Just as I thougt the flap caps just didn’t had enough versatility in the bowling department and was lacking in batting depth. This of course just make our freezing-up in the heat of the quarters so much more of a bummer.
New Zealand tried hard and went into the game with real fighting spirit. The boulers and batters (most of them) played to their potential but the team as a whole were not balanced enough for sub-continent circumtances. By virtue of clear thinking and application they were there and there about in this match; needing about 20 to 30 runs in the end. McCallum went three over to early for the flap caps as he could have added at least 12 to 20 runs had he stayed three more overs.
Well done to them for getting so far. The sixth time they’ve reached the semi-finals in one day 50 overs WC tournaments. Better record then us, in this regard, I think.
We had the team to go all the way. The fact that we were beaten by a team that just didn’t have the goods to go on and win in the sub-continent is probably the thing that annoyed me most.
Looking forward to the other semi between the Pakkies and the Indians. I reckon India is going to win it and the tournament.
Bring back Gary Kirsten and Alan Donald as new coaches for the Proteas; both have proven their value as coaches in this tournament I would say.