The keeper conundrum – rekindled

14 07 2012

Albie Morkel at a training session at the Adel...

Hopefully Albie’s influence on the Test series will be limited to being a part of practice(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I posted an entry last year with regards to the South African keeping conundrum that is replacing Boucher. At the time the question involved another question within the question – should Boucher be dropped in the first place? No longer does this sub-question exist; now we need to find a solution and fast.

AB de Villiers is expected to take the gloves, but Thami Tsolekile will be in with a shout too. Tsolekile is deserving of the opportunity and in this blogger’s opinion is the best option at the moment. He looks a good shout to fill the gap while De Kock is groomed for the role in the long term. I’d love to hear (read) your opinion on the matter in the comments section.

Albie Morkel is the other late inclusion into the squad at the expense of an injured Marchant De Lange. Albie? He’s not done enough to keep his spot in the ODI team so why does he get a spot in the longer format (to which he is not suited)? His bowling has been proven ineffectual on the international scene and his batting is overrated. I’d much rather have seen someone who has been performing well domestically or for SA A getting an opportunity eg Kleinveldt or Abbot.


Still, he hopefully won’t have to play at all.


I blinked and I missed it!

17 12 2011

Well not really. Many probably did miss the majority of the SL vs SA match though. Blame that chump Philander, I say. The fans don’t want  to watch random reruns of stupid TV series for two days, they want to watch cricket! Vernon should feel bad for stopping the fans from being able to witness 5 days of gripping action. Mark Boucher could have purposely dropped a few of those catches too!

On a (slightly) more serious note, that was a clinical performance by the Proteas. They never took their foot off the pedal and allowed Jacques Kallis to get his own back at Dilhara Fernando. Cho cho, as us South Africans say (roughly means “Yeah you deserved that”).

Yes, now’s the stage where you can yell: “Why oh why did the SA cricket board organise three Tests against the Lankans and only two against the Aussies?” The answer may well be: “Because three Tests against Sri Lanka will take place over the same number of days as two Tests against Aus!”

Who is my Man of the Match? Dilhara Fernando for the skills he showed with his fly swatting – epic stuff. No fly is ever safe when Jacques and Dil are around!

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