South Africa
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Test status granted 1889
First Test match v England at Port Elizabeth, March 1889
Captain of Test and ODI teams Graeme Smith/AB de Villiers
Captain of Twenty20 AB de Villiers
Coach Gary Kirsten
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking 1st (Test), 2nd (ODI)
Test matches 369
- This year 4/0
Last Test match England at Lord's, London
Wins/losses 131/126
- This year 4/0
As of 11 October 2012

The South African national cricket team, nicknamed the Proteas, represent South Africa in international cricket. They are administrated by Cricket South Africa.

South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council, also known as ICC, with Test and One Day International, or ODI, status. As of 11 November 2011, the South African team has played 359 Test matches, winning 126 (35.09%), losing 124 (34.54%) and drawing 109 (30.36%) of its games.

As of 11 November 2011, the South African team has played 462 ODI Matches, winning 288 (62.33%), losing 157 (33.98%), drawing 5 (1.08%) and getting a "No Result" in 12 (2.60%) of its games.

On 28 August 2012 South Africa became the first team to be number 1 in all 3 formats of the game


The South African cricket team toured England in 1947. At Nottingham, Captain Alan Melville and vice-captain, Dave Nourse achieved a Test match record for a third wicket partnership of 319. The following year Nourse, 38 year old captain of Natal, was appointed Captain for the 1948 MCC Test matches in South Africa.

In 1970, the ICC voted to suspend South Africa from international cricket indefinitely because of its government's policy of apartheid, an overtly racist policy, which led them to play only against the white nations (England, Australia, New Zealand), and field only white players. This decision excluded players such as Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Mike Procter from partaking in international Test Cricket. It would also cause the emigration of future stars like Allan Lamb and Robin Smith, who both played for England, and Kepler Wessels, who initially played for Australia, before returning to South Africa.

The ICC reinstated South Africa as a Test nation in 1991 after the deconstruction of apartheid, and the team played its first sanctioned match since 1970 (and its first ever One-Day International) against India in Calcutta on 10 November 1991. South Africa's first test match after re-admission was against the West Indies in April 1992. The match was played in Bridgetown, Barbados and South Africa lost by 52 runs.

Since South Africa have been reinstated they have achieved mixed success, and hosted the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup in 2003. However, it is widely believed the sides containing the likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Gary Kirsten and Hansie Cronje grossly underachieved, gaining a reputation as "[chokers", due to them reaching the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup three times, but failing to progress into the finals, when Herschelle Gibbs dropped Australian captain Steve Waugh in 1999 in a Super Six match. In the second part of the 1990s, South Africa had the highest winning percentage in ODIs of any team, but they were knocked out of the 1996 World Cup in the quarter-finals, and then were eliminated on countback after tying their semi-final against Australia in 1999. In 2003, South Africa were one of the favourites but were eliminated by one run in the group stages after they had mistakenly counted the number of runs they needed.

They have also had bad press for failing in vital matches in global tournaments including the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.

With Donald retiring, Cronje banned for match-fixing and later dead in a plane crash, and Pollock also retiring from international cricket, the team has once again changed shape. It is currently captained by Graeme Smith, although following injuries to Smith and Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince deputised as Test captain on 12 July 2006. At the age of 29, he became the first non-white man to captain the once all-white South African cricket team. Due to a racial quota policy, the side was once required to contain black players, unlike the past. However, that policy was rescinded in 2007.


This lists all the players who have played for South Africa in the past year, and the form(s) in which they have played. Players in bold hold a central contract awarded by Cricket South Africa. Correct as of 31 March 2012.


  • S/N = Shirt number
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic team Forms S/N
Test Captain and Opening Batsman
Graeme Smith 37 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Cape Cobras Test, ODI, T20I 15
ODI and Twenty20 Captain and Wicket-keeper
AB de Villiers 34 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Titans Test, ODI, T20I 17
Hashim Amla 35 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Dolphins Test, ODI, T20I 1
Farhaan Behardien 35 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-medium Titans T20I 24
Francois du Plessis 34 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg Break Titans Test, ODI, T20I 18
Jean-Paul Duminy 34 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Cape Cobras Test, ODI, T20I 21
Colin Ingram 33 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg Break Warriors ODI, T20I 41
Richard Levi 30 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Cape Cobras T20I 88
David Miller 29 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Dolphins ODI, T20I 36
Justin Ontong 38 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Cape Cobras T20I 14
Alviro Petersen 38 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Lions Test, ODI 73
Ashwell Prince 41 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Warriors Test 50
Jacques Rudolph 37 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg Break Titans Test
Heino Kuhn 34 Right-Handed Bat Titans T20I 20
Thami Tsolekile 38 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Lions - 10
Dane Vilas 33 Right-Handed Bat Cape Cobras T20I
All rounders
Johan Botha 36 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Warriors ODI, T20I 22
Jacques Kallis 43 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Warriors Test, ODI, T20I 3
Albie Morkel 37 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Titans ODI, T20I 81
Robin Peterson 39 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Warriors ODI, T20I 13
Pace Bowlers
Marchant de Lange 28 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Titans Test, ODI, T20I 90
Morné Morkel 34 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Titans Test, ODI, T20I 65
Wayne Parnell 29 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Medium-Fast Warriors ODI, T20I 94
Vernon Philander 33 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-medium Cape Cobras Test, ODI 24
Dale Steyn 35 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Cape Cobras Test, ODI, T20I 8
Juan Theron 33 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Warriors T20I 32
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 34 Right-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast-Medium Warriors Test, ODI, T20I 68
Slow Bowlers
Imran Tahir 39 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg Break Dolphins Test 99

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