May 12, 2010

South African cricket

Time for change in South Africa

Tariq Engineer

The soul-searching continues in the wake of another South African failure in a World Cup. Rob Houwing, writing in Sport24.co.za, thinks it’s time to ease some of the seniors out of the Twenty20 squad and bring in some fresh blood.

I feel a very significant Proteas freshening is advisable at T20 level, something that could pay dividends for the other two formats at the same time in the way it would curb the threat of some of South Africa’s more seasoned “treadmillers” from becoming blasé about donning a national shirt.

Just how genuinely motivated can someone like Kallis get, for instance, for another low-gravitas T20 international when he has represented his country on no fewer than 450 occasions? (For the record, 137 Tests, 298 ODIs and 15 T20Is.)

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