IT’S not easy being a South African team at a major tournament. The whole country wants you to win and almost as many people suspect you will not.
TECHNIQUE and timing are two of the ingredients needed to make a batsman world-class.
GRAEME Smith and Michael Clarke are quality batsmen, but they have been conspicuous by their absence as major players in the Test series between SA and Australia.
“MAYBE we just don’t like to throw the first punch,” was the most telling thing Graeme Smith said yesterday ahead of today’s second Test against Australia at St George’s Park.
FAF du Plessis will play his last match for South Africa for almost a month, perhaps more, in the second T20 against Pakistan at Newlands today.
Without Amla and Steyn heat will truly be on. NEITHER Graeme Smith nor Misbah-ul-Haq wanted to dwell on the implications of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn missing the second Test between Pakistan and SA in Dubai today.
SELF-EXAMINATION is the best outcome of defeat and South African cricket received a reason for a healthy dose last week.
GRAEME Smith’s triple celebration at the Wanderers today is in no danger of being overshadowed by the start of the Test series between South Africa and Pakistan.