Analysis of the third kind
19 October 2017 07:30 (South Africa)

Cricket: England vs South Africa ODI preview – talking points, head-to-head and more

  • Antoinette Muller
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    Antoinette Muller

    Antoinette thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

Photo: Jean-Paul Duminy celebrates with team mates after running out Santner. One Day International Cricket. New Zealand Black Caps v South Africa Proteas. Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand. Saturday 4 March 2017 © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /
Photo: Neil Powell, Coach of South Africa during the 2016 HSBC Sevens Series South Africa Press Conference at Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town on 8 December 2016 Photo: ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Sevens Rugby: Neil Powell writes himself into the history books with a full-circle Sevens journey

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Photo: South Africa's Temba Bavuma (left) and Kagiso Rabada celebrate the wicket of England's Nick Compton (not in picture) during the second cricket test match in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Op-Ed: Transformation must remain a key national question for all

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Photo: Players of New Zealand (back) perform the Haka, or war dance, as the Springboks of South Africa (front) accept the challenge before the Rugby Championship rugby union test match at Soccer City in Soweto, South Africa, 06 October 2012. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

South Africa to face New Zealand and Italy in pool stage of Rugby World Cup 2019

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Photo: Pescara’s Sulley Muntari (C-R) was  booked by referee Daniele Minelli (C-L) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari Calcio and Pescara Calcio at Sant’Elia stadium in Cagliari, Sardinia island, Italy, 30 April 2017. Pescara's Muntari was banned for one match after protesting against racist abuse from the home crowd. The Ghanaian midfielder was booked for complaining about the abuse before walking off the pitch which earned him a second yellow card. EPA/FABIO MURRU

Racism in Football: When will authorities listen to black players and act against racism?

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Photo: Stuart Baxter, coach of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, South Africa on 03 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: Safa’s lessons in how not to appoint a coach

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Photo: Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the Rotterdam Marathon in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 13 April 2014. EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

#Breaking2: Everything you need to know about three runners attempting the sub-two marathon

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Photo: Cuba's player Hector Olivera (R) is tagged out by South Africa’s Gift Ngoepe (L) during the match for the 2009 World Baseball Classic in Mexico City, Mexico, 08 March 2009. Photo: EPA/JOSE MENDEZ

Field of Dreams – Gift Ngoepe is exactly why we love sport and our crazy country

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Photo: Viktoria Plzen’s midfielder Frantisek Rajtoral during a training session at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, central Spain, 03 October 2012. Rajtoral, playing for Turkish club Gaziantepspor, was found dead in his home at Gaziantep on 23 April 2017, as media reports. They also reported that local authorities announced that Rajtoral had committed suicide. EPA/JuanJo Martin

Depression and Sport: Frantisek Rajtoral and the black dog that’s become an elephant

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Photo: Jarmila Kratochvilova (Czechoslovakia) still holds the 800m world record, 1:53:28, which she set in 1983. Only one runner ever came within a second of that time. (AP)

Explainer: European Athletics’ plan to rewrite the record books

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Photo: Lonwabo Tsotsobe of South Africa celebrates a wicket with teammates Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Reporter’s notebook: Tsotsobe’s maddening fall from grace

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Photo: Lonwabo Tsotsobe of South Africa Photo: ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Cricket: Tsotsobe officially charged under CSA’s anti-corruption code

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Photo: Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa after winning the men’s 400m final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. Van Niekerk set a new World Record time of 43.03 seconds.  EPA/LUKAS COCH

Athletics: Broadcasting bungle a disservice and insult to South Africa’s athletes

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Photo: Khaya Zondo of the Dolphins during the 2016 CSA T20 Challenge match between Hollywoodbets Dolphins and Multiply Titans at Kingsmead Stadium, Durban South Africa on 30 Nomvember 2016 Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cricket: No surprises in South Africa's Champions Trophy squad, but South Africa's A team tells a bigger story

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Photo: Section27 activist Mark Heywood unfurls a “run JZ run” banner for the final stretch of the 2017 Two Oceans marathon. Photo: Cara Viereckl

Analysis: Sport as a means of protest – civil responsibility or crossing an unnecessary line?

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Photo: South Africa celebrate as Wayne Parnell gets the wicket of David Warner of Australia during the 2016 Momentum One Day International Series game between South Africa and Australia at Centurion Park, Pretoria on 30 September 2016 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Analysis: How effective have cricket’s transformation policies been at domestic level?

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Photo: Faf du Plisses and Quinton de Kock at the end of play on Day 4 of the 3rd test match between New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa Proteas. International test match cricket. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand on March 28 2017. Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Cricket: The great escape - lessons learnt for fragile Proteas after rain wins final day

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Photo: International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach of Germany speaks during a press conference after the Olympic Summit of the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, 21 June 2016.  EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON

Explainer: What’s going on with bidding for and awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games?

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Photo: Issa Hayatou, Acting FIFA President speaks during a press conference at the FIFA Headquarters 'Home of FIFA' in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, 3 December 2015. EPA/WALTER BIERI

African Football: What will define the legacy of Issa Hayatou’s 29-year borderline dictatorship?

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Photo: South Africa's Keshav Maharaj leads his team from the field after fiqures of 6/40 on Day 3 of the 2nd test match between New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa Proteas. International test match cricket. Basin Reserve, Wellington New Zealand. Saturday 18 March 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Cricket: Exceptional effort from Comeback Kings hands South Africa series lead against New Zealand

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Photo:Flamengo's goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes (C) giving himself up to police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 July 2010. Photo: EPA/MARCELO PIU / AG. GLOBO

Analysis: Don't let anyone tell you football doesn't have a prevailing culture of misogyny

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Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula during of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Bafana Bafana Press Conference at Hotel Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea on 25 January 2015 Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Analysis: Mbalula and co's staggering lack of accountability in the wake of Durban’s 2022 failure

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Photo: Wayde Van Niekerk wins the gold medal in the Mens 400M final, breaking world record during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Athletics Events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 14 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Explainer: How Durban lost the 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Photo: Chris Dry of South Africa runs into Ethan Waddleton of England during the final of the 2016/17 HSBC Cape Town Sevens rugby match between South Africa and England at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 11 December 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Rugby Sevens: Injury blows for Blitzboks as they stumble at final hurdle in Vancouver

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Photo: New Zealand's BJ Watling and South Africa’s Dean Elgar share a joke after colliding. New Zealand Black Caps v South Africa, day 4, first match, ANZ Test series, University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand. Saturday, 11 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /

Cricket: Elgar resistance underscores how tough first Test against New Zealand was

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Photo: Ross Taylor of New Zealand during day 2 of the 2016 Sunfoil Test Series game between South Africa and New Zealand at Centurion Park, Pretoria on 28 August 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Cricket: SA vs NZ – All eyes on Ross Taylor’s injury and other talking points

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Vernon Philander of South Africa during the International Test Series 2016/17 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on the 14 January 2017©Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

New Zealand make solid start after South Africa dismissed for 308

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Photo: South African batsmen JP Duminy (left) and Dean Elgar embrace after Duminy scored a century on day 3 of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 05 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

Cricket: Elgar orchestrates Proteas’ comeback and four other talking points

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Credit: Dean Elgar of South Africa bats during Day 3 of the Sunfoil Test Series, 2nd Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 4 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/Backpage

Cricket: Elgar century helps steady the South African ship

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Photo: South Africa captain AB de Villiers batting. One Day International Cricket. New Zealand Black Caps v South Africa Proteas. Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand. Saturday 4 March 2017 © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Cricket’s looming law changes: All the important tweaks you need to know

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