England vs India 2nd Test

England looks set to be chasing a huge score just to be in the game, as said in my previous post they re short of a wicket taking bowler. They have a decent club line up but the international sphere, they are going to struggle without their main bowlers. There is no one with frightening pace nor someone who can bowl the unplayable ball.

However they do have bowlers who can capitalise on negative play by getting it in the area, but India have classy batsmen. Currently they are 72/0 and 400 is not out of the equation if England arent careful. Panesar is the only quality bowler in the pack and should be on as early as possible – I hope he can restore some order in this game otherwise it will be a run away victory for India

England vs India 1st Test

There have been numerous reports in England and on the internet stating that England deserved to win, how unlucky they were and how the bad light cruelly intervened. There is no doubt in my mind England lost it on their own. Slow over rates didn’t help them- however there was a prediction of rain for the day and it came a lot later than expected so there is no excuse that rain intervened, it should have intervened an hour earlier.

England picked up the key wickets very early on in the morning which brought Laxman and Dhoni to the crease. England knew that the lengthy tail followed and one more wicket could bring about the same collapse as the first innings. Just one wicket was required and England managed to claim that wicket however it took just under 28 overs to do so. Two hours without a wicket in perfect bowling conditions and a low scoring game is unacceptable. England can blame the weather gods or anyone else for that matter, but in reality the blame lies within the England camp.

India got lucky – there are few times a side has been nine down with more than a session left being offered the light. India got out of jail no doubt, however they were let out more than they escaped. If this is the best bowling attack England can produce for the summer, the English better prey for more rain as the Indian batsmen will destroy them in the upcoming tests.

South African Provisional Squad for Pro20 World Cup

The squad is as follows: Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis (Vice-Captain), Hashim Amla, Loots Bosman, Gulam Bodi, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB De Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Paul Harris, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Neil McKenzie, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, André Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Roger Telemachus, Alfonso Thomas, Thandi Tshabalala, Johan van der Wath, Morné van Wyk

Out of the 30 members of the provisional squad, half of them will fall away when the final squad is announced. There are few surprises in the squad, however Neil McKenzie returns to the international set-up, along with Hashim Amla. The only real surprise is the amount of spinners selected, especially when there are cries by the nation to develop a world class spinner, 4 have been selected in the form of: Botha, Harris, Peterson and Tshabalala.

Lance Kluener hasn’t been considered even though he would be considered as one of the most dangerous players in this form or cricket. Unless there is a change of captain, Klusener’s international career has ended.Vaughn van Jaarsveld has also been left out of the squad, even after a fantastic domestic season, reaffirming his decision to enter into a kolpak contract.

The tournament kicks off on the 11 September and the final is on the 24th of September.

The SA Emerging Players Squad

The SA Emerging Players Squad is: Johan Botha (Captain)
Thami Tsolekile (Vice-Captain)
Yusuf Abdullah
Gulam Bodi
Friedel de Wet
JP Duminy
Faf du Plessis
Heino Khun
Mornè Morkel
Alviro Petersen
Vernon Philander
Thandi Tshabalala
Justin Ontong
Lonwabo Tsotsobe
 

The side has some fantastic players in it, players that could be the future of South African cricket. One wonders where Morne van Wyk is, and Loots Bosman?? They might be too old but if that the case what is Tsolekile and Ontang doing there? Especially Ontong, who had represented SA against Australia 5 years ago!! He has also played 20 odd ODI’s for SA. Botha after being found to have a suspect bowling action, can be understood in his inclusion.

 Players unlucky to not be there are Dale Steyn (unless he is going to be a fixture in the side and is no longer considered an emrging plyer) Ryan Mclaren who could become an incredible all rounder for SA in the future, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, a man who scored a 50 on debut while still in school, something that hasnt happened for many years in a provincial match!!! Blake Snijman also seems to have lots of talent as well as the Cobras Rory Kleinveldt.

 

There are many that could represent the emerging squad, but there are some good talent going and it will be interesting to see they perform, especially Morkel (brother of Albie), Tsotsobe and De wet as SA are in desperate need of quality quickies!!!

Summary of SA vs India in Ireland

South Africa faced India in Ireland in a best of 3 contest losing 2-1. They went to Ireland missing captain Graham Smith and veteran Shaun Pollock. Jacques Kallis was appointed captain for the series. In the first ODI Hall and Nel were the pick of the bowlers. Hall picked up 2-40 whilst Nel claimed 3-47 in their 10 overs. India posted 242 with Tendulkar making 99 and Dravid 74. SA lost their first wicket with 56 on the board, a rarity these days which set up a solid platform for Kallis to come in and work off the runs. Kallis made 91, Morne van Wyk made a solid 44 opening in place of Smith. SA won by 4 wickets.

In the second ODI SA were sent it to bat and were struggling after losing De villiers and Kallis early, soon followed by Gibbs leaving SA at 46/3 with the inexperienced JP Duminy and Morne van Wyk to battle against the Indians. The pair on 85 runs before Duminy was out for 40. van Wyk made 82 before getting caught behind. Boucher managed to add some respect to the total with 55 off 55 balls. SA made 226 which was always going to be too few as India coasted home with 6 wickets in hand. Tendulkar made 93 and was supported by Ganguly on 42 and Singh on 49*.

The 3rd ODI was interrupted by rain and again the side winning the toss chose to field and again were rewarded with their decision. SA were struggling at 28/4 after 12 overs in a 31 over match. Gibbs and Kemp managed 99 for the 5th wicket which enabled SA to post 148 off 31 overs. Ntini bowled beautifully going for 18 in his 7, but the total was too low and India were too good to be beaten.

The tour was good for SA as the talent of Morne van Wyk and Philander was unearthed and hopefully they will feature in the future of SA cricket