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The first recorded cricket match in South Africa took place in 1808 and the oldest cricket club in South Africa – the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club – was founded in 1843. A lot of domestic matches and tournaments were held over the course of the century and South Africa became the third Test playing nation in the world in 1889 when they hosted England. But the matches did not receive official status until South Africa along with England and Australia formed the Imperial Cricket Council in 1906.

South Africa’s early Test record was quite poor with just 1 win from their first eleven matches. Their first victory arrived in 1906 when they finally beat England after playing against them for 17 years. They continued to play Tests with varied success. Due to South Africa’s Apartheid Laws introduced in 1948, non-white players were not allowed to represent South Africa.

The anti-apartheid movement led the ICC to temporarily revoke South Africa’s Test status. This led to an emigration of a lot of talented stars who went on to represent England or Australia internationally. The ICC reinstated South Africa’s Test status in 1991 and that decade saw a lot of world class players emerge like Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Hansie Cronje, Gary Kirsten and Jonty Rhodes. But South Africa never enjoyed much success at major tournaments and earned the unfortunate nickname of chokers for reaching the World Cup semifinals on four occasions but failing to make it to the final.

At the 1992 World Cup, before the Duckworth-Lewis method was introduced, South Africa needed 22 runs from 13 balls to progress. But after a rain delay, that was revised to 22 needed from 1 ball and thus ended their campaign. In 1996, they lost in the quarterfinals and in 1999 were eliminated at the semifinal stage again. They managed to tie their match but Australia advanced as they had finished above South Africa in their group.

They hosted the 2003 event but were knocked out of the group stages by 1 run because they miscalculated how many runs were required. They were knocked out at the 2007 (semifinals), 2011 (quarterfinals) and 2015 (semifinals) World Cups which means that the chokers tag continues to stick with them.

Cronje was booked with match-fixing at the turn of the century and South African cricket went through another brief period of turmoil. But later in the decade, more talented players emerged like Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis.

In 2012, South Africa became the first team in the world to top the rankings in all three formats. The pity is that despite having such a great team and dominating the rankings, South African have only the 1998 Champions Trophy to show for it.

International Honours

ICC Champions Trophy: 1998

Overall stats

 SpanMatchesWonLostTiedDraw/No Result
Tests1889-20184271611420142
ODIs1991-2018594365207816
T20Is2006-2018104604301

Current ICC Rankings

 
Tests2nd
ODIs4th
T20Is6th

Most Runs for South Africa 

 BatsmanRunsAverage
TestsJacques Kallis1320655.25
ODIsJacques Kallis1155045.11
T20IsEoin Morgan182537.24

Most Wickets for South  Africa

 BowlerWicketsAverage
TestsDale Steyn42122.64
ODIsShaun Pollock38724.31
T20IsDale Steyn5817.39

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