South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Centurion March 3, 2013

We were outplayed in the field - du Plessis

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After a defeat as dramatic as the one South Africa suffered, identifying positives is like looking for stars in a murky sky shrouded by clouds. It's not a fruitless endeavour because if you spot one it may lighten more than just the velvet overhead, but it is a tough one because there are so few.

Faf du Plessis found one. "Probably the only thing was AB [de Villiers]," he said. "We would expect AB to work anywhere in a line-up because he has got the skill to attack the bowlers but it was good to see him for well in the opening position. That was the one thing that worked for us today."

Having found the one bright spot, which he was asked to do early in his press engagement, du Plessis was more than ready to front up to South Africa's failings. To blanket them as everything other than de Villiers' 36 would be too simplistic.

It was a combination of being outplayed by two individuals, inexperience, poor bowling and panicking with bat in hand that conspired to bring South Africa down. The last of those is something they have been through before and even though this time they were skittled out for their lowest T20 total, it was the area du Plessis gave the least attention to.

"We know that the shorter the version of the game, the more one individual can win it," he said. "With Umar Gul, it was just a case of us trying to win the game and going hard at the run rate upfront. I think it was definitely [Mohammad] Hafeez's 86 that changed the game for them.

"When a team posts close to 200, you know it is going to take something very special from your batsmen. One guy is going to have to score close to 100 for you to be in contention to win." Collectively, South Africa only just managed that. Their last nine wickets managed about half of it.

Before the Powerplay had ended, South Africa knew they had lost the match. Focusing on that would not give proper attention to where they were actually defeated and du Plessis believed that was on the field. "There was a time when I thought we were giving Hafeez too many options and he was scoring on both sides of the wicket."

He was also finding space easily with South Africa's fielders unable to cover enough ground and the bowlers offering lengths that allowed Hafeez to pick his spot.

Bar Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first two overs and the occasional good ball from Rory Kleinveldt, the seamers lacked variety and used the slower ball too infrequently, instead hoping their usual approach would work. Du Plessis hopes they have realised it does not. "The bowlers need to practice different varieties. The days of bowling back of a length to a team in South Africa are gone now," he said.

With a pitch du Plessis said was "basically a road," the gap between the teams was narrowed. The conclusion he made was that, in neutral conditions and in the shorter format, "Pakistan's skill is better than ours."

He has with him a young squad who do not often play as a unit. They lack cohesion and the spunk to make up for it. Du Plessis believes the only way it will change is by playing more and being open-minded. "We would like to play more T20 cricket to learn and improve, especially improving our skills. Batsman need to have more variety in shots, bowlers need to bowl more slower balls."

The main focus is on the World T20 in Bangladesh in 2014 and those tactics will be needed there. South Africa will also need a strong spin contingent, something they obviously lacked today. Robin Peterson and Justin Ontong gave away 58 runs in their overs to negate themselves as viable options for du Plessis to turn to. "Our spin department will admit their four overs were not good. There were too many bad balls," he said.

With neither the seamers nor the slower bowlers able to tie things up, du Plessis found it a difficult day to be a leader. "The pressure of T20 cricket is more than any other cricket because things happen so fast," he said. "I just tried to keep everybody calm."

South Africa's next T20 match is in July when they tour Sri Lanka for a limited-overs visit. The sporadic nature of fixtures makes it difficult for du Plessis to have as much time with his team as he would like.

He can only hope experiences in the domestic competition, which is on-going, and at leagues like the IPL will help their development before they reconvene. "My game improved hugely after the IPL just because I was playing more cricket. The more you play, the better you get," he said. It's a thought that may lessen the acidity of a loss that left South Africa's limited-overs approach exposed, again.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • SK14 on March 4, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Faf Du Plesis seems to be a very mature captain, he's a great find for the Proteas. When we talk about the great windies and ozzies I remember them dominating both limited and unlimited overs cricket, the South Africans need to do the same. No one is disputing which format is the toughest but you have to remember we have two world cups up for grabs in the limited overs sphere of the game.

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I think the reason why South Africa lost was because they lacked experience. Yes the bowlers weren't on target but they did their best given the amount of experience they had and the batsmen friendly pitch they were bowling at. However, I feel the problem was in their batting. They were so worried about the 195 figure that they didn't realize that they need to keep wickets in hand. I think the promotion of Chris Morris up in the order was the turning point of the match. After that, the Pakistanis were in their groove and the South Africans in their dugout.

  • Muttee on March 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    TommytuckerSafa: Thats whey we have Zim beating Australia in WC T20, England losing to Ireland. Are these fair reflections on Aus and Eng abilities - no.

    Well, your comment is just too funny, you think they have abilities then why didnt they use those abilities to win those matches? the team who played better on the day wins and that's where a true champion team will emerge winners. saying t20 doesn't matter or shouldn't be an international fixture is just ridiculous. do you even know how many new cricket spectators are born due to this format. each and every single format requires its own set of skills and each of them are important in their own regard. just because ur team lose doesnt mean u should stop playing the format. ridiculous

  • msharif911 on March 5, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    As a Pakistan fan, I'm just glad to have something to smile about. I'd rather we won the Test Series tbh but I'll take this rather than nothing.

  • SurlyCynic on March 5, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    It's great to see how excited Pakistan fans are about a T20 victory, well done. But funny how they still talk about how England were 'humiliated' in the UAE, even though England won the ODI and T20 series.

    So which results are really remembered for longer?

  • HennopsRiverEnd on March 5, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    LOL... the Pakistani's were really waiting for this. Good win i must say, enjoy it. The test series is over so stop referring to it, SA is #1 for a reason and everybody knows they belong there. The shorter the format, the closer the gap in quality. Go figure

  • on March 5, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    People talking about inexperience SA side in T20 should also recall inexperienced Pak side in tests.

  • getsetgopk on March 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    LOL, not a huge fan of T20's but saying that T20's doesn't require some sort of skill would be like burying your head in sand. T20's does require a set of skills, in bowling, you need variations but with pinpoint precision which the SA bowlers tried but most of them ended in a dozen or so utterly embarrassing half trackers which were duly hammered as you'd expect from a champion T20 side. Now, when England were the No1 in tests and T20 champs, Swann said something similar, wana know what? get rid of the ODI's. No wonder the Proteas wana get rid of T20's but here's what the proteas should really be asking themselves, why is it ok for steyn to play non stop IPL for 2 months and RESTED while his national side bearing the national colors is being hammered away. hmm

  • Dhumper on March 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Faf's comment: "The conclusion he made was that, in neutral conditions and in the shorter format, "Pakistan's skill is better than ours" Correction - remove 'shorter format' from this comment. In neutral conditions we do seem to have better skills. See you in October although those would be spin conditions!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 4, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I agree with Simon Doull from new zealand and other respected ex-players. T20 should not be an international format of cricket and only used at domestic level. This is ensure the survival of ODI and Test cricket. People getting excited about T20 victories or silverware need to get a grip, its easy to hide technical faults in this format and creates a more level playing field for weaker or minnow teams. Thats whey we have Zim beating Australia in WC T20, England losing to Ireland. Are these fair reflections on Aus and Eng abilities - no.

  • SK14 on March 4, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Faf Du Plesis seems to be a very mature captain, he's a great find for the Proteas. When we talk about the great windies and ozzies I remember them dominating both limited and unlimited overs cricket, the South Africans need to do the same. No one is disputing which format is the toughest but you have to remember we have two world cups up for grabs in the limited overs sphere of the game.

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I think the reason why South Africa lost was because they lacked experience. Yes the bowlers weren't on target but they did their best given the amount of experience they had and the batsmen friendly pitch they were bowling at. However, I feel the problem was in their batting. They were so worried about the 195 figure that they didn't realize that they need to keep wickets in hand. I think the promotion of Chris Morris up in the order was the turning point of the match. After that, the Pakistanis were in their groove and the South Africans in their dugout.

  • Muttee on March 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    TommytuckerSafa: Thats whey we have Zim beating Australia in WC T20, England losing to Ireland. Are these fair reflections on Aus and Eng abilities - no.

    Well, your comment is just too funny, you think they have abilities then why didnt they use those abilities to win those matches? the team who played better on the day wins and that's where a true champion team will emerge winners. saying t20 doesn't matter or shouldn't be an international fixture is just ridiculous. do you even know how many new cricket spectators are born due to this format. each and every single format requires its own set of skills and each of them are important in their own regard. just because ur team lose doesnt mean u should stop playing the format. ridiculous

  • msharif911 on March 5, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    As a Pakistan fan, I'm just glad to have something to smile about. I'd rather we won the Test Series tbh but I'll take this rather than nothing.

  • SurlyCynic on March 5, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    It's great to see how excited Pakistan fans are about a T20 victory, well done. But funny how they still talk about how England were 'humiliated' in the UAE, even though England won the ODI and T20 series.

    So which results are really remembered for longer?

  • HennopsRiverEnd on March 5, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    LOL... the Pakistani's were really waiting for this. Good win i must say, enjoy it. The test series is over so stop referring to it, SA is #1 for a reason and everybody knows they belong there. The shorter the format, the closer the gap in quality. Go figure

  • on March 5, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    People talking about inexperience SA side in T20 should also recall inexperienced Pak side in tests.

  • getsetgopk on March 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    LOL, not a huge fan of T20's but saying that T20's doesn't require some sort of skill would be like burying your head in sand. T20's does require a set of skills, in bowling, you need variations but with pinpoint precision which the SA bowlers tried but most of them ended in a dozen or so utterly embarrassing half trackers which were duly hammered as you'd expect from a champion T20 side. Now, when England were the No1 in tests and T20 champs, Swann said something similar, wana know what? get rid of the ODI's. No wonder the Proteas wana get rid of T20's but here's what the proteas should really be asking themselves, why is it ok for steyn to play non stop IPL for 2 months and RESTED while his national side bearing the national colors is being hammered away. hmm

  • Dhumper on March 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Faf's comment: "The conclusion he made was that, in neutral conditions and in the shorter format, "Pakistan's skill is better than ours" Correction - remove 'shorter format' from this comment. In neutral conditions we do seem to have better skills. See you in October although those would be spin conditions!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 4, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I agree with Simon Doull from new zealand and other respected ex-players. T20 should not be an international format of cricket and only used at domestic level. This is ensure the survival of ODI and Test cricket. People getting excited about T20 victories or silverware need to get a grip, its easy to hide technical faults in this format and creates a more level playing field for weaker or minnow teams. Thats whey we have Zim beating Australia in WC T20, England losing to Ireland. Are these fair reflections on Aus and Eng abilities - no.

  • Desihungama on March 4, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @fast_gun - lol, Those silverware last between 2 and 4 years. Long enough to cherish. ICC test mace? Eh..you get new rankings in all the time. Now, beating opposition in your backyard and then outright refusal to tour their backyard on whatever pretext does not in any way make you a champion. Tell Steyn to try take a wicket in Faisalabad. Let's see how soon he breaks.

  • on March 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Yes we played rubbish. Sure they need better selection, more practice, blah. But like @fastgun says, let's not get too excited and remember the important silverware - the test mace.

  • on March 4, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    SA should start preparation for T20 in 2016 instead of 2014's they cant win bangladesh i bet it now

  • Shahsa on March 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @Blal .....You are forgetting the fact that the WT20 match between Pak and SA was in Sri Lanka on a different pitch .......but I wanted to see Pakistan playing against the SA Squad on the SA pitch with the likes of Amla, kallis, Smith, Stayn, Philander in the South African T20 Team and not against some random youngsters who collectively didn't have much international exposure as compared to just one senior Pak player.

    Hope you get what I am trying to say.

  • salman_0902 on March 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    It simply showed how strong the South African premier players are. Guls and Hafeez couldn't get wickets and Pakistani players could score any runs against those bowllers. Once they are not selected Pakistan crushed the second level players of S.A. which showed Pakistan has a very good bowlling attack, however The south African premier Batsmen were much better. hope you get my point.

  • aa61761 on March 4, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    With a pitch du Plessis said was "basically a road," the gap between the teams was narrowed.

    @Cricket_Man - and the batsmen friendly pitch they were bowling at.

    And Umar Gul was bowling on "some other wicket".

    Young SA's choked without their big players, even though the "big guys" would not have fared any better in 20/20 game. Proteas have never done any thing big in 20/20 game, with or without their "big players". Proteas were thoroughly out played in pressure situation. Proteas will suffer the same fate in UAE as Australia is suffering in India. Current Australia and South Africa are not complete teams, they can only win in their back yard, unlike 80's Windies or 90's Australia. The only complete team at present is England, it may not be the great team but it is complete.

  • ihaq1 on March 4, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    either faf du plessis does not know teh ages of teh players he is playing with or he is just joking about it being a young squad...there seem tobe several players who seemed quite old including plessis and abie de villers...one found teh bowlers bowling pretty ordinary ...slow ball after slow ball...i would expect plessis and abie to play out ten overs before going for it and i must say that BD hunter is more on target than plessis...there are better fast bowlers and batsmen waiting around in south africa...south africa does not understand 20/20...they probably need a pakistani coach or even someone like pat symcox

  • quittthewhinging on March 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @ SK14. Faf du Plessis a mature captain? Puhleeze!! In his first game as capt against NZ, with NZ needing, I think, one run off the last ball to win, he placed all his fielders on the boundary. I mean it was unbelievable. And now, before the game against Pakistan, he announces to the world that AB will open the batting and keep wicket. T20 is a game of tactics among other things; you don't tell the opposition before the game what your batting line-up is going to be. They would have expected de Kock to open and AB to bat at 4/5 and made their plans accordingly; so AB opening would have been a surprise & maybe upset their plans. Faf has plenty to learn, I'm afraid.

    And this nonsense about the team being a work in progress. Really! They should have started with that two years ago, not now.

  • highveldhillbilly on March 4, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    The is a serious lack of direction in the SA T20 (and ODI) team. It's almost as if we've given zero priority to the T20 games. I'm not a big fan of international T20s (should be a club game) but the team we fielded is a shocker. I wouldn't put half that team in the SA C side. Behardien, Ontong, Miller - seriously? Miller may have a future the other 2 are so extremely poor and Miller lacks BMT. As for a bowling attack, it's a really strange mix of fringe players. You may play or two in a game but to play all your fringe players at once? Abbot, Kleineld, Tsosobe, Morris - Asking for disaster. And Robbie P has lost it, what's with the half trackers? The less said about Ontong and his bowling the better!

  • fast_gun on March 4, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    t20 cricket is silly, yes we were outplayed, but who cares. only the pakistani's because this is all they have really. funny thing is, when the test was playing, no credit was given to the masterclass proteas. Now all credit is given to the great t20 pakistan side. What a joke! And all those that say we dont have any icc silverware, we have an ICC test mace! for being the best test playing nation in the world!

  • quittthewhinging on March 4, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I know it is unfair to single out one player after such a bad performance but it amazes me that the selectors can continue to select Justin Ontong. He has repeatedly failed in all forms of the game for 10 years and is no longer a chicken. What is to be gained by this?? Check his stats, they are unbelievably bad. There is more to this than meets the eye, I'm afraid.

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    i think johan botha should be included and lead the side coz he is very experience and mature

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Problem for SA is that they are more focused on test than t20s and Odis. They are great in tests, good in odis but in t20s they are no where near. As many comments suggests that MR this or that would have made difference, this is different game, Only kalis has success in this format rest were not that successful as they are in test.

    India & england also has similar problems when they reach to no1 rankings, other formats suffered. same goes with SA.

    As long as t20 is international and icc event of t20 every 2 years, no matter what you say that its boys game, show off game, not real cricket, you have to focus on this as well.

  • SamAsh07 on March 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    See the problem here? South Africa want to play more T20 and Pakistan want to play more Tests, this clearly shows that both teams are deprived off a format. I guess the true "series" will be the upcoming ODIs since both teams play alot of ODI matches.

  • BDHUNTER on March 4, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I don't understand what SA are trying to prove?? they continously selecting player like ontong,morise,farhan!!! whose palyer are not match winner for SA. i believe that T20 is game for young cricketers who has the best capabilities to perform in any situations, just to remind you all that India are very much upfornt in any level of cricket now by playing IPL who brings out the quality of cricket and players by year and year(player like: raina,vijay,pujara,B.kumar,jadeja,p. ojha,virat) but instead SA are far beyond it, i personally suggest some player like D. wise,VB van Jaarsveld ,AC Thomas,Q de Kockā€  ,RR Rossouw ,H Davids,RE van der Merwe will be the best among the players playing at national side right now. so please think and take extra cuation before selecting the t20 side for SA.

  • FighterKallis on March 4, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Come on southafrica You are top test team and u also have to prove that in t20s and one days . With amla, steyn, grame saffas are competitive in one day . But in T20s thier selection is poor. behardien and oldies ontong ,robie are good for nothing. play De kock , Bodi, phangiso .I think southafrica is underplaying Dekock. Mark my Words . He will be the Next Man for southafrica.

  • Cricket_Man on March 4, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Shahsa Smith has left T20 cricket. Philander will be thrashed in the limited overs formats because he lacks pace thats why he isn't selected. Steyn, Kallis and Amla were all there when Pakistan won against them in 2012 T20 worldcup. Kallis, Smith and Steyn were there when Pakistan beat them in the 2010 worldcup and these three were also there Pakistan beat them a year earlier in the 2009 T20 worldcup. The result would've been the same. The A, B or C side argument is just an excuse. Your comment lacks sense and isn't backed with facts.

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Shahsa, Remember the T20 WC super 8 match bw SAF and Pak? :P

  • Omer.Iftikhar on March 4, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @Shahsa - Pakistan played the team that South Africa put out and trounced them convincingly. I suppose it must be nice for you to sit on your high horse and contemplate what might have been instead of giving credit where it is due. BTW, you know Philander does not play T20s right? His last T20 was in 2007. Also, Steyn, Kallis, Amla et al were part of the team trounced in the last World T20, which led to this rebuild of the SA team in the first place.

    It was an awesome performance by Pakistan against an inexperienced SA line up, and to an extent was expected given the quality of the teams put out. This sets up the ODI series nicely.

  • Blal on March 4, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @Shahsa: Amla, kallis, Smith, Stayn, Philander were all in the T20 squad that played against Pakistan in Sri Lanka in the WT20...the result was just the same not the other way round...Trust you?

  • Shahsa on March 4, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Dudes.... I would have loved to see Amla, kallis, Smith, Stayn, Philander in T20 against Pak. The result would have been the other way around... LOL........Trust me

  • Smahuta on March 3, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    No surprise this result really. SA continue to show no interest in any formats other than tests. I cat say I am unhappy about it either, truth be told. Test cricket shows where your skills are really at, and Pak have shown their hand there already. The SA selectors continue to have strange selections (keep selecting Ontong, Berhardien, No De Kock) They don't seem to have a plan in mind, nor do they seem interested in playing the strongest team. Resting players who only play 5 matches a summer seems silly, and they want to go out and win some ICC silverware with these policies? Dont make me laugh!

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    the whole African team except ABD ..Their Total Number of matches still less then shoaib malik... let c what will happin in one dayers where amla,kallis,smith,stayn,philander etc will give warm welcome to MISBAH ul HAq n team

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    even though they lost they did the right thing by giving youngsters a chance while pakistan won but they didnt gave youngster a chance they need to give youngsters chance as these players will not last forever which are playing in present.Umar gul is not good for test and odis while ahmed shahzad deserves a odi and test chance

  • Cricinforma on March 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Waleed Wayne Parnell deserved a spot in the limited overs team, he is an all-rounder and brings all-round skills. He can hit a long ball with the bat as he proved in the past espcially in 2011 during a game against the Aussies, where he changeed teh game around. He can also swing the ball both ways with the ball in hand, a perfect example of this was also against Australia, but in a previous tour where he bagged man of the match for his bowling efforts. The man deserves a place in the squad.

  • siddiqi3456 on March 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    faf don't loose hope , it is just a bunch of young cricketers.T20 is not real cricket even a no.11 can score 30 or 40 which could change the completion of the game, and even a layman can pick 3 or 4 wickets as what happen to gul .Concentrate on your technique and become another kallis at least in batting. T20 was invented only for entertainment and to bring large crowds to stadium. It is just a passing shower.

  • SurlyCynic on March 3, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    First ballers for Ontong and Behardien. What a surprise.

    No De Kock despite his brilliant recent T20 hundred. What a joke.

    Our best T20 spinner, Botha, playing in Australia. What a shame.

  • Robster1 on March 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Can anyone explain why Ontong constantly remains in SA's squads in the shorter form of the game. Where are Albie Morkel and Johan Botha ?

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    SA were comprehensively outclassed! because they showed and have no class in T20's for sure! what can fAF say: he actually wanted to bowl first anyways! it won't be such an easy ride in ODI's as well, not every format is TEST cricket!

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    SA were comprehensively outclassed! because they showed and have no class in T20's for sure! what can fAF say: he actually wanted to bowl first anyways! it won't be such an easy ride in ODI's as well, not every format is TEST cricket!

  • Robster1 on March 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Can anyone explain why Ontong constantly remains in SA's squads in the shorter form of the game. Where are Albie Morkel and Johan Botha ?

  • SurlyCynic on March 3, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    First ballers for Ontong and Behardien. What a surprise.

    No De Kock despite his brilliant recent T20 hundred. What a joke.

    Our best T20 spinner, Botha, playing in Australia. What a shame.

  • siddiqi3456 on March 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    faf don't loose hope , it is just a bunch of young cricketers.T20 is not real cricket even a no.11 can score 30 or 40 which could change the completion of the game, and even a layman can pick 3 or 4 wickets as what happen to gul .Concentrate on your technique and become another kallis at least in batting. T20 was invented only for entertainment and to bring large crowds to stadium. It is just a passing shower.

  • Cricinforma on March 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Waleed Wayne Parnell deserved a spot in the limited overs team, he is an all-rounder and brings all-round skills. He can hit a long ball with the bat as he proved in the past espcially in 2011 during a game against the Aussies, where he changeed teh game around. He can also swing the ball both ways with the ball in hand, a perfect example of this was also against Australia, but in a previous tour where he bagged man of the match for his bowling efforts. The man deserves a place in the squad.

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    even though they lost they did the right thing by giving youngsters a chance while pakistan won but they didnt gave youngster a chance they need to give youngsters chance as these players will not last forever which are playing in present.Umar gul is not good for test and odis while ahmed shahzad deserves a odi and test chance

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    the whole African team except ABD ..Their Total Number of matches still less then shoaib malik... let c what will happin in one dayers where amla,kallis,smith,stayn,philander etc will give warm welcome to MISBAH ul HAq n team

  • Smahuta on March 3, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    No surprise this result really. SA continue to show no interest in any formats other than tests. I cat say I am unhappy about it either, truth be told. Test cricket shows where your skills are really at, and Pak have shown their hand there already. The SA selectors continue to have strange selections (keep selecting Ontong, Berhardien, No De Kock) They don't seem to have a plan in mind, nor do they seem interested in playing the strongest team. Resting players who only play 5 matches a summer seems silly, and they want to go out and win some ICC silverware with these policies? Dont make me laugh!

  • Shahsa on March 4, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Dudes.... I would have loved to see Amla, kallis, Smith, Stayn, Philander in T20 against Pak. The result would have been the other way around... LOL........Trust me

  • Blal on March 4, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @Shahsa: Amla, kallis, Smith, Stayn, Philander were all in the T20 squad that played against Pakistan in Sri Lanka in the WT20...the result was just the same not the other way round...Trust you?