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Quiz – The Best of South African Cricket

Updated on June 19, 2013

The South African team is currently ranked number one in test cricket and is packed with stars. At the time of writing Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel are all ranked among the top ten bowlers in the world, while Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis are among the top ten batsmen. Jacques Kallis is also clinging on to the number one all-rounder ranking despite the fact that he is now used sparingly as a bowler.

How much do you know about South African cricket and the players who have played for South Africa since 1991?

The Questions

1. Who broke the record for the highest score by a South African test batsman during 2012?

  • a) AB de Villiers
  • b) Hashim Amla
  • c) Jacques Kallis

2. Which South African test batsman did NOT score a hundred during his debut test?

  • a) Faf du Plessis
  • b) Jacques Rudolph
  • c) Jacques Kallis

3. Which “Peterson” does not play cricket for South Africa?

a) Robin Peterson

b) Kevin Pietersen

c) Alviro Petersen

4. Which South African cricket captain also played international cricket for Australia?

  • a) Kepler Wessels
  • b) Hansie Cronje
  • c) Graeme Smith

5. Which bowler did NOT take a five wicket haul in his debut test match?

  • a) Dale Steyn
  • b) Lance Klusener
  • c) Vernon Philander

6. Who was the first South African bowler to take ten wickets in a test match at Lord’s?

  • a) Allan Donald
  • b) Shaun Pollock
  • c) Makhaya Ntini

7. Which batsman scored a century in South Africa’s first test match after they were readmitted to international cricket in 1991?

  • a) Gary Kirsten
  • b) Kepler Wessels
  • c) Andrew Hudson

8. Which bowler took 8 wickets in South Africa’s first test match after readmission?

  • a) Richard Snell
  • b) Allan Donald
  • c) Meyrick Pringle

9. Which all-rounder was awarded player of the tournament at the 1999 World Cup?

  • a) Jacques Kallis
  • b) Lance Klusener
  • c) Shaun Pollock

10. Which bowler holds the South African record for the most wickets in tests?

  • a) Makhaya Ntini
  • b) Shaun Pollock
  • c) Dale Steyn

11. Who dropped a catch during a world cup match against Australia in 1999, allowing Steve Waugh to score a match winning hundred?

  • a) Daryll Cullinan
  • b) Jonty Rhodes
  • c) Herschelle Gibbs

12. Which player first achieved fame with his spectacular dive to run out Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 world cup?

  • a) Adrian Kuiper
  • b) Hansie Cronje
  • c) Jonty Rhodes

Photo of South African Cricket Team in 2008
Photo of South African Cricket Team in 2008 | Source

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The Answers

1. Hashim Amla

2. Jacques Kallis

3. Kevin Pietersen

4. Kepler Wessels

5. Dale Steyn

6. Makhaya Ntini

7. Andrew Hudson

8. Richard Snell

9. Lance Klusener

10. Shaun Pollock

11. Herschelle Gibbs

12. Jonty Rhodes

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    • Gina145 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Gus.

      Sadly cricket really isn't a popular sport in your part of the world, so your ignorance on this quiz really doesn't surprise me. The thing is, I'm sure there are loads of subjects you know a lot about which would leave me totally in the dark.

      Thanks for having a look anyway.


    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Howdy Gina ( Gina145 ) -

      You asked a fine question of this Texas Redneck. :-O

      Not only do I not know the names of the members of the cricket team, I don't know beans about the game of cricket. Ignorance - is it not a wonderful thing to possess - or does a person not possess it. I guess that is something else I don't know much about, right?

      Gus :-)))


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