Zimbabwe tri-series 2014 August 21, 2014

Steyn and Morkel recalled for tri-series

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South Africa have named a strong squad for the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe, which also involves Australia, bringing back their premier fast bowlers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Vernon Philander's attempt to claim a permanent place in the ODI team suffered a setback as he was ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury. Fast bowler Beuran Hendricks also missed out due to a back problem. The injuries mean quick bowlers Kyle Abbott and Mthokozisi Shezi retained their places in the squad.

"Kyle impressed in the three matches he played against Zimbabwe while Mthokozisi, who also did well on his debut today, is a like-for-like replacement for Beuran," Andrew Hudson, the CSA selection chief, said. "It was also pleasing to see Marchant de Lange resume his international career so well after a lengthy injury break and he underlines the tremendous depth we have to our fast bowling resources at the moment."

The tri-series starts on August 25, and South Africa play their first match against Australia in Harare on August 27.

Squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla (vc), Kyle Abbott , Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn

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  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | August 23, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Guys, please relax. Shezi is a different kind of bowler to styen, morkel and de Lange. He competes against Philander, Hendricks, Parnell and Mclaren. And to be honest, I rather have Shezi there an Parnell who as we all should know by now has gifted against away from us with poor death bowling when it counts. Parnell is a perennial BMT failure.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    It's strange that Shezi retains his place, when the explanation is they kept him, because it's like for like, yet Sa already have a left arm bowler in Parnel... Question is would we really need another left arm bowler that bowls low to mid 130km/ph and is obviously very inexperienced at the moment. Which leads me to think that there is only one spot available for the WC between Shezi and Hendricks. They wont take both. I would argue that because the WC is in Aus and ZN, where there are very quick pitches, we should take our quickest available players. Steyn, Morkel, De lange, Viljoen, Morris are the quickest men in Sa at the moment. Most them are capable of reaching 150Km/ph. Now I'm not saying all of them should play at the same time, because you need to look at the balance of the side, variation of the attack and the form of the bowler. But odds are 3 of them will fire at the same time. With Mclaren holding one end and then your spinner. I would not want to bat!!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 22, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @ZCFOutkast. As a regular spectator of Shield matches, I probably agree with most of your posts. Batting has and is still an issue with regards to top quality batsmen. There are plenty about in the middle range, but definitely lacking at the top of the totem pole. You mentioned Copeland, a bowler IMHO, wouldn't rate among the top 10 or 12 in Australia but in England & the SC I would put him in the top 3. He had an outstanding season in county in 2013 & his performances in Sri Lanka on dry spinning tracks was superior to all the quicks, reflected by his performances on pitches, down here, that do tend to lose their juices. Marsh, btw, has immense talent, but is his own worst enemy, perhaps is recent performances have shown a new found maturity?

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 22, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @JohannK. Many thanks. Try as I can, there is limited information coming out from Zimbabwe so appreciate the response. Agree with you re: pitches, but I think every cricket follower would like to see Zimbabwe return as a competitive force so these series are a benefit for that purpose. I wouldn't take too much away from results of this series as a pointer to the WC. Your pitches, mostly, reflect what you are going to encounter down here, so there should be minimal adjustment when compared to other countries. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | August 22, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Slow wickets for Australia? The presence of Mackay, Watson, Faulkner&Cutting, plus consideration of Michell Marsh, alongside existing spinners/part-timers Lyon, Doherty, Maxwell&Smith begs to differ. Its rather misleading to imply Australia would prepare fast pitches just to suit Johnson. Johnson will be fast regardless of the pitch. Starc relies more on swing through the air than pace, just like Steyn. Richardson unproven. The fact of the matter is due to the dearth of quality batsmen, Australia's policy has been to change the pitches in order to give their batsmen a chance. The days of a Trent Copeland/Peter George ripping through Shield cricket to earn a Test slot are long gone. Perhaps Shaun Marsh now has a chance to give his FC record a bit of respectability and Peter Forrest might just be an international cricketer once more. NZ pitches are bound to favour pace because that's their strength, but apart from 1 or 2 grounds AUS pitches will have something for everyone. So Shezi ok!!

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | August 22, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    The best XI for SA would be De Kock, Amla, Faf, AB, JP, Miller, McLaren, Steyn, Morkel, De Lange, Tahir. Abbott, Philander, Piedt and Roussow can be reserves that make the 15 member squad. This is their best chance of giving a shot at world tournaments.

  • POSTED BY Laragopinath on | August 22, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    It will b very GUD protean squad.. Kudos!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    De Lange can't bat despite being the most threatening with the ball of the new talent.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 22, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Vern is going to struggle against the best teams if he is part of the WC team in Aus. His bowling skills are more suited to test cricket. (he might do well with the bat, though!) De Lange is a MUST for the WC. Pace and bounce are critical in Aus conditions.

    Much as one would like Shezi to be successful, he is a rookie and at his pace on the Aus wickets he would be cannon fodder. He might actually do well in Zim due to the slow nature of the pitches, but it would be a mistake to select him on this basis. Tthat just comes back to my point about "having a look at players" in conditions that do not reflect what will be encountered at the WC. Don't forget Aus will prepare pitches that suit their best bowlers - all of whom are fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Philander has had a phenomenal start to his Test career, and it seemed too good to be true. Which it was. He has not looked threatening of late, and you can't expect Steyn to do it all when Morkel is just banging in short balls and not doing much else. We DO need holding bowlers (if Shezi fits the bill, then so be it - he did seem tough to get away against Zim... but will need to prove himself against better opposition) like ADienst says, but that is only ever effective if you also take wickets from the other end. If the batsmen are set and targeting the slow bowlers, you need more than just one strike bowler to keep things under control. De Lange and Abbott are more than just raw pace bowlers, and with some nurturing and exposure at international level, can step up when Steyn is injured or retires in a few years.

    Tsotsobe is on the wrong side of 30 and Parnell is not consistent.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | August 23, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Guys, please relax. Shezi is a different kind of bowler to styen, morkel and de Lange. He competes against Philander, Hendricks, Parnell and Mclaren. And to be honest, I rather have Shezi there an Parnell who as we all should know by now has gifted against away from us with poor death bowling when it counts. Parnell is a perennial BMT failure.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    It's strange that Shezi retains his place, when the explanation is they kept him, because it's like for like, yet Sa already have a left arm bowler in Parnel... Question is would we really need another left arm bowler that bowls low to mid 130km/ph and is obviously very inexperienced at the moment. Which leads me to think that there is only one spot available for the WC between Shezi and Hendricks. They wont take both. I would argue that because the WC is in Aus and ZN, where there are very quick pitches, we should take our quickest available players. Steyn, Morkel, De lange, Viljoen, Morris are the quickest men in Sa at the moment. Most them are capable of reaching 150Km/ph. Now I'm not saying all of them should play at the same time, because you need to look at the balance of the side, variation of the attack and the form of the bowler. But odds are 3 of them will fire at the same time. With Mclaren holding one end and then your spinner. I would not want to bat!!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 22, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @ZCFOutkast. As a regular spectator of Shield matches, I probably agree with most of your posts. Batting has and is still an issue with regards to top quality batsmen. There are plenty about in the middle range, but definitely lacking at the top of the totem pole. You mentioned Copeland, a bowler IMHO, wouldn't rate among the top 10 or 12 in Australia but in England & the SC I would put him in the top 3. He had an outstanding season in county in 2013 & his performances in Sri Lanka on dry spinning tracks was superior to all the quicks, reflected by his performances on pitches, down here, that do tend to lose their juices. Marsh, btw, has immense talent, but is his own worst enemy, perhaps is recent performances have shown a new found maturity?

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 22, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @JohannK. Many thanks. Try as I can, there is limited information coming out from Zimbabwe so appreciate the response. Agree with you re: pitches, but I think every cricket follower would like to see Zimbabwe return as a competitive force so these series are a benefit for that purpose. I wouldn't take too much away from results of this series as a pointer to the WC. Your pitches, mostly, reflect what you are going to encounter down here, so there should be minimal adjustment when compared to other countries. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | August 22, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Slow wickets for Australia? The presence of Mackay, Watson, Faulkner&Cutting, plus consideration of Michell Marsh, alongside existing spinners/part-timers Lyon, Doherty, Maxwell&Smith begs to differ. Its rather misleading to imply Australia would prepare fast pitches just to suit Johnson. Johnson will be fast regardless of the pitch. Starc relies more on swing through the air than pace, just like Steyn. Richardson unproven. The fact of the matter is due to the dearth of quality batsmen, Australia's policy has been to change the pitches in order to give their batsmen a chance. The days of a Trent Copeland/Peter George ripping through Shield cricket to earn a Test slot are long gone. Perhaps Shaun Marsh now has a chance to give his FC record a bit of respectability and Peter Forrest might just be an international cricketer once more. NZ pitches are bound to favour pace because that's their strength, but apart from 1 or 2 grounds AUS pitches will have something for everyone. So Shezi ok!!

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | August 22, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    The best XI for SA would be De Kock, Amla, Faf, AB, JP, Miller, McLaren, Steyn, Morkel, De Lange, Tahir. Abbott, Philander, Piedt and Roussow can be reserves that make the 15 member squad. This is their best chance of giving a shot at world tournaments.

  • POSTED BY Laragopinath on | August 22, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    It will b very GUD protean squad.. Kudos!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    De Lange can't bat despite being the most threatening with the ball of the new talent.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 22, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Vern is going to struggle against the best teams if he is part of the WC team in Aus. His bowling skills are more suited to test cricket. (he might do well with the bat, though!) De Lange is a MUST for the WC. Pace and bounce are critical in Aus conditions.

    Much as one would like Shezi to be successful, he is a rookie and at his pace on the Aus wickets he would be cannon fodder. He might actually do well in Zim due to the slow nature of the pitches, but it would be a mistake to select him on this basis. Tthat just comes back to my point about "having a look at players" in conditions that do not reflect what will be encountered at the WC. Don't forget Aus will prepare pitches that suit their best bowlers - all of whom are fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Philander has had a phenomenal start to his Test career, and it seemed too good to be true. Which it was. He has not looked threatening of late, and you can't expect Steyn to do it all when Morkel is just banging in short balls and not doing much else. We DO need holding bowlers (if Shezi fits the bill, then so be it - he did seem tough to get away against Zim... but will need to prove himself against better opposition) like ADienst says, but that is only ever effective if you also take wickets from the other end. If the batsmen are set and targeting the slow bowlers, you need more than just one strike bowler to keep things under control. De Lange and Abbott are more than just raw pace bowlers, and with some nurturing and exposure at international level, can step up when Steyn is injured or retires in a few years.

    Tsotsobe is on the wrong side of 30 and Parnell is not consistent.

  • POSTED BY Saffa28 on | August 22, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @ZFOutkast . its clear that you are pushing a transformation agenda. I love Vernon but you can not substitue MClaren for him in the ODI side just as you can not take Vern out the test side for MClaren ,If you have watched just some ODI cricket in the last while and know a bit of cricket you would not stick to your theory of Mclaren out for Vern in ODI situation. @ADienst .The Aussie line up will take Shezi to the cleaners and so will the Zimbabwe line up in there next outing. His only wicket came from a really poor umpiring decision and as for his economy,wel what would you do with a bowler that you have never seen or know of ? ODI - 1 QDK 2 Hash 3 FAF 4 ABD 5 JPD 6 Miller 7 Maci 8 Parny 9 Steyn 10 De Lange\Morkel 11 Imi

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 22, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Chris_P, to answer your question, the climate in Zim is different from SA. For example 1) one would not dream of playing cricket in SA this time of year. In Cape Town and PE everything is soggy while up North everything is dry and there is frost every morning (night time temperatures regularly below 0 Celcius) 2) consider the recent test match - the pitch was more like a Sri Lankan pitch (Amla commented on it after the game) - the SA batting (stroke players struggled; grafters did well); success of Zim (and SA) spinners testify of this - this is the same ground on which all the tri-series ODI games will be played.

    If SA wants to see how some players perform, it would be better to schedule matches in conditions that reflect Aus conditions. The SA-A matches in Aus would have given the selectors good information. But how do they know which spinners to take to the WC if they don't see which ones perform best in relatively spinner-unfriendly conditions?

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | August 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @Renier, both Morkel&de Lange are rubbish to me actually. Morkel fortunate to have still been a Protea this year, but to be fair he did redeem himself. No way Marchant is better than him. But With Philander, Tsotsobe, Abbott, Shezi&Beuran making up the rest of the seamers that's a lot of soft fodder for opposition to feast on. Parnell is fast yes, a leftie&can bat, but he's an expensive luxury to have as a strike bowler nonethelss. I'll take him as our next best to Steyn. Tahir is an enigma, how can you be so useless in Tests but useful in LOIs?! At the end of the day we can't argue with his record which means he's part of the LOIs furniture for now. So if he's to play, Phangiso must defend while Tahir attacks. Duminy impressed me when AUS visited but since then I feel he's reluctant to bowl and wants to work on his batting. Rightly so because his Test&ODI spot is in danger. As for McLaren being a better bowler than Philander we'll have to disagree greatly there. I LOVE SHEZI!

  • POSTED BY ADienst on | August 22, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    All you Shezi-haters out there are just showing how limited your understanding of cricket is. A bowler with great economy in ODI's is important, as it ties up one end and forces the batsmen to go after the other bowler, and if that bowler is Steyn or Morkel, there could be wickets aplenty. Just remember Shaun Pollock - he wasn't particularly fast but he bowled wicket-to-wicket and it was very difficult to score off him, unless you were willing to gift him your wicket.

  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | August 22, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    I'm sorry to say, but the retention of Shezi seems to be a quota selection. Yes he was economical, but posed minimal threat to the batsmen. Bowling at his pace at international level for a front-line seemer, he is going to be found out quickly.

    Compare him to Merchant, and keeping in mind conditions at the WC, rubbish selection. C'mon SA selectors, wake-up, we've been messing around WC time far too often!

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @ ZCFOutkast: Phangiso and Tahir against Aus in the same team? Frankly Duminy usually performs better with the ball than Tahir, while Piedt did really well in the tests, and Phanigiso deserves a chance.

    McLaren is a good first-change bowler (better than Philander's form at the moment) and at 7 he adds a lot more depth to the batting lineup. Farhaan has had plenty of chances and proven ineffective, time to move on.

    It is a mystery to me that CSA overlooks de Lange - how many wickets did Morkel take last season? His persistent back-of-a-length line simply does not do him justice, he could be far more effective bowling fuller, a bit of swing, with the surprise short ball/ yorker. That's why Morkel would not make it to my starting line-up.

    XI: (1) de Kock; (2) Amla; (3) Faf; (4) de Villiers; (5) Duminy; (6) Miller; (7) McLaren; (8) Steyn; (9) Abbott; (10) de Lange; (11) Phangiso /Piedt

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | August 22, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Sensible move by CSA. Phangiso&Shezi were the better performers so they are retained entirely on merit. With Morne there, de Lange is rightly rendered surplus to requirements. I'm sure he will be selected to play in both TriSeries matches against Zimbabwe, as will Abbott&Shezi. Philander was definately going to bat at #7, but this presents are chance for the other bowling allrounders to stake a claim. By virtue of being the only reserve batsman, Rossouw gets to stay. They really should have called Farhaan, Bavuma&Jonker to play the two matches against ZIM as well but I'm sure they don't want to risk the selection headache of those three outscoring Miller&Rossouw. I sill believe Abbott&McLaren are a waste of time. Southern Hemisphere World Cup presents a great chance, and I think placing faith in those selections will blow it. Jimmy might trump Steyn there?

    XI: QdK(wk), Amla, Faf, AB(c), JP, Miller, Parnell, Steyn, Morkel, Phangiso, Tahir

    Reserves: Abbott, Rossouw, Shezi, McLaren

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | August 22, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Does this series have ODI status?

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | August 22, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    De Lange is one great talent, Dnt knw why everyone ignore him? Even KKR dropped him after one season in 2012, now SA is doing the same, give that kid a chance to prove himself.........

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | August 22, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    What prompted SA selectors to drop De Lange? This doesnt make sense. De Lange is a great young talent and he should be groomed right now so that he is on his way to World #1 by the time Steyn retires. Selectors are making huge mistake by dropping De Lange from the squad. He has great talent to feature in next WC and he surely is much better than Philander, Shezi, Abbott or Hendricks. De Lange is the pick of young talent and its absurd to drop him from the squad. Parnell's extended run is totally useless for SA. He has been given ample amount of opportunities but still hasnt proved great in the team. He should be dropped and De Lange must be in the squad. #poorselection

  • POSTED BY ZkAneela on | August 22, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    @ MeTalHeD69 I agree with you but if Shezi gets his place by just good economy!!!!Sorry mate but its not right.Its negative thinking.We need wicket taking bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Hahahahah @ Donor. Morkel overrated? An average of 23 and an economy rate of 4.8 suggest that he's probably a decent (in other words, outstanding) ODI bowler. Steyn has a disgusting average of 25 and also has an economy rate of 4.8.

    Wow, what a terrible, overrated duo to have in your side.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Philander is injured. He doesn't "miss out due to injury." He is omitted due to injury or left out... but he does not 'miss out'. Very confusing sentence, or an attempt at non-existent drama?! 8-) One of the two.... Go South Africa!! (I am a kiwi - but since it is everyone versus the Big 3, I say, go SA!!)

  • POSTED BY Gt500 on | August 21, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    SA should give Piedt a chance Vs Australia. Abbott is a good bowler ,but on our Australian wickets bowls at a friendly pace and will get smashed. De Lange on the other hand would be interesting as he bowls at 150 plus with height can rattle a few and is a wicket taker.The Aussies don't react too well to that sort of pace. Rossouw is another id like to see in team (especially tests) .

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 21, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    @JohannK. Although I try to get details, my knowledge of Zim pitches is not great. Why are they not like South African pitches & is this typical? I guess Sth Africa is also using this series to test players out for the real tournament in the new year. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY MeTalHeD69 on | August 21, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Oh, and I don't know that Faf's "anchor role" is a good enough reason for him to bat slowly. He has played almost 50 games and averages less than 30. He can bat, but it's either quickly (T20) or slowly (tests). At the very least he needs to rotate the strike. We have plenty of other batsmen who can cement the innings and still rotate strike. Rilee Rossouw, golden run out and all, can actually be a stable number 3. No offence to the Zimbabweans, but until Faf scores consistently against tougher opposition, he is going to put the middle order under pressure by batting slowly and/or losing his wicket for little runs. His game plan thus far is to bat through most of the innings, then launch at the end. Problem is that if he goes out midway through, he would have wasted deliveries a quicker player could have used. I have seen him lose his wicket with a miserable strike rate. It's not comforting for the fans or the middle order batsmen to come.

  • POSTED BY MeTalHeD69 on | August 21, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    @ZkAneela I don't think he did anything wrong. I think SA are suffering from a fortunate headache: who do they leave out? There are so many talented players. I think their decision is based on who had the longest and most successful run. Abbot and De Lange were impressive, but Abbot had a three game run. They couldn't really drop anyone to include De Lange until the final game after they had won the series. Also, De Lange is still quite young so he will have a chance in the coming years. If I had to drop anyone, it would be Parnell because Parnell is either hot or cold. One over he will take two wickets in two balls, the next he will be hit for 18 runs. I suppose his batting ability makes him a good lower order all rounder. This makes it tougher to choose De Lange over him. Finally, you need some room for the batsmen and can only take so many seam bowlers. As for Shezi, maybe his low economy rate got him the nod.

  • POSTED BY ZkAneela on | August 21, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    What is this? De Lange has been sidelined again.can anyone tell me what he has done wrong.. I think that there is some huge problem in SA cricket..

  • POSTED BY donor on | August 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    no tsotsobe n de lange... wat d hell... steyn n morkel r most over rated bowlers in world.. both of dem dont know how to bowl undr pressure.. .. they r gud new ball bowler.. but poor in last 10.. ... they cannt bowl yorker at all.. most of time go for length bowl.. n got hitted for big runns.. poor fellows..

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Dale Steyn and De Lange to open the bowling with Morne to follow, how good would that have been. I rate De Lange far more than Vern or Shezi. Real pity.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 21, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Also, I agree with AB_DeVilliers re De Lange and Piedt. The Australian pitches favour the fast men and De Lange should be given an opportunity. He could blow away the opposition on his day. He averages 22 with the ball and strikes every 25 deliveries. In favourable conditions he will be fantastic, esp if Morkel loses the plot, as sometimes happens with him in 50 over cricket.

    Piedt (average; RPO; strike rate): 29.42 4.52 39.0 Phangiso: 30.97 4.60 40.3 In principle not much between the two, although Piedt pips Phangiso in every department. But Piedt averages 23 with the bat while Phangiso averages 11 in List A cricket.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | August 21, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Why doesn't Australia play a Test in Zimbabwe? At least it would feel like a proper tour then - if it's just one-dayers, it's very hard to care.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 21, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Unfortunately the pitches will be NOTHING like they will be in Aus. They are more like on the sub-continent. So possibly an interesting tussle between SA and Aus, but in terms of preparation for the WC it is, to put it mildly, not ideal.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 21, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    This is going to be a great one day series between these two teams as a few new faces on show let's hope the pitch has something in it for all. Also think we play SA again soon in OZ in some one dayers so great preparations for both teams ahead of the World Cup as these games are always evenly contested.

  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | August 21, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    No Merchant De Lange? Given his performance today, he should surely have been the replacement for Vernon in the squad. That's dissappointing. Also, still think we need to give Piedt a go in place of Phangiso.

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  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | August 21, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    No Merchant De Lange? Given his performance today, he should surely have been the replacement for Vernon in the squad. That's dissappointing. Also, still think we need to give Piedt a go in place of Phangiso.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 21, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    This is going to be a great one day series between these two teams as a few new faces on show let's hope the pitch has something in it for all. Also think we play SA again soon in OZ in some one dayers so great preparations for both teams ahead of the World Cup as these games are always evenly contested.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 21, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Unfortunately the pitches will be NOTHING like they will be in Aus. They are more like on the sub-continent. So possibly an interesting tussle between SA and Aus, but in terms of preparation for the WC it is, to put it mildly, not ideal.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | August 21, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Why doesn't Australia play a Test in Zimbabwe? At least it would feel like a proper tour then - if it's just one-dayers, it's very hard to care.

  • POSTED BY JohannK on | August 21, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Also, I agree with AB_DeVilliers re De Lange and Piedt. The Australian pitches favour the fast men and De Lange should be given an opportunity. He could blow away the opposition on his day. He averages 22 with the ball and strikes every 25 deliveries. In favourable conditions he will be fantastic, esp if Morkel loses the plot, as sometimes happens with him in 50 over cricket.

    Piedt (average; RPO; strike rate): 29.42 4.52 39.0 Phangiso: 30.97 4.60 40.3 In principle not much between the two, although Piedt pips Phangiso in every department. But Piedt averages 23 with the bat while Phangiso averages 11 in List A cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Dale Steyn and De Lange to open the bowling with Morne to follow, how good would that have been. I rate De Lange far more than Vern or Shezi. Real pity.

  • POSTED BY donor on | August 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    no tsotsobe n de lange... wat d hell... steyn n morkel r most over rated bowlers in world.. both of dem dont know how to bowl undr pressure.. .. they r gud new ball bowler.. but poor in last 10.. ... they cannt bowl yorker at all.. most of time go for length bowl.. n got hitted for big runns.. poor fellows..

  • POSTED BY ZkAneela on | August 21, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    What is this? De Lange has been sidelined again.can anyone tell me what he has done wrong.. I think that there is some huge problem in SA cricket..

  • POSTED BY MeTalHeD69 on | August 21, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    @ZkAneela I don't think he did anything wrong. I think SA are suffering from a fortunate headache: who do they leave out? There are so many talented players. I think their decision is based on who had the longest and most successful run. Abbot and De Lange were impressive, but Abbot had a three game run. They couldn't really drop anyone to include De Lange until the final game after they had won the series. Also, De Lange is still quite young so he will have a chance in the coming years. If I had to drop anyone, it would be Parnell because Parnell is either hot or cold. One over he will take two wickets in two balls, the next he will be hit for 18 runs. I suppose his batting ability makes him a good lower order all rounder. This makes it tougher to choose De Lange over him. Finally, you need some room for the batsmen and can only take so many seam bowlers. As for Shezi, maybe his low economy rate got him the nod.

  • POSTED BY MeTalHeD69 on | August 21, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Oh, and I don't know that Faf's "anchor role" is a good enough reason for him to bat slowly. He has played almost 50 games and averages less than 30. He can bat, but it's either quickly (T20) or slowly (tests). At the very least he needs to rotate the strike. We have plenty of other batsmen who can cement the innings and still rotate strike. Rilee Rossouw, golden run out and all, can actually be a stable number 3. No offence to the Zimbabweans, but until Faf scores consistently against tougher opposition, he is going to put the middle order under pressure by batting slowly and/or losing his wicket for little runs. His game plan thus far is to bat through most of the innings, then launch at the end. Problem is that if he goes out midway through, he would have wasted deliveries a quicker player could have used. I have seen him lose his wicket with a miserable strike rate. It's not comforting for the fans or the middle order batsmen to come.