Australia in SA

Kirsten happy with Proteas

2011-11-22 17:19
Gary Kirsten (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Proteas coach Gary Kirsten would be hesitant to criticise his charges after losing the second Test on Monday to Australia after twice being in a commanding position.

WIN Beer for a Year

WIN a Toshiba Touch Screen Tablet

Australia bounced back to win the second Test by a slender two wickets and level the series 1-1 after a dismal showing at Newlands two weeks ago.

"It was one of those series where both sides let it slip and then pulled it back brilliantly," said Kirsten, who took over as coach in August.

"There were times when we could have kept up our concentration levels for longer periods and capitalised on a really good position, but the Aussies had situations like that as well."

With both sides constantly trying to gain an advantage, Kirsten said it made for a great series and a very competitive one.

"I’m generally happy with the way things went," he said.

"They gave 100 percent and, from a coaching perspective, that’s all I ever ask for and I think it was a fantastic Test series."

Two South Africans, Vernon Philander and Imran Tahir, made their Test debuts in the series while Jacques Rudolph made a welcome return to Test cricket after an absence of five years.

Philander was particularly impressive, taking a five-wicket haul in each of the two Tests.

His five for 15 in Australia’s bizarre 46-all-out innings at Newlands was matched by his five for 70 at the Wanderers on Monday.

"Vernon has been the standout bowler," Kirsten said.

"He has served his time at first-class level and he has come in and delivered the goods."

Read more on:    australia in sa  |  proteas  |  gary kirsten
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Cape Cobras trounce Warriors

2014-11-28 23:00

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn
Fixtures
17 December 2014
South Africa v West Indies, Centurion 10:30
26 December 2014
South Africa v West Indies, Port Elizabeth 10:30
02 January 2015
South Africa v West Indies, Cape Town 10:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Graeme Smith's shock decision to retire is...

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.