Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13

No rotation for SA Test bowlers

Firdose Moonda

February 5, 2013

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Dale Steyn's 11th wicket ended the Test, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, February 4, 2013
Dale Steyn's workload is managed to help keep him fit for South Africa's Test commitments © AFP

Not rotating their Test bowlers is South Africa's main focus as they look ahead to back-to-back Tests against Pakistan. The squad dispersed after their 211-run win in Johannesburg and will reconvene on Monday, with the bowlers ordered to take a few days off to prepare for the Cape Town and Centurion Tests, which are only three days apart later in the month.

Bowling workloads are a worldwide concern and have resulted in player rotation in other countries, most notably Australia. South Africa's coach Gary Kirsten said management understand the need to monitor game time but they do not want to swap players in the Test side and would prefer that to happen in limited-overs matches.

As a result, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel do not feature in all South Africa's ODI and T20 games so they are kept fit for Test cricket. They are, however, likely to play in all the Tests and so it is required that they are managed carefully to achieve that aim. Robin Peterson does not face the same physical demands but plays in all formats for South Africa while Vernon Philander has played largely as a Test specialist but has had niggles in recent times that will benefit from a break.

"Sunday and Monday, to a certain extent, were heavy bowling days so it is important for us to give them the adequate recovery periods but enough time to prepare properly for the upcoming back-to-back Test matches," Rob Walter, strength and conditioning coach, said. "The tricky part is that we don't know whether or not the Test in Cape Town will go five days and if it does, we need the bowlers fresh enough to deal with the short turnaround in time."

South Africa spent 100.4 overs in the field in Pakistan's second innings from the first session on day three to just after lunch on day four. They had a light load earlier in the match, when they bowled Pakistan out for 49 inside 30 overs.

The entire squad could theoretically play in the final round of first-class matches, which take place from Thursday, but only those who were not part of the starting XI will. Rory Kleinveldt and Jacques Rudolph will play for the Cobras and Titans respectively while Imran Tahir, who was added to the squad as cover for Peterson, will turn out for the Lions, as he did last weekend when Peterson was declared fit.

The playing XI "have been given specific schedules for the week," Walter said. "The bowlers have been given a few days off and will begin bowling on Thursday and Friday. The rest of the players in the squad have been given gym strength and conditioning programmes to follow."

Contrastingly, Pakistan hope to put in as much practice as possible in the ten-day break before the second Test. They will play a two-day match against a Western Province XI in Cape Town from Sunday but have practices scheduled in the city from tomorrow, when they are due to arrive there.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by crashed on (February 8, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@Adnan Aryan FYI I am sure it is mentioned somewhere in crickinfo - but most of the SA bowlers is participating in the IPL I am sure you can check their stats there ,... but I am sure they also learn to bowl on these pitches while they are there so in hindsight be sure they do bowl on the sub-continent and they do perform there :)

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

dunno wat some people talk about, till date sa has lost onlyb 1 test series in pakistan which was in 2004 1-0 to pakistan just 1 year after smith became the captain of sa, sa has won 2 test series in pakistan , 1 test series in india in 2000 even before australia and england cud win a test seies in india, wev won that 2-0 , whitewashed india in india, won in srilanka test series in 93 after readmnission, we have lost only 5 test series since readmisssion against subcontinent teams. india won twice in india, srilanka twice and pakistan once all in their homes. shows wat sa has been and is since 22 years in tesr cricket, so dont talk about subcontinent adavantage with sa, u can use it with england but even they are improving

Posted by Smahuta on (February 8, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Adnan Aryan do your homework. SA beat ENg last 2 times they toured there. Dale Steyns previous best figures were recorded in the subcontinent. SA have not lost in the subcontinent for 4 years or so. If they weren't all preparing such flat pitches in fear of the attack, we may be able to get a result, one way or the other. 600 for 3 is not test cricket, its what we expect on EA cricket games.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Hey guys, don't interpret the things by yourself. Let the ball decide the results... These are South African pitches, what else you expect here. Take Dale and Morkel to the sub-continent pitches, you will see that what there class is. Just a home-series advantage nothing else, take them to Pakistan, we will show you the difference of your miraculous bowling or disastrous bowling attack.... Be the hosts and let them play cricket. We will see what u will do on the England and sub-continent pitches.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

@pakisupporter SA last lost in 2011 in test cricket. Our 1 day team that lost against NZ only had a few test players playing in it. Junaid khan bowled well against INDIA. South Africa is not INDIA. If pakistan bowls us out for 50 we bowl you out for 15. Thats the difference between the two teams. Your only hope is that we fail at a venue where we play excelllent cricket. Maybe steyn and company must bowl underarm to the pakistani batters.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 7, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Truth be told the 2nd match could get very intresting. South Africa have a habit of letting their guard down in 2nd tests even after crushing wins and Pakistan have an ability to notch up a gear in 2nd tests of a series after horrific loses. Still back SA to win the series though.

Posted by pakisupporter on (February 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

This south African team is easily beatable. All Pakistan needs to do is look at SA's recent defeats against other teams and New Zealand. We just need to take a deep breath and gather ourselves together as we have a better bowling attack and just need a little more patience in batting and "BELIEVE IN OUR SELVES AND TALENT". Be bold and attacking and give Irfan a chance. Junaid will come good - he just needs to revisit his recent performance in India and also see how SA were easily vulnerable to the NZ's left armer in the ODI's. Mix it up a little bit and don't hesitate to bowl as many or more short balls to them as they dished out to us. Gul - don't forget to bowl your Yorkers.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 7, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

PAK will be the another victim of AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (STEYN, MORKEL, PHIL, TSOTSOBE, DE LANGE) which provides similar result ie DESTRUCTION at anypitch anywhere.

Posted by face2faceuni on (February 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

I hope Pakistan team will come back in next match...

Posted by Bullet_Proof on (February 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

I think SA dont need to deploy there main players to whitewash a team like Pakistan but there team is more than enough to do this. Pakistan must learn to play some test by now.

Posted by boehj on (February 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

This is precisely the way it should be done. Rotate players using the ODI game, not Test cricket. Hats off to the Saffers for taking the painfully obvious route.

Posted by The_Heavy_Ball on (February 6, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

@jonesy2 - more one-eyed drivel. SA have strength in depth. Morkel and Philander would walk into the Aus squad, and you know it; which is probably why you're giving it the sniffy comments.

Posted by cabinet96 on (February 6, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@Phat-Boy See below for why Hilf and Siddle weren't picked.

Harris is a different case because he has a lack of cartilage in his knee. He's never going to be fully fit to bowl really, and I doubt he'll ever play a test again.

Posted by cabinet96 on (February 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

@Greatest_Game Siddle and Hilfenhaus weren't picked because the captain, coaches and selectors believed the bowlers selected instead would do a better job. That was as a result of their workloads in the second test, but they weren't picked because they were exhausted and Clarke felt Starc and Hastings would do better, not because they were rotated out.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 6, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

SA dominating test cricket at the moment with their attack and still jonesy2 has some snide comments to make. Keep em coming son, wont change the facts.

Posted by Ridaa on (February 6, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Calvin Savage looks like the real deal. 2m tall with some serious pace! De Lange, Savage and Abbott could be the future.

Posted by JM_RSA on (February 6, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

@Jonesy2 - You may not be aware, but SA has about pace 6 bowlers (Abott, Qgamane, Morris, Savage, Tsotsobe, Viljoen ) waiting in the wings with De Lange to return. I personally think Abott, Qgamane and De Lange are better than Kleinveldt ATM. These bowlers would walk into most national sides. The future is definately looking bright.

Posted by Kirstenfan on (February 6, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

South Africa doesn't play enough international cricket, especially tests, to warrant workload management. Look at the stats vs India, Aus, England

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

@ jonesy2 - And yet SA still manage to be number one in the world. That says much about the team you support then doesn't it?

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 6, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

de Lange can't jump the queue, he was next in line. But Kyle Abbott is looking really good. Then we still have Morris and Viljoen... not enough Tests in the year to try all these guys out!

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 6, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

of course the SA bowlers arent going to be rotated they dont have anyone outside the team to rotate in, in fact they dont have any bowlers in the side apart from dale steyn.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 6, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

@Posted by goutamaniad on (February 6, 2013, 2:28 GMT) "Re: replacement bowlers for our current Saffa lineup appear to be marvelous, enticiing works-in-progress: there's Warriors' offie Simon Harmer & the pacer Ayabulela Gqamane, the Dolphins' seamers Kyle Abbot & Calvin Savage who hover uppermost in mind atm.@"

Wholeheartedly agree, very exciting times ahead. Really looking forward to seeing Gqamane in action too.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (February 6, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I would like to see Rory getting in for 2nd test in place of Morkel. Morkel has been bowling too many deliveries that the batsmen were happy to leave. He need to make them play more often than not. I think Morkel's poor performances are getting overlooked bcos of excellent performances from steyn and philander. Morkel is good, but he needs to be more dangerous and probing than he is at the moment.

Posted by Protears on (February 6, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

South African talent reserve is deep with bat and ball, the only area that is limited is spin options with Phangiso, Peterson and Tahir the only selection pool. With seam up bowling; Tsotsobe, De Lange, Morris, Abbott, Kleinveldt all come to mind.

Posted by goutamaniad on (February 6, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Some bigoted fans will comment with inane excuses. The actual reason Aussies engage in the rotation policy is to save those under-25 pace bowlers from any more physical damage than has already been on record. But as Phat-Boy aptly exposed, the Board in question has been doing it with their pacers of all ages.

Re: replacement bowlers for our current Saffa lineup appear to be marvelous, enticiing works-in-progress: there's Warriors' offie Simon Harmer & the pacer Ayabulela Gqamane, the Dolphins' seamers Kyle Abbot & Calvin Savage who hover uppermost in mind atm.

Posted by Phat-Boy on (February 6, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

Sorry Cabinet96 but Hilfenhaus, Siddle and also Ryan Harris who has been rotated in the past, are all well and truly over 25.

Posted by Robster1 on (February 6, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

If the second test is also won, along with Kleinvedlt would Kyle Abbott be in with a chance for the final match ?

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (February 5, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Al though I am a Pakistani supporter, but more of a fan of the sport, I have been waiting for such a performance from Steyn. Not that he hasn't delivered it in the past but this was just sensational stuff! Even at the expense of my team, I would always love to see such quality bowling. It is the era of South Africa cricket, particularly test cricket, and I AM HERE TO STAY!

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (February 5, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

I watched his first spell in the second innings. I think it was 6 wicketless overs for 8 runs, but he created lots of chances... beat the bat, LBWs he was just unlucky. I left half way to tea just as he came back, his second innings figures ended on 13 overs 4/26... His domestic season is 8 matches 47 wickets at an average of 14! He also looked a class above the rest, even Andrew Birch (who's also having a great season) in the Dolphins/Warriors match I saw. He's full of confidence if they want to give someone a go in the 3rd test if it becomes a dead rubber. No I doubt they would do it though!

I worry about automatically assuming young injured players will return at the same level they left off... Wayne Parnell is a shadow of what he was before his injury problems...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 5, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

@ cabinet96 on (February 5, 2013, 17:54 GMT) is correct. Aus rotation policy is directed at the under 25 bowlers who are much more susceptible to injury.

One exception recently is that Siddle was left out of the third SA vs Aus test as the selectors thought that his herculean efforts in the 2nd test had exhausted him. He did not seem to agree! Hilfenhaus too was dropped for the 3rd test, but that might have been motivated by other factors.

Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (February 5, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

As long as this policy continues, SA will continue to dominate tests but underperform in shorter formats.Expectations will rise and with it the magnitude of their chokes.

Posted by cabinet96 on (February 5, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

People just don't get it do they? The only Australians who have missed tests through rotation are bowlers under the age of 25. Since South Africa have no bowlers under the age of 25, there's no reason they should miss tests as a result of rotation.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 5, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@Gareth_Bain Ive been interested in Kyle Abbott but havnt watched him live or on TV. I did keep my eye on the PAK scorecard and i noticed there was nothing outstanding in terms of his performance. My question. Is he the real deal and does he look the part?

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 5, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

@Gareth_Bain: Abbott has been in good form and I hope he gets a chance at some stage, but if De Lange comes back it's hardly 'jumping the queue', as he's already played test cricket and took a 7-fer in an innings on debut. I see Abbott more as competition for Kleinveldt as backup to the Philander role, as Philander seems to miss a few tests with niggles.

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (February 5, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

@SurlyCynic: I can't see how De Lange gets to jump the queue. Kyle Abbott's domestic form is exceptional, and I saw him playing in EL against Pak, he looked the real deal... A heavy ball and immaculate line and length...

Posted by mthi4life on (February 5, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

A single test match is very important,Why would you leave your best players out unless they are injured.Leave the rotation this Current Aussie side,The Past Aussie Team the played the best team available in every test,The Proteas must do the same.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 5, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Forget rotation, if De Lange returns to his pre-injury form Morkel may have to start looking over his shoulder or he'll have a longer rest. Maybe move that front foot back an inch too, Morne.

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (February 5, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

if the Proteas win the next Test, it would great to see Imran given a run for the last one.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Agreed! Dale Steyn has earned himself the right to a cup of coffee and a few rusks. I read on cricinfo that he has a sweet tooth, whatever he needs, just get a van load around to his place!

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 5, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Leave unnecessary squad rotations to the ozzies thanks. We want to see the best when it counts. Dale Pain can put his feet up for a few days and watch highlight clips of his own devastating spells on youtube.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Rotation of quality players for less quality ones will just put fans off simple as that. International Cricket is already seeing lack of attendance and viewership and these rotations will just put fans even more off.

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