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A team that bridges the divide

December 18, 2009 : All-time XI: South Africa's all-time side helps dismantle the rift that isolation opened up between eras. By Telford Vice

The men in the shadows

December 18, 2009 : Had there been no isolation, South Africa's all-time side would have looked quite different. Rob Houwing on the men who missed out

Barry, Biff, Bruce and Bunter

November 19, 2009 : Who's it going to be at the top of the order?

The dependables

November 24, 2009 : Six contenders for South Africa's three middle-order spots - none of whom was in the habit of letting the side down

Plenty where those came from

November 30, 2009 : Allrounders have been part of the South African landscape since cricket's beginnings. Here's six of the best

Boucher and others

December 4, 2009 : South Africa's top keepers have all mostly been more than capable with the bat. A look at five of the leading contenders

All you need is speed

December 8, 2009 : At times it feels like fast bowlers are all that South Africa's got. But with each as potent as the next, picking just two won't be easy

Slim spin pickings

December 14, 2009 : A pop star, a freak show, and one who couldn't take time off work. Spin bowlers have been an eccentric and endangered species in South Africa

South Africa Jury

Luke Alfred
Sports editor of the Sunday Times in Johannesburg; author of Lifting the Covers: the Inside Story of South African Cricket and Testing Times: The Story of the Men Who Made SA Cricket
XI: Smith, Richards, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Waite, S Pollock, Goddard, Tayfield, Donald
Ali Bacher
Ali Bacher
Captained South Africa in 1970, when they defeated Australia 4-0; was managing director of the South African cricket board through the 1990s, and executive director of the 2003 World Cup.
XI: Richards, Mitchell, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Waite, Procter, Tayfield, Donald, Adcock
Colin Bryden
Colin Bryden
Editor of the Mutual & Federal SA Cricket Annual; has reported on more than 130 Test matches.
XI: Richards, Barlow, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Waite, Procter, Tayfield, Donald, Adcock
Archie Henderson
Archie Henderson
Sports editor of the Times in South Africa; formerly sports editor of the Cape Times and the Argus in Cape Town. Has been a journalist since 1967.
XI: Richards, Smith, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Procter, Lindsay, Tayfield, Donald, Adcock
Rob Houwing
Rob Houwing
Chief writer for www.Sport24.co.za and formerly editor of the Wisden Cricketer (South African edition).
XI: Richards, Smith, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Barlow, Procter, Boucher, S Pollock, Tayfield, Donald
Rudi Koertzen
Rudi Koertzen
Has umpired at Test level for 17 years - seven of those on the ICC's elite panel - standing in over 100 Tests (the second umpire to do so) and 200 ODIs.
XI: Richards, Mitchell, Barlow, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Waite, Procter, S Pollock, Tayfield, Donald
Neil Manthorp
Neil Manthorp
Broadcaster and journalist, and head of the MWP Sport agency; has covered more than 40 tours and 120 Test matches since South Africa's return to International cricket. Author of a biography of Gary Kirsten.
XI: Richards, Smith, Nourse, G Pollock, Kallis, Barlow, Boucher, Faulkner, Procter, S Pollock, Donald
Krish Reddy
One of South Africa's foremost cricket historians and statisticians, and a cricket book and autograph collector; co-author of a history of South African cricket with Andre Odendaal and Christopher Merritt.
XI: Richards, Taylor, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Procter, Cameron, S Pollock, Tayfield, Donald
Andrew Samson
Andrew Samson
Cricket South Africa's official statistician since 1994; has covered over 130 Test matches for radio and TV as scorer/statistician.
XI: Richards, Mitchell, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Faulkner, Waite, Procter, S Pollock, Tayfield, Donald
Telford Vice
Telford Vice
Cricket writer since 1992, when he covered South Africa's first Test on readmission, in Barbados; author of a biography of Peter Kirsten.
XI: Richards, Smith, Goddard, Kallis, G Pollock, Nourse, Boucher, S Pollock, Tayfield, Ntini, Donald

Is it time to rethink the toss?

Jon Hotten: Why not let captains decide what batting or bowling first is worth and use runs to buy the advantage?

    The bat-first advantage in Tests

Numbers Game: Since 2009, teams batting first have a win-loss ratio which is 61% higher than it was between 2000 and 2008

'Long-term aim is to have one officiating DRS system'

ICC CEO David Richardson speaks about the need for context in bilateral cricket, and the creation of qualifying leagues

    The one stat that makes Steyn stand out

What sets Dale Steyn apart from the rest of the 400-club? His phenomenal strike rate

Another T20 bash, another T&T win

Business as usual? Yes, but this year's tournament had other stories too - not all of them positive. By Colin Benjamin

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Cricket in colour - What's your favourite team kit?

Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?

4391 runs after 35, and 2354 outside top five

On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career

'I always wanted to bowl the last over of an ODI'

Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar

Australia's soft centre exposed

The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad

Which country were they born in?

Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?

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