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Twenty20 Day 1 Summary

If ever the ICC were looking for a fairy tale start to a new venture, they would have to perform a miracle to improve on the start of the Twenty20 World Cup. Over 400 runs in under 40 overs. Pro 20 cricket was designed to entertain and if there are going to be more exciting matches than the opener – Twenty20 cricket will take the world by storm.

SA decided to field first and after Gayle destroyed their attack with TEN yes TEN 6’s and 7 4’s in his 57 ball 117. Smith might well have regretted the decision, with all of the bowlers being smashed around.

Smith decided to lead by example and introduce himself into the attack as the only spinning option. He performed admirably for his ability and showed the side that with his limited bowling talent the over cost only 17. It did indeed spur on the rest of the attack with far superior bowling skills, and  the 12th over bowled by Smith was the highest for the rest of the innings!!!

The Windies were cruising along until Van der Wath removed Gayle in the 17th over and only conceded 4 runs followed by Morne Morkel conceding 3 runs in the 18th over. This was the least runs conceded in the innings. There was little support to Gayle apart from Devon Smith who opened the batting with Gayle making 35 off 34 balls

The Windies set SA 206 for victory however as mentioned in “The Players to Watch” post, West Indies didn’t have the bowlers to back their batsman up and whilst 200 should be defendable by any team, SA managed to get there with 14 balls to spare.

The West Indies surely set a record for the most wides in a 20/20 international game conceding 23 of them!! Not that this detracts from the beautiful 120 run partnership between Gibbs and Kemp, Gibbs making 90 off 55 whilst Kemp carved 46 off 22 balls.

South Africa managed an 8 wicket victory which should be more than enough of a warning to Australia that they are looking to knock them off their perch as the favourites.

SA Twenty20 Cricket Squad Announced

On Saturday the South African squad was announced for the upcoming Twenty20 Cup. There was the shock omission of Jaques Kallis, which can easily be justified if Strydom is sticking to his guns about not exposing all the senior players to this form of cricket. Bearing this in mind, there was no surprise that all the players currently playing for SA “A” in Zimbabwe were left out. This includes Nel, Hall, Langeveldt, Botha, Ontong, van Wyk and Prince (who will join the squad for the second game).

My predictions were slightly wrong as Kallis was replaced by Bodi allowing for Peterson to be dropped as the quota target was reached. Van der Wath replaced Peterson, which adds depth to a rather untested bowling attack apart from Pollock and Ntini. Personally I would have liked to have seen Steyn get the nod and still believe he is the most dangerous bowler we have.

As predicted the Morkel brothers were selected, and if South Africa want to shine, Morne Morkel in particular needs to deliver the goods. If his bowling is accurate, South Africa has a good chance to win the tournament. If there is any shortcoming in the South African line up it will be the in the bowling department, as South Africa have picked a squad full of all rounders instead of specialist bowlers.

The squad selected is a strong one, with a nice blend of youth and experience and will perform strongly in this tournament. The squad consists of: Graeme Smith (capt), Gulam Bodi, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Albie Morkel, Mornè Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Shaun Pollock, Thandi Tshabalala and Johan van der Wath.

Proposed South African Pro20 Squad

The South African Twenty20 side is announced tomorrow, and if the new convener of selectors sticks to his word it could be a tough team to predict. Strydom has said: “We tried to keep a balance between youth and experience, but we wanted to give the youngsters a go” as well as “We don’t want to expose the senior players too much to this format. We have a tough 18 months ahead of us, and we need to be aware of that,” and “You know you’re going to leave some very good players out, but you’ve just got to hope that the players you pick hit form at the right time,” when he commented on the side he has selected.

Assuming the players in Zimbabwe have not been considered, this leaves a squad of 21. Out of this squad the parameters are again changed, knowing there will be a minimum of 7 players of colour selected as well as the core which is in bold below.

Proposed squad:
Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis (Vice-Captain), Loots Bosman, Gulam BodiMark Boucher, AB De Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Neil McKenzie, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Roger Telemachus, Alfonso Thomas, Thandi Tshabalala and Johan van der Wath

Out of the remaining players, I assume Philander has made the squad along with JP Duminy, leaving just 5 places to the rest of the squad. Peterson and Bosman were in the World cup squad so more than likely will be in the equation. This leaves 3 spots available of which one will be for a player of colour. I am a fan of Alfonso Thomas, as I think he can bowl a lot better than most credit him for and can be successful at swinging a bat. However I just have a feeling that Thandi Tshabalala would have been taken to Zimbabwe if he wasn’t in the squad. I think Telemachus is a very good man for this format and should take Thandi’s/Peterson’s place

At this stage the squad meets the minimum quota necessary and leaves just two players to be decided upon. I think that on merit all the players of colour should be selected but the government/CSA have laid down the minimum amount of players of colour and thus players of colour are quota players regardless of talent.

I am interested in the selection of Bodi but believe its either Bosman or Bodi in the squad as they have similar batting styles. I think the Morkels will get the nod for the last two spots. If one is chosen it will be Morne to spear the attack and van der Wath might get a look in as the last man. I believe all of these players deserve a spot in the team and it shows the depth we have especially with many regulars in Zimbabwe.

SA Cricketers drinking too much?

Adrian Le Roux has made some statements that will be considered pretty controversial in a confidential report submitted to CSA that has been leaked. “I felt confident (before the tournament) that, apart from Roger Telemachus, all players in the squad were physically ready for the challenge of a two-month tournament,” wrote Le Roux in the report. “In my opinion the use of alcohol within the national team is a problem. This does not include all the players, but it does include players who play a vital role within the team.”

It comes as no surprise to many supporters that such allegations have been made. especially after there were several players out drinking late into the night after the match against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup. Those with a good memory will remember Graeme Smith being interviewed about the incident and instead of lambasting the players he defended their actions indicating that they needed to unwind.

The current squad needs to be shaken up and it seems unlikely this will happen before the Pro twenty world cup, I suspect the fans will see some changes after “cricket on speed” has been completed.

On a side issue, one can sit and wonder why a player was taken to the world cup who was not in the appropriate condition!!!