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PAK in SA 2018-19

Shadab and Amir star in Pakistan's consolation win

Beuran Hendricks' four-for and Chris Morris' maiden T20I fifty went in vain as Pakistan ended their tour of South Africa on a positive note

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Nicholas: Dinner with Mickey and Graeme

Arthur has had a storied coaching tenure with three of the world's top teams now

South Africa v Pakistan

1st T20I, Cape Town

Du Plessis, Hendricks and Miller subdue Pakistan

Fifties from du Plessis and Hendricks was backed up by four catches and two run-outs from Miller as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series

De Kock and du Plessis out of Pakistan T20Is

The wicketkeeper is suffering from an injured groin while the captain has decided to take some time off

Breaking down Babar Azam, the ODI batsman

Everyone knows he's a quality player with areas to improve on. But what are those areas, and is he the right man in the wrong team?

South Africa v Pakistan

4th ODI, Johannesburg

Shinwari's four-wicket haul helps Pakistan draw level

After the fast bowler routed South Africa for 164, Pakistan aced the chase thanks to Imam's 71

PCB disappointed with ICC's decision to suspend Sarfraz

The board had hoped its offer to voluntarily bench Sarfraz, together with his public apologies, would have brought a resolution to the case

Sarfraz gets four-match suspension for racist comments

ICC announces penalty half an hour after Shoaib Malik comes out to the toss for Pakistan in Johannesburg

South Africa v Pakistan

3rd ODI, Centurion

Reeza Hendricks stars in rain-hit game as SA go 2-1 up

Pakistan lose by 13 runs via D/L method despite piling up 317 for 6 on the back of Imam-ul-Haq's hundred

Imam-ul-Haq thanks the haters

The batsman made a yapping-mouth gesture after reaching his hundred, and later said it was directed at 'all the people who criticised me over the years'

Uncapped Lutho Sipamla in South Africa T20I squad

Allrounder Wiaan Mulder also finds a place in the squad, which contains three wicketkeepers in Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen and Gihahn Cloete

ODI squad rejig

Pakistan in South Africa 2018-19

Steyn, de Kock rested from first two ODIs

Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier have been called up as their replacements

Test series review

Pakistan in SA 2018-19

Should Pakistan use Amir as an overseas-only bowler?

He could be a vital option for when conditions are conducive to bowlers of his ilk, while the more workmanlike tasks fall to others in the team

Babar and Masood shine amid the gloom

Five takeaways from Pakistan's heavy defeat at the hands of South Africa

South Africa v Pakistan

Series review

Nicholas: The regeneration of Amla and Steyn

The two stalwarts have showed that there still is some gas in their tanks

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The rise of the Bloemfontein Bone Collector

More consistent and better rounded than when he made his Test debut, Duanne Olivier has embraced the role of being South Africa's enforcer

South Africa thrive on pace, spicy pitches and increased depth

Five takeaways from South Africa's 3-0 Test whitewashing of Pakistan

South Africa v Pakistan

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Sarfraz Ahmed rues 'three bad shots' in Pakistan's collapse

He included his own dismissal among the avoidable ones that he felt had cost Pakistan the chance of getting close to South Africa's total

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq flounder on another day of what-ifs

They have struggled to fill MisYou's shoes, and their twin ducks today began the process of Pakistan letting another promising position slip

South Africa v Pakistan

3rd Test, Johannesburg

Amir peeved by Sarfraz's Cape Town criticism

'Leave this question,' Amir said when probed about his captain's remarks. 'Are we done?' Five minutes into his press conference, he walked out

Yasir Shah dropped as career record goes south

In Southern Hemisphere countries inhospitable to spin, he has failed to raise his game to the level Pakistan need

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Pakistan in South Africa 2018-19

When Babar Azam met Dale Steyn

By some metrics, the young, gifted Pakistan batsman has taken on the greatest fast bowler of this century like nobody ever has

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Squad announcement

Pakistan in SA 2018-19

Van der Dussen called up to SA ODI squad

Dane Paterson and Hashim Amla are also back in the squad, while JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi could not be considered because of injury

Squad announcement

Pakistan in South Africa 2018-19

Amir, Rizwan back in Pakistan's ODI squad

Allrounder Hussain Talat and batsman Shan Masood, who are both uncapped in ODIs, have also earned call-ups

Pakistan in South Africa 2018-19

Nicholas: Get the pitch right and the balance between bat and ball will sort itself out

Pitches and over rates matter. Spectators must feel that their attendance is valued

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Nothing wrong with pitches favouring home team - Ottis Gibson

The South Africa coach defended the preparation of pitches suited to seam and swing after the facilities in the first two Tests came in for criticism from Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

Shadab's injury didn't let us play five bowlers - Mickey Arthur

The Pakistan coach suggested that the legspinner and Faheem Ashraf could return to the side and bolster the batting line-up at the Wanderers

South Africa v Pakistan

2nd Test, Cape Town

Bowlers 'not up to the mark', laments Sarfraz

The Pakistan captain was critical of seamers' lack of pace after his team were swept aside by nine wickets in Cape Town

South Africa v Pakistan

2nd Test, Cape Town

Why are Pakistan ignoring Faheem Ashraf?

He couldn't do too much worse than the current top six, and his bowling would take some of the load off an overworked pace attack. So why isn't he playing?

Soft signal, hard luck, as Pakistan suffer more third-umpire woe

South Africa v Pakistan

2nd Test, Cape Town

Pakistan's gloom deepens in Table Mountain's shadow

With pretty much the same core group of batsmen, minus MisYou, Pakistan have lost 13 of their last 20 Tests; 14 out of 21 now seems almost certain

Azhar struggle versus Olivier the microcosm of a mismatch

For the third time in as many innings, Pakistan's senior batsman found himself bounced out by Duanne Olivier

South Africa v Pakistan

2nd Test, Cape Town

Rasool: Clash of the medium pacers pits Abbas against Philander

Mohammad Abbas has a superb record in unhelpful conditions. But how will go against the master, Vernon Philander, on his home ground?

Pakistan stick with under-fire top six for Newlands examination

Sarfraz Ahmed backed his batsmen to come good as he ruled out changes or the inclusion of an allrounder

Knee injury forces Haris out of South Africa tour

He had also missed the Boxing Day Test, where Shan Masood was named his replacement in the playing XI just 90 minutes ahead of the start

South Africa v Pakistan

1st Test, Centurion

Rasool: Amla exhibits his version of "ProteaFire"

He survived a difficult opening hour in a tricky chase, was doggedly resistant while he couldn't find his touch, and devastatingly effective as it returned to him

'They should triple my salary' - Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar says opening the batting in South Africa is the toughest job in Test cricket but that is also what makes it the most satisfying

South Africa v Pakistan

1st Test, Centurion

Seen happier teams than Pakistan currently - Flower

The batting coach spoke about the batsmen's shot selection, the pressure their captain is under and how the players need to adapt

Steyn goes No. 1

Record watch

Steyn surpasses Pollock to become SA's top wicket-taker

The South Africa spearhead claimed his 422nd wicket in Centurion against Pakistan to go top

Stats - The Steyn v Pollock comparison

Dale Steyn has clearly been a bigger force as a strike bowler, but Shaun Pollock is still in front in terms of Man-of-the-Match awards in Tests

Steyn's slow, bumpy road to summit Mt. Pollock

Nearly 1450 days after getting to 400 Test wickets, Dale Steyn's finally gone past Shaun Pollock's South African record

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South Africa v Pakistan

1st Test, Centurion

'I feel like I'm 23' - Dale Steyn

The fast bowler says he has bigger goals beyond becoming South Africa's most successful Test bowler

Mark Nicholas: Bogeyman Steyn returns to claim his record

Dale Steyn has put behind him the shoulder injury that kept him out of the game for two years and is ready to stake his claim as South Africa's greatest fast bowler

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Squad Replacements

Pakistan in SA 2018-19

Paterson called up for Boxing Day after Philander injury

The fast bowler, however, is unlikely to play, with Duanne Olivier, the initial back-up bowler, slated to partner Steyn and Rabada in the pace attack

Pakistan in South Africa 2018-19

Pre-match buzz

Finger injury forces Philander out of Boxing Day Test

Set to miss the first Test of the home series after sustaining a hairline fracture on his right thumb

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