Neil Manthorp


An awkward step in the right direction
An awkward step in the right direction

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

No devils in these pitches
No devils in these pitches

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
Straightforward not simple

Kirsten's biographer on what "The Professor" brings to the India coaching job

Quotas die slow
Quotas die slow

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
Turning the label around

For once, South Africa are on the right side of a choke

Kallis and Harris made all the difference
Kallis and Harris made all the difference

Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris made all the difference in South Africa's Test triumph in Pakistan

Walking on eggshells
Walking on eggshells

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
Back in the high life

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

Grudge match puts Smith under the spotlight
Grudge match puts Smith under the spotlight

The problems facing South Africa as they prepare for two must-win matches in the Champions Trophy

Calling the spin doctors
Calling the spin doctors

South Africa's desperate need for a top-class spinner

Thanks for shattering the dreams
Thanks for shattering the dreams

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
Prince of darkness

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
Cricket's wafer-thin mint

The greed of cricket's administrators in relation to the Afro-Asia Cup

Shooting from the hip
Shooting from the hip

Graeme Smith's part in the "War of Words" ahead of the series against Australia

Cold war
Cold war

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