• Steyn should not be rushed

    South Africa have made the right call in not risking Dale Steyn for the third Test against England.

    While his unavailability will undoubtedly be a big loss for the Proteas, I am not sold on Steyn. He has been injured nine times over the last two years. He should not be rushed back. I would go for the really fit players at the moment.

    It will be interesting to see whether the selectors go with four seamers at the Wanderers or stick with Dane Piedt. I would like to see Chris Morris get a run in the team because I think he is a good cricketer. With Steyn not playing I would maybe like them to stick to the team that played at Newlands.

    South Africa made a great turnaround in Cape Town and they had to be mentally strong to do it. I thought Hashim Amla’s resignation as captain was overdue. It’s not an easy job if you haven’t done it on a regular basis so it was a good decision.

    The Newlands performance can be seen as a turnaround, but only if the Proteas build on it going forward. AB de Villiers will make a seamless transition to the captaincy role, but I would like to see him play his normal game and turn the pressure on the England bowlers. He is always more effective when he does that.

    That goes for the batting unit as a whole. Now that they have improved their mental approach to the game, I want to see them bat a bit more aggressively because that also helps you win Test matches. Otherwise you run out of time when you bat too slow, so they must be more forceful.

    I guess Stiaan van Zyl will get one more opportunity at the top of the order, but it’s a pity Stephen Cook is not in the squad because he has probably played more cricket at the Wanderers than everyone else in the team combined.

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    Graeme Pollock