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Domingo hits out at detractors

Firdose Moonda

April 7, 2014

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AB de Villiers smashes a six, England v South Africa, World Twenty20 2014, Group 1, Chittagong, March 29, 2014
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When Russell Domingo succeeded Gary Kirsten as South Africa's head coach, he compared the expectations thrust on his shoulders to what David Moyes may have experienced when he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. It turns out Domingo has more in common with Moyes than just the nature of their appointments.

In February, when United drew 2-2 with the then bottom-of-the-table club Fulham, Moyes had to meet the media to explain the team's performance. On Monday, after South Africa crashed out of a14th ICC event without making the final, Domingo had to front up to the fourth estate.

Both men defended their teams and their tactics by hitting out at critics. Moyes described his players as "terrific," despite the stalemate and half-insulted those who disagreed, saying they needed "to have a football brain to understand," United's approach.

Domingo claimed "there were a lot of positives," to be taken out of the World T20 showing, so he was "not displeased with the way we played." He added that the group as a whole "feel there is a lot of unfair criticism to what's happened."

While Moyes' popularity shrunk among the Old Trafford faithful, Domingo has been targeted by not only the fans, but even former pundits and players. He is nonetheless putting on a brave face.

"The opinions that matter to me are the opinions of the players. It is disappointing that guys who have been in this situation before are throwing darts," Domingo said. "I guess that's just the way it goes in South African sport. It's sad when that type of thing happens because some of those people have also been here before, they have also lost games and they have also made mistakes. Those opinions aren't the ones that are important to me."

Most notable among the critics is former national captain Kepler Wessels who wrote in his column on SuperSport.com that "as far as strategy is concerned, in the shortest format, the Proteas are some way behind the leading teams." Wessels took aim at the coaching staff saying "they refuse to accept that impact players, with either bat or ball, have to be put in positions consistently where they can influence the outcome of the match."

Wessels also suggested the current management should continue in the Test arena but a specialist limited-overs coaching team should take over to prepare the team for the fifty-over World Cup. "It may be time for fresh ideas from a coaching group that embraces the modern T20 and 50-over format," Wessels wrote.

Daryll Cullinan on Match Point on these pages held a similar view but was not as generous in his assessment of Domingo or the captain Faf du Plessis. "The sooner SA Cricket realise that Russell Domingo will not take this team forward and that Faf de Plessis has a long way to go as captain, the better," Cullinan said. "You have to point fingers at their thinking in terms of how they think games can be won; everyone else has firm beliefs on it except those two."

Both Wessels and Cullinan were among the slew of outsiders who advocated the theory that AB de Villiers should bat higher up the order, preferably at No.3, so he could face the bulk of the bowling. Domingo batted de Villiers in a position where he could only walk to the wicket after 10 overs based on statistical evidence that de Villiers' average and strike rate is higher in the second half of the innings while he fails to make an impact in the first half. That is a principle Domingo is sticking to.

"AB has batted at 3 a few times and has had limited success. It's not the number he bats; it's the situation of the game when he comes in," Domingo explained. De Villiers has come in after 10 overs nine times in the 42 innings in which he has batted at No.3 or No.4 in T20s for South Africa and averages 43.5 with a strike rate of 169.48 compared to an average of 19.55 with a strike rate of 110.74 when he is in before the end of the 10th over, batting in the same positions. His highest score at the World T20, 69 against England, was also his only score over 30 and came when he batted in the second half of the innings.

"It's not just for South Africa, but for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as well that AB plays better where there is a good start. AB will be the first to admit that he is a better player when then game is set up for him. he is an impact player. Faf and JP were voted to be included in the ESPNcricinfo T20 team of the year," he said. "We have quality players. I would hate the whole team strategy to be around one player. The problem is that people want AB to face 120 balls and Dale to bowl 120 balls and that ain't gonna happen."

That Domingo mentioned Steyn in the same breath points to the other issue South Africa have faced. Steyn only opened the bowling once and was held back to strangle teams at the death, while JP Duminy and Albie Morkel shared the new ball on three occasions. While many feel using the scariest bowler first up is the best option, Domingo explained why he disagreed.

"The statistics will show the first two overs are the overs that go for the least runs, while overs four, five and six are targeted. We would rather have JP bowling in less pressured situations and then have Dale coming in later on."

Domingo also explained the decision to leave out the second specialist spinner, Aaron Phangiso in the semi-final on a surface which suited spin. "We were thinking JP and Imran would bowl eight overs and then Aaron, when would he bowl?," Domingo asked. "With three left-arm batsmen in the Indian top six and him being a left-arm spinner, it didn't seem a good option. It's also about who you are playing against."

Whether Phangiso would have been able to restrict India to under the 172 South Africa posted will always be the stuff of hindsight. So will whether South Africa could have done anything differently to finally claim a major title and Domingo can only see sense in dealing with certainties.

Having been in charge of South Africa's T20 side since December 2012, overseen series wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan, taken over the ODI side and watched them beat Pakistan and India, he is sure that South Africa are improving in their limited-overs cricket even though they don't have a trophy to show for it.

"I went to one previous ICC event, the Champions Trophy in England and we were completely blown away. In this semi-final, we were in this game for 36 overs of the 40 overs. That in itself is progress," Domingo said, without denying there is room for improvement. "There are times when you will be outplayed so in terms of winning the game, there is no progress."

He had this to say to the doubters. "I think our limited-overs cricket has improved a lot. There's an upward trend. Maybe some people don't see it, maybe they don't want to see it, maybe they just have other issues." Whatever it is, Domingo insists he will "keep doing the job I have to do."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by gibbs.175 on (April 9, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

It is clear South africa 'bowling attack is completely failed in semi along with DALE .we should not blame FAF .He is very positive captain and person ....any way NOW we should concentrate on ODI team towards WC 2015 .So all the talented players around 20 yrs should be called in camps to watch out their strength and role ,to be in team ( T.BAVUA .B.hendricks ,R.hendricks ,Rossow ,Levi ,Peidt ,ELGAR ,ABBOTT, Morris must be called in ,,,,,Elgar is good bat / spin bowl option but SA board always ignore him . Good luck

Posted by Dirk_L on (April 8, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

Were SA beaten in the semifinal by a better team? Yes. Admit it. Did South Africa perform as well as they should have? No. Admit it. Winners who happen to lose bite the bullet.The taking of positives from defeats is an art cultivated by losers. Losing captains, losing coaches.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

I agree wit Kepler, coaching staff need to be replaced but in all formats. SA looked shell shocked against Australia in the test matches, with only the second test. Made me realize that the coaching staff had no idea on what tactics to use and how to strategize.

Abott should have been in the team and we needed another spinner\bat like Elgar. Everyone is on about AB and Steyn. Fact is they can't do it every match and not many others are picking their hands up. Picking Albie was a shocker. Also why pick Phangiso if you going to make him sit on a bench.

New players with all round abailities need to be looked at. Millers role must be defined. QDK needs to adapt to the situation.

Posted by McTSA on (April 8, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

How to gain friends 101: Do not hit out at detractors.

@ Kirstenfan, great post regarding AB v Kohli.

Posted by Swerver on (April 8, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

I'm no analyst, but couldn't a possible reason for the first two overs of T20s being the lowest scoring of the innings (on average) be that most teams use their best bowlers for those?! It's like saying a batsman had only scored on the leg side, while ignoring the fact that the off side had been loaded with fielders. Quality opening bowling creates circumspection, which creates a lower scoring rate, which creates more pressure, which creates a need to accelerate ...which in turn creates opportunities for the less penetrative bowlers later as the batsmen need to ignore caution to score ...surely?!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

Domingo is far more tactical than any other coaches South Africa have ever taken to a world cup game, he picked the best team which was never done right previously, why ask AB to bat at 3? is SA lacking anyone at 3? Duminy was great at 3, AB himself had proved he's up to his best when the ball is old and the conditions are hot, that's after 10 overs, no point in blaming Domingo, it's now just a matter of few years before SA will lift a world cup for sure, wait, give them a chance, this time they will produce good

Speaking of Steyn at the first few overs, surely the batsmen will see him through if its his day and so hard to play, but when he comes at the end, where no batsman will need to see anyone through for no runs, he can use his skills to restrict them. That is the same thing, the victorious Sri Lankans did in their final 7 overs, Maling bowled 3 of them, how much did India's fearsome batsmen pull out of those overs? almost nothing

This SA team and coaching staff is the best

Posted by Navish_Panday on (April 8, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

As a passionate SA supporter I think it goes without saying that I am disappointed about us being knocked out in the semi final again. For the record though, I must say that I don't believe we choked. We were beaten by a better and more experienced T20 team in India. There were alot of positives that I believe this team can take from the tournament. Highest for me on that list would be their performances in the crunch situations. I believe they showed great character in the tense moments. As much as it has been highlighted in the media about not playing our best batsman higher up the order which I do agree with, I don't think that was our main problem. I believe a lack of skills in the bowling department let us down. No real consistent death bowlers and a lack of ability to think out the box and adapt to a given situation is what failed us. This format with its constant changes and flux is truly our achilles heal for now because it highlights our regimental nature.

Posted by Kirstenfan on (April 8, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Domingo is taking no responsibility for a lack of a clear game plan and effective approach. AB should face the most balls, Steyn should open the bowling (only needs to bowl one over - how often have we seen him get wickets in his first over in the IPL?) and there is no place for Albie Morkel!

Posted by moshec on (April 8, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

The fact that Duminy and A. Morkel opened the bowling pretty much lost the match for us. We should have opened with Steyn and Parnell and tried to get some early wickets and build up so pressure. Instead Steyn came in after 2 over with 2o plus runs on the board and SA already having to play catch up. Faf's captaincy in the WT20 was nothing short of atrocious, bowled wrong bowlers at wrong times, and defensive in every aspect. SA should've restricted India in the semi, If India had batted 1st and made those runs there is no way we would've chased it down.

Posted by Clan_McLachlan on (April 8, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Domingo is over analysing. T20 clearly calls for your best batsman either opening or at 3. AB isn't that batsman in RCB, but he is in the Proteas. Case closed.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (April 8, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Domingo is out of his depth. His strategy to open the bowling with a part-time spinner and a medium pacer was flawed and borderline insane. If you had to ask the opposition what they dearly would like to face - this would be their answer.

His insistence to keep AB down the order, shows his lack of experience in playing the game- he never played FC or International cricket. Domingo says that AB is only an impact player.....well if this is the case then why is he also the worlds best Test batsman? T20 is simple, make sure your best batsman faces the most balls. CSA need to find a replacement coach ASAP.

Posted by bouncer709 on (April 8, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

As per the states, Kohli is a good chaser, so India should not send him one down when they are batting first... this is what domingo will do if he become coach of India team... Styen did 2 good overs against NZ, So Styen should not open bowling as per his states, they performed this experience against India.... and paid the price.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

The main problem is by far the pace bowling attack being over-ambitious... even someone of Dale Steyn's calibre. Bowling short and back of a length should be reserved for test matches only, especially in T20 when the opposition are looking to free their arms, and with the ability to do so.

The pace attack has looked one-dimensional, and apparently they still haven't learned anything from Sri-Lanka's exemplary death-bowling. Malinga isn't just a great bowler because of his action, but mainly his pin-point accuracy yorkers - he doesn't just run in like Morkel, banging in the ball short and hoping for the best.

South Africa has the right players do dominate world cricket, but the tactics are lacking. If you have to defend 170, you know the opposition batsmen will have to go big at some point. So set a field and bowl to it!

It may have been 1-day cricket, but how else did Fanie de Villiers manage to end up with an economy rate of 15 runs from 10 overs time and time again?

Posted by Kirstenfan on (April 8, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Domingo has no cricketing experience, stats obsessed. Kohli always bats 3 for India, AB should always bat 3 for SA, end of story

Posted by KerneelsMerkII on (April 8, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

I can't tell you if Domigo or Wessels is right - both of them know a hell of a lot more about cricket than I do. What I can tell you is that India picked their most talented (and more importantly, most adaptable) player at 3 and stuck with him. It sure seems to have paid off for them. Kholi and AB are, in my opinion, the best players on current form but only one of them constantly has an effect on the outcome of T20 matches.

Regarding the Stats issue: I agree with the comments below that the stats appear to be slightly skewed and easily explained.Much like most of the stats that appeared on TV during this tournament. As an example: did you know that Kholi is good against the half-volley on leg AND the half-volley outside off?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

The best batsman in the game across all formats SHOULD have the chance to face the most number of balls in the shortest format. Empower AB to win games up front and take that little bit of pressure "he's a finisher" off of him. England have failed because of their over-reliance on statistics - looks like SA are about to head in the same direction........

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (April 8, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

SAF is too defensive! That is why they lost the test match against Aus and got smashed in T20. You can get away to a certain extent (not against good aggressive sides) in Test matches but cannot win games in ODIs and T20s.

Best example for a team that does not have X factor playsers but play aggressively and win games consistently in ODIs and T20s is SL. Learn from them.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 8, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

It is interesting that the headline is "Domingo hits out at detractors." That is the only "hitting out" he is capable of. He is certainly not, nor ever has been, capable of hitting out with a bat, or bowling someone out with a ball. He is, literally, all talk and NO action.

In his "Domingo hits out at detractors" he is doing about as well as Albie did at the World T20. It is time both retired as neither is capable of a decent performance!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Every time RSA could have been won the matches whatever they lost ,So main reason is behind this ,a selection ;M.Morkel,A.Morkel .Farhaan and Phangiso ( not given a chance ) Their domestic and International perfomance do not allow to be selected in the team ,,,,then why did BOARD call them for world cup ,

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 8, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

@ DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement comments that "De cock scored 3 centuries against in fast track, but not a single 30 score in 5 t20 innings in spinning track. Clearly fast track player."

Well Saffas can console themselves that he is not nearly as bad as Dhawan who is neither a fast track or spinning track player, he is a no track player! At least de Kock is a good keeper. And please use his correct name - de Kock. His name is NOT "De cock ."

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 8, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

The so-called "statistic" abut AB scoring better after the 10th over is fairly easily explained.

If AB is bats down the order at 5, & comes in well before the 10th over, that means THE OTHER BATSMEN FAILED! If the team is struggling, & other batsmen are not doing well in the conditions, his chances of posting a great performance are lessened.

If AB comes in well after the 10th over, the other batsmen were NOT BOWLED OUT EARLY, and thus batting conditions are not challenging. It is a no brainer that he scores more.

The BIG fault is the argument that AB is a "finisher." In ODIs & tests he is a fast scoring crease occupier, & a dead bat for hours playing for the draw. He scored the 11th fastest test century, yet in the famous Adelaide draw batted for 4 hours, faced 220 balls, & scored just 33, & SR 15, with not 1 boundary. He drove the Aussies crazy!

He's not a finisher - he's a complete, all round batsman - like Kohli. Its simple. Go in at 3, get set, build an innings, & THEN finish

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (April 8, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

at top of the order SA clearly lacking fire power. De cock scored 3 centuries against in fast track, but not a single 30 score in 5 t20 innings in spinning track. Clearly fast track player.

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (April 8, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

Domingo is a perfect example of 'electronic coaches'! these days cricket is overpowered by "level 1,2,3,4 etc" coaches who think they can make players play better or know what they should do to play better !

go back to the old 80s and earlier style of coaching and that is none! if a player makes it to the national side it means he has talent, ability and will to be at the top level. you don't get to that level just like that (some exceptions!). make bowlers bowl 2-3hrs a day, make batsman bat in nets and see how things improve. proving things using stats is all well and good but thinking outside of stats is what made those great bowlers and batsmen in the years gone by.

Posted by Robster1 on (April 8, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

In next year's World Cup, AB, Steyn and Kallis must be given every opportunity to be able to influence games. Du Plessis has good leadership potential but Domingo without the natural leader Smith....

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (April 8, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

Domingo may have a point when he says AB should bat after 10 overs. But opening the bowling with JP and Albie was absolutely ridiculous in that semifinal against India. Being an Indian fan, I know that Rohit Sharma tends to be tentative (and tends to get out) in the first few balls he faces. He plays much better after he has faced 5-10 balls. Why would you offer him a part-time bowler to start with? He must have been quite glad to see JP and Albie bowling at him to start with instead of Steyn. After he had faced a few balls at the crease, Steyn comes in to bowl. But Sharma was already set..no wonder he hit Steyn for a six!

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (April 7, 2014, 23:10 GMT)

Domingo's thinking is flawed. To justify holding Steyn back for the later overs he says that statistics will show the first two overs are the overs that go for the least runs, while overs four, five and six are targeted. Statistics is like a bikini. It reveals some interesting facts but conceals the most important bits. The statistics he talks about were during the time that the team's best bowlers were bowling. In the opening overs when the best bowlers bowl, very little runs are scored. But that does not happen when you bowl your lesser bowlers in the first overs. It can happen only if your lesser bowlers are equivalent to your best bowler which is not true. Statistics is useful in the hands of statisticians who know how to interpret the results. When people who do not understand statistics makes decisions based purely on their incomplete understanding of statistics you simply lose matches.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (April 7, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Domingo can say what he likes, but sometimes the logic just doesn't wash. Parnell is a decent bowler and can get key wickets, but he is simply not a death bowler. He lost the T20 against the Aussies in the recent tour bowling at the death to Brad Hodge. Similarly he gave the semi-final to India with a dreadfully expensive over at the death. And he has done it plenty enough times before to see a trend. SA think tank just not picking up this obvious problem. So we have a perfect right to question the logic of Domingo's decisions.

But more than that, the question of the disintergaration of so many of SA player's form under his charge is dumbfounding. What has happened to Quinton de Kock? Not so long ago he was the star of the T20 side - but in this tournament his batting was absolute rubbish. Look at Amla under Kirsten - a top world class player; under Domingo - not even half the player. And what on earth has happened to Morne Morkel? What is being said to these players? Answer us!

Posted by __PK on (April 7, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

I can't believe I have to be the first to suggest they choked. Read the article - they had the right players, the right tactics (according to team management, anyway), they were in form... why didn't they win? Only one answer and it's still the same one...

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (April 7, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

Why not appoint the computer analyst as the head coach then. If Domingo is going to decide everything on stats, it can't be any worse. Having set a stiff target of 172 against a team well familiar with the conditions and having one of the best batting line ups, any team would go in with their best seamer to knock a wicket or two up front. To think that SA had Dale Steyn to do that and decided to open with Duminy and A Morkel, that's absolute madness.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Not going anywhere under this coach but down. Embarrassing series against Australia and then crawling over the line against NZ, Netherlands and England. World Cup is a matter of months away...

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

"With three left-arm batsmen in the Indian top six and him being a left-arm spinner, it didn't seem a good option."- Domingo

So 3 are left handed and 3 are right handed in the top 6. How does that explain not playing an extra spinner no matter what handed he is? It would only matter if there were more left handed batsman!

Morkel was an odd pick. He isn't near the top domestically. Phangiso is. So much for stats! Oh wait, we chose him because he got Sharma out before. So you choose one tiny data point over a whole season of data points...

Domingo is simply choosing the facts to fit his opinion and hiding behind stats. How about some common sense?

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

Domingo's comments about stats only make sense in a vacuum. For example, maybe it's true that the early overs go for less runs, but isn't that because teams play their best bowlers and batsmen don't have their eye in yet? It doesn't mean you can play your weakest bowlers.

Using stats in that way, means you don't react to the actual situation. In the semi's it was obvious that after you post a big total, you apply the screws and keep the pressure on. You don't bowl your weakest bowlers! It was a gift and India played accordingly.

Stats are invaluable when there are fewer variables: which balls a batsmen doesn't like, or to place a field to their strongest strokes. But to use stats in the way Domingo admits, simply misunderstands how stats can and should be applied.

Posted by cryptq1 on (April 7, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

I would hit out as well if I was Domingo. You have a certain 2 cricket journalists having a go no matter what he does and, of course, the gullible public swallowing it. The 1st, and most important, question that we need to ask ourselves is: how much do we expect from a team selected on colour and not on merit? Secondly: is it fair to blame Domingo for any failings when he has to make do with a squad picked by politicians? Thirdly, with the racial quotas now having been raised, can we really expect an improvement?

No, the manager, coach, captain etc cannot be blamed. It's difficult enough to win a tournament with a squad selected on merit, to expect any result with a team full of quota players is plain stupidity.

And because they can't be blamed they should hit out at the detractors. If I had to play a tournament with a squad hobbled by politics I would tell everyone that had any criticism to get lost.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

Can Domingo tell us what do the stats about teams that loses two to three wickets in the first six overs? How can one go to war with knives upfront and leave greanades for later stages while facing the giants with grenades. Domingo has a bad ego really and is gonna cost us dearlly. How do you change a batting line up that scored 196 in the previous game and worst of all the main contrubuter and put him at 5.

We all know that the managemant doesn't trust the other player in the team. AB is the guy who add 30 to 40 more to the total that the team cab score without him. As it happened in the india game we were 20 to 30 runs short because at some stage we were on course to make 200 plus. Only mediocre people will always take positives out of world cups while the other teams take the cup itself.

The only positive thing to come out is that Domingo, Donald, Prasanna and the whole managements must be removed as soon as possible before our team nose-dives through some grade 1 thinking.

Posted by MAK123 on (April 7, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

I posted in Firdous' earlier article also but it was somehow now published by Cricinfo staff. Looking at a bunch of extremely talented Cricketers, it pains one to see them never getting a trophy in an ICC event. For SA to progress, they need to consider showing the door to Alan Donald who was also responsible for destroying a very strong Pune Warriors team in the IPL.

Posted by KhilenNaidoo on (April 7, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Poor tactics against India. The start was critical and SA let it slip with poor bowler selection. Albie Morkel should have never been on the plane. He has his chance and he failed then and he has failed again with bat, ball and fielding.

Phagiso was the only bowler not to get a game. With his height and spin it might have been a better story looking at India and Sri Lanka they always had 2 spinners.

Not bowling yorkers with 5 overs to go was odd. Trying to pick up wickets was a bad tactic considering India were only 2 down. Dot balls was the key.

SA always select the worst side and create their own pressure through that. They are their own stumpling block. Even Morne Morkel with his pace and experience would have been vital.

But after having a single bad spell against a single batsman, he was rested. Does not make sense on a wicket that was holding up after the ball pitched, with extreme pace from a height of Morkels it would be difficult to judge the pace.

Posted by aahahaa on (April 7, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Domingo, Donald, the computer analyst, Tsotobe, Phangiso, Behardien, Albie, must go. Not too convinced about Amla, QdK, Miller and Morne in this format. A better set of coaches might help these guys perform better. Surely there must be better coaching staff in SA. If they stick with Domingo and the rest there is little hope.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

cricket has to played on field not but the numbers says

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

SA is much better team than what it delivered in the tournament if the resources are utilized properly. Sometimes teams needs to overcome the risk free mindset. SA forget to trust any other player for death over assault other than Albi and Styne in bowling made their downfall.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

@syed: how can a team that almost beat india be considered the worst? Shame man, your cricket knowledge is lacking.

Posted by WCSWART on (April 7, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

SA Posted a decent total in against India. And then, in a Semi Final where you need to build pressure from ball 1 they opted to open the bowling with Albie Morkel and Duminy, both Part-Time Bowlers at Best. This while you need quick wickets, and you have Dale Steyn at your disposal? Agree with Kepler, Marlon and DJC. Whoever decided AB should bat after over 10 and Dale Bowl after over 10 is a bit clueless if you ask me. It's not loosing, its the way we lost!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

AB scored 146 against the West Indies in the 2007 world cup, opening the batting. Opening the bowling with Albie and JP just released all pressure on the Indians. It was extreme negative thing. If the coach and captain could admit they were wrong in their tactics, I would say give them another chance. But the way they are defending their tactics, I say let them go now before they cause more damage.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Had SA been in the other group then they would have came last as their performance has been poor. Out of all the teams i would say Bangladesh, SA and England have been poor. I also think Domingo isnt the right coach for SA

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

You can't coach a team out of mere statistics. They are created as you play the game and change constantly but you can't be depending on them to make yourmove. I read somwhere that SA opened the bowling with Albie Morkel as he had gotten Rohit Sharma in the past before. That's ridiculous. Anyone can tell Albie is an average bowler at best and he was expected to take Rohit Sharmas wicket. If India hadn't gotten a blazing start to their innings, South Africa could have built up on the pressure. No doubt Domingo is a good coach but plenty of people on the internet can do what he does.

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (April 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Kepler Wessels - was there ever a SA captain who was more criticized for his conservative tactics? Unjustifiably sometimes, but still. I suppose you have to pay the bills somehow. The AB question is up to the coach, and I feel he has a point in his theory, but we really did hand that game to India with our bowling tactics. By the time Steyn came on they had a blazing start. The tactic of using a spinner to open in the previous 50 over World Cup worked, but against NZ and England, not India. Oh well, live and learn. Or not.

Posted by marlon17 on (April 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

AB de Villiers faced 79 balls in the entire #WT20 (five matches). Kohli faced 240. South Africa must admit that they're wrong! ..Something really really wrong with SA cricket...

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