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Steyn & Co – Unlimited!

The first time it happened was against the Aussies – I think we all thought it was a once off; A slip on the part of Australia, just one of those inexplicable cricket experiences. The second time was against New Zealand – common opinion was that the Black caps were substandard, unprepared and an embarrassment […]

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One Pint of Bitter, please barman

On Saturday night, the English team were drowning their sorrows, as yet another opportunity to beat South Africa, slipped through the cracks. The pub they were sitting in, is one of those typical old English pubs, complete with a jukebox. An elderly supporter walked up to the English captain and asked if he would select […]

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Who said Test cricket is dead?

Wow, what a final day that was! The result is in the bag and the Proteas have laid claim to that elusive Number 1 ranking they have been working towards for so long. Vernon Philander was sublime and deserved his man of the match award. The epic finale could not have been better scripted and […]

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Records and Rankings

Apart from the sideshow created by the Kevin Pietersen saga, the last “text match”, as it was dubbed in the media, gets underway at Lords today. At stake are the series and the number 1 world ranking – indeed everything to gain, but also a lot to lose! Firstly, congratulations to Graeme Smith who today […]

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The Mother of all Collapses…

A brave decision by Proteas skipper, Smith, paid out more than they bargained for. The play on words “paid out” is deliberate as I think it was a gamble on a pitch which is known to be flat and always produces runs. It may have been calculated as the thought to rather bowl in an […]

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Mixed Fortunes in Super 15 and Cricket Disappoints

Gareth Anscombe This is the first Super season after a World Cup year, and it is exciting to see so much new talent coming to the fore, both here and overseas. The Bulls will testify to this, given 20-year old Gareth Anscombe’s sterling performance against them. The Lions, too, have some very promising youngsters who […]

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