Analysing a familiar problem

March 29, 2016 South Africa's World T20 squad

After another disappointing ICC tournament, it remains a mystery why South Africa keep falling short in big tournaments.

Their bowling in general wasn’t good enough while their batting approach in the game against West Indies, on a slow wicket, was also wrong. Winning two out of four games is not good enough. There is a lot of talent in that squad, but there seems to be no clear reason why they keep underperforming in big tournaments like this.

Their biggest issue was against England where they failed to defend a score of 229. It was very disappointing. They also can’t keep on messing with the batting order. Shifting AB de Villiers the whole time doesn’t help the player and affects those around him.

History shows South Africa struggle when under pressure in must-win situations. They appear to be found wanting when the pressure is on.

Faf du Plessis said before the tournament that this was the best squad ever assembled for a T20 World Cup, which is a big statement to make, but in the end only results tell the world how good the squad really was.

I think the Proteas live in a constant state of fear. A fear of failure because the public and the media give them a roasting every time things don’t go well and that scares them all the time.

There tends to be unrealistic expectations on the team all the time from the public and the media, but no one can win every game and win every tournament they play in.

We need to back them more because they do try their best and sometimes things just don’t work out.

We shouldn’t want them to be scared of criticism.



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142 comments
KaasVanTonder
KaasVanTonder

Older player are still scared by all the previous chokes. The youngsters like De Kock and Rabada seem to be immune to mental choking (remember Rabadas last over to Dhoni in India).


When the older and more experience guys are under pressure, the chokes come too easily - Faff, AB, Miller and JP.

Derick McLaren
Derick McLaren

It's not a mystery Domingo is an idiot and must be replaced Faf is not a competant captain and the bowlers especially Steyn were absolutelly pathetic

Corry Versluis
Corry Versluis

Mystery???? Seriously???? No mystery. They're chokers.

Uku Ukuthemba
Uku Ukuthemba

I dont think Morris is gud fo T20 and please use Parnell next match....heat the boll dont be nyc apha.if yo did see dat last game it waz very good spinners did well and dont ever bring sme1 who miss too much matches bcouse of injury I beg please and use ntini fo bowling chouch....

Brian Visser
Brian Visser

The answer will be at the IPL. AB Amla Steyn and the rest of the underperformers wil be as sharp as a manora blade!! $$$$$$$!!!

Fanie Best Fourie
Fanie Best Fourie

Must have had Albie Morkel in the side most experince in T20 what does Proteas have against him and Steyn isnt T20 specialist Albie is no wonder we didnt win World Cup case and point

Sauliegh Cassiem
Sauliegh Cassiem

Maroele Solomon Morasti Moeket d0nt talk kak amla belongs thre are y0u watching cricket on a black n white tv. idiot

Helen Blanckenberg
Helen Blanckenberg

And furthermore....NO team gets hammered by the media than England and look how those boys have come out firing and positive and determined not like our wilting flowers! And the Windiest have NO support from their administrators and they could win mens, ladies finals and they won the Under 19 T20 World Cup in January (our boys came 11th out of 15...)

Helen Blanckenberg
Helen Blanckenberg

Graeme you are too kind...I am sick of all the spin doctoring about how good coach etc is, blah blah...Faf useless caltain; Steyning and JP done and just watch Miller score in IPL. ..I've also said he only performs for big money....And my lament.....SA has NO BOWLERS!

Maroele Solomon Morasti Moeketsi
Maroele Solomon Morasti Moeketsi

Its time for a change let's have specialist t20 players and make QuintonDeKock our captain and leave Amla out of this team we need JasonRoy kynda of batsman to compliment DeKock at the top or let's just move ABDV to open with him and get some effective all rounders a captain must have options the only fast bowler work keeping in the t20 team is KG that's all I can think off currently

Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin

The captain is half asleep.. dof ! We need a livelier leader.

Mark Hoy
Mark Hoy

Cricket is a game were by you have to think and we can't do that..... Bt now on the other hand let those players go and play in the IPL then they perform so well they shine like diamonds in the sky why bcos of the money and that's what it boils down to is the money they getting paid to much to play a sport they love so therefore they under perform

Izak Berg
Izak Berg

Too much political interverence with the selection of the management team and the selection of players. The politicians can even run parliament how can they run sport. Fire the whole management team and select a management team and coach on merit.

Dusan Milanovic
Dusan Milanovic

South Africa treat cricket like a University sport and not a hard core nitty gritty sport - end of story

Mzwanele Zizi Elimyama Kepu
Mzwanele Zizi Elimyama Kepu

our bowling eish was very poor from the word go.we considered too many extras.I mean a team give 20 extras and expect to win.another thing that i saw and i don't know if my colleagues you saw it, is that we not ruthless.I mean I have seen in many games where the opening batsmen will start on a high then the following guys will just allow the run rate to drop.if you remember on the England game faf and jp really played poorly on some overs and i think it was around 14 or 15th over.we had many players still to come but they just settled for ones and if it was some teams they were gonna go all out.for the 1st time I felt we were covered in terms of batting but we didn't really capitalize.this is the 2nd time where we didn't really give phangiso some game time.there was a world cup where he played one game and he played well but was never given another chance.it quite shocking what we going through when looking at the players we have.

Andre Botha
Andre Botha

Biggest problem for me is no accountability ,it's ok ? It's not ok to underperform !

Liaan Smit
Liaan Smit

Chokers, plus bowling was poor, Langeveldt was never a good bowler but he is our bowling coach, he suck

Jeremy Hugh Rorich
Jeremy Hugh Rorich

Take the management and senior players to task. The Captain is responsible for this fiasco

Danie Nel
Danie Nel

Get Ray Jennings involved!!!! He wins world cups. Sack Domingo and his cronies.

Nick du Preez
Nick du Preez

Ons probleem is dat die afrigter na die spelers se pype moet dans. Hulle besluit hoe en wat geoefen moet word. Druk hy hulle 'n bietjie tjank hulle. Maak die afrigter weer totaal in beheer. As 'n speler nie wil inval nie drop hom. Ons spelers het geem BMT nie.

Henk Venter
Henk Venter

Dis nogal opvallend dat Amla vir de Kock uithardloop die wedstryd net nadat hy homself uithardloop met de Kock as sy partner, en ons op die TV sy reaksie gesien het nadat hy homself uitgehardloop het. Dit is ook opvallend gewees dat in die wedstryd teen WI waar WI sukses behaal het deur hulle boulers wat die boulsnelheid baie gewissel het en laag gehou het, die magtige SA boulers aangehou het om te probeer om die WI kolwers dood te gooi. Dit is ook lagwekkend om te hoor hoe du Plessis se die 50 wydlopers is die oorsaak dat die Proteas uitgeval het. En dit nadat sy oordeel oor veldplasings selfs die kommentators stomgeslaan het. Dalk is hy nie die aangewese man om kaptein te wees nie. Dalk moet KSA begin by die agterbakse Lorgat en deur die bank skoonmaak. Ek meen, die Kaapse spreekwoord lui mos dat die vis van die kop vrot - en ons weet almal wat Lorgat al in die verlede onder die vaandel van regstellende aksie gedoen het, ten koste van die span se prestasie. Dit is duidelik dat iets in die Proteakamp vieslik vrot is

Patrick Flanagan
Patrick Flanagan

Its ironic that Grant Elliot is just the kind of player that we don't have. Not flashy but smart, who does a job for the team. Morris is the exact opposite, unreliable, stupid and inconsistent. Too many show ponies in the team. AB hasn't done much for a while. Faf just doesn't have the goods or the brain. Coach is inept but really good at making excuses.. And the beat goes on.

Bill Bettison
Bill Bettison

the thing with s,a cricket is they select by name not form and to be honest the pundits thinks that the team is better than they are ,paul harris poor bowler and a very very poor pundit

Bill Bettison
Bill Bettison

sorry forgot to say just looked what happend when they picked a form opening bat for the test team ,cook he got a ton

Mervin Chetty
Mervin Chetty

Reason for SA not winning simple. 1 dimensional. No other team had only 1 specialist spinner. Other teams had pace bowlers who could switch to off cutters. Not ours. No imagination and instinctive captaincy. Follow a plan even if it leads u to exit. And that's what happened

JOhn McLaughlin
JOhn McLaughlin

Have to disagree there. Think it's more to do with the coaches telling the bowlers where and when to bowl. Coaches one dimensional.

Craig Dennis
Craig Dennis

So let's start at the top :- - select the team on merit - appoint a coach who has played cricket at the highest level - stop creating expectations which are unrealistic - if you're out of form, expect to be dropped - country first, then team, then individual

Ashlyn Chetty
Ashlyn Chetty

Faf is a useless captain . Ab wud of made the team goin far as for chris morris he must give up bowling since he cost us the game

Jeremy Adam Wlaszek Walt
Jeremy Adam Wlaszek Walt

Administration is not up to much. We have talent galore and they cannot pull it off. The entire coaching staff failed their country, poor, very poor.

Julian Jogger Benjamin
Julian Jogger Benjamin

We need new bowlers in the SA team. For me the batsmens are okay and ooh fire the coach

Derrick Pentz
Derrick Pentz

Our biggest problem is we talk ourselves up before the tournament begins from the Captain, Coach & every other Joe Soap, instead of actually analysing what lies ahead. A moron would have seen the pitches were crying out for no pace but not us- too scared to play Phangiso until it was too late, but hey let's play spin bunny Rilee. Also Faf has absolutely no idea how to change from pre- planning.

Leigh-Roy Hopley
Leigh-Roy Hopley

its no mystery. . . when it comes to games that mean nothing, we win, and brag about it. Then, come crunch time, when it really matters, we choke. Faf's captaincy was shoddy to say the least. his decisions were poor. And the top order batsmen did themselves no favours, leaving it to a shallow middle order (who, to their credit, tried and fought hard) to get us across the line. Chris Morris, good as he is, needs to learn about wicket to wicket bowling, as does Rabada. All in all, apart from a few stars, a pretty shocking and bitterly disappointing tournament

Dirkie Engelbrecht
Dirkie Engelbrecht

Daar is geen mystery nie kies die regte groep vir die icc tournament en verbeter drasties met julle bowl werk dan sal SA wen!!

Johann van der Merwe
Johann van der Merwe

With 50 extras, what did you expect? Need a tough guy like Jennings at the helm. Seems like these guys were thinking more about the coming IPL and big bucks then the Work Cup T20.

Jacobus Brits
Jacobus Brits

Maybe we need a captain with abrain in his head

Ryan Koopman
Ryan Koopman

The reason why we keep falling short is due to the following. 1 we are not flexible enough with out game tactics. We are to rigid with our approach. 2. Many of our big senior players lack Bmt. They can deliver any other day but neva at icc matches. Look at kholi innings.kholi has Bmt. 3. Our players lack the real believe that they can win these tournaments.u can't win if u don't believe.

Barry Jessop
Barry Jessop

Many reasons but mainly a failure of intellect. Just incapable of reading a game, a situation and playing accordingly. The chief culprit is AB. Massively talented but absolutely clueless when it comes to reading the game and adapting his game accordingly. He could learn a great deal from watching Joe Root play. Sticks to the basics ( still when the ball is released and not dancing around his crease) and strikes at the right time. The less said about the coach the better.

Jimmy Tolmie
Jimmy Tolmie

Do the South African thing, fire the coach.

Mabuty Nhlapo
Mabuty Nhlapo

The turning point of this wt20 was when we selected DALE STEYN while injured and off form and where wickets favoured spin and slow pace.wrong selection where FAHAN BEHARDIEN was hardly used.my point is that we should have used 2 spinners per game.

Douglas Gird
Douglas Gird

1st why take Dale styen to the world cup when he has been in and out of the team cause of injuries which is stupid!! 2nd why werent the Morkel brother not selected to go to the world cup? but the most important one is the fact since Donald left as bowling coach and Charl took over as bowling coach the Protea's bowling has become utter rubbish!! so ask yourself where does the problem lay? some of you's would agree with me if you know you cricket on my 3 reason and some wont coz you's are bloody idoits!!