Fast bowler and nightwatchman Anrich Nortje is determined to lead the Proteas away from trouble during the ongoing third Test against England at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
A response is needed from the Proteas in the third Test against England that starts at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, ANDRE HUISAMEN outlines the biggest areas of concern.
The third Test of the series between South Africa and England returns to the scene of the very first Test between the two countries.
The Proteas haven’t had a formidable opening pair since the days of the Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs combination. But options have become available …
The Mark Boucher era has started with clear indications that national selectors will look to grant greater rewards for franchise performers, but the Proteas must balance player progression with continuity.
Proteas opening batsman Pieter Malan has likened his Test debut last week to a video game and spoke glowingly of his first taste of cricket at the highest level.
Dean Elgar described his first innings dismissal as a ‘brain fart’. Faf du Plessis said the sweep that led to his wicket loss in the second innings was a product of a ‘mental error’, writes DANIEL GALLAN.
The sledging incident between Jos Buttler and Vernon Philander has demonstrated the need for the ICC to apply its rules with greater consistency.
When Axl Rose sang, All we need is just a little patience, he wasn’t thinking about Test cricket, but it is sound advice for anyone with aspirations of success in the ultimate format.
Andrew Strauss and Graeme Smith retired from Test cricket in 2012 and 2014, respectively. England and South Africa have appreciated some consistency from Alastair Cook and Dean Elgar since Strauss and Smith’s exits, but more than two dozen other opening partners have been tried and tested.
The appointment of former Proteas Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher to prominent roles surrounding the national team has drawn criticism from politicians who feel the trio are emblematic of resistance to transformation in South African cricket.
The Proteas will head into 2020 determined to recover from the problems of 2019.
Dwaine Pretorius is not the most fashionable cricketer the Proteas have ever picked, but he could just be the player Mark Boucher’s team needs to tip the scales in their favour.
Vernon Philander will call time on his career after the series against England and has proven to himself and his doubters that he was more than good enough to play Test cricket.
A lot has happened around the Proteas set-up in the lead-up to the series against England, but very little on the field.