|Test status granted||1889|
|First Test match||v England at Port Elizabeth, March 1889|
|Captain||Quinton de Kock|
|Official ICC Test ranking||1st|
|Official ICC ODI Ranking||1st|
- this year
|Last Test match||vs West Indies at Newlands, Cape Town|
- this year
The South African national cricket team, nicknamed the Proteas (and formerly Springboks), represent South Africa in international cricket. They are administered 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 18 March 2014, the South African team has played 384 Test matches, winning 140 (36.45%), losing 129 (33.59%) and drawing 114 (29.94%) of its games.
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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 in 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, and an international ban was imposed by the ICC, 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 just comprehensively outplayed Australia in 1970.
The ban remained in place until 1991 and South Africa then began to play 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 but has only 1998 Champions Trophy success in ICC organized tournaments.