Paul WHO?

The South African convenor of selectors believes that “The only difference between the South African and Australian bowling attacks is that the Proteas do not have a spinner of the calibre of Shane Warne.” I assume he was talking about the test match arena, and he went on to say: “Our seam attack is equal to that of Australia. The difference is that the work load of our bowlers increases markedly because we do not have a bowler such as Warne or Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.”

Hold on a moment there Mr Lorgat, are you not forgetting the last tour? I might be mistaken, I often am, but I just cant seem to recall the Australian version of Shaun Pollock, Glenn Mcgrath bowling spin in a test match. I am pretty sure Glenn would insist he would rather not bowl than show how ineffective he has become in the test arena and start sending down innocuous deliveries. If there was ever a sign that Polly is reaching a stage where his position in the test side needs to be re-assessed, the six step run up was it.

Aside from the cringe I immediately got after reading what Lorgat had said, I have to agree with him. We don’t have a spinner in the class of Warne or Murali. The recall of Gogga as he is affectionately known, is certainly a surprise to many, if not all of us around the country. This season has seen Adams watch the action from the sidelines in the MTN Domestic Championship, and send down eight overs in the Supersport Series. It is clear that the selection of Adams hasn’t come from these performances, nor his 9 overs for 54 runs in the recent match between the Rest of South Africa and India. A bizarre decision, unless he has been playing local league cricket and producing phenomenal results, one must assume the fact that Mr Adams has been South Africas best spinner since the isolation era, is the only reason he has been included. His last appearance for the Proteas was against New Zealand in 2004.

One would have thought that Adams would have been dropped from the squad for the Pakistan series, yet Lorgat has kept him, maybe as a fielder??

SA VS PAK FIXTURES

January:6-8: Rest of South Africa v Pakistan, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley11-15: First Test: South Africa v Pakistan, SuperSport Park, Centurion19-23: Second Test: South Africa v Pakistan, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth26-30: Third Test: South Africa v Pakistan, Newlands, Cape Town February:2: Twenty20 International South Africa v Pakistan, Wanderers, Johannesburg4: First ODI: South Africa v Pakistan, SuperSport Park, Centurion7: Second ODI: South Africa v Pakistan, Kingsmead, Durban9: Third ODI: South Africa v Pakistan, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth11: Fourth ODI: South Africa v Pakistan, Newlands, Cape Town14: Fifth ODI: South Africa v Pakistan, New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

2nd Test

The test gets underway today with the selectors deciding to stick with our less than adequate Top 6, indicating they need a chance to prove themselves. The only change being that De Villiers would open and Gibbs will drop to 6. I was ecstatic when De VIlliers was dropped down the order as naturally I thought our selectors were envisioning what I was for once. Sadly this is not the case, it seems that the selectors have no problem changing the roles of our players. De Villiers will inherit the gloves from Boucher – sooner rather than later in the tests I hope, meaning that De Villiers needs to get accustomed to coming in at 6 or 7 in the order.

On the bowling front, Steyn is out, Hall is fit and Morkel is on the sidelines. We need to play a strike bowler, however I think Harris will get his debut today

Good Luck SA

SUPERSPORT SERIES DOMESTIC COMPETITION FIXTURES

November 2006
Thu 23 – Sun 26 Dolphins v Lions
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg

Thu 23 – Sun 26 Titans v Eagles
SuperSport Park, Centurion

Thu 23 – Sun 26 Warriors v Cape Cobras
Buffalo Park, East London

Thu 30 – Sun 3 Dolphins v Warriors
Kingsmead, Durban

Thu 30 – Sun 3 Cape Cobras v Titans
Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch

Thu 30 – Sun 3 Eagles v Lions
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

December 2006
Thu 7 – Sun 10 Cape Cobras v Dolphins
Newlands, Cape Town

Thu 7 – Sun 10 Titans v Lions
Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Thu 7 – Sun 10 Warriors v Eagles
St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Thu 14 – Sun 17 Cape Cobras v Lions
Newlands, Cape Town

Thu 14 – Sun 17 Eagles v Dolphins
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein

Thu 14 – Sun 17 Titans v Warriors
SuperSport Park, Centurion

January 2007
Thu 4 – Sun 7 Dolphins v Titans
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg

Thu 4 – Sun 7 Eagles v Cape Cobras
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein

Thu 4 – Sun 7 Lions v Warriors
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Thu 11 – Sun 14 Dolphins v Eagles
Kingsmead, Durban

Thu 11 – Sun 14 Cape Cobras v Warriors
Newlands, Cape Town

Thu 11 – Sun 14 Lions v Titans
Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom

Thu 18 – Sun 21 Lions v Eagles
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Thu 18 – Sun 21 Titans v Cape Cobras
Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Thu 18 – Sun 21 Warriors v Dolphins
Buffalo Park, East London

February 2007
Thu 1 – Sun 4 Cape Cobras v Eagles
Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch

Thu 1 – Sun 4 Lions v Dolphins
Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom

Thu 1 – Sun 4 Warriors v Titans
St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Dolphins v Cape Cobras
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Eagles v Titans
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Warriors v Lions
Buffalo Park, East London

Thu 15 – Sun 18 Eagles v Warriors
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

Thu 15 – Sun 18 Lions v Cape Cobras
Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom

Thu 15 – Sun 18 Titans v Dolphins
Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Remaining fixtures against India

Here are the remaining matches in the series:
26 South Africa v India ODI Sahara Park, Newlands 10:00
29 South Africa v India ODI Sahara Oval, St George`s 14:30

December

1 South Africa v India Pro 20 Liberty Life Wanderers 18:30
3 South Africa v India ODI SuperSport Park 10:00
15 South Africa v India Test Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium
26 South Africa v India Test Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead 10:00

January

2 South Africa v India Test Sahara Park, Newlands 10:30