Bosman Binned

Poor Loots Bosman a man with so much to offer in this format has not recovered sufficiently to take part in the 20/20 cup.

My money is on Amla to replace him, any other ideas? I am assuming that CSA is looking to keep their minimum quota number at 7. If not will Kallis get the nod possibly Morne van Wyk???

Any ideas?

England vs India 4th ODI

England lead India 2-1 in the series so far with 4 games left. India have won the toss all 3 times and have decided to field twice and bat once. The side batting first has been victorious in every game so far, which gives merit to WG Grace’s saying :”When you win the toss – bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague – then bat.”

If Dravid defies the statistics and wins the toss for the 4th time, I wonder if he will bat?

Zimbabwe – Champions of the world

Ray Mali, the president of the ICC, has told the Zimbabwe Herald that he believes the current squad, if kept together for the next 3 years, will become the number one side in the world. It is difficult to fathom how a man who is president of the ICC, can say something like this: “if they are given a chance to play for the next three years as one unit – they will be at the top of world rankings. It is not a dream, I believe it can be done.”

 I don’t want to be nasty about Zimbabwe as they have improved significantly in the last few years however the standard of cricket around the world is so high for Zimbabwe to get there is going to take more than 3 years!!(or a miracle)

Bearing in mind that the Zimbabwean side that played South Africa in the 3 ODI’s was very similar to the squad that played South Africa “A’ in a 4 day game recently. South Africa took an unusually strong “A” squad to Zimbabwe – an astonishing decision by the selectors given the context of the tour. (there were only two 4 day matches) The SA “A” side dished a severe hiding in the 2nd game.  (if you don’t want to check the link it was by an innings and 219 runs)

There seems to be an improvement in the facilities and the structure of the game in Zimbabwe, which is good news for future players. The current squad is young and hopefully will improve but there is no ways this side can make the top 3 let alone be at the top in 3 years.

I am worried about the ICC if the president says such outlandish things!!!

SA vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI 22Aug 2007

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat, which looked to be going horribly wrong when they were 72/7 in the 24th over. Elton Chigumbura and Gary Brent came to the wicket and fell 2 runs short of setting a record 8th wicket partnership for Zimbabwe.  However their 115 run stand ensured it was the 4th highest of all time in ODI’s and helped to give some credibility to their score.

South Africa could be accused of not going for the jugular, as Ntini, Pollock and Philander each had 2 overs left in their spell. This could be attributed to neighbourly friendliness or perhaps Smith was testing out all his options. Either way it allowed South Africa to have a bit of a bat even though it was a modest 207 runs required.

There were some highlights from the innings, with Zimbabwe equalling the record for most players run out in an ODI, Gary Brent doubled his highest ODI score, Smith didn’t bowl himself and let two other spinners have a go including Bodi who hasn’t had much of a bowl since he converted into a batsman. Maruma, batting at number 10, made his debut memorable by hitting a six off van der Wath for his ever ODI boundary.

The SA bowlers were fairly tight, Morkel managed to go for 33 in his 10 overs including 5 wides. Philander was the pick of the bowlers going for 15 runs in his 8 overs and collecting 2 wickets. The villain in the pack was van der Wath going for 59 in 9 overs including allowing the tail order debutant to hit him for 6 in the last over. (No doubt there will be a fine in the changing room for that)

SA got off to a shaky start with Bosman caught behind in the first over, however that was the only joy Zimbabwe were going to get. Smith reached 50 before being dismissed, Bodi made 51 off 99 balls and De Villiers contributed 63. Duminy also didn’t take advantage of the situation making 3 before being judged LBW. Pollock and Philander ensured no more wickets fell and SA cruised to a comfortable 5 wicket victory.

Some reports indicate that South Africa should have won more handsomely, however there are no special prizes for giving a significantly weaker side a hiding. SA have 2 more ODI’s against Zimbabwe, on Saturday and Sunday where more tactics can be tried in preparation for the Twenty20 Championships.

The Kallis and Boucher saga

Jacques Kallis was left out of the South African Twenty/20 squad for the inaugural world Twenty/20 championships being played in South Africa in September. This was a shock omission from the squad and because of his omission Kallis resigned as the South African vice-captain.

Kallis is a prime example of a player who is cool calm and collected. There is most certainly a role for Jacques Kallis to play in the SA side. Those that have enjoyed Pro20 cricket know how easy it is for a side to be 25/3 chasing 160. This is when an anchor that can stabilise the side is essential, because without a calming influence the side chasing often ends up 85/7 and the game has been lost.

Kallis has his detractors who can justify pointing out that Kallis can bat slowly at times. Almost immediately if you meet one of the detractors they will point out the game we lost in the world cup to Australia. He didn’t even score at a run a ball they will tell you, he ruined any chance we had. However that was simply not the case – look at the scorecard and you will see that. These detractors tend to forget that he is a world class bowler, an incredible fielder and one of the most senior players in the squad.

Mark Boucher indicated this point to the public via the press and has ended up with a disciplinary hearing which has been postponed until further notice. There are rumours that he might be punished with his place in the squad however those I am sure are just rumours. In reality he stuck up for the good of South African cricket and his mate. There was little that he said that could be construed as directly contravening the code of conduct. If anything his opinion was shared by those around him.

Boucher is not a man that speaks his mind often, however this was a topic close to his heart and what he said was justified.