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  South African Cricketers   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Featured are cricketing facts about ten famous South African cricketers. Can you identify them from the clues provided?
Average, 10 Qns, deepakmr, Sep 03 11
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  The Ultimate South African Cricket Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A tribute to the greatest game in connection with South Africa in the modern era (1991 onwards).
Average, 10 Qns, jonty129, Feb 02 10
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  South African ODIs & Test Cricket    
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 10 Qns
Here is a fun quiz on South African ODIs and test cricket.
Average, 10 Qns, caveman2, Apr 03 23
caveman2 gold member
Apr 03 23
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  South Africa CWC: 2007   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is the first of a set of quizzes about the South African team at the Cricket World Cup 2007. To start with, how well do you know the squad the RSA sent to the West Indies?
Average, 10 Qns, 51percent, Dec 11 08
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  South African Cricket #1    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
A quiz on South African Cricket since readmission. I was disappointed to find few quizzes on SA cricket so I decided to create my own! This covers the period immediately after readmission to the ICC up to the end of 1994.
Difficult, 20 Qns, Blue Turtle, Oct 26 16
Blue Turtle
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  South African Cricket #2    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The second quiz in my series on South African cricket since readmission. This covers the first half of the Woolmer-Cronjé era from 1995 to mid-1997.
Very Difficult, 20 Qns, Blue Turtle, Jul 29 04
Very Difficult
Blue Turtle
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  Tough South African Cricket Quiz - 10 Questions    
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 10 Qns
The decade 1991-2000 was great for SA cricket. We rejoined the international scene after years of isolation and were competitive right away. However 2000 was SA cricket's 'Annus horibilis' Since then many things have happened as you shall see.
Tough, 10 Qns, grootes, Dec 11 08
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  South African Test Cricket    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
This little quiz will test you on what you know about South Africa and its cricketing legacy.
Difficult, 5 Qns, Dalgleish, Apr 18 02
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  South Africa: West Indies 2005    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I am a big South African cricket fan living in England, and this is my quiz based on the South African tour to the West Indies in March/April 2005. Enjoy.
Difficult, 10 Qns, PietAna, Jun 05 05
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trivia question Quick Question
At the start of the 2007 World Cup, which South African player was ranked as the top bowler in ODI matches, on the ICC ratings tables?

From Quiz "South Africa CWC: 2007"

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South Africa Cricket Trivia Questions

1. One of the most successful captains in the world, he has a record of having played 162 consecutive ODIs. The first captain to forfeit a test innings, he died in a plane crash in 2002. Do you know who he is?

From Quiz
South African Cricketers

Answer: Hansie Cronje

Hansie Cronje was captain of the South Africa from 1994-2000. He is regarded as one of the best captains of South Africa and also one of the most successful ODI captains in cricket. He scored 5,565 runs in 188 ODIs and 3,714 runs in 68 tests. In 2000 in a test against England, he became the first captain to forfeit a test innings, he did this to ensure that the game had a result. In 2000, he was implicated in the match fixing controversy and was banned for life. In 2002, he died in a plane crash at the age of 32.

2. Which South African cricketer's first two names is Jonathan Neil?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Jonty Rhodes

Jonty Rhodes' full name is Jonathan Neil Rhodes. He was born in 1969 and played for South Africa (1992-2003) in 52 Tests and 245 ODIs. He is one of the greatest fielders of all times, well known for the many dive catches he made at point for South Africa and Natal (the province he played for. Jonty was also handy with the bat: 2532 runs at an average of 35 in Tests and 5935 runs in ODIs at an average of 35.11. A real legend.

3. Graeme Smith became the youngest Protea captain in 2003. He was also a leader at his high school. Which high school was that?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: KES

KES stands for King Edward VII School. KES has been one of the most prolific schools in the country for over 100 years in terms of coaching great athletes. Other sporting alumni include Neil McKenzie, Joe van Niekerk, and Brian Habana.

4. In January 1995, wicketkeeper Dave Richardson scored his maiden test century. This came against New Zealand in Cape Town. Who was at the crease with him when he reached 100 runs?

From Quiz South African Cricket #2

Answer: Steven Jack

Clive Eksteen joined him just before tea on the third day and resolutely blocked everything that came his way, while Richardson steadily accumulated runs. The following morning, Eksteen was eventually bowled for 22 off 151 balls, by which stage Richardson had moved on to 87. A restrained Steven Jack came to the crease, and stuck around long enough for Richardson to reach this milestone.

5. What date did South Africa gain readmission to the ICC?

From Quiz South African Cricket #1

Answer: 10 July 1991

South Africa was one of the three original members of the ICC upon its formation in 1909. They ceased to be members after 1961 when South Africa left the Commonwealth.

6. Who was South Africa's first Test captain after their readmission in 1992?

From Quiz South African Test Cricket

Answer: Kepler Wessels

Kepler led them against the West Indies in April, 1992. The first official captain in the new era was Clive Rice, but he only captained Soiuth Africa in ODIs.

7. What is the name of the Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth?

From Quiz South African ODIs & Test Cricket

Answer: St. Georges Park

St Georges Park, the oldest test cricket ground in South Africa, is situated on Park Drive Ave. South Africa's first-ever test match was played at this ground in March 1889. St George's Park is nicknamed "The Dragon's Lair" based on the famous legend of Saint George and the dragon.

8. He has 421 wickets in test cricket and 393 wickets in ODI cricket and also scored more than 3000 runs in both forms of the game. A former captain of South Africa, he was Wisden cricketer of the year in 2003. Who is he?

From Quiz South African Cricketers

Answer: Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock made his test debut against England in 1995 and his ODI debut in 1996 against England. He played 108 tests with 3,781 runs and took 421 wickets at a good average of 23.11 with 16 five-wicket hauls. In ODI's he played 303 matches scoring 3,519 runs taking 393 wickets at an average of 24.50. He was selected as captain of South Africa in 2000. In 2003, he was named by Wisden as Cricketer of the year. He retired from international cricket in 2008. He played for Mumbai Indians, a team he captained for few matches in the 2008 Indian Premier League.

9. What is the nickname of the South African cricket team?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Proteas

Soon after readmission to international cricket, Dr Ali Bacher, an administrator of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, decided the cricket team needed a change of images and wanted the team's name to be changed from the springboks to the Proteas.

10. Which cricket team did Graeme Smith play for in his first class debut?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Gauteng

Smithy made his debut but was not offered a contract for the next season, so he subsequently left to join Western Province.

11. In winning the Newlands test against New Zealand, what record did South Africa achieve?

From Quiz South African Cricket #2

Answer: The first side that century to win a 3-match series having been 1-0 down

Having lost the opening test in Johannesburg, South Africa rallied to win in Durban and Cape Town, to become the first side to win a three match test series in the 20th Century, having gone 1-0 down. Centurion in the final test, Dave Richardson, was named Man of the Series.

12. Where did South Africa play their first test after readmission in 1991?

From Quiz South African Cricket #1

Answer: Bridgetown, Barbados

South Africa's first international game was a one-day international at Eden Gardens in November 1991, but their first TEST MATCH was a one-off test at Bridgetown, Barbados against the West Indies.

13. Which member of the 1970 South African Test team actually played tests for another country?

From Quiz South African Test Cricket

Answer: John Traicos

Traicos turned out for his native Zimbabwe when they were granted Test status from 1992-93. (Even though Zimbabwe was regarded as a part of South Africa for cricket purposes in the past, it is now a separate country). Tony Greig played First Class cricket in South Africa, but not Test Cricket. Mike Procter actually qualified to play for England in the 1980s, but was never selected.

14. Who scored the famous winning run for South Africa when they finished with 438/9 in a One Day International match against Australia, at the Wanderers on 12th March 2006?

From Quiz South African ODIs & Test Cricket

Answer: Mark Boucher

The penultimate ball was nudged for a single by Ntini and Mark Boucher hit a four along the ground for this historic win. This set a new record for the highest successful run chase in a ODI match. Australia won the toss and batted first, scoring 434/4.

15. He was considered to be one of the great all-rounders of the game, but he played only 3 ODIs as captain and never played a single test match. He was part of the World Series cricket, can you identify him?

From Quiz South African Cricketers

Answer: Clive Rice

Clive Rice was successful in domestic tournaments and also in county cricket. He played in the Packer World Series cricket along with other South Africans. He captained South Africa in many of the rebel series. Following South Africa's return to cricket in 1991, he was ODI captain and played 3 matches, after which he was left out. He never played a single official test match. Post-retirement he involved in commentary and also worked as coach for his county side of Nottinghamshire.

16. Which disgraced South African capatain died in a plane crash on 1 June 2002 close to George?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Hansie Cronje & Cronje

Hansie Cronje played 68 Tests and 188 ODIs for South Africa. Hansie was known as an excellent tactician and is considered as one of the best South African captains ever. Sadly in 2000, Hansie was involved in the largest match fixing scandal in the history of the game. He accepted money from bookmakers, mainly in India, to influence the results of cricket games, by throwing the game or using unorthodox tactics. After a fairly long trial at the King Commission, Hansie was banned for life form playing professional cricket. On the 1 June 2002 Hansie missed a flight from Bloemfontein to George. Instead of waiting for another flight, Hansie boarded a cargo flight. The plane crashed in the mountains close to George.

17. Who did South Africa play against in their final group match at the 2003 World Cup?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Sri Lanka

This marked the second time that SA lost out because of a rain intervention. Ironically, it was the system implemented after they were cruelly knocked out of the '92 World Cup, that knocked them out of the '03 World Cup.

18. In October 1995, South Africa played a one-off test in Harare against Zimbabwe. Allan Donald recorded his then best test score of 33, as well as his best test bowling figures. What were his figures?

From Quiz South African Cricket #2

Answer: 11/113

He scored 33 from 49 balls including five 4s, before being bowled by Bryan Strang. He then took 3/42 in the first innings, and a phenomenal 8/71 in the second, as South Africa won by 7 wickets.

19. What was the result of South Africa's first test after re-admission in 1991?

From Quiz South African Cricket #1

Answer: South Africa lost by 52 runs

Chasing 201 for victory, South Africa were 122/2 overnight and on the brink of an historical victory. However, two West Indian bowlers by the name of Walsh and Ambrose had other ideas, and on the final morning South Africa lost eight wickets for just 26 runs as they slumped to 148 all out with Curtly Ambrose taking 6/34.

20. Which South African test batsman set a new RSA record when he retired in 1970, with a career test batting average of 60.97?

From Quiz South African ODIs & Test Cricket

Answer: Graeme Pollock

He played 23 tests (41 innings) across seven summers from 1963 to 1970. Many experts feel he would have had an even higher test average if South Africa were not banned from international sports through apartheid. He was voted South African "Cricketer of the Century" and was second on the all-time list of Test Averages, behind Sir Donald Bradman whose average was 99.94 runs.

21. Which South African all-rounder became the first cricketer to score 8000 runs and take 200 wickets in both Tests and ODIs?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Jaques Kallis

In September this year, Jacques Kallis became the first cricketer ever to achieve this landmark. He has played 102 Tests with a batting average of 55.78 and a bowling average of 31.71 and 231 ODIs with a batting and bowling average of 43.92 and 32.33 respectively, it is quite clear why Kallis is considered one of the best all-rounders to play/have played for South Africa. He is solid in defence and plays beautiful textbook shots. He has had less success as a bowler, but can still swing a ball like the best. He's the complete player and only the third player in SA history to average at 50 runs or more a test match.

22. In recent times it has become in vogue for cricketers to have music played when they walk out to bat. In 2003 what was Shaun Pollock's theme tune?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Nkalakatha

Nkalakatha is a very well known kwaito song. Kwaito is an Africanised version of hip hop with strident house beats and frenetic lyrics mostly in Zulu or Sotho. Impi is a Jonny Clegg song which plays as our rugby team takes the field. Why does it always rain on me? is a great Travis song and it was very popular after we were knocked out of the 2003 world cup. I just through in You got another thing coming because it is a menacing Judas Priest classic which I think would be a really corny entrance song.

23. In the test in October 1995, who were the only batsmen whose wickets Donald failed to get in either innings?

From Quiz South African Cricket #2

Answer: Alistair Campbell & Bryan Strang

Campbell was caught behind off Brett Schultz for a duck in the first innings, and then caught by Schultz off McMillan for 28 in the second. Bryan Strang was lbw to Schultz in the first, and not out in the second.

24. Who was named as captain for South Africa's first international match after readmission in 1991?

From Quiz South African Cricket #1

Answer: Clive Rice

Clive Rice was one of South Africa's great all-rounders and was severely hampered by SA's lack of test cricket during the 70's and 80's. He had captained South Africa in the rebel tours against Australia and England and was a natural choice to lead his country on readmission. It came as quite a shock to many then when he was discarded after the tour to India, being replaced as captain by Kepler Wessels, and was not even named in the World Cup squad.

25. Who, when he retired from test cricket in 2014, set a new RSA record of 13,289 test career runs?

From Quiz South African ODIs & Test Cricket

Answer: Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis amassed these runs from 1995 to 2014, across 280 test innings (166 tests), average 55.37 runs. He was 3rd on the all-time Test Runs list behind Sachin Tendulkar with 15,921 runs (53.78 average) and Ricky Ponting with 13,378 runs (51.85 average).

26. The 12 March 2006 was a new entry to famous days in cricket, especially for South Africa. What happened on this day?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Highest scoring One-Day Game

This day was one of the greatest days in ODI cricket. The series between Australia and South Africa was tied 2-2 after Australia had won the last two matches before this game, to make the game on that day the deciding game. Australia opened the batting and blew the South African bowling to shreds. Australian captain Ricky Pointing made 164 of just 105 balls to steer the Aussies, with the help of other quick fire innings to a massive total of 434, the highest ODI score at the time. South Africa had their backs to the wall and their only option was to come out blazing. Graeme Smith set the pace of the match by scoring 92 from just 60 odd balls. Enter Herschelle Gibbs. He played a magnificent innings, outscoring Pointing by scoring massive individual total of 175 of just 111 balls. The end was tight. South Africa needed 9 to win off the last over. Boucher finished proceedings with a glorious four over midwicket. South Africa won the game by one wicket. South Africa ended with a score of 438/9. The 434 and 438 totalled to 876 runs, making this match the highest scoring one-day international in history.

27. In 2000, a young African speedster took the South Africa cricketing world by storm with his pace. Unfortunately, he has been riddled with injury since then. What is his name?

From Quiz South African Cricket

Answer: Mfuneku Ngam

Ngam blitzed through the New Zealand batting order in 2000, and his pace and bounce, and Shaun Pollock's unnerving accuracy formed a lethal combination. Ngam is probably the closest bowler I have come across to being like the great West Indian bowlers of the 70s and 80s.

28. The end of 1995 saw the arrival of England for a 5 test series and seven one-day internationals. The first test at Centurion Park near Pretoria was washed out after the second day, but who made his test debut in this match?

From Quiz South African Cricket #2

Answer: Shaun Pollock

Despite the game itself being a damp squib (literally), Pollock's debut certainly showed the future he would have as test bowler. He took 3/98 off 29 overs, picking up the wickets of Atherton, Thorpe, and Hick. Jacques Kallis made his debut in the third test of this series in Durban; Paul Adams made his debut in the fourth test at Port Elizabeth, and while Lance Klusener was to make his ODI debut against the English, he did not make his test debut until later on against India.

29. South Africa were hastily slotted into the 1992 World Cup schedule and opened their campaign against co-hosts Australia in Sydney. What was the result of this game?

From Quiz South African Cricket #1

Answer: South Africa won by 9 wickets

Allan Donald bowled South Africa's first ball in World Cup cricket to Geoff Marsh. Marsh nicked it and was caught behind, but the umpire failed to hear the nick and he wasn't given out. Despite this, Australia were still dismissed for just 170, and South Africa reached the total for the loss of only Andrew Hudson.

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