'A day for heroes'

2010-02-17 17:05

Kolkata - Master Batsman Jacques Kallis believes that the Proteas’ two battling left-handers, Ashwell Prince and JP Duminy, will come good when it really counts on the final day of the Test series against India at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

The Proteas finished a rain-restricted fourth day on which a little more than a third of the overs could be bowled on 115/3 for an overall deficit of 232 runs with 98 overs left to play.

Crucially the Proteas have lost three key wickets including Kallis but the batting hero of the tour, Hashim Amla (49 not out) is still at the crease in partnership with Prince. The latter has been moved up to No. 5 ahead of AB de Villiers in a move that is no doubt destined to spread the left-handed element around the top order.

It is a move that should certainly make Prince feel good as he has made nearly all his big Test runs from the No. 5 position and it is the one in which he is clearly the most comfortable.

“Hashim has been in great form so obviously he needs to keep that going and I know that he is hungry to do that,” commented Kallis. “It is also a great time for JP and Ashwell to turn it around. What better time to do it than on an important day like this? They have done it on occasions like this before and they can turn it around. Tomorrow is a day for heroes.”

Kallis said it was important for the rest of the team to learn the lessons that Amla had taught on this tour.

“The biggest lesson of all is when you are in good form not to give it away. He is mentally a very strong player and he has excellent powers of concentration. He knows his game plan very well and he has executed it brilliantly. There are some valuable lessons there for all players around the world.”

Kallis remained upbeat that the Proteas could bat out the day, particularly if they continued to play positively and put India under pressure by wiping out their overall lead. Such a scenario would mean that every run would become effectively two as they would be runs that India would have to go out and score in whatever time remained available.

“We feel we can bat out tomorrow, just take it a ball at a time and be positive.

“The wicket is still very good for batting. There is a little bit of turn but not as much as you normally come across on day five on the sub-continent. There is not much there for the seamers either so certainly as far as batting conditions are concerned it is a good wicket to play on.

“There is a little bit more bounce for Harbhajan than there was at Nagpur. It is probably slightly quicker but there is not a lot of turn. We have played spinners well in the past and there is no reason why we can’t do it again tomorrow.”

If the Proteas can get through for a draw they will regain the No. 1 ranking on the ICC Test rankings, a position they held briefly from the time Australia lost the Ashes in England until India took it away by winning their recent home series against Sri Lanka.

Regardless of what happens on Thursday the position will become a lot clearer when the Proteas entertain India for their home Castle Test series in the summer of 2010/11.

One worry for India is that their bowling spearhead, Zaheer Khan, spent time off the field on Wednesday and his fitness to bowl a significant number of overs will be important.


  • rbgguy - 2010-02-17 17:12

    if they dont save the test they deserve to be dropped. Duminy's average is now a paltry 32.

  • Noodles - 2010-02-17 17:20

    Duminy will show his spiral power and will score double century and save this test. SA wins the series 1-0

  • sav - 2010-02-17 17:26

    Duminy is a big joke!!! He cant play.

  • julius caesar - 2010-02-17 17:34

    who would replace jp and ash with?????

  • endangeredspecies - 2010-02-17 17:42

    keep dreaming Jacques.......duminy and prince will both get out to Harbhajan or Mishra!!! and that will be them out of the team for a while..... Amla and de villiers to get centuries and save the Test!

  • oh? - 2010-02-17 18:16

    now we can see why the english saw their draw as a kind of victory. test cricket is a great game.

  • COBUS - 2010-02-17 18:17


  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-02-17 19:28

    Now would be a good time to utilise "the good plan" that these people talked about.

  • Mac - 2010-02-17 20:03

    Just checked the weather forecast for Kolkata. Sunny, with a high of 29 degrees. Looks like we must rely on our batting! Good-luck boy's

  • Theo - 2010-02-17 20:15

    Test Cricket is the greatest game!! It is like a 15 round Championship boxing match. Fortune, courage, setbacks and luck have a part to play. Got to give credit to the last three sides we have played, Australia, England and India, for the way the game has been played. Watching these Indian batsmen give their team the advantage was a great spectacle. Watching our guys like Amla and Harris showing heart and spirit is a great experience. Our guys can do it. Both Prince and Duminy owe us all, as well as themselves. This is their big chance. TEST CRICKET IS BEST CRICKET!

  • marco - 2010-02-17 20:45

    "India on course for victory Spinners in charge on rain-hit day four in Kolkata" This was the main headline from SKYSPORTS NEWS channel- the premier sports news channel in England.Can you imagine that. This is also the same channel that were the first to cast doubt on SA ability to host the 2010 SWC final in the wake of that Angola attack.Everytime they find something unpleasant to say when we do well. And when we do win things they begrudgingly cast praise as if they are force to admit that SA is good.Everytime for past 10 years before the Tri Nations rugby starts they consitently discredit SA's ability to successfully do things in sport.How pathetic.India as far as they are concern has bowled out the last wicket already.Constantly bi^*"ing about crime/murder rate,lack of infrastructure,hotels,accomadation,travel,transport etcThe K@K keeps going on and on from them- it never ends.

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  • Bill - 2010-02-17 21:32

    If Prince is at the crease then they are already into our tail - oh shit!

  • Gerrry - 2010-02-17 21:56

    @Noodles: you're a real noodle if you think a guy can come in on the 5th day, after a wicket falls, and score a double century. He will be sweating and trembling so much he'll hardly be able to ho.d the bat, let alone score 200 plus. Generally speaking: Something predictable yet unseen will be going down the leg side when Duminy bats: It will be something smelly running down his own leg side! Stop praying for rain - if your heroes are so good, why do you need nature to intervene and save their sorry asses? You will hear me shouting with glee as each wicket falls tomorrow - pity it will only be seven times! @Theo. I agree: Test cricket is best cricket!

  • Tommygun - 2010-02-18 02:50

    Can anyone tell me when last rain saved SA, as I can only remember rain robbing us of victory.

  • JB@Gerrry - 2010-02-18 05:06

    Gerrry (stupidly spelt with 3 r's), you are an idiot! The only reason that Duminy may have 'something smelly running down his own leg' is because he is in India and most likely has a serious case of the runs - hopefully off his bat suffer the same 'problem' as well! Either way it's going to be a great finish to the gaem whatever the result. Pity you are blinded by your own ignorance so will miss a great game! Go back to the dust-bowl from whence you came.

  • anti-castle viva amla - 2010-02-18 06:44

    @julius caesar there are 2 kids in my complex that are much better players

  • Shorts - 2010-02-18 07:32

    Bye bye Prince

  • Killer Bean - 2010-02-18 07:41!!! what a ways to show your knowledge of the game....score a double you say, hahahahahahahaha. you could have just said that he will save the game, but you had to put the double statement in there

  • Ray - 2010-02-18 07:44

    Neither Prince nor Duminy should be in the squad. Consistancy is an important element in five day cricket.

  • chris - 2010-02-18 08:20

    AB should fall into the Prince and JP category. What exactly has he done in the last couple series?

  • Peter - 2010-02-18 08:23

    Duminy is terrible. he deserves to be dropped, keep Peterson in the side when Boucher is back and leave Prince in the middle order. Prince has dedicated himself to the team even when asked to open which is not his game, he deserves a proper chance in his best position.

  • Cricket Lover - 2010-02-18 09:19

    When is SA Cricket going to rid itself of the 2 malignent cancerous diseases of PRINCE & DUMINY. The 2 most useless, rubbish, pathetic individuals in world cricket. Let them go play around in Zimbabwe cricket, maybe the only team in world cricket where their selection will be based on merit!

  • dronkie - 2010-02-18 09:26

    Eish, Prins and JP is in poor form but so is AB - but with Ntini out of the side the kwota system becomes a bit of a headache for the Captain, selectors and coaching staff - I am a coloured South African and kwotas suck !!!!! drop the players who are not performing(only after giving them a fair chance to proof themselves) and select the form would make everyone life a lot easier cause then you would know that hard work will earn you selection and consistancy will keep you in the side !!!

  • Gerrry - 2010-02-18 09:44

    @JB: I have been watching test cricket since the mid-1950s. You?

  • Say What... - 2010-02-18 09:46

    Dummy and Ponce, we are in big trouble!

  • Bob - 2010-02-18 10:51

    Amla has shown the resolve needed and played an innings which will go down in history irrespective of the outcome. Lets hope they can see it through. Smih should never have played carrying a injury.

  • Terence - 2010-02-18 12:26

    Dick heads Prince & Dumminy have done well in this teat, only in so far as they have made Harbijans bowling figures look pretty good. They gave him 4 wickets very cheaply between the two of them.

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