Proteas on the right track

March 21, 2016 Aaron Phangiso Aaron Phangiso

Teams who have used two specialist spinners have been most successful at the World T20 tournament.

That is perhaps the biggest lesson we have learned from the first week of the competition, which has been full of surprises.

In analysing South Africa’s two matches so far, I want to start with the defeat to England on Friday. That is probably the worst England bowling attack I have ever seen. South Africa clearly have a very formidable top seven, but it was really bad not being able to defend 229.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I really think having two specialist spinners in the XI is the way to go. New Zealand have shown everyone how it’s done. They have won their two toughest games – against India and Australia – using this tactic and have read and adapted to the conditions they have played in really well.

The spinners have taken the wickets and kept the runs down so far and if South Africa were to go that route I would leave David Wiese out.

I know there are some doubts over Aaron Phangiso’s new bowling action, but the selectors have picked him and now they probably have to play him. It’s a difficult situation the team management find themselves in, but South Africa now move away from the quick surface of the Wankhede stadium and the conditions they will face will be more spin friendly.

Only the people around Phangiso will know if he is ready and capable to play. It’s up to the coaches to see how he is bowling in the nets so the people around him must make the call. They must feel confident that he would be able to make an impact, but most importantly, the player himself must be confident enough to bowl.

There is also the case of JP Duminy’s hamstring injury which he picked up on Sunday. If he can’t play the next game the selectors might be forced to play Phangiso anyway.

It won’t be easy against the West Indies, who are together with New Zealand the only other unbeaten team in the tournament, but it is a crunch game for the Proteas and definitely their toughest match of the two they have left.

It will be very difficult to progress to the play-offs if South Africa lose on Friday, especially since I believe England have the easier run-in of the two teams.

Looking at Sunday’s game against Afghanistan, I didn’t think they would get so close to our total. Dale Steyn’s omission was surprising and I don’t think he has played enough cricket lately to be left out of games.

I think Steyn has to play, mainly because of the psychological impact it could have on the opposition batsmen. His pace will also be a bigger factor on the slower pitches that South Africa are going to play on. I would pick him ahead of Kyle Abbott.

While the bowling has been average, the batting has been excellent and I still think South Africa are on the right track.

If the conditions allow it, they should consider playing two specialist spinners because it will be more difficult scoring quickly against them.



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27 comments
Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

Despite being under pressure from haters,racists,hypocrites.media and Jealous people he still produce the results in the final against Cobras

George Elliott
George Elliott

I am NOT a Phangiso fan...much preferring Leie, Piedt and Harmer. Having said that, its quite clear to me, that we need a 2nd frontline spinner for Nagpur, and in the absense of the other three spinners, I reckon Phangiso should be chosen for this upcoming fixture, and take the field. Nagpur, being what it is, could justify even a THIRD front line spinner to play. We don't have that luxury, and we will miss Duminy desparately...esp if and when we reach the knock out stages!

Moses Mathalise
Moses Mathalise

44runs in 2overs vs Eng and 47runs in 3overs vs Afghan in powerplay clearly our SeamBowling should improve We have a strong TopSix batting lineup on form

Moses Mathalise
Moses Mathalise

Maybe is time to open with Spin in especially in powerplay

Christopher Marcel Human
Christopher Marcel Human

theres so many bt il mention jus a few thats beta den him DANE PIEDT,EDDIE LEIE,SIMON HARMER,SHAMZI.....the list goes on nd dnt 4gt hs bowling action was in question weeks ago nd he hasnt played cricket for some time so to send him to a cricket w.c is ridiculous im sure u hav2 agree wit me

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

What do you mean he didn't play in a while cos he was instrumental in Lions winning the cup

Mthokozisi Nkandi
Mthokozisi Nkandi

Yes I agree about Phangiso bt disagree about choosing Steyn ahead of Abbot. U really lost it POLLOCK.... ABBOT is very gud consider hm ryt... U remember world cup semis last year vs New zealand in the last over Kiwis were need 12 and Steyn sold us. If it was Abbot M sure he could've done better. Even Shazahd said if Steyn was there they could win the match. Abbot-Rabada combination can cn lead us to the final

Kyle Damon
Kyle Damon

Yeah but you remember the cup prior to that new Zealand couldn't get 7 to win from Steyn in the last over

Idris Nomani
Idris Nomani

In the 1st warm up game, Phangi was used as the 7th bowler and bowled 1 over. Afghanistan was the perfect opportunity to give him a run. To throw him in to the deep end against one of the big guns especially in a knock out game would be unfair. Clearly the captain has no faith in phangi.

Granwell Farao
Granwell Farao

As Boucher said they can use him to open ,as our fast bowlers are being abused in India I think he will be the man to open .

Granwell Farao
Granwell Farao

Would love to see him sling it in he was successful in the final on Newlands .

Fernie Lewis
Fernie Lewis

Be ready for another 70 runs in first six overs

Idris Nomani
Idris Nomani

Well he can't do much worse than our quickies in the last 2 games.

Moses Mathalise
Moses Mathalise

I hope Duminy recovers in time to Bowl His offspin coz Our Captain has lost faith on Phangiso after dropping Steyn they could have used Phangi not Wiese having 4SeamBowling is hurting us so far

Celino Lin-t Willemse
Celino Lin-t Willemse

let him play he can take wickets..let him play for jp and bring back steyn for wiese...

Poppy Mlaudzi
Poppy Mlaudzi

Steyn is nt dat bad..dey xud take Wiese out n replace him wt Steyn

Sacky Lesiba
Sacky Lesiba

Wiese cost us more runs in yesterday's game. Pangiso is needed.. as for Dale i doubt him. maybe, maybe not

Ron Hobson
Ron Hobson

Known fact! Don't understand Phangiso's selection and he doesn't play!!

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

The powers that be you truly need him more than he needs you or otherwise its going to crying time again like in NZ

Abubakar Ebrahim Akhalwaya
Abubakar Ebrahim Akhalwaya

He should have been used against Afghanistan, let him get some wickets and confidence. It's quite clear that we need a second spinner in this world cup

Lebo Chris Matlhakola
Lebo Chris Matlhakola

They would rather bowl a part timer in JP, unfortunately if your captain doesn't back you; you'll never play