Wednesday, September 9, 2009

SA Test Team - the tail


Ok, so let's wrap up this sucker.

Steyn is locked in.

Ntini is hanging on with his finger nails. He was okay in England. He was okay when Oz were over here. So he'll remain in the team. But time is running down on his career and I struggle to see him winning matches anymore.

Morne Morkel is, quite possibly, holding the short straw (which is doubly odd looking, given his height). After a very promising start to his test career, he bombed quite hard against Oz and was duly dropped from the final test. In ODI and T20 cricket, his position has been usurped by the ying to his yang, the ultra accurate Wayne Parnell.

I have a sneaky suspicion that Morne is going to have to work his way back into the test team. I know his brother Albie is effectively the man in possession, but he's never going to cut it as a first change test bowler. Wayne has shown great maturity and despite his age, I think we'll see him line up against England for his first cap. Apparently he can also bat, which might take some of the pressure off Boucher and Harris.

One things for sure, the future is looking damn bright. Parnell and Morkel are definitely the future of SA cricket, with Tsotsobe and CJ de Villiers not far behind.

Another possibility is the returning Ryan McLaren. He was called up last season but couldn't join the team because of his county commitments. But he's a free man now and his the ability, maturity and all round game to add something to Tests, ODI's and T20.

So, in conclusion, without a shadow of doubt, the team for the first test against England will be:

Smith
Prince
Amla
Kallis
AB
Duminy
Boucher
Parnell
Harris
Steyn
Ntini

If I was playing ICC cricket captain, my team would be:

Smith
Amla
Kallis
AB
Prince
Duminy
Boucher
Botha
Parnell
Steyn
Ntini

3 comments:

Reverse Swing on September 10, 2009 at 4:04 PM said...

JP Duminy? are you serious?

Darren Buser on September 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM said...

What are you shocked about exactly? Unless you've spent the last year in a suspended frozen animation, it really is a no brainer of a selection.

Sean on September 14, 2009 at 12:13 AM said...

Darren the frozen bunker that this guy has been in for the last year is called pakistan. you have to excuse them they can't leave there houses our else ther bus will be shot at. no offence dude.

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