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South Africa v Australia, 4th Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Crafty Maharaj emerges from the shadows

Apr 1, 2018: The left-arm spinner tends to slip under the radar, but he is South Africa's second-highest wicket-taker in the series, and could well be in the spotlight in its final act, particularly given Morne Morkel's injury concerns

Firdose Moonda in Johannesburg

South Africa v Australia, 4th Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

Bee-stung de Kock misses Shaun Marsh stumping

Mar 31, 2018: Keshav Maharaj's flight left Australia's No. 5 stranded outside his crease, but he lived to fight on (though not for too long) thanks to the timely efforts of a wicketkeeper-hating bee

Firdose Moonda in Johannesburg

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day

Troubling patterns emerge for Australia

Mar 11, 2018: As the series nears its halfway mark, the home side seems rejuvenated by the deeds of AB de Villiers while the visitors have begun showing worrying signs of top-order frailty

Daniel Brettig in Port Elizabeth

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Durban, 3rd day

South Africa left wondering 'how' things went wrong

Mar 3, 2018: Maybe the hosts were undercooked. Maybe they had underestimated Australia or maybe they are facing uncertainty on the administrative front

Firdose Moonda in Durban

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Durban, 1st day

Maharaj's control shapes tense and teasing day

Mar 1, 2018: Whether or not South Africa specifically asked for slower surfaces, they got one at Kingsmead, and their left-arm spinner played the holding role perfectly to keep Australia's aggressive line-up in check

Firdose Moonda in Durban

South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg

South Africa ponder all-pace attack at the Wanderers

Jan 23, 2018: On what is expected to be a spicy surface, the hosts could bench Keshav Maharaj and play either an extra batsman in Theunis de Bruyn or a seam-bowling allrounder in Andile Phehlukwayo

Firdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Test bowling nominees

Turn, turn, turn

Jan 15, 2018: Seven of our top ten Test bowling performances of 2017 came from spinners. Who was the best?

Akshay Gopalakrishnan

South Africa v India, 1st Test, Cape Town

Maharaj readies for his biggest challenge yet

Jan 3, 2018: India's batsmen could target the spinner for runs in seamer-friendly conditions, but he has already shown he can hold his own even when things are not in his favour

Firdose Moonda in Cape Town

South Africa v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Potchefstroom, 5th day

Rabada, Maharaj fire SA to thumping win

Oct 2, 2017: Bangladesh lasted only 83 minutes on the final day, losing seven wickets for 41 runs to crash to a 333-run defeat

The Report by Mohammad Isam

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

England on the ropes as they begin long trek towards target of 474

Jul 16, 2017: South Africa squeezed the pulp from England's attack in the second Investec Test with a resolution that has set them up for victory at Trent Bridge, and potentially left a few psychological marks

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Maharaj the catalyst as South Africa take command in adversity

Jul 15, 2017: Despite an erratic display from their seamers, South Africa secured a priceless 130-run lead, thanks largely to their under-rated spinner

Firdose Moonda at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

South Africa take control after Root dismissal sparks collapse

Jul 15, 2017: Faf du Plessis had cause to anticipate a satisfying return to the Test captaincy as South Africa took a potentially decisive first-innings lead of 130

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

South Africa's front foot nightmare

Jul 6, 2017: Firstly with the catching and then with carelessness from their bowlers, South Africa saw a chance to take control of the first Test slip away from them

Firdose Moonda at Lord's

England Lions v South Africans, Tour match, New Road, 3rd day

South Africa bowlers toil in drawn tour game

Jul 1, 2017: South Africa's attack got overs in the legs but not many wickets in the column in their final competitive outing ahead of the four-Test series against England, which starts at Lord's on Thursday

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South Africa news

De Kock dominates South Africa's awards

May 13, 2017: Quinton de Kock has been named South African Cricketer of the Year and also picked up four other titles at the annual awards

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Champions Trophy 2017

Morne Morkel, Maharaj in South Africa squad

Apr 19, 2017: South Africa have recalled fast bowler Morne Morkel and included the uncapped spinner Keshav Maharaj in their squad for the Champions Trophy

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South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17

Sunshine and rain: A story of two southern summers

Mar 29, 2017: New Zealand and South Africa played each other at the start and end of their seasons, and plenty went on in between

Firdose Moonda in Hamilton

South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17

'Maharaj is a grinder, he is a fighter'

Mar 19, 2017: Of all the things South Africa would have expected to find in New Zealand, spin success was unlikely to be among them

Firdose Moonda

New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day

Maharaj withstands the wind

Mar 18, 2017: Keshav Maharaj has more wickets than any of Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander or Kagiso Rabada this series. For a change, the quicks were creating pressure so the spinner could profit. How South African cricket has changed

Firdose Moonda in Wellington

New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day

Maharaj's career best gives South Africa 1-0 lead

Mar 18, 2017: South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket win within three days after Keshav Maharaj produced figures of 6 for 40 to bowl New Zealand out for 171 in Wellington

The Report by Andrew McGlashan
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