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Feb 12, 2014

I’m no Kallis, says South Africa’s new all-rounder

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Ryan McLaren said “I am no Jacques Kallis” after replacing the recently retired all-rounder in the South Africa team for the first test against Australia on Wednesday.

McLaren was preferred to Wayne Parnell as Kallis’s successor in the all-rounder role, to win his second cap, four years after his first.

Feb 12, 2014

Cricket-I’m no Kallis, says South Africa’s new all-rounder

PRETORIA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Ryan McLaren said “I am no Jacques Kallis” after replacing the recently retired all-rounder in the South Africa team for the first test against Australia on Wednesday.

McLaren was preferred to Wayne Parnell as Kallis’s successor in the all-rounder role, to win his second cap, four years after his first.

Feb 12, 2014

Cricket-Marsh ton leads Australia fightback in S.Africa

PRETORIA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Late call-up Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten century in his first test in two years to lead a middle-order recovery as Australia closed at 297 for four on the first day of the first test against South Africa on Wednesday.

Marsh, who arrived only on Sunday as an emergency replacement for the injured Shane Watson, was on 122 not out from 232 balls, and will resume at SuperSport Park on Thursday with Steven Smith, unbeaten on 91.

Feb 12, 2014

Cricket-Marsh leads middle-order recovery for Australia

PRETORIA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Late call-up Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten century in his first test in two years to lead a middle-order recovery as Australia closed at 297 for four on the first day of the first test against South Africa on Wednesday.

Marsh, who arrived only on Sunday as an emergency replacement for the injured Shane Watson, was on 122 not out from 232 balls, and will resume at SuperSport Park on Thursday with Steven Smith, unbeaten on 91.

Feb 12, 2014

Cricket-Marsh provides resistance for Australia

PRETORIA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Australia’s late call-up Shaun Marsh provided stout resistance as they reached 176 for four at tea on the first day of the first test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Marsh, who only arrived on Sunday as a replacement for the injured Shane Watson, was unbeaten on 67, reaching his 50 off 101 balls, as he and Steven Smith put on a 78-run unbeaten stand for the fifth wicket.

Feb 12, 2014

South Africa strike early blows in first Australia test

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa captain Graeme Smith will feel vindicated in his decision to bowl first having reduced Australia to 83 for three at lunch on the first day of the first test at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Smith admitted after the winning the toss he was not sure whether sending the opposition into bat was the best option, but he was backed up by his fast bowlers and fielders as they took the first three Australian wickets relatively cheaply.

Feb 12, 2014

Cricket-South Africa strike early blows in first Australia test

PRETORIA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – South Africa captain Graeme Smith will feel vindicated in his decision to bowl first having reduced Australia to 83 for three at lunch on the first day of the first test at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Smith admitted after the winning the toss he was not sure whether sending the opposition into bat was the best option, but he was backed up by his fast bowlers and fielders as they took the first three Australian wickets relatively cheaply.

Jan 9, 2014

Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent’s greats.

Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent’s top individual award.

Jan 9, 2014

Profile: Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent’s greats.

Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent’s top individual award.

Jan 9, 2014

Soccer-Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows

Jan 9 (Reuters) – A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent’s greats.

Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent’s top individual award.