64 comments
Mogamad Buffkins
Mogamad Buffkins

...and credit to his strong breadbasket. Great start and best of luck on all future endeavors

Quinton Milton Du Plessis
Quinton Milton Du Plessis

The problem seems that England are incapable of producing their own player capable of playing on the "global" stage. I remember watching a test "England" were batting with SA fielding and one point it was just SAcans on the field. Its easy for this guy to write this article because his team is the only one benefiting from this so called global village.

Rean Swart
Rean Swart

Totally agree Mark! Professional era, people go where they can carve out career! Feather in cap to SA Cricket for producing players of that caliber !

MJ Afrika
MJ Afrika

StephenCook & DeanElgar must retire

Dhersan Naidoo
Dhersan Naidoo

Pound and std of living will attract alot of players.

Zamikhaya Mbassa
Zamikhaya Mbassa

lets just hope hz nt just another nick compton...and will quickly fade away after coupler crap perfomances wen hz form event eventually dips

Mphele Caiphus Nkwagatse
Mphele Caiphus Nkwagatse

I quite don't understand why we fighting each other...We should be celebrating for having a good system which produces players.The people who should be crying are England kids who have to compete with south Africans to play for their country.Pathetic.

Johan de Bod
Johan de Bod

They are clever enough to take advantage of it. They need the best and do not reward mediocrity.

Lucky Sithole
Lucky Sithole

Good Article indeed however I disagree with the with one point the standard of English County is not high compared to S.A its only lucrative in terms of money in simple our wickets are bouncy they tend to produce stroke makers and good all rounders in S.A you don't find a genuine no 11 batsmen even our bowlers must learn batting technique to avoid injuries Imraan Tahiir is the only genuine no 11 in S.A he was not born and raised in S.A wickets ,so for me standard is measured is measured in terms of competition rather than finance.

Douglas Gird
Douglas Gird

I agree with you in away there but besides the money the level of cricket there is alot stronger then it is here at our franchise level! If we have to send our strongest franchise team and send them there to play they might be in 2nd divsion and still struggle to win games! The way I see it to get better you got to go where the cricket is better

Lucky Sithole
Lucky Sithole

Yep because of the money they can attract overseas players in S.A we don't have that luxury our club cricket is below par ! Even Retired players can smash @ 100 with 32 balls I remember I remember during my playing days I used to face Richard Snell ,Stephen Jack in the nets and at Club level then I will face Wayne Kidwell and David Tebburge again wen we play against the opposition now things are different most players come from School and play premier league Cricket Jennings technique is too flaw for international cricket he will struggle against better quick bowling he is too one dimensional however the talent is there I can't deny that the Kolpak route is not a better option look at Stephen Cook waited to get his first cap he will probably for another 4 years because he is solid as an opener the English cannot produce a player like that I think coaching needs to be better at club level ..

Jacob Small
Jacob Small

Good article. Those moaning that he's been lost to SA, where exactly would he fit in with the current line-up? We've been scratching our heads wondering where AB would fit in.

Xolani Nokwe
Xolani Nokwe

if that is the case how come there is no english person playing for the indians,south africans etc it seems to me the english are the only beneficiaries of this global village

Lubabalo Lue Gift Skhosana
Lubabalo Lue Gift Skhosana

Theres an English bloke in the Aus side ,New Zealand has a Zimbabwean ,Saffas and an Aussie . Imran Tahir is Pakistani .need I carry on ? England just benefits more

Xolani Nokwe
Xolani Nokwe

interesting let me counter your arguiment Lubabalo in this case you realy should have carried on all the countries you have counted have something in common they are all former british colonies meaning we cannot be surprised by that "player exchange" if you want to call it that but for me the game has not gone global it has gone to who has more monay

Lubabalo Lue Gift Skhosana
Lubabalo Lue Gift Skhosana

That was not your initial argument though hence my comment .Had you explained it as you have now I would have liked and moved on .

Louis Bam
Louis Bam

Youre not sure what CSA could have done? Maybe contract your SAu19 captain?

Louis Bam
Louis Bam

Zamikhaya Mbassa you think the captain of the SA u19 team is mediocre?

Louis Bam
Louis Bam

At the least you place your whole u19 team with provinces and pay them something

Zamikhaya Mbassa
Zamikhaya Mbassa

contract mediocre players...dnt think it wrks like that...u earn ur place thru gud perfomances...nt just bcoz ur wer a captain

Niels Momberg
Niels Momberg

Every year Louis? There is a new team every year. Where would the money come from? And btw KJ was contracted at the Strikers

Louis Bam
Louis Bam

Niels Momberg wel as ons nie aan ons o19 kaptein kan vas hou vir n paar jaar nie dan is ons moertoe.

Niels Momberg
Niels Momberg

Ag nee wat Louis.Dit is net nie moontlik. Alles vir KJ gedoen insluitende n kontrak maar as 'n speler sy hart daarop sit om daar te gaan speel is dat tot daarnatoe beslis nie moertoe nie.

Louis Bam
Louis Bam

Niels Momberg indien dit die geval is is dit so. Dan het ek geen klagtes. Dan is my vlg vraag wat as sy pa daardie raad vir nog spelers gee. En wat as ons talentvolle gekleurde spelers so verloor

Les Clara Hurrie
Les Clara Hurrie

It sure is... and players aren't loyal to anything but money these days.... and of course the easiest path to international cricket... in this case England. His moms English so no problem with that. Although representing SA at u19 in my mind should disqualify him.

Johan de Bod
Johan de Bod

I honestly can not believe that you think that a teenager should be disqalify him to play for a nother country when he becomes an adult. They are very much still juveniles.

Tyron Azevedo
Tyron Azevedo

England have a very attractive domestic 4-day league. In SA we have 6 domestic teams, means all school players are competing for 66 spots. So few of our SA u/19 players even get contracts at domestic level.

Petrus Coetzee
Petrus Coetzee

Good point. Only 30 white players can start on a given match day.

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

England have a habit of poaching foreign players. Grieg, Mulally, Caddick, Lamb, Trott, Pieterson, Boyd Rankin, Gavin Hamilton, Eion Morgan, etc. Now Jennings. There are a few more, however, they moved to England young or where born in Countries with not much cricket culture: Strauss, Prior, Geriant Jones, Dermot Reeve, etc. Jennings won't be the last, you can bet on that.

Petros Dube
Petros Dube

Let them go it,s happening even in rugby Beast mtawariri, Kennedy tsimba, Tonderayi chavanga zimbabweans and now there,s Ulengo who is congolese

Garth Webster
Garth Webster

I'm afraid Glenn my knowledge of this is not for this forum

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Garth, so tell us then! How/what do you know?

Garth Webster
Garth Webster

You can't blame players for looking elsewhere. Look at Birch for the Warriors. He cannot make the team . Why do you think that is?

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Sibabalwe, love my cricket! Haha Moeen Ali: Born in Birmingham, Pakistani heritage (Kashmir) Grandfather emigrated I believe. Adil Rashid: Born in Bradford, also Pakistani heritage (also Kashmir). Parents went to England in the 60's. Badree, Bishoo, and Rampaul, all have Indian heritage but were all born in the West Indies. Not really sure who you're talking about, there are a few guys in that team with Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi names. Narine, Sarwan etc. PS: Google is your friend! \U0001f609

Sibabalwe Sba Ngishe
Sibabalwe Sba Ngishe

thanx Glenn for that info, you know your story. tell me what about Rashid, Ali & that gut from West Indies, I forget his name.

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Lehlohonolo, yes him too. He did finish his schooling in England though.

Kgotso Masekoa
Kgotso Masekoa

You guys forgot Jade Denbach or something, it was said he is also of South African roots

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Kgotso, he does. Born in JHB and went to St. Johns. Didn't mention him, as he moved to the UK with his folks when he was 14. Personally, I don't have a problem with guys like that, they don't really have a choice. It's the guys who do it later in life that annoy me. Such is life in the sporting world though, can't hold it against guys for wanting to play at the highest level. We can, however, give them loads of uphill when they come back and get beaten by our Proteas! \U0001f609\U0001f44d\U0001f3fb

Garth Webster
Garth Webster

I'm afraid there is another reason why he is on the bench for Warriors. It's called transformation and it is a reason why many good players will leave to pursue careers elsewhere.

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Garth, that's exactly what i said in the above comment. There are always going to be players on the fringes who might have been great if they'd got a look in, such is the nature of sport. Trying to make the Proteas side is tough, especially in the bowling line up! Who would you leave out?! Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Rabada, Abbott? Not to mention a fair few who are also on the fringes with Birch. Viljoen, Pretorius, De Lange, Morris, etc. Leaving out the spinners, you can only pick 3 or 4 of those players in any team. I wouldn't want to be a selector. As a supporter, it's awesome that we have such a wealth of talent. As a player that doesn't quite make it: frustrating and heartbreaking. Got to give Birchy respect for staying local and trying to crack the Protea side. With his career bowling averages what they are, you'd think that he'd be able to get himself a Kolpak deal.

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Garth, ah yes, the good old "transformation/quota" argument for why your favourite player can't crack the team. Lame. Maybe they have a rotation policy, maybe he had a niggle and they wanted to save him for the final. Maybe he had a poor game. One player doesn't win you a tournament, so the safe bet is (while Birch has had a fairly hot T20, although his last game wasn't great) that there are other players who are doing the job too. Shock, and horror: some of them might actually be of colour. \U0001f631 I was being kind earlier, the reason why Birch can't make the Proteas side is this: He's not quite good enough. He's a quality First Class and List A player, but he unfortunately lacks the pace, bounce, swing or seam (or a combination of some of the four) to really threaten at Test level. Stop looking for conspiracies. And lose the chip on your shoulder.

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Lawrence, like I said earlier: Yes, Birchy has had a great T20 tournament, but you don't know why he was benched! There are a variety of solid cricket reasons why he could've been left out. Rotation, workload, niggle, etc. They won anyway, the bowlers that Maketa put on the park did a great job by restricting the Lions to 136 and setting up a win. If you actually read past the first line of those stats, you'll notice that there are 4 other Warriors bowlers in the top 14. Evidence that they have a really strong bowling line-up, and lets not forget that they also have Kyle Abbott. Birch also had to pass a fitness test before the Dolphins game, evidence of a niggle. Most likely rested him. How about not looking for conspiracies.

Garth Webster
Garth Webster

Sorry Glenn I actually thought that you knew something about the game and the selection policies . I definitely do not have a chip on my shoulder and only believe in selection on merit . I do know why Birchie was left out .

Arno Jacobs
Arno Jacobs

Workload is not 1 of them by bowling 4 overs a game, but fair point...I guess

Arno Jacobs
Arno Jacobs

Pointless taking him with if he is carrying such a severe niggle!!! What is the point then? If Abbott got injured, how can he be replaced by Birchy who is also carrying a "niggle". So, no don't agree with that argument

Arno Jacobs
Arno Jacobs

Workload is not 1 of them by bowling 4 overs a game, but fair point...I guess

Mark Temple
Mark Temple

Glenn Tolson Andrew Birch took 5 for in the game prior to being dropped for Abbott. Birch is also the leading wicket taker in the series. Abbott is an international cricketer, Warriors can't leave him out the side so Gqamane should have been left out but that wasn't gonna happen because CSA have set their quotas

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Arno, Player workload applies to the entire cricket season not one game. Sure, bowlers in a T20 match only bowl 4 overs, but you can't take that in isolation. Birch plays all three formats. First Class, List A and T20. That coupled with his training load and the fact that he had to pass a fitness test before the Dolphins game, indicates (to me at least) that he was/is carrying a niggle.

Glenn Tolson
Glenn Tolson

Arno, read the comments bud. Never said that it was definitely a niggle (only that I thought it might be). Also said that it might be one of a variety of reasons why he didn't play.

Arno Jacobs
Arno Jacobs

And that's why I said fair point initially, apart from the workload bit