An orthodox batsman able to adapt to all-conditions with fantastic technique and a dogged approach at the crease made Faf du Plessis an asset in the age of T20 cricket.

Moreover, his ability to strike it big is a testament to the versatility of the man.

He played his maiden T20I against England on September 8, 2012 and rose to the position of the Proteas skipper. He has a strike rate of 135.48 and has scored 1363 runs in 44 matches.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Francois du Plessis

Born: 13 July 1984 (age 36), Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa

Major teams: South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Edmonton Royals, Kent, Lancashire, Lancashire 2nd XI, Melbourne Renegades, Nicky Oppenheimer XI, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI, Paarl Rocks, Rising Pune Supergiants, South Africa A, South Africa Academy, South Africa Under-19s, South Africa XI, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Titans, World-XIPlaying role: Middle-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Leg break

 

T20I Career (South Africa)

Mat   Inns   NO   Runs    HS    Ave    BF      SR      100   50   4s     6s  

47       47      6     1407     119   34.31  1049  134.12   1      8    130    45 

T20 Career

Mat    Inns   NO   Runs   HS     Ave     BF     SR        100    50   4s      6s  

219     203     22    5258    119   29.04   4142  126.94     1     31    461    157      

 

Career Highlights

  • 4th most T20I runs by a South African, 1407, avg. 34.31
  • 1st South African to score a century in all international formats
  • 47 T20I caps for RSA
  • One T20I century (119)
  • 5258 T20 runs at 29.04

An aggressive fast bowler capable of bowling at speeds in excess of 150 km/h, South Africa’s Dale Steyn is capable of generating considerable swing and is usually chosen to bowl with the new ball to maximize these attributes.

These qualities have seen him take 256 T20 wickets and 64 for South Africa.

His best bowling of 4 for 9 came against the West Indies at Port Elizabeth in December 2007 in a match South Africa lost by five wickets.

 

Career Statistics (2005-present)

Full name: Dale Willem Steyn

Born: June 27, 1983, Phalaborwa (37)

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Botha XI, Cape Cobras, Cape Town Blitz, Deccan Chargers, Essex, Glamorgan, Gujarat Lions, Hampshire, Islamabad United, Jamaica Tallawahs, Melbourne Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stars, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Proteas, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Titans, Warwickshire

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

T20I Career

Mat      Inns     Balls      Runs      Wkts      BBI     BBM      Ave      Econ      SR       4w      5w       10w

47          47       1015      1175         64         4/9      4/9       18.35     6.94      15.8      2         0          0

 

T20 Career

Mat       Inns      Balls     Runs      Wkts      BBI       BBM      Ave      Econ      SR          4w     5w      10w

220        217       4883      5499       256        4/9        4/9       21.48     6.75      19.0         4        0          0

 

Career highlights

  • #1 wicket-taker for RSA in T20I, 64 in 47 matches at 18.35
  • 6th most wickets taken in T20 WC history, 30 in 23 at 19.30
  • 1 T20I four-wicket haul
  • 256 T20 wickets captured at 21.48
  • Featured in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade at the end of 2019
  • The seventh-best economy rate in IPL history of 6.72

With 63 international T20 wickets, Imran Tahir is South Africa’s leading bowler in that format.

At the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Tahir returned his best figures of 4–21 in South Africa's match against the Netherlands and was awarded man of the match. Tahir was joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament along with Ahsan Malik from the Netherlands; both took 12 wickets in the tournament.

In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Tahir helped South Africa to their first ever World Cup knockout win with a Man of the Match performance of 4-26.

In February 2017, he reached the top position in both the ODI and T20I rankings for bowlers, and three months later was named T20I Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards.

 

Career Statistics (2006-present)

Full name: Mohammad Imran Tahir

Born: March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab (41)

Major teams:  South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Derbyshire, Dolphins, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Duronto Rajshahi, Eastern Transvaal, Easterns, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Hampshire 2nd XI, ICC World XI, Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Lions, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Multan Sultans, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, North Eastern Transvaal, Nottinghamshire.

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak googly

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns    Balls    Runs     Wkts     BBI      BBM     Ave      Econ    SR      4w    5w    10w

38       38        845     948         63       5/23      5/23     15.04    6.73    13.4      2        2      0

 

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   Balls     Runs     Wkts     BBI     BBM    Ave     Econ     SR       4w    5w    10w

290     276    6203      7246      365      5/23     5/23    19.85    7.00     16.9     10       2       0

 

Career Highlights

  • 63 T20I scalps in 38 matches at 15.04
  • 2 Four wkt hauls, 2 five wkt hauls in T20I
  • Leading wicket taker in 2014 T20 WC (12)
  • Tied 2nd fastest player to reach 50 T20I wickets (31 matches)
  • 4th most T20 wickets (365)
  • IPL purple cap winner for most wickets in 2019

A gifted cricketer, who didn’t quite live up to expectation as a Test player, JP Duminy still managed to become South Africa's leading T20 run-scorer, in 2013, as well as the first from the country to amass 1500 runs in the format.

He would eventually score almost 2000 T20 runs representing South Africa averaging 38 runs per innings.

He has also excelled in T20 leagues across the globe in which he scored almost 6400 runs at a healthy average of 37.19.

Duminy played in the Indian Premier League in 2009 after the Mumbai Indians franchise acquired him. He rewarded them by scoring two half-centuries in the tournament. He eventually went on to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers and was named the captain of Delhi Daredevils in 2015. He was bought back by Mumbai Indians for the 2018 season and later released ahead of the 2019 IPL auction.

The middle-order batsman also plied his trade in the Pakistan Super League in 2018 for Islamabad United whom he captained to the league title. He also captained Winnipeg Hawks to the 2019 Global T20 Canada title. He was named Player of the Tournament during which he was the leading run-scorer.

His final T20 tournament was the 2019 Caribbean Premier League when he played for Barbados Tridents.

 

Career statistics

Full name: Jean-Paul Duminy

Born: April 14, 1984, Strandfontein, Cape Town, Cape Province (36)

Major teams: South Africa, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Devon, Islamabad United, Mumbai Indians, South Africa Under-19s, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey, Western Province, Western Province Boland, Winnipeg Hawks

Playing role: Batting allrounder

Batting style: Left-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2004-present)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS       Ave     BF        SR        100     50    

81        75      25      1934     96*     38.68   1532   126.24      0        11    

T20 Career

Mat      Inns    NO     Runs      HS      Ave      BF        SR        100     50    

264       248      76      6397      99*     37.19    5215   122.66     0        42    

 

Career highlights

  • Most Capped T20I player for South Africa (81 matches)
  • Leading T20I runs scorer for South Africa
  • 6th best batting average in T20Is (38.68)
  • Most runs & Player of the tournament at 2019 Global T20 Canada
  • 6397 T20 runs at 37.19

AB De Villiers had every shot in the book and some that were not in it. He could hit the ball anywhere regardless of who was bowling. One of South Africa’s great players in Tests and ODIs, De Villiers won himself an army of fans playing T20 cricket in the Indian Premier League.

In ODI’s he saved some of his most destructive performances for the West Indies. In 2008, he scored blistering 103 not out off 109 balls in Durban against the Caribbean side. Then in January 2015, he broke the record for the fastest ODI century, reaching it in just 31 balls against West Indies at the Wanderers.

Though he struggled in T20 internationals largely because he was batting too low in the order, De Villers thrived playing in the Indian Premier League as one of the Royal Challengers Bangalore's most successful players.

He never scored a T20 century for South Africa, he scored four in league matches while amassing 8567 runs at a healthy average of 37.15 with a strike rate of 149.77

In a memorable match in the 2014 edition of the  IPL, de Villiers smacked his countryman Steyn for 23 runs in one over.

Career Statistics

Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Born: February 17, 1984, Pretoria (36)

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Barbados Tridents, Botha XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Pretoria University, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Titans, Tshwane Spartans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2004-present)

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100         50            4s            6s               Ct            St

78            75            11            1672        79*          26.12       1237        135.16     0             10            140          60            65            7

 

T20 Career

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100          50            4s            6s               Ct            St

310          292          59            8657        133*        37.15      5780        149.77       4            62            697          397           205          17

 

Career highlights

  • Featured in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade at the end of 2019
  • Tied 2nd most T20I caps for South Africa (78)
  • 2nd most T20I runs scored for SA (18th all-time), 1672- avg. 26.12
  • Most T20 WC matches for SA (30)
  • Leading T20 WC runs scorer for SA (5th all-time), 717r- avg. 29.87
  • 8657 T20 runs at 37.15

South Africa have postponed indefinitely proposed tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies and are unlikely to play again until November, Graeme Smith has revealed.

The Proteas were due to travel to Sri Lanka in June for three ODIs and a trio of Twenty20 fixtures against their hosts, only to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the same reason they called off a planned trip to the Caribbean set for July and August, when they were due to play two Tests and five T20 matches.

While there was hope of facing West Indies in September instead, director of cricket Smith admits such a scenario is impossible for Cricket South Africa (CSA) due to the rearranged Indian Premier League season.

Several of the country's leading names are contracted to franchises for the T20 tournament, which seems set to be staged in the United Arab Emirates this year.

"The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely," Smith told the media on Saturday.

"We are struggling to find the time with the Indian Premier League, when our players are likely to be needed from the beginning of September. Sri Lanka also [postponed].

"I expect that once things get up and running, our team, on the men's side, I would say from November onwards, if all goes well, it will be a really busy period for South African cricket, probably playing in times that we haven't played before and trying to cram in a lot of the missed tours."

As for his own situation with CSA, Smith reaffirmed his commitment to the role amid recent questions raised over his appointment, as well as the coaching staff he put in place.

Mark Boucher was named as head coach ahead of the home series with England, while fellow former international team-mates Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris were introduced to work as batting and spin-bowling consultants respectively.

"If you look at some of the things which are being said around appointments, my appointment and the appointment of my staff, I think some of those things are extremely unfair," Smith said.

"It was good to see CSA president (Chris Nenzani) put that straight with his most recent comments. But I have to come back to my value system and why I got involved in this job.

"Cricket South Africa courted me for a while, I went through the same interview process as everybody else in getting the job.

"I got involved because I have got cricket at heart and to be part of the solution. I want to help create a strong Cricket South Africa."

Quinton De Kock grew up as a baseball player and even considered a move to the United States, but his father convinced him to pursue cricket instead.

De Kock was contracted to the Lions in 2012-13 and caught the national selectors' eyes when he starred in a match-winning partnership with Neil McKenzie in the Champions League T20 against Mumbai Indians. He also finished fourth on the first-class rankings, despite playing only six of the 10 matches that summer.

He was selected for South Africa's T20I series against New Zealand in 2012-13 to keep wicket in place of AB de Villiers, who asked to be rested. But he did not make much of a first impression on the international stage. After a lean series in Sri Lanka in July 2013, he was dropped.

De Kock was eventually recalled and hit his stride in the shortest format, scoring his maiden half-century in the 2016 World T20. Along with two contributions in the 40s, he was South Africa's most successful batsman and was named to the ICC's team of the tournament.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Quinton de Kock - South Africa

Born: December 17, 1992, Johannesburg, Gauteng (27)

Major teams: South Africa, Cape Town Blitz, Cape Town Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Easterns, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, King Edward VII High School, Lions, Mumbai Indians, North of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, South African Composite XI, South African Invitation XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Titans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

 

T20I Career

Mat        Inns       NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF              SR          100        50             

44           44           5           1226      79*        31.43     901        136.07           0           6             

T20 Career

Mat        Inns       NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF              SR           100        50

184        178         13           5510      126*      33.39     3978         138.51          4         31

 

Career highlights

  • 1226 runs scored in T20I at an average of 31.43
  • ICC T20 World cup team of the tournament (2016)
  • Most runs by a South African at 2016 ICC T20 WC
  • Fastest South African to a T20I half-century (17 balls)
  • 5510 T20 runs at 33.39

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially launched the inaugural ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League, starting with England's one-day series against Ireland.

Introduced to help bring context to 50-over cricket at the highest level, the Super League will be used as a qualification system for the next ICC World Cup, scheduled for 2023 in India.

There will be 13 teams involved – the 12 full members, as well as the Netherlands – and the top seven in the final table will automatically secure their place at the global tournament, the ICC confirmed in a statement.

All sides will play four series at home and away, with each consisting of three matches.

"The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as qualification for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 is at stake," Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager for cricket operations, said.

"The Super League gives cricket fans around the world even more reasons to watch as the drama of league cricket unfolds.

"The decision last week to move the World Cup back to late 2023 gives us more time to schedule any games lost due to COVID-19 and preserve the integrity of the qualification process, meaning it will be decided on the field of play, which is important."

Reigning world champions England will kick things off this week when they start their series against Ireland, the first of three matches between the teams taking place at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

"We're looking forward to playing cricket again and to the ICC Men's World Cup Super League," England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan said.

"Given the situation, it will be quite different to the last time we played at home, when we lifted the World Cup at Lord's, but it's nice to be starting our journey for the next edition of the tournament. 

"I'm sure cricket fans all over the world will be excited to see white-ball cricket resume and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Any possibility of South Africa playing in the West Indies later this year will largely be dependent on the IPL and the lifting of travel restrictions that will allow the team to travel to the Caribbean.

World Rugby has proposed the introduction of a temporary international window before the end of 2020, a move that would allow this year's Six Nations to be completed.

The governing body's executive committee is keen for international fixtures to be staged again to aid the sport as it tries to deal with the off-field impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Having held discussions with all international and club competitions, as well as players and national unions, World Rugby wants a window that will start in late October and run into December.

The revised calendar would allow for the 2020 Six Nations tournament - suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak in March - to stage the final four fixtures still outstanding, followed by Test matches in Europe organised by the individual unions.

As for the Rugby Championship, the 2020 edition would take place in one country over a six-week period spanning November 7 to December 12.

"Recognising the importance of a balanced and shared compromise among all stakeholders, a temporary international window between October 24 and December 5 has been recommended," said a statement from World Rugby.

"In the north, this window will accommodate the postponed men's and women's Six Nations matches at the end of October, a rest weekend on November 7 and a programme of international matches involving the Six Nations and invited teams hosted in Europe from November 14 through to December 5."

With the Rugby Championship, "special" measures would be put in place to cope with travel restrictions, while the changes to the schedule allows leading players to be available for their clubs.

"With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to impact international travel and borders across southern hemisphere unions, on an exceptional basis the Rugby Championship 2020 will be hosted in full in a single country over a reduced six-week period between November 7 and December 12," the statement continued.

"Special measures will be implemented to deal with any government-required quarantine period prior to the start of the competition.

"The rescheduling of the domestic, European and international calendars will accommodate the ability for the professional clubs to have access to their star southern hemisphere international players for the completion of the postponed and rescheduled 2019-20 seasons at a time in which they would have ordinarily been on international duty in August and September."

The recommendations will need to receive approval at next week's meeting of the World Rugby Council.

Quinton de Kock has revealed AB de Villiers was "definitely in line" to play for South Africa in the T20 World Cup this year.

Proteas legend De Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018 but has made no secret of his desire to make a comeback.

The T20 World Cup was due to start in Australia in October but on Monday was officially postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

South Africa white-ball skipper De Kock says 36-year-old batsman De Villiers was on course to feature in the tournament if it had gone ahead as scheduled.

The wicketkeeper-batsman told the Cricket Connected show on Star Sports: "He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers.

"I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team. While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now."

De Villiers last played for his country in the shortest format in October 2017.

Only JP Duminy has scored more T20 runs for the Proteas than De Villiers' tally of 1,672 from 75 innings, including 10 half-centuries.

The British and Irish Lions' tour to South Africa will go ahead as scheduled in 2021. 

There were concerns the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could cause a postponement to the trip, but the original dates for all eight fixtures have now been confirmed. 

The Lions will take on the reigning world champions in a three-Test series, with those games against the Springboks taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Gauteng.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruption to the sporting calendar, but after extensive discussions we are now able to confirm that the Tour dates are as previously announced," said Ben Calveley, managing director of the Lions. 

"An enormous amount of planning, especially from a logistical perspective, goes into putting on a Lions series, so it was crucial that a decision was agreed upon in good time."

Former South Africa hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been given an eight-year ban after testing positive for a banned substance. 

The 33-year-old tested positive for the anabolic agent Zeranol in an out-of-competition sample taken in January 2019. 

Ralepelle, who also failed tests in 2010 and 2014 - the first was ruled a 'no-fault' case and he received a reprimand, challenged the latest charge, but the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has banned the player until 2027. 

The ex-Sharks, Bulls and Toulouse forward, who won 25 caps for the Springboks, has three weeks to lodge an appeal.  

A statement from SAIDS sent to Stats Perform News read: "The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel handed down its decision in two parts this week on the doping charge against former Springbok and Sharks rugby player, Mahlatse 'Chiliboy' Ralepelle.  

"The player tested positive for the banned anabolic agent Zeranol during an out-of-competition test on January 17, 2019. 

"The athlete challenged the doping charge and was afforded the opportunity to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the tribunal panel. The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over a period of six months. The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offence. 

"Ralepelle had previously tested positive on two separate occasions while playing overseas. The Zeranol positive case was his third positive dope test during his playing career within a 10-year period, however the player's first positive case was ruled a 'No Fault' decision and he then received a reprimand. 

"The panel had to refer to sports jurisprudence to determine the appropriate sanction which they ruled to be the player's second doping offence. 

"The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel ruled that Mr Ralepelle must serve an eight-year ban for doping. The ban will expire on January 27, 2027. The player has 21 days within which to file an appeal against the sanction."

With 390 Test wickets under his belt from 101 matches, Makhaya Ntini was one of South Africa’s greatest bowlers.

June 17, 2010 was the date Kobe Bryant got his fifth and final NBA ring.

The Los Angeles Lakers icon, who died in a helicopter crash earlier this year, helped his franchise beat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Two years ago Brooks Koepka became a back-to-back champion at the U.S. Open while in 1999 Australia and South Africa played one of the most thrilling Cricket World Cup contests ever.

We take a look at major sporting events that have happened on June 17 in previous years.

 

1999 - Australia edge past Proteas in dramatic semi

Until England's incredible Super Over win over New Zealand in last year's World Cup final, the 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa was perhaps the greatest ODI ever.

Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald managed to restrict Australia to 213 and though Shane Warne (4-29) kept his team in the match, South Africa entered the final over nine down but needing nine more to reach the final.

Successive fours from Lance Klusener (31 not out) tied the scores but, with the Proteas needing only one run from their final four deliveries, a mix-up between Klusener and Donald resulted in the latter being run out.

The game finished as a tie but Australia went through to the final because they had a superior run rate in the Super Six stage, with South Africa left to reflect on some all-too-familiar World Cup heartache.

 

2010 - Kobe leads Lakers past Celtics

Boston, who had beaten Los Angeles in the 2008 Finals, were 3-2 up after Game 5 but knew the series would be closed out in the City of Angels.

The Lakers, who were the defending champions, forced a Game 7 and came out on top 83-79 to clinch the franchise's 16th - and to date most recent - championship.

Bryant was voted Finals MVP for the second time in his career and scored a game-high 23 points in the decider.

 

2018 - Koepka wins U.S. Open again

Twelve months after he won by four strokes to claim his first major, Koepka proved to be unstoppable once more at the U.S. Open.

The American began the day in a four-way tie for the lead and his two-under-par 68 on Sunday was enough to earn him a one-stroke success over Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills.

Koepka became just the third man since World War II - after Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange - to successfully defend the U.S. Open title.

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