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'Chaos' in SA dressing room

2011-03-14 07:33

Eduan Roos

Nagpur – The Proteas’ dramatic Cricket World Cup victory over India on Saturday night was not a fun-filled experience for everyone in the South African dressing room.

Team psychologist Henning Gericke was almost tackled unconscious in the “chaos” that followed after Robin Peterson hit the winning runs in the final over, captain Graeme Smith revealed on Sunday.

“It was chaos in the dressing room when we got the winning runs. The guys embraced and even tackled one another,” said Smith.

“There was massive shouting and jumping. Poor old Henning was almost tackled unconscious.”

Peterson had to score 13 runs off the final over from Indian pace bowler Ashish Nehra to reach the Proteas’ winning target of 297 after Sachin Tendulkar had earlier put the South Africans to the sword with his innings of 111.

Dale Steyn, who was named man of the match for taking five wickets, led a fight back and the last nine Indian batsmen could only score 29 runs. It is the fourth biggest batting collapse in the history of the one-day cricket.

“We have been on the losing side of such close matches many times and it was quite overwhelming to finally win one,” said Smith.

“The calm and character the guys showed was incredible because it’s very easy to panic under such circumstances.”

Smith was particularly proud of his team because they had been crucified after their shock defeat to England.

“It was not easy to endure the criticism, but it made us stronger and even more determined,” said Smith.

“It was actually a blessing in disguise because it forced us to reconsider our approach and I also believe the experience will count in our favour later in the tournament.”

The Proteas effectively clinched their place in the quarter-finals with the victory as they have also beaten the West Indies and the Netherlands.

South Africa play Ireland in Kolkata on Tuesday and then Bangladesh in their final group match on the weekend.

Sport24

Comments
  • Alwyn - 2011-03-14 07:43

    Kallis and Smith need to pick up their strike rate,they were the reason that AB,Faf ,Botes and Peterson had to bat under so much pressure,If you need a run a ball from the outset ,two and one per over is simply not the way to go,,,,we must admit this game could have gone either way,and we will not be so lucky every time,Maybe AB should at at three and van Wyk at four with Kallis at five when we chase a stiff target again

      AJ - 2011-03-14 07:46

      Not dropping people like Sehwag when he is on 4, also makes the task easier.

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 07:59

      @Alwyn,morning my friend,your knowledge of cricket astounds me....,for once I have to agree with you,Kallis and Smith need to pick up the run rate,the pressure at the end is not needed, if they can bat atleast at 4 an over from the start it will be great.Botha also showed once again what he can do,do you play him if Tahir comes back and who do you leave out,maybe drop Morkel and open the bowling with Steyn and a spinner or with Steyn and Kallis.........

      geoffrey.stokker - 2011-03-14 08:35

      @ AJ, it's not dropping Sehwag when the wickie just stands and stares at the ball as it goes past when he should have been catching it.

      Susannomore - 2011-03-14 08:35

      I aree. I think that serious consideration with regards to the batting order is needed. I am also amazed at how our lower-end batsmen can come to the party and pull it all out of the hat. Peterson was amazing and did more than we could have expected from him!

      Jason - 2011-03-14 09:11

      Ahhh, stop it think this is a case in point you can't keep everyone happy. Its just a game and I think the people running the show have the know how. If the plans always worked we would never lose. If you didn't enjoy that game think you should start watching another sport!!

      saliem - 2011-03-14 09:26

      Sorry to disagree @Alwyn - a run chase doesn't have to match the required rate all the way through the innings or match what the opponents did in any given phase of the match. Even the Ausies (world no 1) are now generally far more measured and tend to build momentum as the match progresses. I also thought that the timing of the batting power-play was brilliant... just as Zaheer Kahn had finished 2 overs. He clearly tired and aside from this it enabled the Proteas to see off India's main strike bowlers, which made it easier for the batters in the end. We, as armchair critics, are not privy to the thinking behind such decisions and so it's too simplistic to make statements such as "we should have, or so and so need to..."

      Kieron - 2011-03-14 09:39

      Jason you are absolutely spot on. Our team might 'choke,' from time to time, but jeez we have a bunch of supporters that have Springbok colours for 'whining.' It is just a sport. We are going to win some and lose some. That is sport. Sport has tremedous entertainment value, builds character and allows us to unite and get behind our favourite teams win or lose. No professional sportsman goes onto the field with the intention to lose. They give their best and thats all we can expect. What a great game between India and South Africa. Well done to the captains of both sides. Ignore us coach potatoes and mostly part time hackers!!!

      Greg - 2011-03-14 10:07

      Whoever uses Twitter just send a message to Smith and Kallis and let them know there is no time to get your eye in when there is such a high score to acheive. It's big hits from the word go.

      Lump of coal - 2011-03-14 10:08

      "Kallis and Smith need to pick up the run rate" ???? How do you chase 300 if a few people do not get big runs ??? If Kallis had scored 30 off 25 balls SA would have lost. If you are in with a shout at the end with wickets in hand then a couple of mini cameos will get you home ...... heck maths lit would be difficult for you !!

      Kyle - 2011-03-14 11:58

      Some of you really dont understand the game...why comment if you make iditic statments like "its big hits from the word go" we showed great character in the both departments...we took 9 for like 29 runs, if it wasnt for that awesome spell by steyn, there might have been a very different outcome...when you chasing down big totals its all about partnerships and setting goals for the different stages of the chace...A solid character building performance by our boys!!

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-14 12:20

      Why dont you all listen to what Dhoni (India's captain) had to say, he said that maybe they should be a little more conservative in their starts. He said that if they did not play to the crowd, but rather played normally, they may have gotten 20 to 40 runs more. To date India have had some games that rocketed in the beggining stages and then petered out because they failed to flatter. SA started conservatively and then built up, Kallis started slowley, his first 10 runs came off nearly 30 balls, but after that he scored at over a run a ball for the rest of his innings. In fact his innings accelerated as he went. In this World cup to date, all the successful run chasers involved teams getting off to a steady and comfortable run rate! India have twice started at an incredible pace, against us (and they lost) and against England (and they drew that game). Remember it is not how you start the race, but rather how you finish it. A steady start can lead to a rapid finish - that is how Bruce Fordyce won 9 Comrades - he never lead from the start, in fact he wasnt even in the top 50 athletes for the first 25 Km, but he gradually started turning up the heat and would only take the lead in the last 15-20km!!!!

      mike881 - 2011-03-14 16:22

      With you Alwyn with regards to Smith and Kallis. Slow batting by Kallis put heavy strain on our lower order, and if it was not for some exceptional individual performances we would and should have lost the match. Cannot always rely on lower order to up the run rate to the required rate. To those that argue that it was more important that Kallis preserve his wicket, just look at the scoring rates of those around him at the time. He unwittingly puts pressure on his batting partners to up the tempo/run rate themselves due to his slow batting. This forces them to take unneccesary risks.

  • gooinat - 2011-03-14 07:43

    What a crap article!!!!

      seri_us - 2011-03-14 08:36

      Agree!! Scraping the barrel to put a story together.....

      Flee - 2011-03-14 08:36

      I agree Gooinat... Bloody hell I thought someone got hit for not performing, or they got tanked and the strippers didnt pitch up?? Where is the "Chaos"... thats just idiots being idiots??

      Hein - 2011-03-14 08:42

      Ag shame - if you can do it better then it is time that you change jobs - just enjoy the victory!!!!!

      ai - 2011-03-14 08:54

      Ha Ha today you cannot criticise the Proteas. Now you have a go at the writer. Not a good day if you cannot whine and bitch hey?

      David van Niekerk - 2011-03-14 09:08

      Totally agree, chaos in dressing room, I thought it was going to be another Gibbs, Cullenen disaster lol

      Danie - 2011-03-14 10:24

      Why what is wrong with it?

      getrude makobe - 2011-03-14 11:34

      talk abt wanting attention.the heading sucks

      WeZo - 2011-03-14 11:36

      Agreed! nothing wrong with the article. just stupid to write "Chaos in SA dressing room" !!! while i was reading i thought they were gonna write Henning Gericke had a heart attack or something!!!!

      ALCAB - 2011-03-14 20:39

      Shoud it read MATHEM IN S.A. DRESSING ROOM ????? Just enjoy the win.

      ALCAB - 2011-03-14 20:42

      Sorry ,must read MAYHEM IN S.A. DRESSING ROOM.

  • pagel - 2011-03-14 07:47

    Morne is not as good a keeper as Boucher and not as good a finisher either (he might be a better batsmen at say nimber 4, but there is no spot for him) - if AB can't keep, bring back Boucher. We won, but that just covers up a few issues.

      Mike - 2011-03-14 08:02

      Morne is useless.But unfortunately powers that be will not let Boucher back.If you read Mickey Arthurs book you will see why.Boucher spoke the truth at the time & now being punished for it.What about the dolphins young W/K he is also good bat.

      Rolie - 2011-03-14 08:17

      @Mike, I like the dolphion's keeper. He has the reflexes of a cobra - no pun intended - and is also very handy with the bat.

      Susannomore - 2011-03-14 08:36

      Politics and the sportsmen and women who have fallen pray to it. We can go on for hours!

      Armchair Coa - 2011-03-14 08:51

      Hi Guys, Before you can replace a team member they have to be certified injured by the ICC. In this case AB is the injured person. Only when he leaves the team can you replace him with who you want. Given the situation you either risk losing AB (# 2 and inform) as a batsman for a Boucher, really now. At the time before the WC it seemed the right decision to use AB. Hindsight.

      Jason - 2011-03-14 09:14

      I've never seen Morne keep like that before he is a solid keeper, but sometimes you can just have one of those days. Stop looking for something to complain about!

      Wendy - 2011-03-14 09:16

      BRING BACK BOUCHER

      KissTheBoer - 2011-03-14 09:31

      Maybe lets bit van wyk with a bat so he can come home and be replaced by boucher

      Knoeks - 2011-03-14 23:40

      Morne Van Wyk has not looked good in any of the games at the World Cup so far! I don't think that was one of the selectors finer moments leaving Mark Boucher out for him!

      Thomas - 2011-03-15 00:31

      Boucher is replaced with a keeper almost as old as he is with no expeirence and even less keeping talent than the best high school keeper!!!! If Boucher was there we could drop Smith and bring in Tahir! Let us not forget Botha's contribution, he put the brakes on India and was a huge reason why we only needed 13 in the last over!!!!

  • Willzzz - 2011-03-14 07:55

    "Tackled unconscious"? C'mon, Sport24...

      Peter - 2011-03-14 08:12

      seriously wtf is "Tackled unconscious"

      li'l cherub - 2011-03-14 09:51

      What's not to understand........it's like 'I slapped him through the face' or 'I threw him with a stone'. Easy!

      Flee - 2011-03-14 15:25

      I strangled him wiff a jean pant, then slapped him till the blood becometh.... Nice English guys...

      NOFX1609 - 2011-03-14 20:09

      smith was being quoted. he's the dumbsh*t

  • Scoopy - 2011-03-14 07:55

    Where are the Peterson bashers now

      Alwyn - 2011-03-14 08:00

      I must admit,i were also complaining that Albie were not selected but he did prove me wrong in the games so far,,,admit i were wrong in my comments,wel done Robin,just keep doing well and all other critics might admit like i did that you were a good selection

      patrickb - 2011-03-14 09:38

      "One swallow does not a summer make"

      Bratt - 2011-03-14 10:32

      I'm here.

      always thinking - 2011-03-14 11:25

      here I am. he has done really well, credit where credit is due. But I still can't understand how he can be selected above Johan Botha. For me Johan Botha changed the course of the game as he was the only bowler who was able to put the brakes. and then he played a gem of an innings to take us close. But Peterson deserves praise and is a must when we play 3 specialist spinners, which we should not be afraid to do on the right surface. Credit where credit is due!

      Sickly - 2011-03-14 14:00

      I humbly apologize to Robbie P. I bashed the living #$%^ about his selection and since then he has shoved it right down my throat. I still find it strange that he's doing so well but keep it coming!

      aditya - 2011-03-18 22:26

      shut up looks like whole country has gone blind it was pure luck just go and watch highlights

  • WeZo - 2011-03-14 07:57

    What a stupid article!!!! Chaos? are u serious!!!??

      LUFC - 2011-03-15 00:20

      Hahahah

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-03-14 08:00

    I t proves that their is no substitute for class and experience, Boucher would have taken both chances spilled by Van wyk and we would have oprobably won at a canter.............. Just saying

      Grant - 2011-03-14 08:09

      Spot on!

      stefan.strydom87 - 2011-03-14 09:46

      Don't know if you watched the home test series against India mate, Boucher put a couple of easy ones down...

  • nic - 2011-03-14 08:13

    typical of the press in this country that they will focus on that rather than the awesome performance. ffs. I don't know why I still read news24

  • spiderkzn - 2011-03-14 08:16

    I choke after Protea won.

  • Greegs - 2011-03-14 08:17

    Well done SA! That was an Indian collapse of note. In my opinion they choked. Well done boys!

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-14 08:29

    Smith needs to be dropped altogether. His batting has been atrocious and his captaincy of keeping Steyn, Morkel and Kallis bowling for as long as he did at the beginning of the innings when they were being smacked to all corners of the ground. It surely was the time for a good captian to have introduced change to break the Indians rythm.

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 10:38

      It won the game didn't it? Every whinger is an armchair expert!

  • Shawn - 2011-03-14 08:31

    We shouldn`t get ahead of ourselves, this is only the group stages, we prone to "choke" in the Semi`s....and agreed, what an idiotic article...who cares about Henning being tackled???

  • Biscuit - 2011-03-14 08:37

    I agree with some of the comments about the win covering up some issues that needs to be seriously considered before the next game. The spinners worked very well earlier on in the previous games, so why did they feature so late in this game particularly after the seemers took such a killing in the first 15 overs. Smiths decision making questionable. Secondly, Smith bats like an amateur against Zaheer Khan and always goes out cheaply against him. Surely if you know you struggle against a bowler rotate the strike or target other bowlers. Thirdly, Kallis is an amazing player but his batting sometimes makes one think that he's too focussed on his personal figures and stats rather than the team as a whole. The issue about our keeper unfortunately can't be resolved now, however, lets get behind Morne and show him our support...

  • Ben - 2011-03-14 08:45

    Wow. Some really shitty writing. Using a lame not even minor incident to use as dramatic bait. Pffft....

  • Gregoir - 2011-03-14 08:46

    Well done boys! This win against India is what you needed to go all the way!

  • Vlooi - 2011-03-14 08:49

    This is rather a case of chaos in the newsroom. NO NEWS!!!!!! WRITE SOMETHING ....... F*((*& MAN, ANYTHING !!!!

  • Bronson - 2011-03-14 08:49

    ....another lame article to waste your time....wtf News 24?

  • Carl Muller - 2011-03-14 08:50

    Where is our wicket keeper? This guy is a joke, he has butter in his hands.. The fielding was horrendous at stages. Can't these guys catch a ball. They should be the best!

  • Hein - 2011-03-14 08:51

    I think you guys are missing the point here and my only conclusion is that you never ever experienced the excitement in a change room after a win like this. The chaos comes from the sudden release of pressure - guys jumping up and down and hugging each other, bumping into the guys next to you.... getting the point?????????????????????? catching the drift?????????????? ASSHOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just wonder why you ASSHOLES comment on these articles if you know nothing about sport and understand nothing about the passion involved in actually participating yourself. Eish!!!!!!

      Vlooi - 2011-03-14 08:56

      'Chaos' in Heins' brain

      ai - 2011-03-14 11:07

      I agree Hein. They just have to bitch and whine, that's why. The same guys also illustrate in other comments that they know very little if anything about cricket.

  • ProCricRSA - 2011-03-14 08:56

    Must have been a drunken brawl, so Biff is just making an excuse before the press gets wind of what really happened!

  • John Paterson - 2011-03-14 08:58

    "Almost" tackled unconscious.... Does that mean he was almost unconscious, or that they almost tackled him? Media24 shouldn't let the trainee cleaners' children write articles for them.

  • Brad - 2011-03-14 09:01

    Graeme Smith needs to be dropped! he might be a good captain but he is a shitty batsman. His form has been terrible for the longest time now and going into the knockout stages something needs to be done!

  • GT - 2011-03-14 09:01

    I wonder if Biff will ever run out cliches?

  • lenand40 - 2011-03-14 09:04

    Consider changing the order 1. Amla 2. Morne van Wyk (take it or leave it) 3. Smith 4. De Villiers 5. Kallis 6. Duminy 7. Du Plessis 8. Botha 9. Peterson 10. Steyn 11. Tsotsobe/Morkel If De Villiers can keep wicket 1. Amla 2. Kallis 3. De Villiers 4. Smith 5. Duminy 6. Du Plessis 7. Botha 8. Peterson 9 Steyn 10 Morkel 11 Tahir

      myblackwatchdog - 2011-03-14 09:16

      Drop Smith !!!

      DeonL - 2011-03-14 12:31

      Smith at least take some shine of the ball, but it is time that he stays longer (+100 partnership, would be nice)! Don't drop him yet.

  • Tits McGee - 2011-03-14 09:10

    pathetic journalism...who is gonna give me back these 30secs it took read this baloney?

  • tdk25 - 2011-03-14 09:26

    kak writing news24 really kak

  • frank.louw - 2011-03-14 09:37

    I reallt can not agree about the strike rate of Kallis. He is the backbone of any big win we have, check the histroy. When he makes a bigger score, he always ends up scoring at 90 runs/100 balls or so. You need someone around 3rd or 4th to break the back of the main seam attack. He is the man to do this very diffecult job. When Botha/Peterson/Morkel et al come in and hit it around, this has alreday happened. I think if he came in at 7 or 8 his strike rate would be well above the rest but we need him up-front. "credit where it is due"....... This is a good team and everyone plays a part.

  • frank.louw - 2011-03-14 09:40

    I really can not agree about the strike rate of Kallis. He is the backbone of any big win we have, check the histroy. When he makes a bigger score, he always ends up scoring at 90 runs/100 balls or so. You need someone around 3rd or 4th to break the back of the main seam attack. He is the man to do this very diffecult job. When Botha/Peterson/Morkel et al come in and hit it around, this has alreday happened. I think if he came in at 7 or 8 his strike rate would be well above the rest but we need him up-front. "credit where it is due"....... This is a good team and everyone plays a part.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 09:50

    Whoever tackled Henning should teach Spies how to tackle. Just a suggestion.....

      Andrew - 2011-03-14 12:00

      Hee hee hee hee

  • zulufox - 2011-03-14 09:50

    Alarmist headline, what a bore!! Great game Proteas!

  • Shelley-Anne - 2011-03-14 09:58

    All you guys out there saying this one should be dropped and that one would have done better - Have you ever played for the Proteas, in fact have you ever played cricket yourselves. Unless you have and have done better I suggest you shut up and rather support the team that is currently doing what you only dream of doing! Go Proteas we are proud of you:)

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-14 10:02

    Yes they are celebrating the this victory like they have won the cup. This is the last major celebration for the Proteas, they will be going home soon. Come on you Smith and co. die hards, you can see India threw this match away rather than SA win it. It should be a worry as they were leaking runs like the tsunami

  • Greg - 2011-03-14 10:09

    My Protea Friday supporters shirt is still far too tight around my neck.

  • Point Blank - 2011-03-14 10:13

    WTF is wrong with you people, you simply cannot, for just one time, put your bitterness and grumpiness aside and clebrate the victory. You all feel the need to share your couch cricket knowledge and slate hte team. When any of you even play more then drunken backyard cricket then come here and nit pick and be all bent and twisted and mean.. Useless bunch of morons.

      ai - 2011-03-14 11:09

      Agree! I wonder if they aren't a bunch of Aussies? Nah, then they would probably know more about the game.

  • tysync.mngadi - 2011-03-14 10:15

    some good piece of bowling from steyn the guys showed patriotisms keep it up proteas !!!

  • Glenn - 2011-03-14 10:19

    Alrighty, so we didn't do to bad to win, however we lack experience in the forms of wicket keeping/batting - there is no Boucher there, who I still believe should have gone. I also don't believe that Faf Du Plessis is such an interesting player, to be quite honest Colin Ingram should do a better job than him. It's fine if you come in and play shots, but scoring 22 of 22 balls in pressure situations just doesn't do it for me at all. Once again, we've proved one thing, we do not have a middle order. O yes awesome to peterson for connecting those balls, but it should never have gone to the last over. This is where we lack a Albie Morkel who as I may add scored 72 runs in 27 balls a few days ago against the Cobra's. This is what's going to be the downfall of South Africa in this world cup, yes the middle order. I think Hudson should have taken his time in selection the Proteas. A few awesome players were left behind. Anyways, at least we have AB :P

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 10:47

      wot?? that sort of strike rate in a domestic match against the Cobras is a far cry from doing the same thing against the Indians in India at a WC! Get real dude!

      Glenn - 2011-03-14 11:53

      resentphil: Wot?? You missing the point I am trying to make... If you want to tell me that a person like Faf is better than someone like Morkel, well then I should be telling you to get real. Is that not so?

      DeonL - 2011-03-14 12:34

      Albie had his chances in previous matches for SA and T20's, he failed to score quick enough, that is why he was left out. He is a great domestic player, but the step up was too big for him.

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 12:38

      Du Plessis certainly contributed to the side winning didnt he? He kept cool and he's certainly proven that he deserves a place in the team. To try'n justify that Morkel should replace him because of one big domestic score doesnt really cut it

  • Evelyn Maarman - 2011-03-14 10:30

    What I find impossible to fathom is the Captain who shows (almost every game) that he is not fit to be a captain, a top order batsman or in the team for that matter! The guy is bloody insufferable every time he is dismissed early and leaves the field with that: "feel sorry for me" face. He is one sorry excuse for a captain and the kind of pressure they put on the middle and bottom order is ridicules man! But one thing's for sure, they're not going to win the CWC and I'm so glad about that!

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 10:43

      Have you actually followed SA cricket over the years or have you only climbed onto the bandwagon at the start of this world cup?? What a completely idiotic comment devoid of any factual information. You're exactly the type of SA cricket supporter SA cricket doesnt need!

      Evelyn Maarman - 2011-03-14 11:09

      I don't support SA cricket, rugby or soccer... and what I said is true... Aussie rule the cricket field, NZ rules the rugby field and England (may not rule the soccer field but I love them)!

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 11:15

      Pffff...have you even watched Australia play recently?? They couldnt even bowl Kenya out. You're stuck in a time warp my dear. The days of the Waugh, Warne, Gilchrist, Hayden Australian cricket team are long over. You need to let it go...

      ALCAB - 2011-03-14 20:58

      You have a choice of three countries to emigrate to.

      Knoeks - 2011-03-14 23:48

      Do you perhaps have an identity crisis? Supporting Australia, New Zealand and England and you have a very South African sounding name?

  • PAR - 2011-03-14 10:58

    Where did we find that useless wicket keeper? He looked astounded everytime the ball came near him and nearly cost us the game.

      Knoeks - 2011-03-14 23:49

      I'm with you on that one!

  • Shirley - 2011-03-14 11:00

    We needed Boucher much better keeper.

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 11:18

      Oh, yeah yeah! And while we're at it, lets pull Graeme Pollock out of retirement and fly him over to bat for us. That'll solve everything! Have you never seen Boucher make keeping mistakes??

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 11:23

      Oh yeah yeah, and while we're at it, lets dredge Graeme Pollock out of retirement and fly him over to India to bat for us, that'll solve everything. Have you never seen Boucher make a keeping mistake?? You sound like the Australian public baying for Warne to come back to win them the Ashes when England were thumping them.

      resentphil - 2011-03-14 11:26

      sorry for the double post, this site can suck @ss at times

      pauljansevan - 2011-03-14 14:15

      Boucher's keeping wasn't that grand against India in the test series, perhaps its time to blood the next keeper, Smit from the dolphins or Heino Kuhn.

      Knoeks - 2011-03-14 23:50

      @resentphil, Boucher is only 3 years older than Van Wyk! Hardly makes him a Graeme Pollock!

  • Waceman - 2011-03-14 11:32

    IMO, Tendulka and Sewag were PHENOMENAL - so much so in fact, they stunned their own team into complacency. Hence the dramatic collapse. Could've gone either way, but to chase 297, and hit 14+ runs in the last over made for a very entertaining match - which for me is what it's all about. Our players need support, not sledging. Go Peterson!

      ALCAB - 2011-03-14 21:04

      Is Sewag a disignated batsman ? He is carrying an injury and does not field.

  • getrude makobe - 2011-03-14 11:37

    dear Eduan Roos it seems your creativity has run out.if u got nth better 2 write abt then shut up

  • George - 2011-03-14 12:06

    Eissh, Smith could have cost us the game by using our seamers in the first 15 overs,,what was he thinking,we were being pulverised. The run rate dropped dramatically after the introduction of our spinners.. Smith should bat lower down in the order and have the like of Amla and de Villers up front......

  • Hardtalk - 2011-03-14 12:58

    Why does Smith bat first and stuff it up as always - or is it a good idea to get it over and done with?

  • Raka13 - 2011-03-14 13:23

    Rubbish article. I hope we win the WC, we always get so close.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 21:07

      then choke

  • B - 2011-03-14 13:56

    the headline completely misleading, bloody hell,,i half expected to see a picture of smith upside down ,downing a beer bong or somesorts!

  • Jasber - 2011-03-14 13:57

    What is Smith going to do about his pathetic performance thus far in the WC?

  • FastJan - 2011-03-14 14:11

    Win a game - bash Smith. Lose a game - bash Smith. Win a game - the wickie is useless, Kallis too slow. Lose a game and Petersen is a BEE choice, win a game he's hero. The critics here are bipolar and in need of some serious help! It's our team, get behind them. And if you want a captain who is popular go choose from Idols. National sports captains aren't chosen to win popularity contests - they're supposed to be tough, hard men. Think Alan Border, Ricky Ponting, Sean Fitzpatrick, Francois Pienaar. During their time as captains they were hard men but you'd rather have them on your side than against you. Smith's no different - hard and uncompromising and doesn't give two hoots what we write here. His captaincy record is a 69% win percentage - that's 7 out every 10 games. Nothing wrong. And don't even pretend he hasn't got the change room. The vibe in that team is red hot, their closeness and desire to win for each other overwhelmingly evident. THAT's what captaincy is about, not just perfect performances in the field! Ponting's also on a bad trot - do you think for one minute the Aussies will drop him? GO PROTEAS!

  • Superdude - 2011-03-14 14:31

    News?

  • di - 2011-03-14 14:46

    There's "chaos" in Japan at the moment... should you not at least have chosen another word for your headline?! Gee I thought someone had died for goodness' sake! Elation, ecstasy ... ANYTHING ELSE, but "chaos"??????

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-03-14 15:21

    cough...match fixing....cough...