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.
Former Proteas spinner Robin Peterson recollects being deployed as an opening bowler in 2011, his long-standing relationship with teammate Imran Tahir and more, writes JONHENRY WILSON.
Former Proteas fast bowler Meyrick Pringle looks back at Kepler Wessels’ style of leadership, a tough 1992 tour for spinner Omar Henry and more, writes JONHENRY WILSON.
David Miller took 54 innings to welcome a maiden ODI century. He has since managed four more in 52 innings. Integral to this increase has been structure within the flexibility offered by a dynamic batting order, writes Jonhenry Wilson.
Former fast bowler Monde Zondeki remembers how coach Eric Simons’ relatively relaxed disposition contrasted with the collective nervousness of the squad in 2003, writes JONHENRY WILSON.
Familiar themes emerged from Proteas coach Ottis Gibson’s pre-World Cup media conference earlier this week.