South Africa national cricket team and it's achievement
South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and One Day International status. As of 3 October 2009, the South African team has played 344 Test matches, winning 120 (34.88%), losing 121 (35.17%) and drawing 103(29.94%) of its games.
As of 3 October 2009, the South African team has played 426 ODI Matches, winning 264 (61.97%), losing 145 (34.04%), drawing 5 (1.17%) and getting a "No Result" in 12 (2.82%) of its games.
History-In 1935 Dave Nourse achieved the highest individual score by a South African of 231 against Australia in Johannesburg.
The South African cricket teamtoured England in 1947. At Nottingham, Captain Alan Melville and vice-captain, Nourse achieved a Test match record for a third wicket partnership of 319. The following year Nourse, 38 year old captain of Natal, was appointed Captain for the 1948 MCC Test matches in South Africa.
In 1970, the ICC voted to suspend South Africa from international cricket indefinitely because of its government's policy of apartheid, an overtly racist policy, which led them to play only against the white nations (England, Australia, New Zealand), and field only white players. This decision excluded players such as Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Mike Procter from partaking in international Test Cricket. It would also cause the emigration of future stars like Allan Lamb and Robin Smith, who both played for England, and Kepler Wessels, who initially played for Australia, before returning to South Africa.
The ICC reinstated South Africa as a Test nation in 1991 after the deconstruction of apartheid, and the team played its first sanctioned match since 1970 (and its first ever One-Day International) against India in Calcutta on 10 November 1991.
Since South Africa have been reinstated they have achieved mixed success, and hosted the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup in 2003. However, it is widely believed the sides containing the likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Gary Kirsten and Hansie Cronje grossly underachieved, gaining a reputation as "chokers", due to them reaching the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup three times, but failing to progress into the finals, with Herschelle Gibbs famously dropping Australian captain Steve Waugh in 1999 in a Super Six match. In the second part of the 1990s, South Africa had the highest winning percentage in ODIs of any team, but they were knocked out of the 1996 World Cup in the quarter-finals, and then were eliminated on countback after tieing their semi-final against Australia in 1999. In 2003, South Africa were one of the favourites but were eliminated by one run in the group stages after they had mistakenly counted the number of runs they needed.
They have also had bad press for failing in vital matches in global tournaments including the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.
With Donald retiring, Cronje banned for match-fixing and later died in a plane crash, and Pollock also retiring from international cricket, the team has once again changed shape. It is currently captained by Graeme Smith, although following injuries to Smith and Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince deputised as Test captain on 12 July 2006. At the age of 29, he became the first non-white man to captain the once all-white South African cricket team. Due to a racial quota policy, the side was once required to contain black players, unlike the past. However, that policy was rescinded in 2007.
Tournaments-South Africa has a record of failing to win major tournaments and is much-maligned because of this. The 1992 Cricket World Cup, for example, featured a rain-affected semi-final played before the introduction of the rain rule. South Africa needed 22 runs from 13 balls when rain intervened. After the delay they were left in the situation of requiring 22 runs from one ball in order to progress. In 1996 they were eliminated in the quarter-finals despite being one of the fancied teams and having qualified first in their group. At the 1999 Cricket World Cup, South Africa played against Australia in the last Super Six match as well as the knock-out semifinal. Australia defeated the Proteas in the Super Six match and recorded a thrilling tie in the semifinal, which was enough to knock the Africans out of the tournament since Australia had previously beaten them (in the match immediately beforehand). It is in the Super Six match that Steve Waugh is reported to have told Herschelle Gibbs "Mate, you just dropped the World Cup" when the latter dropped him en route to a match-winning century, a comment which has been denied by Waugh himself in interviews. The image of the crestfallen South Africans following the run-out of their last batsman Allan Donald while the Australians celebrated in a huddle has become an iconic sporting image.
South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, but failed to progress beyond the group stage due to a misunderstanding of how many runs they needed to score in a rain-affected run chase. As a result of this, Shaun Pollock resigned as captain and was replaced by young batsman Graeme Smith, although Pollock continued to play for the team. Under Smith's leadership, South Africa has achieved some success, although they have been hampered by the retirements of many star players, including fast bowler Allan Donald and one-day specialist Jonty Rhodes. As a result, they had a poor 2004, only winning against the West Indies.
They had a rollercoaster ride that included dominant wins over England, the West Indies, Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland, and a narrow win over Sri Lanka, but devastating losses to Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh that cost them the number one ranking. Then they bowed out in the semifinals with their lowest ever score in a World Cup as Australia bowled them out for 149 and won by 7 wickets. South Africa are regarded by many as the best team never to have won the Cricket World Cup.
They also hold the record of the highest successful run chase and made the highest total (the latter record has been surpassed) in One-Day Internationals (438-9 in 49.5 overs), in an iconic match against Australia on 12 March 2006. This game is considered by many to be the greatest One-Day International ever played.
World Cup-For World Cups from 1975 to 1987 inclusive, South Africa were not an ICC member, and therefore ineligible to compete in the tournament.
- 1998: Winners
- 2000: Semi Finals
- 1998: Gold medal
Personnel-This lists all the players who have played for South Africa in the past year, and the form in which they have played. Players in bold hold a central contract awarded by Cricket South Africa in February 2009.
2006 world record one day chase "Greatest One-Day" ever:
- "This game is considered by many to be the greatest One-Day International ever played." The 1999 world cup semifinal is more commonly considered the greatest game of all time. While people may debate whether the 2006 run fest versus a game full of twists and turns is more watchable, the world cup match was clearly much more important, both in terms of the value of the tournament, and on the subsequent pyschological damage inflicted on the SA team (referred to earlier in the article". Ozbrettdj 15:27, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
Slow bowlers-I see that the section in the table for "Spin bowlers" has been changed to "Slow bowlers". Shouldn't there be separate sections for "Spin bowlers" (for those who turn the ball) and "Slow bowlers" (for Harris)? This isn't meant ertirely facetiously, because he gets quite a few wickets without turning the ball - is he double-bluffing the batsmen? --TraceyR (talk) 23:20, 18 January 2010 (UTC)
- Images for south africa cricket team-
- Thank you for the feedback. Report another imagePlease report the offensive image. CancelDone
cricket team -
Wanderers to host Airtel CLT20 Final as format and match schedule announced- News/News Author: Cricket South Africa Mumbai, 29 June 2010: Wanderers Stadium, one of world cricket’s most famous venues, will host the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) Final after the format and match schedule Tuesday, 29 June 2010 Venues for Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Announced- News/News Author: Cricket South Africa Four top South African cricket venues have been chosen to host the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), which sees 10 premier teams from around the world playing Thursday, 17 June 2010 SA A end Tour on a High- News/News Author: Cricket South Africa Temperament proved to be the key for South Africa A as they lifted the Tri-Series Trophy with a brilliant five-run win in the Final against West Indies A in Dhaka on Friday. The team peaked at the perfect time, after losing consecutive matches to the West Indies in the round-robin stages Saturday, 15 May 2010 Smith shows support for Think Wise partnership- News/News Author: Cricket South Africa While the focus of Graeme Smith’s South Africa side is very much on capturing the ICC World Twenty20 title for the first time, the squad took time out on Tuesday to help support cricket’s global fight against HIV and AIDS Wednesday, 05 May 2010 CSA pays tribute to Nelson Mandela- News/News Author: Cricket South Africa Proteas captain, Graeme Smith, took time off from preparations for the second Test against India, to pay tribute to former President Nelson Mandela on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Madiba’s release from prison. Smith, who led the Proteas to... Thursday, 11 February 2010.