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Cricket: Pace battle as South Africa, Australia square up

Batsmen can expect a torrid time when South Africa and Australia square up at SuperSport Park on Wednesday in the first of three Test matches. Both teams have formidable fast bowling attacks at a venue which usually favours fast bowlers. South Africa's battery is spearheaded by Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn, who are first and second in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings, while Morne Morkel is 13th. Australian fast bowlers Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson are third, fifth and ninth respectively.

Cricket: McLaren, Parnell vie to fill Kallis shoes

Seam bowling all-rounders Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell were both named on Wednesday in a 15-man South African Test squad to play three matches against Australia next month. The pair are expected to contest the all-rounder berth left vacant by the retirement of Jacques Kallis, South Africa's all-time leading Test run-scorer. The right-armed McLaren and left-armer Parnell both made their Test debuts in an innings win against England in Johannesburg in 2009/10 but quickly dropped out of favour.

Cricket: Smith hails "incredible win" over India

South African captain Graeme Smith hailed "an incredible win" for his team after they clinched an emphatic ten-wicket victory on the fifth day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Monday. The win, in Jacques Kallis' final Test match, clinched the two-match series for South Africa after the first Test in Johannesburg was drawn. It also confirmed South Africa's ranking as the world's number one Test team and increased their gap over second-ranked India. Smith said South Africa had to fight their way out of some tough situations.

Cricket: Kallis century sets up South Africa assault

Jacques Kallis hit a century in his final Test match and steered South Africa into a strong position on the fourth day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Sunday. South Africa took a first innings lead of 166, then put India under pressure as the tourists reached 68 for two at the close, still trailing by 98 runs.

Cricket: Kallis century sets up South Africa assault

Jacques Kallis hit a century in his final Test match and steered South Africa into a strong position on the fourth day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Sunday. South Africa took a first innings lead of 166, then put India under pressure as the tourists reached 68 for two at the close, still trailing by 98 runs.

Cricket: Kallis century takes South Africa ahead

Jacques Kallis hit a century in his final Test match and steered South Africa into a first innings lead on the fourth day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday. South Africa were 395 for seven at lunch, a lead of 61. Kallis made 115, his 45th Test century. He is second on the all-time list of Test century-makers behind Sachin Tendulkar, who hit 51 hundreds before retiring at the end of India's series against the West Indies last month.

Cricket: Kallis grinds it out in final Test

Jacques Kallis, playing in his final Test match, ground out an unbeaten 78 after South Africa lost three wickets in quick succession on the third day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Saturday. South Africa were 299 for five, 35 runs behind India's first innings total of 334, when rain brought an early close. Kallis received a standing ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the Indian players when he walked out to bat after Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla had been dismissed for 47 and three respectively.

Cricket: Kallis grinds it out in final Test

Jacques Kallis, playing in his final Test match, ground out an unbeaten 78 after South Africa lost threewi ckets in quick succession on the third day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Saturday. South Africa were 299 for five, 35 runs behind India's first innings total of 334, when rain brought an early close. Kallis received a standing ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the Indian players when he walked out to bat after Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla had been dismissed for 47 and three respectively.

Cricket:Kallis stands tall against Indian attack

Jacques Kallis, playing in his final Test match, hit a solid half-century after South Africa lost three wickets in quick succession on the third day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Saturday. South Africa were 267 for four at tea, 67 runs behind India's first innings total of 334. Kallis (61 not out) and AB de Villiers (74) shared a fourth wicket partnership of 127 after South Africa lost three wickets for ten runs to be wobbling at 113 for three, with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja taking two of the wickets.

Cricket: Kallis takes 200th Test catch

Jacques Kallis became the second fielder to take 200 catches in Test cricket when he held a sharp chance to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja on the second day of the second and final Test between South Africa and India at Kingsmead on Friday. Kallis, playing in his 166th and final Test match, joined India's Rahul Dravid, who held 210 catches in 164 matches. Jadeja edged a ball from off-spinner JP Duminy and Kallis dived low and to his left at slip to hold the chance.
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