Fudadin ruled out of Test Series with finger injury
Thu, Dec 18, '14
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – West Indies Cricket Board announced today that left-handed batsman Assad Fudadin has been ruled out of the ongoing three-match Test Series against South Africa due to injury.
The 29-year-old suffered a fracture of the little finger on right hand during warm-up on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday. He underwent surgery late Wednesday.
A replacement player will be named in the coming days.
Van Zyl maiden ton and Amla double sink West Indies
Thu, Dec 18, '14
An agreeable century on Test debut for Stiaan van Zyl and an elementary double hundred for Hashim Amla extended South Africa's punishment of a dire, injury-hit West Indies attack on the second day at Centurion. When the destruction was called off half an hour before tea, ahead of rain which washed out the rest of the day, South Africa had sated themselves at 552 for 5.
West Indies have rarely looked more bereft. They are at least fulfilling their tour of South Africa, but if they are there in body, they are hardly there in spirit. A weak attack, further broken by an injury to Kemar Roach, looks as if it is already awaiting the end: hopefully the end of the Test, not the end of the series. The left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn bore the burden and resembled a man at the end of a hard shift long before he delivered the last of his 46 overs.
Amla and de Villiers flay West Indies
Wed, Dec 17, '14
When a third wicket fell in 15 balls during the morning session, possibilities for the opening day at Centurion abounded but the final outcome involved two very common sights: Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers with hundreds to their name.
The pair came together on 57 for 3 following the loss of three wickets for no runs either side of drinks as West Indies briefly found their venom and they were not separated for the rest of the day. There was added significance in both hundreds, for Amla it was his first Test as captain on home soil and for de Villiers it marked 10 years to the day since he made his Test debut against England, at Port Elizabeth - a match that also marked the first appearance for Dale Steyn.
CARICOM partners with WICB to boost cricket in schools
Wed, Dec 17, '14
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Schools throughout the Caribbean Community are being given an opportunity to vie for cricket nets as part of a new initiative announced by the Georgetown-based Secretariat yesterday called the ‘Pitch in Schools Project’.
The project will provide primary and secondary schools with an opportunity to vie for the construction of cricket net facilities or an upgrade to such facilities where they already exist.
The project emanated from a plan developed by Deputy Programme Manager for Sports at the CARICOM Secretariat, John Campbell.
“The proposal will provide a means through which the infrastructure and facilities available in schools across the region can be developed as a step towards the improvement of cricket in schools,” said a statement released by the CARICOM Secretariat yesterday.
Favourites SA look to make significant gains
Tue, Dec 16, '14
Last summer was South Africa's season of significant loss, as far as Test cricket was concerned. They were confronted with the retirements of two of their most experienced players - Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith - and they were defeated for the first time in a series since claiming the Test mace, by Australia. This summer, they plan on it being a season of significant gain.
Any margin of victory over West Indies will keep South Africa at No.1 but it is not just rankings points that they hope to gain. A new batsman, likely to be Stiaan van Zyl, will be blooded while JP Duminy recovers from a knee injury; a relatively new opener, Dean Elgar, will have the chance to cement his spot; and two new squad members, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada, will have the opportunity to be integrated into the national set-up. It is a time of personal growth for South Africa, which they believe they can afford to have against the No.8-ranked side.
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