Luke Alfred


Happy 25th, South Africa
Happy 25th, South Africa

It's a quarter-century since their return to big cricket this month, and for all the magic they've produced, they've also displayed an ability to confound

The Australian aura we never thought would shatter
The Australian aura we never thought would shatter

In the early 2000s, South African fans couldn't imagine a world where Australia didn't pummel their side. But they live in it today

The charming antiquity of Willowmoore Park
The charming antiquity of Willowmoore Park

The Benoni ground has hosted the likes of Denis Compton, footballers, and other athletes over the years. Might it soon have a bigger role to play in South African cricket?

South Africa need to get their bite back
South Africa need to get their bite back

Their mongrel seems to have gone AWOL, tail between its legs

Do it like Dean and Kuhn
Do it like Dean and Kuhn

In these times of discontent in South Africa, batsmen like Dean Elgar and Heino Kuhn show that quotas don't necessarily have to cause heartburn

Colin Ingram, South Africa's invisible man
Colin Ingram, South Africa's invisible man

How a talented batsman has come to be an emblem of the neglect of a region

Why South Africa need to liberate themselves from shame
Why South Africa need to liberate themselves from shame

They're a very good ODI side, if only they can change the culture of their cricket

Remembering 2008
Remembering 2008

As Mickey Arthur takes charge of Pakistan, he could do worse than look back at successful tours of England and Australia eight years ago, when he coached South Africa

The juju is bad for South Africa
The juju is bad for South Africa

The last few months have been a steep comedown. What has gone wrong?

Down to the pointy end in South Africa
Down to the pointy end in South Africa

The domestic season is coming to an end and familiar scenarios are playing themselves out

Walking down Dolly's Cape Town streets
Walking down Dolly's Cape Town streets

There's little in the Upper Cape that commemorates the legacy of Basil D'Oliveira

The freshness that Quinny and KG bring
The freshness that Quinny and KG bring

The two young men have a fearlessness and self-belief that are at odds with the culture of caution that has marked South African cricket for long

South Africa's weird season
South Africa's weird season

From chopping and changing in selection to the latest fixing scandal, the country's cricket is in for testing times, at least in the immediate future

Remembering James Logan
Remembering James Logan

On the parallels between cricket in pre-Boer War times and now

Battered South Africa take on equal opponent
Battered South Africa take on equal opponent

It's similar to 2004-05, when, having lost in India, South Africa played an evenly matched England team at home

Can South Africa trust in Tabraiz Shamsi?
Can South Africa trust in Tabraiz Shamsi?

If they are serious about improving their T20 record, they could do worse than give Titans' promising chinaman bowler a look-in

The ex-wild man of the East Rand
The ex-wild man of the East Rand

Andre Nel was always getting into trouble, but he had talent and his heart was in the right place - as he's proving now, dishing out guidance and tough love to upcoming cricketers

What Rabada's success says about South African cricket
What Rabada's success says about South African cricket

The system might be creating opportunities in enough places, but things aren't all hunky-dory

Remembering Duif the Dutchman
Remembering Duif the Dutchman

The South African sports photographer captured some of the country's big cricket moments

Would it have been different with Khaya Majola around?
Would it have been different with Khaya Majola around?

Cricket in South Africa is perilously close to being irrelevant for the country's largest demographic group