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Bangladesh vs South Africa 1st ODI: Bangladesh Battered

Bangladesh have again been battered in the ODI format losing by nine wickets to an under strength South African outfit. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first, posting a meagre total of 178. The only decent score was made by Tamim Iqbal, who made 82 his top score to date. Iqbal is still a teenager and this being his fourth half-century in 22 ODI starts, hopefully he can bring some composure to this side.

The South African bowlers all got in on the action, Nel picking up 3/24 in 10, Langeveldt, Harris and Albie Morkel each getting two wickets. Botha managed one wicket and was the most expensive bowler conceding 43 in ten overs.

Smith added to his improving form by getting 103* a good sign for South Africa who face India after the Bangladesh leg of their tour. Gibbs is also finding some form as he made 57 in uncharacteristically slow fashion. That said, Herschelle knows that he is playing for his place and the mediocrity shown more often than not in the last two years is now catching up with him. Especially after Neil McKenzie managed a double century in the test series. (Click here for match report)

It is difficult to remember why Bangladesh are in the first tier, and when looking at their track record of 36 wins in 167 games one might point out that their winning average is just over 20%. This may be correct, however when you scratch the surface and see whom the victories are against there is little ground supporting top teams playing against them.

Of the 36 victories 15 are against Zimbabwe, (they have lost 18) and 8 against Kenya (lost 6). It is easier to indicate whom they have beaten. They have won 1/13 against Australia, 2/17 against India, 1/18 against Pakistan and 1/10 playing South Africa. They have never beaten England, New Zealand or West Indies.

It might be harsh to say Bangladesh are a waste of time, the side is a developing one. One has to wonder how long they will take to develop. There are some promising players in their line-up however, when you look at the current sides’ batting averages (CLICK HERE) and only two players average over 30 it seems that the development stage is still in its infancy. 

On the bowling front things seem slightly better. There are four bowlers with averages below 30. (Click here)  This is encouraging for the Tigers, and hopefully if they can develop their batting they will be a side that is worth paying some attention to. They are exciting when they get going, some incredible shots and skill comes out, but with any young side, these high risk and possible high reward shots come out too often and lead to their downfall.

SA Cricket Current Controversies

Jacques Kallis has refused to reconsider being the South African vice-captain, however he has committed himself to South African cricket in the future.

Andrew Hall has indicated that he is not interested in playing cricket for South Africa again and there is a strong possibility he will join the new Indian Cricket League (ICL) along with Boje and Klusener.

Loots Bosman has hit out at the national coach, Mickey Arthur calling him a liar and questioning his decision to drop him from the squad. Bosman stated  “”I am tired of the lying, I am fine, ask my physiotherapist in Bloemfontein who treated me last week. I am very, very, disappointed. Mickey tells too many lies.” According to the Beeld newspaper.

 Andre Nel has been selected for the 20/20 competition after SA lose a specialist batsman

Ryan Mclaren seems keen to sign up to play for England along with Vaughn van Jaarsveld while Garnet Kruger has turned his back on SA cricket accusing them of not picking players of colour in the side after selecting them for the squad – this might well be shown again in the Pro20 matches

These are just a few of the problems in South African cricket at the moment

The Kallis and Boucher saga

Jacques Kallis was left out of the South African Twenty/20 squad for the inaugural world Twenty/20 championships being played in South Africa in September. This was a shock omission from the squad and because of his omission Kallis resigned as the South African vice-captain.

Kallis is a prime example of a player who is cool calm and collected. There is most certainly a role for Jacques Kallis to play in the SA side. Those that have enjoyed Pro20 cricket know how easy it is for a side to be 25/3 chasing 160. This is when an anchor that can stabilise the side is essential, because without a calming influence the side chasing often ends up 85/7 and the game has been lost.

Kallis has his detractors who can justify pointing out that Kallis can bat slowly at times. Almost immediately if you meet one of the detractors they will point out the game we lost in the world cup to Australia. He didn’t even score at a run a ball they will tell you, he ruined any chance we had. However that was simply not the case – look at the scorecard and you will see that. These detractors tend to forget that he is a world class bowler, an incredible fielder and one of the most senior players in the squad.

Mark Boucher indicated this point to the public via the press and has ended up with a disciplinary hearing which has been postponed until further notice. There are rumours that he might be punished with his place in the squad however those I am sure are just rumours. In reality he stuck up for the good of South African cricket and his mate. There was little that he said that could be construed as directly contravening the code of conduct. If anything his opinion was shared by those around him.

Boucher is not a man that speaks his mind often, however this was a topic close to his heart and what he said was justified.