• Senior players must step up

    The most worrying aspect of South Africa’s performance in the first Test against Bangladesh was the performances of the senior players.

    Although there were a few new faces in the team, South Africa have a pretty settled side and it is worrying that it was the senior players who under performed.

    They lost the plot and I think the result of the ODI series had an impact on the mindset of the players. We had a pretty defensive mentality and played ultra defensively during the three days of the Test.

    Teams have to accept now that Bangladesh are a formidable team when they play at home.

    Quinton de Kock’s form with the bat continues to be a worry, but I don’t have the answer. The question is whether he is strong enough to bat himself out of this. He’s still very young and probably doesn’t have the necessary experience, but he should be scoring easily against a mediocre attack like the one Bangladesh have.

    I guess there isn’t much the selectors can do. It won’t help anything leaving him out of the side now.

    On the positive side the openers, Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar, got us off to good starts in both innings so at least only the middle order has been disappointing. Van Zyl did well and should be given a further chance to open the batting with Elgar.

    I thought the performance of Temba Bavuma was also impressive. He was successful when everyone else failed and looks a solid player.

    The only change I would make to the side for the second Test is to pick Kagiso Rabada. I would definitely leave Vernon Philander out and give Rabada an opportunity. He has pace and bounce and could offer something different on those lifeless pitches.

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    Graeme Pollock