The keeper conundrum

29 12 2011

Calls for Mark Boucher’s head are ringing out like a businessman’s cellphone. The conundrum placed at the selectors’ feet, however, is more complicated than “does he go?” There are multiple options that are available to them.

Replace him like for like.This is the most popular and “safe” choice. It wou

Jacques Kallis at a training session at the Ad...

This man needs to step up. {Image via Wikipedia}

ld mean that we could stick to the Test match line up benchmark – 6 batsmen, 1 wicket keeper, 4 bowlers. Keeping options for this role are Daryn Smit, Dane Vilas, Thami Tsolekile and the dark horse, 19 year old Quinton de Kock.

Opening batsman keeper. Heino Kuhn has done this job for the Titans in the past and with two out-of-form openers in the team at the moment, this choice could kill two birds with one stone. Kuhn is no slouch with the bat as his first class average of 44.44 indicates. I would endorse this idea were it to be emplaced.

Give AB the gloves. Hear me out on this one. It would be highly controversial, but it could also work heavily in our favour. AB is not a batsman we rely on to anchor our innings – he is a stroke player who thrives when allowed to play his shots. He doesn’t have the weight of holding the batting together on his shoulders, so the keeping job shouldn’t hamper him too much. If this idea were to be implemented, our out-of-form batting line up could be strengthened with an extra pure bat. It would be a risky move, but if it failed, the selectors could fall back on one of the other ideas.

Finally: Leave Boucher in the team. Sure, he may seem a liability with the bat, but his experience and high-quality glovework could prove invaluable to the team.

My vote would got to either Heino Kuhn or AB. They are the two most risky ideas, but in my opinion they are the two that could reap the most rewards.

Meanwhile South Africa look to chase a world record-challenging 450 run target. This batting line up has the ability to reach it against the Sri Lankan bowling line up, but their current form doesn’t heap confidence onto the fans. Kallis and Smith need to step up – Smith in particular needs to find his dominant streak. The following line from a nursery rhyme applies brilliantly to his batting: “When he was good, he was very very good, but when he was bad, he was horrid.”

Congratulations to Australia for winning the 1st Test against India – they look to be developing a high-quality bowling line up.

 

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