Anrich Nortje’s performance on day one of this week’s second Test in Pune is, unfortunately, indicative of the Proteas’ muddled thinking and game plans in India.
Positional and personnel preferences have been a predictable theme ahead of this week’s second Test in Pune. Senuran Muthusamy, however, has risen above the obvious.
All-rounder Ben Stokes has heralded former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten’s credentials, as England seek a successor for the outgoing Trevor Bayliss.
A century by Priyank Panchal ensured there was no surprises on the final day of the second four-day Test between South Africa A and India A.
The uncapped Shubman Gill has been named in India’ squad for next month’s three Tests against the Proteas.
The underwhelming international marquee players added to the Mzansi Super League – and postponement of the Euro T20 Slam – are more awkward indications of an overloaded Twenty20 cricket calendar.
Cricket South Africa performed excellent public relations work this week. The timing of Rassie van der Dussen’s addition to the national contract list has encouraged a nation reeling from the Test retirement of Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla’s decision to quit all forms of the international game.
Corrie van Zyl’s statement that Ottis Gibson’s successor will be employed as ‘a combination of the old team manager and head coach’ has ruled several pretenders out of contention.
Faf du Plessis will likely be named Men’s Cricketer of the Year at Saturday’s Cricket South Africa annual awards. Fellow nominees Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada didn’t do enough to truly justify claiming the award ahead of the Proteas captain.
Unless an outrageously obvious candidate emerges, Malibongwe Maketa must succeed Ottis Gibson.
The stars aligned for Jack Leach on Thursday. He wasn’t meant to stick around for as long as he did.
An outright, obvious replacement for Dale Steyn he is not, but Beuran Hendricks is perhaps a blessing in disguise.
Albie Morkel is the latest to bandy around the so-called ‘X-factor’ term, which actually doesn’t favour Chris Morris.
Former wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Palframan recalls the popularity of pinch-hitting in 1996, working alongside captain Hansie Cronje and coach Bob Woolmer – and playing cricket in Pakistan, writes JONHENRY WILSON.
Former Proteas all-rounder Justin Kemp remembers Herschelle Gibbs’ six sixes in one over in 2007, some individual consolation in their semi-final defeat and more, writes JONHENRY WILSON.