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Parnell to fight for position?

2009-11-17 23:17

Eduan Roos

Johannesburg – In just two one-day games and two Twenty20 matches, Ryan McLaren has ousted Proteas teenage sensation Wayne Parnell.

The versatile man from Bloemfontein made his debut for the Proteas in the recent series against Zimbabwe and also played in South Africa’s two Twenty20 games against England.

He is set to keep his place in the national team for the one-day series against England, even though Parnell has recovered from his ankle injury.

Sport24 has learned that McLaren made such an impression with his performances over the last few weeks that Parnell will have to fight to get his place back.

This in spite of the left-arm seamer making an impression on the cricketing world after making his debut for South Africa against Australia at the beginning of the year.

Parnell has been struggling with an ankle injury for the past two weeks, which gave McLaren the opportunity to make his debut just a few months after ending a lucrative Kolpak contract with English county side Kent.

Proteas coach Mickey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith are big fans of Parnell, who can give the Proteas’ predictable bowling attack an added dimension with his swing bowling.

“Wayne is a very special player and gives us various options we would not ordinarily have,” said Arthur.

“However, his injury let the door open for Ryan and he grabbed his opportunity with both hands.”

He added that the competition for places in the South African team is a “pleasant headache”, though no final decisions have been taken about the line-up for Friday’s first one-day game at the Wanderers.

“It’s the ideal position to be in – to have to choose between two players of the quality of Wayne and Ryan. It is part of the reason why we were so successful the past two years,” said Arthur.

“The same happened with Ashwell Prince at the end of last year (during the Test series against Australia).”

The Cape batsman was injured on the eve of the first Test in Perth and replaced by JP Duminy.

“JP has not put a foot wrong since and virtually assured himself of a place in the starting line-up. That is how things should be. If you lose your place, there has to be another player who can simply step in,” said Arthur.

Meanwhile, it seems unlikely that there will be a place in the team for spinner Johan Botha.

The Proteas’ regular vice-captain in one-day games is having a difficult season since the International Cricket Council banned him from bowling the doosra earlier this year.

Roelof van der Merwe is likely to be the only recognised spinner in the South African XI, while Duminy may also be used if the pitches are advantageous to spinners.

Likely SA team: Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Alviro Petersen, Albie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Ryan McLaren, Roelof van der Merwe, Dale Steyn, Charl Langeveldt.
 

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Comments
  • Barry - 2009-11-18 06:36

    In my early comments I said this and I will say it again. Parnell does not deserve to be in the team, lets go back to the game the "stars" played the schoolboys, the schoolboys hit him all over the park, the ONLY players he gets out is the tail enders. He had luck on his side last year, thanx to his injury he lost and deserves to loose his place

  • Louisg - 2009-11-18 08:26

    Presently goto agree.... but believe he is part of S.A.'s future wonder kids..!! With all bowlers "firiing" he is extremely hard to "get away" and to get runs from.... but if the other bowlers do not support him he becomes average!! With good coaching/tutoring and added variation to his Bowling he can cement his place in the side (some batting/prowess would be good too)

  • Iain - 2009-11-18 09:05

    Clearly double standards again b the Proteas management.Certain players must fight for there places and the Kallis's,Boucher's,AB'S just walk straight back.Barry some of the guys are getting old thats why the reason for young blood.

  • lolo - 2009-11-18 09:53

    Bad move Mickey and Gream. Mclaren gives an average performance against lowly Zimbabwe and England in a 20 over game. Suddenly he has earned his place ahead of parnell, who was last season's star bowler in a timid SA bowling attack featuring the now out of form dale steyn. Who's performance has been slowly deteriorating since our tour of Australia. But the beauty with cricket is that there is no place to hide for any player. Parnell will be sorely missed, mark my words.

  • lolo - 2009-11-18 09:55

    Bad move Mickey and Gream. Mclaren gives an average performance against lowly Zimbabwe and England in a 20 over game. Suddenly he has earned his place ahead of parnell, who was last season's star bowler in a timid SA bowling attack featuring the now out of form dale steyn. Who's performance has been slowly deteriorating since our tour of Australia. But the beauty with cricket is that there is no place to hide for any player. Parnell will be sorely missed, mark my words.

  • John - 2009-11-18 12:24

    I can bet this guy will be the next Gibbs , that is with regards to ill discipline? I see this Parnell has already started at a young age

  • petri - 2009-11-18 13:04

    @Barry He had luck on his side last year... Really... 19 year old who can bowl at 145km/h, swings the ball both ways with and being asked to open the bowling against the toughest competitors in the world... We need Parnell!

  • FOREVR PROTEAS - 2009-11-18 13:37

    What a load of s*!*….. Why must Parnell fight with Mclaren… They should both be in the team and Botha must be dropped. I am sorry I like Botha but he is just not potent enough anymore and we saw in the Champions Trophy we cant have two spinners in against England because they can handle spin and at this moment I would choose Van the man ahead of Botha …. With Parnell in our team we have the option of a left handed bowler… yes he went for a couple of runs in the Champions Trophy but he was still the highest wicket taker despite the fact that S.A. did not make it far in the competition… And I must say I like what I have seen of Mclaren thus far….

  • lolo - 2009-11-18 13:50

    No John, he is the next Wasim Akram. Lonwabo tsotsobe is also begging to be given a chance. if the likes of Steyn and Morkel do not shape up, they should make way for better skilled bowlers.

  • Nick Armstrong - 2009-11-18 14:10

    What on earth is Boucher still doing in the team????? Why-oh-why, Rob, as an independant journalist, who knows his cricket - and with nothing to 'gain' by sucking up to the selectors and the 'inner-clique' of buddies - Miackey Arthur, Graeme Smith; Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher - why do you still have him in the team? Or better still - why have you not openly, and repeatedly, questioned Boucher in the team?? When last has that useless, over-rated, MYTH done something worthwhile - in the Test; ODI and Pro 20 arena...???? Nothing. Yet he keeps his place. Where is Loots Bosman??? He is the perfect limited overs player in SA cricket. Can perform the same role in ODI cricket as Pro 20. If he comes off, and stays in for 20 overs - we score 350+ - game over. If he doesn't - he won't waste time, or a lot of balls, like those other time-wasters in the line-up before - Boeta Dippenaar and Neil McKenzie! If he does go out cheaply - there's still Kallis; AB (with the gloves); JP; Alviro (or Gibbs); Albie Morkel; Ryan Mclaren and Roleof to follow - a fantastic line-up. It's only 50overs - not a Test match - that's enough batting to put up a score in 50 overs, should Loots fail. The man scores 58 and 94 - then gets dropped. Boucher DOES NOTHING - and the useless t#sser keeps his place!!! There's one thing I despise more than quotas in our teams - and that's buddy-buddy cronyism. And it's rife in our cricket team. Boucher MUST GO!!!! Especially out the Test team for that matter...!

  • cynical - 2009-11-18 14:40

    How exactly did McLaren "grab the opportunity with both hands"...against Zim nogal? Please...Why must black players always move to the side at the slightest chance? Why does the same not apply to Smith/Kallis/AB? Even the VC (Prince) had to move aside, but none of the inner clique ever gets treated that way??? Parnell has been our top bowler the past year, no doubt, and now after two games (one against Zim) he must make way for the "miracle" kid McLaren? When is this rot ever gonna stop in SA cricket?

  • goose - 2009-11-19 07:52

    BRING LOOTS BOSMAN BACK!!!!!!! PICK WAYNE OVER RYAN COZ HE'S THE BETTER BOWLER!!!!! DROP BOUCHER!!!!! END OF STORY!!!!!

  • MARC ALEX - 2009-11-19 10:20

    Does Barry watch cricket,does he have a clue what he is talking about.Stop your nonsense Barry.Blue eyed click of the team Boucher,Kallis,AB and Smith must be broken up.Mickey Arthur should also go not strong enough for that click.Every time they choke it is always Vinny Barnes that gets the blame and it is mostly the batters that lose the games and the click all bats in the top 6.Boucher gets promoted up the the order every time without success.when does he score against Zim.Change is needed in this team,maybe its time for Smith to give up the leadership.Just a a thought.

  • Conrad - 2009-11-19 15:28

    Parnell is a must for his wicket taking ability and the variety he brings to the side as a left hander. McLaren in my opinion should be in the team in the place of the occassional "wonder" boytjie, Albie Morkel!! McLaren is far more reliable with the ball and far more consistant with the bat. Albie is a franchise player and that is as far as his ability allows him.

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