Why now, AB? Questioning the timing of De Villiers’ retirement

No, it’s not a cleverly contrived conspiracy to detract from the Ashwin Willemse versus Nick Mallett controversy. AB de Villiers, indeed, has retired from all forms of international cricket – with immediate effect. Wednesday’s announcement will be viewed as out of the blue by many, but the signs have been there for a while. Regardless,…

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Wicketkeepers from the Ashes and elsewhere

Tim Paine can comfortably attest to the trials and tribulations of Ashes cricket, having played an important role in Australia’s unassailable lead in the ongoing series with arch rivals England. Preferred to Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill, Paine is relishing a great comeback to the longest format of the international game. Having debuted in June…

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Stuart Broad: Greater than Botham, but Anderson’s underling

We take a look at the ins and outs of fast bowler Stuart Broad’s recent heroics, after he surpassed former captain Ian Botham as England’s second-highest Test wicket-taker. Broad now has 384, one more than Botham, while fellow right-armer James Anderson leads the pack with 492. It’s possible, too, that Broad and Anderson will reach…

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Video: Temba Bavuma surprises fans with Proteas Jerseys

The official technical supplier to the Proteas, New Balance, gave fans the chance to be the first to receive and experience the new kit through an exciting competition recognising and rewarding ultimate Proteas supporters. New Balance acknowledged 11 passionate Proteas enthusiasts. Fans were given the chance to prove why they were worthy of receiving the…

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South African fielding coach back with Afghanistan

Afghanistan have reappointed former South African first-class cricketer Ryan Maron as fielding coach, ahead of June’s challenging tour of the West Indies – and July’s one-off fixture against the Marylebone Cricket Club. Maron worked with Afghanistan during the 2015 World Cup – and the same year’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland. He also…

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