John Mehaffey

SA to unleash fast bowlers

South Africa will display bowling firepower reminiscent of the great West Indies side of the 1980s at Lord's this week.

Hero and villain emerge from SA

A bittersweet legacy from the brutalities of the apartheid years lingers in South African sport. Only whites represented the republic until 1970.

Zim cricket tour of England cancelled

The England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday cancelled Zimbabwe's tour of England next year.

Pietersen allowed to continue switch-hitting

England batsman Kevin Pietersen was granted permission on Tuesday to continue his revolutionary switch-hitting tactics.

Oram century saves New Zealand

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram chose the right occasion and the perfect venue to score his first Test century against England on Monday with a match-saving innings in the first Test at Lord's. New Zealand held an overall lead of only 78 with four wickets down when wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum retired hurt and was taken to hospital after a blow to his left forearm.

Wales to take strongest side to SA

Wales coach Warren Gatland will take his strongest available side to South Africa for two Tests against the world champions in June after guiding his team to the Six Nations grand slam in his first season in charge. In recent years, Six Nations sides have rested leading players when travelling to the Southern Hemisphere in the off-season.

3D images become significant tool

Three-dimensional images, which helped to show that double amputee Oscar Pistorius receives advantages from carbon-fibre blade attachments, have become a significant tool in the drive to improve athletic performances. The science of biomechanics -- the study of the mechanics of animate structures -- is already being applied to tennis.

Pistorius barred from Beijing Games

South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius, who runs with carbon-fibre blades attached to his legs, will not be allowed to compete at this year's Beijing Olympics. A report commissioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations and released on Monday concluded that the prosthetics used by Pistorius gave him a significant advantage.

Time has not erased New Zealand pain

Time has done little to erode the shock and nothing to erase the pain felt in New Zealand after France came back from the brink to win the 1999 World Cup semifinal. A match New Zealand had seemingly won was lost in the most astonishing reverse in the 20-year history of the World Cup.

Henry gives half-term assessment

In the measured tones of the schoolmaster he once was, New Zealand coach Graham Henry gave his half-term assessment of the All Blacks on Sunday evening. ''We are pretty happy really,'' Henry told a news conference after his team had defeated Scotland 40-0 at Murrayfield.

Ponting forges team in his own image

From the moment they stepped on to West Indies' soil in St Vincent, Ricky Ponting's Australia team have been men on a mission. Even judged by the exalted standards of previous Australia captains, Ponting is a particularly driven individual. Over the past Australian season he has forged a team in his own image.

New Zealand beat SA to reach semis

New Zealand exploited favourable early bowling conditions on Saturday to defeat South Africa by five wickets and follow defending champions Australia into the World Cup semifinals. Shane Bond and James Franklin took a wicket each in the first three overs and Craig McMillan picked up three cheap wickets near the end to restrict South Africa to 193 for seven.

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