South Africa


Rankings:  ODI - 1st, Test - 2nd, Twenty20 - 6th

SA Bio

The South African cricket team, also known as The “Proteas”, is administrated by Cricket South Africa. South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. Cricket in South Africa was established by the British, and the first tour by a side from England took place in 1888-89. South Africa played its first Test match (against a touring England side at Port Elizabeth), becoming the third Test nation. 

However, in 1970, the ICC voted to suspend the team from international cricket indefinitely because of its government's policy of apartheid, an overtly racist policy, which led them to play only against the white nations (England, Australia, New Zealand), and field only white players. This decision excluded players such as stalwart Graeme Pollock from partaking in international Test Cricket. Such a move caused the exodus of bright future prospects like Allan Lamb and Robin Smith, who both played for England, and Kepler Wessels, who initially played for Australia, before returning to South Africa. The team was reinstated in 1991 as a Test nation after the deconstruction of apartheid, and the team played its first official match since 1970 (and its first-ever ODI) against India in 1991. Since the reinstatement, the Proteas have had mixed success. Even when the team has been considered to be a favourite to win a tournament, good fortune deserts it. 

The match-fixing scandal that shook the cricketing fraternity got momentum from Hansie Cronje’s claims. With his mysterious death in a plane crash, a chapter in South African cricket closed. The team has reached the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup three times, but has failed to progress into the finals, with Herschelle Gibbs famously dropping Australian captain Steve Waugh in 1999 in a round-robin game. They performed well in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, until New Zealand beat them in the quarter finals, unfortunately ending their World Cup campaign.

SA Records

In:
Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Australia 94 23 51 0 20 24
 
Bangladesh 12 10 0 0 2 83
 
England 149 33 61 0 55 22
 
India 35 15 10 0 10 43
 
New Zealand 45 25 4 0 16 56
 
Pakistan 23 12 4 0 7 52
 
Sri Lanka 25 14 5 0 6 56
 
West Indies 28 18 3 0 7 64
 
Zimbabwe 9 8 0 0 1 89
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Hashim Amla - 311 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    Jacques Kallis. Total: 13206 runs in 165 matches with a batting average of 55.25
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Shaun Pollock. Total: 421 wickets in 108 matches with an average economy of 2.39
Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Australia 96 45 47 3 1 47
 
Bangladesh 20 17 3 0 0 85
 
Canada 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
England 59 29 26 1 3 49
 
India 77 45 29 0 3 58
 
Ireland 5 5 0 0 0 100
 
Kenya 10 10 0 0 0 100
 
Netherlands 4 4 0 0 0 100
 
New Zealand 70 41 24 0 5 59
 
Pakistan 73 47 25 0 1 64
 
Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Sri Lanka 66 35 29 1 1 53
 
United Arab Emirates 2 2 0 0 0 100
 
West Indies 61 44 15 1 1 72
 
Zimbabwe 38 35 2 0 1 92
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Gary Kirsten - 188 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    Jacques Kallis. Total: 11550 runs in 323 matches with a batting average of 45.11
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Shaun Pollock. Total: 387 wickets in 294 matches with an average economy of 3.65
Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Afghanistan 2 2 0 0 0 100
 
Australia 17 6 11 0 0 35
 
Bangladesh 6 6 0 0 0 100
 
England 15 8 6 0 1 53
 
India 10 4 6 0 0 40
 
Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
New Zealand 15 11 4 0 0 73
 
Pakistan 11 6 5 0 0 55
 
Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Sri Lanka 9 5 4 0 0 56
 
West Indies 10 6 4 0 0 60
 
Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 0 100
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Faf du Plessis - 119 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    JP Duminy. Total: 1700 runs in 73 matches with a batting average of 36.95
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Dale Steyn. Total: 58 wickets in 42 matches with an average economy of 6.71
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