282 comments
Motsejoa Andres Khoarai
Motsejoa Andres Khoarai

Amla, Elgar, Faf, Ab, Duminy, Bavuma, de Kock, Philander, Rabada, Abbott, Maharaj... simply like that...sorry Cook

Lawrence Thorpe
Lawrence Thorpe

Just give him number 5 spot.....he have done his best. Let the best just help the rest.

Lunghile Theodore Kotana
Lunghile Theodore Kotana

People calling for Duminy to be dropped forget how good his already play is. For one he is the best fielder in the side currently, after AB, he is becoming very useful wiith the ball especially in dry surfaces like we saw in Kingsmead, and most importantly, he is batting out very important innings at crucial points. I mean the guy is probably the best runner between the wickets in the world, as much boundaries excite the crowd, his ability to run between the wickets helps his partners to get going in games.

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

Drop Faf, then you solve three problems at once, 1. Captaincy argument 2. Faf's poor form 3. Faf questionable ethics. Not the first time he has been caught for ball tampering ie cheating

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Well we only have 6 right now, Quinney must allow himself to be counted

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

They have stated AB will be captain when he returns, so yes he has won i think actually 8 games but he won't be captain anymore so why keep him?

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

Because I believe in transformation and our targets need to be met

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Is 5 players of colour not enough? If it isn't then I agree leave JP in.

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

I love how ppl go from hating Duminy to wanting him as a firm fixture in the team after 1 good innings.

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

The problem is there just isnt any better player of colour so we have to leave JP in. We do not want Mr Mbalula sending the Proteas back into cricketing isolation, I would rather have them play.

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

The ministry used 60% as the barometer for their measurements, which equates to seven players of colour in the team.

Tom Braain' Herbert
Tom Braain' Herbert

He fits in right where he left! Greatest batsmen of his generation! How is this even a question???!!! \U0001f615\U0001f615\U0001f602\U0001f602

Philelo Mudau
Philelo Mudau

Aren't we all jumping the gun a little here? No one can take away the fact that the Proteas performed well against the Aussies but we should not forget that the experience that AB, Dale or Hashim bring to the table cannot be replaced over night. Playing conditions will not always be in our favour and that's where these player come in. I don't see why we should even speculate on their place in the team

Jeff Gaitskill
Jeff Gaitskill

Bring in AB - drop a spinner and let Duminy bowl as a second spinner

Greig Hains
Greig Hains

Surely he should play some domestic cricket after an operation and regain form first. If all goes well it will build his confidence and the players confidence in him. Yes - he was world class and probably will be again. Injuries acan do funny things to people if not managed correctly.

Nick Armstrong
Nick Armstrong

Great article! :) However - how about Faf to open? He has the skill set - and Hashim has made no. 3 his own.. :) If Hash is happy to open - then go with Hash.. :)

Nick Leo
Nick Leo

AB always fits in! There is no way you can leave him out. Probably the best player in the world right now.

Sandiso Clement Nhlapo
Sandiso Clement Nhlapo

Fit on the sideline, if it's not broken. ...so don't fix it!Faf must be kept as a captain,he killed the Aussies with ease, the players seem to enjoy his captaincy.

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

AB de Villiers must just wait for his turn. He can't just expect to walk back into the team. The team is currently doing well. The selectors need to treat all players equally or else if they don't it will destroy the current team spirit & create unnecessary animosity.

Tertius Dippenaar
Tertius Dippenaar

Your kidding right?? The man averages 50 in test cricket ! He plays and bats where he want to ...

Saneliso Sphumelele Hlongwane
Saneliso Sphumelele Hlongwane

Kallis is one of the greatest test players yes and the tantrum was only about T20i and at that time he was vice captain of that very T20i side that he wasn't selected for. So we can argue his greatness in T20i but not in Tests

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

AB will become bigheaded if he gets special treatment. We don't want another Kallis premadonna who will throw tantrums because he feels his entitled to be in the starting line-up. No player is bigger than the team.

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Ps Kallis never had to throw a tantrum his selection was never questioned... ever. He is arguably the best test player ever

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

Clearly Mark, you're still wet behind the ear & a couch potatoe cricket fan. AB was selected & played for the Proteas before Duminy. For your information Kallis threw a tantrum when he was not initially selected for the first T20 World Cup. The selectors were forced to include him because of his demands & over reliance at the time. Yes Kallis was not only one of the best test & ODI all rounders ever but when it came to world cup tournaments he disappointed & choked.

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala we are talking about AB place in the test side. T20 cricket was never part of the discussion. Perhaps you didn't read the post correctly? Also I would like to clear something up? Does AB need special treatment or is he just that good that he walks back into the team? Secondly he's probably one of the most humble cricketers around, so you're argument is invalid

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

Mark James Lumley, is AB entitled to walk back into the team just because of his average? Must someone be the sacrificial lamb just so AB can walk back into the team? Why fiddle with a winning team just to accommodate AB? Clearly you're blinded by your obsession for AB. He can't expect to just walk back into the team. He needs to earn his place back into the team.

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala since JP made his debut in 2009 AB averages 60. JP averages 34 and has one good innings and AB must go prove himself to get back in? You dreaming bud Christo Schwellnus what you think?

Christo Schwellnus
Christo Schwellnus

I'm at a loss for words Mark James Lumley. So this guy recons the incumbent captain and the player that is globally accepted as the best batsman in the world needs to prove himself because JP finally fluked himself into some runs. Best not argue with this fool, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. I am also not sure he understands cricket statistics or even watches the game. He tuned Kallis. Compares T20 with Test matches. Laughable really...

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

So Mark James Lumley, you've managed to butt kiss your girlfriend Christo Schwellnus for moral support. This two homesexual imbecile clowns are a joke. You deserve each other!

Christo Schwellnus
Christo Schwellnus

Stick to bigotry Joseph Thabo Lekalakala. You seem to have a penchant for it...I believe the old adage 'bigotry is blindness' rings true in this case since you clearly don't watch cricket...

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

Christo Schwellnus, menstruation is getting the better of you. Get your boyfriend Mark to change your sanitary pad. What a retard!

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

Joseph AB could bat left handed and walk into this team or any other team for that matter. Thank goodness you are not a selector as you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

Richard Meyer, clearly you're blind & used to walking into anything . Stick to playing netball

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

Joseph you should stick to watching the Kardashians, similar intelligence level!

Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer

The only thing thats wet about me is the tears of laughter running down my face when I think about how little Joseph knows about cricket. What a knob.

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Joseph must make you feel good that so many people agree with you

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

Mark, clearly you're still wet behind the ear. Keep sucking up to your girlfriend Christo

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

Richard Meyer, no wonder I use your ugly face as toilet paper to wipe my arse. It feels good after flushing it down the toilet

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

But nothing can change how stupid you are making yourself look\U0001f602

Joseph Thabo Lekalakala
Joseph Thabo Lekalakala

I don't blame your wife for opening her legs at Parkers while Christo is busy poking your ass \U0001f602

Mark James Lumley
Mark James Lumley

Joseph when you have AB stats you have earned the right to walk back into the team. Duminy averages 34 and AB average north of 50???? To be fair he's played 1 good innings in years

NkosiSibiya
NkosiSibiya

Joseph you have no idea what you talking about, Kallis is a leading run scorer for South Africa with the average of 75. so he disappointed? no i dont think so. we just cant leave out someone like AB, numbers are incredible bruh , unless you dont know what you doing


NkosiSibiya
NkosiSibiya

@Joseph Thabo Lekalakala you need help buddy, which cricket are you following? my guy you cant leave the best player in the world, the numbers are too good to leave him. if he 's fit to play then he should play and captain the side. @Mark James Lumley i think JB deserve to be in the team, yes he was out-of-form for a while but he is showing go signs now, so give him a chance and beside with the transformation issue i dont think he will be dropped. so who should make way for AB, unfortunately Stevy(Cook) will have to make way for AB ,Amla should open the innings will Dean.