Friday, November 20, 2009

10 questions for SA - ENG

The first ODI is about to get underway and I thought I would post up the questions that this ODI series poses for the SA team.

1) Can Alviro Peterson contribute enough at number 5 to keep his place in the team and is he really a better option than someone like Justin Ontong, who is used to batting that low and can contribute with the ball as well?

2) If Alviro doesn't do enough, will they consider opening with Loots instead and just moving everyone else down a place?

3) Can Albie Morkel step up as a number 6 batsman and deliver more than 45-50 over cameos?

4) Is it wise to drop our two spinners approach that has served us so well for the past 12 months, simply because they struggled in one key game in the Champions Trophy?

5) And is Botha, the hero against Australia earlier this year, really the one who should be dropped?

6) Can Ryan Mclaren do enough in the first two games to keep Parnell out of the team when he becomes available for the 3rd ODI?

7) Will we even manage to get a game of cricket today with the weather looking bloody awful up in Joburg as we sweat our asses off here in Cape Town?

8) Will Trott and KP hum along to the words of the SA national anthem in their heads?

9) Will Darren rue his decision to do ten questions instead of a much more manageable six?

10) Can Kallis adopt his game to opening the...what am I saying, of course he can!


Batting in Ned Kelly's Helmet said...

Shouldn't it be 11 questions anyway ... i mean, XI questions?

Louise on November 20, 2009 at 5:20 PM said...

5) As he can't bowl his doosra anymore, I think the answer is yes. He looks about half the bowler now.

3) The question should be "When is the right time to bowl Albie so he doesn't get slaughtered?"

Darren Buser on November 20, 2009 at 6:19 PM said...

5) I think its way too early to say that. Since then he had a fantastic T20 world cup. Was quite poor in the champs trophy but all our bowlers suffered on that pitch and having had no match practice. And he was the most economical bowler in the ODI he played against Zim.

3) I think Albie needs to be seen as a batsman who can bowl now and then. Is his batting good enough to warrant that? Guess we'll find out this series.

Purna on November 20, 2009 at 7:20 PM said...

I hate to say it but Botha's become very predictable. And when you become predictable the economic rate goes up by itself.

Albie needs to stop bowling, period. No one has done this match damage to his team with only 1 or 2 overs with the ball. Continuously too!

Sean on November 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM said...

7) unfortunatly not and I had lekker box tickets and was so keen to see a nice SA win.

Darren Buser on November 21, 2009 at 12:03 AM said...

I just don't see enough to make that assumption yet. Even in that champs trophy match versus England, his 2 for 56 wasn't all that bad at all in the context of the game.

Darren Buser on November 21, 2009 at 12:03 AM said...

Sean, that sucks dude. It's been a rough 6 months for the wanderers.

Sean on November 21, 2009 at 6:46 PM said...

ja wanderers history has been rough of late.
in april had huge arguments the IPL.
had games removed for england tour.
got the worst share of champions trophy games.
(got england games given back to them.)
Had board re-shuffled
had a rain interupted T20I.
had a washed out ODI against england.
Lions are sitting bottom of the log for MTN40 with no points. all in all sounds like a pretty terrible time.

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