A New Leaf?

18 01 2012

The Proteas have been inconsistent against Sri Lanka recently, but there has been one major plus to come from this series – AB de Villiers keeping. His captaincy has been a minty breath of fresh air to a side that has long been stereotyped as “predictable” and “boring”.

I’ll admit, initially I was very disappointed with the election of AB over Hashim Amla. I felt that Hashim was a thinker whereas AB would just be a friendly face. However, he has been very inventive with his field-placings and bowling changes – something that has always been lacking in recent South African captains.

Faf du Plessis showed another trait that South Africans have been struggling with – a calm head in a pressure situation. South Africa are famous for throwing matches away, but Faf did quite the opposite when he took a bad start by the top order and turned it around. The eventual Duckworth Lewis victory can be attributed to his ugly yet clever batting. Add to this that South Africa took a strong Sri-Lankan batting start and pulled themselves back into the game makes me wonder: Have South Africa developed a gutsy edge to their armour?

Its too early to say, in my opinion, but one thing I can say is that this series has not been a waste of time. We have found a gem of a captain and a gutsy middle-order batsman – quite a good ‘easy series’ at the office!

Meanwhile, Pakistan look ahead in their match against England, but England won’t mind how today went. All of the English bowlers with the exception of Chris Tremlett got among the wickets which is always good to see at the beginning of a series.




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