ODI Cricket - I wrote a thread under the Rugby Heading and want to repeat it here for commentts
November 03, 2013, 15:32:07
The latest SA score is 72 for 5 after 22 overs - what a disgrace. Problem is the SA team is made up of all the wrong players - They have some really good test players - slow in batting run rates - and trying to turn them into ODI players - while also including some real failures of the past in the team.
The SA ODI series is on the go and a number of players drafted in has been weak in the local competition.
The problem start right at the top of the batting order. Smith is a real test player and his scores in ODI's are not pretty. This has been the case now for a long time. With him as opening batsman with a ridiculously low run rate, there is always pressure on the lower order batsmen to score faster to keep up with the opposition run rate or set a reasonable target. The second problem is Ingram - but he is not an opening batsman and the further he is from the squad the better. It would be better to have Duminy lower down in the order - at 3, because of Ingram and Smith, he is virtually an opening batsman - which he is not.
I would say the team should be as follows:-
1 Rilee Rossouw
2 Quinton De Kock
4 De Villiers
If we need another spinner - because of pitch conditions - put in Tahir.
That will give them 6 batters (all big hitters of cricket balls), 4 all rounders (all big hitters), 1 spin bowlers and 5 fast and medium bowlers - an ideal mix for ODI's. Steyn and Morkel can all hit sixes and fours as well.
Whether you like it or not Smith, Ingram, and the rest of the squad are just not ODI players anymore or have never been.