South Africa have just finished their innings against Ireland, in the first warm up match against minnows, Ireland. This is Irelands first cricket world cup, and no doubt as the minnows they are going to be slaughtered. Smith won the toss and elected to bat, obviously looking to post around 400 and show the rest of the world why there are the worlds number one side.
Only Ntini has been rested for the game – he is on Daddy duty in South Africa, otherwise the side consists of: Smith, De Villiers, Kallis, Gibbs, Prince, Boucher, Pollock, Bosman, Hall, Peterson and Telemachus. The line up reflects the batting order.
Bosman, has again been shafted, after his failure at three, it seems SA wants to try him out at 8, after Boucher and Pollock – there is no reason to have him in the side as a specialist bat, so he is quite clearly in as a specialist fielder!!! One would think that after 50 overs SA would have reached 300 at least, however this is not the case!!! We managed a measely 192 which would have been far less without the 67 not out by the regular “12th man”, Andrew Hall, an unsung hero, he managed to save some pride and salvaged the innings wehen he came to the crease at 66/7 YES 66/7!!!! Yes against Ireland and yes its not an April fools joke!!!
The president of South Africa indicated that they would win, there is talk by Pollock that is the most confident team he has ever played in and there is a general feeling that SA will win the cup – in South Africa, however experts from around the world have other thoughts. ‘>Chappell indicated the other day that it is a hard to choose a winner and predicts the semi finals to include Australia, India, New Zealand and West Indies. “Depending on what actually transpires in the way of pitch behaviour, teams like South Africa will either have no chance [if they are slow and low] or a real threat [if they provide pace and bounce] and the reverse holds true for Sri Lanka and India” Warne also had a go at SA, but that is par for the course, however the infamous man is usually accurate in his predictions.
South Africa are lacking in the bowling and batting department and if Boucher didn’t rescue the side half the time SA would be nowhere near number one in the world. Hopefully our bowling is better than our batting today.