South African Test skipper Hashim Amla has admitted that it would take time to find a winning combination for the future after opening batsman Alviro Petersen announced his retirement from international cricket.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl in the first test against South Africa at an overcast Centurion in Pretoria on Wednesday as the hosts handed batsman Stiaan van Zyl his international debut.
Sri Lanka`s spinners took two early wickets to reduce South Africa to 23 for two in reply to the hosts` 421 at tea on the second day of the second test on Friday. Left-armer Rangana Herath, who opened the bowling, struck with his fifth ball when he forced Alviro Petersen to hit back a tame return catch with his score on two.
Alviro Petersen smashed a brisk half-century but Australia claimed crucial top order wickets to reduce South Africa to 127 for four at lunch on day three of the series-deciding third test at Newlands on Monday.
South African all-rounder Dean Elgar has said that he was motivated to make a big score on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth on Thursday by the news of his contract not being renewed by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Dean Elgar played a solid anchor role in an improved South African batting performance before two late wickets swung the balance towards Australia on the first day of the second Test against Australia at St George`s Park on Thursday.
Former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has branded pace sensation Mitchell Johnson as the greatest bowler of his generation for scaring the rival batsmen into going out at their `fortress` Centurion Park.
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson continued his Ashes series form with a devastating bowling performance on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion`s SuperSport Park Thursday.
At one stage on day four of the first Test match, South Africa were looking in total command of the game after their openers – Graeme Smith and Alviro Pietersen got their side to a rollicking start by adding 108 runs for the first-wicket partnership. But then the Proteas skipper went for a suicidal single and his dismissal gave India a chance to make a comeback, which they did.