South Africa wrapped up a 2-0 series win against Bangladesh after just about an hour on day four of the second and final test. The Proteas, who won the first test, in Dhaka, by an unconvincing 5 wickets, were far more ruthless in Chittagong, winning by an innings and 205 runs. The win was set up by the world record opening partnership of 415 by Graeme Smith and Niel Mckenzie, and the superb fast bowling of Dale Steyn, who picked up 7 more wickets to go with the 7 he collected in the first Test. Steyns 14 wickets earned him the man of the series award. Robin Peterson picked up his first 5 wicket haul in Test cricket, with figures of 5/33 in the second innings.
During the second test against Bangledesh Dale Steyn became the fastest South African bowler to 100 Test wickets, and the 9th fastest in the history of the game. Steyn, who took 20 matches to reach the milestone, goes past Allan Donald and Hugh Tayfield, who both took 22 matches to notch up 100 wickets. Steyn took his first 50 wickets in 13 matches, and the next 50 in only 7.
Justin Kemp has become the latest South African cricket to throw his lot in with the rebel Indian Cricket League. He played his final game for a South African team on Friday evening, when he topped scored for the Cape Cobra’s, who he has been captaining, with a well constructed 61, in a low scoring win over the Warriors. Kemp joins Lance Klusner, Johan van der Wath, Nicky Boje, Dale Benkenstein, Andrew Hall and Nanti Haywood, as the South African players involved in the league, while Darryl Cullinan is a team coach.
The South African u/19 team lost in a rain interrupted final against India in the u/19 World Cup. The South African team have performed amazing well in the tournament, knocking out 2 times defending champions Pakistan in the semi finals, in a tournament they came into as the 10th ranked team.
Paddy Upton, the South African mental conditioning coach, is expected to be named as part of Gary Kirsten’s support staff with the Indian team. Upton had been working at Kirsten’s cricket academy in Cape Town. Kirsten’s first series in charge is against his old team, South Africa.
The South African ODI team for the 3 match series against Bangladesh is a much changed squad. Kallis, Boucher and Ntini will fly home for a much needed rest, in preparation for a grueling season against India, England and Australia, all away. There was talk of captain Smith also being rested, but the selectors do not want to be embarrassed by taking Bangladesh too lightly, especially at home, and in this form of the game. Bangladesh effectively ruined South Africa’s World Cup dreams last year by convincingly beating them and in so doing put South Africa up against Australia in the semi finals. AB de Villiers will take over the keepers role from Boucher, while Hashim Amla and Paul Harris will make their ODI debuts. Amla is expected to bat at 3, filling in for Kallis, while Harris, a revelation in Test cricket, will compete with Johan Botha for the spinners position. As well as Harris, Vernon Philander, Charl Langeveld, Albie Morkel, and Alviro Peterson, and Herchelle Gibbs will fly out to Bangladesh to join up with the squad. With Ntini rested, and Pollock now retired, this will be the first series in about a decade that hasn’t had Pollock or Ntini opening the bowling for South Africa.
Norman Arendse and Gerald Majola were both given a cautious vote of confidence by the General Council of Cricket South Africa, following the quota controversy that came to light before the current series.
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