SA, where are the runs?

SA, where are the runs?

South Africa are a flawed batting team and the captain comments Dean Elgar About a dangerous Gabba pitch and the lack of matches against tough opponents act as camouflage.

No team – no matter how good their attack – can overcome a poorly prepared mediocre Test total. No game against tough opponents is going to help a batting team that is technically weak and limited in its shot-making ability.

However, while the bowling attack has real potential, their wicket-taking abilities can be vastly improved. There is no doubt that wicket-taking is different at present than it was in the 1970s, mainly due to the vast improvement in the bat.

Nevertheless, the current South African attack is handicapped by their own poor batting. A team that is regularly given low scores and has to bowl relentlessly after another failure by its batting side loses its strength as well as gets demoralised.

clueless how it’s done

speedster Enrique Nortje On one hand, the rest of the attack could have done better in Australia with better leadership. Elgar, like many of his fellow international leaders, is not well versed in captaincy on Australian pitches.

The bowlers must first understand that producing the oddly good ball in the middle with a few dispatchable deliveries is not going to win much in Australia. The bowlers will have to keep bowling good deliveries to the talented batsmen and their behavior will alert the opponents about their desire to take wickets.

I have often said of the great Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee: “First you had to deal with his great ability and then you had to deal with his dogged will.”

That’s how good bowlers work, but there were times when I felt South Africa lacked that willpower.

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It is also worth remembering the insightful words of the talented Australian batsman Mark Waugh: “Hit the top to work off the occasional bouncer.” That age-old cricketing adage still applies today.

Then, there are the field placements for current bowlers considering the correction and extra thickness of the bats. It always pays to start with a packed slip cordon as the edge of the new ball is a high-percentage way of distancing yourself from good top-order players.

It is when those players survive the initial innings and start punishing bowling that a captain has to be nimble in his thinking. Disposing of slip fielders at places like point and square-leg is more likely to yield a catch than giving away easy singles to good batsmen by taking them prematurely in the deep.

captaincy important

There comes a time when a batsman is well set and deep fielders have to be considered, but the fielding team is already in trouble.

If the captaincy is related to the cricket being played then it is generally good. If however, it is not related to the actual play, then you are correct to assume that it is bad.

Talking about the beginning, why is Nortje not taking the new ball with him? Kagiso Rabada,

The best opportunity to take wickets is at the start of the players’ innings. The most likely wicket takers (if they are good) are the fast bowlers and it is imperative that they get the new ball. Nortje out of form and very slow is a better bowling proposition lungi ngidi,

Keshav Maharaj has potential as a spinner, but it would be a mistake if he is used as a containment bowler. Most of the time a captain has to take wickets at both ends. Bowlers are wicket-takers, otherwise they shouldn’t be in the Test team. A player acting as a holding bowler means that his ability is reduced.

Taking 20 wickets to win a Test is one of the most difficult things to do in the game, but it is also one of the most rewarding. The job of the batsmen is to score quick runs so that their bowlers get time to take those 20 wickets.

The South African batsmen are no closer to doing their job. However, South Africa’s better bowlers can improve if provided with more inspiring leadership and competitive fielding.



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