October 4, 2012

South African cricket

South Africa's weary performance raises questions

Devashish Fuloria

After yet another early exit at an ICC tournament, South Africa's performances have raised some questions on the selection of players, the tactics employed and the captaincy, writes Tristan Holme in Cricket365.com.

Throughout the tournament there were some strange selections, and it wasn't until the final match that South Africa arrived on their best combination. Richard Levi's blitz in New Zealand earlier this year was indeed impressive, but by the time he arrived in Sri Lanka it was clear that he was struggling to repeat that performance on pitches that didn't have the same pace, and to clear boundaries of proper length. Even a pressure-free fifty against Zimbabwe couldn't hide the string of single-digit scores in England, yet he continued to be preferred to the adaptable Faf du Plessis.

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