South Africa national cricket team facts for kids
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The South African team at The Oval in August 2008.
|Test status granted||1889|
|First Test match||v England at Port Elizabeth, March 1889|
|Captain||Faf du Plessis(Test)
Faf du Plessis (ODI)
Quinton de Kock (Twenty20)
|Official ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking||3rd (Test)
4th (T20) 
– This year
|Last Test match||vs India in Durban|
– This year
|As of 15 December 2019|
The South African national cricket team, nicknamed the Proteas, represent South Africa in international cricket. They are administrated by Cricket South Africa.
South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council, also known as ICC, with Test and One Day International, or ODI, status. As of 24 March 2014, the South African team has played 384 Test matches, winning 140 (36%), losing 129 (34%) and drawing 114 (30%) of its games.
As of 24 March 2014, the South African team has played 498 ODI Matches, winning 307 (61.5%), losing 172 (34.5%), drawing 6 (1.2%) and getting a "No Result" in 13 (2.6%) of its games.
On 28 August 2012 South Africa became the first team to be number 1 in all 3 formats of the game.
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Jimmy Sinclair, who holds the record for the highest strike rate in the history of Test cricket
Aubrey Faulkner, regarded as the first great South African all-rounder in international cricket. In a legendary 25-match Test career spanning from 1906 to 1924, he scored 1754 runs at 40.79 and claimed 82 wickets at 26.58
Herbie Taylor, whose career spanned 20 years and 42 Tests, was the first South African to reach the landmark of 2,500 Test runs at an average of 40.77. He was the mainstay of the South African batting as well as one of the leading batsmen in the world from his debut in 1912 until his retirement in 1932. He was an expert on the matting pitches that were prevalent in South Africa at the time and scored six of his seven centuries at home. His batting was also noted for quick footwork and exceptional 'back play'.
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