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Why didn't Kallis bat at No. 4?

Sanjay Manjrekar and Daryll Cullinan discuss why Faf du Plessis came in at the fall of the second wicket in South Africa's second innings

December 21, 2013

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Posted by milepost on (December 22, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

It is because Kallis bowled a lot of overs. It is not the first time SA have done it and is no reflection of his form. If they hadn't of lost wickets he'd be coming in at 4 today.

Posted by Agni_25 on (December 22, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

its coz...SA will start attacking from start of play on Day 5 and who is the man to attack...its Faf... if wickets are goin down , who is the man to salvage a draw?? its Kallis...its simple...

Posted by sheenu on (December 22, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

There is no need to dissect this issue. I clearly remember a situation when Sourav Ganguly came ahead of Sachin when the 2nd Indian wicket fell late in the afternoon. This is because, Sachin was not at his best. The same this is happening with Kallis, who is not at his best, and SA did the right thing protecting him.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 21, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

In their last SA visit, 1 man deprived India of a match & series win: Kallis. In the decider, despite an agonizing rib injury, he scored a century in both innings.

In the1st he came in at 2/34. After Amla (3/106) & de Villiers (4/164) departed, Prince rallied with him to 5/262. Boucher's golden duck made it 6/262. The end looked close. Kallis fell last, exactly ONE HUNDERED runs later: Harris 6, Tsotsobe 7, Morkel 7, extras 6, Kallis 71. His 161 was 45% of SA's total.

2nd inngs SA had used a night watchman, so HE BATTED AT #5, coming in at 3/53, injured, no runner. Sreesanth, who had broken his ribs, welcomed him with a bouncer. Kallis slapped it for 4! SA's inns ended on 341. JH Kallis 109*

Today, the #1 Steyn took 0-104. The #2 Philander took 3-64. Kallis took 3-64 in 20 overs of pace bowling. At 38, that's tiring.

Putting in a tired, match-saving giant for 8 overs in fading light is criminally stupid! That's for a night-watchman, EXACTLY LIKE THE LAST MATCH. It's no mystery

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Maybe it is just simply that Kallis is not a good overnight batsman? Just look at how many times he has started really well and fallen early the next day. I'm sure he is also tired, after having to take the strain of SA missing a bowler.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

It was a tactical decision to send Faf ahead of Kallis. I support that decision. On two accounts: one not a great idea to send your best batsman half hour before close. Not a great idea to send a night watch man too as losing a wicket then would have made it three down. Faf played well in the first innings and the right guy to have batted the last part. He can resume Tomorrw to play another key role. This match is still open...

Posted by baobabjim on (December 21, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

sometimes I wonder if commentators really believe what they say - Cullinan says a batsman does not give up his position...old school out of touch comment maybe? Kallis took 3 key wickets in the match. Not bad for an "old man". Strong possibility he is tired. We've also seen wicketkeepers bowling today. Yes, it is about tactics (Manjrekar what's wrong with tactics?) and you need to adapt. C'mon guys, let's hear some common sense rather than looking for smoke and daggers, drama, etc

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