July 9, 2008

South Africa in England 2008

Five things that England need to do

Kevin Pietersen during a net session in Manchester, New Zealand in England, May 21, 2008
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The Guardian's Mike Selvey lists out five areas England need to focus on during their upcoming Test series against South Africa. One of his suggestions is to ensure that Kevin Pietersen keeps his cool.

Will he be able to restrain himself when the wind-ups come, though? I recall how Shoaib Akhtar got him in Faisalabad by suckering him into indiscretion and then producing his chicken dance to send him away. This is a more mature batsman now, however, who plans and prepares meticulously. He has probably had his wife shouting insults at him just to get used to it. I think Pietersen will have a great series.

Brian Viner of the Independent interviews Graeme Smith, who talks about South African cricket's controversial transformation policy among other things.

"Look, transformation is something you have to face. We are a young sporting nation since readmission, and we face many challenges. One of them is developing the country, what's the right way to handle that, to make it a representative nation? That's not something we can hide from. But one thing I can say in terms of these players here is that I've never seen a team before in which no one doubts anyone else's ability. That shows we're getting somewhere."

Angus Fraser, in the Independent, laments the lack of an established wicketkeeper in England's ranks while interviewing Mark Boucher.

In the Cape Times, Zaahier Adams picks the 10 most memorable moments in South Africa-England Tests.

Alastair Cook, in his column in the Telegraph, says he is happy with the extra pace that will be provided by the South African attack.

In the Guardian, Paul Nixon and John Buchanan debate on whether the Ashes 2005 quartet - Flintoff, Harmison, Hoggard and Jones - should be reunited.

Ashok Ganguly is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo

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