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The Saffers pulled it off, chasing down a massive 414 run fourth-innings target in Perth with seeming ease.

Following Graeme Smith‘s valuable contribution yesterday, the bulk of the runs today were scored by AB deVilliers, but with Duminy and Kallis chipping in half-centuries.

One of the positives that Australia will be able to take out of the match, if they are looking to do so, is the fine performance of Mitchell Johnson, who took 11-159 in the match as the rest of the Aussie attack struggled in the fourth innings.

This is sure to go down as a famous victory for the tourists, but South Africa still have a lot of work to do before they can claim to have overhauled the Aussies as the best side in the world.

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Following his fine batting performance, new England captain Kevin Pietersen invited more lazy comments about scripts and set design by taking two wickets in his first match as ‘proper’ captain.

Also amongst the wickets, and generally bowling quite well (with figures of 2-43), was the resurrected One-Day bowler and Tie-Organiser/Guinea Pig hybrid that is Steve Harmison. And Flintoff got in on the act at the death, mopping up the tail to finish with 2-46.

Perhaps more exciting (and less believable) than all of this is the fact that England actually won.

Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson’s economies were as bad as Britain’s, but wickets fell steadily for South Africa, with only Jacques Kallis making much of an impression on the scoreboard.

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The (snigger) Knight Riders absolutely destroyed Bangalore by 140 runs, with Brendon McCullum setting a new world record by scoring 158 not out.

Given that the Bangalore Royal Challengers were favourites for the whole thing ahead of the match, their collapse to 82 all out (with extras the top scorer) makes them look pretty silly.

The Leading Cricketer in the World made eight runs.

You can see highlights here and here.

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South Africa have been skittled out for a measly 265 runs, after having been 152 for 1. Most of the damage was done by young guns Piyush Chawla and Ishant Sharma, but Harbhajan Singh got three as well to prove that it’s not all young whippersnappers in India. The Leading Cricketer in the World got one run.

This outdated test cricket can be quite good, you know.

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That yellow book (no, not that one) is out again, and with its release come the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. The selections tend to raise a bit of controversy, and there will be plenty of people who’ll be upset at the choice of, say, Ian Bell – or at the selection of Jacques Kallis as the Leading Boring Cricketer in the World.

Surely no-one can argue with the inclusion of Chanderpaul, though? If anyone tries, he might pull out his revolver. In any case, he’s bound to be excited – he obviously loves awards.

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Dale Steyn has now drawn level with The Mighty Murali as the best Test bowler in the world. Makhaya Ntini is at number 5 in the list, meaning that statistically South Africa’s Test bowling attack is much better than India’s.  Which, on current form, is pretty obvious, really.

In the batting rankings, too, South Africans feature prominently, with Kinky Kallis at number 2, much higher than India’s highest entry at number 12.

Does this mean South Africa are officially better than India? At Test cricket, probably, especially now some of the Indian players might be a little distracted by the large piles of money on offer in the IPL.

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