of JJ Smuts. It's the bowling that has panicked, even with the return of Dale Steyn, who only played the first T20I (where he unveiled a jaw-dropping slower ball) before sticking firmly to the bench for the final two. The resurgent England line-up handed them an absolutely thrashing in the final T20I in particular, led by captain Eoin Morgan, who unloaded on a clueless South African bowling attack in their own conditions. Nevertheless, Rabada has returned to lend a little more confidence, perhaps a shoulder to cry on, so perhaps Nortje and Rabada can drive a resurrection for the Proteas, as could Faf du Plessis, who is likely to open for de Kock. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
When South Africa blanked New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series in New Zealand, it seemed they were peaking at the right time for the T20 World Cup. That, however, turned out to be a false dawn as they slipped in the T20Is series to a 1-3 defeat. Since the last T20 World Cup, they've won eight and lost eight games. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have been among the runs while injury has plagued their captain Dane van Niekerk. As many as eight players were part of Women's Big Bash League and that'll help the side as they aim to upset the likes of England and West Indies. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
England came to the series boasting of a stronger lower middle-order than the home side despite the absence of Ben Stokes. The Australian lower order comfortably outclassed the visitors' and was needed to bat in the second innings only in the Adelaide Test. In Brisbane, the lower order hung around with skipper Steve Smith to pull them out from 175 for 5 to take a narrow first-innings lead of 26. In the next match in Adelaide, they more than doubled the score from 209 for 5 to 442. Pat Cummins was instrumental with the bat with scores of 42, 44 and 41 in the first three Tests and ended the series with 166 runs at an average of 41.50. … [Read more...] about Stats Review: Unstoppable Steven Smith and pacemen hunting in packs
"It's one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket and you don't really have much time over the short period of the time to get underneath each other's skin or anything like that," Warner said. "And you don't go out there to do that. Obviously they [South Africa] had some heated exchanges with the English and that was during the Test matches. For us, our focus is moving forward and trying to get the wins on the board and send a message to everyone that the World Cup is in our backyard and we want to be a team to be beaten." … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion