ICC World Twenty20 2010 May 12, 2010

Corrie van Zyl calls for change in approach

Cricinfo staff

Corrie van Zyl, the South Africa coach, has called for a change in the team's approach following its exit from the World Twenty20 and said "a few hard calls" could have to be made in order to achieve that. South Africa were beaten by England and Pakistan in the Super Eights stage of the tournament to crash out ahead of the semi-finals.

"We won't win the World Cup in 2011 if we continue like this. We'll have to change our approach," van Zyl told the Sport 24 website. "We cannot keep repeating the same errors and not make changes.

"I don't want to come down on individuals, but the time is right for change. We have to sit down and think about what is important to change and which players are the right ones to fit in with that change. If we need to make a few hard calls, it will be done."

Van Zyl pointed out there had been a failure in each of the three departments of the game, leading to South Africa's elimination. "We again could not cope with the pressure. The question has to be asked why we could not manage it and why it happens repeatedly," van Zyl said. "Is it our approach to batting, is it our general approach, or are we maybe too tentative? Those are the questions you need to ask yourself.

"We never reached the kind of form that allowed us to charge. If we performed well in one area, we performed poorly in another. As a team we did not perform well in all three disciplines (fielding, bowling and batting)."

Andrew Hudson, Cricket South Africa's newly-appointed convenor of selectors, has also called for a comprehensive review of the team's performance. "We need to find out exactly why they were so under par, and what can be done to improve the situation," Hudson was quoted as saying by the Sport 24 website.

"I imagine there will be a lot of sitting around and debating after the tour of the West Indies. We'll need input from everyone involved so that we can formulate a strategy for the future.

"We also need to develop a strategy for the World Cup in the sub-continent next year."

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  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    You have to be Aggressive to win t20.....that's what they aren't doing Sack Smith(he's not an amazing tactician)....I prefer AB as captain Force kallis to play freely(he's not done yet,trust me) Please have some mercy and remove Gibbs Duminy,Boucher should be also dropped

  • Daniel on May 18, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    So SA didn't do well in the tournament. So they got beaten by Pakistan in t20, big deal! WI beat Inida, Zimbabwe beat Australia, so on and so on - it's easy for less talented teams to put up a showing over the course of 40 overs, but let's see them compete over 100 overs, or 5 days. I'm fairly certain that teams like Aus, India and SA would hand most teams in the world a cricketing lesson. Too much emphasis on the importance of 20/20...

  • Scott on May 14, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    I agree that the Proteas have choked in previous tournaments but to call this one a choke is pretty silly! The formula for a choke is...coming into a tournament as one of the favourites, performing like favourites, only to get knocked out in the semis or lose in the final. SA never looked like potentiall winners this time around...so definitely no choke. It was a simple case of a comprehensive tactical failure throughout...

  • Neeraj on May 14, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    i think jack should be removed from t20 squad..Also gibbs from 14 if he is struggling that bad..They should make AB as their captain for 2011 wc..graeme smith should play freely opening with loots bosman which can make dangerous pair in the wc..They should play jack in 50 over format at no 3 and remove him from t20..bosman,smith,jack,JP,AB,bouch,albie,botha,steyn,parnell,morne or van der merve..but in t20 they should get flair from pro 20..no point in playing jack gibbs at their ages now..I agree with corrie..Their attitude has been really low through out the t20...the good bowling line up too dint click well..they have to sit back and think for the proper approah in the global tourneys..

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    I'm like a smoker quitting - keep finding myself back on cricinfo all the time when I have decided to give up cricket - hoping for these words "SA sack Smith"...this is not the news I want to see - only 6 days before the next game - come on selectors - give us our game back.

  • Ross on May 13, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I don't understand people still pointing at Kallis. He outperformed Smith in all areas in all games, except against Afghanistan (he still scored more in that game). He played his role...he's there to anchor the innings. Smith was the one who didn't seem to understand his role. Kallis should be scoring at 120, his partner should be aiming for 150 whether he goes out or not. Colin Ingram should have been in the team. And wtf not using Rusty once? Or spinners at all, generally. Smith does not know how to use spin bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    SA have made mistakes similar to India they played their 11 on reputation guys like Gibbs should be dropped because he s a power player who depends on hand eye co ordination and like Jayasuriya he has lost his ability with age.they play a guy like Duminy because he played one good innings of 164 against a weakened Aus bowling attack on a flat mcg wicket in 2008.that leaves u with three guyz AB,Smith and Kallis kallis plays too slowly at the begining putting pressure on morkell in the lower order . boucher as got to go atleast from t20 no wonder smith wanted keiswetter to comeback .the bowling was decent but one dimensional.

  • Kathy on May 13, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    If you tell a student he's useless, stupid, couldn't pass an exam if he had the paper in advance - then he'll fail the exam. If you tell a team they're hopeless chokers that will flop when when the heat's on - guess what ...

  • VASSIE on May 13, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    What you need His a team to play like a team,do yourselfs a favour and have a look at how the Aussies train and and play and maybe you may learn the its all in the mind.The selector's,the coach and the captain should be fired. What cricket plan did they have? none because they thaught they had the best time on the park,in your dreams mate and you'll made South Africa proud!!!!!!

  • sachit on May 13, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    SA are just too rigid in their approach. It's almost like they're preprogrammed. Thats been their issue. To win a global tournament you need a bit of flair and a bit of innovation. SA don't have that. Another T20 specific problem is they leave it too late. IMO despite his consistency Kallis does a great damage during run chases by slowing the pace of the innings at the start. Even in the IPL he slowed down RCB during a run chase. The bowling is 1-dimensional- this was a problem SA had during the 2003 WC where teams like NZ and WI made mincemeat of their bowling.

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