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Growing Paines for the new cricket captain

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: NOBODY REALLY expected the massively depleted Australian one-day cricket team to do it easy when their five-match one-day series started this week – and they didn’t. It wasn’t all bad but there were some worrying signs for the captain, says ... More »

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AB de Villiers: no better cricketer to watch

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HE WAS THE cricketer other cricketers wanted to be – and there is no greater compliment. RON REED salutes AB de Villiers on his retirement from the international game: CRICKET FANS, and statisticians, are always debating the identity of the world’s best batsma... More »

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It’s not a war, says elder statesman

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SLEDGING IS an even bigger threat to cricket's well being than ball tampering, according to the iconic Dr Ali Bacher. KEN PIESSE spent an hour with South African cricket's renaissance man. More »

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Ball tampering gets raised again

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NEW ball-tampering allegations, this time against South Africa, have been raised in Johannesburg as the most acrimonious Test series since Bodyline goes into its final hours. KEN PIESSE, on the spot in Johannesburg, reports: AS Australia’s top order was being ... More »

Big questions for Australian cricket

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OUT OF the wreck of Australia's derailed South African campaign could come some valuable lessons on and off the field after Tim Paine's patched up top order was blown away on Saturday in Johannesburg. KEN PIESSE reports. More »