Elgar stands firm as Cummins leads Aussie revival
Pat Cummins' afternoon spell turned the tables on South Africa, after Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers had laid a very promising platform
Brettig: Cummins channels big Merv in spell of heart and skill
It was fitting that Allan Border's moustachioed battering ram was in the crowd at Newlands to watch his svelte modern-day avatar go to work in a display that turned day one of the third Test
Moonda: Dean Elgar makes his presence felt
For someone who has identified his role as being partly to ;irritate the opposition', the opener had been unusually subdued in the first two Tests. At Newlands, he was back to his immovable, in-yer-face best
Starc fit as Smith seeks a game-changer
Australia's captain, meanwhile, has looked notably assertive with the bat in net sessions this week, and reckons himself to be hitting the ball far better than at any stage during his prolific Ashes summer
SA set to miss 2017-18 transformation target
Selection questions over Temba Bavuma/Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi/Morne Morkel highlight the delicate balancing act for South Africa
Brettig: Can sense surprise over Rabada decision from Australia.
'Great decision for series and Test cricket'
Having Kagiso Rabada back is "satisfying" for two reasons: he will play at Newlands and SA feel vindicated that inconsistent application of the ICC code of conduct has been rectified
Rabada cleared to play after successful appeal
The SA fast bowler's charge was downgraded from level 2 to 1, which meant his ban was removed because he got fewer demerit points
Lyon's Cape Town of contrasts
The Australia offspinner has never had conflicting memories of any other venue in the game and is hopeful the side will be able to emulate the feats of four years ago
Mitchell Starc troubled by sore calf
While Mitchell Marsh bowled at half-pace as he recovered from a groin strain, a calf complaint for Starc is a concern given that he had numerous days to shake off residual niggles
'Backroom noise hindering exciting Test series' - Elgar
A quiet break from cricket, after two high-quality Tests that were in the spotlight for several wrong reasons, has given the South Africa opener time to think about his faltering batting
Kagiso Rabada's appeal hearing against his Level 2 sanction lasted six-and-a-quarter hours, from the time it started at 9:00 on Monday morning, to its conclusion at 15.15. Judicial Commissioner Michael Heron has 48 hours to arrive at a verdict. Heron attended the proceedings via video conference from New Zealand. Also in attendance was Rabada, advocate Dali Mpofu, team manager Mohammed Moosajee and members of CSA's legal team. The verdict will be delivered before the third Test between South Africa and Australia, which will be played at Newlands on Thursday.
Officials need to be proactive about bad behaviour, not reactive
Stiff penalties for all the culprits involved might change the outlook
Rabada takes responsibility for bumping Smith
Pacer says the incident was partially his fault, but maintains that he did not feel any contact when shoulders brushed
Rabada's appeal hearing on March 19
The judicial commissioner, Michael Heron, will have 48 hours to reach a decision. If cleared, the fast bowler could play in the Newlands Test that starts on Friday
Starc reveals conflict over Smith orders on AB
The Australia fast bowler said his captain had told him to take a highly negative approach in his bowling to AB de Villiers during the Port Elizabeth Test
Philander denies posting tweet accusing Smith
The South Africa seamer said his account was hacked, after an inflammatory tweet was posted on his account
Lyon drops the ball on de Villiers. But why?
Ajit Agarkar, Cyrus Broacha and the team at ESPNcricinfo debate if Nathan Lyon's 'drop the ball' act was uncalled for?
Rabada appeals ban, could yet play at Newlands
Two-Test suspension could be put on hold during appeal process, giving fast bowler a chance to play in third Test
Australia on Rabada: 'His arm speed is amazing'
Australia's players and staff explain why Kagiso Rabada is a special bowler, and suggest what needs to change in terms of his behaviour
'There's a place for emotion on the field' - Anderson on Rabada
England paceman sympathises with Kagiso Rabada after his on-field aggression leads to two-Test ban
Noise, grumbling and chatter.
Two riveting Tests have taken place in South Africa. But you wouldn't know that seeing all the headlines
Elgar, Amla taught us a lesson - Lehmann
The coach believes the pair's 88-run stand, which weathered extended periods of reverse-swing from Australia's quicks, was a key difference between the sides in Port Elizabeth
Rabada climbs to No. 1 in ICC Test bowler's rankings
Less than a day after racking up four demerit points, fast bowler achieves career-best ranking points to usurp James Anderson at No. 1
Was Warner let off too easy?
Cyrus Broacha, Ajit Agarkar and the ESPNcricinfo crew discuss the stairwell incident feat. David Warner and Quinton de Kock
'If I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have contested it' - Rabada.
Can't keep letting my team down - Rabada
South Africa's pace spearhead admitted that he has a lot to think about and needs to rein himself in
Rabada handed two-Test suspension
South Africa have 48 hours to appeal the decision made by match referee Jeff Crowe
This series should be about the cricket - du Plessis.
Rabada's 11-for helps South Africa level series
AB de Villiers played another cameo as the hosts chased down 101 with six wickets in hand
Smith's decreasing returns leave Australia vulnerable
From his recent form, you would think Steven Smith is at the top of his game. Against South Africa, though, his efficiency has fallen steadily
'It was right up there with the best feeling ever' - de Villiers
Just how much did it mean for South Africa's superstar to score his first Test century in three years?
The ABC of AB de Villiers
Hero, gloveman, captain, friend: the South African has played several roles in an illustrious career
Brettig: Troubling patterns emerge for Australia
As the series nears its halfway mark, the home side seems rejuvenated by the deeds of AB de Villiers while the visitors have begun showing signs of top-order frailty
Moonda: Brass-band brouhaha makes way for AB's sweet tunes
On a day of tense and attritional cricket that was occasionally sidetracked by a stop-start soundtrack, de Villiers' strokeplay gladdened the hearts of the St George's Park crowd
Brettig: When the reverse became relentless
Reverse swing, like rock and roll, has gone from revolutionary art to mainstream craft, yet remains uniquely compelling. Australia took it a step further, exploiting it as a unit in Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth brass band silenced during play
Port Elizabeth's signature brass band was told to pipe down by the umpires, much to their own and the crowd's dismay
Moonda: Red-hot Rabada needs to cool off
The quick took five wickets in 18 balls and changed the complexion of the day. But his send-off of Steven Smith could attract unwanted attention, again
'Rabada needs to control himself little bit.'
Michael Holding chats with Adam Collins about a great day of Test cricket in Port Elizabeth
Brettig: Tough talk no match for tough cricket
No matter how much 'mental disintegration' the Australians engage in, one rule of thumb they must remember: you've got to stick it out if you're going to dish it out
Warner v de Kock - Where it all started.
ESPNcricinfo obtains fresh footage from the incident between Warner and de Kock
'Look me in the eye' - Warner on 'disgusting' de Kock sledge
Australia vice-captain says ICC sanction won't cramp his on-field aggression as new footage emerges of bust-up with Quinton de Kock
De Kock loses hearing against ICC sanction
Quinton de Kock was found of guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC's code of conduct in relation to bringing the game into disrepute
Gibson wants clarity on crossing 'undefined line'
South Africa's head coach Ottis Gibson was steadfast in his defence of Quinton de Kock ahead of an ICC code of conduct hearing on Wednesday
Warner doesn't contest charge, but de Kock does
Australia's vice-captain was given three demerit points and fined for his part in the stairwell confrontation with Quinton de Kock
Warner vice-captaincy secure - Lehmann
Australia's coach has defended his player in the strongest terms, while also indicating he wants the captains and coaches from both teams to sit together to discuss player behaviour
Starc's swing puts South Africa in reverse
The left-armer's old-ball skills are likely to be highly influential in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, where slow and abrasive conditions are expected
Demerit points keeping Rabada quiet - Steyn
The fast bowler believes South Africa have been disadvantaged in the chirping battle with Australia thanks to the disciplinary straitjacket put on their most combative personality
Starc, Hazlewood swing Australia to 118-run win
Starc misses out on hat-trick but South Africa's resistance lasts 22 balls on the fifth and final day at Durban
Stats - Twin collapses hurt South Africa
Mitchell Starc's prowess against the tail, Aiden Markram's fighting fourth-innings century, and other key numbers from the Durban Test
Brettig: Australia break the cycle of collapses
Australia did not bat particularly well at Kingsmead, but well enough to ensure the process of constructing a consistently successful team was not stalled
Moonda: SA left wondering 'how' things went wrong
Maybe the hosts were undercooked. Maybe they had underestimated Australia. Or maybe they are facing uncertainty on the administrative front
Give me time to improve - Bancroft
In a bid to keep on getting better, the young Australia opener spoke at length with the seasoned David Warner about "an array of topics", including their respective approaches to the game
Moonda: Can SA defer de Villiers' break-up with Tests?
AB de Villiers proved yet again how much South Africa needs him and how much Test cricket needs him. But does the batsman still need South Africa and Test cricket?
Brettig: Marsh and Lyon script their Second Act
A little over 12 months ago, neither man was certain of his place in the Australian Test XI. Now, they have become immensely vital cogs
De Villiers rallies around team-mates after 'soft' dismissals
The South Africa batsman put some of the side's problems down to conditions, which he expects to become more difficult to bat on as the game goes on
Moonda: Maharaj's control shapes tense and teasing day
Whether or not SA specifically asked for slower surfaces, they got one at Kingsmead, and their left-arm spinner played the holding role perfectly to keep Australia in check
Brettig: Top-order lose battle of the crease
Australia's hopes of setting a dominant agenda were stymied by an attitrional South Africa bowling effort led by Vernon Philander
Warner counsels Bancroft after 'soft' dismissal
Australia vice-captain David Warner revealed a heart-to-heart conversation with Cameron Bancroft after his opening partner's swift dismissal in Durban
Expectations high for possible AB finale
AB de Villiers has not made any official announcement about his Test future but this is probably the last 'big' series he will play for South Africa in the format
Brettig: Dangerous nostalgia at heart of rivalry
South Africa's Test battles with Australia have been reliably hard-fought. But an overdue victory on home soil is especially important to the hosts
Keshav Maharaj could be key - Graeme Smith.
Elgar wants SA to continue playing four quicks
But the opener believes spinners from both sides will also have a vital role to play in the Test series
'SA can't afford spicy pitches against Australia.'
Former captain Kepler Wessels looks forward to the battle that begins on March 1
Lyon awaits chance to shine on slow SA surfaces
The offspinner is preparing to play a central role in the forthcoming Test series, particularly since the hosts have requested pitches to counter the spectre of Australia's 'big three' quicks
'I leave with a very happy heart' - Morkel.
South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel discusses his reasons for retiring from international cricket
'It's the right time for me to start a new chapter'
Morne Morkel said he has not signed a contract with any other team as suggestions his retirement is a result of a Kolpak deal mount
Morkel to quit SA after Australia series
The South Africa fast bowler has announced the upcoming four-Test series against Australia will be his last in international cricket
Starc's chance to make South African mark
He has never played red-ball cricket in the country, but after some time off recovering from a heel injury, he is raring to go
Starc bags four as Australians wrap up five-wicket win
Once again, there were plenty of starts for the Australian batsmen, but Peter Handscomb fell for another low score
Klaasen, Mulder in Test squad to face Australia
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and AB de Villiers were all named in the 15-man group after suffering injuries during the home series against India
Sayers replaces Bird in squad for SA Tests
A hamstring injury to Jackson Bird has given the fast bowler a chance to emulate his idol Vernon Philander