Biff becomes a problem

2011-03-15 12:37

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – South African captain Graeme Smith’s individual torment as a batsman at the World Cup continued against minnows Ireland in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The big left-hander wasted a glorious opportunity to play himself into some sort of much-needed form when he seemingly backed up a tad too far as partner Morne van Wyk nudged a delivery to the leg-side and was run out to a direct hit as he scurried back to the crease at the non-striker’s end.

His dismissal for a tentative seven off 18 balls came just after television commentator David Lloyd noted that Smith was “clearly having a bit of a net” to try to regain his rhythm.

He had earlier seen his opening partner Hashim Amla, who has been in rather better nick at the tournament, perish for a quick-fire 18 after the Proteas had been sent in under leaden skies by the underdogs.

Yet Smith was unable to knuckle down himself after that setback – on a day when South Africa rested their attacking kingpin AB de Villiers -- as he became the second Irish victim with the total on 52 in the 10th over.

It meant that his CWC tally of runs only reached 110 after five completed knocks (top score 45 against West Indies in the opening match), at an average of 22, and his strike rate also well less than convincing.

Smith last recorded a half-century in one-day internationals eight innings back, and his meagre tournament total of seven fours says everything about his struggle to get the ball off the square in the key first Powerplay phase.

His poor performances are becoming a mounting issue in a campaign otherwise marked by his astute captaincy, for the most part, and the Proteas’ spirited quest to top Group B.

With De Villiers resting his apparently relatively minor injury, Morne van Wyk was promoted up the order to No 3 and perhaps even boosted his credentials to replace the captain at the top of the order deeper into the World Cup by playing briskly and enterprisingly for 42 off 41 balls before he succumbed to an injudicious stroke.

Although he looked strong on the drive, especially, Van Wyk was also dropped twice, on four and 23 before his departure so it is not as though he is breaking down the door at this stage to replace Smith as an opener in what would be a fairly radical measure – Smith has never batted anywhere below No 3 in some 170 ODIs.


  • Sipho - 2011-03-15 12:42

    Drop him for the next match. Hes inability to make more than 20 is rubbing off the rest of the players/ Lets drop him for the last match against Bangladesh and see what comes of it.

      Kaapie - 2011-03-15 13:43

      Agree, he is becoming an appendage and for that matter Kallis should be smacked about the ears by the management or such lazy running betwen the wickets. One other player worse than him for running was Inzamaam Ul Haq

      CITIZEN - 2011-03-15 15:52

      he must be dropped from national and provincial games at all forms of the game and go play club cricket maybe he will score some runs there

      Brendon - 2011-03-15 18:48

      He's the CAPTAIN. Are you saying by dropping him for the next match, he will get a 'wake up call''? Im sure he knows very much how out of form he is, and not giving him an opportunity against Bangladesh to get some runs before the quarters is mind defying DUMB.

      frangelico - 2011-03-15 18:56

      dropping him is not the answer,perhaps he should come in down lower in the order.There is no doubt he has a good rapport with his team.

      Brevan - 2011-03-15 22:23

      Dropping Smith is the best thing for the team. I am a province supporter and I like Biff, but he is horribly out of form and his captaincy is non existant. When he first took over the captaincy he used to use his brain, now he follows a plan and doesn't deviate from it according to the situation, so his captaincy is no reason for him to be selected either. Ingram looked much better than Smith today, but even Botha is more likely to contribute with the bat than Smith. My Team: Amla, van Wyk, Ingram, Kallis, AB, JP, Botha / Faf, Petersen, Morkel, Steyn, Tahir

      roboman1 - 2011-03-16 13:46

      Smith needs all the practice he can get, if they wanted to drop him it should have been done pre the world cup. Now they must play him as much as possible to try and get him into shape for the knock out phases

      Wessel - 2011-03-16 16:55

      No i dont think they must drop him.Take him down to number 5 bring van wyk in opening with amla

  • Murray - 2011-03-15 12:48

    Maybe it's time we all realise that Biff should be dropped from the team and give other talented batsmen a chance!!

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 12:55

      Yes, drop him for another player at least for the next game or move him to six, move Van Wyk to open, they both should cope better. Smith should be better down the order in the last batting powerplay (I hope)!

      Pop - 2011-03-15 14:12

      But WHY???!!!! if everybody is crying and shouting for a drop or move down does the coach stick with him as opener - immediately if he walks there is pressure on the rest!!!!

      Vernon - 2011-03-17 11:20

      let him carry the drinks for a change

  • Perfume - 2011-03-15 12:49

    Scary is all I can say

  • patrickb - 2011-03-15 12:52

    We have two problems: Smith: 110 runs in x5 inn, average 22.0, strike rate 55.55 Kallis 109 runs in x5 inn, average 21.8, strike rate 68.98 If you believe that Kallis is saved by his bowling, he has taken 3 wickets at the pathetic average of 54.0

      siyafierce - 2011-03-15 13:06

      amen brother!!!

      HJS - 2011-03-15 13:26

      They both suffreing from "Ricky January Syndrome" -- overweight and unfit. Getting run out too easy. Maybe it has something to do with having spent time playing for "Slaapstad" sides?

      najanivea - 2011-03-15 13:35

      100% . Both have John Smit syndrome; they should have been dropped a long time ago, and their woeful form will cost us later in the tournament

      Clint Brash - 2011-03-15 13:43

      In other words, why not drop Kallis as well while we we at it

      The Observer - 2011-03-15 13:44

      HJS, Yip it is the munchies after all the dope smoking with Gibbs and January. It is a slappstad thing

      Dan - 2011-03-15 13:51

      Clearly you are not a very astute student of the game. Kallis saved our bacon against India just a couple of days ago if you can remember that long ago. His bowling was also critical at a point when Steyn and kie were earning voyager miles big time. You are the same kind of idiot that probably wants a guy like Matfield out of the Springbok team. Against the big power houses of world sport, talent and experiece is crucial. Had it not been for the contribution of Kallis (bat and ball) against India, SA would probably have been making prelim bookings for flights home. Same goes for Boucher. We miss him dearly and the injury of De Villiers is probably a direct result of having to play wicketkeeper, although his keeping (and that of van Wyk) has been very avarage to say the least. Don't be an idiot.

      Mikea - 2011-03-15 14:08

      Agreed. The two most experienced players. What a joke???

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-15 14:10

      I agree totally... At the moment my gran can bat better than Kallis & Smith, arthiritus 'n all.... At this rate we'll have more KP's...cos the old guard won't stand down... a bit like Gadaffi/Mugabe politics...

      patrickb - 2011-03-15 14:23

      In fact Dan, you are the idiot! The game against India was won by AB and Dale. AB's 52 runs off 39 balls brought us back into contention after Jacques "Dot" Kallis as usual only managed a 78% strike rate with 69 runs scored off 88 balls. Surely a "world class batsman like Kallis understands basic arithmetic? When you need to score at a run a ball, 78% only makes the lower order batsmen's life difficult. (In the last world cup Kallis scored 90 runs off 122 balls against Australia, chasing a total of 375. Needless to say we lost by a mile) Dale' 50/5 sealed the deal against India!

      Brevan - 2011-03-15 22:37

      I can't believe that you want to drop Kallis. He's just gotten back from injury and performances are more than stats. He hasn't set the world cup alight, but he hasn't needed to, AB has been doing that, supported by Amla and JP. Kallis was scorinmg runs before his injury so you cannot compare his situation to Smith's. Smith has been woeful for a long time now, with the odd out of character performance. To those talking about experience... experience only counts for so much... there comes a time when you have to realize that some like Ingram who scored a 100 on debut and really hasn't done much wrong in the national side or even a bowler like Johan Botha is more likely to contribute to the side in a crisis.

      M J - 2011-03-16 07:38

      Dan Dan Dan... C'mon man. The days of playing the shine off the ball is over. Statistically, most rus in this world cup has been scored upfront. With these 2 palookas playing a 1980's game it will cost us dearly.

      Janaman - 2011-03-16 08:10

      too much cheese and wine

      patrickb - 2011-03-16 09:31

      Brevan and Dan, you guys are living in lala land. This myth about "King Kallis" really gets me going. Unlike you guys, I look at the statistics rather than sucking answers out of my thumb. Fact: 20 out of 26 of the highest totals scored in ODI's have happened since 2005. The game has changed dramatically, and 300 runs in an innings has become the norm. I can remember in the 90's when 220 was regularly a winning score. Kallis has scored 17 ODI hundreds. 13 of those were scored prior to 2005 (76%) Only 4 of his hundreds were better than run a ball. His best being 128 runs off 109 balls against the Netherlands! Do yourselves a favour and check out Kallis' contributions when SA scored high totals. EG: (the top three) 438 against Aust, he scored 20 runs off 22 balls. That is why we won! 418 against Zim, he scored 50 runs off 59 balls. 401 against Ind, he scored 11 runs off 13 balls. Then also look at his list of hundreds, in particular his strike rates. HE IS A GREAT TEST PLAYER, but not suited to the one day format any longer. The modern pace is beyond his capabilities. He will cost us another world cup this year!

      OP - 2011-03-16 14:01

      @Dan. Hello, are you awake?? Kallis brought Amla's scoring down. Amla was flying, until Kallis came in. With his very SLOW batting, he has put unecessary pressure on the middle and lower order. Smith and Kallis should have retired long time ago

      Brevan - 2011-03-17 08:41

      Hey Patrick... I see your point... however do you remember a game when has Kallis actually cost us in a 1 day with his batting? If so, it hasn't happeneded too often though did it? If you drop him, who would you replace him with with? Stats are nice for spectators and fans, but they are not as black and white as that, and to suggest that every player in the team should blast away from ball 1 is ridiculous. Look at JP the other day, he started slow which was requred and if he had gotten out for 60 he would had 60 of about 80 balls and people would've been complaining that he is a quota player again. Your team need to be balanced to make provision for every situation. Kallis gives the team that balance. It allows the team to either choose another batsmen or bowler depending on the requirements.

      Zolani - 2011-03-17 08:54

      I'm with you Dan, its the end of winter in The Sub continent, and SA has played all the slow Pitches, to try stop the pace attack, Kallis Holding Job is very Nessasary. The Indian Pitches are going to get slower as we head into spring, Dont expect any quick fast runs early on. Infact TEST like player's are nessasary to survive the full 50 overs from now on.

  • Andries Vrey - 2011-03-15 12:52

    We've sacked coaches with better track-records than Smith. He made the side, and became captain, before truly earning his spot and we're now seeing the results.

      Freakfloyd - 2011-03-15 13:23

      Andries, I so agree with you, Biffy is now our biggest problem, Bring in Gary, he would not stand for Biff's antics, Smith thinks the team belong to him.

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-15 12:52

    Kick his ar@e out of the team. He's baggage

      Andy49 - 2011-03-15 17:17

      just like John S(h)mit

  • - 2011-03-15 12:53

    Poor article. Van Wyk sold him down the river. He will come good. Jeez we are quick to critisise our players.

      bradleep - 2011-03-15 13:24

      nothing quick about it! he has struggled for the longest time and needs to step down we need an opening batsman that can score runs and not waste balls!

      Tartan - 2011-03-15 13:25

      Goodness a post that is not critising or whinging. I have never come across a lot of whingebags than on these forums. If you all know so much why the heck aren't you playing or coaching. Geez........

      Kaapie - 2011-03-15 13:44

      Paddler he not doing what is required, for a long time now.

      Martin - 2011-03-15 13:52

      And the other games ? Even tough he was run out by Van Wyk, he hasn't a middle a ball in the world cup so far and is eating up deliveries ! There is a difference between whining and wanting the side to succeed. For this side to win the world cup we need a solid opening batsmen with Amla.

      rdc - 2011-03-15 14:13

      quick to criticize? you're joking right? how many chances would you like to give him? Let's say we expect 150 runs from his next 5 innings? Oh wait the public have had such expectations already ...

      Bratt - 2011-03-16 09:45

      I was gonna say drop Van Wyk as well. But then he got Smith run out, which gave him another chance in my books. Kallis and Smith need to lose weight if they intend running for runs...

  • Synergetic - 2011-03-15 12:53

    Supporters have been repeating this headline for how many months now? Glad someone finally woke up and wrote about it. The moment Amla goes out and its Smith's role to anchor the innings from the front we have no hope :(

  • Gunner - 2011-03-15 12:54

    Come on Ireland...come on Ireland!!!!.....5 down now

  • Sylvester24 - 2011-03-15 12:55

    They aren't going to drop Smith....he is too powerful. Hansie II...

      WeZo - 2011-03-15 13:10

      too powerfull. im sure Gibbs said that in his book about Smith. wud love to have seen Gibbs in India rather. (i kno, Gibbs is old news, just think he was/is an insanely great batsman)

      Innocent - 2011-03-15 13:30

      Hansi was a better player not person but Smith is a better person not player

      Dan - 2011-03-15 13:59

      @ Innocent. Are you nuts. If I was your client and my rezoning application has been published on the net like this, I would have sued the pants of you. What a totally unprofessional town planning consultant/firm. I hope your client, Barrington Inv. Holdings (Pty) LTD cleans you out.

  • BrettPresent - 2011-03-15 12:55

    And yet when I said this after the first two innings all the Smith supporters came running in defence of our "great" captain...he's got a shocking technique, and he's in a bloody hole of form that makes tailenders look a more viable option to open. That puts pressure on the middle order, and without AB de Villiers, that looks pretty bloody fragile. At the time of this comment SA are 118/5 against "minnows" Ireland...say. no. more.

      Synergetic - 2011-03-15 13:00

      Agreed. Smith can't even hold a straight bat on shots. Team plans against him must be amazing. "Bowl channel he'll get himself out for us"

      Innocent - 2011-03-15 13:32

      now is 165/5 middle order doing the job not good

      DeonL - 2011-03-16 09:35

      Luckily the middle and low order came to the party! Comfortable win despite dropping at least 2 catches and a few other blunders in the field by Morkel, Kallis.

  • Tyron price - 2011-03-15 12:57

    Ah please, he hasn't played well in years, every once in a while he gets lucky and scores a few, but lets be serious the only reason he is still there is cause he is Capitan. its time to score runs or move on!!

  • nadia s - 2011-03-15 12:58

    Where the hell is herschelle gibbs!!!!

      BlackSwan - 2011-03-15 13:05

      Herschelle who?

      Innocent - 2011-03-15 14:03

      Played better and has better record than the moron Smith

      Andy49 - 2011-03-15 17:22

      selling his cricket kit to buy more ganja & screwing some loosie in his neighbourhood.

      Colin - 2011-03-15 18:14

      Herschelle Gibbs is also useless as an international player this why he is not in the CWC.

      sandman - 2011-03-16 08:48

      @Colin - Herschelle has the highest average in World Cups for South African batsmen - get your facts right before commenting.

  • CAR - 2011-03-15 13:02

    Kallis & Smith, Old dogs should stay at home.

  • Riaz - 2011-03-15 13:02

    Biffs battings poor, and his captaincys even worse!

  • TheWasp - 2011-03-15 13:03

    Maybe it's time to remove Ireland from the Minnows list and start seeing them as a formidable side.. Biff has lost his confidence as there is too much pressure on his Captaincy role...

      Grynch - 2011-03-15 14:06

      I agree with you. Ireland have been competitive in every game. If they hadn't had their one bad performance in that game against Bangladesh, they would have a chance of qualifying as they still have to play Holland. They have as much ability as Zimbabwe and with a bit of a leg up like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh they could be better. As for Bangladesh, we had just better beat Ireland, because playing them on their home ground in the last match could be very difficult because they are trying to qualify as well.

  • Kaz - 2011-03-15 13:04

    Podgy Smurf should have been dropped along time ago

  • patrickb - 2011-03-15 13:05

    Sadly Smith could not find the middle of the bat with a protractor at present

      sbriedenhann - 2011-03-15 13:19

      Shame, but hilarious!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-03-15 13:06

    Smith is not the only problem at the moment! I am very concerned that Kallis is going back to his bad ways of 2 years ago when he was just too casual and had no urgency about his his credit though, he did jack himself up in the interim. The last 2 games however (India and Ireland) he has shown to lack urgency...and that is a worry! At this stage in the game (118 - 5), not too concerned yet. Clearly this pitch is not an easy one to bat on and I suspect that if SA are finding it a problem then, Ireland are likely to find it a bigger problem against South Africa's attack! I am not really seeing any demons in the Irish attack. Their ground fielding has been superb but their catching woeful!

  • Harry - 2011-03-15 13:07

    He is pathetic, please drop him, pleaseeee!!!!

  • Fastbowler - 2011-03-15 13:07

    Amazing how many peeps with no understanding of cricket seem to regularly make the most outlandish comments and suggestions. Poor article, poor level of understanding shown by 90% of people commenting. One big show of mediocrity - ironically put on to criticize the perceived mediocrity of somebody else. Standby for the black vs white argument to follow .....

      Synergetic - 2011-03-15 13:16

      Poor level of understanding? Has his averages and performances over the past year not been clear enough for you or are u in denial? In that time a new player with proper opening talent could have started and worked his way through all the jitters of playing at the top level and we could have 2 solid starters

      sbriedenhann - 2011-03-15 13:23

      Fastbowler, like many people I have been an avid cricket follower for over 15 years. When you play sport in the public arena, you are open to both good and bad criticism. Like a professional, you should suck it up and improve if you need to. If I give such a bad performance at my own job, I would be fired.

      Dan - 2011-03-15 14:03

      Can't agree more. You are 100% on the money. These idiots really irritate me as well. Just 3 days ago, Kallis was instrumental in our victory over India (bat & ball) and yet again you read this crap on the net.

      Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-15 14:15

      Their game against India wasn't particularly good, because India had the game in their hands until Dhoni F***ed it up with his last choice, therefore the Proteas can't perform properly because they're not playing well. And then there is of course their victories against small insignificant teams that make them feel like the Kings of the World… Ask the Aussies how to handle a bad win… they admit that even though they won, they played like shit! And please don't remind me about the Ashes, this is ODIs and they are no.1…

      Ruggerman - 2011-03-15 14:40

      Smith could not hold his place on current form if was not the captain. Been on the decilne for a while. Very quick to criticise his team mates and loathed to take responsibility for his own failings....Not the characteristics I would want of a captain!

      patrickb - 2011-03-16 10:22

      The name "FASTBOWLER" says it all. Never met a fast bowler with brains!

  • dre-day - 2011-03-15 13:11

    he should have been dropped long ago - lets make way for the other talent in this country

      sbriedenhann - 2011-03-15 13:23


      Shenkin - 2011-03-15 13:37

      He should have been "tackled unconcious" in the changing room before the game started

  • Stanton - 2011-03-15 13:12

    Biff needs to be dropped and Consistant Kallis needs to be made the new captain . Never liked biff from the beginning , he displays no leadership qualities

      Riaz - 2011-03-15 13:19

      i agree there, his captaincy, knowledge and field placing are weak to say the least!

      Paul - 2011-03-15 13:27

      Agreed we need a capatin that can consistantly put in good performance. It should be the norm not once in a blue moon.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-15 14:25

      If by consistant you mean slow, you're on the button....Kallis has lost SA many a game in the past and very little was said about it. Now thankfully, Strike rate is just as important as Averages.

  • Riaan - 2011-03-15 13:13

    Useless as a batsman, useless as a Captain. The mere sight of him makes me wanna vomit in my mouth.

      Grynch - 2011-03-15 14:42

      Be very careful of vomiting in your mouth Riaan because you might choke.

      Brevan - 2011-03-17 08:46

      Be careful about vomiting when it comes to the national team. They might condemn you to the Puke Watson club!

  • Urban_Frog - 2011-03-15 13:16

    "Supporters become a problem" would be a more suitable heading in my mind! Utterly ridiculous to suggest dropping Smith

      WeZo - 2011-03-15 13:37

      Why ridiculous?? no-one should ever be above the selection commitee. Im not a Smith basher (i rate him highly), but selection commitee will start watching his progress a little more than usual

  • sbriedenhann - 2011-03-15 13:16

    I'm with Sipho. Smith's lack of form is irritating. Put in players who deserve to be there. He shouldn't get special consideration just because he's the captain.

  • Louie - 2011-03-15 13:18

    His technique is not good enough. He is like a 10 handicap, inconsistent, plays a couple of good ones and then some bad ones and never really seems to break the 10. Do not rate him as a captain either, I think it was the only the 6th time we chased more than 250 to win with Smith as Captain. Even if the stat is not accurate, it is there and there about.

  • Robschele - 2011-03-15 13:24

    I have said this so many times before. I have even asked for a test to be done by taking the Protea players and ignore the upper 10% of the scores for each and then calculate a new average for each player using his remaining scores. I'm sure you will be amazed. The old saying of one swallow doesn't make a summer is true. A big score every once in a while certainy doesn't help your team. Ponting is a good captain with good batting but he doen't make himself openings batman. Let Smith move down the line so he can face a slower ball. Let him play hero at number 10.

  • Judgmental - 2011-03-15 13:24

    Biff will never be dropped, he is one of the "Untouchables" like Kallis and Gibbs and Boucher used to be. Doesn't matter how K@K you play, you will always make the grade

      Andy49 - 2011-03-15 17:24

      same as Smit

  • Homer - 2011-03-15 13:25

    Drop him, Open with Amla and Van Wyk when de Villiers is fit again. He is too arrogant anyway

  • Vaughn Jacobs - 2011-03-15 13:25

    YOU THINK ONLY NOW ?! It should've been fixed two years ago, now a win a lot of beers; standing bet: if he's out for less than 20 I get a case, more I buy....I've opened a bottlestore !

  • 4me2know - 2011-03-15 13:28

    I think both Kallis and Smiths strike rates are below par and puts the team under a huge amount of pressure. As far as the leadership of the side goes......Our next captain should be Amla and AB Devilliers vice-captain.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-15 14:36

      Great minds....

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-15 13:29

    He is useless. No point in dfending him any longer. Good riddance when someone has the guts to say enough is enough. He is a liability. Rubbish about his astute captaincy. Bowling Steyn, Morkel and Kallis against India at the beginning of their innings when they were carted to all sides of the field without trying some spin to break their rythm. Sue they came back later but not before it was almost too late. Hardly astute captaincy to me. I would call it Biff captaincy.

      BardofAvon - 2011-03-16 22:07

      Yip. He has no feel for the game. Never did, never will.

  • Victor - 2011-03-15 13:29

    Smith should have been kicked out a long time ago... Would rather loose a moderate captain for a good opening batsman we need!!!!!

  • bobbythebozo - 2011-03-15 13:29

    Can kind of understand the drivel about dropping players like Smith and Kallis when it comes from casual fans but reporters must be really hard up for a story to start talking about it already. Im quite certain Smith and every other world class batter has had worse runs then averaging 22 across 5 games and I can gaurantee you that there isnt even a hint of a discussion taking place to suggest leaving him out. Besides anything else, Smith is without a doubt turned on by being the hero! He always comes good when there is a big moment to be won. His best knocks have almost always been series winning ones and you can bet your bottom dollar if we make it to the final he will show up with a score regardless of what has come before!

      helen - 2011-03-16 09:08

      Except if the final is against India - Khan has his number EVERY single time! Anyway, after the world cup, Botha will be the captain of the one-day side .................. We'll see how powerful (or NOT) Biff is then? How long do you think is appropriate for reporters to start reporting on bad playing and captaincy?

      CAD59 - 2011-03-16 10:06

      Helen, beefy is Khan's bunny just like Cullinan was Warne's bunny

  • Gareth - 2011-03-15 13:31

    Just move him to number 7...

  • Martin - 2011-03-15 13:32

    It is the same as the rugby. The Smit and Smith captain is only in the side for their leadership skills. But a captain should lead by example ? Van Wyk is the suitable replacement which means AB can stay in the field and space for an extra player. Time to choose Amla or AB for captain !

      4me2know - 2011-03-15 13:35

      I agree!!

      The Observer - 2011-03-15 13:48

      Van Wyk has been shocking and today really lucky to get to the 40's. He is not the answer as he seems to not have it on the international stage.

      Martin - 2011-03-15 14:08

      And who is the answer then ?

      Andy49 - 2011-03-15 17:29

      Spot on the money Martin.

  • Zee - 2011-03-15 13:36

    Honestly, Graeme Smith has no place in limited overs cricket. I might keep him in the test side, but for other formats of the game he has proven again and again that he is terrible! DROP HIM.

  • Innocent - 2011-03-15 13:37

    The worst c at the WC

  • Richard - 2011-03-15 13:39

    Smith and Kallis both run out. Too much pork on the belly.

  • Terry - 2011-03-15 13:39

    The only reason Graham became Captain in the first place, was that he used to babysit Eric Simons children. If this was any other player, he would have been dropped. You have great players in the team that can take over the captaincy. most of all a player like Amla. It is time for Smith to bite the bullet and leave now. we can't afford to carry anyone in a world Cup.

  • Innocent - 2011-03-15 13:39

    Hansie was better Pollock was great Both will be goog

  • jakeylad81 - 2011-03-15 13:41

    agreed although I dont see him being dropped. Every player has a bad run and with that then comes a fantastic purple patch but in a World Cup it's not on. He puts huge amounts of pressure on Amla and the next two batsmen to up the anty proved again this morning with run outs, drop catches to pressure shots. Against India and Ireland he has looked in the worst form I've seen, lacked confidence and clearly physchologically he is damaged. I hope he turns it around because we gonna need him. If there is one player that will cost us it's him, the opposition bowlers know exactly where to bowl. I believe he needs to come down the wicket, get aggressive and smash himself into form 20/20 style not play shots down to third man. Come on Smith mate, lets do this!!!!

      No Good - 2011-03-15 16:10

      Good comment

  • Kdub - 2011-03-15 13:44

    He'll come good. Guaranteed!

      Martin - 2011-03-15 13:55

      I have heard that since the last world cup !

  • knews24 - 2011-03-15 13:51

    Smith has a maximum of four more games as captain of the ODI team. My hope is that he gets to play all four and lead us to victory. He will then be stepping down. I wonder if he leads us to victory if the Smith haters will be pleased or not? Strange thought. Anyway, after that he will have to make the team on batting form alone. Hopefully this will have an affect on his form, as he is certainly struggling a bit at the moment. Calls to drop Kallis still ringing out on this forum. Didn't he just anchor the innings in the win against India? Well batted 'youngsters', Ingram, Duminy and van Wyk today. Nice not to have to rely on the big four every game. although, to be fair to Duminy, he is becoming Mr Consistency.

      Zee - 2011-03-15 15:47

      1 good innings every 20 games does make you a good specialist batsman. We have better players waiting in the wings, Smith is depriving players with actual ability of a spot to prove their worth. He has had his chance, and recently he has been nowhere. Time to move on.

      Zee - 2011-03-15 15:49

      *does not - apologies

      knews24 - 2011-03-15 17:15

      Assuming you are talking about Smith... but that is a gross exaggeration when you consider his record (including minnows, yes) is one 50+ score every three innings. But as I said in my original post, I agree that he is out of form. Maybe not having the pressure of captain will help him regain that

  • DISS - 2011-03-15 13:53

    Smith is a total chop, if he bates like this in the quarter finals we coming home.Drop the chop now and get someone that can bat.Smith is the ACHILLIS heal of the team.

  • Innocent - 2011-03-15 14:01

    7 is the lowest so far

  • Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-15 14:04

    Like I said in another article: This guy doesn't deserve to be in the team and doesn't deserve to be Captain... So where is that A-Holes that tried to challenge me in the other article?

      ann.wilson78 - 2011-03-15 16:04

      Such a foul mouth for a woman with such a pretty name.

      Andy49 - 2011-03-15 17:31

      have you seen what else she does with that mouth?

  • Francois - 2011-03-15 14:19

    Mr Journalist what do you mean by "becomes"? In my opinion, since the snot nose rebuked Lance Klusener, he was a problem.

  • Thingamebob - 2011-03-15 14:21

    The day this man got rid of Lance because this little dictator hates people questioning him, was the day they should have dropped him

      Ruggerman - 2011-03-15 14:43

      Too true!