Should Tahir go?
November 23, 2012, 16:38:18
Ex Sport 24
Should Imran Tahir keep his spot in the Proteas line up?
I guess we will have to wait until the end of the current test match down under in Adelaide to make the final call, as he might have a chance to redeem himself on a ever increasing dry pitch, but so far its not looking good for Immie.
He does not bring the allround cricketing package to the team that you need at this level, so for him to earn his place he has to bowl out of his skin and take wickets galore and keep the batsmen guessing. But that has not happended yet, he has taken a nice wicket here and there, baffelled a few tail enders, but mainly his been a run rate liability giving the momentum the seemrers build up back to the batsmen.
Unfortunately there was no where to hide for him in this test as Kallis and Steyn could not contribute much after both pulled up with stiff hammies on day one yesterday, Kallis wont bowl again in this match too compound things, forcing Immie to bowl more overs than he would have. Warner, Clarke and Hussey did seem too mind this too much, as he basically was their personal bunny all day long. Kleinveld also bowled poorly at times and again had no ball problems, but he will be replaced by Philander or De Lange when they are fit(or fly another seemer from SA before the third test, Parnell/Lopsy/Morris/Viljoen all will do better than the out of shape Rory).
So what about Tahir?
Robbin Peterson is in the sqaud and will add far more value to the team. I am sure he will be more economical than Tahir and take wickets when the picth is cracked up, he is a one day specialst with a decent economy and high strike rate, so why not give him a go? He will be more than handy as a tailend batsmen, plus he is a fantastic fielder with a competitive spirit. He is not all Protea fans favourite son, but he has done enough for the Proteas and Cobras to be picked ahead of Tahir and be given a propper run.
Tahir has too pull a rabit out of a hat in the second Ozzy innings, providing the Proteas get there, to have any chance of keeping his spot,