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South African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation centre outside of South Africa's capital Pretoria, it's hard to see anything out of the ordinary. But these cubs are unique. "These are the first ever lion cubs to be born by means of artificial insemination — the first such pair anywhere in the world," announced the University of Pretoria, whose scientists are researching the reproductive system of female African lions. The two cubs, a male and female, born on August 25 are…

South Africa’s De Kock hits quickfire 87 to set up ODI win

DAMBULLA: South Africa opener Quinton de Kock’s attacking 87 set up a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Wednesday, handing the tourists a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing 245 for victory, South Africa reached their target with 43 balls to spare, giving themselves the perfect opportunity to pick up a series win in the 50-over format after going down 2-0 in the test matches. De Kock and Hashim Amla gave the touring side the perfect platform in their run chase with an…

Ball-tampering a ‘cry for help’ in unbalanced sport – Steyn

MUMBAI: South African paceman Dale Steyn believes this year’s Australian ball-tampering scandal could be viewed as a “cry for help” because the balance between bat and ball in cricket has become so skewed in favor of the batsmen. Steyn, one of the most prolific wicket-takers of his generation, did not condone the actions of the Cape Town trio but said the incident exposed the need for cricket to change to prevent the loss of the art of reverse swing bowling. “It’s obviously not on, but if you think about it, it’s…

South Africa hope for better outings in shorter format against Sri Lanka

DAMBULLA: The Test series was conceded without much of a fight, but South Africa head into the five-match one-day internationals – the opener will be played on Sunday, 29 July – hoping the change in formats will change their fortunes. In particular, they will want a better show against spin. In the 2-0 reversal in the Tests, South Africa were completely flummoxed by all of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandkan and Akil Dananjaya over the course of the two matches. However, the ODI side has plenty of fresh…

Dale Steyn in ODIs – Greatest Hits

Dale Steyn is tied with Shaun Pollock as the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Tests, and hasn’t done too badly in one-day internationals either. 35-years-old, Steyn represented Proteas in 116 ODI's taking 180 wickets with remarkable figures of 6-39 against Pakistan. “I will be trying to get to that (2019 ICC Cricket) World Cup. But after the World cup i don't see myself playing white-ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40,” said Dale Steyn. It’s a good time then to…

Dale Steyn to retire from white-ball cricket after Cricket World Cup 2019

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn does not plan to play any more white-ball cricket after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Steyn has played 116 ODIs for his country, but cannot see a future for himself past the format's flagship competition next summer. "I will be trying to get to that World Cup (in England). But after the World Cup I don't see myself playing white-ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40," said the seamer With 178 wickets to his…

Sri Lanka overcome South Africa rearguard to complete sweep

COLOMBO: Rangana Herath's 6/98 helped Sri Lanka overcome dogged South African resistance to win by 199 runs in the second and final Test in Colombo. It completed a 2-0 sweep in the series for the hosts. Needing 351 runs at the start of the fourth day after Sri Lanka had set them 490 to win, South Africa were bowled out for 290 early in the second session on Monday. This despite a maiden Test century by Theunis de Bruyn (101) and a half-century by Temba Bavuma (63). South Africa had managed just 124 runs in their first…