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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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Kumar Sangakkara left the ground after almost everyone he knew very closely had. Then it rained a little. Sangakkara had played his last match for Sri Lanka; even the elements allowed themselves a bit of emotion

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After a ten-month free-fall, Cheteshwar Pujara will turn out for India once again at the traditional batting paradise that is the SSC. Can he make it count?

Ojha's time to 'relax' before Test debut

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