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Sourav Ganguly recalled for Test Series

Ten months after Sourav Ganguly was unceremoniously dropped from the national side, the former India captain was on Thursday included in the Test squad for South Africa.
Chairman of Selectors Dilip Vengsarkar said the Indian batting had failed in the one-dayers in South Africa and that is why "experienced players have been brought back". V V S Laxman, who was rushed to South Africa to replace an injured Rahul Dravid, was also named as vice captain of the Indian test team. Other players who have found a place in the Test squad include Delhi opener Gautam Gambhir and Punjab pacer V R V Singh. The first Test of the three-match series starts on December 15. India test team : Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, M S Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth

Fourth ODI @ St George's Park : Unbeatable 3-0 lead for South Africa

South Africa scored yet another emphatic victory, by 80 runs, over India in the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series with one game to play. Herschelle Gibbs scored 93 to take South Africa to 243 and their bowlers triggered yet another Indian collapse, skitting them for a mere 163 in just 38.1 overs.
Veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the pick of the bowlers with 2-42 of 10 overs. Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth turned in fine performances at either end of the innings but that was not enough to beat South Africa.Reported Earlier : South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss for the third match in a row and decided to bat against India. For India, Sehwag is the acting captain as Rahul Dravid is out because of a broken finger. Wasim Jaffer replaced him and they also dropped spinner Harbhajan Singh for the match in Port Elizabeth. India trail 2-0 after two crushing defeats. India XI : Jaffer, Verendra Sehwag (Captain), SR Tendulkar, M Kaif, KD Karthik, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, AB Agarkar, Z Khan, A Kumble, S Sreesanth
South Africa XI : Graeme Smith (Captain), LL Bosman, JH Kallis, HH Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JM Kemp, MV Boucher, SM Pollock, AJ Hall, A Nel, M Ntini
Fourth one-day international, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 243-8 (50 overs) beat India 163 (38.1 overs) by 80 runs

India battling for survival in ODI series

India go into the fourth ODI against South Africa at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday with their fragile batting further crippled by the absence of captain Rahul Dravid. India Team (from) : Virender Sehwag (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Mohammed Kaif, Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Mongia, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Anil Kumble, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Sreesanth
South Africa Team (from) : Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher, A.B. de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock and Ashwell Prince

Sourav Ganguly likely to be recalled

Faced with growing criticism on the performance of the Indian team in South Africa and the failure of the youngsters to deliver, the national selectors are likely to fall back on the experience of Sourav Ganguly to bolster the middle order and the spirit of the side in the forthcoming three-Tests series.

South Africa recall Ashwell Prince

South Africa have recalled Ashwell Prince for the last two One-day Internationals against India.

Rahul Dravid ruled out of ODI series

India cricket captain Rahul Dravid will miss the last two matches of the one-day series against South Africa with a finger injury.

Third ODI at Newlands : India loses by 106 runs as Kemp shines

South Africa wrapped up the second ODI by 106 runs to go 2-0 up with two more ODIs left in the series. Zaheer Khan's good opening burst was neutralized by Justin Kemp's unbeaten 100*, his maiden in ODIs. The total of 274 was just too much for the Indians, for whom only Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni could get going. Shaun Pollock finished with a fine 4 for 26, while Hall backed his batting heroics with 3 for 45. Earlier, a superb display of power hitting from Justin Kemp inspired South Africa to 274-7 in the third one-dayer, after India had reduced them to 76-6. Zaheer Khan took 3-42, but Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarker went for more than seven an over as Kemp hit out late on.
Third one-day international, Cape Town: South Africa 274-7 bt India 168 by 106 runs

Munaf out of Third ODI at Newlands

India have ruled pace bowler Munaf Patel out of Sunday's third one-day international against South Africa but hope Virender Sehwag will return.
Patel, who took two wickets in defeat on Wednesday, has a sore left ankle.
South Africa defeated India by a whopping 157 runs - the Proteas' biggest win ever over India - at the Kingsmead Stadium Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The capitulation raised a furore in India and the BCCI president Sharad Pawar reacted by asking chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar to go to South Africa for the three-match Test series.

Second ODI @ Kingsmead : South Africa win after skittling India for 91

Jacques Kallis hit a commanding century and then took three wickets as South Africa beat India by 157 runs in the second one-day international in Durban.
Sachin Tendulkar (35) top-scored for India in a dire batting display.
Earlier South Africa made 248/8 in 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Kallis made 119 in 160 balls, while Zaheer Khan, Patel and Agarkar took two wickets each for India. Reported Earlier: Much like the first one-day international, the second match between India and South Africa here Wednesday is most likely to be affected by thundershowers as per the forecast of the meteorological department. India Team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keepers), Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, S. Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel and Ajit Agarkar
South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher (wicket-keeper), A.B. de Villiers, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock and Robin Peterson
Second one-day international, Durban: South Africa 248-8 beat India 91 all out

Second ODI @ Kingsmead : Second ODI could also rain out

Charl Langeveldt does not even want to think about the possibility that the second one-day cricket match of the series between South Africa and India may be washed out on Wednesday.

First ODI @ Johannesburg : Play called off due to wet outfield

The first ODI between India and South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium has been called off due to wet outfield. India: MS Dhoni, R Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, M Kaif, D Mongia, MM Patel, IK Pathan, SK Raina, V Sehwag, S Sreesanth, SR Tendulkar
South Africa: LL Bosman, MV Boucher, AB de Villiers, HH Gibbs, JH Kallis, JM Kemp, A Nel, M Ntini, RJ Peterson, SM Pollock, GC Smith
First ODI : South Africa vs India - Match abandoned without a ball bowled

South Africa A beat India

India's worst fears came true in the tour opener against South Africa 'A' as its bowling and batting came apart.
Tour Match : South Africa A 255 for 8 (50 overs) beat India 218 all out (49.1 overs) by 37 runs

India's South Africa tour begins today

India's two-month tour of South Africa gets underway on Thursday with a one-day match against a South African A side in Benoni.

Indian team departs for South Africa

A 16-member Indian cricket team left for South Africa early on Tuesday morning. The two-month tour will include five one-dayers and three tests.

Yuvraj Singh ruled out of South Africa tests

Injured India batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the three-test series in South Africa next month and the home one-day series against West Indies and Sri Lanka early next year.

Key players need to perform

In a grim message ahead of the big engagements, including the World Cup, captain Rahul Dravid on Saturday sought to blame his "key players" for the Indian team's slump and said it was high time they delivered.

Ajit Agarkar cleared for South Africa tour

Medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar has been cleared for the five-match one-day series in South Africa and will leave with the Indian team on Monday.

South Africa squad announced for first ODI

South Africa on Wednesday retained the squad that lost the Champions Trophy semi-final for the first of the five-match ODI cricket series against India to be played on November 19.

Indian team for South Africa tour announced

Baroda paceman Zaheer Khan and ace spinner Anil Kumble today made a comeback to India's one-day squad for the tour of South Africa starting next month.
Test opener Wasim Jaffer was also named in the 16-member squad announced here by Cricket Board Secretary Niranjan Shah. Injured duo of Ajit Agarkar and Yuvraj Singh were included in the squad subject to passing a fitness test. In case they fail to pass the fitness test, their places would be taken by VRV Singh and Dinesh Kaarthick respectively. The fitness test will take place on November 10, nine days before the team embarks for South Africa. Indian ODI Squad Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh (Dinesh Karthik on stand-by), Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Ajit Agarkar (VRV Singh on stand-by).

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.