South Africa


Rankings:  ODI - 2nd, Test - 5th, Twenty20 - 3rd

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 91 23 51 0 20 25
 
Bangladesh 10 8 0 0 2 80
 
England 145 32 58 0 55 22
 
India 32 13 10 0 10 41
 
New Zealand 42 24 4 0 14 57
 
Pakistan 23 12 4 0 7 52
 
Sri Lanka 19 11 5 0 6 58
 
West Indies 26 18 3 0 7 69
 
Zimbabwe 5 7 0 0 1 140
 
  • 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 95 45 47 3 1 47
 
Bangladesh 15 14 3 0 0 93
 
Canada 0 1 0 0 0 0
England 56 28 24 1 3 50
 
India 75 45 28 0 3 60
 
Ireland 4 5 0 0 0 125
 
Kenya 8 10 0 0 0 125
 
Netherlands 4 4 0 0 0 100
 
New Zealand 63 38 22 0 5 60
 
Pakistan 69 47 24 0 1 68
 
Scotland 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 59 29 29 1 1 49
 
United Arab Emirates 0 2 0 0 0 0
West Indies 61 44 15 1 1 72
 
Zimbabwe 35 35 2 0 1 100
 
  • 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 0 2 0 0 0 0
Australia 15 6 11 0 0 40
 
Bangladesh 4 4 0 0 0 100
 
England 9 7 4 0 1 78
 
India 10 4 6 0 0 40
 
Netherlands 0 1 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 12 10 4 0 0 83
 
Pakistan 9 6 5 0 0 67
 
Scotland 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 6 4 2 0 0 67
 
West Indies 8 6 4 0 0 75
 
Zimbabwe 0 3 0 0 0 0
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Faf du Plessis - 119 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    JP Duminy. Total: 1654 runs in 70 matches with a batting average of 38.46
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Dale Steyn. Total: 58 wickets in 42 matches with an average economy of 6.71
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