Zimbabwe v South Africa, only Test, Harare, 1st day August 9, 2014

Taylor 93 leads Zimbabwe's fight

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Zimbabwe 248 for 9 (Taylor 93, Steyn 4-45, Piedt 4-90) v South Africa
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe had hoped to negate Dale Steyn and co by providing one of the drier surfaces at Harare Sports Club but the conditions ended up assisting debutant offspinner Dane Piedt, who became the 19th bowler in Tests to strike off his first delivery. Replacing Imran Tahir, he derived turn and bounce to pose a consistent threat and possibly offer South Africa what they want - a spinner who can control an end. But Brendan Taylor, for over four hours, was the bulk of Zimbabwe's resistance and ensured honours were even at stumps.

A lacklustre start had prompted him to wait with his full gear in the dressing room as early as the 10th over. His determination helped blunt Steyn's reverse swing, Morne Morkel's bouncers and Piedt's probing to drag his flagging side to end the day on a respectable note. Fearing that he would run out of partners, his scavenging for quick runs robbed him of a well-deserved century. Harare agreed, returning their captain to the dressing room with warm applause and hooting of horns. The Zimbabwean tail mustered some fight, had a little fun along the way with Tendai Chatara spanking 22 off 26 balls, and reached stumps with one wicket standing.

Zimbabwe had opted to bat and had looked uncertain against the new ball and lost Vusi Sibanda in the third over to Steyn. The wobble seemed at its end when Hashim Amla tossed the ball to the spinner in the 16th over and Piedt outwitted Mark Vermeulen with alarming turn. Vermeulen was putting behind a 10-year hiatus from Test cricket, slowly reacquainting himself with his off stump after playing and missing. He began to look confident, especially off the back foot, but that became his undoing as the offspinner got one to rip back in to strike the pads and surprise the batsman.

It wasn't the only time Piedt surprised a batsman. Hamilton Masakadza had bedded himself in during the morning session and began taking advantage after lunch. He struck two fours in the first three overs after lunch to enable the hosts to race along at five per over but his scrapping came to an end when Piedt, going around the wicket, looped one across on off stump and jagged it back between bat and pad. Though his celebrations did pale to Tahir's, his bowling was a marked improvement. He did get another opportunity to work on his fist-pumping technique when Regis Chakabva tamely chipped to short midwicket in the same over and Zimbabwe were back in a rut again.

Taylor would not let Piedt have his way for too long, and scored 41 runs in 61 balls. He hugged the crease against balls that weren't tossed up and clipped him behind square leg and when he saw some flight, he lunged forward and swept. However, as soon as that challenge was done Steyn steamed in and discovered reverse swing. It was the 41st over of the match and the impact was almost immediate with Sean Williams sucked into a full awayswinger to go past Malcolm Marshall's 376 wickets. Williams looked peeved when the umpire judged him caught behind, believing he had not nicked it. But the one-off Test did not have DRS.

Yet Taylor was resolute. He was part of the first fifty partnership of the innings with Masakadza and led another one with Richmond Mutumbami. Both batsmen were peppered with the short ball by Morkel and Mutumbami was put under particular duress, with one zipping past his chest while he tried to fend in the 55th over. But the sixth-wicket pair - the last recognised batting pair - was game for a fight, lasting more than 22 overs. Steyn's pace and reverse swing broke through the resistance, however the umpire had failed to spot an inside edge when he judged Mutumbami lbw.

Taylor realised he would not have company for too long and began farming the strike. He cut Piedt to the point boundary in the 64th over, drilled Steyn through the covers and upper cut him in the next to demonstrate the home side still had a pulse. That suffered somewhat when he slogged JP Duminy to deep midwicket but debutant Donald Tiripano, who has a first-class century, and Chatara added 26 in 33 balls for the ninth wicket. Chatara was out caught behind off Steyn and it was a beauty - angled in, veered away, squared the batsman up but did not take the edge, as the umpire had thought.

South Africa tried everything - Steyn bowled from wide of the crease and to add further threat to his awayswingers but the outside edge, when found, did not carry or squirted wide of the cordon. Vernon Philander teased outside off, Piedt had a chance to claim a five-for but he fluffed a return catch from Tiripano. However, Tiripano and John Nyumbu, the third man playing a first Test, survived to keep the No.1-ranked Test side, with, the no.1 batsman, bowler and allrounder, waiting on the no. 9-ranked side.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 10, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Brendan taylor has got to be the best minnow batsman ( taking into account Zim Ban and associates ). He is also much better than a lot of Indian West Indian and Pakistani batsmen. We see less of him but he almost always performs .Imagine if Ballance Jarvis Ervine were part of this team .Where did kyle jarvis go after leaving ZC . He could have at least played a few tests if he had not given up Zim career .

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @Tommytuckersaffa. Totally agree with Alviro as get De Kock opening up and let him play his natural game, and don't say he is too inexperienced etc. He is doing a mighty fine job in ODI so. Also moving him up to open would give you the option to player another bowler or batsmen depending on conditions.

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I always thought Philander reminded me of S. Pollock in his declining years. Wicket to wicket, accurate, a little seam movement but crucially... no pace. On flat wickets batsmen played easily on the front foot and were under no threat. I think a decent bowling line up would be Steyn, Morkel, de Lange and Piedt. Philander's average is going to skyrocket the longer he plays abroad. Also, Alviro's time is up, he just got 32 off the lowest ranked team in the world.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 10, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Surprise, surprise Alviro Petersen fails yet again.

    Yet, as a South African fan I have put up with constant Team Selection incompetence and politics. Shameful that we dont see someone like Rilee Roussouw who just scored a double TON against Australia - in Australia or Stiaan Van Zyl.Why do we persist in carrying deadwood.

    @xtrafalgarx . Yes I agree, its early days. But let me have some excitement please.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 10, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Alviro is fine. As I say everytime, if AB&Rudolph were dropped down the order after failing miserably and continually, then the same should happen for Alviro. QdK must be dropped and AB can go back to keeping wicket. That's what he wanted when Thami was supposed to keep, so he should go back to doing it. End of!

  • ZCFOutkast on August 10, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Alviro is fine. As I say everytime, if AB&Rudolph were dropped up the order after failing miserably and continually, then the same should happen. QdK must be dropped and AB can go back to keeipng wicket. That's what he wanted when Thami was supposed to keep so he should go back to doing it. End of!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa and Foreverproteas9: I wouldn't talk about home records if i was you. 2 series wins in Australia? Well done. What you like to forget is how you haven't beaten AUS at home in over 44 years!

    In other news, this Piedt's FC stats are amazing. If he really does have the variations as well, he may well be the answer to SA's prayers. But i wouldn't be putting hy house on it yet, one test match in. Tommytucker comparing him to Lyon who has over 100 tests wickets is incredible. If Pedt is still going this well in years time, i will concede he is the better spinner. however, until then...

  • BillyCC on August 10, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Australia are number one and smashed South Africa fair and square at home and also got the number one ranking as a result.

  • ZainE111 on August 10, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I'm disappointed to see Alviro still in the team. Amla did mention that they view this test as being part of a three match series against SL and ZIM - so perhaps they didn't want to introduce two debutantes (Piedt and van Zyl) in the same test "mid-series".

    I guess they plan to re-evaluate the opening batsmen after "the series". So unless Alviro does something miraculous like scoring a double century and somehow saving the match, I expect (read: hope) to see van Zyl open the batting for the Bangladesh tour.

    There have been comments that Alviro should rather be lowered down the order to find his form again. We learnt this lesson the hard way with Jacques Rudolph: pushing a batsman down the order to help him find his form will not work.

    Each time Alviro is included in the starting eleven, it only adds more pressure onto his shoulders and makes it even less likely that he will score big. Given his age, I think it's about time Alviro makes way for van Zyl.

  • neo-galactico on August 10, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    SA are making a habit of dropping catches recently. Warner will attest to that as well as Sanga and numerous other batsmen. Perhaps they'll get away with it against Zim but in tougher assignments against just as placid pitches creating such chances and not taking them will hurt them... Warner already has.

  • on August 10, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Brendan taylor has got to be the best minnow batsman ( taking into account Zim Ban and associates ). He is also much better than a lot of Indian West Indian and Pakistani batsmen. We see less of him but he almost always performs .Imagine if Ballance Jarvis Ervine were part of this team .Where did kyle jarvis go after leaving ZC . He could have at least played a few tests if he had not given up Zim career .

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @Tommytuckersaffa. Totally agree with Alviro as get De Kock opening up and let him play his natural game, and don't say he is too inexperienced etc. He is doing a mighty fine job in ODI so. Also moving him up to open would give you the option to player another bowler or batsmen depending on conditions.

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I always thought Philander reminded me of S. Pollock in his declining years. Wicket to wicket, accurate, a little seam movement but crucially... no pace. On flat wickets batsmen played easily on the front foot and were under no threat. I think a decent bowling line up would be Steyn, Morkel, de Lange and Piedt. Philander's average is going to skyrocket the longer he plays abroad. Also, Alviro's time is up, he just got 32 off the lowest ranked team in the world.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 10, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Surprise, surprise Alviro Petersen fails yet again.

    Yet, as a South African fan I have put up with constant Team Selection incompetence and politics. Shameful that we dont see someone like Rilee Roussouw who just scored a double TON against Australia - in Australia or Stiaan Van Zyl.Why do we persist in carrying deadwood.

    @xtrafalgarx . Yes I agree, its early days. But let me have some excitement please.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 10, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Alviro is fine. As I say everytime, if AB&Rudolph were dropped down the order after failing miserably and continually, then the same should happen for Alviro. QdK must be dropped and AB can go back to keeping wicket. That's what he wanted when Thami was supposed to keep, so he should go back to doing it. End of!

  • ZCFOutkast on August 10, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Alviro is fine. As I say everytime, if AB&Rudolph were dropped up the order after failing miserably and continually, then the same should happen. QdK must be dropped and AB can go back to keeipng wicket. That's what he wanted when Thami was supposed to keep so he should go back to doing it. End of!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa and Foreverproteas9: I wouldn't talk about home records if i was you. 2 series wins in Australia? Well done. What you like to forget is how you haven't beaten AUS at home in over 44 years!

    In other news, this Piedt's FC stats are amazing. If he really does have the variations as well, he may well be the answer to SA's prayers. But i wouldn't be putting hy house on it yet, one test match in. Tommytucker comparing him to Lyon who has over 100 tests wickets is incredible. If Pedt is still going this well in years time, i will concede he is the better spinner. however, until then...

  • BillyCC on August 10, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Australia are number one and smashed South Africa fair and square at home and also got the number one ranking as a result.

  • ZainE111 on August 10, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I'm disappointed to see Alviro still in the team. Amla did mention that they view this test as being part of a three match series against SL and ZIM - so perhaps they didn't want to introduce two debutantes (Piedt and van Zyl) in the same test "mid-series".

    I guess they plan to re-evaluate the opening batsmen after "the series". So unless Alviro does something miraculous like scoring a double century and somehow saving the match, I expect (read: hope) to see van Zyl open the batting for the Bangladesh tour.

    There have been comments that Alviro should rather be lowered down the order to find his form again. We learnt this lesson the hard way with Jacques Rudolph: pushing a batsman down the order to help him find his form will not work.

    Each time Alviro is included in the starting eleven, it only adds more pressure onto his shoulders and makes it even less likely that he will score big. Given his age, I think it's about time Alviro makes way for van Zyl.

  • neo-galactico on August 10, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    SA are making a habit of dropping catches recently. Warner will attest to that as well as Sanga and numerous other batsmen. Perhaps they'll get away with it against Zim but in tougher assignments against just as placid pitches creating such chances and not taking them will hurt them... Warner already has.

  • TrickDaddy on August 10, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    Well played Zim , Taylor especially. Well bowled to the youngster Piedt. As an SA fan (South African/ZImbabwean) and a Zim fan I would just like remind everyone here that anyone can comment and air their views of either teams and not have people patronise them about where their from. Free world free forum. Look forward to a good day as SA looks to dominate and see how Zim bowls.

  • MeijiMura on August 10, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    I have watched hundreds of Test Matches over the course of the past 30 years and can tell everyone on this forum that I have never seen a more incompetent display of umpiring in all of that time. The decisions against Vermuelen, Williams, Mutumbani and Chatara were all shockers, absolutely appalling. In addition to that, Taylor led the side down to play such a reckless shot when Tiripano was lending such wonderful, solid support at the other end. If Taylor had kept his head and made it through to stumps with Tiripano with wickets left in hand Zimbabwe could have threatened 320+, but now will likely have to settle for little more than 250 if they add to their overnight score at all. The pitch, playing as slowly as it is, and offering as much turn as it already is, will not be easy for the South Africans to bat on as they like the ball coming on and do not handle spin as well as most other countries do. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Zimbabwe did well in the end.

  • on August 10, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    come on guys this is about Zimbabwe and south Africa test not Australia they will get there chance lets talk about the game been played Zimbabwe done well when you take into account the bad decisions they got and most people had them scoring around 100.

  • on August 9, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    the umpires have killed what could have been a good performance bye the zim batters witch would have made this a good test as the zim bowlers will not get the same help from the umpires and sa will get a big score and win this test easly ,every one will be saying how bad zim is rather then looking at the real truth and that is the umpire have killed the zim batting.

  • Chris_P on August 9, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa Agree with your post to our Indian friend, but alas, too late, they were worse than their first innings & turned their toes up to gift England the test. Good to see your young spinner go well, but better than Lyon? I'll wait for a few tests before making comparisons. Lyon, trust me, suffered very poorly having Wade keeping to him for so many tests, definitely cost him a bag of wickets. Good to see the Zims having go, now if only their internal system improves.

  • proteasfire on August 9, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Good day of test cricket and SA went about their business as usual. Zim led by Brendon Taylor provided good resistance and they would be happy with their efforts on day 1. Wish Steyn gets a five for tomorrow and SA post 600 runs on board and hand Zimbabwe an innings defeat on day 4. But cricket is a funny game and you never know what happens next. A cooling period for South Africa after tough SL tour !! #Go Proteas Go

  • NixNixon on August 9, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Point is ausies always riding on the back of what the team achieved 10 years ago. Thats in the past. Aus win 2 series after really struggling for a long time and suddenly they think they are better than sa whom have been unbeaten for something like 17series before losing to an in form aus. Typical. Lets first see you sustain this type of cricket and achieve what sa has over the last couple of years and then we can talk. Good luck in pakistan by the way.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    @Sajitha I am having some banter with my ozzie comrades, who, I might remind you, decided to come on to an Zim vs SA forum and poke fun at us - which is all good.

    I suggest you focus your energies on not being bowled out twice for less than 200 runs against a team short of a bowler.

  • on August 9, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    @tommytuckersaff. I'd more concerned on trying to beat Australia at home as we are unbeaten in SA for 22 years! And we white washed you a few times in that time too. If you live,in the present how does the recent beating feel like?

  • SajithaD on August 9, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa, mate, while other SA fans enjoy cricket you are more likely suffering it... Cool down... SA is a great team nobody said they are not but there are other teams too... For me you are not enjoying cricket but only enjoying the supiriority of SA cricket... That is not permanent, one day you will have to come to earth like what happened to some indians today... If you enjoy cricket with true passion and honesty, you may not be broken and hurt when you lose...

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 9, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @Jamie, point taken, but what about your back yard, making us follow on and your mob still cant clean us up, HA HA HA

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan Haha, is that your comeback? What Oz did 15 years ago?? I like to live in the present. When we tours Oz again, we will be going for our THIRD consecutive series victory IN Australia. 3rd !!! Wow!

  • on August 9, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    @tommytuckersaffa. Best jibe you can do is about Lyon as he recently took a 5 for against your mob in our demolition of you in your own backyard ha ha. Suppose you must still be hurting from our previous great spinner Warne rattling though your batting series after series for 15 years.

    Don't dish if you can't take it back! Oh how's Philander been bowling too?

  • Leg-Cutter on August 9, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    4 horrible umpire decisions cost Zimbabwe. Pity there is no DRS in place.The real score should be 249 for 5 here.

  • ZkAneela on August 9, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Very happy with the performance of Dane Piedt but massively disappointed with the selection of Alviro petersen.He well probably score a hundred and play 8 to 10 tests on the basis of this hundred.simply pathetic....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan, Dane Piedt is the leading wicket taker in SA domestic cricket. No one on here is saying he world class but he certainly is miles better than Nathan Lyon. If you are unsure of this fact, please do a stats comparison. And by the way, Zim is not the worst ranked team in the world - Bangladesh is.

    @Outcast Its great to finally find out the real team you support - Zimbabwe. This explains your constant political objections to SA team selection.

  • blunderbus on August 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Looks like Piedt has just ended Taheer's test career. None too soon, it was pretty woeful to be honest. Good luck to the youngster, can only hope he develops into a world-class spinner, that's what SA's been needing as long as I can remember.

  • Proteas_Supporter on August 9, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Well played Taylor and Well bowled Piedt.

  • on August 9, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    I think zim should now rest vusi sibanda. he is now past best before date. maybe time 2 try another option in vermuelen. dale steyn did as was expected of him. good fight zim. if u can bat another 15 overs 2moro then u have chance for a draw. who knows...

  • on August 9, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Always good to see a new player take wickets but seriously your playing against the lowest ranked test team , so wait till he bowls to teams a little better before saying he has the potential to be your world class spinner ha ha. I know SA spin cabinet has always been bare so can see why you would get so excited.

  • Proteas1992 on August 9, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    South Africa's performance has been very poor today, struggling to motivate themselves against Zimbabwe possibly. The only good sign is the emergence of Dane Piedt who has the potential to be that long sought after world class spinner South Africa have been searching for for 20 years.

  • Gareth_Bain on August 9, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    @ZCF: Bavuma is a future protea, but it's hard to justify at the moment based on performance why he should be ahead of van Zyl or Rossouw. Phangiso hasn't even played a Franchise 4-day match in 3 years!! Tsotsobe is hardly in the form he was in 3 years ago. Similarly Tsolekile was defensible 2-3 years ago, but unless de Kock fails now it'd be pretty harsh to drop him. Paul Harris was once ranked in the top 10 test bowlers in the world.

  • StrYdeRZA on August 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @ZFCOutkast care to elobaorate on what you mean by "more inclusive"?

  • on August 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Tommytuckersaffa SA still won in SL so what are you complaining about?

  • ZCFOutkast on August 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    @2nd_Slip I am not a Proteas fan. Far from it. Never will be, until it(&Namibia) is more inclusive. Right now I only support Zimbabwe&Kenya. Tsotsobe, Phangiso,Bavuma&Tsolekile are genuine Test options right now - certainly against Zimbabwe. All should've been playing today, but I don't mind Peidt(or Leie&Beuran) being in either. All three spinners are better than Tahir for sure! Not that Boje, Harris & Botha ever shook up the cricket world as lead spinners of course. By the way, for "federation" read "forum".

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    South Africa have found their missing piece in the puzzle. Dane Piedt. Finally, we have produced a spinner who can turn the ball, bowls a dusra, arm ball and can keep it tight. He is no Warne, Murli or Kumble, but he is miles better than anything else we have had since isolation.

  • 2nd_Slip on August 9, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    @ZimbabweanCricketFederationOutkast AKA ZCFOutkast . I allways find it annooying when you comment on SA threads staking a claim for players for political reason and doing that posing as a Proteas fan. As a South African, I don't take that to my liking. With that said, for once I am so pleased to see you comment and supporting your Zimbabwe!!!. I hope they put up a brave fight.

  • SajithaD on August 9, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    I admire SA team but whenever a big team play against minnow its natural to support minnow... So hope to see some fight from Zimbabwe and maybe a miracle... Anyway its great to see SA cricket administration giving a chance to Zimbabwe...

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 9, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @ZFCOutkast, tsk tsk, this is exactly what the lanken fans said and ended up jinxing their team, Make assumptions like that and the collapse will not be to far away, haven't you learnt that yet

  • ZCFOutkast on August 9, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Zero intensity from the proteas seamers. Very fortunate decision young Piedt got. To be quite frank this has been a reserved affort from both the bowlers and the batsmen. I can't help but feel ZIm should have at least another 10-15 runs on the board. Hope they pile them on in the next session because quite frankly the pitch allows it and I've seen nothing from the Proteas to suggest that they can prevent it. Early predictions are that ZIM will still be batting come the second session tomorrow.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Looks like the Harare cricket club and the SSC in Sri Lanka have the same groundsman.

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  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Looks like the Harare cricket club and the SSC in Sri Lanka have the same groundsman.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 9, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Zero intensity from the proteas seamers. Very fortunate decision young Piedt got. To be quite frank this has been a reserved affort from both the bowlers and the batsmen. I can't help but feel ZIm should have at least another 10-15 runs on the board. Hope they pile them on in the next session because quite frankly the pitch allows it and I've seen nothing from the Proteas to suggest that they can prevent it. Early predictions are that ZIM will still be batting come the second session tomorrow.

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 9, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @ZFCOutkast, tsk tsk, this is exactly what the lanken fans said and ended up jinxing their team, Make assumptions like that and the collapse will not be to far away, haven't you learnt that yet

  • SajithaD on August 9, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    I admire SA team but whenever a big team play against minnow its natural to support minnow... So hope to see some fight from Zimbabwe and maybe a miracle... Anyway its great to see SA cricket administration giving a chance to Zimbabwe...

  • 2nd_Slip on August 9, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    @ZimbabweanCricketFederationOutkast AKA ZCFOutkast . I allways find it annooying when you comment on SA threads staking a claim for players for political reason and doing that posing as a Proteas fan. As a South African, I don't take that to my liking. With that said, for once I am so pleased to see you comment and supporting your Zimbabwe!!!. I hope they put up a brave fight.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    South Africa have found their missing piece in the puzzle. Dane Piedt. Finally, we have produced a spinner who can turn the ball, bowls a dusra, arm ball and can keep it tight. He is no Warne, Murli or Kumble, but he is miles better than anything else we have had since isolation.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    @2nd_Slip I am not a Proteas fan. Far from it. Never will be, until it(&Namibia) is more inclusive. Right now I only support Zimbabwe&Kenya. Tsotsobe, Phangiso,Bavuma&Tsolekile are genuine Test options right now - certainly against Zimbabwe. All should've been playing today, but I don't mind Peidt(or Leie&Beuran) being in either. All three spinners are better than Tahir for sure! Not that Boje, Harris & Botha ever shook up the cricket world as lead spinners of course. By the way, for "federation" read "forum".

  • on August 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Tommytuckersaffa SA still won in SL so what are you complaining about?

  • StrYdeRZA on August 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @ZFCOutkast care to elobaorate on what you mean by "more inclusive"?

  • Gareth_Bain on August 9, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    @ZCF: Bavuma is a future protea, but it's hard to justify at the moment based on performance why he should be ahead of van Zyl or Rossouw. Phangiso hasn't even played a Franchise 4-day match in 3 years!! Tsotsobe is hardly in the form he was in 3 years ago. Similarly Tsolekile was defensible 2-3 years ago, but unless de Kock fails now it'd be pretty harsh to drop him. Paul Harris was once ranked in the top 10 test bowlers in the world.