South Africa national cricket team

The South Africa national cricket team, also known as the Proteas, represents South Africa in men's international cricket and is administered by Cricket South Africa. South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), with Test, One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) status. Its nickname derives from South Africa's national flower, Protea cynaroides, commonly known as the "King Protea".

South Africa
South Africa Cricket coat of arms
AssociationCricket South Africa
Test captainDean Elgar
One Day captainTemba Bavuma
T20I captainTemba Bavuma
CoachMark Boucher
Test status acquired1889
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull member (1909)
ICC regionACA (Africa)
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
Test 6th 1st (1 January 1969)
ODI 5th 1st (1 May 1996)
T20I 5th 1st (8 August 2012)
First Testv  England at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, 12–13 March 1889
Last Testv  West Indies at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia; 18–21 June 2021
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 445 169/152
(124 draws)
This year[3] 5 3/2 (0 draws)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–2021)
Best result5th place (2019–2021)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv  India at Eden Gardens, Calcutta; 10 November 1991
Last ODIv  Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo; 7 September 2021
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 634 388/221
(6 ties, 19 no results)
This year[5] 9 3/5
(0 ties, 1 no result)
World Cup appearances8 (first in 1992)
Best resultSemi-finalist (1992, 1999, 2007, 2015)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  New Zealand at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg; 21 October 2005
Last T20Iv  Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo; 14 September 2021
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 142 81/59
(1 tie, 1 no result)
This year[7] 18 11/7
(0 tie, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances6 (first in 2007)
Best resultSemi-finalist (2009, 2014)
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As of 14 September 2021

South Africa entered first-class and international cricket at the same time when they hosted an England cricket team in the 1888–89 season. At first, the team was no match for Australia or England but, having gained experience and expertise, they were able to field a competitive team by the first decade of the 20th century. The team regularly played against Australia, England and New Zealand through to the 1960s, by which time there was considerable opposition to the country's apartheid policy. The ICC imposed an international ban on the team, commensurate with actions taken by other global sporting bodies. When the ban was imposed, South Africa had developed to a point where its team was arguably the best in the world and had recently out-played Australia.

The ban remained in place until 1991, after which South Africa played against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies for the first time. The team has mostly been strong since reinstatement and has at times held number one positions in international rankings. South Africa is one of the most successful teams in ODI cricket, winning more than 60 per cent of their matches.[8] However, the 1998 Champions Trophy is its sole success in ICC-organised tournaments. South Africa won the Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998.[9] The team is currently ranked 5th in both Test and ODIs and 6th in T20Is.[10]