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.
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.
Monday’s washout with the West Indies will make the Proteas’ qualification for the World Cup semi-finals even more unlikely, but not impossible.
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.
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.
Familiar themes emerged from Proteas coach Ottis Gibson’s pre-World Cup media conference earlier this week.
Temba Bavuma’s frustration at a lack of opportunity in ODIs can’t be vindicated by a solid stretch of form at the business end of the CSA T20 Challenge, but has reiterated South Africa’s unwillingness to play so-called Test specialists in limited-overs competition, writes JONHENRY WILSON. Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and perhaps Theunis de Bruyn are prevalent examples of this… Read more →
A successful 2019 CSA T20 Challenge proved co-existence with 2018’s Mzansi Super League is feasible.
Wednesday’s unbeaten half-century in the Lions’ CSA T20 Challenge semi-final victory was a timely reminder of the value Rassie van der Dussen will likely bring to the Proteas XI during the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom.