T20 Cricket at its best!

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Published on October 17, 2011 with No Comments

What an exciting end to a series which was clouded by headlines regarding the misadministration of Cricket South Africa.

Rusty Theron was pumped after their victory over Australia

After it looked like South Africa was dead and gone, Rusty Theron and Wayne Parnell pulled rabbits out of their hats to snatch a victory for South Africa and to draw the series 1-1. When South Africa needed 49 runs from 24 balls I for one threw in the towel and stopped watching. Especially since they only had 3 wickets remaining and no sloggers left (not that they had any in the first place, but that’s another story). But after yesterday’s performance Parnell and Theron can now definitely be classified as sloggers. Parnell hit a staggering 29 runs of 11 balls and Theron 30 runs from 16 balls. They hit a combined total of 3 sixes and 6 fours. To rub salt in Australia’s wounds, the match winning runs were scored from a six by Parnell in the last over.

 

Lonwabo Tsotsobe reiterated why his inclusion in limited overs games are crucial, with figures of 2/11. Theron had pretty decent figures of 2 for 28 and Parnell had a bad day at the office from a bowling perspective of 0 for 44. But I’m sure Kirsten will let it slide considering his contribution with the bat. I was quite happy with our bowling performance in this series. Even though I feel Morkel is not suited for T20, he did bowl good line and length in the first couple of overs. He had a horrendous last over yesterday which went for 20 runs. Picking him to bowl the last over is anyway beyond me. Why he only decided to bowl a yorker in the very last ball is also beyond me. Death bowling 101 is bowling a yorker every ball, maybe Morkel must attend that class. It is presented by Lasith Malinga. I have a lot of respect for Donald and I feel he is the reason England has the bowling attack that they currently have. I’m sure he has a plan for SA bowling.

I am a bit more worried about our current batting performance. Yes I know it will improve once AB and Kallis returns to the team but I feel we will need more against a more experienced Australia. Since Smith is not the captain anymore I feel he needs to be replaced by Jacques Rudolph. He is playing the best cricket of his life and somehow is still not in the team. When Smith was the captain you felt that he couldn’t be dropped from the team because he was the captain. Quite similar to the Springboks actually. But he needs to be given a scare and be dropped from the team. Like what they did to Albie Morkel. Duminy seems to be returning to good form which is good. Yes he did not contribute a lot yesterday but the delivery from Cummings was pretty much unplayable. With the return of AB and Kallis, and bring in Rudolph and maybe Du Plessis and Morkel, we should be able to reach targets without relying on the tale enders like yesterday.

Australia picked a bunch of young players for this series and I think some of them actually used the opportunity to show the selectors what they are capable of. Especially young Pat Cummins (born in 1993 – do the math) who was the highest wicket taker in the series with 5 wickets. Just by the way, I like the Australian team a lot more with the absence of Rickey Ponting. Just had to put it out there.

With the Rugby World Cup drawing to a close, I’m getting more and more excited to watching cricket again. T20 games are usually opportunities for selectors to give youngsters a chance but I don’t think the same will apply to the ODI series. Here we will see the true fire power of both teams and it should be a very exciting contest!

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