South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Vertigo kicks in as South Africa stumble from summit

Reaching the summit is one challenge, staying there is something entirely different

Andrew McGlashan in Durban

December 30, 2009

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Reaching the summit is one challenge, staying there is something entirely different. When South Africa took Australia's crown as the No. 1 Test team in the world, they seemed to have the makings of a side to hold that spot. A strong-willed captain, a mighty batting order, a great allrounder and a fearsome strike bowler.

They couldn't do much to prevent the mace being handed over to India at the start of this month as they hadn't played Test cricket for eight months, but after an innings-and-98-run thrashing at Durban, they look anything but world-leaders. It's the nature of the defeat that is causing the greatest alarm. South Africa have always been beatable, but they rarely get hammered.

Overcoming Australia on their home soil proved such a pinnacle for Graeme Smith's team. It was the fruition of two years' building and followed a victory in Pakistan, a draw away to India then an historic series win in England. Each of those achievements was memorable in its own right, but when Neil McKenzie and Hashim Amla knocked off the runs at the MCG that was the moment a generation (and more) had waited for. Since then, alas, there has been a steady slide.

Defeat in a dead rubber at Sydney could be excused - particularly as it came with just 10 balls of the match remaining - but the loss of the return series in South Africa was a real shock to the system. Questions were asked about how the team had prepared, while familiar differences of opinion emerged between the captain and the selectors.

The eight-month hiatus from Tests allowed that particular dust-cloud to settle, but South Africa's performances in limited-overs cricket also suffered. After a crushing defeat in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20, they flopped at home in the Champions Trophy, with a first-round exit, and went on to lose the one-day series against England. Now this innings defeat at Durban has ensured that a year that began with so much promise has turned into one to forget.

Mark Boucher battled hard but was dismissed by Stuart Broad, caught down the leg side, South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, December 30, 2009
Mark Boucher troops off as South Africa's last hope departs © Getty Images

"We have to honest with ourselves and look in the mirror. We represent a lot of people's hopes in South Africa and just weren't good enough," Smith said of his team's capitulation. "We haven't played the same amount of Tests as we did in 2008, but 2009 really hasn't lived up to the hype we managed to build last year, and that's disappointing.

"As a team we reached a point and haven't been able to go to the next level. That's something we need to address as a team and maybe as a leadership group. From a coaching perspective we need to look at why we haven't been able to take the next step, and that's something hopefully we can reassess in 2010 and make it a better year."

The similarities between South Africa's post-Australia blues and England's post-2005 Ashes hangover are stark. Under Michael Vaughan, England reached their zenith during that memorable summer and seemingly had a team to dominate for years to come. But it wasn't to be. They just couldn't reach those levels of intensity again for consistent periods. The could be becoming true for South Africa.

Injuries, too, played a part, perhaps more so in England's case but the recent problems for Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis haven't helped the hosts. Then there's the loss of form and confidence. Steve Harmison was never the same after 2005, while Makhaya Ntini is now a shadow of his former self.

And what of the coaches? Duncan Fletcher backed his players to the hilt until it got too much during the 2006-07 Ashes drubbing, when the performances were indefensible and relationships reached breaking point, not least between Fletcher and his captain, Andrew Flintoff. Things are not as dire for Mickey Arthur, but the warning signs are there. He has the utmost faith in his players and his game plans - however, sometimes the call to change becomes too loud to resist.

Smith, though, is cautious of knee-jerk reactions. "We've had one collapse and as disappointing as that is, I don't think it's a call to make massive changes," he said. "It's disappointing when it does happen, it never looks good, but generally the top six have been solid even in this series. Maybe we got a little tentative and didn't commit to our shots as well as have.

"The guys have got good records. It's always important to have these wake-up calls, but disappointing when it does happen. In this series the guys have batted well and handled conditions well, even in the first innings here, 340 was a good effort but we have to go away and improve."

However, his support of Ntini sounded less fulsome than in the days leading up to this Test when he had made it clear there was never a chance of him being omitted despite Friedel de Wet's impressive debut at Centurion. Former players have been critical of the decision, and public opinion may even be swaying against Ntini.

"Makhaya would be the first one to put his hand up and say he's disappointed with the way he has bowled," Smith said. "He comes with a lot of experience and has performed well over a period of time. We have given him all the support we can from behind the scenes and he is an important cog in the line-up. We need to look at all those aspects going into Cape Town and see what we can do.

"We've got a crucial Test starting out the year and we need to make those decisions and move forward pretty quickly. We can turn it all around in a few days time."

Newlands is a stronghold for South Africa and their three previous Tests against England since admission have been crushing victories, including two by an innings. The difference, though, is that on each of those occasions they have entered the New Year Test on the back of a draw, not a confidence-sapping defeat. The force is against them and they will have to dig deep. Smith will be glad there's only one day of 2009 remaining.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by lks9996 on (January 2, 2010, 2:06 GMT)

England is like a team they can do anything on that given day. they can beat aus or india. for them losing is not a matter they will just want to give try the best. the opponents always underestimate england specially smith giving nonsense comments. SA batting i will choose Gibbs instead of Prince. he must be selected for atleast tests. Player like prince he wont score runs at good strike rate. In this modern test cricket definetly need to score at better strike rate atleast 50-70. if u see indian, SL, Aus they all have good attacking openers. SA batting i feel main backbones is AB and Duminy. if they gone nobody going to fight. specially player like boucher i have seen many years he's simply doing nothing i dont know whether SA dont have other keepers. England batting is definetely getting improved with Strauss in good form.Cook and bell if they score its bonus. Eng also depend mainly on Trott, KP, collingwood. Broad, Swann, Anderson they will score atleast 100 runs altogether.Cheers

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (January 2, 2010, 0:26 GMT)

my my my o how the mighty are panicking its going to be tough for SA to bounce back it really would not surprise me if they lost like Australia

seriously if this was the #1 team then WEst Indies stand a good chance of moving up the rankings with fresh blood like Bharath & Roach coming through I know we have a better team than New Zealand & Pakistan arnt all that good either.

Posted by JimDavis on (January 1, 2010, 18:21 GMT)

You have to remember South Africa only got to number one by default. They had their chance to earn the right themselves but couldn't beat an Australian team at home that they had only beaten a few months earlier when the mace wasn't directly up for grabs. The mace is now with a deserving team, who could well have wilted against the initial Sri Lankan onslaught but stood tall to claim their rightful place in history. Not for them that waiting for others to fall first.

Posted by Celtics24 on (January 1, 2010, 4:15 GMT)

Only the political nature of South African cricket selections can keep Ntini in that side. I've considered him to be well past his best for a long while actually, not just this series. He's been a very good bowler, but he's lost that penetration, reminds me of when Jason Gillespie lost his penetration in about 2004ish, they don't seem to be able to get it back once its gone. I think he's done, but I actually don't know that they'll drop him.

Posted by FoxyLady on (December 31, 2009, 18:36 GMT)

OK We lost it. SA are sacrificing wins for the sake of loyalty. At Centurion we gave the last over to Ntini instead of de Wet - why - only de Wet looked like he could take the last wicket and win the test. Then Ntini gets the nod for the 2nd test instead of de Wet. The old boy's club working again. As for opening with Prince - give the job to AB - he has done it in thr past - and Prince down the order. In fact, How do I go about applying for the job of convener of selectors? Seems unconstitutional that only ex (male) cricketers seem to be eligible! And Morkel would definitely be my pick. My team Biff, AB, Kallis, Amla, JP, Prince, Morkel, Steyn, vd Merwe, de Wet, and goodness me - we seem to have space for Bouch! Let's get rid if the old boy's club and start winning tests again. Get JP Bowling more - we need an all-rounder - 2 with Kallis - a much more balanced side. Procter - be a MAN and step in like you did with Gibbs. Sometimes you have to.

Posted by Hiteshdevilliers on (December 31, 2009, 18:03 GMT)

I still think Makhaya Ntini should be given another chance at Newlands. He has been one of South Africa's most consistent bowlers over the years, and at 32 he still has quite a bit to offer for the years to come. Sure he is going through a bit of a slump, but which bowler doesn't. Household names such as Muralitharan, Flintoff, Walsh all went through these sort of slumps at some point. Yes, Ntini did not take a wicket at Durban but it's one match and still to early to judge anything. Confidence can do magic and if Makhaya is given an assurance he is playing the rest of the series he will deliver. Cape Town is a happy hunting ground for Ntini, so who knows? It's amazing, no matter how much success one can achieve, a couple of below par performances really get calls for your axing.

Posted by dr_sachinfan_chennai on (December 31, 2009, 17:55 GMT)

Its just a matter off single test or single innings. SA should come good soon. Their problem is not in their line up or something but rather rustiness. Also a here we must not forget the English side. Strauss is terrific. Cook is impoving. Trott, KP & Colly are playing well. Prior is in good form. Their pace attack is menacing. So is Swann. Bell has found good form. So kudos to them. They are going to give a run for money to each of top contender.

Posted by SunAndSea on (December 31, 2009, 16:52 GMT)

DAR 268 - Oh really? Over the last 15 years, how many teams have come to Australia and pulled off the not-so-amazing feat of a test series win? And in that same period, how many teams have beaten Australia by scoring over 400 in the final innings - save for the West Indies?

Posted by epochery on (December 31, 2009, 15:56 GMT)

This is only one test, please remember that. What it does show is what England can do especially when the not so fancied players such as Bell and Cook do their job. There is very little between the top 5 teams in the world and a good session and a little bit of luck can turn a match on its head.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (December 31, 2009, 15:52 GMT)

tendulkar134, Yes I have done my research. As you said Mark Boucher "scoring nearly 1000 runs in the last two years"...hmmm.. Are we talking Test Cricket here? haha. "Boucher is the best wicketkeeper in the world, renowed nearly by everyone". Who is EVERYONE? Your WK Dhoni has much much better stats then Boucheer, hey even Prior has beaten Boucher of lately. "Its south africas top order that is the real problem". Mind you, not too long ago, SF middle order was questioned..ha

Posted by BabishMohan on (December 31, 2009, 14:35 GMT)

SA has lost to India and Pakistan at Durban and it was the seam attack of both the teams that destroyed SA and England has done the same with Broad,Anderson and support from Swan.May be SA are not good against quality seam and spin.

Posted by verghese24 on (December 31, 2009, 11:56 GMT)

I've been a loyal RSA fan from 1998 and i am really disappointed to watch the pathetic performance that the proteas had put on display. They simply got hammered. If they have to get back to winning ways then they'll have to make a few changes. In spite of being a huge fan of Ntini, I have to admit that he has lost his sting. He has to make way for de Wet, who showed some promise on his debut. Duminy has also flopped big time but I still think he has the talent to bounce back. Harris must be changed straightaway. I think they should give van der Merwe a chance. I know Roelof is not brilliant but he's a fighter and will definitely put in a 100% in each delivery. In fact he can also spin the ball more than Harris. Harris has made no use of his height and he cant spill the ball more than an inch. Harris can only get a wicket if the batsman himself gives it away. Steyn, Morkel, de Wet, van der Merwe and a fully fit Kallis is definitely the way to go. Hope a RSA selector is reading this.

Posted by TheAlpacinoOfSydney on (December 31, 2009, 9:08 GMT)

Down under, have you done your research? Boucher has been the rock of south africas middle order, scoring nearly 1000 runs in the last two years. Ntini has taken 71 wickets too on flat batting tracks such as in Durban. Its south africas top order that is the real problem. Boucher is the best wicketkeeper in the world, renowed nearly by everyone.

Posted by GobbleUpCricket on (December 31, 2009, 8:47 GMT)

As an Indian supporter, I am going to throw my hands up and claim that India , at last can genuinely claim to be ahead of the tier II pack at the moment; perhaps that wee bit ahead but clearly ahead. The race for the 2nd place pack is clearly between SA, Aus and England. Sorry Sri Lanka, but England has come up by leaps and bounds, no matter what the rankings say.

England are doing a good job of softening up the competition ahead of the tough matches for India. Great job Poms. As for the Indian side, they are probably a genuine wicket taking fast bowler short and a weak fielding side to boot. If not, they would probably be well ahead of the pack at the moment.

Posted by RoJayao on (December 31, 2009, 6:15 GMT)

South Africa got what it deserved quite frankly. Leaving out de Wet for Ntini was ridiculous after the formers debut. England are clearly scared of him. And weakies that tormented Australia like Dummy and Amla need to lift their game against what is a fairly mediocre side in England. The Poms were extremely lucky to beat a statistically superior side in Australia during the Ashes, Freddy has gone and c'mon, Swann is no world beater! I for one am looking forward to hopefully seeing STeyn and de Wet torment the Poms in the new year, give em some scars for the Ashes next summer when revenge will be sweet again!

Posted by JGuru on (December 31, 2009, 6:05 GMT)

SouthAfrica were on top of the world exactly a year back by signing off 2008 in style. Win at MCG then marked a new era for SouthAfrican cricket. But even a strong side like SA was not able to hold on to that pinnacle spot for a year. Now India is right there on top but it remains to be seen as to how long they will hang in there. This actually underlines a very important fact that Australia are a true test team capable of dominating over a substantial period of time. Aussies have come a long way post stars retirement and they now seems to have a squad of players who are hungry for the top spot. It should be remembered that Aussies were regarded as Invincible only after a continuous period of strong domination. Both India and SA have had share of success in the Test level at the top spot by playing quality cricket. But it will take a long and an arduous journey to sustain at the peak point. India have a strenuous task in their hands and SA has to be much more consistent

Posted by Quazar on (December 31, 2009, 5:45 GMT)

Don't count SA out of this series. The fact is that in Durban they really played below potential; and England played extremely well. But guys like Smith, Kallis, Steyn and Devilliers aren't going to underperform like that for 2-3 tests in a row. Watch out for a very strong riposte from the Proteas at Newlands! (a very good venue for them, as mentioned above) The only change I would make is to bring in De wet instead of Ntini, and maybe Boetha for Harris. And have faith that the rest of the players will really up the intensity!

Posted by Cokes on (December 31, 2009, 1:54 GMT)

The victories in Australia were against the run of play and gave them a heightened sense of superiority. After that they played too little test cricket or 1st class cricket.

Add to the fact that the old bugbear technical deficiency has come to haunt them. The batsmen playing 'with eye' rather than footwork. When faced with bad pitches or good bowlers they are like deer in headlights.

Don't blame bowlers who didn't have a total to defend. The first innings should be way over 400 to set the platform. The bowlers then have more latitude. And then if Ntini gets an edge in the first over (1 st test) catch the bloody ball...these things make a difference. Use the bowlers properly...why play according some set plan?? Two bowlers have a stint then he changes both...why? Did both of them bowl the same crap ort had he already decided before that he was going to do that...that doesn't show someone that adapts to situation.

Then set the field for the bowlers. But get the runs first.

Posted by naren147 on (December 31, 2009, 1:40 GMT)

As harsh as this sounds if Kallis doesn't regain full fitness by Centurion, SA can't afford the luxury of going into the test with 4 bowlers. Their bowlers (Morkel aside) haven't shown the form neccessary to be able to take 20 wickets in a test. If Smith wants to do better than a draw, he needs to think about dropping both Ntini and Duminy in the hopes of bowling England out twice.

Posted by KrishnaRao on (December 31, 2009, 1:31 GMT)

This just shows how short memoried the cricket fans had been. Just one test back SA has dominated ENG so much and it was a miracle ENG got away with a draw (ENG seems to have more than their fair share of these miracle escapes and even victories. Remember the 2nd test of Ashes 2005, and the first test of Ashes 2009?). More often than not Luck favours the brave; ENG had been brave and fought well on all these ocassions. That is the beauty of good test cricket (do not lose, but force the opposition to win, even if your team is in dire straits); fight till the last. SA is still a good team to come back in the series.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (December 31, 2009, 0:33 GMT)

satyam.srivastava; to be fair India need better bowlers to maintain their number 1 position. Over the last two years they have played in 8 test series winning 5, drawing 1 and losing 2. That may seem like a good record but it just maintains their number 1 status. Also their batting is aging so they need to make the most of it soon. Looking forward to when India come to Australia again.

Posted by ray42 on (December 31, 2009, 0:04 GMT)

With Tendulkar and Dravid retiring sometime soon, I don't see India in this position for long. They just got beaten by SL in SL. India's climb has more to do with Aus falling - retirements of Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist is enough to take any team down. It'll be interesting to see how India copes with the retirements of Tendulkar and Dravid - these are quality players. Yes, Dhoni is a smart captain, but he won't be backed by these two. Then we will know. I don't see any batsman wh is capable of what these two did. Gambhir is good, Sehwag is phenomenal (but hasn't faced the quality bowlers on difficult pitches), Yuvraj is only good for the shorter versions. My bet, the best team tag will keep floating around for sometime now.

Posted by CustomKid on (December 30, 2009, 23:05 GMT)

EVH316 MAHAHAHAHAHAHA look out world! Are you serious?

Two strike bowlers in Broad & Anderson average 35 a piece only perform when the conditions suite, overcast with moisture in the air. Outside of that those two are cannon fodder at best as their averages indicate. I haven't seen enough of Onions but he too looks like a bowler who only performs when conditions play to his strengths.

Swann is interesting in that he has some good variation but good players of spin will take him apart. He's no Murli or Warne.

Batting is pretty solid, Strauss, KP, and Prior at 7. It's too early to pass judgment on Trott after only 3 or 4 games - Collingwood will save games at best and Cook and Bell are still less than convincing despite great returns in this game. As you say consistency is key though. Most of these guys are battlers and there lies the problem that's all they'll ever be. Consistency isn't part of a battler's vocabulary - They will always stumble at some crucial point.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (December 30, 2009, 22:58 GMT)

Mark Boucher - Needs to be dropped. What is his contribution over the last two years? Not much to write about

Ntini - Extremely Har Working but down in Sunset now and has to go..

Posted by proteasrule on (December 30, 2009, 20:42 GMT)

I have to admit England played very good cricket especially Bell, Cook and Swan. I think we can bounce back we have an excellent record at Cape Town and South Africa should level the series. Mark Boucher has had a very good series with the gloves and chipped in with the bat. Kallis got a century last time at Newlands hopefully he can do it again. South Africa should replace Ntini for De wet. De Wet bowled beautifully at centurion so he deserves another go. I will go for 2-1 South Africa

Posted by Doctor_Scrumpy on (December 30, 2009, 19:09 GMT)

Couldn't possibly be that England fresh from their win over Australia are a much better team than people are giving them credit for could it ?

Posted by raymondo44 on (December 30, 2009, 18:57 GMT)

Responding to SunAndSeas' comment on Paul Harris above, does he not also need to find the kind of variation and spin that Graeme Swann possesses?

Posted by chintumani on (December 30, 2009, 18:41 GMT)

I dont understand why cricinfo has started posting such articles.Pointing out their faults is fine but just drubbing them all together doesnt augur well. Just one loss and here they are talking about the post-Ashes England, comparing inuries and what not. I understand that its disappointing for a team like SA to go down by an innings. But there are two more to go in this series and lots of cricket coming up and am sure they will come back strongly and show what they are.

Posted by muthu77 on (December 30, 2009, 18:38 GMT)

The problem with SA is that they are a overconfident lot. They would have definitely fared better had they done the basics right in the second innings. Good for India that they are going to face them shortly and thump them in India and they will hold the No.1 position for long. I would have loved Australia to lose against Pak.

Posted by raymondo44 on (December 30, 2009, 18:29 GMT)

I think supporters are inclined to exaggerate both victories and defeats - it's difficult to believe SA can look so inept again, or England so competent in this series. When a team encounters a combination of injuries, loss of form and selection errors it's like going into a match with only 9 players (as England supporters will recall).

Posted by dar268 on (December 30, 2009, 18:19 GMT)

Hold on, the 2-1 win in Australia wasn't that amazing, slightly freaky if anything - chasing over 400 in Perth and that hard-to-believe partnership between Duminy and Steyn at Melbourne. The following 3 defeats to the Aussies rather put those games into perspective.

Posted by SunAndSea on (December 30, 2009, 16:06 GMT)

There's no doubt SA have slipped a bit since beating Australia last year. Our bowling attack lacks penetration and invention. This is part of a bigger problem, which is, the simple minded fixation we South Africans have with raw pace.

True, it's good having bowlers who are fast - but they also need to be smart and skillful. In the age of batsmen-friendly pitches, our bowlers need to learn how to use reverse swing, how to exploit batsmens' weaknesses and how to bowl well disguised slower balls. In short, we need bowlers similar to the late Malcom Marshall.

In addition, we need to think of spinners as attacking options. Regardless of what his critics say, Paul Harris acquitted himself well against Australia and is the third highest wicket taker in the current series. The Durban defeat is not his fault. What he needs is for the selectors and captain to stand by him and show some confidence in his ability to take wickets.

Posted by PROTEAFAN on (December 30, 2009, 15:02 GMT)

Is Ntini the bowler he was a year ago? Clearly not. Is he the reason for this defeat? Well, I didn't see him leave balls alone to watch them go on to hit the stumps. I didn't see him running out a set captain. I didn't see him go out to the same delivery as the previous batsman. I didn't see him play a rash shot when we were trying to save a test match. I didn't see him choke like a deer in the headlights. No Captain Smith, take responsibility for your shortcomings. It is true that the bowling was poor, but rather say you played Steyn before he was ready in a team with just 4 bowlers, and that both Harris and Ntini had a bad game. Say that you have not figured out how you are going to play Swann, and that you did not ensure that the pitches for this tour would favour the bowling resources at your disposal. Ntini has lost pace and does not have much in the way of variation, but don't make him the sole scapegoat for what was a dismal team performance.

Posted by satyam.srivastava on (December 30, 2009, 14:52 GMT)

To be fair to South African side,I would like to comment that this team never has maintained high standards of excellence. In fact no other team than Australia have dominated and ruled the rankings for such longer period of time.If we look at SA's records-history is the witness that they always chocked under pressure.SA can't be Australia.I m an Indian supporter and know its very difficult to maintain high standards at a consistent level.India deserve to be no 1 Test team as they have more quality players than SA.But India has also a point to prove--i.e to beat SA in SA n to beat Aus in Aus.That will make those rankings pleasure even more enjoyable and will put locks on those mouths who doubt India's ability as a no 1 test team.

Posted by zoomie on (December 30, 2009, 14:50 GMT)

It seems that Ntini's days are now numbered. He has been a loyal and true servant to SA and should now retire from Test Cricket gracefully. Prince is not an opening batsman. SA need a proper opening batsman. Perhaps Amla should open with Kallis one down. Duminey seems to be suffering from the Twent20 syndrome but should be given another chance. Perhaps Alviro Pieterson should replace Prince.Most of all Smith should start firing as much of the South African confidence comes when he is scoring heavily.

Posted by EVH316 on (December 30, 2009, 13:37 GMT)

Poor SA. Ntini looked as sorry as he did at the beginning of the England tour last year. Can anyone see a comeback again? Funny how South Africa`s series win and loss v. Australia last year excited everyone; the same 2-1 result that England achieved against much the same relatively weak Australia (and I think Ponting would rather have beaten us than SA if he`s honest). But a great result and great performance from England... if the Ashes taught English fans like myself anything though, it is this; i) An escape from the jaws of defeat (even if it is through their own stupidity that they nearly lost) will be followed by a supremely clinical win, and ii) A supremely clinical win will be followed by a performance of distressing, almost comical, folly. Reluctant as I am to show any sort of confidence in Strauss and his team, I can`t help but feel that the Flower/Strauss/Gibson axis seems to be getting the most out of the players, and consistency is not far away. Look out world!

Posted by gaurav_blaster on (December 30, 2009, 13:05 GMT)

Proteas just got outplayed during the whole game. From the Style of Cook n Bell to the Heriocs of Swann. As Smith said england were too hot to handle!! There is a need for change in the batting line-up, Gibbs or McKenzie should replace Prince, who seems to be completely out of form. Proteas have one of the best sides in the world, they just need to click and they'll be really hard to beat!!!

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