Cricket 4.2.2018 08:13 pm

Aiden Markram’s horror skipper debut: I’m taking this on the chin

The 23-year-old must be wonder what makes captaincy so great after his first taste of it saw the Proteas hammered by India.

Aiden Markram took his nightmarish captaincy debut in the harsh environment of top international cricket on the chin and said he will learn from it, after South Africa’s record-breaking loss to India in the second one-day international at Centurion on Sunday.

Aiden Markram’s horror skipper debut: I’m taking this on the chin
Aiden Markram’s horror skipper debut: I’m taking this on the chin

Aiden Markram’s horror skipper debut: I’m taking this on the chin

The 23-year-old must be wonder what makes captaincy so great after his first taste of it saw the Proteas hammered by India.

Indian spin wizards decimate clueless Proteas
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Indian spin wizards decimate clueless Proteas

No less than eight wickets fall to the dynamic duo of Chahal and Yadav as South Africa set an unwanted record and go 2-0 down.
Aiden Markram named Proteas stand-in skipper
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Aiden Markram named Proteas stand-in skipper

With Faf du Plessis missing with a finger injury, the national selectors decide to enact a plan they’ve had for the future earlier.
Du Plessis out of one-day series
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Du Plessis out of one-day series

South African captain Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the rest of the one-day international series and a Twenty20 series against India with a broken finger.
The time is now for South African cricket to cure pitch ills
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The time is now for South African cricket to cure pitch ills

As the debate over the state of playing surfaces continues to rage, CSA’s pitch consultant Hilbert Smit warns action is immediately needed.
Did Durban expose the Proteas’ inflexibility?
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Did Durban expose the Proteas’ inflexibility?

India had major success in the first ODI by picking three spinners but Faf du Plessis says SA will ‘never’ pick two at home.
Fantastic Faf trumped by the King of the Chase
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Fantastic Faf trumped by the King of the Chase

Virat Kohli leads India to a fine win over the Proteas as Faf du Plessis’ own brilliance is undermined by some ordinary bowling.
Fantastic Faf leads Proteas’ excellent recovery
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Fantastic Faf leads Proteas’ excellent recovery

Despite generally being spun into a web by India’s wily spinners, South Africa reach a decent total at Kingsmead.
Proteas won’t live in the moment in the ODIs … sort of
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Proteas won’t live in the moment in the ODIs … sort of

Faf du Plessis admits results may be sacrificed in order to build high-class depth for next year’s World Cup.
Five Baby Proteas who look ready for the big time
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Five Baby Proteas who look ready for the big time

The national Under-19 team finished a creditable fifth at this year’s World Cup and in the process unearthed these gems.
No AB, no worries for Proteas as Zondo steps up
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No AB, no worries for Proteas as Zondo steps up

The Dolphins skipper is suddenly in line to make his ODI debut against India as South Africa look to plug a big hole.
Proteas AB-less for at least three ODIs
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Proteas AB-less for at least three ODIs

The finger he injured during the third Test against India proves pesky.
Five Proteas talking points ahead of the ODI series against India
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Five Proteas talking points ahead of the ODI series against India

There’s talk of rotation and experimentation as the build-up to the 2019 World Cup starts. But it raises quite a few points.
VOTE: Are the Proteas too chilled on Quinton de Kock’s form?
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VOTE: Are the Proteas too chilled on Quinton de Kock’s form?

The wicketkeeper-batsman averaged 11 in the Test series against India and seems woefully low on confidence. Is relief around the corner?
Quinton de Kock only a knock away from being back to his best
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Quinton de Kock only a knock away from being back to his best

At least that’s what Proteas coach Ottis Gibson and captain Faf du Plessis believe about the struggling left-hander.
Proteas player ratings: Welcome back AB, Quinny’s nightmare
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Proteas player ratings: Welcome back AB, Quinny’s nightmare

It was a series where the South African played big moments against India well without consistently firing on all cylinders.
GALLERY: South Africa’s IPL brigade and their riches
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GALLERY: South Africa’s IPL brigade and their riches

The auction for the glitzy T20 tournament took place this weekend. Here’s what various Proteas will earn at their franchises.
Faf frank over the Proteas’ failures and the Wanderers pitch
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Faf frank over the Proteas’ failures and the Wanderers pitch

South Africa’s skipper says they only have themselves to blame for the loss in the 3rd Test against India but pleads for better surfaces.
Pitch red tape needs to be cut for players’ safety, says Elgar
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Pitch red tape needs to be cut for players’ safety, says Elgar

The Proteas opener believes play on the Wanderers ptich should’ve been stopped even before his hit on the helmet.
Justice for wily India as Proteas suffer a shocking collapse
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Justice for wily India as Proteas suffer a shocking collapse

At times it seemed the fact that Virat Kolhi and his men outplayed the hosts wouldn’t count for much before a crazy final session.
Pitch behaves as Proteas and India arm wrestle
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Pitch behaves as Proteas and India arm wrestle

Hashim Amla and a grim Dean Elgar grind well against India but late wickets before tea evens things again.
Baby Proteas atone a bit for World Cup failure
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Baby Proteas atone a bit for World Cup failure

A fine all-round performance means they can now shoot out for fifth place at the tournament next week.
Pitch drama explained: The Wanderers is on thin ice
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Pitch drama explained: The Wanderers is on thin ice

The third Test between the Proteas and India will continue on Saturday but the threat of an abandonment still looms.
‘Call it off’: Drama at the Wanderers as pitch becomes spiteful
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‘Call it off’: Drama at the Wanderers as pitch becomes spiteful

West Indies legend and commentator Michael Holding asks for the third Test between the Proteas and India to be abandoned.
Hashim Amla turns politician as pitch debate rages on
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Hashim Amla turns politician as pitch debate rages on

The Proteas’ bearded star is very diplomatic over the ‘spicy’ Wanderers surface … and he certainly has a point.
It’s a game of inches on a treacherous Wanderers pitch
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It’s a game of inches on a treacherous Wanderers pitch

Wickets again fall regularly between the Proteas and India as the question marks continue to mount over the surface.


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