Second ODI comments
January 24, 2013, 05:23:17
I was so disgusted by what happened on Tuesday - it took me 24 hours before I stopped cursing - so now I can at least comment in decent lamguage. Let me start off by mentioning the following:-
* What the hell was Smith up to. The run rate required was 5.9 runs per over and Smith was fiddling around scoring at the rate of 5 runs after the first 23 balls he received. Disgustingly he did put extra pressure on De Kock who in his second ODI game was moved to open since he had to try and put sone respectability as to the run rate. That really was not helping the youngster at all - instead of helping him along by scoring at sy 3 runs per over - he buggered up badly and De Kock had to try and hit at everything to off-set Smith's disastrous performance. Smith did up his run rate later - but then got himself run out - when less than 6 runs per over was needed. Really he had a major share in the disastrous performance.
* Du Plessis was taught a bitter lesson. As a captain he should have been more careful and not get run out in the way he was. There was at that stage no reason to panic and force the increase of the run rate - so he was irresponsible in the way he was run out.
* Then Behardien came in and the rot started badly. This guy is a good franchise player - but no international one. He fiddled around and made no real effort to play attacking cricket - thus incresing the needed run rate. Ingram panicked as a result and hit out to try and remdy a situation that should never have been bad in any case. That led directly to his dismissal.
* The above farce in any event lead to two further run-outs.
Be it as it may - I would have preferred not to be a fly on the wall in the cghangeroomm after the match, Kirsten definitely wouldnot have been kind after that one.
I think that he real problem started early in the innings with Smith. The latter was a disaster in the Paarl and scored his few runs from far too many balls. Even though the top bowlers operate early in ODI's - the Smith rate of 1,6 runs per over in the first six overs is just not good enough. 3 to 4 runs per over is acceptable - a Smith rate is pathetic. Maybe the reason is that the opposition knows he only has one real scoring area and bottled that up completely. Does his later increase in scorring rate justify his retention in the team? I am of the opinion that the damage was already done earlier in the game. In summary I would rather have a batsman scoring at a reasonable rate throughout the innings than one who causes massive problems for his opening partner and want to raise the one question - namely should Smith play in ODI's any longer?
The problems were augmented by the inclusion in the team of two inexperienced batsman on international ODI level. Of the two I think Miller could make it - but I would rather have included Elgar in the first instance,
However, the horse has bolted and I hope they learnt something from the disaster.