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South Africa's transformation policy

An awkward step in the right direction

Jun 18, 2008: The abolition of the presidential 'veto' of national team selection is an enormous step in the right direction for South African cricket as it strives towards 'normalisation' yet, as important as it is, it comes shackled to a couple of backward steps, as

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No devils in these pitches

Dec 17, 2007: Graeme Smith and others have blamed South Africa's tracks for the poor scores this season. They don't quite have a leg to stand on

Straightforward not simple

Dec 5, 2007: Kirsten's biographer on what "The Professor" brings to the India coaching job

Quotas die slow

Nov 10, 2007: The system of targets in South Africa won't end anytime soon, but at least a start has been made towards phasing them out

Turning the label around

Oct 29, 2007: For once, South Africa are on the right side of a choke

Kallis and Harris made all the difference

Oct 13, 2007: Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris made all the difference in South Africa's Test triumph in Pakistan

Walking on eggshells

Sep 10, 2007: The steady flow overseas of South African cricketers is not restricted to white players, which makes the problem even worse than first thought

Back in the high life

Jan 8, 2007: A year after being the subject of obit writers, Shaun Pollock slipped back into his best form to be named Man of the Series against India

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 7th match, Champions Trophy

Grudge match puts Smith under the spotlight

Oct 23, 2006: The problems facing South Africa as they prepare for two must-win matches in the Champions Trophy

Calling the spin doctors

Sep 27, 2006: South Africa's desperate need for a top-class spinner

Thanks for shattering the dreams

Sep 7, 2006: An open letter to Ken Gordon, President of the West Indies Cricket Board, over the recent cancellation of the Stanford Super Stars match against South Africa

Prince of darkness

Jul 24, 2006: Ashwell Prince's appointment as South Africa's first black captain is either the most important and significant moment in the game's history in this country or utterly irrelevant

Cricket's wafer-thin mint

May 15, 2006: The greed of cricket's administrators in relation to the Afro-Asia Cup

Shooting from the hip

Dec 15, 2005: Graeme Smith's part in the "War of Words" ahead of the series against Australia

The Wisden Cricketer, SA

Cold war

Oct 26, 2005: The South Africa-New Zealand series may seem like just another humdrum barrage of ODIs but there could be a particularly pronounced whiff of cordite in the air

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Farewell to the wild thing

To mark the end of Shaun Tait's 15-year career, a look back at one of his most memorable bowling performances

    'It's like cricket without the fielding'

Some cricketers struggle to adapt to life after retirement, but Rob Key has moved on seamlessly to a career he enjoys even more

    The making of a Kiwi

From a young, homesick 16-year-old, Jeet Raval has blossomed into a New Zealand cricketer with enviable credentials

The migrant

Netherland is a novel that was able to assimilate an alien sport in an American setting
The Cricket Monthly March issue

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Shami question part of India's rare green-pitch musings

Three days ahead of the fourth Test, the surface at the HPCA Stadium wore a smattering of grass. Will that, or Mohammed Shami's availability, subject to fitness, change India's combination?

Ashwin's late entry poses questions

Did Virat Kohli get his tactics right on the final day in Ranchi? Going by his fast bowlers' lines and R Ashwin's late introduction, the Indian captain took a few puzzling calls

Father-son duos, and tenth-wicket stand heroics

Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?

Kuldeep's height and angle befuddle Australia

On a first-day pitch, Kuldeep Yadav outfoxed three Australian top-order batsmen with guile and his natural attributes

The dark side of the T20 freelance life

It's lonely, players have to take care of their own fitness, coaching and schedules, and always live with the risk of being dropped

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