• Former South Africa fast bowler Andre Nel has told Yahoo! Cricket he is hopeful the Proteas can get past Pakistan in the semi-finals and go on to win the ICC World Twenty20 2009.

    Former South Africa fast bowler Andre Nel has told Yahoo! Cricket he is hopeful the Proteas can get past Pakistan in the semi-finals and go on to win the ICC World Twenty20.

     

    The 31-year-old was part of the South African squad that failed to get through the Super Eights in the inaugural tournament in 2007.

     

    Nel is confident his ex team-mates have developed their game sufficiently since then to make a more lasting impression this time around.

     

    Yahoo: You featured in the first World Twenty20 – why do you think this South African squad are better equipped to challenge for the trophy?

    Andre Nel:  All of these players have played a lot of Twenty20 in South Africa and a lot of them have played in the IPL – so they've learnt how to play the game. Also, the spinners are getting better [for South Africa] and they

    Read More »from Nel backs compatriots to prevail
  • Mickey Arthur spoke exclusively to Yahoo ahead of Thursday's semi-final against Pakistan at Trent Bridge to find out how he is coping with the pressure of trying to win his nation's first major one-day tournament.

    While South Africa's vast array of playing talent have taken the plaudits during the tournament, their coach Mickey Arthur is continuing to make his considerable presence felt in the background. 

     

    The 41-year-old is coming up to his fourth anniversary in charge of the Proteas and has overseen a progression within the squad that could reach its peak - so far - with ICC World Twenty20 glory.

     

    Arthur spoke exclusively to Yahoo ahead of Thursday's semi-final against Pakistan at Trent Bridge to find out how he is coping with the pressure of trying to win his nation's first major one-day tournament.

     

    Yahoo: Not a lot seems to get spoken of about how you are feeling as a coach during this tournament – much of the talk is about the players – but how is the ICC World Twenty20

    Read More »from Mickey Arthur: ‘We are not scared of losing’
  • "Twenty20 is like desserts," Sachin Tendulkar said in Monday's Times newspaper. "It tastes good but you can't fill your stomach up with it. You have to have a main course and that's Test cricket. I couldn't survive without the main course."

    Sachin Tendulkar's young son is hooked on Twenty20 cricket but the Indian master still believes five-day Test cricket is king.

     

    Millions of Indians watched in despair on Sunday as their side were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 by England at Lord's, probably wishing the 36-year-old batsman had been able to rescue their hopes of retaining the trophy.

     

    Tendulkar, who has amassed a staggering 12,773 Test runs at an average of almost 55, has opted to spare his body the rigours of playing for India in the sport's quickfire format - a game he describes in culinary terms.

     

    "Twenty20 is like desserts," he said in Monday's Times newspaper. "It tastes good but you can't fill your stomach up with it. You have to have a main course and that's Test

    Read More »from Twenty20 tasty, but no substitute for Tests: Tendulkar

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