Sri Lanka 2006 Captain: Ashwell Prince
South Africa’s 40th Test tour
(February - March 2008)
Test-playing tour of Sri Lanka
by South Africa
(previous tour 2004)
The three-match Test series
against Sri Lanka was scaled down to two Tests and a single warm-up game so
that the triangular series could be played between 10 and 28 August,
apparently to allow India to squeeze in an ODI series in America though it
was not part of the future tours programme.
Ashwell Prince became South Africa’s
eighth Test captain since re-admission when Graeme Smith had to withdraw for
an operation to his ankle.
Despite starting the tour with
a convincing performance against Sri Lanka
‘A when Rudolph and Kallis each scored 150, South Africa
lost both the Test matches. In the first Test Mahela Jayawardene played an
innings of 374 and Sangakkara 287 in a massive partnership of 624 for the
third wicket before Muralitharan took ten wickets to win by an innings. Sri Lanka
also won the second Test, though by a margin of only one wicket, Murali capturing
a further twelve wickets.
Following a bomb explosion in Colombo, the South Africans withdrew from
the Unitech Cup triangular one-day series and returned home, amid much
protest from the Sri Lankan Board.
South African tours
tour of Sri Lanka
of the Test tour party (14)
Opening batsmen Herschelle Gibbs
Middle-order batsmen Boeta Dippenaar, Ashwell
Prince, Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers
Wicket-keeper: Mark Boucher
Spin bowler: Nicky Boje, Thandi Tshabalala.
bowlers Andrew Hall, Andre Nel,
Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn.
A B de
D W Steyn
M S Tshabalala
Joined the tour party for the
+ added to team before departure
Representation of Supersport Series teams:
WP) - Cape
D (KZN) -
E (FS, GW) - Eagles
- Highveld Lions (1)
No) - Titans (3)
Br) - Warriors (2)
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(27 July 2006)
yrs 2 months
Appearances made before the tour
Pollock 101, Boucher 94,
Gibbs 77, Ntini 67, Boje 41,
Rudolph 33, Nel 22, Prince 21,
de Villiers 20, Hall 17, Steyn 6,
Amla 5, Tshabalala 0.
Adrian le Roux
Haroon Lorgat (convenor of the national selection panel), Mickey Arthur (coach), Joubert Strydom, Mustapha
Unavailable: Jacques Kallis, recovering
from tennis elbow.
Test Tour party announced: 13 June 2006.
Not selected :
Withdrawal : Graeme
Smith suffered an ankle injury while running, and Ashwell Prince
was appointed in his place as South
Africa’s first non-white captain. Jacques Rudolph was
given Smith’s place in the team.
One-day squad announced : 31 July
Mark Boucher took over
from Ashwell Prince as one-day captain.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(13 June to 18 July)
Johannesburg Q Colombo
Departure was on 18
July. The team landed in Sri Lanka on
Wednesday 19 July. After the media interviews at the airport, the team were
driven to the Taj Samudra hotel
Only 12 of the 14 players
arrived at this stage. Thandi Tshabalala joined the squad late from Australia where he was representing a junior South Africa
Shaun Pollock missed the
first Test and arrived on 27 July, having been allowed to stay home with his
wife who having their second child.
Time spent in Sri
(19 July- 18 August)
Ashwell Prince (captain), Mickey Arthur (coach), Haroon Lorgat (on-tour selector for Tests), Mustapha Khan (on-tour selector for ODI's)
Dale Steyn, was retained for the one-day team as cover for
Makhaya Ntini due to a hamstring injury.
Sri Lanka A
LOST inns 153 r
LOST 1 w
ϯ Colombo (SSC)
Sri Lanka Cricket
Won 3 w
Sri Lanka (1st ODI)
Sri Lanka (2nd ODI)
Sri Lanka (3rd ODI)
Sri Lanka (4th ODI)
Sri Lanka (5th ODI)
† not first-class
§ one-day international
spent in Sri Lanka
before First Test:
(19 July - 27 July)
appearances on tour
(v Sri Lanka 2006)
2 - Amla, Boje,
Boucher, de Villiers, Gibbs,
Hall, Ntini, Prince,
0 - Dippenaar, Tshabalala.
T Test match
o one-day international
x other match
⊕ T/20 international
W won L lost D drawn
no result A abandoned
H M Amla
M V Boucher
A B de Villiers
H H Dippenaar
H H Gibbs
A J Hall
R J Peterson
S M Pollock
A G Prince
J A Rudolph
J J van der Wath
R E S U L T S
South Africa’s six previous Test tour results:
in Australia 2005-06 (3 Tests)
- lost 0-2
in West Indies 2004-05 (4 Tests)
- won 2-0
in India 2004-05 (2 Tests)
- lost 0-1
in Sri Lanka 2004 (2 Tests)
- lost 0-1
in New Zealand 2003-04 (3 Tests)
- drawn 1-1
in Pakistan 2003-04 (2 Tests)
- lost 0-1
• In the first Test at Colombo
SSC South Africa were 587 behind as Andrew Hall (64) and Jacques Rudolph (90)
began South Africa’s
2nd innings with an opening stand of 165.
• Mark Boucher scored 85
in 4 hours to continue the defiance against Murali's bowling.
• At Colombo PSS Prince (86) and
de Villiers (95) retrieved South
Africa from 4-70 with a stand of 161, even
gaining a first innings lead
Other first-class matches
F Fixtures W Won
to South Africa
Johannesburg Q London
The Test specialists Nicky Boje, Hashim Amla and Jacques Rudolph
left Colombo for Johannesburg early on Wednesday 9 August.
After a bomb killed seven people in Colombo, the South Africans held a team
meeting on Monday night 14 August.
Players were unanimous that they should call off the tour and go home,
but the decision was made by Cricket South Africa
in the light of security reports. They
left on 18 August and arrived home on Saturday 19 August.
Time away from South
(18 July to 19 August)
Sri Lanka Cricket would have asked Cricket South Africa to compensate them for the financial damage
incurred following the team's pull out but Olive Group who reported on
security was appointed by ICC, and their report concluded it was not safe.
of the tour
The tour should be remembered
for Kumar Sangakka and Jayawardene sharing the world record stand of 624, and
Murali’s bowling, but this became overshadowed by the South Africans going
The Sri Lankans promised “presidential
levels of security” but an independent security analyst described the risk to
the players as being at an unacceptable level
so the team was consequently withdrawn.
The Sri Lankan Board criticised
the security consultants for not visiting Colombo
to inspect recent security measures, after their report led to South Africa
abandoning the tri-series tournament.
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