RE: What the hell happened in the cricket
October 15, 2013, 05:10:40
I should have checked the scores of individuals before writing the above. However, it remains the same insofar as performances were concerned. The batting failures of Petersen, Smith and Kallis was clear - De Villiers made a major flop as well by getting himself run out like he did. Matter of fact De Villiers made no real effort to score runs - he was blocking all the time and ended up scoring 18 runs at a rate of about 1,5 runs per every 6 ball bowled at him. That normally results in a low score and loss of wicket by the batsman in any event.
That was followed by a no show by Du Plessis and Robin Peterson with the bat. From a batting perspective Amla saved the day for the Proteas - with support by Duminy. The rest was poor and the reason given was that they played no test cricket since the English games earlier this year - and Kallis and Smith virtually no cricket at all.
I may be wrong - but I think there are weaknesses in batting in the team and that all of Peterson, Smith and Kallis is on the way out. Du Plessis was never a really good batter despite his heroics in Australia last year.