SA alarm raised in Australia

TMG Digital


TELFORD VICE, Bulawayo

SA’S readiness for their test series against New Zealand next week won’t be helped by their A team’s current form.

Stephen Cook’s men crashed to defeat to Australia A by 10 wickets in Townsville in Queensland on Tuesday in the second match of their four-day series.

The Aussies won the first game, played in Brisbane, by 197 runs.

Which does not mean much in isolation as A team cricket exists in a relevance vacuum.

But seven members of SA A’s dressingroom are also in the squad that will be at Kingsmead next Friday to take on the Kiwis.

One of them, Stephen Cook, captained SA A in Australia – where he scored 58 runs in four innings, 53 of them in one trip to the crease.

“The guys didn’t bounce back the way we would have expected and it’s another poor result,” Cook told reporters on Tuesday.

“A couple of individuals (had decent games) but that’s insignificant compared to the team score.

“The team’s results weren’t good so I don’t think too many guys are feeling too good about things.”

Cook is likely to open the batting against bowlers of the calibre of Tim Southee and Trent Boult in Durban in a few days’ time.

Still, he would seem to be in marginally better nick than his probable middle order teammate, Temba Bavuma, who mustered 51 runs in four knocks in Australia.

Cook’s likely opening partner, Dean Elgar, and the possible spare batsman in the test squad, Stiaan van Zyl, had a better time of it – they banked 133 and 111 runs.

Wayne Parnell, who will look to earn his first test cap in more than two years at Kingsmead, was left out for the Brisbane match and, in Townsville, made 51 runs in his two innings and laboured to figures of 1/117 in 29 overs.

Vernon Philander, who has missed SA’s last seven tests with an ankle injury he sustained in November, took 3/81 in his 32.5 overs in Brisbane and did not play in Townsville.

Dane Piedt will be more confident going into next week, having toiled for 62.5 overs in both games for his return of 6/262.

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2 thoughts on “SA alarm raised in Australia

  1. The current Proteas selection proceedure surely doesn’t allow for them to be taken seriously at International level, let alone in ‘A’ cricket, and the results here are exact testimony to that. Sides playing you don’t care about how poor half your team potentially are due to affirmative selection, they will try and scar you mentally for future battles, especially Australians. It’s a disgrace that the world has to be included in being witness to the downgrading of SA cricket at International level due to this policy. All prospective young white talent I would strongly urge you to go and showcase your talents abroad and play for another nation, we are doomed here by our politicians and administration trying to ‘advance’ mediocrity through their own political agendas.

  2. Well done on your comment Billy! Now you just have to figure out how to explain the team’s current results and the fact that the so called “affirmative selection” delivers the best bowler, fielder, and batsmen between the two teams in a test lasting untill tea on day 5! But hey, as with all who are ignorant, never let the facts get in the way of an argument! As to spelling……..

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