November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
I am glad Tahir has been exposed, he was very lucky to start his short international career at the same time that Philander burst onto the test scene.
Philander took wickets and contained batsman, this allowed Tahir to get away with his pies and then come in to pick up 1 or 2 tail enders.
Notably in the past Harris did the containing job in the team.
So with Philander not having a great 1st test in Aus and not playing in the 2nd test there was no one to tie up an end and build pressure. The result ….. Tahir recorded the worst bowling figures in the history of test cricket…… no really I am serious.
His idiotic wicket celebrations have been cringe worthy and I will not miss him at all.
I don’t know what SA was thinking investing time and money in a 30+ spinner.
Were we so desperate to have a leggie in our team we convinced ourselves he was better than he is…?
I believe that the Proteas play better and function better with the spinner doing a holding job and building pressure while the 3 (or 4) quicks attack form the other end.
My personal preference would have been Johan Botha but for some reason he is not seen as a test option by SA cricket.
In any event he has now committed to South Australia so I think we have seen the last of him in SA colours.
So with Botha being unavailable and Tahir exposed, Robin has to be the man.
So what if he does not “rip” the ball, that is not the type of spinner the typical South African test team needs.
As for Fridays team selection:
I reckon they might play 4 quicks, and Robin.
Kallis to play as a batter only and Rudolph to make way for Kleinveldt.