Vernon Philander has had a phenomenal Test career for South Africa, but the Proteas need him to perform his greatest hits one last time against England, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
Besides an obvious lack of form and a loss of confidence, the Proteas’ batting lacks the intent and intensity required to put an international bowling attack under pressure, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
Test cricket will soon lose its soul if the International Cricket Council continues to take the emotion out of the game we love.
While the Proteas executed their bowling plans excellently on day one of the Port Elizabeth Test, they need to wrap up the England innings quickly if they want to win this Test match. writes JOHN GOLIATH.
South Africa’s batsmen need to give left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj something to bowl at if they want him to take advantage at St George’s Park, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
The Proteas need to seize the big moments with the bat in the remaining Tests against England if they want to ensure a series win, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
The Proteas showed a lot of fight at Newlands, but not enough to mask their shortcomings following their sixth defeat in their last seven Test matches, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
The Proteas’ batting unit has struggled to score more than 300 runs in recent times, but they will need to dig deep when it’s their turn to bat, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
If the on-field umpires aren’t going to bother calling no-balls at Newlands, then the television umpire needs to be immediately empowered to police the frontline, writes JOHN GOLIATH.
The Proteas’ top-order needs to leave the ball a lot better if they want to score big runs against England this summer.
Kyle Verreynne’s emergence as a top wicketkeeper-batsman over the last couple of seasons could free up Quinton de Kock to move up the order in the Proteas lineup during the England tour.
Transparency is key if the head honchos at Cricket South Africa want to win back the trust and respect of the nation and its cricket supporters.
Some of events in which CSA made the headlines for all the wrong reasons this year.
Proteas players must agree to play a certain number of matches for their franchises, while Cricket SA must find a way to keep experienced players from signing Kolpak contracts in order to strengthen the domestic game.
South African pitches greatly assist the Proteas when they play at home, but cripples them when they play elsewhere in the world.