- Ken Borland
Chris Gayle obliterated some records (and the Zimbabwe bowlers in the process) when he became the first person to score a double century in a World Cup on Tuesday. For Gayle, the knock could not have come at a better time. For South Africa, however, it was the worst possible time. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa’s problems when batting second were laid bare when India beat them by 130 runs on Sunday. The top and middle order (Hashim Amla through to David Miller) have 26 hundreds between them for those occasions when they batted first since January 2012. Those figures drop significantly when looking at their records batting second, with just eight hundreds. It’s a weakness other teams will look to expose as the tournament goes on. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
It’s not even two days into the Cricket World Cup, and already there were two dodgy choices involving the Decision Review System. Both were down to human error and not the tech, though, and it is imperative that the ICC get real about how they share information about their system. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
After years as the bridesmaids, Ivory Coast have finally become the bride. After years and years after always coming close to winning the Africa Cup of Nations, they clinched the honours in a thrilling penalty shootout against Ghana on Sunday night. It was a deserved win for a team which had steadily improved as the tournament progressed. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Ghana cruised into the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, with a 0-3 win over Equatorial Guinea. It’s the Black Stars’ ninth final, but their performance on the pitch is not what the match will be remembered for. Home fans disgraced themselves as they pelted Ghana players and fans with bottles and other objects – forcing the match to be halted for over half an hour. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa depart for the 2015 Cricket World Cup full of confidence, and rightly so. The six-week jamboree in Oceania is a long and drawn out affair, but meticulous planning, self-belief and a little bit of crafty marketing has left them in a much stronger position than in previous tournaments. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Wilfried Bony has been the shining light of the Ivory Coast team during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. His vision and pizzazz has stunned defences and helped the Elephants into yet another crunch match in an AFCON tournament. He has hit a purple patch at the perfect time as Ivory Coast try to break the curse of always being the bridesmaid. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Up, up and away! South Africa have completed their World Cup warm-up series against the West Indies. They are packing their bags to jet off Down Under to see if they can finally rid their necks of the heavy albatross that’s been weighing them at ICC events for over two decades now. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks six things we learned.
If South Africa hopes to progress to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, the team has to beat Ghana on Tuesday night, and hold thumbs that results elsewhere go their way too. The task at hand might be a bridge too far, but at least Shakes Mashaba has shown signs of getting the team on the right track. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
With the ICC World Cup just around the corner, South Africa and West Indies have one last chance to fine-tune their approach before heading off to Australasia. They will, of course, play each other during the group stage of the tournament, too, but that will be under different circumstances. For now, it’s all about ironing out the creases. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.