South Africa news October 21, 2013

Injury prevents Steyn from training

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South Africa may be without the world's No.1 batsman and bowler for their must-win second Test against Pakistan. Dale Steyn had to cut short his training session on Sunday after feeling tightness in his right hamstring and did not train on Monday, while Hashim Amla, who is awaiting the birth of his second child, will be ruled out of the match if he is unable to leave Durban by tomorrow at around mid-day.

Steyn was attended to by the South African physiotherapist on Monday morning but the full extend of his injury will only be known in a day's time. "We should have a better idea of the situation tomorrow," Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager who is also a medical doctor, told ESPNcricinfo. "We need a 24-hour period before we can determine exactly what's wrong." South Africa's vice-captain AB de Villiers said Steyn was excluded from training as a precaution and they are hopeful he will be passed fit to play.

Steyn has suffered from a variety of niggles in the last five months which led to him being left out of the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in August. He only played in only one of South Africa's four Champions Trophy matches and was struggling with a left groin problem before being given an extended period of rest to recover from what he revealed as "five injuries, including side-strain, groin, glute, neck and a bit of an ankle problem."

He had returned to full fitness ahead of the Champions League T20 and declared himself ready for the South African summer. The latest setback comes after a Test in which he bowled the most overs among South Africa's seamers - 33.4 in total - although he showed no signs of discomfort while on the field. All of South Africa's players were carefully managed in the heat, with Steyn one of the bowlers using ice-vests and umbrellas during drinks breaks.

If he is unable to play, South Africa could bring in reserve seamer Rory Kleinveldt, who has previously stood in when Vernon Philander was injured. This may also inadvertently help solve their conundrum of which seamer to leave out to make room for an additional spinner. South Africa played the first Test in Abu Dhabi with Robin Peterson as their specialist tweaker and JP Duminy playing a part-time role.

Speculation is rife that Imran Tahir will be brought into the XI to add an attacking option although South Africa continue to play down talk of his inclusion.

De Villiers said Peterson, "bowled really well to me in the nets today," and he expects the spinner to replicate that in the second Test.

"I know Robbie has got full support of the boys and the management. He has done really well with bat in hand and with the ball there were a few deliveries that missed the edge when they could have hit it. I think he will get it right in the next Test." De Villiers did not rule Tahir out completely, but admitted his lack of first-class cricket - the legspinner has not played in whites since February - is a worry. "He has the potential to bowl a side out but I also don't know about his confidence at the moment because he hasn't played in a while. It's still something to think about."

South Africa's other possible change to the XI will be enforced if Amla cannot make it back to the UAE in time to play. As of Monday morning, his wife Sumayya had not given birth. Moosajee however said the team will wait as late as they can before they take a call on Amla. "He won't need any time to adjust so as long as he can be on the plane by tomorrow afternoon, he should be fine to play," he said.

If Amla cannot make it, Dean Elgar will most likely replace him. Elgar was benched in favour of Duminy and last played during the home series against Pakistan. Although he has not been entirely convincing in his first few Tests - with a century against New Zealand and not much else to his name - Elgar is actually a top-order batsmen and de Villiers hopes he will perform better in the place he is more accustomed to batting in.

"It's a big test for Dean. He hasn't played a Test match for a while but looking at his record in domestic cricket, he has been playing really good cricket," de Villiers said. "He has got a great attitude when it comes to playing cricket as well and that's exactly what we need."

South Africa's have described the Dubai Test as being all about mental strength and theirs will be challenged severely if they are without both their No.1s. Bowling coach Allan Donald is also not with the group, having returned home for family reasons. Despite all that, de Villiers remained upbeat.

"We are still the No.1 team in the world and we are going to try play like it."

Pakistan are not taking South Africa's troubles as a sign of good fortune for themselves because they expect the replacement players to be just as good. "They will miss them because Amla and Steyn are their top players. But they will come hard at us," Younis Khan said. "In their culture, it doesn't matter who is playing for them. It only matters how they play. They will have some plans against us."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 21, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    The problem for SA is that their bench strength is nowhere near their stars. With two stars possibly missing the test, two more (Smith and Kallis) completely out of practice and looking completely out of sorts in the first test, it only leaves ABD and Philander to carry the load. If anyone thinks Kleinveldt and Elgar are adequate replacements for Steyn and Amla, they're dreaming.

    If Tahir plays, the batting looks woefully thin. If he doesn't then the bowling looks weak and ill-suited to the conditions. Either way, if Pakistan can hold their nerve, they have a chance of inflicting a second whitewash on a #1-ranked side.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 21, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Without Steyn speed and aggression, SA's chances will be greatly diminished in 2nd test. Other bowlers can restrict, but Steyn can get wkts in a hurry when in mood. Pak's chances to win/draw depend heavily on the openers who set them up well in 1st test.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 22, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Well said mazhar. And for the reply over Pak lost against zim, so bro everyday is not a sunday... It happens in cricket, especially to Pak team, remember 99 world cup? Pak won all pool the pool matches except against bangladesh... But on the other hand Pak has the potential to beat any team in any format of the game.

  • POSTED BY wakaPAK on | October 22, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster you must be the whisperer of cricketing world. To say that test match is boring is like committing a cricketing sin.... Only if you could understand the intricate things of the game.... day 1 pitch, day 3 pitch and day 5 pitch and... I'm sure you can not differentiate seam from swing... What's the matter with you, every time I see you talking against test cricket. You have to be smart to be a test cricket fan..... and no one watches the entire match for God sake not even t20 id you thing test is time consuming... do yourself a favor and buy a cricket video game..... you can even fast forward it. Anyone can play t20 and a player's worth is tested in tests..dont you get it???

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | October 22, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @gsingh7:" in present series pak denied sa bowlers a chance to show their balling skills by denying bouncy and pacier tracks"

    Yeah..As if the whole world prepare pitches specially for the visitors lol.It's not just Pakistan.All do the same thing.The difference is that Pak prepares tracks for themselves & they win unlike other 'WORLD CHAMPIONS' who gets thrashed outside their home in test matches & then gets thrashed again even at home :P Btw i wonder how was SA restricted under 250 runs..A team having batsmen almost all with 50+ avg's..Still they could not go past 250 on a 'LIFELESS & FLAT' Track..I wonder how it happened :P

    PS:Now awating some comments on how Pak lost to Zimbabwe..Shoot :P

  • POSTED BY mazhar1234 on | October 22, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    pakistan win agianst world odi champion in thear home country india. beat t20 champion in westindies so keep in mind that pakistan have the abaility to beat any team no matter they re no 1.......

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I have a strong feeling that this tour and the next one with sri lanka had been scheduled specifically at this time to make Pakistan climb to one of the top 4 positions in test ranking. We know that beating Pakistan at UAE is extremely difficult, if not impossible. ICC want only those teams in the Test Championship who are most like to perform well on Asian pitches.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @ v n harish-- bro u missing the point. test cricket is dying breed and one day we will hear about test cricket in past tense in a few years time. in present series pak denied sa bowlers a chance to show their balling skills by denying bouncy and pacier tracks. even something resembling grass cud not be seen on pitches. sa bowlers will be to their best self in sa on homemade pitches with grass and bounce. even sa batsmen were below pakistan batsman outside sa. this tells u how far the difference is their when sa play in sa and when they play on flat lifeless tracks of sub continent or uae.

  • POSTED BY Abdurrazaaq on | October 22, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Protea bowlers were unable to adjust to the conditions and also lack of a front line spinner made their bowling mediocre. However Pakistan's seamers as well as spinners utilized the conditions well, and their young batsmen showed great composure and put the Proteas out of the competition. Hats off to Pakistan as they hold all the aces coming into the second and final test.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 22, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    It is also worth mentioning that SA can be beaten by other teams. People don't appreciate the performance of a weak team, but say how badly the stronger team has performed. Pakistan is not a weak team. Over the years it has shown that Pakistan has the capability to beat the best, and that is exactly what we've done. Accept South Africas defeat!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 21, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    The problem for SA is that their bench strength is nowhere near their stars. With two stars possibly missing the test, two more (Smith and Kallis) completely out of practice and looking completely out of sorts in the first test, it only leaves ABD and Philander to carry the load. If anyone thinks Kleinveldt and Elgar are adequate replacements for Steyn and Amla, they're dreaming.

    If Tahir plays, the batting looks woefully thin. If he doesn't then the bowling looks weak and ill-suited to the conditions. Either way, if Pakistan can hold their nerve, they have a chance of inflicting a second whitewash on a #1-ranked side.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 21, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Without Steyn speed and aggression, SA's chances will be greatly diminished in 2nd test. Other bowlers can restrict, but Steyn can get wkts in a hurry when in mood. Pak's chances to win/draw depend heavily on the openers who set them up well in 1st test.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 22, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Well said mazhar. And for the reply over Pak lost against zim, so bro everyday is not a sunday... It happens in cricket, especially to Pak team, remember 99 world cup? Pak won all pool the pool matches except against bangladesh... But on the other hand Pak has the potential to beat any team in any format of the game.

  • POSTED BY wakaPAK on | October 22, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster you must be the whisperer of cricketing world. To say that test match is boring is like committing a cricketing sin.... Only if you could understand the intricate things of the game.... day 1 pitch, day 3 pitch and day 5 pitch and... I'm sure you can not differentiate seam from swing... What's the matter with you, every time I see you talking against test cricket. You have to be smart to be a test cricket fan..... and no one watches the entire match for God sake not even t20 id you thing test is time consuming... do yourself a favor and buy a cricket video game..... you can even fast forward it. Anyone can play t20 and a player's worth is tested in tests..dont you get it???

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | October 22, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @gsingh7:" in present series pak denied sa bowlers a chance to show their balling skills by denying bouncy and pacier tracks"

    Yeah..As if the whole world prepare pitches specially for the visitors lol.It's not just Pakistan.All do the same thing.The difference is that Pak prepares tracks for themselves & they win unlike other 'WORLD CHAMPIONS' who gets thrashed outside their home in test matches & then gets thrashed again even at home :P Btw i wonder how was SA restricted under 250 runs..A team having batsmen almost all with 50+ avg's..Still they could not go past 250 on a 'LIFELESS & FLAT' Track..I wonder how it happened :P

    PS:Now awating some comments on how Pak lost to Zimbabwe..Shoot :P

  • POSTED BY mazhar1234 on | October 22, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    pakistan win agianst world odi champion in thear home country india. beat t20 champion in westindies so keep in mind that pakistan have the abaility to beat any team no matter they re no 1.......

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I have a strong feeling that this tour and the next one with sri lanka had been scheduled specifically at this time to make Pakistan climb to one of the top 4 positions in test ranking. We know that beating Pakistan at UAE is extremely difficult, if not impossible. ICC want only those teams in the Test Championship who are most like to perform well on Asian pitches.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @ v n harish-- bro u missing the point. test cricket is dying breed and one day we will hear about test cricket in past tense in a few years time. in present series pak denied sa bowlers a chance to show their balling skills by denying bouncy and pacier tracks. even something resembling grass cud not be seen on pitches. sa bowlers will be to their best self in sa on homemade pitches with grass and bounce. even sa batsmen were below pakistan batsman outside sa. this tells u how far the difference is their when sa play in sa and when they play on flat lifeless tracks of sub continent or uae.

  • POSTED BY Abdurrazaaq on | October 22, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Protea bowlers were unable to adjust to the conditions and also lack of a front line spinner made their bowling mediocre. However Pakistan's seamers as well as spinners utilized the conditions well, and their young batsmen showed great composure and put the Proteas out of the competition. Hats off to Pakistan as they hold all the aces coming into the second and final test.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 22, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    It is also worth mentioning that SA can be beaten by other teams. People don't appreciate the performance of a weak team, but say how badly the stronger team has performed. Pakistan is not a weak team. Over the years it has shown that Pakistan has the capability to beat the best, and that is exactly what we've done. Accept South Africas defeat!

  • POSTED BY warneshane on | October 22, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Missing Gary badly. Looks like great downfall like Oz - West Indians. Domingo; not sure about him. PAK takes 2 nothing. Inevitable.

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    SA will lose this series due to arrogance and lack of preparation. Pakistan has been hopelessly underestimated and SA bowlers unable to adapt. The greatest disaster has been the failure of Kallis and Smith as well as several other "top" order batsmen. Pakistan deserve to win as they are the better side. This is a poorly planned tour and SA deserve to be embarrassed. The best that SA can hope for is a draw, a win would depend on a Pakistan failure which I do not expect as their team has gained a great deal of confidence. Shame on you South Africa - you better wake up quickly or even India will embarrass you, to say nothing of Australia.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | October 22, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    I think it is worth remembering that SA often start a series badly. Usually it's the first innings, but after a long lay off, they under-performed in the first test. Taking nothing away from Pakistan, but SA's performance was really obviously poor, and unlike them. Somehow SA has managed 15 previous wins with changing players, so although their second string may appear to be dodgy, they are not so much.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | October 22, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Embarrassing situation for the Proteas. Zimbabwe could afford to exclude Brendan Taylor for partenal duties without breaking a sweat. Chief destroyer Vitori was also left out but Zim still dominated Pakistan for the most part in that Test. Because of greed Smith, Kallis, Steyn&Morkel - who all shouldn't have travelled but rather get game time and match fitness at home ahead of India - took up spots for other players who were good enough to fail just as they did, and perhaps eclipse their poor performances. How and why on earth Kleinveldt overtook Tsotsobe I have no idea, but if there are cricket reasons then they are foolish. The world must now brace itself for Kleinveldt&Tahir in the same attack. Misbah&Pak can already sit pretty knowing they have about 200 for no loss in 50 overs somewhere during their innings. You would be hardpressed to argue that they would form a better combo than Tsotsobe&Phangiso. If Amla doesn't make it, only change is Tsolekile in to keep, rest up one place!

  • POSTED BY thegreencaptain on | October 22, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    @V N Harish CH is this an india South Africa match?, no it is not, so show your cricket "wisdom" on the page india vs SA, no one needs you or your india here, get out!

  • POSTED BY Alphabaig on | October 22, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    He had returned to full fitness ahead of the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE T20

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 21, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    @V N Harish CH: Brother, get ready to be disappointed. Test cricket will die out in a few years. It is becoming a head ache and is already irrelevant in India. People would like to see quick, exciting cricket with results on the same day. I admit that test cricket has history and tradition BUT the reason we have limited overs cricket is because the game's care takers realized they needed something more interesting and exhilarating compared to 5 days of borefest. Hence, we have ODIs and T20s. I am okay with a two test series. It's better than nothing if I were a fan of tests.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 21, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    CSA figured that it's not worth risking a serious injury to Steyn while playing, well, Pakistan...better rest him for the marquee clash against India!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    a team like india, goint to tour south africa is something which fans really wanted. But limiting it to two test matches is a crap.. first of all with the kind of young team india has, first test match will be played like a groupA match, india will.loose, 2nd match will be a practice match, in which india will try hard to make it to success... followed by 3 ODI's.. consifering all the factors, like the bowling india has or any experience in the team.. they will face a huge hurdle from australia.. but the only interesting contest can be the ODI'S. I dont see much life in just two test matches. as a big fan of test cricket I would like to see india playibg atleast t test matches against SA, because indians will have good time to bounce back, players will ubderatand the conditions of the bouncy pitches. BCCI must really consider to include more matches into the series. otherwise INDIA & MSD will face the same criticism like when they toured australia and england... worried...

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    El_Toro_Loco : totally agreed

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | October 21, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    For me Styen is not much of a use in UAE but Amla is trump card.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | October 21, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Without Amla and Steyn...

    SA are going to be in big trouble.

    They can still trouble Pakistan with Morkel & Philander

  • POSTED BY Me_A_Gemini on | October 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    O come onn!!!! These are just mind games to relax Pak camp. I am sure all is well and everyone will join the party on Wed morning.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Ahh Steyn potential absence will expose S Africa's quota selection policy here. In Marchant De Lange or Hardus Viljeon you have two young tear-away bowlers who could at least give the proteas a tearaway option if Steyn is ruled out - even though they won't have all his other skills.

    But instead they will have to pick a nothing bowler and player in Klienvelt.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Good tactics by Cricket South Africa, because they will have a reason oh we were without STEYN and Amla, not gonna work guys, not gonna work ,

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | October 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Smart move by SA management, why waste two best players in desert heat because the result would the same as the 1st Test, with or without them. Pakistan sweeps SA in 4 days. Ciao

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    If he isnt playing they should pick a spinner not rory. Spinner will be more handy in dubai then Rory. he isnt that good fast bowler

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | October 21, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    When Pak players had injuries during SA tour,most people said that the players are runing away from the game.Now look at SA..Some getting injured & some heading back to home.Off course leaving for personal issues.But still people would have pointed fingers at Pak players if they'd done the same thing

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | October 21, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I have a feeling that Both will play...SA will play with their full squad and these are just tactics to gain psychological advantage and disturb pak's preparation for 2nd test.

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | October 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Reading all these news, Donald on a plane back to SA. CSA waiting desperately for Alma's return, injury talk about Steyn, which bowlers to pick for the second test. It seems to me to be coming from the wrong camp. It used to be Pakistani camp rife with speculations and stirring news. It feels good to see the shoe on the other foot once in a while.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    my god..Kleinveldt ..oh He is just an underperforming bowler.plz S.A selectors Bring in Wayne Parnell..he is outstanding form both batting & bowling..or drop someone Like Hardius Viljoen.. if u r to win this series otherwise u can bring in Players like Kleinveldt ,Tsolekile. so Best of Luck S.A Be ready to Hand over the NO.1 Test ranking to England..

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | October 21, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    OMG - Rory Kleinveld. Probably 6th choice bowler in the country after the starting 11. Total Joke and our boys are still hopelessly undercooked. PAK 2-0.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    This is just a tactical move imo, as in the past Pakistan just soften the rivals by giving away that Wasim and Waqar are not gonna play bcoz of some injury issues, but as it more often turned out they do play and wreck havoc in the opposite ranks........:D BUt if that is not the case and Steyn IS having some problems then it is certainly not good for Saffas as Amla is still not confirmed to play. In addition to that where is Donald gone........???

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | October 21, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    And again we find the useless Rory Kleinveldt back in the team. This guy is useless, there are a number of bowlers better than him. Abott, de lange, hendricks, viljoen to name a few. You look at Eng and reserve players like Fin, who is actually a good bowler, hardly plays. But amazingly, although also a reserve player, Rory always finds his way into the SA team via an injury or something. Every series, when they pick him I think to mayself, "well his a bad bowler but at least he wont play due to steyn and co having cemented their places".. and then something happens and useless Kleinveldt is back in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Most fast bowlers are prone to injuries & it's sad if Dale has to sit out. Not to forget that he had come from long injuries. Any way let's hope it won't be serious. He is welcomed as a fit player to fight against BCCI's team. Now some outsiders have no business rather than chasing team IND & putting mischievous comments everywhere against them as they are sure about their team's debacle from Jimmy, Broad, Swanny & Monty in coming down under show. Haven't seen such a surrender mindsets by some Oz fans since ages.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    thats's only psychological things by south africa to pakistan team.. I think. Pakistan should not read these stories and should concentrate for 2nd test

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Agreed with likeintcricket. Dale or No Dale! At this level it should not matter for Pakistan. Dale is good but Pak batsmen should be mentally ready to play him.

  • POSTED BY aks1987 on | October 21, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Doesnt matter. He wasnt effective anyways in the last match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 21, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    we need steyn for some entertainment..as the world's no.1 bowler will again be punished by our openers

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | October 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket team should avoid reading these news and should be prepared to face anyone. These are just psychological things and ultimately they all play.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | October 21, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Doesnt matter Dale. We want you to be fit as a fiddle against the indians and blow them apart. Give a fitting reply to bcci's team.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | October 21, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Doesnt matter Dale. We want you to be fit as a fiddle against the indians and blow them apart. Give a fitting reply to bcci's team.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | October 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket team should avoid reading these news and should be prepared to face anyone. These are just psychological things and ultimately they all play.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 21, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    we need steyn for some entertainment..as the world's no.1 bowler will again be punished by our openers

  • POSTED BY aks1987 on | October 21, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Doesnt matter. He wasnt effective anyways in the last match.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Agreed with likeintcricket. Dale or No Dale! At this level it should not matter for Pakistan. Dale is good but Pak batsmen should be mentally ready to play him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    thats's only psychological things by south africa to pakistan team.. I think. Pakistan should not read these stories and should concentrate for 2nd test

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Most fast bowlers are prone to injuries & it's sad if Dale has to sit out. Not to forget that he had come from long injuries. Any way let's hope it won't be serious. He is welcomed as a fit player to fight against BCCI's team. Now some outsiders have no business rather than chasing team IND & putting mischievous comments everywhere against them as they are sure about their team's debacle from Jimmy, Broad, Swanny & Monty in coming down under show. Haven't seen such a surrender mindsets by some Oz fans since ages.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | October 21, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    And again we find the useless Rory Kleinveldt back in the team. This guy is useless, there are a number of bowlers better than him. Abott, de lange, hendricks, viljoen to name a few. You look at Eng and reserve players like Fin, who is actually a good bowler, hardly plays. But amazingly, although also a reserve player, Rory always finds his way into the SA team via an injury or something. Every series, when they pick him I think to mayself, "well his a bad bowler but at least he wont play due to steyn and co having cemented their places".. and then something happens and useless Kleinveldt is back in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    This is just a tactical move imo, as in the past Pakistan just soften the rivals by giving away that Wasim and Waqar are not gonna play bcoz of some injury issues, but as it more often turned out they do play and wreck havoc in the opposite ranks........:D BUt if that is not the case and Steyn IS having some problems then it is certainly not good for Saffas as Amla is still not confirmed to play. In addition to that where is Donald gone........???

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | October 21, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    OMG - Rory Kleinveld. Probably 6th choice bowler in the country after the starting 11. Total Joke and our boys are still hopelessly undercooked. PAK 2-0.