October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
So it happened again, we exited another ICC event prematurely after much hype an anticipation.
Some diehard fans claim that we did not choke…well maybe not against Australia but how on earth did we lose against Pakistan and last night against India for that matter.
Facts are, we seem to choke in tournament cricket. We can put it together when playing the best teams in the world, home or away. But when it comes to a Cup style tournament we tend to underperform.
Anyway it’s done know. Here are a few things that concerned /irritated me.
Our persistent opening with Levi, unfortunately he does appear to be a flat track bully that can only cane medium pacers. Really fast or slow bowling gets him tied in knots. I like the lad, but he got a few too many chances for my liking.
During our defeat to Aus on Sunday I saw a tweet from Graeme Smith, he was at the beach with his family…having g a great day….my day sucked after our performance, thanks for asking Graeme.
Our batting order never seemed settled, to much shifting about for my liking.
Amla and Kallis our two best players did not fire with the bat. This was a pity but they have been outstanding for us in the past and surely we can’t always rely on them. They did not make runs but that’s why you have 6/7 batsmen, and in a 20 over game surely some other batters can pick up the slack.
Our spinners bowled well but they were not well managed by AB, who’s captaincy left a lot to be desired.
Our death bowling remains a problem, after bowling so well in the last IPL Morne Morkel struggled to find the block hole. How does this happen , did the stint of test cricket, where you bowl line and length, harm is limited over bowling? …I don’t know.
In the Super Sport studio on Sunday HD Ackerman was defending the cricketers saying that they have been away from home for so long… bla…bla , shamepies…yet I don’t see any players turning down IPL contracts when it involves extensive traveling. That is no excuse HD, they get paid VERY good money to do their job, and missing mommy is now excuse for piss poor cricket.
Very disappointing from the Proteas.