South African cricketers would have struggled to celebrate New years eve, after being the first decent side the West Indians have beaten in seven years. The last side was England in 2000. If ever the squad need a motivator, the humiliation in Port Elizabeth can be reflected upon.
The openers have struggled, managing to only once to score above fifty in the opening partnership in 17 innings for 2007. They averaged a meagre 19.5. Their last five opening stands consist of 1, 8, 2, 1, and 4.
The Proteas have called up Neil McKenzie, a clear indication the selectors have realised the top order is indeed in tatters. This may have come as a surprise to the selectors however there are many supporters who have been tearing out their hair watching Gibbs and Smith lose their wickets like it didn’t matter, whilst hoping “The Rock” Jacques Kallis would rescue the side yet again.
South Africa might bring back Pollock, a decision which would make sense as the tail could always be bolstered and his unwavering accuracy with the ball could help if Gayle and co decide to play like it’s a one day match as was seen on occasions in the first test.
The West Indians have flown over Patrick Browne in case Ramdin has not recovered from a finger injury. Otherwise I expect the same side will face SA. South Africa will be looking to square the series and it should be another cracker of a game