The Proteas should consider a return to their seam strength for the second Test match against India in Pune on Thursday, writes PHILASANDE SIXABA.
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.
Learning on the job is going to be essential for the inexperienced Proteas if they are going to bounce back in the last two Test matches against India.
It’s easy to be cynical and it comes naturally for many Proteas fans, but can the national team prove the doubters wrong, writes WADE PRETORIUS.
Quinton de Kock needs to take more responsibility in the Proteas batting lineup in the Test series against India following the retirement of stalwart Hashim Amla, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
Over the past two months Ben Stokes has showed that there is more to cricket heroes than just statistics, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
The Proteas will be hard-pressed to fire on the batting front when they tour India in the coming months, writes JON CARDINELLI.
It might get worse before it gets better, writes Gary Lemke in his latest SA Cricket Magazine column.
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.
If cricket is a gentleman’s game, Hashim Amla will always be the living, breathing example of what that stands for, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Many people consider Mark Boucher to be the favourite to take charge of the Proteas. However, the Proteas legend’s unwillingness to improve and develop himself as a coach should count against him.
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.
The Proteas need to hit the ground running when they begin their challenging Test Championship campaign in India, writes JON CARDINELLI.