42 comments
Tyron Azevedo
Tyron Azevedo

Every bowler has a different roll in the team, the pressure that Morkel creates is second to none. At no. 13 in the world, when fit he has to play

Lionel Simmers
Lionel Simmers

Tyron Azevedo instead of Vernon? Compare his strike rate to Philander's. I'd think the more economic guy with the higher strike rate would be the one to build pressure. When Steyn and Philander was absent against England he was supposed to be the spearhead. We all know how that went. Would he even have taken wickets if he had n't always had class bowlers around him to build pressure. Batsmen would then be likely to go after him which means there's more opportunity to draw false strokes etc.

Colin Grootboom
Colin Grootboom

I remember i was watching a game between sa and eng not sure who the batsman was bt thy had a big partnership going thn morne came with a huge fired up spell didnt get th wicket bt after tht vern came back on and i told my friend watching th game with me tht vern was gonna get this bra in the slips and it turned out tht way he had no feet coz morne took it away lol

Kaas Van Tonder
Kaas Van Tonder

I like Graham Pollocks articles but he is wrong here. Perth isnt the pitch he remembers it as. Its a lot less seam bowler friendly. We need a frontline spinning option. Dont be surprised if Australia pick Lyon. As mentioned below, Philander will be a non-threat on this pitch.

Scot Cooper
Scot Cooper

And with the form Rossouw is in he should play as well.

Scot Cooper
Scot Cooper

I'd say probably Van Zyl. Tough call though.

Errol Lee
Errol Lee

All out pace attack for Perth

Rory Best
Rory Best

Morkel can be all over the place get Abbot in there his form bowler

André Vorster
André Vorster

Morkel should trade in his Nikon for a Canon....

Deon Pietersen
Deon Pietersen

Those that feel Vern should miss out I wonder why you thinking like that we all know that Steyn is. Over the wall OZ has already showed that he has no answer for then if they take the game to him. Vern has a great record and just because he has been injured doesn't mean he has been playing bad. SA has a general short line that they bowl and OZ will exploit that so a bouncy pitch might be the downfall of SA as OZ in OZ is much more dangerous then them on slower SA pitches. Our bowlers is in for a challenge but so is our. Batsmen with OZ top bowlers back for the tests

Ntebo Maake
Ntebo Maake

Hold on, you not suggesting that Dale Steyn misses out on a test are you?

Deon Pietersen
Deon Pietersen

Not saying Dale Steyn should sit out all I am say based on the article that Vern should not be left out for Morkel I would take Vern over Morkel 7 days of the week

Pierre Renshaw
Pierre Renshaw

On that pitch 4 seamers!!....but philander hasn't been good for awhile, rather abbott

Zebi Mokoena
Zebi Mokoena

Philander and Steyn just got back from long lay off they played against new Zealand and both excelled

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

When has 4 seamers actually worked for us? There is no balance. Philander should miss out because he won't be as effective as the other 3 pacers. Piedt has to play, Australia have issues with spin.

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

Ja Any spinner hey, Shamz would work, it would allow the rotation of three seriously quick bowlers to remain fresh

Zebi Mokoena
Zebi Mokoena

Piedt is not even at Australia how to you expect him to be picked

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

Didn't Play 4 seamers, played 3 so no it does not answer the question unfortunately. All the years we were number 1 in the world we always had a holing spinner.

Kaas Van Tonder
Kaas Van Tonder

Spinner must play. Maharaj is economical. We've been down this 4 pace attack route and it fails more than it succeeds. Philander will be nowhere on this deck.

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

Bouncing Centurion wicket against England, played 4 seamers. Lost. Changed it, and won. Tell me when it has worked?

Zebi Mokoena
Zebi Mokoena

Worked last time we were there hope i answered your question

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

But to me Piedt is not going to be effective he will only do the holding job so I rather give Shamz a chance

Ntebo Maake
Ntebo Maake

The four seamers were used at the wanderers not centurion. The problem proteas is having is that they can't find a spinner to bowl at one end for long so as to allow optimal seamer rotation. If a seamer misses out it will be Morkel, and that would be tough on him. Now the question is do you play Shamsi or Maharaj and why. Maharaj can be the economical spinner and was selected solely on the basis that he will turn the ball away from their right handed batsman and can hold an end whereas Shamzi is the aggressor, the one who takes wickets. Thing is if he doesn't get it right and the Australian batsman get hold of him then it puts an enormous amount of pressure on the 4 3 seamers. One thingy for sure is they will target Shamsi. And let's not forget JP and Elgar can give us a few overs of spin

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

I get what you are saying, I just don't think the Ausies can pick shamsi yet and it is very difficult to get after someone you can't pick. The likes of Warner will find it easier to get after Philander because the wickets don't suit him as much. I would go with Kg,Dayle,Morne and Shamsi. Either way, I just can't wait for the series to start!

Zebi Mokoena
Zebi Mokoena

Wanderers is an all pace attack ground and stats clearly shows how fast bowler has been succesfull on this deck. Perth is more or less behave exactly like Wanderers. my only issue is the pink ball where some analyst has stated that reading a leg spinner with a pink ball can be a nightmare. This will test if Domingo can think out of the box

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

You would find that fast bowlers have been successful but a spinner still played in the team to allow that. Perth has also not been the Perth wicket of 20 years ago , it has gotten slower.

Tiaan Vosloo
Tiaan Vosloo

Can everyone apologize for thinking we should not play a spinner? Hopefully this enlightens everyone , including SA Cricket magazine and Pollock.

Sunday Reginal
Sunday Reginal

No i dnt think so a spinner is needed nt jp or alger

Fernie Lewis
Fernie Lewis

4 seamers 1 spinner and not part timer (JP ) ask yourself did the Aussies drop warnie at that venue

Fernie Lewis
Fernie Lewis

Remember all the bowlers won't be on song someone is going to go for runs and besides the Aussies don't play spin that well weather on soft or hard surface

Colin Grootboom
Colin Grootboom

Personally i think its a risk going in with 6 batsman not knowing what we gonna get from the openers

Colin Grootboom
Colin Grootboom

My only worry wit 6 batsman is theres no AB so its only amla,,jp and faf

Ntebo Maake
Ntebo Maake

Proteas will never play with 6 batsman in a test.

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

I agree his going to handful with his steep bounce

Waqar Azeem
Waqar Azeem

I dnt think so doesn't have a gud recrd against them ...spinnr should come in

Nasir Baloch
Nasir Baloch

Yes should be 4... Perth is Pace paradise...espaicially for the Proteas that they have.

Stephen G Mkhululi Moyo
Stephen G Mkhululi Moyo

if he's aggressive i don't aussie coping against him.he's too soft sometimes but the pitches will be tailor made for his awkward bounce