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De Villiers returns to top 10; Steve Smith retains No1 spot

PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa’s AB de Villiers has returned to the top 10 of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen after his stunning match-shaping hundred in the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth. Steve Smith retains top spot and the rest of the leading six is unchanged while de Villiers jumps five places from 12th to seventh. His team-mate Hashim Amla climbs one place to ninth with Pakistan’s Azhar Ali dropping one spot to eighth and England opener Alastair Cook dropping two places to tenth. New Zealand’s…

De Villiers’ wicket was key, says Imad

BIRMINGHAM: Young and motivated Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim showed delight at getting the key wicket of world's best ODI batsman AB de Villiers to help his team destroy world number one South Africa in a crucial Group B match in Edgbaston on Wednesday. De Villiers hit a slightly wide ball from Imad staright to Mohammad Hafeez at point for a golden duck -- his first in 212 One-Day Internationals innings. This was De Villiers -- regarded as the most destructive batsman in limited overs cricket -- first duck since 2013…

De Villiers gets South Africa home with a ball to spare

HAMILTON: A polished Quinton de Kock half century laid the foundation for South Africa's four wicket win over New Zealand in a tense finish to a rain-shortened opening one-day international in Hamilton on Sunday.  In a clash that went down to the wire, the departure of de Kock for 69 sparked a middle order collapse before an AB de Villiers rescue mission saw his side home with a ball to spare. With the fixture reduced to 34 overs a side following heavy rain early in the day, New Zealand posted 207 for seven, boosted by…

Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa

COLOMBO: South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday. The touring side, replying to the hosts' 421 all out, trailed by 323 runs at the close on the second day with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 46 and AB de Villiers on 11.

Hashim Amla named SA’s Test skipper

JOHANNESBURG: Top order batsmen Hashim Amla has been assigned the role of South Africa's Test captain on Tuesday, ARY News reported. Amla has succeeded the Graeme Smith, who retired in March this year. His first assignment will be South Africa's two-Test tour of Sri Lanka next month. Hashim Amla was given the job ahead of team-mate AB de Villiers, who will continue to lead the ODI side in which Amla will serve as his deputy. De Villiers will remain the Test vice-captain and the first-choice wicketkeeper in the longest…