This cricket team could be the secondThere's magic in the air in Cape Town and it's coming from the cricket stadium. Never before has a senior South African cricket team reached a World Cup final, never mind on home soil. In Kapp, Khaka, and Ismail lies a small part of the story of this South African women's team. This South African cricket team could be the second. On one hand, it's an enormous burden to carry; on the other, it's the only way a South African team can embody the spirit on which its democracy was founded, the spirit of Ubuntu.
Ask any one of the 12,782 people who were at Newlands on Sunday afternoon and they will tell you the experience was unlike any other at a sporting event in South Africa. When South Africa were bowling, they cheered every dot. Her chef's kiss was the six she hit off Georgia Wareham at the end of the 14th over, which kept South Africa in it, but only just. By the time the post-match presentation took place, South Africa had composed themselves. By the time the post-match presentation took place, South Africa had composed themselves.29 days ago ESPNcricinfo
Ihsanullah and Sirajuddin (another emerging bowler in the Peshawar Zalmi squad) were called up by Rashid Latif in Islamabad for trials. He was recommended to three PSL franchises - Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans - and Multan managed to get him registered in the PSL 2022 draft. He was selected to play PCB's U-16 Pentangular T20 Tournament in 2018 but soon fell off the radar. Did Ihsanullah play PSL last year? He finished his rehabilitation and recovered ahead of the domestic season with KP under head coach Abdur Rehman (also an assistant coach at Sultans).1 month ago ESPNcricinfo
Australia's selector on tour Tony Dodemaide spoke to the media shortly before the toss in Delhi to explain the selectors' decision-making. Ashton Agar struggling for form Kuhnemann's Test debut has come in extraordinary circumstances. Agar was picked as Australia's second spinner in the XI in Sydney in the last home Test before the India tour and as the preferred left-arm orthodox spinner in the touring party. "We don't have the seam bowling option of Cam on the table quite yet. Certainly, it's great balance if you've got that seam bowling without shortening the batting with Greeny being available.1 month ago ESPNcricinfo
He had added 101 in just 16 overs with Ollie Pope who, though hardly sluggish in reaching the break on 30 from 47 balls, had been content to play for a partner in a runaway vein of form. In all, Duckett's innings featured 14 fours, including a mid-morning volley of seven in 14 balls, as New Zealand's quicks were cut to ribbons by his fast hands and combative attitude. The build-up to the Test had been dominated by Cyclone Gabrielle, which wreaked havoc across the North Island and in acknowledgement of which the teams were wearing black armbands. And as a consequence, neither captain had been especially keen to win the toss on a pitch that has been under wraps for a week and was something of an unknown quantity. It was a morale-crushing moment for Wagner, whom Duckett picked off for back-to-back fours in the same over, and though he was swiftly yanked from the attack one over later, Tickner's opening gambit was loose and nervy - not least his third over, which Duckett drilled for four fours in five balls.1 month ago ESPNcricinfo
This World Cup will serve as an indicator for the lay of the land. South Africa, apart from being the hosts, are two-time semi-finalists and believe this to be their full circle moment. This time for (South) AfricaUpto the point that Shakira sang those words to open the 2010 Football World Cup, South Africa was considered a premier destination for major sporting, and especially cricketing, events. It had hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2009 Champions Trophy and the IPL that year. Since then, South Africa has fallen away sharply as ageing infrastructure and high-level corruption have left the country on the brink of being labelled dysfunctional.1 month ago ESPNcricinfo
There was no toss, with England given the opportunity to bat the entirety of day one ahead of bowling all of day two. Better concealed was the former New Zealand limited-overs batter Anton Devcich in full England gear. The Hamilton local has been lending England a helping hand in training. That decision was ultimately made in Pakistan, a series also preceded by a two-day scrimmage against England Lions . "I made the decision with England to pull out of the new South Africa competition and that was massive for me," Brook said.1 month ago ESPNcricinfo
Chasing 176, in a fitting end to a madcap BBL season, Scorchers endured a see-saw filled with two horrendous run-outs but also composed batting from skipper Ashton Turner then Cooper and Hobson at the end. The crowd of 53,886 was the largest for a cricket game at the Burswood venue and the fourth biggest BBL crowd in history. But in strode Turner, who has performed a slew of rescue acts this season in a bounce back season for him. Turner dominated the strike from Josh Inglis, a power hitter in his own right, but who was content playing the support act. bowling at speeds near 150 kmph, and claimed the key wicket of Hardie, who had twice bludgeoned Heat this season.1 month ago ESPNcricinfo