South Africa news May 14, 2010

Smith launches Twitter tirade at Kepler Wessels

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Graeme Smith has launched a scathing attack on former South Africa captain and selector Kepler Wessels on Twitter and hit back at the criticism his side have received after being dumped out of the World Twenty20 in the Super Eights stage.

"Find it amazing that kepler can sit and say should have picked a younger squad when he was 1 of the selectors who chose it!unbelievable!" Smith wrote on Twitter and followed it up with "Atleast we own up to playing poorly.but all these so called experts/ex players im not sure I see a winners medal hanging round there necks!"

South Africa lost heavily to England and Pakistan to finish bottom of the table in their Super Eights group and have won just a single global event - the ICC Knockout in Dhaka 12 years ago - since their reintroduction to world cricket in 1992.

Their recent failure prompted a clutch of former players to voice their concerns, with Graeme Pollock saying "The two run-chases, against England and Pakistan, were two of the most amateurish I've ever seen," and former selector Hugh Page saying: "In every other side, there's a young player - sometimes two - who will go after the bowling early in the innings, I'd like to more young players to be given an opportunity."

Though nobody has as yet called for his head, Smith has been in charge for seven years and is under pressure to turn things around soon. South Africa play West Indies in three Tests, four ODIs and two Twenty20s beginning May 19.

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  • on May 19, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    If he can risk axing Boucher, i think it is time for Smith to go. Put Johan back on Cappie!

  • CiMP on May 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    What SA needs in ICC tournaments is self belief, imagination and flexibility. A talented and experienced side like the Saffers cannot be faulted on skill or application. As I write this, they are falling like 9 pins in the opening T20 against the WI (130/7 in 19 ov) at Antigua. They need someone like Javed Miandad, Michael Bevan or their own Fanie de Villiers in the middle overs.

  • RahulSharma5 on May 17, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I always have respect for Graeme Smith, he is a quality player and a very very good leader, the only thing that makes him bad is that he get very over confident even before the game and feels that his team is unbeatable, however rather then talking high about his team, he needs to focus on key areas how to beat the opponents and keep that within the team instead of revealing the secrets about the opposition. I will always favour South African Cricket Team, but they deserve to win an ICC World Cup, they have the players with the calibre to really do that, they really need to rise their spirits. All the best South Africa.

  • AidanNaude78 on May 17, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    If you say Graeme Smith is a bad captain and the fault is his , go wash your eyes out , Sa cricket is in disarray and has been since the Hansie Saga , What Graeme brings to the table as a cricketer is far greater than any other player in the side , because he really cares about his team ,he wears his heart on his sleeve and always seems to give his best. This and the fact that some players think they are bigger than the team and consistently underachieve is beyond recognition , why don't we pose these questions to Cricket South Africa? Biff is a tower of strength all he needs is World class coach for him and his team.

  • on May 17, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    It is time for Smith to resign as captain. He has had more than enough time to help us win a few worthy medals. He is incapable of motivating his team, and it appears as if he uses cliques IN the team to purse what ever agenda he is after. It is time for him to go!!! I strongly suggest Hashim Amla as the next captain, and it's time they let him play in the 20/20 squad as well. He would do far better than AB, Smith and even Kallis.

  • on May 17, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Its been the trend now that the teams make the player who is not performing the worst of all, their captain. We have got examples in history when the captain had been probably the worst player on the pitch. The likes of Waqar Younas, Rashid Latif and recently Shoaib Malik, Michael Clarke, GRAEME SMITH and many more. So the only thing that is keeping Smith in the team is his captaincy. If he were not a captain, he couldn't have made into the team with the type of form he is in. Moreover South Africa will have to produce quality spinners and the batsmen who can play spinners well to win a major ICC trophy.

  • EBA_1 on May 17, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I think G. Smith is the worst captain SA has since Kepler. And for one bad captain to advise another or to have words is like seeing two dump guys arguing about Einstein's theory of relativity, it just does not make sence.

    Smith has shown that he is a leader but not a good cricketing mind. He made bad bowling changes, bad fielding changes and on average would be rated lower then Bangledash in 20/20 captaincy.

    Johan Botha has shown that not only can he captain well, but he can play the game just as well. Botha single handedly won the games for SA in Australia, ODI and 20/20. It appears that Smith felt threatend by Botha cause the very next move was to drop him.

    I think as long as Smith is there the team will revolve around him and his success. And who ever comes in his way will be dropped. Lets look in the pass who got in his way; Klusener; Kallis (droped for the first 20/20 world cup after he had words with Smith); Boucher (vic-captain, then dropped from team and possition) ex

  • Marktc on May 17, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Strangely enough, nobody is pointing fingers at the coaching staff. There must be an a portion of blame here as they did not prepare the players for the matches. Granted we a disappointed that SA did so badly, but let's not forget their good performances of late. Smith has been lauded by many commentators (largely made up of ex players) as one of the best captains around. The has not made himself a liked person though, so emotional fans want his head with every failure but they quickly forget the major successes. Smith, Boucher and Kallis are three of the biggest hitters in world cricket and it may be a mistake to assume they are not T20 players. One must also consider that there may be other things behind the scenes, as is a regular thing in SA sport. SA must regain their self belief and beat the WI convincingly. Changes that need to be made, should be made after consideration and not from passion only.

  • cricbic on May 16, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Perhaps some of you should look at this: http://stats.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=5319;type=tournament

    Kallis amassed the 2nd most runs in the IPL this year - does this mean he has no place in this format? No, that would be ridiculous. Pre-empting some further garbage, his strike rate may not be the highest, but he performs the anchor role with aplomb. My fellow followers of the game, try avoid the knee-jerkism and emotionally-triggered blindness.

  • SuperSharky on May 16, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Or maybe, the younger and fitter guys should play the Test cricket while the older legends play 20/20. For 20/20 is also a show-business. No, players should always be selected on merit (form & stats?). And a balance between experience and younger blood players. No disagreement needed in the media.

  • on May 19, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    If he can risk axing Boucher, i think it is time for Smith to go. Put Johan back on Cappie!

  • CiMP on May 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    What SA needs in ICC tournaments is self belief, imagination and flexibility. A talented and experienced side like the Saffers cannot be faulted on skill or application. As I write this, they are falling like 9 pins in the opening T20 against the WI (130/7 in 19 ov) at Antigua. They need someone like Javed Miandad, Michael Bevan or their own Fanie de Villiers in the middle overs.

  • RahulSharma5 on May 17, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I always have respect for Graeme Smith, he is a quality player and a very very good leader, the only thing that makes him bad is that he get very over confident even before the game and feels that his team is unbeatable, however rather then talking high about his team, he needs to focus on key areas how to beat the opponents and keep that within the team instead of revealing the secrets about the opposition. I will always favour South African Cricket Team, but they deserve to win an ICC World Cup, they have the players with the calibre to really do that, they really need to rise their spirits. All the best South Africa.

  • AidanNaude78 on May 17, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    If you say Graeme Smith is a bad captain and the fault is his , go wash your eyes out , Sa cricket is in disarray and has been since the Hansie Saga , What Graeme brings to the table as a cricketer is far greater than any other player in the side , because he really cares about his team ,he wears his heart on his sleeve and always seems to give his best. This and the fact that some players think they are bigger than the team and consistently underachieve is beyond recognition , why don't we pose these questions to Cricket South Africa? Biff is a tower of strength all he needs is World class coach for him and his team.

  • on May 17, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    It is time for Smith to resign as captain. He has had more than enough time to help us win a few worthy medals. He is incapable of motivating his team, and it appears as if he uses cliques IN the team to purse what ever agenda he is after. It is time for him to go!!! I strongly suggest Hashim Amla as the next captain, and it's time they let him play in the 20/20 squad as well. He would do far better than AB, Smith and even Kallis.

  • on May 17, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Its been the trend now that the teams make the player who is not performing the worst of all, their captain. We have got examples in history when the captain had been probably the worst player on the pitch. The likes of Waqar Younas, Rashid Latif and recently Shoaib Malik, Michael Clarke, GRAEME SMITH and many more. So the only thing that is keeping Smith in the team is his captaincy. If he were not a captain, he couldn't have made into the team with the type of form he is in. Moreover South Africa will have to produce quality spinners and the batsmen who can play spinners well to win a major ICC trophy.

  • EBA_1 on May 17, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I think G. Smith is the worst captain SA has since Kepler. And for one bad captain to advise another or to have words is like seeing two dump guys arguing about Einstein's theory of relativity, it just does not make sence.

    Smith has shown that he is a leader but not a good cricketing mind. He made bad bowling changes, bad fielding changes and on average would be rated lower then Bangledash in 20/20 captaincy.

    Johan Botha has shown that not only can he captain well, but he can play the game just as well. Botha single handedly won the games for SA in Australia, ODI and 20/20. It appears that Smith felt threatend by Botha cause the very next move was to drop him.

    I think as long as Smith is there the team will revolve around him and his success. And who ever comes in his way will be dropped. Lets look in the pass who got in his way; Klusener; Kallis (droped for the first 20/20 world cup after he had words with Smith); Boucher (vic-captain, then dropped from team and possition) ex

  • Marktc on May 17, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Strangely enough, nobody is pointing fingers at the coaching staff. There must be an a portion of blame here as they did not prepare the players for the matches. Granted we a disappointed that SA did so badly, but let's not forget their good performances of late. Smith has been lauded by many commentators (largely made up of ex players) as one of the best captains around. The has not made himself a liked person though, so emotional fans want his head with every failure but they quickly forget the major successes. Smith, Boucher and Kallis are three of the biggest hitters in world cricket and it may be a mistake to assume they are not T20 players. One must also consider that there may be other things behind the scenes, as is a regular thing in SA sport. SA must regain their self belief and beat the WI convincingly. Changes that need to be made, should be made after consideration and not from passion only.

  • cricbic on May 16, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Perhaps some of you should look at this: http://stats.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=5319;type=tournament

    Kallis amassed the 2nd most runs in the IPL this year - does this mean he has no place in this format? No, that would be ridiculous. Pre-empting some further garbage, his strike rate may not be the highest, but he performs the anchor role with aplomb. My fellow followers of the game, try avoid the knee-jerkism and emotionally-triggered blindness.

  • SuperSharky on May 16, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Or maybe, the younger and fitter guys should play the Test cricket while the older legends play 20/20. For 20/20 is also a show-business. No, players should always be selected on merit (form & stats?). And a balance between experience and younger blood players. No disagreement needed in the media.

  • SuperSharky on May 16, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Well Done rambadi for your brilliant letter. I totally agree with you. You speak of nothing but the truth. To me, Graeme Smith has always been South Africa's most childish and unprofessional Captain ever. And it is not an age thing, but a patience situation. Old guys can hit the ball just as hard IF THEY WANT TO DO SO! (Graeme Pollock, Jayasuriya all had many a great innings late in their careers.) Boucher, Kallis and Smith should concentrate on ODI's and Test Cricket for they are the patient legends of those formats. And like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, they should rather give the impatient youngsters (Like Colin Ingram) the freedom to play the luck game (20/20 format) while they create their own luck in the Test Arena.

  • BellCurve on May 16, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Overall the quality of comments below is appalling. Commentators are calling for new blood, but in the same breath call for the heads of Smith, Duminy and De Villiers - all who are under 30 years old. Hussey didn't get to play for Australia until he was 29! It takes a long time for a cricketer to develop. Batsmen seldom reach their prime before the age of 25. Sure - SA could pick Rilee Rossouw, Richard Levi, Stiaan van Zyl and David Miller - but would anyone prefer these youngsters over Smith, Kallis, Boucher and De Villiers? Look carefully at the form of these guys in Tests, ODIs, T20Is, IPL and domestic cricket over the last three years. They are among the best in the business. Not performing in the World T20 means next to nothing. Stop falling victim to bored journalists with nothing else to write about.

  • on May 16, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I think it's time for some new blood too - south africa has some excellent talent but no one of calibre to direct them properly on the field and Smith is definitely not the captain for 20/20 - Ab should be brought in as captain - Smith's an excellent test captain - but that's it. It's about time time Kallis, Gibbs, Boucher made way for some new talent. Jp needs to be dropped.

  • rambadi on May 16, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    I am not so sure these comments should be coming from an experienced captain of a national side. Sure, criticisms might touch your nerve, but it is a part of the game. And when it is coming from recognized former cricketers, I don't believe this is the best way to respond. "So-called experts?" Really?!? Firstly, lashing out like this in response to criticisms is by itself a denial mechanism, which is not good. Secondly, responding through twitter tweeting? Is this what modern day sports professionals have been reduced to. Smith certainly did not choose the appropriate channel to respond to the criticism.

    What the hell ever happened to professionalism these days? Players just going around doing whatever they want, saying whatever they want, behaving like children. Surely, not every player is like this, but this sort of reaction is totally unwarranted from the captain of a national side. Some people just take freedom of speech for granted these days.

  • Itchy on May 16, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Smith, Gibbs, Kallis & Boucher do not need to retire from T20 - it is up to the selctors to stop picking them surely. The players do not run the show - that is the job of SA Cricket and the selctors.

    As for the players being too old, have a look at the other teams and you will note that there are plenty who are older than the SA squad members (Smith is only 29 - apart from a couple of exceptions, most of the current Aus team is older than this).

    Hiteshdevilliers: Last time I checked, the '99 ODI World Cup Final was played between Australia and Pakistan - SA were knocked out in the semis.

  • WJStryder on May 15, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    The problem for SA is that there are very few players knocking on the door for international selection. There are some good young bowlers around, but no good young batsmen. For allthe people calling for Smith and co head ... can you suggest who they should be replaced with?

  • Chairtruck on May 15, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Smith is a great batsman, he shouldn't give up T20. Kallis, Gibbs and Boucher need to be told to leave the T20 side. Bring in young blood and start prep for 2012 tournament in SL.

  • boris6491 on May 15, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I think it is certainly worth injecting some new blood into this South African outfit and allowing Kallis and Smith to focus on OD and Test cricket, the two forms which they are best suited to. Gibbs has honestly shown that his career is all but over with flops in both the IPL as well as the World T20. This public outburst by Smith is really bound to stir the pot though and cause further controversy which is avoidable, I don't think he should have posted such thoughts on Twitter of all places. As for the content, stating that 'we own up to our losses' isn't going to solve anything, these really do seem like excuses for his side's failure, and unfortunately these excuses are becoming less valid with each failure. I would like to see AB De Villiers take over the captaincy in T20s for SA. They can take heart from the rises to prominence of both England and Australia in this tournament, but they are yet to show that they truly deserve the label of a champion team.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on May 15, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Smith/Kallis +Gibbs,Boucher should be out. We want some new blood in top...

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on May 15, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Smith, its the time, you must retire from T20 alongside Kallis. U both are briliant but T20 isn't for you.

  • on May 15, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I agree with Asif Rathore that England are the Biggest Chokers in cricket but surprisingly nobody branded them that ever. Is it because most of the famous commentators like Geoffrey Boycott, Tony Greig, David llyod, David Gower, Ian Botham are english!!!

  • Thunee_man_Naidoo on May 15, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Its a shame that South Africa has given the title of being "chokers". Especially like in the World T20 where every game counts, if you get knocked out at any place (group, super 8's, semis and finals) people can say you choked.

  • SebV on May 15, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    I'm in total agreement with @cryptq1. I'm a big fan of Graeme Smith and MSD. Their final 11 though is not the best. Morne Morkel should never have played in the first place .. Rusty Theron is a great weapon. Morne has nothing to add with the bat and goes for big runs with the ball. AB De and JP D haven't really fulfilled their potential, neither do they have anyone pushing for their place. And I believe RSA should always play two spinners - Johan Botha and Merwe.

  • proteasfan99 on May 15, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Smith was right about the former players. They is no need for critism. they did not even achieve what Smith and co have achieved. With away test series wins to Aussie, England..that said its test cricket. Something has to be done about the T20 squad but this critism should just end. Kallis, Boucher, Gibbs should leave T20 cricket for the younger guys. A platform to build upcoming cricketers. if they can back themselves in T20 then they can do that in any other format. Smith shud give away the T20 captaincy and his place in the squad in that format shud be based on his performances..

  • cryptq1 on May 15, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Smith must go. Johan Botha should be captain. Kepler is very knowledgable and to be listened to. Imho it would be fair for a selector to criticize the selections under the following circumstances, the captain has to much say as to the make-up of the squad, ie can overrule selectors and once the squad is selected the selectors have no say in the selection of the final eleven. I do not know whether either of these apply but if they do then Smith is the one that should be quiet.

    A few things that is obvious, they need to find an opening pair. Looking at Kallis' IPL record he is one of the pair. If Smith stays on as captain he needs to learn how to use his spin bowlers. Players like Rusty Theron must play, Morne Morkel and his no-balls have no place in the short game, yet the better player never got a game giving credibility to Kepler's remarks. The selectors picked him yet he never played, who makes that decision?

  • on May 15, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Sorry Graeme but Kepler knows what he's talking about. Please, Pleeeeze do South Africa a favour & you, Kallis, Boucher, & Gibbs must do the honourable thing & retire from T20 cricket, period!

  • on May 15, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    i think smith is totally rght....we in pakistan have a huge hound of ex players ready to attack team on tehir bad day but funny how whn they become part of board management they dont make any effort on their part. evryteam goes through a lowtime, but they always bounce back and thats what will happen with southafrica. cmon u guys have crushed us soo many times its not evn funny!!

  • YorkshirePudding on May 15, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    I have full sympathy for Smith, for the selectors to critise him for thier selections is rich, however as an England supporter its something we're used to. The fact is that most major teams now split the ODI/T20I and Test captaincy, Australia do it, England do it, Pakistan do it, as they recognise that the two formats are different, you dont want a captain that thinks 2-3 sessions ahead, you need a captain that thinks 1-2 overs ahead and can be reactive in the field. In my opionion the main issue with the SA team was the slow scoring rates, of the top and middle order, Smith and Kallis, are great Test and ODI batsmen, but only mediocre T20I players. SA wil learn from this series and bounce back just as England and Australia have done in previous series.

  • wondercloak on May 15, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Good on you Graeme...Kepler Wessels is always the first to criticise and it's boring as hell. Smith knows, he said straight away in the on-field interview that it wasn't good enough. I know it's hard for these ex-players not to be in the media limelight when they finish playing so they have to feel important by voicing their opinions from afar but either be a part of the solution and help South African cricket pick itself up or swallow your pride and keep your opinions to yourselves.

  • Mark_H on May 15, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Age got nothing to do with it, excuse the term but some of the team members suffer from early ejaculation, a lot of action at the start but no performance when you need them.

  • AsifRathod on May 15, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Stop guys !! Be gentleman. SA team in last 20 yrs looks like the best side in the world but never won a major title. C'mon guys consider yourselves lucky, u atleast won the Champions Trophy once. England is playing cricket for more than, 150 yrs, but never won any big title. Chill down, stop tweeting and start practicing.

  • on May 15, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Sure South Africa lack the x factor & imagination of other top teams.It has been a collective failure of both young and old players in the team.They need to correct the sad fact that they have not won a major trophy in a long time even though they suffered horrific luck on some occasions.There is a lack of belief when it comes to the big stage

  • SettingSun on May 15, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Smith's got a point about Wessels. But bearing in mind that Smith doesn't exactly have any 'winner's medals' round his neck either, that would mean these people have as much right to rant as he does.

  • katoom on May 15, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Well it's the same old story, I blame the involvement of politics in South African cricket. That is surely one of the main reasons why Mickey Arthur left, I'm sure he was sick and tired of the way SA cricket is run upstairs and where the politicians want it to go. It must be soul destroying playing against a team where the the first three batsmen learnt their cricket on SA soil and knowing you could've had them on your side. I don't blame those batsmen at all for playing for England, where they are appreciated for their talents and selected on merit. Smith, however should stick to Tests and 50 over matches where he's more suited. As for Smith's comments on Kepler..... he can't be more correct.

  • khalekk on May 15, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I don't see anything wrong with that, what Smith said was 100% correct. It's not totally Smith's fault that he gets criticised for everything.

  • hegde421201 on May 15, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Smith is the biggest loudmouth skipper in world cricket ans should be removed from the T20 team.His T20 pyrotechnics are pretty much limited and wastes too many deliveries.Merwe should be given an oppurtunity to play more overs as his big hitting talent is being wasted.

  • dingo58 on May 15, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Hmmm maybe Smith needs replacing ...he is far to old and slow to react ..except reacting to critism

  • Dazzling_Devil on May 15, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    SA defeated Ponting's Aus in Aus under the leadership of Johan Botha... which was a great feat!! There is no harm in handing captaincy again to Botha in T20 atleast. I understand Graeme Smith is going thru a bad patch with his batting (due to injuries) but his captaincy in LOI seems bad too.

    May be if Smith is relieved of captaincy burdeb... he ll be able to come back to form. He is a great batsman!

  • on May 15, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    I think smith is right to some extent about medals around necks..but one thing smith has to understand that you cant hv kallis in first six overs..you got to set the tone in first 6 overs..i am a pakistani n even inlast year semi final i was happy as long as kallis was on the crease because he cant win you a T20 game...so south africa should get rid of him and gibbs too

  • on May 15, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    twitter seems the newest forum to get in trouble nowdays lol!

  • Dubby49 on May 15, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Seems the reaction in SA is much of a muchness with that in India. Ex-players should gie there advice before the event - not after the debacle.

  • mudhabir on May 15, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Pressure is really on Smith to make the proteas lift an ICC trophy.Time is running for him, i think 2011 WC is his last chance.If he misses this oppurtunity, this will be his last major tournament as captain.

  • stormywater on May 15, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    did kepler really blast his own selections?? wow

  • on May 15, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It is just a oneoff failure. South Africa will be back soon! T20 cricket anything can happen like how Netherland beat England in last year's T20 world cup.

  • lucyferr on May 15, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    I thought the South African plan was working very well, as this very tournament proves! It's a very simple plan - export the good South Africans to represent a different country (knocking out the native players in the process) and then have them win!

  • CricketRealist77 on May 15, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Graeme Smith is right these ex players never win anything they don't know how to win but the current crop is the same. Same old story South Africa chokers!

  • on May 15, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I agree with Smith. Twenty20 is a fickle game and when former players and stakeholders jump on the bandwagon and start this kind of thing, it's just not prroductive. Don't get me wrong, I'm an Aussie and we love beating the Saffers, but come on SA, give your guys a break and do something constructive

  • ahsan1315 on May 15, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    The problem with south Africa it seems sometimes is that they are too professional that the urge and desire to win is over shadowed. Sometimes in a game, you have to take a wicket in all odds or hit a six at any cost. This is done by most of the teams who turn out champions. Failed to see this from south africans. somebody correct me if iam wrong.

  • dinosaurus on May 14, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    South Africa is still struggling to shake off a kind of "born to rule" mentality. While there was an argument for considering the Currie Cup a very elite competition in the early years of the exclusion, it does seem that the assumption that South African sides are uniquely blessed with talent is "off".

  • on May 14, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    He's Absolutely right....they can't comment because they themselves haven't fared so well.

  • Hiteshdevilliers on May 14, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    If the squad was any younger, South Africa would have to play with teenagers. Apart from fewer than a handful of a players (Kallis, Boucher, Gibbs), most of the squad were in their 20's in terms of age. Why South Africa can't perform in global events, is a tough code to crack!! They are one of the most consistent teams in the world, and yet when it comes to ICC events, it is the great jinx. The problem seems to be psychological, but that's my guess. Unlike this tournament, South Africa have consistently reached the semi-final stages before and even a final (99 WC'), and yet it remains to be one of the great unknowns....

  • Arthaurian on May 14, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    YES YES YES!!!! This is what I like. Smith is so emotionless on tv that you never really know whats happening in his head, or what type of person he really is. At least now we have some form of insight of what might be happening in the change room. This is interesting, really interesting.

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  • Arthaurian on May 14, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    YES YES YES!!!! This is what I like. Smith is so emotionless on tv that you never really know whats happening in his head, or what type of person he really is. At least now we have some form of insight of what might be happening in the change room. This is interesting, really interesting.

  • Hiteshdevilliers on May 14, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    If the squad was any younger, South Africa would have to play with teenagers. Apart from fewer than a handful of a players (Kallis, Boucher, Gibbs), most of the squad were in their 20's in terms of age. Why South Africa can't perform in global events, is a tough code to crack!! They are one of the most consistent teams in the world, and yet when it comes to ICC events, it is the great jinx. The problem seems to be psychological, but that's my guess. Unlike this tournament, South Africa have consistently reached the semi-final stages before and even a final (99 WC'), and yet it remains to be one of the great unknowns....

  • on May 14, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    He's Absolutely right....they can't comment because they themselves haven't fared so well.

  • dinosaurus on May 14, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    South Africa is still struggling to shake off a kind of "born to rule" mentality. While there was an argument for considering the Currie Cup a very elite competition in the early years of the exclusion, it does seem that the assumption that South African sides are uniquely blessed with talent is "off".

  • ahsan1315 on May 15, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    The problem with south Africa it seems sometimes is that they are too professional that the urge and desire to win is over shadowed. Sometimes in a game, you have to take a wicket in all odds or hit a six at any cost. This is done by most of the teams who turn out champions. Failed to see this from south africans. somebody correct me if iam wrong.

  • on May 15, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I agree with Smith. Twenty20 is a fickle game and when former players and stakeholders jump on the bandwagon and start this kind of thing, it's just not prroductive. Don't get me wrong, I'm an Aussie and we love beating the Saffers, but come on SA, give your guys a break and do something constructive

  • CricketRealist77 on May 15, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Graeme Smith is right these ex players never win anything they don't know how to win but the current crop is the same. Same old story South Africa chokers!

  • lucyferr on May 15, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    I thought the South African plan was working very well, as this very tournament proves! It's a very simple plan - export the good South Africans to represent a different country (knocking out the native players in the process) and then have them win!

  • on May 15, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It is just a oneoff failure. South Africa will be back soon! T20 cricket anything can happen like how Netherland beat England in last year's T20 world cup.

  • stormywater on May 15, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    did kepler really blast his own selections?? wow