South Africa


Rankings:  ODI - 4th, Test - 1st, Twenty20 - 4th

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

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Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Australia 91 21 50 0 20 23
 
Bangladesh 8 8 0 0 0 100
 
England 141 31 56 0 54 22
 
India 29 13 7 0 9 45
 
New Zealand 40 23 4 0 13 58
 
Pakistan 23 12 4 0 7 52
 
Sri Lanka 20 10 5 0 5 50
 
West Indies 25 16 3 0 6 64
 
Zimbabwe 7 6 0 0 1 86
 
  • 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 80 36 41 3 0 45
 
Bangladesh 14 13 1 0 0 93
 
Canada 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
England 51 25 22 1 3 49
 
India 70 42 25 0 3 60
 
Ireland 3 3 0 0 0 100
 
Kenya 10 10 0 0 0 100
 
Netherlands 4 4 0 0 0 100
 
New Zealand 58 34 20 0 4 59
 
Pakistan 71 47 23 0 1 66
 
Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Sri Lanka 56 26 28 1 1 46
 
United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
West Indies 52 38 12 1 1 73
 
Zimbabwe 32 29 2 0 1 91
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Gary Kirsten - 188 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    Jacques Kallis. Total: 11545 runs in 320 matches with a batting average of 45.63
  • 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 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Australia 11 4 7 0 0 36
 
Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 0 100
 
England 9 5 3 0 1 56
 
India 8 2 6 0 0 25
 
Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
New Zealand 12 9 3 0 0 75
 
Pakistan 11 6 5 0 0 55
 
Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Sri Lanka 5 3 2 0 0 60
 
West Indies 6 5 1 0 0 83
 
Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 0 100
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Richard Levi - 117 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    JP Duminy. Total: 1342 runs in 55 matches with a batting average of 37.27
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Dale Steyn. Total: 55 wickets in 38 matches with an average economy of 6.45
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