Tsotsobe to get the nod?

2011-03-01 08:11

Eduan Roos

Mohali – One of Imran Tahir, Johan Botha or Robin Peterson might carry the drinks for the Proteas on Thursday in spite of the five-star bowling effort that won them their first World Cup cricket match.

GALLERY: SA in the World Cup

South Africa will play the Netherlands on Thursday.

Assistant coach Vincent Barnes hinted on Monday that Lonwabo Tsotsobe may get his first chance in the tournament after being a surprise omission in favour of a third spinner – Tahir – in the clash with the West Indies in Delhi.

Tahor justified his selection with figures of 4/41 in South Africa’s seven-wicket win.

“We know after that game that three spinners are a good selection, but it’s definitely not our only option,” said Barnes.

“It’s still too early to say which one of Imran, Johan or Robin, if any of them, will sit out. We first need to have a look at what the wicket holds before we decide on our best possible team.”

Even so, Barnes believes that Tsotsobe, who has enjoyed a dream season, and even the struggling Wayne Parnell will still “play a very important role” and at least one of them is likely to feature at the Punjab Stadium against the Netherlands.

“Lonwabo has been one of our top bowlers for the past six months and it’s a pity that someone had to sit out to accommodate three spinners,” he said.

“We are expecting a lot more pace and bounce from the wicket than was the case in Delhi. Conditions will be very different because it’s a day match and dew will not play a role.”

Barnes says the South Africans are still getting used to the luxury of three spinners after until recently still having to rely on their seamers to take wickets.

“I have not seen much of Imran until recently, but I was able to spend plenty of time with him in the recent series against India. He is definitely a breath of fresh air and became part of the team very quickly.”

The new addition, as well as the encouraging form of Botha and Peterson, has also eased the burden on the seamers.

Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel and Jacques Kallis bowled a combined total of just over 18 overs against the Windies and not one completed his allotted quota of 10 overs.

“Imran’s success in the match did not surprise me because he’s in the team for his ability to take wickets,” said Barnes.

“He also keeps the run rate low because he takes wickets and puts the batsmen under pressure.”

Barnes issued a warning that the Proteas’ impressive performance against the Windies will “count for nothing” when they take on Ryan ten Doeschate’s team.

The South African-born player’s excellent century for the Netherlands in their first group match almost led to a major upset against England.

Meanwhile, Steyn and Duminy have reached their career-best positions on the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings.

Steyn is now fourth on the bowling list, while Duminy is No 15 among the batsmen.

South Africa have also dethroned Sri Lanka as the No 3 side and are behind Australia and India.


  • JP - 2011-03-01 08:36

    Tsotsobe does not have enough pace to bowl on the Indian pitches. These medium pacers are struggling on the slow wickets, and Tsotsobe's lack of pace may cost him and SA against the better sides. Tsotsobe will not be in my starting 11!!

      Zondo - 2011-03-01 09:07

      The man is a wicket can u possibly know that will struggle???? let the man play

      BrettPresent - 2011-03-01 09:11

      mmmmm, i think it's exactly lopsy's lack of pace that is his weapon - he seams it both ways and swings it both ways, and batsmen assume he is quicker than he actually is (even on SA's wickets) - thus, they tend to play him early (hence his many wickets in the slip cordon, cover region) or get his pace mixed up with something genuinely slow (collingwood pace) and play him too late (hence his wickets square of the wicket.) i think he will be an ideal pace for a slightly quicker, but still sticky Mohali pitch....

      sonnyg - 2011-03-01 09:26

      @tshepotheterminator, Dude the guy did not mention race once. You seem to have the issues. Anyhow I would def play a leg spinner against the minnows. They will not have a clue how to play him. I would not play peterson and rather give van wyk a go and maybe experiment with dropping smith down the order.

      JP - 2011-03-01 09:45

      @tshepotheterminator. You've got a serious problem, and need to have it looked at??!! I don't rate the guy and would not pick him, nothing to do with his race.

      roboman1 - 2011-03-01 10:03

      tshepo, you are such an idiot, as usual

      kaMazibuko - 2011-03-01 10:29

      Looking at how u sarcastic white ppl in these columns belittle us(black people) I understand why Tsepo will expolde like that.

      Gatvol - 2011-03-01 10:29

      @tshepotheterminator, cheif ' Let’s discuss cricket and stop being emotional bra …I’m black and very proud, but I understand JP very clear

      ballhead - 2011-03-01 11:13

      Ummm, not to stress a point too much, but please check the stats of the recent SA/India series on who the top wicket taker was (still beats me that Morkel got man of the series when he was only the second highest wicket taker)...not in your starting 11, why would that be, I ask myself?

  • edwin - 2011-03-01 09:06

    well thank good ness u not our coach.

  • poorwhite - 2011-03-01 09:30

    wow tshepo.....relax dude!!! take it easy, it's not racial. Most of us support Lopsy.....just drop Peterson(0-49 against Windies) as he is useless just like Parnell.

      Broombastic - 2011-03-01 10:18

      Yeah, the sad thing is he'll probably crack the nodd ahead of Tahir for his "batting". Not that he's EVER performed for SA with the bat.

      The Observer - 2011-03-01 11:52

      Agreed. Peterson=Parnell=should not be there.

  • trindian786 - 2011-03-01 09:36

    hello guys . as an outsider i hv seen a lot of racist comments posted in most of the articles... and there is always a fight between black player white player .. pls refrain from making racist comments.. and pls stick to only cricket ... pls dont drag culture, religion.. peace

      poorwhite - 2011-03-01 09:58

      are you and ozzie still 'choking' on each other???? very quiet after SA/Windies......

      Michael - 2011-03-01 10:08

      @poorwhite - And your cricket point is?

      trindian786 - 2011-03-01 10:12

      @poorwhite - oh dear. when did i become quiet?? u can still find me in many articles. having chitchat with most of the users ..lolz

      poorwhite - 2011-03-01 10:13

      @Michael....talking to Trindian....did you miss his comments last week...yes, about cricket....comments about SA Chokers...hence my comments....

  • spindoc007 - 2011-03-01 09:37

    @tshepotheterminator...have you had your early morning race B! mention was made of race until you pitched up and opened your trap!!!

  • Michael - 2011-03-01 09:42

    @tshepotheterminator - What is your problem? Your comment says a lot about you and none of it good! I read Sport 24 for sport and some interesting sporting comments. Yours just sucks so please stay away Regarding Lopsy I say he must play soonest as he has had a great season and well deserves his place

      flowingr77 - 2011-03-01 09:56

      Tshepo is right. Mugabe for African president position.... Long live Zimgabe

  • BrettPresent - 2011-03-01 10:19

    @shepotheterminator - really? come on pal, there is no space on this comments section for that kind of crap - everyone knows tsotsobe is a quality bowler, and JP was making a valid suggestion about pace and the subcontinent pitches...where the hell do you come out with race from? man, you REALLY need to get a life!

  • scott - 2011-03-01 11:08

    THE ONLY PERSON WHO DOESNT DESERVE HIS PLACE IN THE SQUAD IS ROBIN PETERSON. cant believe not many people see that. all he does is get wacked for a few sixes and take the odd catch. bowling average of freaking 50, batting-12, jeez. atleast botha has leadership qualities and cool and calm. even parnell and ingram have won matches all on their own for us. other teams have pollard, afridi, white, pathan etc. to finish innings . . . who do we have at 8? . . . robin peterson, yay. albie should replace this quota clown.

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-01 11:59

    Oh, with "Tsetse Fly" in the team, watch us lose this one. He's will be useless on those type of pitches

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-01 12:15

      Take up water polo buddy you clearly know nothing about cricket............

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-03-01 12:04

    I see mentions of Lopsy's lack of pace however I seem to recall the Speed gun going up to 138.1 KPH in that last ODI in South Africa? Guys pace is not all that if you can seam and swing the ball both ways and mix it up with Cutters and a decent bouncer. Ask any batsman who has played cricket at anything and they will tell you they would rather have a fast straight bowler than a slower swinging seamer because the guy who bowls quickly can also disappear quickly once you pick him........ Lopsy has performed really well since his ODI Series against Australia so for the Couch Potato coaches to say they would never pick him just shows pure ignorance and disregard for form. Enuff said

      BG - 2011-03-01 12:24

      I rate tsotsobe highly but not in these conditions. You need two specialist spinners and the steyn/morkel combination. You cannot include tsotsobe as well because then the batting will be weak. My team would be 1. AMLA 2. SMITH 3. VAN WYK 4. KALLIS 5. DE VILLIERS 6. DUMINY 7. DU PLESSIS 8. BOTHA 9. STEYN 10. MORKEL 11. TAHIR

  • Reacher - 2011-03-01 12:11

    Why let him play when the others have proven they have the skills. i say send him back to SA and get more batsman that side...

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-01 13:07

      I say send you back to your dungeon where you can catch reruns of back to the future you neanderthal

  • BG - 2011-03-01 12:32

    I rate lopsy highly but in these conditions we have better players. You need 2 spinners and the STEYN/MORKEL combo. My team would be 1. Amla, 2. Smith 3. Van wyk, 4. Kallis, 5. De Villiers, 6. Duminy 7. Du Plessis 8. Botha 9. Steyn 10. Morkel 11. Tahir

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