India in South Africa 2013-14 December 22, 2013

Kyle Abbott added to South Africa squad for Durban

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Fast bowler Kyle Abbott has been added to South Africa's squad for the Durban Test against India, which begins on Boxing Day. Abbott has been called in as cover for Morne Morkel, who badly sprained his ankle during the first Test and so is a doubt for the second.

Abbott has been in form in domestic first-class cricket, claiming a five-for in Dolphins' win against Lions. He had had a terrific start to his Test career as well: in his debut Test in February 2013, against Pakistan in Centurion, he took a match haul of nine including 7 for 29 in the first innings. But he hasn't played since for South Africa, with Rory Kleinveldt - the other back-up fast bowler in the squad - being preferred. In Durban, he is likely to get the nod ahead of Kleinveldt if Morkel doesn't make it.

Morkel not making it is a big possibility, given the South Africa physio says there's only 20% chance he will be fit in time. Smith said as much after Johannesburg Test: "The diagnosis Brendon Jackson, the physio, has given is that he is 20% ready for Durban, which Morne believes is 80%. At the best of times, he struggles to control those legs. We missed him in our second innings. Let us hold thumbs, but I don't think the prognosis is great."

Morkel had turned his ankle while fielding on the third day at the Wanderers, and had to be helped off the field. He was taken to the hospital immediately, and it was confirmed that it was a Grade 1 sprain. On Sunday, he spent time in a decompression chamber in hospital to bring down the swelling in the ankle. As the match drew to a close, he was ready to bat if needed and was seen padded up in the change-room. However, his mobility is minimal at the moment Smith said, and his ability to run between the wickets if he had come out to bat would have been almost non-existant.

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  • Robster1 on December 25, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    It's a no brainer that Abbott plays and Harmer must now be close to a call up.

  • theCricketPurist on December 24, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    It would have been great to see McLaren replace Tahir, and Abbot replace Morkel (if injured). Going for an all out pace attack would not be a bad option because:

    1. Tahir consistently bowls 2 lollipops in an over. This is just not acceptable. It would have been great if he had more control. RSA would have been unbeatable. But unfortunately that is not the case.

    2. Peterson is no Paul Harris. He will be hit for runs too. If RSA do play a spinner, then it should be Tahir.

    3. India will be forced to attack pacers.What we saw in the 1st game was that India were watchful against the seamers and feasting on the spinners. With no spin option they will be forced to attack the seamers to get the scoreboard ticking.

    So the team probably would be: Smith, Peterson, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers, DuPlessis, Duminy, Philander, Steyn, Abbot, Kleinveldt/Tahir

  • SA_FAN315 on December 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    SA managed to take 20 wickets even with a front line bowler down and India couldn't do the same.......STYEN did the right thing by not getting out and bringing Morkel out to bat as that would have further injured his ankle and Tahir is a walking golden duck and we all know that and SA should take heart in their performance....

    I also saw a lot of people mentioning that De Lange should be in the squad and i also want the same but i heard one of the commentators mentioning that he is injured at the moment...

    I believe that Durban test is going to be even better than this one as i'm sure we are going to see a fired up DAYLE STYEN.. remember that he wasn't 100% fit in the first test and was often leaving the field but he should be all fired for Durban

  • DhairyBoghani on December 24, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Two reason of bad 4th Innings bowling. 1))Bad spin bowling as duminy-tahir both gone for 2-2 wickets each & aswin hadn't take least one. We can believe he hadn't bowled bad but true thing is that he couldn't find a wicket against not so well spin players. # Change him with Jadeja. Better batsman & better bowler according to condition. 2)) Bad use of new ball in both Innings. we produced only 1 wicket between early overs of all 3 new ball.Bad Zaheer who Leaked runs at 4.25/over in 2nd inning & taken only 1 wicket because of bad dicition. #change him with Bhuvi. He always use new ball batter than all others. Try him in atleast 1 away test. He just put out by 1 bad performene in 1st ODI.

  • DhairyBoghani on December 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Two reason of bad 4th Innings bowling. 1))Bad spin bowling as duminy-tahir both gone for 2-2 wickets each & aswin hadn't take least one. We can believe he hadn't bowled bad but true thing is that he couldn't find a wicket against not so well spin players. # Change him with Jadeja. Better batsman & better bowler according to condition. 2)) Bad use of new ball in both Innings. we produced only 1 wicket between early overs of all 3 new ball.Bad Zaheer who Leaked runs at 4.25/over in 2nd inning & taken only 1 wicket because of bad dicition. #change him with Bhuvi. He always use new ball batter than all others. Try him in atleast 1 away test. He just put out by 1 bad performene in 1st ODI.

  • DeckChairand6pack on December 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    The much vaunted Proteas attack will need to take a look at itself ahead of the second Test. Dale Steyn has earned himself an off day at the office and I'm sure he will come back. The spin attack was average and will probably be done away with altogether. Smith now has the option of ABD bowling! Kyle Abbott will be a great addition although a tough assignment awaits on Boxing Day.

  • Ind.fools on December 24, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Kyle will surely destroy the Indian line up ..

  • syed.r.karim on December 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn: how did u find the record of PAK performances? Average India looks very average in overseas condition. India should win the game where they were so lucky, Amla's ludicrous out, Kalis's wrong LBW decision, Markel's injured, those all are happen in a same test match. If they can't win this match, I am sure they can't win single match in overseas for long time. Now the record is 9/0 that will be 90/0.

  • aussie1993 on December 23, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    @nav6 let me remind u sa have not lost test series from 2009 and last 2 test series in india for sa were draw while india lost so badly to england in their own den 2-1 poor indian avg. team

  • aussie1993 on December 23, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @lingu boy u r taking about this match what abt 4 tests which he played against aussie last year in australia when pointing,clarke and warner destroyed his figures in all 4 tests ashwin can only bowl on dust bowls of india show me a single bowler who does not have an off test but ashwin has got only 6 wickets from his 7 tests overseas india r always avg team not dominant as past aussies nd windies

  • Robster1 on December 25, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    It's a no brainer that Abbott plays and Harmer must now be close to a call up.

  • theCricketPurist on December 24, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    It would have been great to see McLaren replace Tahir, and Abbot replace Morkel (if injured). Going for an all out pace attack would not be a bad option because:

    1. Tahir consistently bowls 2 lollipops in an over. This is just not acceptable. It would have been great if he had more control. RSA would have been unbeatable. But unfortunately that is not the case.

    2. Peterson is no Paul Harris. He will be hit for runs too. If RSA do play a spinner, then it should be Tahir.

    3. India will be forced to attack pacers.What we saw in the 1st game was that India were watchful against the seamers and feasting on the spinners. With no spin option they will be forced to attack the seamers to get the scoreboard ticking.

    So the team probably would be: Smith, Peterson, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers, DuPlessis, Duminy, Philander, Steyn, Abbot, Kleinveldt/Tahir

  • SA_FAN315 on December 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    SA managed to take 20 wickets even with a front line bowler down and India couldn't do the same.......STYEN did the right thing by not getting out and bringing Morkel out to bat as that would have further injured his ankle and Tahir is a walking golden duck and we all know that and SA should take heart in their performance....

    I also saw a lot of people mentioning that De Lange should be in the squad and i also want the same but i heard one of the commentators mentioning that he is injured at the moment...

    I believe that Durban test is going to be even better than this one as i'm sure we are going to see a fired up DAYLE STYEN.. remember that he wasn't 100% fit in the first test and was often leaving the field but he should be all fired for Durban

  • DhairyBoghani on December 24, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Two reason of bad 4th Innings bowling. 1))Bad spin bowling as duminy-tahir both gone for 2-2 wickets each & aswin hadn't take least one. We can believe he hadn't bowled bad but true thing is that he couldn't find a wicket against not so well spin players. # Change him with Jadeja. Better batsman & better bowler according to condition. 2)) Bad use of new ball in both Innings. we produced only 1 wicket between early overs of all 3 new ball.Bad Zaheer who Leaked runs at 4.25/over in 2nd inning & taken only 1 wicket because of bad dicition. #change him with Bhuvi. He always use new ball batter than all others. Try him in atleast 1 away test. He just put out by 1 bad performene in 1st ODI.

  • DhairyBoghani on December 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Two reason of bad 4th Innings bowling. 1))Bad spin bowling as duminy-tahir both gone for 2-2 wickets each & aswin hadn't take least one. We can believe he hadn't bowled bad but true thing is that he couldn't find a wicket against not so well spin players. # Change him with Jadeja. Better batsman & better bowler according to condition. 2)) Bad use of new ball in both Innings. we produced only 1 wicket between early overs of all 3 new ball.Bad Zaheer who Leaked runs at 4.25/over in 2nd inning & taken only 1 wicket because of bad dicition. #change him with Bhuvi. He always use new ball batter than all others. Try him in atleast 1 away test. He just put out by 1 bad performene in 1st ODI.

  • DeckChairand6pack on December 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    The much vaunted Proteas attack will need to take a look at itself ahead of the second Test. Dale Steyn has earned himself an off day at the office and I'm sure he will come back. The spin attack was average and will probably be done away with altogether. Smith now has the option of ABD bowling! Kyle Abbott will be a great addition although a tough assignment awaits on Boxing Day.

  • Ind.fools on December 24, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Kyle will surely destroy the Indian line up ..

  • syed.r.karim on December 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn: how did u find the record of PAK performances? Average India looks very average in overseas condition. India should win the game where they were so lucky, Amla's ludicrous out, Kalis's wrong LBW decision, Markel's injured, those all are happen in a same test match. If they can't win this match, I am sure they can't win single match in overseas for long time. Now the record is 9/0 that will be 90/0.

  • aussie1993 on December 23, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    @nav6 let me remind u sa have not lost test series from 2009 and last 2 test series in india for sa were draw while india lost so badly to england in their own den 2-1 poor indian avg. team

  • aussie1993 on December 23, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @lingu boy u r taking about this match what abt 4 tests which he played against aussie last year in australia when pointing,clarke and warner destroyed his figures in all 4 tests ashwin can only bowl on dust bowls of india show me a single bowler who does not have an off test but ashwin has got only 6 wickets from his 7 tests overseas india r always avg team not dominant as past aussies nd windies

  • Greatest_Game on December 23, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @ Siva_Bala75 says "India is the No.1 nation in cricket today, if you somehow combine all 3 formats in to one."

    To determine the #1 "All Format" team, ranking is meaningless. For fair value, we must use Rating Points, either as Equal Value or Weighted Value.

    If all 3 formats have Equal Value, then Test pts + ODI pts + T20 pts / 3 = Equal Value Average. SA - 121.33 Equal Value Ave. 131 + 110 + 123 = 364/3 Ind - 120.66 Equal Value Ave. 119 + 120 + 123 = 362/3

    WEIGHTED VALUE must be based on the amount of play - overs-per-match - to 'weight' format points. 1 test = 4.5 ODIs, so ODI pts have 22.22% of the value of test pts. 1 Test = 11.25 T20s: T20 pts = 8.88% value of Test pts.

    Test Rating + (ODI Rating/4.5) + (T20 Rating/11.25) = Total 'Weighted' Rating Points. SA - 55.46 Weighted Value Ave. 131 + 24.44 + 10.93 = 166.37/3 Ind - 52.23 Weighted Value Ave. 119 + 26.67 + 11.02 = 156.69/3.

    Nice try Siva, but either way, weighted or not, SA is unquestionably the #1 'All Format' team.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on December 23, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    @AvidCricFan : He took nine wickets on his debut against Pakistan and playing against #2 rank requires the very best skill like Steyn and Co.

  • NixNixon on December 23, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    I dont agree that india have the best batting in the world. Sa have 5 batsmen averaging 50 plus in the top 6. India dont

  • rocket123 on December 23, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    So much lopsided views w/o any merits. India just had a one-off because SA was switched off. Even WI and OZ of old days had days when they were switched off. Look at the overall records of India abroad even counting "The Wall (the batsman for which I have the greatest respect after the greatest Viv Richards)". India is just not a great team and never has been. Even in 90s and prior to that India batting played like this here and there. But that does not make it a great team. Yes SA is not as good as old WI and OZ but still a better team by miles than any other team at present. If it does not win then it also does not allow the other team to run away with the prize and rearguards like this speak volumes of character, strength and focus. You talk about all the bravado but lets first start winning like champions instead of losing tests on the trott and barely eking out a draw in the 9th Test abroad.

  • AKS286 on December 23, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    No doubt that 4 pacer attack makes more deadly-- Steyn, Phil, Morkel/De Lange, Abbott (Morkel must be rested for second test), But the problem is Over rate four pacers plus Kallis plus JP; So I prefer Robin over Tahir or 4 pacers plus Kallis plus JP & FaF will share some spin department. Tahir really disappoint everyone including him also.

  • AvidCricFan on December 23, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Wow! This dude has taken 9 wickets in his debut test and has not been in the test team since.

  • Biohazard7279 on December 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    I can honestly feel my IQ dropping a few points after reading some of these comments. Steyn is overrated? Remember the 15 balls in a row Rohit Sharma couldn't play in the 1st ODI. Steyn was the number 1 Test bowlers for several years now. Please show me a bowler who hasn't had an off game.

    South Africa also didn't choke in going for the draw, Morkel was in no condition to bat and Tahir would've only lasted a few deliveries. How sad would a loss have been for South Africa if they came that close to win the test? Just remember the bad LBW decision of Kallis, Amla's ludicrous dismissal and Morkel's injury. The luck certainly was with the Indian team.

  • matchfixerpkn on December 23, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Sharo0nGill ..In last 12 test matches in over seas pak lost 12...it proves how worst their bowlers is ..and on batsman..no need to talk on 49 all out...

  • Naresh28 on December 23, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    INDIA might find DURBAN pitch more to their liking. I think the pitch is slower? A combination of 2 spinners and three seamers. Plus the supporters. The height with joburg higher ans Durban coastal.

  • naren1983 on December 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @Night.angel : In concerns to ODI, don't think it always favour for home team, India have won ODI series almost in all the countries including Australia and England. No wonder, India can win the Next World Cup in Australia as our batting order is special for last few years now and our bowlers really shaping up well to the occasions. It will be cracking next world cup, I believe Ind vs Aus will be the finalist.

  • bluemoon143 on December 23, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    @anton1234.....so you think runout is not legal and its not required any skill....ha ha ha ha....and if you think JKs lbw decision than what about ABs lbw denied when he was clearly out....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 23, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @aahahaa Marchant is still out injured, so we will miss his 150 km/h thunderbolts. Abbott is a fine replacement for Morkel and arguably a better bowler. But the real travesty will arise when Kleinveld gets picked ahead of Abbott. Kleinveld is probably only the 12th best quick in the country. Dont ask me why he is there.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 23, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Australians on these forums need to be cautious and just enjoy the No.1 and No.2 teams go at it. They should watch the games closely and hopefully learn something.

    In Feb 2014 Australia tour SA. India have been a far sterner challenge than the Austrlians will be. SA will blow the Ozzie T20 Test team away and roll them out for 47 again - lol. Who could ever forget that...I watch it on youtube often.

  • pratiksh88 on December 23, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    @aussie1993 - India has best batting line up in present. India's top 3 (SD,RS,VK) scores more than 1000 runs during this year. its not possible only bcz of luck..and in test India is rebuilding there team. lose of sachin,kumble,dravid,VVS is impossible to feel. See aussie team which still missing warne, mcgrath, Gilly, hyden and langer in all format. If ur only judging any team on the basis of only one field (Bowling) than every team has there own weakness (Spin bowler(Australia), Batting (Pakistan) etc). India is well balanced that's y leading in ranking and won WC2011. And we have proud of that.

  • pratiksh88 on December 23, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    al d very best abbott, u r going to face kohli and pujara.

  • anton1234 on December 23, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    SA would have won had it not been for those two needless run outs and also a mistake on the Kallis LBW.

  • Sharo0nGill on December 23, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @samincolumbia neither are they counterparts in any way and neither did I comment to DEFEND Pakistani batsmen here, we know they are really average batsmen and its the potency of our bowling that wins us matches...but with India, their batsman seem really AVERAGE when they play on foreign tracks..and for their bowling...already has been said enough..in the last 9 foreign test matches..India lost 8 and fate saved them the humility of the biggest lost in the Test history!! with another 9 matches in Aus and Eng this year, things are gloomy dear...and plz dun call them "Inexperienced Team India" when they tour this time, enough of the experience now!

  • RyanStephen on December 23, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @samincolumbia: " It's sad that SA has to rely on pitches to bowl India out. I thought they had great bowlers who can take wickets on any pitch. Designer pitches are the only solution to contain India's talented batsmen. This is not tiddlywinks!"

    Isn't it interesting then that SA remain undefeated away from home for seven years and counting?

  • CricketMaan on December 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    All those calling Indian attack pop-gun and batting overhyeped..Remever its SA that is No.1 team and by your own assessement should have won this test on Day 3 or even on Day 5. After all they were playing in home, fast pitch and are the No.1 Team. Its SA that must be feeling the heat and relief for it would have been embarrassing for a No.1 team to loose to a pop-gun attack and over hyped batting.

  • Night.angel on December 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Kyle Abbott will definitely add an edge to SA bowling. As he is a new prospect, Indians will find it difficult to handle his prowess in bowling in the field. @aussie1993, Its a no-brainier to find out the real national behind that name tag because your explanations lack coherence, which shows you are no aussie. And even if Ind won the world cup in India, so what ? Home conditions always favour the home team. Thats why, everyone predicts that next Worldcup would be for Aus or South africa.

  • StaalBurgher on December 23, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Abbott should be ahead of Kleinveldt in the squad to start with. Just compare their respective FC records. 29/60 for Kleinveldt and 22/48 for Abbott. Not only that but Kleinveldt has been pretty toothless in the Sunfoil series this year while Abbott has done a lot of damage. Abbott to replace Morkel.

  • rararakesh on December 23, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Pick 4 seamers - include Umesh Yadav. Don't contain SA - crush them. The Windies did not need a spinner.Make SA Serve up a green mamba, and bite, hard. Batter SAinto submission with a barrage of unrelenting, vicious pace. Bounce them till they bleed. This is not tiddlywinks! YOu did it in SA first inning and u can do it again by adding Umesh who can bowl faster than Steyn...

  • aahahaa on December 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Marchant de Lange is the right choice. like for like.

  • linguboy on December 23, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @aussie1993: Ashwin didn't pick wickets in his 1st test match in SA against World's No.1 team in their own background. Further he also bowled to world's top 2 batsman currently and determined FAF. Atleast he bowled 42 overs for 108 runs. not bad for a guy playing his 1st match in SA, Don't you think???? Steyn, no.1 FAST bowler, in his own backyard, AT WANDERERS, bowled toothless for 1/165 against young kids who were on their 1st tour to SA. Who is better???? Better you decide. Thank you.

  • StaalBurgher on December 23, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @sgguy - India did bat well, no one is denying that. The fact remains though that India won the toss, SA lost a bowler and Kallis was given out incorrectly. 3 Huge factors of luck that went India's way. SA played less well than expected. Despite that India could not give the knock out punch. SA succeed in a draw in a hugely difficult situation and failed in clinching a 5% victory. India just failed.

  • aussie1993 on December 23, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @who can u call india no 1 they lost test series to england in their own nation and was destroyed 8-0 last year in england and australia if ashwin cant take wickets on 5th day pitch he is useless then no fast bowler of india is in top 10 list in both odi and tests as far as a sa r concerned they have not lost series in test from 2009 india is nothing team they were lucky to won wc in india

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 23, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Kleinveldt will feel hard done if he isnt selected. Isnt he originally in team as second best only to first choice fastmen. Any bowler replacing Morne along with Vernon n Steyn can't be taken lightly. I still remember what Steyn did to India in Nagpur a year back. I feel India should have a guy like Gambhir in squad on overseas tours. Still not convinced about Rayudu as a backup to middle order outside India, these are some issues that need to be answered, 2 tests in NZ then 5 in Eng, 4 in Aus. Who can perform consistenly on these tough tours?

  • shan4065 on December 23, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    @Rocket123..all said and done about the might of SA batting and bowling..one thing never changes with SA is with a Victory of any significance at sight SA goes blank and frezzes..as we have seen so many times latest being yesterday..so it Is better to have mediocre bowling and over hyped batting and winning important matches than choking and going blank in spite of having the so called almighty batting and bowling..

  • samincolumbia on December 23, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @Greatest game - It's sad that SA has to rely on pitches to bowl India out. I thought they had great bowlers who can take wickets on any pitch. Designer pitches are the only solution to contain India's talented batsmen. This is not tiddlywinks!

  • Rahul_78 on December 23, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Well, The Joburg pitch was suppose to be a "Green Mamba" and Indians were supposed to be all out in the 1st session. I guess Indian batsmen did alright over the 5 days and oh yes the worlds fastest bowler with crazy eyes ended with "56-12-165-1", didnt exactly "Crushed them" did he?

  • samincolumbia on December 23, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @Sharoon - Now if only Indian batsmen can play like their Pakistani counterparts, SA would not need 90 mph pacers! Mediocre bowlers like Steyn, Morkel etc should be enough to bowl them out for 49 or 99!

  • Greatest_Game on December 23, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Pick 4 seamers - not including Rory Kleinveldt. Don't contain India - crush them. The Windies did not need a spinner. Serve up a green mamba, and bite, hard. Batter India into submission with a barrage of unrelenting, vicious pace. Bounce them till they bleed. This is not tiddlywinks!

  • Siva_Bala75 on December 23, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    @rocket123....India is No. 1 in ODIs and No.2 in both Tests and T20s. The 'hype' is not because of the financial kitty- in fact India is getting negative publicity because of that. Please note that India is the No. 1 nation in cricket today, if you somehow combine all 3 formats in to one.

  • proteasfire on December 23, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Good selection! Kyle Abbott showed what he is capable of in his debut match. Coming off a great season in domestic circuit, this is both a challenge and a chance to seal a permanent spot in test squad for Abbott. No doubt he will be better than Rory. Given the way this series is poised, Abbott cant ask for a better stage to come back into the side. Tough game awaits in his home town!

  • sgguy on December 23, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    @rocket123 : If SA world class bowling can concede 400+ to a "softened batting lineup" i do not see why a mediocre bowling line up cannot the same runs. Have a life man.. If we are pathetic you are worse than that.. accept the fact..You guys were thinking that India will be rolled over but looking at the resistance we put in you are not able to digest.

  • _Skipper on December 23, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Hi Rocket123, If you thought Indian bowling was pathetic in the second innings, yeah we know Indian bowling has never been that great.On the contrary you seem to think that SA bowling line up is so great, but you see India could still score over 400 in the second innings. IMO, SA bowling was just as pathetic as Indian bowling, so pathetic that young rookies in Indian team could score tons. Bring all your greatest guns, Indians will score more tons in the second contest just like they did in the first. Enough of your SA bowling hype. Clearly shows that SA test team is mediocre. Wait till Aussies come and tear you apart more.

  • deepak.kumar. on December 23, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    SA should have pushed for a win considering their Numero Uno status. Firmly believe that Australia would have never let such opportunity go.

  • deepak.kumar. on December 23, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    I wonder why everyone is targeting Indian bowling. Yeah, they were not good in the 4th innings but plz keep in mind they are playing against the no.1 test side in their home. SA would have never imagined that Indian team will pose such a challenge, especially in SA. Indians dominated 4 days of the test match. Now, I believe they wont take this young Indian team lightly.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on December 23, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    @rocket123 : You comment sounds very emotional and you could not believe smith would go on a defensive mood after coming so close to victory! Any team in that case would have gone for outright win. Team india would carry lot of confidence into next game and SAF dressing room after the draw did not look motivating at all. India bowling was fantastic and way they pulled it back deserved a pat on their back. Coming soo close to victory and not winning shows the morale of the team!

  • SurlyCynic on December 22, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Wish De Lange was in line to come in but I'd rather have Abbott than Kleinveldt. Abbott is a medium pacer who can swing the ball, Kleinveldt is a medium pacer who can't swing the ball. Just compare their test performances.

  • CricketMaan on December 22, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    @rocket123-your comments are laughable and pathetic. So a 90mph bowler will do what Steyn, Morkel, Phil and Kallis could not do? And do you even know that SA have never beaten India in Joburg wchich is at par with WACA? And btw India have beaten SA in Joburg. Yes this Indian attack went flat after lunch until a lucky break With AB dismissal, but yiu can'nt take away the fact that this over hyped batting line up that you refer to did hold SA bowlers at bay for most part of the game. And btw its SA that is No.1 team playing at home on fast bouncy pitches with a world class attack that did well even in flat oitches of UAE so they should gave been all over India and wrapped this up sith an innimgs to spare. Alas that wasnt the case

  • righthandbat on December 22, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    SA should play Tsotsobe as well and drop Tahir, and bring in Peterson for Duminy. Their batting lineup should be: Smith (c), Petersen, Amla, du Plessis, de Villiers (wk), Kallis, Philander, Peterson, Steyn, Abbott, Tsotsobe.

  • on December 22, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    @rocket123 .. I second you here..an all pace attack would render these brats hopeless, just an off game for steyn..was having trouble getting the inswinger in, but we know he's the premier fast bowler in the world and will come back at his firey best..and SA showed them how impotent India's bowling attack is..go for the kill SA.

  • Leggie on December 22, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @rocket123: batsman all over the world have struggled to cope in fast, bouncy and swinging conditions that have something in it for the pace bowlers. Don't you remember that SA got bowled out to sub-100 vs. Australia in your own backyard (and eventually lost this match)?? Even against this so called "pathetic" Indian bowling attack, SA managed just over 200 in this match - despite dropped catches. You can say all you want about Indian batting, but it's time SA start looking at their batting performances on helpful bowling conditions. This is not the first time that teams have managed to do well at the Wanderers on the last day. This 450 in the last innings may look good for statistics, but this was a wicket that had gone completely flat, with the odd ball bouncing inconsistently.

  • Biohazard7279 on December 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Why was Kleinveldt even in the squad if they called up Kyle Abbott? Kleinveldt hasn't had any recent performances which justify his inclusion in the test squad! De Lange, Abbott, Tsotsobe,, Morris and McLaren are way better than him

  • goutamaniad on December 22, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Re: rocket123, all that needs to be said is a solid, aptly resounding:

    "Hear, hear!!"

  • Beertjie on December 22, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    To play 4 seamers may seem to be OK but unless one provided variety by being a leftie there is not much good in having him. Why was Kleinveldt in the squad if he wasn't going to play anyway? I suppose Peterson will play but his biggest contribution will be his fielding followed closely by his late-order batting. On the other hand, if England are canny they'll play Ojha in place of Ashwin. If he is anyway comparable to Herath, he'll be worth picking. If he's no better than Jadeja, better go in with a fourth seamer like Kumar, since someone will break down for sure.

  • soaf on December 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    de lange should be there in place of abbott coz of the extra yard pace he possess.india should thanks to heaven that they snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat.there inept bowling attack gave away the highest fourth innings runs and was lucky that proteas didnt show their aggressive intent in the end.out of 10 test playing nation india has the weakest attack and SAF should have been cash this attack into plenty in their first innings.now changes should be made.tahir and morkel should be replaced by de lange and robin/abbot

  • mzm149 on December 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    South Africa should play Robin Peterson in place of Imran Tahir if they want to play a spinner. Otherwise bring in Ryan McLaren.

  • eskr on December 22, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @rocket123, Remember that SA didnt win this match, if India was batting second they would have played to win this test. I think SA were not confident and decided to go for draw.India got its hype by winning T20 world cup in SA, World cup in India and Champions trophy in england, India is number one team in ODI and number two in test.

  • eskr on December 22, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    I dont think pace battery of SA can make any difference to Indian batting, because they are going to leave the balls that are outside the off stump and swing out, if they face bouncers they are going to pull beautifully like they did in this test match at Wanderers. India will win Durban test for sure.

  • nav76 on December 22, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    rocket123 u better start counting the days your so called no 1 test team can keep that no 1 status . South Africa cannot handle pressure to win matches please accept that fact. They are a bunch of chokers. Can't wait to see SA touring India in oct 2015 when india will be feasting on SA curry and will give a whitewash. And feel sorry for your so called fast bowler steyn 1 for 165.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 22, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I am sorry to say but Tahir has kissed his last Test match goodbye, he is still a great player for ODI and T20 though. I think SA will be badly burned from picking Tahir and might go for full pace attack against India in the 2nd test because the Indians are so good at spin anyway.

  • Rosco911 on December 22, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Hope he can be the X factor to win in Durban good luck Kyle Abbott

  • rocket123 on December 22, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Please choose a pacer who is 90mph or higher. Indian batting shall be found wanting. It is still the same old batting line-up which has just given one off performance here. It was sad SA attack had an off day in this test after a long layoff. So pack the pace battery with bowlers who could bowl sharp chest height balls one after another. 4 of them and Indians will have no respite. Remember WI quartet. And, Indian bowling is just mediocre, which was at the verge of handing away the target of 458 runs in 4th innings. Remember this 450/7 scoreline bettered the highest run chase of 418 runs in 4th innings yet it turned out to be a draw. Lets not be diplomatic, and polite. Be real that Indian attack was sorely pathetic in bowling out SA under 400 runs. Goodluck, in the past here and there Indian have had tests like this but no way deserving the hype that it gets with its financial kitty and advertisement.

  • AKS286 on December 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    No doubt De Lange, Abbott, Tsotsobe, Hardus Viljoen, Alexander are ahead of Rory. Morkel should take rest and allow others to play 2nd test. Morkel will be needed against Oz.Not to forget Chris Morris he can be useful too.

  • PrasPunter on December 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    so they are going to play Tahir for test #2 ? No body can stop SA from losing if that is the case.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 22, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Hopefully he plays ahead of Kleinveld. I am not sure if SA will play a spinner for Durban, perhaps someone could advise.

  • KunzMan on December 22, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    I would have him in the team any day over Kleinveldt

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  • KunzMan on December 22, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    I would have him in the team any day over Kleinveldt

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 22, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Hopefully he plays ahead of Kleinveld. I am not sure if SA will play a spinner for Durban, perhaps someone could advise.

  • PrasPunter on December 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    so they are going to play Tahir for test #2 ? No body can stop SA from losing if that is the case.

  • AKS286 on December 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    No doubt De Lange, Abbott, Tsotsobe, Hardus Viljoen, Alexander are ahead of Rory. Morkel should take rest and allow others to play 2nd test. Morkel will be needed against Oz.Not to forget Chris Morris he can be useful too.

  • rocket123 on December 22, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Please choose a pacer who is 90mph or higher. Indian batting shall be found wanting. It is still the same old batting line-up which has just given one off performance here. It was sad SA attack had an off day in this test after a long layoff. So pack the pace battery with bowlers who could bowl sharp chest height balls one after another. 4 of them and Indians will have no respite. Remember WI quartet. And, Indian bowling is just mediocre, which was at the verge of handing away the target of 458 runs in 4th innings. Remember this 450/7 scoreline bettered the highest run chase of 418 runs in 4th innings yet it turned out to be a draw. Lets not be diplomatic, and polite. Be real that Indian attack was sorely pathetic in bowling out SA under 400 runs. Goodluck, in the past here and there Indian have had tests like this but no way deserving the hype that it gets with its financial kitty and advertisement.

  • Rosco911 on December 22, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Hope he can be the X factor to win in Durban good luck Kyle Abbott

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 22, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I am sorry to say but Tahir has kissed his last Test match goodbye, he is still a great player for ODI and T20 though. I think SA will be badly burned from picking Tahir and might go for full pace attack against India in the 2nd test because the Indians are so good at spin anyway.

  • nav76 on December 22, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    rocket123 u better start counting the days your so called no 1 test team can keep that no 1 status . South Africa cannot handle pressure to win matches please accept that fact. They are a bunch of chokers. Can't wait to see SA touring India in oct 2015 when india will be feasting on SA curry and will give a whitewash. And feel sorry for your so called fast bowler steyn 1 for 165.

  • eskr on December 22, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    I dont think pace battery of SA can make any difference to Indian batting, because they are going to leave the balls that are outside the off stump and swing out, if they face bouncers they are going to pull beautifully like they did in this test match at Wanderers. India will win Durban test for sure.

  • eskr on December 22, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @rocket123, Remember that SA didnt win this match, if India was batting second they would have played to win this test. I think SA were not confident and decided to go for draw.India got its hype by winning T20 world cup in SA, World cup in India and Champions trophy in england, India is number one team in ODI and number two in test.