Jon-Jon Smuts Debut

Jon-Jon Smuts made his Supersport Series Debut against the Cobras on the 6th of December, making a 53 in his second innings. He is certainly a player to watch and hopefully will become a regular feature in the squad for the rest of the season.

Dale Steyn showed why he is the best fast bowler in the country, by picking up 14/110 against the Eagles.

It seems to be a season of bowlersin the Supersport Series, there havent been any massive innings scores this season, perhaps Smith was on the money when he slated the condition of pitches in the country?

Jon-Jon Smuts and Mfuneko Ngam

KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Eastern Province Click for scorecard

Normally there would be no interest in a SAA provincial one-day challenge match between KZN and EP. However this match has two players that the South African public should keep a look out for. The first is Jon-Jon Smuts, who top scored for EP making 56. This is his second 50 in this format, making 50 on his debut. (Eastern Province v Border)

Jon-Jon Smuts grew up in Grahamstown, attending Graeme College. He broke all sorts of records set by past pupils, finishing up at the end of 2006. He is currently studying at NMMU, and is also a top tennis player, playing in the SASSU tournament this December.

He has been rated the best schoolboy cricketer to emerge from Graeme College in 134 years. Pay close attention to him, he will go far in world cricket.

Jon-Jon’s statistics include:
-played 80 matches for the Graeme College 1st team
-represented E.P. U18 team for 3 years i.e. 2004, 2005 and captain in 2006
-scored 4220 runs at an average of 57,8 runs per innings
-scored 14 centuries. His highest was 190 runs (see detail below)
-took 141 wickets at an average per wicket of 19.4 runs

The other player that caught my eye was Mfuneko Ngam. Ngam burst onto the scene in the late 90’s and debuted for SA in 2000. He only played 3 tests before being plagued by injury and has fallen off the radar. He bowled 6 overs for 20 runs and hopefully he can get back to his best in the future.

Donald Bradman Classic Quote

a great one from the great bradman.
in an interview before he died the interviewer asked him how he thought he would go against the current english team “i think i would average in the 40′s”.
the interviewer replied, “but don you played the best english teams ever and had an average much higher than that”.
to which the don replied. “yes, well i am 87″

Smith on Garnett Kruger’s view

Below is an extract take from an interview of Graeme Smith 

Neil Manthorp: Are you concerned about the perception that domestic success isn’t always duly rewarded? Ryan McLaren, for example, was the leading wicket-taker last season but was not given any international recognition
Graeme Smith: It’s hard for selectors and coaches because they have to watch guys perform and get the results and then, in some cases, they can’t pick the player. But some very young guys are assuming they’re not going to be selected because of quotas and transformation, and that’s wrong. Look at Australia – most players make their international debuts at 27, 28 or even 30. Here, if you haven’t cracked selection by 22, 23 then it’s becoming fashionable to put it down to quotas and then move overseas.

I know Garnett Kruger says he wasn’t treated fairly but does he deserve to play ahead of Andre Nel, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Morne Morkel and Charl Langeveldt? Is he better than them? Does he deserve a chance ahead of them? The reality is that there’s always going to be a queue in any country for guys to get the opportunity. Garnett got his opportunity in Australia, he played five or six games and he went for seven runs an over.

 

There are times that someone needs to throttle the coach, selectors or captain. Here Smith indicates his feelings about what happened  with Garnett Kruger. He has conveniently left out the fact that Krugher was in the form of his life in the provincial 4 day setup, was selected to tour Australia, sat on the sidelines during the tests and then picked for the one day matches. There have been many selection errors made but this is oner that will stick in my mind for life.

 

You might find this odd however, after playing the same amount of games Kruger had picked up 27 wickets and the 2nd best Bowler at that stage had 12!!!!! Yes thats how prolific he was in the longer version of the game before departing for Australia only to be a bowling machine during the tests!!!!

 

Graeme you killing me with your way of justifying non-selection of players……

 

Read the rest of the interview here