De Kock: Still a Must have Player in South Africa Squad

Proteas opener Quinton de Kock has moved up to the fourth position in the ICC ODI batting rankings after playing a huge part in his team’s 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka.

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De Kock

He is a South African professional cricketer who plays for the Titans at the domestic level and the South African national team. He has already played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League matches. He has been won the title of a cricketer of the year in 2017 Annual awards.

He is commonly knowns for the best wicket-keeper batsmen among the world’s best cricket teams. As an inning batsman and wicket-keeper, de Kock made his domestic entrance for the Highveld Lions during the 2012 and 2013 season. He quickly caught the selector’s eye for the national level, when he starred in a match-winning partnership with Neil McKenzie in the Champions League T20 against Mumbai Indians.

He made his international entrance in the first match of South Africa’s home T20 International series against the touring New Zealanders during the 2012 and 13 seasons. He was asked to keep wickets in place of AB de Villiers, who asked to be rested. He has since played regularly for the team at both One Day International and T20 International level. In February 2014, he also made his Test entrance for South Africa, playing smoothly as a batsman.

Recording to his 20th ODI match, he scored five centuries already. He became the fourth player to score three successive one-day centuries and the second player to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday. In his 74th ODI, against Sri Lanka on 10 February 2017, he became the fastest player to complete 12 ODI hundreds.

Although he opens the batting in One Day International and T20 cricket, he primarily bats in the middle order in Test cricket. On 22 July 2018 during the second test match against Sri Lanka, he went onto become the fastest wicketkeeper in terms of 35 matches to effect in 150 test dismissals.

Domestic Career

From Johannesburg, he entranced for Gauteng’s senior team during the 2009-2010 season, aged 16, and afterward represented the national under-19 team at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup.

Records and Achievement

Fastest South African to reach 1,000 ODI runs.

De Kock

ODI Cricket Career

De Kock represented South Africa for the first time, at T20 level, on 21 December 2012 against New Zealand. While South Africa crushed New Zealand and got them all out for only 86, the hosts chased it down easily with 8 wickets still remaining. De Kock made an impression on his first appearance by scoring an unbeaten 28 off 23 while chasing. He also kept wicket and gloved two catches. De Kock made his entrance for the South African ODI side on 19 January 2013, against New Zealand. It was reported that he was training and grooming under expert retired South African wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand. He was promoted to the opening batting spot from his second match onwards with Graeme Smith in his entrance series.

In November 2013, he was selected in the first XI of South Africa against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, in place of Colin Ingram. the De Kock scored a match-winning 112 off 135 balls on a tough batting track in Abu Dhabi in the fourth ODI to reach his maiden ODI century. South Africa won the ODI series 4–1. They also played two T20 games against Pakistan. De Kock scored 48 not out in the first match while chasing and took them home. They won that T20 series too by 2–0.

On 5 December 2013, De Kock scored 135 against India at his home ground in Johannesburg. His innings guided the team to a 141-run victory over India and he was awarded his first-ever ‘Man of the Match’ award in One Day International cricket. He followed his performance with another successive ODI ton in the next match against the same team in Durban. He scored 106 runs making a record-breaking opening stand of 194 in Durban with teammate Hashim Amla who also scored a century in the same match. This performance awarded him another ‘Man of the Match’ award while they already won the series beating India by 134 runs. He again broke a century knock of 101 in the 3rd ODI which was later abandoned due to rain, but he became only the fifth person to achieve this feat of three consecutive centuries in One Day Internationals, after Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herschelle Gibbs, and AB de Villiers. He also became the highest run-getter ever in a three-match bilateral ODI series, breaking the previous record of Martin Guptill. Meanwhile, he was awarded the ‘Man of the Series’.

De Kock scored his 5th ODI century knock of128 against Sri Lanka to record their first-ever ODI series win in Sri Lanka. He also scored his maiden test fifty in the series.

In the 3-match tour to Zimbabwe in August 2014, De Kock eventually became the joint quickest batsman to reach 1000 runs in ODI cricket sharing the record with Viv Richards, Jonathan Trott, and Kevin Pietersen. He reached the milestone in 21 innings. He was also awarded the ‘Player of the Series’ in that tournament where South Africa beat Zimbabwe 3–0.

In the ODI series against Bangladesh in 2017, he along with Hashim Amla set the highest record ODI run stand for South Africa with an unbeaten partnership of 282 runs. This is also the highest ever partnership in One-Day Internationals without losing any wickets.

In April 2019, he was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named de Kock as the key player of South Africa’s squad for the tournament. In the opening match of the World Cup against England, he scored 68.

Test Cricket Performance

In February 2014, de Kock made his Test entrance for South Africa, scoring seven runs in the first innings and 34 runs in the second innings against Australia.

In January 2016, when South Africa was losing the home Test series against England, De Kock was recalled to the Test side for the second Test, taking the keeper’s gloves from AB de Villiers, but failed to deliver. He was replaced by Dane Vilas at the 11th hour before the third Test, after a freak injury he picked up at home the afternoon before. He was again selected for the fourth and the final Test and scored his entrance Test century with a score of 129 not out in the first innings coming to bat at number seven. In the tour, De Kock reached a milestone as the fastest to reach 10 ODI centuries. He completed his 10th century in his 55th match. In their 3rd test against Pakistan, he made his same score of 129 in their 2nd innings in 2019.

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Jason Jonathan Roy will be Part of England Squad against South Africa in upcoming Cricket Series

Jason Jonathan Roy is an English international cricketer who plays firstly for Surrey in domestic cricket. Born in South Africa, his family moved to England when he was 10 years old. Secure your tickets online for South Africa Vs England Tickets from a very reliable online marketing platform.

Jason Jonathan Roy

He is a right-hand batsman who opens in limited over cricket and plays in the middle order in first-class matches. He made his T20 International entrance against India on September 2014 and his One Day International entrance against Ireland in May 2015.

Having moved to England along with his family from South Africa when he was 10 years old, he attended The Hawthorns School for a few years, then Whitgift School. He represented Surrey in age-group cricket from Under 11 through to Under 19 and Academy level. He took part in the Surrey Under-19 tour to South Africa in 2007, where he top-scored for Surrey with an innings of 51 in a one-day match against Western Province Under 19s.

He was declared as a member of the 2008 intake of players to the Pemberton Greenish Surrey Academy, and on 15 June 2007 made a decisive contribution on his one-day entrance for the Surrey 2nd team, He scored 48 from 33 balls in a Second XI Trophy match against Hampshire which Surrey won by 3 runs.

Roy made no more appearances for the Surrey 2nd team in 2007, but he was selected to represent South Africa at Under 17 level in the ECB Regional Festival, held at Loughborough in July 2007, where he played in three tournaments.

In the season of 2008, Roy established himself in the Surrey second team. In his debut in the Second XI Championship, Roy scored 88 from 89 balls against a Hampshire attack which included the South African Test match bowler Nantie Hayward, having come to the crease with Surrey in trouble at 89-4.

After a brief BBL spell with Sydney Thunder in 2015, he joined the Sydney Sixers for the 2016-17 season. In the first match of the tournament against Sydney Thunder, he scored 29 in a winning effort from the Sixers. Then in the second, he scored a 40, which included a towering 6 off Shaun Tait. For the third match, he was injured, after pulling a back muscle in training.

 Appearance at Pakistan in provinces teams

Roy was bought by Lahore Qalandars for US$70,000 for the 2017 PSL. He played 5 matches scoring 176 runs before leaving early for national duties. In the 2018 PSL, he played 2 games for Quetta Gladiators.

Appearance at India in provinces teams

He played three games for Gujarat Lions in the 2017 IPL. For the 2018 IPL, he is playing for Delhi Daredevils, for whom he scored a match-winning 91 in his first match.

Jason Jonathan Roy Unbeatable records in ODIs

Jason Jonathan Roy

In 2015–16 against Pakistan and South Africa

Roy was dismissed for a duck in the first ODI against Pakistan, which England lost by six wickets. He secured a half-century in the next game as England fought back to level the series, winning by 95 runs. After making seven in the third ODI, Roy scored his maiden ODI ton (102 off 117 balls) in the final game of the series, which England won by 84 runs.

In 2016 against Sri Lanka

Roy was part of an opening partnership of 256 with Alex Hales against Sri Lanka in 2016, which was the highest successful run chase without losing a wicket in ODIs. It is also the highest partnership for England for any wicket in ODIs.

In 2016 Sri Lanka in England

Roy kept his place in the ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka. In the first match, he scored 3 runs, In the second match, he made an outstanding 112 not out, as he shared a record opening stand with Alex Hales of 256. He also got two run-outs as he won the man of the match. In the third match, he made an unbeaten five as the weather ended the match. In the fourth match, he scored his second century of the series, making 162 as England won the match by six wickets. In the final game of the series, he hit 34 as England scored 324 and won the match by 122 runs. Roy was named man of the series following his impressive performances. He was out for a duck in the only T20I between the two sides, which England won by eight wickets.

In 2017 against West Indies

Roy made 13 in the first ODI against the West Indies as England won by 45 runs. In the second match, he made 52 as England chased down their target of 226 to win by four wickets. In the final game of the series, he made 17 as England won by 186 runs.

In 2016–17 against Bangladesh and India

Roy made 41 in the first ODI against Bangladesh as England scored 309/8 to win by 21 runs. He made 13 in the next game as England lost by 34 runs. Roy missed the final game of the series through injury, although England won to win the series 2-1.

Roy made 73 in the first ODI against India, as England made 350/7, although they lost the match by three wickets. In the second match, he made 82 but England fell 15 runs short of India’s target. In the final match of the series, he made 65 as England posted 321 and won by five runs. He made 19 in the first T20I as England won by seven wickets. In the second match, he made ten as England lost by five runs. In the final match, he made 32 but England could only manage 127 and lost by 75 runs to lose the series 2-1.

In 2018 against Australia

 Roy scored 180 off 151 balls and partnered with Joe Root for the highest ever 3rd wicket partnership for England (Till date), with 221 runs off 220 balls in an ODI against Australia on 14 January 2018 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Cricket South Africa announces Franchise Fixtures for 2019-20 Cricket Season

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA has been announced today the Franchise fixtures for both national tournaments for the 2019/20 season as well as they decided the senior provincial fixtures for both men and women.

The England cricket team has been scheduled to tour South Africa from December 2019 to February 2020 during the time period they will play four Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. Then the test series will be the part on the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship. Cricket South Africa deep-rooted the fixtures for the tour in May 2019. Secure your tickets online for South Africa Vs England Tickets from a very reliable online marketing platform.

Thabang Moroe
CSA announce Franchise Fixtures for 2019-20 Cricket Season

“Once more we have merged our franchise fixtures with the Standard Bank Proteas international commitments during the next nine months,” commented Cricket South Africa Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe.”

The four-day series will start in October to coincide with the Proteas Test Series in India. It will take a pause from the end of that month and will restart in time for the celebratory season when England arrive for their Test Series in South Africa.

These tournaments will then take a break at the end of January to allow for the Momentum One-Day Cup in February and March when we have a series of Momentum ODIs against England, Australia, and India. Once again, the knock-out phase of the One-Day Cup will entail two semi-finals and a final after the conclusion of a home and away double round.

The four-day tournaments will then have its final two rings in the last week of March and the first week of April.


“I cannot stress enough the importance of our national system and the important role it plays in our talent development pipeline for the Proteas. One only has to look at the case history of Rassie van der Dussen who has been one of the big success stories of the last season,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

Cricket South Africa’s vision is to make cricket an actually national sport of winners.
This has two elements to it:

  • To make ensure that cricket is supported by the majority of South Africans, and available to all who want to play it.
  • To pursue excellence at all levels of the game.

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Ben Stokes performance can help England to win over South Africa in upcoming cricket series

Ben Stokes performance can help England to win over South Africa in upcoming cricket series. As England starts their series with four test matches against South Africa since Boxing Day at the Centurion, followed by three T20I and three ODIs, the last of which will take place on February 16, 2020. Cricket lovers are waiting to see the most exciting matches of South Africa v England. Now they can book their South Africa v England Tickets on our reliable online ticketing market place.

The great Irish sports writer Con Houlihan said that each team should have a redhead. And it is true that the combative nature of Ben Stokes, combined with his powerful cadre and his scandalous talent, has propelled England a little timid to another level.

Ben Stokes performance can help England to win over South Africa in upcoming cricket series
Ben Stokes performance can help England to win over South Africa in upcoming cricket series

Able to play games with his stick, bowling and on the pitch – both in character and action – Stokes quickly drew comparisons with Ian Botham. The expectations were huge.

He could console himself knowing that he had the time and the ability to make sure that he would be remembered for more positive reasons. A few months after his return, Stokes played a key role in the Englishman’s 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka, their first win in Asia in a series of whitewashes. Trevor Bayliss described Stokes’ attitude as “exemplary”, saying he had “learned his lesson”.

Stokes, like England after a dreary tournament, needed to rejuvenate. It started with the Lord’s test against New Zealand when Stokes scored 92 and 101 after being promoted to batting No. 6. Successful Ashes followed and he was also a central figure of the new ODI group that has started placing the Cup world behind them under the direction of Bayliss and Paul Farbrace.

Ben Stokes performance can help England to win over South Africa in upcoming cricket series
Ben Stokes performance can help England to win over South Africa in upcoming cricket series

A few months later, he produced 258 balls against 198 for South Africa in Cape Town – the fastest of the two hundred British in history and the second fastest of all time – at a stand of 399 with Jonny Bairstow.

Stokes’ performance was a rare plus point on a disastrous trip. When the agony was over, only Stokes returned to England and became a rising star. Admitted in the XI to Adelaide, after the premature departure of Jonathan Trott, his pugnacious nature appeared during the first test hundred in Perth, Perth, a plump response that does not correspond to the general behavior of England throughout the trip.

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South African oppening batsman Hashim Amla is fully focused towards home series against England in 2019-20

Hashim Mohammad Amla is a South African international cricketer who plays for South Africa in all three game formats. After eliminating from ICC Cricket World Cup South African opening batsman Hashim Amla is fully focused towards home series against England in 2019-20. Cricket lovers are waiting to see the most exciting matches of South Africa V England 2019. Now they can book their South Africa V England Tickets on our reliable online ticketing market place.

He also holds the record for the fastest speed record ever recorded: 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI races. He has also become the fastest cricketer to reach 10 centuries of ODI. Amla is an occasional bowler and was captain of the South Africa tests from June 2014 to January 2016.

After eliminating from ICC Cricket World Cup Hashim Amla’s fully focused towards home series against England in 2019-20
After eliminating from ICC Cricket World Cup Hashim Amla’s fully focused towards home series against England in 2019-20

He is a right-handed batsman and holds the record for the highest-scoring individual score among unmarked South African batsman, scored 311 against England at The Oval, London in July 2012.

In 2014, he became the fastest cricketer to reach more than 15 centuries of ODI in his 86th innings. That same year, he became the fastest cricket player to reach his 16th century EDI in his 94th inning and his fastest 17-year-old cricket player in the ODI in his 98th innings.

On January 18, 2015, he became the fastest cricket player to score 18 centuries of ODI in his 102nd round. On March 3, 2015, he became the fastest cricketer to reach 20 centuries of ODI in his 108th inning.

He has scored ODI centuries against all test countries and is only the fourth person to do so. Amla was named one of the Widen cricketers of the year in 2013. He became the fastest player to score 7,000 points in ODI. On June 3, 2017, he became the fastest cricket player to reach 25 centuries of ODI.

After eliminating from ICC Cricket World Cup Hashim Amla’s fully focused towards home series against England in 2019-20
After eliminating from ICC Cricket World Cup Hashim Amla’s fully focused towards home series against England in 2019-20

On January 19, 2018, Amla broke Virat Kohli’s record of being the fastest cricket player to reach 27 centuries in ODI cricket. Amla has completed the 167 rounds, surpassing Kohli’s 169 wins.

Now his completely focus towards on home series against England in 2019-20 in which South Africa was playing four test matches, three international ODI and three T-20 international matches.

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England collapses as Faf du Plessis can pulls strings for South Africa in upcoming series of 2019-20

England collapse as Faf du Plessis can pulls strings for South Africa in upcoming series of 2019-20. England’s cricket team is scheduled to tour South Africa from December 2019 to February 2020 to play four test matches, three international day games and three matches of Twenty20 International. Cricket fans are waiting to see the most exciting matches of South Africa V England 2019. Now they can book South Africa V England Tickets on our reliable online ticketing marketplace.

In 2017, the South African captain, a tough and phlegmatic man, had to endure the loss of his last four wickets in the first 40 minutes, then attend the fast fight of two English batsman, despite the loss of the two openers with only three runs on the board.

England collapses as Faf du Plessis can pulls strings for South Africa in upcoming series of 2019-20
England collapses as Faf du Plessis can pulls strings for South Africa in upcoming series of 2019-20

Yet at the end of another extraordinary and entertaining day of the cricket event, Du Plessis led with 205 runs with nine wickets in hand. After two days, South Africa holds all the best cards.

Du Plessis managed his attack skilfully during the remarkably brief innings of England. At one point, Joe Root was striking so sublimely that the 335 South Africans looked inadequate, but after the English captain’s departure after a majestic 78-by-76 shot, the innings imploded, Du Plessis pulling the metaphorical strings as deftly as Messrs. Fluck and Law decades ago.

In one way or another, England managed to change the ball before the game started and it seems that the replacement was a bit more mischievous than the one used under the sun of the previous evening.

England collapses as Faf du Plessis can pulls strings for South Africa in upcoming series of 2019-20
England collapses as Faf du Plessis can pulls strings for South Africa in upcoming series of 2019-20

Anderson finished with another draw five times on his beloved Trent Bridge, where he played much more effectively for England than at home at Old Trafford. He now has 59 wickets here in nine games and this is his seventh out of five steals when he moved to Nottingham on the 22 he won in test cricket.

At 5 pm, when he was back on the field, the smile was less wide. He managed to dismiss Heino Kuhn, but it was England’s only success in the final session of another fascinating and stunning day – and very painful for the locals.

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English Test team captain Joe Root is very excited for South Africa tour after completing CWC 2019

English Test team captain Joe Root is very excited for South Africa tour in 2019-20. He is also the captain of winning side of English Test Cricket team in 2017 against South Africa. Cricket lovers are waiting to see the most exciting matches of South Africa V England 2019. Now they can book South Africa V England Tickets on our reliable online ticketing marketplace.

After the series Joe Root considered that the victory of the Test series against South Africa could be the beginning of something, in 2017.

English Test team captain Joe Root is very excited for South Africa tour
English Test team captain Joe Root is very excited for South Africa tour

Joe Root shared the hope that his first Test victory as England’s captain could be the start of something after Moeen Ali’s all-out sorcery completed a 177-runs victory over South Africa and completed an impressive 3-1 victory against the tourists.

Moeen, in Root’s team to victory on the fourth day at Old Trafford with figures of five for 69, completed a rare statistical double, becoming the second cricketer in England only since Ian Botham in the 1981 Ashes and 1985 to claim 25 wickets and to score 250-more runs in series.

“It was very important to have a good start this summer,” said Root, whose team put Australia in third place in the Test standings thanks to England’s first home  win over South Africa since 1998.

“It’s very nice, most of the time. There was a week that was not as fun as the other three [Trent Bridge defeat], but it’s an integral part of the captain’s role. I hope it’s the beginning of something.

English Test team captain Joe Root is very excited for South Africa tour
English Test team captain Joe Root is very excited for South Africa tour

“It will take time to develop if we want to be more consistent and continue to challenge the best teams in the world. If we exploit the mentality we have here, especially at the back of the series, and repeat it over and over again, it will be very useful. “

For South Africa, it was only their second away series defeat in nine years. After a difficult time in England, defeats in all formats and an exit from the group stage of the Champions Trophy allow them to replace Russell Domingo as a coach. Ottis Gibson, the bowling mentor in England, will soon be named in his place.

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Unspecified injury brings an end to Paul Willemse’s RWC expectations

The Paul Willemse is returning to Montpellier after injury skippered his World Cup hopes with France Paul Willemse’s hopes of forcing his way into the France World Cup squad have been dashed. 

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The South African, who secured French citizenship last November and was swiftly propelled into the Six Nations, had been training with Jacques Brunel’s squad as one of their six reservists along with 31 players officially chosen to travel to Japan. 

The second row would have been hoping that an injury to a lock would open a route for him to be promoted in time for the finals which start in September. 

Instead, he has been struck down by injury himself, leaving Brunel to source a replacement reservist – Toulon’s Romain Taofifenua to help the chosen squad prepare. 

A brief French federation statement on Wednesday didn’t specify the injury that forced Willemse out, their media release instead only confirming that the forward would return to his club Montpellier and rehabilitate with them.  

“Following medical examinations, Paul Willemse is lost and leaves the training for the Rugby World Cup 2019 to reconcile with his club.”

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The previous South African under-20 player, who held his side to World Cup glory in 2012, left the Bulls to play for Grenoble in the Top 14 in summer 2014. 

He then made the switch to Montpellier the following summer and while he went on to qualify for France under the three-year internship rule, his Test level ambitions were hampered by French rugby president Bernard Laporte insisting that every player qualifying under residency must also have French citizenship. 

This only came through for Willemse last November. He was then called up by Brunel and made his debut in the Six Nations defeat to Wales.

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Unspecified injury brings an end to Paul Willemse’s RWC expectations

  “Once I knew it was possible to play for France it became my 100 percent goal.”

Willemse featured in all five matches in the tournament, starting twice, but he failed to make it into Brunel’s 31 for Japan, leaving him training with the France squad as one of a half-dozen reservists on their standby list. 

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Dylan Hartley may Need Surgery on Knee Injury Before RWC: Eddie Jones

Dylan Hartley may need surgery on his “grumbly” knee before the Rugby World Cup, with England head coach Eddie Jones left to “wait and see” how his co-captain responds to treatment as he prepares to start the Six Nations tournament without him. Still, this decision is pending. environment

Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley may Need Surgery on Knee Injury Before RWC: Eddie Jones

Dylan Hartley 32-year-old will miss England’s inaugural games against defensive Grand Slam champions Ireland and France after misery a knee injury shortly before Christmas, with Jones putting the injury down to the years of wear and tear that Hartley has gone through for club and country.

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Yet the prospect of Hartley missing the entire Six Nations cannot yet be ruled out as the hooker must see how his knee reacts to “passive rehabilitation”, though a pessimistic Jones admitted that he might need surgery at some point in the future if the plan fails to work.

“It’s just a matter of how fit he is,” Jones said of his plans to bring Hartley back into the squad once he is ready. we just have to have a look at him. The first thing is he has to get healthy – he’s not healthy yet. Then he’s got to get fit. We’ll just wait and see. But at this stage, we’d be hopeful that he’ll be back at least for the Wales game.

Dylan Hartley

“He’s 32 and he’s probably played 300 games for Northampton and he’s played 90-odd for England, plus a few for Worcester, so it’s just worn and tear. That’s all it is. He might eventually need an operation to clean it up, but at this stage, they’re doing what they call passive rehab and we’re confident that he should be fit to play in the Six Nations.”

But the England camp will be sweating on how Hartley comes through his treatment. If attempts to get him fit to face Wales on 23 February on the third weekend of the championship prove unsuccessful, a decision will need to be taken on whether to have arthroscopic surgery immediately which would rule Hartley out for around six weeks or manage him through the rest of the season before experiencing surgery in the summer ahead of the World Cup.

A six-week lay-off from the end of February would rule Hartley out of the rest of the Six Nations and also the start of April, which would include the East Midlands Premiership derby with Leicester Tigers as well as a potential European Challenge Cup quarter-final, with Saints currently in the mix to qualify for the last eight ahead of this weekend’s group stage finale.

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Moeen Ali is ready to revise his performance against South Africa in upcoming cricket series

South Africa starts their series with four test matches against England since Boxing Day at the Centurion, followed by three T20I and three ODIs, the last of which will take place on February 16, 2020. Cricket lovers are waiting to see the most exciting matches of South Africa v England. Now they can book their South Africa v England Tickets on our reliable online ticketing market place.

Moeen Ali is ready to revise his performance against South Africa in the upcoming cricket series. As he became the fifth fastest player in the test cricket history to do the ‘double’ 2,000 runs and 100 wickets when he completed the feat against South Africa.

Worcestershire’s Ali started the second day of the first test with 1988 runs and 98 wickets at this level. The left-handed batsman took care of the first part of the “double” by extending his overnight from 61 not out to into an 87 in English first innings of 458 runs.

Moeen Ali is ready to revise his performance against South Africa in upcoming
Moeen Ali is ready to revise his performance against South Africa in upcoming

Yet on Friday, he had a decisive break to have the star batsman Hashim Amla lbw at 29. Ali then pulled off South African captain Dean Elgar, who was holding the innings together, at 54, when the opener was caught by Gary Ballance in the short leg. Elgar’s exit left the Proteas in trouble at 98 for three.

It also meant that Moeen had made the “double” in his 38th test, with only the late Tony Greig, who took 37 matches, thus achieving this feat in fewer games for England.

Here are the fastest players to test double 2000 runs and 100 wickets.

Tests                     Player

31                           Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

36                           Trevor Goddard (South Africa)

37                           Tony Greig (England)

37                           Keith Miller (Australia)

38                           Moeen Ali (England)

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