ANALYSIS: Dale Steyn: Custodian of the real Ball of the Century
Daniel Gallan pays tribute to South Africa's greatest Test bowler and makes a case for Dale Steyn having bowled the Ball of the Century.
DANIEL GALLAN: CWC2019 final - A game that defied belief
Cricket matches, real cricket matches, aren’t supposed to be like this, says Daniel Gallan. They’re not supposed to be this grandiose, this sensational, this hyperbolic.
Roy of the Rovers hitting sees England cruise to WC final
In a batting lineup containing Jos Buttler and Joe Root, with Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes lower down, Roy was simply the biffer at the top who did little more than give the ball a good wallop.
New Zealand’s swing king carries Black Caps to CWC final
Trent Boult gathers and delivers in a fluid motion, releasing gorgeous swingers and spitting seamers that belie the tranquility that came before.
Indian fans bring the noise as CWC semifinal spills over to reserve day
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson won the toss under clouds and batted first because that is what conventional wisdom dictated.
DANIEL GALLAN: Proteas World Cup post-mortem
Where are the Proteas? Back at home, contemplating a campaign that oscillated between disappointing and frustrating, writes Daniel Gallan.
DANIEL GALLAN: So long JP, we’ll always have that one night in Melbourne
Duminy left me slack-jawed. Something didn’t compute. What was this? Who was this? - Daniel Gallan marvels at JP Duminy's capabilities.
Proteas show us what might have been
South Africa restored some pride with a 10-run win over Australia in their final Cricket World Cup match, thanks to superb batting from captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen.
Proteas batters finally show up in final WC match
Leading from the front was captain Faf du Plessis who struck seven fours and two sixes in his swashbuckling 100.
Dead rubber? Not against the Aussies
Daniel Gallan says that the Proteas' final World Cup match against Australia is anything but a dead rubber, with a number of narratives coming into play.
DANIEL GALLAN: Proteas at CWC - Who exactly owes who an apology?
Here’s the thing. I don’t believe they do owe us an apology. Unless the Proteas deliberately tried to lose or weren’t bothered with trying their best.
ANALYSIS: Quicks remain the key to World Cup success
Of the seven five wicket hauls taken at the tournament, five have gone to bowlers with genuine pace. Only the spin of Shakib Al Hasan and the miserly seamers of James Neesham have spoiled the party.
The Proteas cruise to victory in Durham, of course
Of course they won. That is what South Africa does when there is not a World Cup on the line.
South Africa set sights on gettable total
Dwaine Pretorius, playing in his first game at this World Cup since the opening match against England in May, starred with a miserly performance which yielded 3/25 from his ten overs.
JP Duminy and the ghost of Lily Lumley
Professional cricketers stay well away from the spooky mansion but it provides a poignant narrative thread for South Africa’s World Cup campaign as the Proteas march into their next match like ghosts, ever restless and with business unfinished.
The Lord’s you know and the Lord’s you don’t
Lord’s denotes some sense of regality but it is little more than chance that the 18th Century cricketer who developed the site was named Thomas Lord.
Smith cops an earful from Lord's boo brigade
This was a hostile chorus of boos that greeted Australia’s Steve Smith as he emerged from the red-bricked pavilion of the self aggrandising Home of Cricket.
Du Plessis’ hard exterior cracks as Proteas plummet
When Faf du Plessis assembled his Proteas team in May, he knew that he had collected a unit that was the weakest of any that had gone before them.