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South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Preview

The first test against Australia takes place at the Wanderers tomorrow at 10.30am (8.30am GMT) with South Africa fielding an unchanged side. The Australians are in tatters, with as many as 3 debuts handed out tomorrow, its fair to say they are in a new and unchartered phase for a team that has for so long dominated the game. It is debateable as to whether they are rebuilding or realising the loss or Warne, McGrath and Hayden can have on a side, and look a fraction of the team that played in the last ashes series

Australia have won the last three Tests between the two sides at the Wanderers and two of the successes were innings victories however Australia can be thankful the weather will be kind to them with showers predicted during the test, which will certainly hamper the chances of a result.

Apart from the good form the South Africans have shown in the batting department, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn will be difficult to face with the build up indicating that there will be plenty of swing, which should help the Australian bowlers who are lacking in the pace department.

Entering into this test, Jacques Kallis needs 12 runs to become the first South African to reach 10,000 and  only the 8th player to do so. AB de Villiers will become the fourth South African to play 50 consecutive Tests

Look out for Phil Hughes, a youngster who has set the domestic scene alight this season for Australia and at 20 is the youngest test debut since Craig McDermott in 1984!!!

Tomorrow will be interesting, especially interesting will be what the Australian side looks like, with the below being the probable sides:

1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Neil McKenzie, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

1.Phillip Hughes, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 Michael Clarke, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus, 12 Andrew McDonald.

Dale Steyn Cleans up SA Cricket Awards

Some big names below – interestingly Wendell Bossenger who used to play provincial cricket has won the amateur prize and Chad Baxter who also appeared for Boland won the student cricketer prize. Congrats to everyone and the season ahead promises to bring the hidden talent in SA to the fore. There are many players plying their trade in the county cricket circuit with Morkel and Pollock smashing 50 odd in under balls to secure victory for Durham.

Wayne Parnell is a player to watch in the future

The full list of award winners:

AMATEUR AWARDS:

PG Bison U15 Player of the Tournament: Johann van der Merwe (Gauteng)

U17 Player of the Tournament: Bokang Mosena (Free State)

Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U19 Player of the Tournament: Wayne Parnell (Eastern Province)

CSA U19 Cricketer of the Year: Wayne Parnell (Eastern Province)

Student Cricketer of the Year: Chad Baxter (NMMU/Eastern Province)

Club Championships Player of the Tournament: Nathan Arthur (Burma Lads/Griqualand West)

Rural Cricketer of the Year: Jaco O’Kelly (Gauteng)

Deaf Cricketer of the Year: Stephen Lombard (Northerns)

Intellectually Impaired Cricketer of the Year: Lee Benting (Boland)

SAA Provincial Amateur Cricketer of the Year: Wendell Bossenger (Griqualand West)

CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Cri-Zelda Brits (North West)

Khaya Majola Amateur Cricket Award: Nathan Arthur (Burma Lads/Griqualand West)

Bakers’ Mini Cricket Administrator of the Year: Helene van der Riet (Griqualand West)

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Mutual & Federal Coach of the Year: Corrie van Zyl (Gestetner Diamond Eagles)

Mutual & Federal Scorers Association of the Year: Gauteng

Mutual & Federal Umpire of the Year: Brian Jerling

DOMESTIC Saca Most Valuable Player: Johann Louw (Nashua Dolphins)

MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year: Juan Theron (Chevrolet Warriors)

Standard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Charl Langeveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras)

SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Monde Zondeki (Nashua Cape Cobras)

Domestic Newcomer of the Year: Roelof van der Merwe (Nashua Titans)

Domestic Players’ Player of the year: Dillon du Preez (Gestetner Diamond Eagles)

SA INTERNATIONALStandard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Graeme Smith

Standard Bank International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Albie Morkel

Castle Test Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn

SA Players’ Player of the Year: Dale Steyn

SuperSport Fans Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn

Mutual & Federal SA Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn

Is Harbhajan Singh Hallucinating?

Hayden called Harbhajan Singh an obnoxious weed recently – after the comments made below it is not surprising to see why!! Harbhajan honestly believes after India got carroted around the park on the first day that on the second day there will be 6 wickets for the picking even with South Africa’s impressive lineup. 

“I want to invite the fans to come and watch us bat. It will be in the first session of the day,” Harbhajan said.

“If we take two early wickets we’ll dismiss them quickly. It will take only two good balls.

“If we bowl them out for under 375 we’ll have a good chance of winning the Test. The wicket will be good for batting until the third day and South Africa will struggle against our spinners in their second innings.

“We made a mistake by allowing them to dominate in the first session (on Wednesday). We conceded too many boundaries and had to fight back to take four wickets in the next two sessions.”  (see more here)

Quite correct Mr Singh it will be a tough battle out there tomorrow and even tougher when SA bowl

Edited to add thsagt SA scored 100 runs in 23 overs for the loss of just one wicket. At 404/5 South Africa have almost ensured that this test will only have two possible outcomes – a draw or a win for SA. Now that SA have the ability to pick up 20 wickets the latter is looking more likely

Langeveldt Pulls Out of SA tour to India

Charl Langeveldt has pulled out of the 3 test tour to India, which kicks off on the 26th of March. Langeveldt indicated that the controversy surrounding the team selection has upset him and he wont be in the right frame of mind.

It is now common knowledge that the South African touring side consisting of 14 players must have 6 players in order to be approved. Langeveldt has worked out that his selection is not based on anything else apart from race. He last played test cricket two years ago in Australia, which was just his 6th test. He averages 37 with the ball in tests and had a shocking display in this seasons Supersport Series (the 4 day domestic competition) averaging 43.45 with the ball!!!

Langeveldt was deservedly voted as one of the South African cricketers of the Year in 2007 and it takes only slightly more intellect than those that meddle with the team have to work out its not for his ability in the 5 day format.

Langeveldt has impressed in the ODI format, averaging 28.46 in 59 matches. He also contributed in the MTN domestic championship picking up 17 wickets at an average of 14.70. He also had an outstanding world cup and is an integral part of the ODI squad.  

Statistics don’t mean everything but they are a good way to gauge where Langeveldt’s speciality lies. In Bangladesh he picked up 2/32 and 3/31 before being rested for the last game.

My sympathy goes out to Langeveldt who knows he wasn’t the best player for the job and also understands the reason why he was picked. The politicians like the Ministry of sport Butana Komphela have no place in the game. (if you don’t know who he is – he is the person that wanted passports taken away from the Springboks for not meeting transformation standards – read more here) He came out to defend Arendse when the side from Bangladesh was rejected for not having enough transformation players and told the media that:

“We must build this country through unity and through sport, we have all seen how united this country becomes as soon as one national team wins. All of us, even the president (Thabo Mbeki), supported the Springboks when they won the World Cup.

“People asked me ‘why’ and I said ‘they might be white, probably by accident, but they are South Africans, it doesn’t make them lesser South Africans.’

He also went on to say “But our agenda is to tell them to transform and that is not going to stop. We are unapologetic about that because the truth is very simple: we all need to feel like we have a place in the national team.” (to read more of his statements click here and yes it gets worse)

As mentioned in another post why must 6 players of colour be taken when only 4 will play? Who will replace his spot? If policies are to be adhered to, one thing is for sure it wont be Andre Nel.

Cricket South Africa Apologises to South Africa

There are times that we all have to eat our words and today will be one of those where I am quite happy to eat my words posted here. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has indeed taken a bold step, a step that I don’t think has been taken by sports administrators before. They have issued a public apology for the embarressing situation that occurred last week and was followed here.

I am proud that they have issued a statement apologising how things were handled. It is a mature approach not seen in other disciplines and must be commended. I will in the next few days write to cricket South africa asking for a breakdown of the transformation policies, all of which will be recorded on this website.

Cricket is obviously close to my heart as it is for many readers of my website and a transparent administration is essential for the public to have faith in the system.

The letter is below and can be found here for authenticity!!!!

Cricket is a national treasure, and all who participate in the organisation of cricket, at all levels, are entitled to free and equal access to it. In this regard, Cricket South Africa (CSA) plays a critical role in ensuring that those of our people who were previously (and unjustly) denied access to the sport, must be given every possible opportunity to participate in, and have access to, it.

Over the past week or so, cricket has been thrown into turmoil over the issue of the transformation of cricket, and in particular the selection of the national side to tour Bangladesh.

Cricket South Africa, the custodians of the sport in the country, must take full responsibility for not handling the issue in a manner that preserves the integrity and reputation of the sport. In this regard, the President and the CEO of Cricket South Africa wish to express their deep and sincere regret at the manner in which the issue leading up to the selection of the team to tour Bangladesh, has been handled. In fact, an apology to the entire nation is warranted.

Accordingly, we issue our sincerest apology to the entire nation and all its peoples for the manner in which the matter had been handled. We accept responsibility for what happened, and wish to commit ourselves to ensuring that it will never happen again.
In doing so, we reaffirm our commitment to the transformation policies of Cricket South Africa which is aimed at ensuring that the imbalances of the past are redressed as soon as possible. In this regard, we wish to record that CSA’s Transformation Review Committee is in the process of addressing these issues in a comprehensive way involving all stakeholders in the game, and have been doing so since December 2007.

We lastly wish to publicly acknowledge that mistakes were made in the process of the selection of the team, and that any finger pointing is not going to assist in restoring any damage or harm that may have been caused to the game of cricket over the recent days.

Accordingly, the President and the CEO commit to working together within the legal and constitutional structures of Cricket South Africa with a common goal and purpose, with a view towards ensuring the restoration of the good name and reputation of Cricket South Africa, and that the game is administered for the benefit of all.

Lastly, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the Minister of Sport, his Deputy, and members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport for facilitating a process which will involve CSA in the near future considering a number of issues raised by the Minister, and which also resulted in making this media release possible.

NORMAN ARENDSE: PRESIDENT
GERALD MAJOLA: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA

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