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Kohli 'agreeable' to day-night Test cricket - Ganguly

BCCI president says India have no choice if Test cricket needs to attract crowds

Associated Press

The Fantasy XI to take on India in India

Our writers build a team that may be able to take on India on their own patch

How Kohli's India became the world's No. 1 Test side

From being down at No. 7 at the end of 2014, India have now stayed at No. 1 for 36 months and counting

India v South Africa

3rd Test, Ranchi

Du Plessis calls for better domestic structures

Captain wants better succession planning, hopes Brexit could possibly reduce Kolpak's impact on SA

South Africa's worst series defeat since readmission

This was the first time since 1936 that South Africa lost successive Tests by an innings

Scheduling issues

India news

India should have only five Test centres - Virat Kohli

The India captain says touring teams should know which venues they're going to play at

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India v SA, Test series

Sanjay Bangar examines how Elgar and de Kock were bounced out


India's fast bowlers revel in toss advantage

Why Umesh and Shami extracted more from the surface than South Africa

'It's been lessons' - Linde's tough initiation to Test cricket

The left-arm spinner had trouble bowling the right line but, after a chat with Faf du Plessis, all that changed

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Ind v SA, 3rd Test, Oct 19-23

'We have to fight our way out of these last two losses' - du Plessis

The South Africa captain looks to convert fifties into hundreds to change his team's fortunes

Bavuma needs to convert starts to break out of the funk

As a black African batsman, he is always under pressure. He can make it disappear by building on his 30s

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Ind v SA, Test series

Ravi v Ravi - Jadeja's batting gives him edge over Ashwin

The tussle for primacy between the two world-class men has witnessed more twists and turns in the ongoing series against SA. Trust it to get more heated

Kohli moves to within a point of No. 1-ranked Smith

The India captain can reclaim the top spot in the third Test in Ranchi

Wriddhiman Saha's rare weekend in the spotlight

Saturday and Sunday were two of the rare days in Saha's career when everyone was talking about him

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Ind v SA, Test series

CSA chief urges fans to be patient, give 'new generation time to settle'

Thabang Moroe says it would be impossible to replace the players they have lost overnight

Lack of domestic depth leads South Africa into uncertain times

There appears little room for immediate hope that things will change

Linde replaces injured Maharaj for third Test

Cobras left-arm spinner George Linde has been called up to the squad as a replacement

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Ind v SA, Test series

SA's fight fades away in unforgiving conditions

In Pune there were signs that they were just waiting for a declaration

We only have ourselves to blame - SA team director Nkwe

He says South Africa didn't do enough to prevent India from reaching a mammoth total


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Ind v SA, Test series

How Agarwal countered all of SA's best laid plans

After some early trouble against the new ball, the India opener hit his stride and never looked back

Rabada showed signs of nearing his best - Barnes

South Africa's bowling coach on their premier fast bowler picking up all three wickets to fall on day one


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Ind v SA, Test series

'Double the points for away wins' - Kohli's tip for World Test Championship

India captain concedes that his team has found it tough to adapt to the challenging conditions at home

WTC will discourage below-par pitches - du Plessis

Home sides will only lose points if a WTC match is abandoned because of an unfair pitch

Ind v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

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'It's about learning and getting better' - du Plessis

Captain Faf du Plessis said South Africa can learn from their defeat to India


'Proud' du Plessis backs SA to build on 2015's 'tough lessons'

For a team that lost by more than 200 runs, South Africa were unusually pleased with their performance

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Ind v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2-6

'You can still bat there' - Philander hopes SA pull off the draw

Recently retired Hashim Amla advised the entire South African team to buy into the idea of batting out 98 overs

Agarkar: SA could have used more seam and less spin

Ajit Agarkar also talks about India's slightly delayed declaration in Visakhapatnam


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India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2-6

Dean Elgar v R Ashwin - a rivalry transformed

The bowler had dominated this contest for a long time, but the batsman hit back thanks to a few risky plans and a lot of self belief

'Elated' R Ashwin conjures magic on return

In his first international game this year, the offspinner was at his best, tricking batsmen with drift and dip

'It was me putting my stamp on my innings' - Why Elgar went bang bang

The South Africa opener proved he can not only play spin, but dominate it as he scored 160 runs in Vizag

Ind v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

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Agarwal makes a not-so-easy innings look easy

Pretty much all of his 215 runs seemed risk-free, even those that came from adventurous shots

Toss a large factor in game's outcome - Keshav Maharaj

While saying India got the best batting conditions, the South Africa spinner accepted they didn't bowl as well as they could have

Agarkar: Pitch not too bad but SA will have to fight

Ajit Agarkar looks back on day 2 of the India v South Africa Test in Visakhapatnam 


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India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

Krishnaswamy: Rohit reminds the world of his Test quality

Philander and Rabada threatened the edges, but India's new opener saw them off and stamped his authority

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India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2-6

'Firmly South African' Senuran Muthusamy savours 'special' Test bow

The left-arm spinner has roots in Tamil Nadu but his loyalty is undivided

'Blessed to do what I love' - Keshav Maharaj interview

The left-arm spinner opens up about what makes him tick and how he's prepared for this India tour

Ind v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

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'They're going to be the next Hashim Amlas' - Du Plessis

The SA captain excited to work with the new-look squad that will take on India

How much have SA changed from their last India tour?

Over 20,000 runs and 800 wickets short, that's how much

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India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

'If I don't take wickets even in one innings, I think my career for India is over'

Ishant Sharma talks about putting pressure on himself to excel, and how he hit his current purple patch

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How Ishant Sharma 2.0 became an impact player

Since 2018, Ishant has been a different bowler, and he has racked up some impressive stats too

India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

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Getting Rohit to open in Tests 'has been discussed for a long time' - Kohli

The India captain says Rohit is like Sehwag and has the ability to put bowling attacks under pressure

Sehwag, Shastri, and other middle-order batsmen who became successful openers

ESPNcricinfo looks back at batsmen whose careers flourished after a promotion to the top

The Buzz: Kohli surprised Tests are the real deal

All the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond

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India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

Starting to hit my straps with the ball - Philander

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Missing Dale-a in the time of India v South Africa

Scenes from an alternate universe where Steyn is playing Tests, and charging in to bowl at Kohli

India v SA, 1st Test, Oct 2

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It was 'hard to see a player like Rohit sitting outside' - Rahane

Rahane expects his Mumbai colleague to do well if he gets a chance to open in the upcoming SA Tests

Why is Bhuvneshwar not in the reckoning for Tests?

Injuries have played a part, but more than that, India have found better options for specific conditions

South Africa in India 2019-20

T20I series

India undone by South Africa's Mzansi Super League stars

Bjorn Fortuin and Beuran Hendricks had solid plans against India's big hitters, and it paid off

'I can play match-winning innings for SA by being a Rassie and not somebody else'

South Africa's limited-overs vice-captain on how self-belief and rational thinking have helped him achieve his goals

Working with Klusener a huge learning experience - van der Dussen

Rassie van der Dussen was talking to Nerolac Cricket Live on Star Sports


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3rd T20I, Sep 22

Kohli receives demerit point for 'inappropriate' contact with Hendricks

He now has three demerit points as it was Kohli's third offence since the introduction of the revised code in September 2016

Kohli content for setbacks to challenge comfort zones

The India captain admitted his team made some poor decisions but with the World T20 just over a year away would rather the mistakes happen now

Who's the No. 4? Kohli admits to 'miscommunication in the middle'

India decided on who would bat where depending on the stage of the innings, but things didn't quite go to plan

South Africa tour of India

India news

'I got more confident as I played more Test cricket' - Bumrah

Set to play his first Test in India, the pacer speaks about his most memorable moment and the art of remaining calm on the field

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If Rohit succeeds in Tests, India can chase down targets they haven't before - Bangar

Outgoing India batting coach speaks on the challenges of his tenure, coaching Kohli, his thoughts on Rohit as a Test opener, and more

Are selectors sending the wrong message to India's domestic stars?

Hemang Badani believes that the likes of Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal should be rewarded for their consistency


Squad announcement

South Africa in India 2019

My game doesn't need to change, only my mindset - Gill

During the Duleep Trophy in August, the 20-year old took time off to chat about his game and those who have helped him become who he is

The Buzz: The Kohli tweet that made everyone think Dhoni was retiring

All the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond

Rohit to open against SA, Gill gets maiden Test call-up

Rahul and Umesh are the only ones to be left out from the squad that beat West Indies recently

Arrival in India

Pre-T20I series talk

Quinton de Kock will 'lead by example' - Rassie van der Dussen

South Africa batsman also believes they have got an opportunity to make a strong statement in the series against India and bounce back from the World Cup debacle

'We strongly believe in Quinton' - SA team director

Quinton de Kock has his team director's support as he prepares to lead a young South Africa side in the T20Is against India


SA grooming de Kock for captaincy before T20 World Cup

On their arrival in India, new team director Enoch Nkwe says they have 'to start building for the future'

Fast bowlers' race

South Africa in India 2019-20

Rabada 'not too worried' with Archer, Bumrah snatching spotlight

He also looks ahead to the upcoming India tour, and how prior experience of having played there will help

South Africa in India 2019

Squad update

Smuts withdrawn from T20I squad, Linde named as replacement

Smuts withdrawn from the side after failing to meet fitness standards

Team updates

Klusener, Barnes, Ontong in SA support staff for India tour

As part of the team's new directive, the assistant coaches and all other technical staff will report directly to the newly-appointed interim team director Enoch Nkwe

Heinrich Klaasen replaces Rudi Second for South Africa's Tests against India

Second suffered an injury that will require immediate surgery while training with the South Africa A squad

Pre-tour buzz

Steyn was not 'medically ready' for India tour - van Zyl

The fast bowler said he had been available for the T20Is, but the acting director of cricket said they couldn't select him

South Africa door not closed for Chris Morris

Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl says the bowler "still wants to play for South Africa" and negotiations for a new contract will start after the India tour

South Africa news

Nortje, Second and Muthusamy part of Test squad; no Faf for T20s

Faf du Plessis was not included in South Africa's T20 squad, but will be captain for the three-Test series that follows the T20s

Enoch Nkwe named South Africa's interim team director

Former Gauteng batsman to take charge ahead of South Africa's tour of India in September

Du Plessis to remain in charge of South Africa Test side

CSA's acting director of cricket, Corrie van Zyl, said the selectors would look discuss white-ball captaincy as part of their strategy towards World Cup 2023

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