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Criticism of Australia team culture out of proportion - Ponting

The former Australia captain, however, said he was shocked by the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, and that the penalties handed out by Cricket Australia were necessary

Chappell: Gillespie the right choice to replace Lehmann


South Africa v Australia

4th Test, Johannesburg

Brettig: In darkest hour, Australia start to listen

After years of either wilful or inadvertent ignorance, Australia have recognised the need for a change in attitude for the benefit of their most influential stakeholders: their fans

'Series win will be a big push for SA's next generation'

Michael Holding says the major difference between the two sides across the series was how well South Africa bowled to Australia's two key batsmen


Philander's six-for demolishes Australia in a session

South Africa wrapped up the series 3-1 - their first home win against Australia since readmission - with a 492-run victory

South Africa v Australia

4th Test, Johannesburg

Big Morne's illustrious career


'Not one day did I not enjoy coming to nets'

Morne Morkel counted South Africa's first series wins in England and Australia since readmission as highlights of his career, and the 2015 World Cup exit as a significant low point

How SA bounced back from the Durban setback

Defeated in the first Test, South Africa shut out the noise and put in the hard work necessary to achieve a historic series win

South Africa v Australia

4th Test, Johannesburg

Moonda: Crafty Maharaj emerges from the shadows

The left-arm spinner tends to slip under the radar, but he is SA's second-highest wicket-taker in the series, and could well be in the spotlight in its final act, particularly given Morne Morkel's injury concerns

'We saw some real fight from Australia'

Adam Voges joins Adam Collins to look back on the third day in Johannesburg


Brettig: 'Permanent' Paine shows stomach for fight

Since an injury in 2010, Paine has fought his way back into the Tasmanian and Australian teams, before quickly assuming a senior role

Ball-tampering scandal

Australia news

Smith, Warner to push for domestic clearance

The former leaders and Cameron Bancroft continue to deliberate on whether or not to take up the option of formal hearings under the board's code of conduct

South Africa v Australia

4th Test, Johannesburg

Brettig: Cricket failings set scene for disintegration

The controversies of the past week won't be forgotten soon, but Australia's batting has been equally responsible for their freefall

Moonda: Bavuma digs in for innings of character

He was stranded five a Test hundred, but Temba Bavuma did enough by then to answer many of the questions raised over his place in South Africa's Test team

Ball-tampering scandal

Australia news

Warner 'resigned' to the fact he may never play for Australia again

The banned Australia batsman spoke publicly for the first time on Saturday, a week after the ball-tampering scandal broke in Cape Town

Ball-tampering scandal


Faulkner: Paine will do a fantastic job as captain


The sandpaper saga that changed Australian cricket


South Africa v Australia

4th Test, Johannesburg

Paine redefines Australia and captaincy

The new Australia captain wanted to foster an environment where players did not feel they had to conform to a narrow idea of what an Australian Test cricketer should be

Brettig: What Australia lost, and what they gained

A hard-nosed battle without sledging left stump mics redundant and provided glimpses of a new Australia

Ball-tampering scandal

South Africa v Australia

Timeline of how the ball-tampering scandal unfolded


Mailey to Murray Mints: Seven ball-tampering confessions

The punishments handed to David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steven Smith were the most severe in cricket's history for ball tampering

Brettig: Sutherland flies home to mounting chaos

The commercial fallout from the ball-tampering scandal has pushed the CA chief executive closer to the precipice than at any stage of his 17-year tenure

Ball-tampering scandal

Australia news

I hope in time I can earn forgiveness - Smith

A distraught Steven Smith broke down in tears repeatedly during his appearance in front of media soon after his return to Sydney on Thursday

I panicked, I lied, I'm sorry - Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft said he will regret his choice to tamper with the ball in Cape Town for the rest of his life, but has not yet decided whether he will contest the nine-month ban

Ball-tampering scandal

The fallout

ICC to review code of conduct, ball-tampering set to be bigger offence

The review will seek to clearly define what the spirit of the game is, identify what is acceptable behaviour, and assess whether offences are being dealt with appropriately

Why red cards or other in-game penalties are unlikely

As the ICC sits down to review its code of conduct thoroughly, in-game penalties will be discussed, but a potential for controversy could mean they remain a mere suggestion

Ball-tampering scandal

South Africa v Australia

'Warner's not a bad person' - Williamson

The New Zealand captain also reflected on the importance of their culture, which has been cited as an example to be followed

'A reality check for every team in the world' - Amla

Calling the ball-tampering incident a "sad moment", the South Africa batsman suggested it could push the global game to take another look at the way individuals and teams act

Humbled Lehmann looks to New Zealand culture

The Australia coach pointed to the example of New Zealand's cultural regeneration as the way forward as his team looks to win fans' faith back

Ball-tampering scandal

Australia news

Ian Chappell: 'Don't see Smith captaining Australia again'

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Smith, Warner banned for 12 months by CA

Cameron Bancroft, the player caught tampering with the ball in the Cape Town Test, was banned for nine months

Sandpaper used to tamper, not sticky tape – CA

The board issued a detailed statement of the punishment handed out to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering

South Africa v Australia

Ball-tampering controversy

'Struggle to see Warner playing for Australia again'

ESPNcricinfo's Daniel Brettig and Adam Collins discuss the outcome of James Sutherland's press conference on Tuesday night in Johannesburg


Brettig: Lehmann at heart of cultural contradiction

Cricket Australia claim they are tackling their team's cultural malaise, yet they've stood by the man most associated with winning at all costs

South Africa v Australia

Test series

'I would hope this never happens under my watch' - Gibson

The schadenfreude is subtle in the hosts' camp, but its there. They know Australia are in a bad position, so they sniff a maiden home-series win against this opposition since readmission

Morkel jumps to sixth, gets career-high rating points

With Morkel set to retire after the Johannesburg Test, he may well finish his SA career as one of the world's ten best bowlers

Australia news

Ball-tampering controversy

Warner and CA headed for Pietersen-ECB parting

ESPNcricinfo understands that following Cricket Australia's hurried investigations into the ball-tampering incident, it has apparently emerged that David Warner "is the issue"

Renshaw back; questions over Lehmann's position

Meanwhile, former captain Steve Waugh has called for Cricket Australia to uphold the spirit of the game

South Africa v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Despondent Australia crushed in a session

Morne Morkel signed off at Newlands with a five-wicket haul, as Australia lost all ten wickets for 50 runs

Moonda: SA find sweet moments in 'soap opera'

The achievements of Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers should be celebrated and the form of Faf du Plessis should be questioned, but that will come on another, less-strange day

Ball-tampering scandal

Australia in South Africa

'It seemed completely beyond belief'

Players, administrators and even the Australia Prime Minister had their say about the ball tampering controversy


Coverdale: Why Australia is so outraged at Smith's team

Ball-tampering happens in cricket, so why has what Australia did in Cape Town been decried so vehemently at home? The answer lies in the role sport plays in the identity of the nation

South Africa v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Smith and Warner stood down by Cricket Australia

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will lead the side for the last two days of the Cape Town Test, and Smith and Warner will play under him

Tampering a shocking disappointment - Australia PM

The Australian government asked CA to punish all those who had prior knowledge of the ball-tampering plan

England news

Australia's woes in SA

Surprising Australia changed method of maintaining ball - Broad

England's Stuart Broad offers his take on the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town


Broad pours scorn on Australian double-standards

The England fast bowler openly questions Steven Smith's defence of his team's actions, and accuses Australia coach Darren Lehmann of hypocrisy

South Africa v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Been a lot of hard work over 12 years - Morkel

The South Africa bowler reflects on his career, after taking his 300th wicket in his final Test series

'Morkel has fought really hard in his career'

Michael Holding and Adam Collins on the soon-to-retire South African quick


South Africa v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Brettig: Cummins channels big Merv in spell of heart and skill

Allan Border's moustachioed battering ram was in the crowd at Newlands to watch his svelte modern-day avatar cut through South Africa

Moonda: Elgar irritates Australia in signature style

The opener was unusually subdued in the first two Tests. At Newlands, he was back to his immovable, in-yer-face best

SA v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Starc fit as Smith seeks a game-changer

Australia's captain, meanwhile, has looked notably assertive with the bat in net sessions this week, and reckons himself to be hitting the ball far better than at any stage during his prolific Ashes summer

SA set to miss 2017-18 transformation target

Selection questions over Temba Bavuma/Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi/Morne Morkel highlight the delicate balancing act for South Africa

South Africa v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Brettig: Can sense surprise over Rabada decision from Australia


'Great decision for series and Test cricket'

Having Kagiso Rabada back is "satisfying" for two reasons: he will play at Newlands and SA feel vindicated that inconsistent application of the ICC code of conduct has been rectified

Rabada cleared to play after successful appeal

The SA fast bowler's charge was downgraded from level 2 to 1, which meant his ban was removed because he got fewer demerit points

South Africa v Australia

3rd Test, Cape Town

Lyon's Cape Town of contrasts

The Australia offspinner has never had conflicting memories of any other venue in the game and is hopeful the side will be able to emulate the feats of four years ago

Mitchell Starc troubled by sore calf

While Mitchell Marsh bowled at half-pace as he recovered from a groin strain, a calf complaint for Starc is a concern given that he had numerous days to shake off residual niggles

'Backroom noise hindering exciting Test series' - Elgar

A quiet break from cricket, after two high-quality Tests that were in the spotlight for several wrong reasons, has given the South Africa opener time to think about his faltering batting

South Africa v Australia

Rabada appeal

South Africa v Australia

Test series

Rabada takes responsibility for bumping Smith

Pacer says the incident was partially his fault, but maintains that he did not feel any contact when shoulders brushed

Rabada's appeal hearing on March 19

The judicial commissioner, Michael Heron, will have 48 hours to reach a decision. If cleared, the fast bowler could play in the Newlands Test that starts on Friday

Starc reveals conflict over Smith orders on AB

The Australia fast bowler said his captain had told him to take a highly negative approach in his bowling to AB de Villiers during the Port Elizabeth Test

South Africa v Australia

Test series

Philander denies posting tweet accusing Smith

The South Africa seamer said his account was hacked, after an inflammatory tweet was posted on his account

Lyon drops the ball on de Villiers. But why?

Ajit Agarkar, Cyrus Broacha and the team at ESPNcricinfo debate if Nathan Lyon's 'drop the ball' act was uncalled for?


South Africa v Australia

Test series

Rabada appeals ban, could yet play at Newlands

Two-Test suspension could be put on hold during appeal process, giving fast bowler a chance to play in third Test

Australia on Rabada: 'His arm speed is amazing'

Australia's players and staff explain why Kagiso Rabada is a special bowler, and suggest what needs to change in terms of his behaviour

'There's a place for emotion on the field' - Anderson on Rabada

England paceman sympathises with Kagiso Rabada after his on-field aggression leads to two-Test ban

South Africa v Australia

2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

Noise, grumbling and chatter

Two riveting Tests have taken place in South Africa. But you wouldn't know that seeing all the headlines


Elgar, Amla taught us a lesson - Lehmann

The coach believes the pair's 88-run stand, which weathered extended periods of reverse-swing from Australia's quicks, was a key difference between the sides in Port Elizabeth

Rabada climbs to No. 1 in ICC Test bowler's rankings

Less than a day after racking up four demerit points, fast bowler achieves career-best ranking points to usurp James Anderson at No. 1

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Run Order

Disciplinary issues

Was Warner let off too easy?


South Africa v Australia

2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

Can't keep letting my team down - Rabada

South Africa's pace spearhead admitted that he has a lot to think about and needs to rein himself in

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Rabada handed two-Test suspension

South Africa have 48 hours to appeal the decision made by match referee Jeff Crowe

South Africa v Australia

2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

Rabada's 11-for helps South Africa level series

AB de Villiers played another cameo as the hosts chased down 101 with six wickets in hand

Smith's decreasing returns leave Australia vulnerable

From his recent form, you would think Steven Smith is at the top of his game. Against South Africa, though, his efficiency has fallen steadily

South Africa v Australia

2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

'It was right up there with the best feeling ever' - de Villiers

Just how much did it mean for South Africa's superstar to score his first Test century in three years?

The ABC of AB de Villiers

Hero, gloveman, captain, friend: the South African has played several roles in an illustrious career

Brettig: Troubling patterns emerge for Australia

As the series nears its halfway mark, the home side seems rejuvenated by the deeds of AB de Villiers while the visitors have begun showing signs of top-order frailty

South Africa v Australia

2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

Moonda: Brass-band brouhaha makes way for AB's sweet tunes

On a day of tense and attritional cricket that was occasionally sidetracked by a stop-start soundtrack, de Villiers' strokeplay gladdened the hearts of the St George's Park crowd

Brettig: When the reverse became relentless

Reverse swing, like rock and roll, has gone from revolutionary art to mainstream craft, yet remains uniquely compelling. Australia took it a step further, exploiting it as a unit in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth brass band silenced during play

Port Elizabeth's signature brass band was told to pipe down by the umpires, much to their own and the crowd's dismay

South Africa v Australia

2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

Moonda: Red-hot Rabada needs to cool off

The quick took five wickets in 18 balls and changed the complexion of the day. But his send-off of Steven Smith could attract unwanted attention, again

'Rabada needs to control himself little bit'

Michael Holding chats with Adam Collins about a great day of Test cricket in Port Elizabeth


Brettig: Tough talk no match for tough cricket

No matter how much 'mental disintegration' the Australians engage in, one rule of thumb they must remember: you've got to stick it out if you're going to dish it out

Australia in South Africa 2017-18

New row footage emerges

Warner v de Kock - Where it all started

ESPNcricinfo obtains fresh footage from the incident between Warner and de Kock


'Look me in the eye' - Warner on 'disgusting' de Kock sledge

Australia vice-captain says ICC sanction won't cramp his on-field aggression as new footage emerges of bust-up with Quinton de Kock

Australia in SA 2017-18

1st Test, Durban

De Kock loses hearing against ICC sanction

Quinton de Kock was found of guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC's code of conduct in relation to bringing the game into disrepute

Gibson wants clarity on crossing 'undefined line'

South Africa's head coach Ottis Gibson was steadfast in his defence of Quinton de Kock ahead of an ICC code of conduct hearing on Wednesday

Warner doesn't contest charge, but de Kock does

Australia's vice-captain was given three demerit points and fined for his part in the stairwell confrontation with Quinton de Kock

South Africa v Australia

1st Test, Durban

Warner vice-captaincy secure - Lehmann

Australia's coach has defended his player in the strongest terms, while also indicating he wants the captains and coaches from both teams to sit together to discuss player behaviour

Starc's swing puts South Africa in reverse

The left-armer's old-ball skills are likely to be highly influential in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, where slow and abrasive conditions are expected

Demerit points keeping Rabada quiet - Steyn

The fast bowler believes South Africa have been disadvantaged in the chirping battle with Australia thanks to the disciplinary straitjacket put on their most combative personality

South Africa v Australia

1st Test, Durban

Starc, Hazlewood swing Australia to 118-run win

Starc misses out on hat-trick but South Africa's resistance lasts 22 balls on the fifth and final day at Durban

Stats - Twin collapses hurt South Africa

Mitchell Starc's prowess against the tail, Aiden Markram's fighting fourth-innings century, and other key numbers from the Durban Test

South Africa v Australia

1st Test, Durban

Brettig: Australia break the cycle of collapses

Australia did not bat particularly well at Kingsmead, but well enough to ensure the process of constructing a consistently successful team was not stalled

Moonda: SA left wondering 'how' things went wrong

Maybe the hosts were undercooked. Maybe they had underestimated Australia. Or maybe they are facing uncertainty on the administrative front

Give me time to improve - Bancroft

In a bid to keep on getting better, the young Australia opener spoke at length with the seasoned David Warner about "an array of topics", including their respective approaches to the game

South Africa v Australia

1st Test, Durban

Moonda: Can SA defer de Villiers' break-up with Tests?

AB de Villiers proved yet again how much South Africa needs him and how much Test cricket needs him. But does the batsman still need South Africa and Test cricket?

Brettig: Marsh and Lyon script their Second Act

A little over 12 months ago, neither man was certain of his place in the Australian Test XI. Now, they have become immensely vital cogs

De Villiers rallies around team-mates after 'soft' dismissals

The South Africa batsman put some of the side's problems down to conditions, which he expects to become more difficult to bat on as the game goes on

SA v Australia

1st Test, Durban

Moonda: Maharaj's control shapes tense and teasing day

Whether or not SA specifically asked for slower surfaces, they got one at Kingsmead, and their left-arm spinner played the holding role perfectly to keep Australia in check

Brettig: Top-order lose battle of the crease

Australia's hopes of setting a dominant agenda were stymied by an attitrional South Africa bowling effort led by Vernon Philander

Warner counsels Bancroft after 'soft' dismissal

Australia vice-captain David Warner revealed a heart-to-heart conversation with Cameron Bancroft after his opening partner's swift dismissal in Durban

South Africa v Australia

1st Test, Durban

Expectations high for possible AB finale

AB de Villiers has not made any official announcement about his Test future but this is probably the last 'big' series he will play for South Africa in the format

Brettig: Dangerous nostalgia at heart of rivalry

South Africa's Test battles with Australia have been reliably hard-fought. But an overdue victory on home soil is especially important to the hosts

Keshav Maharaj could be key - Graeme Smith


Australia in SA 2017-18

Series build-up

Elgar wants SA to continue playing four quicks

But the opener believes spinners from both sides will also have a vital role to play in the Test series

'SA can't afford spicy pitches against Australia'

Former captain Kepler Wessels looks forward to the battle that begins on March 1


Lyon awaits chance to shine on slow SA surfaces

The offspinner is preparing to play a central role in the forthcoming Test series, particularly since the hosts have requested pitches to counter the spectre of Australia's 'big three' quicks

Kepler Wessels' views

South Africa v Australia

'SA, Aus can compete in each other's backyard'

Kepler Wessels looks back at the history of South Africa and Australia in Tests and how they have often won in each other's backyard


'Australia have the better bowling attack'

But the former South Africa captain is certain Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel will be immensely threatening too


'SA will target Smith and Warner'

Kepler Wessels also says Kagiso Rabada's aggression and the battle between David Warner and Vernon Philander will be interesting to watch out for


'Amla's big trigger movements may not work against Aus'

Kepler Wessels talks about Hashim Amla's current form and how his trigger movements are excessive at times


'De Kock needs to work out how he'll score runs'

Kepler Wessels tries to figure out why Quinton de Kock has suddenly fallen out of form


South Africa news

Australia Tests

'I leave with a very happy heart' - Morkel

South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel discusses his reasons for retiring from international cricket


'It's the right time for me to start a new chapter'

Morne Morkel said he has not signed a contract with any other team as suggestions his retirement is a result of a Kolpak deal mount

Morkel to quit SA after Australia series

The South Africa fast bowler has announced the upcoming four-Test series against Australia will be his last in international cricket

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