Faf Du Plessis reckons Vernon Philander as another All-rounder

Faf Du Plessis reckons Vernon Philander is getting close to fulfilling the all-rounder’s slot in the South African XI which has been vacant since the departure of Jacques Kallis.

When Kallis was there, South Africa had the luxury of playing an extra batsman and only four specialist bowlers because Kallis would perform the role of the 5th bowler as well as anyone else.

But after he hung his boots, there was always a selection conundrum for the think tank because there was nobody in the squad who could contribute effectively with both bat and ball.

So either they had to go with an extra batsman which would increase the workload on the bowlers or with an extra bowler which would elongate the tail.

However Philander seems to be the solution of that conundrum as he is starting to emerge as a genuine all round option for the team now. Read More »


Kolkata Riders coach Jacques Kallis has confirmed that batsman Chris Lynn may not feature for the rest of the Indian Premier League for the year as his shoulder injury is serious.

The Australian star needs time to recover from the injury which would likely sideline him for the rest of the term.

“We are awaiting the results of the scans to Chris Lynn’s shoulder which he dislocated on the field. It is a notoriously difficult are of the body to heal, so these are nervous times. He will undoubtedly need a substantial period of rest, and may even miss the rest of the tournament, which would be desperately disappointing for him and our fans after seeing what he is capable of doing during the first two games,” the coach revealed. Read More »

Temba Bavuma not Worried about Playing Spot in Team

Temba Bavuma is not much worried about losing his middle order spot in the Proteas test XI to AB De Villiers whenever the latter decides to start playing in the whites again.

De Villiers is currently featuring only in coloured clothing for his country as he doesn’t want to exploit his body to the maximum straight after a big injury, but, his test comeback is not too far away either and at the moment, the man who seems to be the prime candidate to create the vacancy for him is Bavuma because of his pathetic form.

But, as per Bavuma, even if he had been making truckload of runs and still was dropped on the return of De Villiers, it would have been perfectly understandable. The legendary right hander can walk in just on the basis of his reputation and neither he nor nobody else can question that. Read More »


Dane Piedt recently was reported to have said he was “happy to play (county cricket) as a Kolpak.”

As such, as long as he was on a Kolpak contract, he would be debarred from representing South Africa in any match. This would make Piedt a rare thing: a player of colour seeking to further his career in another country.

That route has been taken more by the white players, and greeted by a chorus of criticism of the policies, those quota selection policies that aim at transforming the cricket game at all levels in South Africa.

Jacques Kallis, former South African all-rounder due to a tweet he had once posted, would have earned approval from that lobby, after Keaton Jennings, son of Ray Jennings wicket keeper, and a former captain of the under 19 South African team, moved to England four years ago, and went on to score 112 against India in his debut on Thursday at Mumbai. Read More »

Russell Domingo reckons one can’t point a finger at a non-white player in the South Africa

Russell Domingo reckons one can’t point a finger at a non-white player in the South Africa eleven at the moment and say that he would have been out had he not been a non-white.

In Domingo’s opinion, whichever non-white player is in the eleven, it’s because he has made a gradual progression to the international level playing and showing his worth in the lower circuit.

Domingo sarcastically remarks if he is told that the skin’s complexion is responsible for a bloke like Rabada to be holding his position in the eleven, he would seriously believe that the person making that statement would be under the influence of a weed or something because it’s only the talent which has got the youngster his national cap. The same applies to the likes of Amla and Duminy who also deserve their spots because of their performances over a number of seasons and aren’t there due to any non-Cricketing factor.

There is news that South Africa’s central government wants the national Cricket board to make sure that which whenever a South African eleven gets onto the park in future, be it in senior or Junior Cricket or in men’s or women’s category, a certain number of non-white players must feature in it. But, Domingo says a written order has not come to him with regard to that from his board. So, he would do his selections only on quality.

Domingo also refuses to agree that the Black Caps, having played the red ball Cricket earlier this month in Zimbabwe, are more prepared for the coming series than his side whose previous test appearance had come at the start of the year. As per Domingo, his boys have been active in the game in the other forms and so, are not out of rhythm.

Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can still bounce back

Jacques Kallis believes South Africa can still bounce back in the first test match against India despite having a terrible Day 2.

The South Africans were expected to go on and take a first innings lead, but, they lost their remaining 8 wickets cheaply to the Indian spinners and were bundled out for just 184.

According to Kallis, it would not be fair to criticize the touring side for that batting performance because the pitch was far from being ideal for batting. There are not too many players in the business at this point of time who would have found it easy to score runs on such a rank turner.

Kallis reckons one player who can make the match winning difference for South Africa from this stage is AB De Villiers. He is someone who has got the game for the pitches which turn square.

Kallis is also of the view that there is nothing wrong with the home sides making pitches to suit their style of play and the opposition just needs to adjust to those surfaces quickly. Read More »

South Africa is coming to India for a long tour

South Africa is coming to India for a long tour starting from the first week of October and there would be some cracking contests on show as both the teams are almost equally capable.

Firstly, the limited-over games will be played and there will be a 4-match test series.

South Africa has not been beaten in a test series away from home in almost a decade and that speaks volumes of what kind of a team they are in the longest form of the game.

They have got a batting line up composed of some of the legends of the game and they are no lesser in the bowling department either.

Yes, spin bowling wise, there might be a little concern for them especially considering the fact that in India, there will be turn in the pitches, but, they have picked their three best spinners in the squad and while, neither of them has a massive test match experience, they have shown from time to time what they can do.

Steven Harmer was quite impressive in Bangladesh, while, Imran Tahir, when he had played in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago, had also proved to be quite hard for the batsmen to handle. Read More »