South Africa one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers dominated the headlines on the front pages of the country's newspapers today after his record-breaking performance in the match against visiting West Indies at Wanderers Stadium here.
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.
South Africa fast bowling spearhead Dale Steyn, who finished a six wicket haul against the West Indies in the first Test in Centurion on Saturday, is set to overtake Makhaya Ntini as the second-highest wicket-taker in Test for his country.
South Africa have lost two of the country’s finest ever batsman over the last 12 months, but in AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla they retain world class performers who dug the Proteas out of a spot of trouble on Wednesday.
South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand.
South Africa will look to extract an advantage from their superior spin stocks when they take on a hard-hitting Australian side in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wednesday. Number 1 ranked Australia issued a statement of intent on Monday when they crushed Zimbabwe by 198 runs in the series opener, exhibiting a greater degree of ruthlessness than South Africa did in winning a three-match one-day series against the hosts in Bulawayo last week.