Summary of the Aus game: South Africa won the toss and elected to field, a ploy used against Scotland, which led Scotland to their highest total in the World Cup. It is weird that SA decided to field, when we all know the motto: If you win the toss, bat if you win and unsure still bat….
There is a theory that the ball will do more in the morning, and assist the bowlers in the Caribbean thus it is a wise choice to bat. This may well be true, but unlikely on an awesome day like it was. In fact the ball started to reverse swing just after 30 odd overs. This ability is what the difference was between the sides, that and the fact Australia has a world class spinner, whilst SA doesn’t.
There has been a lot of berating of Kallis after the match, some of it justified, most of it not. The ball started swinging and reverse swinging around the 38th over, with all the batsmen that came in struggling to get the ball away, the Australians bowled a tight line, mixed up the bowlers and proved to be far superior on the day.
If anyone wants to start pointing fingers, the selectors are where their anger should be aimed. The selection of Prince for the world cup was based purely on his colour, not abilities. There is justification in this statement, based purely on common sense not anything else. Prince was only selected for the one day side in the 5th ODI against India, before that he wasn’t in the side, if SA was looking for a stability player, it should have been Dippennaar, judging by the runs scored in a calendar year:
Boucher top scored with 713 runs, then Gibbs on 691 then Dippennaar on 651. What shocked me Boucher, De Villiers and Dippennaar had an average above 40, Gibbs 35, Kallis 31 Pollock and Kemp 29 and the captain Smith on 28!!! These are the averages of our top players, Dippennaar has fallen away, as had Rudolph who averaged 34……
Prince is classy, but is he really a ODI player? What about Bosman? He performed in the Pro20 he last played in, now he is sitting out, although I wouldn’t mind a holiday in the Caribbean, he should be utilised more.
The make up of the current side shows that we have Kallis and Prince both players, are fantastic Test players, but slower scoring in ODI’s, which is not a problem in my book, they must be handle correctly though. Kallis has in the past shown he can hit out if he needs to, it is in his makeup, despite what the experts say, he needs his technique ironed out. Hopefully he and the coach have analysed the shot he went out to, there is something wrong with the grip or the actual shot, I picked it up when I saw it on the replay, however I only saw it once so couldn’t analyse it properly. Kallis is a big boy and if he times it properly it should be a lost ball, not caught on a short boundary.
De Villiers was run out, which is criminal, and Smith suffered from cramps which was unfortunate, those were the crucial factors in the match. If Kallis got there with De Villiers and Smith firing, his 40 off 60 wouldn’t be a problem.
SA plays Sri Lanka today if the stadium if finished and if it isn’t rained out….. The pitch is more than likely going to be slow low and a terror, we have to play our top spinner, in the attack, it will be suicidal not to. Again the selectors heads should be rolling, our top spinner would be sitting in the EC somewhere, I assume, Botha is by far the most difficult spinner to read in SA, and needed to be at the CWC, not Peterson or Harris who have an orthodox delivery which when worked out will go all over the park. You have to use what is given to you and if the coach, or selectors really think a pitch that has had plenty of rain, and has never been tested will turn out to be a hard fast track, good luck to SA and I hope that I am wrong and have to eat my words.