Proteas: Whats next for the nr1′s?
December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
What a performance from the Proteas to humble our nemesis in world cricket the Australians!!! Proteas took the series 1-0 in Perth on Monday morning.
No victory is sweeter in cricket than beating the Aussies, considering all the years we suffered at the hands of these blokes and had to endure all the arrogant boasting and one sided comments from there media. Not to mention Shane Warne and Glen McGrath’s over the top intimidation and constent phycological attacks on our players in the past. Long forgotten are they now!
The Aussies where back to their usual tricks before the series started leaking to the media a supposed dosier containing the methods the Aussies will use to unsettle the Proteas, which included verbal assualts on the Proteas, specifically targetting Hashim Amla. Well this attempted mental attack did not work, as the South Africans showed their metal in Adelaide to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat and then to stand up on day2 of the Perth test to stage a dramatic and ruthless comeback! Day 2 in Perth was truly one of the finest moments in Protea test history as we bowled them to pieces on the day and then Smith and the man himself Amla blunted the Aussie bowlers like they where a highschool attack. The Aussies then cracked up under the pressure in their second innings by playing overly aggresive to try and save a test match, showing no nerve like Faf did so well on day5 in Adelaide.
What now for the Proteas?
Well they have a home series starting against New Zealand on 21 December followed by a tricky assignment against the dark horses of World Cricket, Pakistan.
Allthough the Proteas are world beaters and one of the best SA teams of all time, they do have one or two selection issues to consider. Kallis wont be able to bowl forever. there might come a time that he only gets picked as a batsmen or he will retire all together. This will effect the balance of the team and it might be a good idea to experiment with a couple of options during the Kiwi series. Maybe give Jakes a rest(bring him back for Pakistan) and see how someone like Ryan McLaren goes batting at 7 and as the 4th seamer in the team?
Robbin Peterson has done enough in Perth to book his spot for the home summer and Dean Elgar might be given another chance aswell. But I would go with Ryan McLaren at 7, he has more than enough ability with the bat and can do the holding job with the ball which we currently lack I feel. The 4 bowlers who did duty in Perth are wicket taking attack minded bowlers(although Vern can bowl good constant line/lenghts too, but still more an attacking guy), so Ryan could balance them up nicely.
My test team for the home summer:
Smith cpt, Alviro, Amla, Elgar(bring back Kallis for Pakistan), AB wk, Faf, McLaren, Robbie P, Vern, Steyn and M Morkel.
My limted overs team which includes a young new keeper, Kisten said before the Aus tour that he wants to bleed a new keeper in the limited overs arena to give AB a body break and help him focus on the captaincy, so here we go:
Amla, Elgar(Levi to come in for t20′s and Dean to open in ODI’s), Quinton De Kock wk(Boucher was thrown into the sotlight at 19, lets see whats this hugely talented oaky can do), AB cpt, Faf, Justin Ontong(normally Id pick Duminy but he is injured), Robbie P, Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen(what an exciting fast bowler and low order batsmen), Steyn and M Morkel.
I know my selctions have a lot of youngsters in the limited overs team, but these oaks have the talent, they are on form and its important to breed the next generation now, leaving the test sqaud in tact as it is at the moment, with a tweek or two maybe. Smith and Kallis could also make the limited overs side for ODI World Cup in 2015, but for now lets see the youngsters in action in the shorter forms of the game…
Cant wait for the home summer!!!