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Proteas send Gibbs a SOS

2009-11-22 22:52

Eduan Roos

Johannesburg – The South African cricket team on Sunday sent a SOS to Herschelle Gibbs.

This follows a poor batting performance in Sunday’s second one-day international, which ended in a seven-wicket defeat for the Proteas.

Gibbs, 35, who could not make the SA squad for the first three one-day matches in the series of five, will join up with the team in Cape Town on Wednesday as replacement for Jacques Kallis.

Kallis will miss the rest of the series because of injury and may also be sidelined for the first Test from December 18.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith said that the injury had thrown a spanner in the works.

South Africa could only post 250/9 and struggled to get the better of a weak English bowling attack on a good SuperSport Park track.

“We don’t have any excuses and were simply beaten by a better English team. We should have scored at least 30 more runs. After that the wicket started playing that much easier in their innings,” said Smith.

“Jacques leaves a huge void. Not just because he is the world’s leading all-rounder, but also because he has the experience of about 300 games. Without that the rest of us have to put up our hands and we could not do it.”

Smith said that it was back to the drawing board before the teams meet again at Newlands on Friday.

“We have a number of young players that will have to meet difficult challenges over the next few weeks. We realise it won’t be easy. If anyone still wondered whether this would be a competitive series, they now have their answer.”

Smith was full of praise for Paul Collingwood, who trumped the Proteas with his fifth one-day century and a partnership of 162 runs with Jonathan Trott.

“He’s an outstanding player that clearly enjoys playing against us. He is always 100% committed and that is something we lacked.”

Smith is not concerned about the fact that England has now won their last six one-day games against South Africa.

“I have not thought about it much as every game is unique,” he said.

“There are still a number of games left in the series and we’ll train hard when we get to Cape Town.”

Gibbs has scored 8060 runs in 245 games for South Africa. However, in his 23 previous games he could only manage 635 runs at an average of 28.86.

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Comments
  • Coenie - 2009-11-22 23:04

    So tipical of our nasional teams. Always some reason for losing. In rugby it's always the ref and / or tiredness. Now Graham's excuse is that the wicket played easier in England's innings. Shame...... And as for Kallis; he's no loss as far as one games is concerned.

  • lazzi - 2009-11-22 23:15

    I'm glad....Gibbs is worth his place in the side just on fielding alone...He adds a level of excitement for the crowds and is great to watch.

  • Heinz - 2009-11-23 00:08

    Unfair. Pressure is always on Gibbs as his position is constantly under threat, unlike that of other players. He constantly has to perform knowing there is a sword having over him.

  • Graeme Pollock fan - 2009-11-23 00:34

    Why not call up Bosman?

  • Jakes - 2009-11-23 00:41

    @ Coenie: "And as for Kallis;..." boet please go and learn something about cricket and then comment again. Sure is clear you have no clue about Kallis's value to the team. C'mon boys don't let the POMS get the better of you.

  • Lardus - 2009-11-23 01:07

    "Without that the rest of us have to put up our hands and we could not do it" - If you can't do it, you should not be there. We have all seen you do it, but no, our cricketers are becoming too confident in their abilities and not putting in the hard work!

  • Shona Boy - 2009-11-23 01:32

    @Coenie Do you even understand the rubbish you wrote? If your logic and cricket knowledge is as poor as your spelling then perhaps you should save your pearls of wisdom for the SA Tou Trek Kampionskap!

  • Brett - 2009-11-23 02:11

    Cmon Proteas - no excuses! Beaten by a team who get ridiculed by their own press and countrymen about their lack of ODI talent and prowess just shows how badly Proteas have applied themselves. Protea bowlers seem to lack a game plan, discipline and team lacks BMT when it counta. You playing at home too! As the constant contender in rankings with Australia as the best ODI team in world cricket, its time you started dominating such fixtures. Losing so many ODI games in a row to a below par England team is embarassing. (Even if their best players are also 'South African', bar Collingwood and sometimes Anderson.)

  • Loosedcanon - 2009-11-23 04:27

    If they're sending an SOS in smoke signals?

  • Funk Seoul Brother - 2009-11-23 06:02

    Coenie you m****, did you not read the part where Smith said: "We don’t have any excuses and were simply beaten by a better English team. We should have scored at least 30 more runs" He supplied some additional info about the conditions but made no bones about the fact that it was their own fault. So typical of negative SA fans who scrutinise and question every trivial decision when the chips are down but can see no fault with anything in the world when we are winning. Idiot.

  • Ron - 2009-11-23 06:07

    Thank you Mike, now there is big experience packed with loads of talent, all in one chap. Oh yes, he's not too bad in the field either!!!

  • Bernard - 2009-11-23 06:28

    I cannot understand shy Loots Bosman was not included in the ODI. He did so well in the 20 over version? I am sure SA will come right. I really do not believe that Gibbs is the answer. What has happened to Ashwell Prince? Is he no longer suitable?

  • Mike - 2009-11-23 06:42

    Our problem is that the "experienced" players are not putting their hands up. Smith and de Villiers haven't performed recently with the bat, neither has Duminy with any consistency whilst Morkel is simply out of his depth....and Steyn has become a liability as a one-day bowler. Pick some form one day players and stop treating the above guys as a protected species !!

  • Steve - 2009-11-23 06:42

    Get rid of all the "glory boys" and bring in some new talent who is hungry for success

  • Ants - 2009-11-23 06:47

    this again is Crisis management, we send a message that we have no confidence in our new players, that is why many South African players move to other countries and end up playing against us and beating us, this is so short sited; our up and coming players need exposure to gain experience, why is it that when Australia have a gap in there side and someone steps in the new player plays like he has been part of the team all his life?they perform and are treated as a valuable part of the team and are given space to produce and perform, sadly I see that our Cricket boffs are looking for short term solutions but won't solve the longterm problem that is why we will not be consistant as Australia in staying at the top; Hey guys i am trying hard to remain a faithful supporter, but really time is running out for you guys because there is an element of selfishness and self gratification coming through at the expense of new players and the spectators of South africa. ... Frustrated supporter.

  • Middle Stump - 2009-11-23 06:51

    Smith, Arthur and the rest of CSA muppetts are prize A... HOLES.Continuously looking for excuses - now its because Kallis is injured that we are not playing well - BS - Kallis is not going to be around for ever, this is not a one man game - so for f%$$##$ sakes get used playing without Kallis - stop talking crap, and show some backbone, character and BMT - What a bunch of idiots - its about time Arthur and his mediocre cronies got sacked - they have achieved FA in his time in charge !!

  • Guy - 2009-11-23 06:51

    Coenie, read the article again. Graham made no excuses, he said we were beaten by a better team. It's a fact that the pitch played better after drying out from a weeks wet weather. that's why both captains wanted to bowl first.

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-11-23 06:59

    Will Gibbs be sober in time is the issue now. We have beaten The Proteas in all 6 of the last encounters, bit late to go "back to the drawing board" surely that was done when you got your arses punched the first time, or second time or..............so on. Only the abandoned first game will stop the white wash.

  • DanieB - 2009-11-23 07:06

    Don't rely on Gibbs to make the difference. Every player must up his game.

  • Hein - Centurion - 2009-11-23 07:18

    Die Blommetjies were BEATEN by a more dedicated, professional England team. Bringing in Gibbs is no solution - what about Loots Bosman, Jacques Rudolph or the youngster Rillee Rossouw? It's the clique in operation again. My prediction for the series? 4-0 to England.

  • ZeeZee - 2009-11-23 07:23

    I don't think this is the right move. Gibbs scores big one in every five games these days. Did he not play against England during the five previous ODI losses to them? I could be mistaken on that issue. Let the current crop of players take the heat and come to the party. This kind of short term solution doesn't aid the Proteas in the long run. Come the cricket World Cup, we'll again get knocked out. Gibbs as talented as he is, and with all due respect to him, must now retire along with Kallis from International Cricket. They would best serve the game developing youngsters for tomorrow.

  • Zaq - 2009-11-23 07:44

    Hey Guys! Stop stomping on Coennie - he is right! Now we need to get rid of that pathetic 'captain' (smiff), and his side-kick boucher - we got rid of gipps and (for a while) 'seuntjie (kallis)! Now is the time to get a proper team in place - bring in Johan Botha as Captain and Loots Bosman to replace smith. Hows that for a start, hey?

  • flightposit - 2009-11-23 07:57

    I see no positive comment about Amla. We need to rebuild a new team.

  • Frederik - 2009-11-23 07:59

    What the hell they slog over 300 in twenty overs for 20/20 and now struggle to get to 250 on 50. First I thought ok the pitch is bad but when England started batting the pitch wasnt too bad. Steyn bowled great was just unlucky not to get wickets it was more the batting than the bowlers that let us down. We should have an aggresive aproach like AUS use to have and give it to the bowlers from the start.

  • Paulus - 2009-11-23 08:01

    The English team are no monkeys. Look at each one. Proteas have excelled and are highly ranked - that says enough. We seem to have an irrational nationalistic fervour about our rugby and cricket - as if we are at war and a loss is a national disaster, with know-it-all couch-potatoes sniping from the sidelines. Relax - have fun - appreciate good performances and skill on both sides - why be so miserable ?

  • Elli - 2009-11-23 08:11

    Was at the game yesterday. Was disappointing to see the empty seats and the fact that the Poms outnumbered us in some areas. Also quite disappointed with the behaviour of some South Africans who had a little too much "Vitamin water". About 20 people in total were escorted out the ground after making complete idiots of themselves in front of the travelling English fans. As for the game, poor batting performance (gave our wickets away with poor shot selections) coupled with a very inept bowling performance. Even though I'm an Eagles fan, Ryan Mclaren has never been a prolific wicket taker and I fear Albie has to really kick up a gear or he'll be dropped very soon. Steyn is our only real threat, and if you negotiate him properly, you'll comfortably beat the Proteas.

  • Yvonne - 2009-11-23 08:12

    Pleas why not bring Bosman in again, he did so well in the 20 overs. Also we have good bowlers serving as 12th men!!! We seem to make the same mistakes over and over.

  • James - 2009-11-23 08:15

    Get rid of Smith.Such a an a**.Bad captain and has no control under pressure.

  • Mike - 2009-11-23 08:23

    And here we go again........! Graham Smith is being shown up as a useless captain more and more often. He has no handle on the game when things go wrong, and blaming the loss on the absence of Gibbs and Kallis is just rubbish. When will someone wake up please??????

  • J Martin - 2009-11-23 08:26

    I think the Proteas should drop Albie Morkel, he is only in the team because of his reputation, the guy is seriously out of touch and needs to make way for someone to come in and stake a claim for the all-rounder position. His bowling has suffered and he goes for a huge amount of runs and as for his batting, hits one six and then goes out. He is putting pressure on the likes of Boucher, VD Merwe etc. Have a break Albie, Have a Kit Kat

  • GeePMB - 2009-11-23 08:34

    So where is Loots Bosman?? He is the form batsman at present. Typical of the SA selectors, too scared to try something new so they fall back on bad-boy Gibbs who clearly only plays for his appearance fees. It's little wonder that good SA players make the trek to the UK and ply their trade there.

  • Twisted - 2009-11-23 08:43

    Although the wicket wasn't a snake-pit, it was a difficult track to get going. When you don't know what target to set their is a inclination to want to push when you only need to rotate. The start needs to be right, and it wasn't. Losing De Villiers was crucial but typical. He uses his hip to get power and is never certain on his placement (although that was a brilliant catch). When you turn your hip the bat arrives later and your timing suffers. England were able to chase without any heroics - and a bad day for Van helped a lot. Gibbs' batting is a lottery, but his fielding is worth a lot.

  • tman - 2009-11-23 08:46

    Leaving out wicket takers in Parnell and Botha for Langeleveldt and Mclaren leaves a lot to be desired, and if Gibbs comes back who's he gona replace , Amla? let's face the truth Botha and Amla are getting the rough end of the stick esp after their perfomances against the Aussies.

  • galamatias - 2009-11-23 08:47

    What is going on? In six months we've gone from possible world beaters (a bit of heresy: Were we good or were Australia just bad?) to being nobodies. A loss in the Champions Trophy. Okay, unprepared, predictable, incompetent. But here we go - Arthur clearly does not have a clue on how to solve this problem. We don't need Gibbs. We didn't lose because Kallis is out. SA just don't have the bowlers. Not Steyn (who's trying too hard), not Chubby Langeveld, not what-so-special-about him McLaren. And - this is the saddest reality - there's no one waiting in the wings trhat we haven't tried. Abdulla? Been there. Tsotsobe. Okay but not special. Botha? No great shakes in the first place. Ntini. Over the hill and overplayed. Congrats England on a superb summer - and you haven't had to tell everyone how good you are. Unlike SA you just play and prove it. How long has it been since SA lost a Test and ODI series without a win. In a months time we'll be able to say: "Not long."

  • naphy - 2009-11-23 08:48

    Play the BEST XI, that's it! Can't help but laugh at the suggestion they lost because of Kallis' absence I mean what would he have done, smacked a few sixes or skittled the poms out? Amla - like Kallis - is not an ODI batsman, not in modern day cricket. Dale Steyn is not the best ODI - note ODI before anyone goes crazy - bowler we have, he's not even 2nd or 3rd best. The less said about Boucher the better, poor Kuhn. Who has Bosman and Gibbs at their disposal and then CHOOSES, CHOOSES not to play them in LIMITED OVERS CRICKET? Someone on these pages once said imagine a Proteas side BRAVE enough to tell Kallis he's a TEST batsman. Imagine them BRAVE enough to unleash both Gibbs and Bosman. Imagine them BRAVE enough to tell Boucher his days are gone, don't even need bravery for that. Imagine them BRAVE enough to tell Steyn that Parnell, Abdullah and Tsotsobe are better ODI bowlers. Why the "old boys club"? Why are they immune? Who owes them what? Why are the others not worthy of their deserved chances? After the miserable Champs' Trophy Mickey & Co said they would "shake things up". Their definition of shaking things up was dropping Ntini - who didn't play a single game - and Gibbs - who only played 2 games due to injury. They were made scapegoats for the poor performances of "the untouchables" and now they get surprised when the misery continues. Pathetic!!!

  • CricketSA - 2009-11-23 08:50

    I totally agree with you Graeme Pollock fan, call up Loots Bosman, he was unreal in the Pro20. We all know that when Herschelle finds his rythm he is deadly but, from what we have been seeing lately from him in the SA colours has been nothing spectacular, but he has the experience which is probably what Mickey and Smith want. England were a great team yesterday and by all means out played us fair an square. SA need to find something as just now it wil be 10losses in a row and you know how the Poms will rip us in the paper for that!!

  • zolani - 2009-11-23 09:21

    If you lot actually watch the game you will realise that bosman is injured and did not even field after his great batting in the Pro 2o, why is it that only the odd South Africans are so Anti Smith, when he was chosed by his own Cricketing Peers to captain the World Cricket side, he is allso chosen by Wisdom cricketer as one of the best oppening batsmen of all time, the stats are there for all to see, cricinfo .com, I think many of you dont like him because he dated a hot model,and you never actually watch him play, Go onto the indian web sites and see how well they rate him, your opinions on smith are ZERO

  • Malume - 2009-11-23 09:25

    Hopefully they've realised they are no longer playing against Zimbabwe and they must move to a higher gear.You don't win before playing.

  • goose - 2009-11-23 09:33

    WTF!!!!! why is gibbs gettin a call???? its not that he will make a moerse difference anyway!! the selectors got it wrong and i wonder if they will eva get it right. why is bosman not opening with smith??? surely he can play at ANY LEVEL, he just proved himselft in the T20 series (not that he needs to). for how long must he now wait for another call up???? this is so f&*#ked up!!! seriously man!!!!

  • sera - 2009-11-23 09:34

    We loose with Kallis or without. AB also only bats well when the team is already in a strong position, remember how he used to continuosly fail as an opener. And now they are looking for Gibbs, ag nee. We need Bosman, Parnell and Abdulla, drop Morkel, Boucher and vdMerwe and give AB the gloves at Newlands and let him bat at no.6

  • Rob - 2009-11-23 09:35

    What has happend to Makhaya Ntini. I agree that he is probably not suited to 20 over cricket, but in a 50 over game he is worth a look. Also what has happened to Wayne Parnell? Is he injured. I saw that he was in the squad. CSA also need to get moe teeth when dealing with the ICC. I agree with Geoff Boycott when he asks why is it that Muralitharan has no action issues but JB does. Somone in CSA needs to grow a backbone in this regard. As I see it, the reason our guys always want to chase, is because they feel the bowling is the weaker of the disciplines.I do not know why this is, as we certainly have the talent and the experience. We even have the luxury of 3 spinners, if you count Harris. Why is he not considered for the ODI side? Roeloff VD Merwe is not that good a batsman to compensate for his lack of bowling experience. We are fortunate that we have so many players to chose from. The selectors and Mickey Arthur just need to get the in-form players in the squad.

  • Rob - 2009-11-23 09:36

    What has happend to Makhaya Ntini. I agree that he is probably not suited to 20 over cricket, but in a 50 over game he is worth a look. Also what has happened to Wayne Parnell? Is he injured. I saw that he was in the squad. CSA also need to get moe teeth when dealing with the ICC. I agree with Geoff Boycott when he asks why is it that Muralitharan has no action issues but JB does. Somone in CSA needs to grow a backbone in this regard. As I see it, the reason our guys always want to chase, is because they feel the bowling is the weaker of the disciplines.I do not know why this is, as we certainly have the talent and the experience. We even have the luxury of 3 spinners, if you count Harris. Why is he not considered for the ODI side? Roeloff VD Merwe is not that good a batsman to compensate for his lack of bowling experience. We are fortunate that we have so many players to chose from. The selectors and Mickey Arthur just need to get the in-form players in the squad.

  • sera - 2009-11-23 09:44

    recently we loose with Kallis or without. AB also only bats well when the team is already in a strong position, remember how he used to continuosly fail as an opener. And now they are looking for Gibbs, ag nee. We need Bosman, Parnell and Abdulla, drop Morkel, Boucher and vdMerwe and give AB the gloves at Newlands and let him bat at no.6

  • Semloh - 2009-11-23 09:47

    The ironic thing is that Gibbs supposed to come in and strengthen the batting but the two batsmen that he would probably replace both top scored! Amla - 57, Petersen - 64. So who do you drop to bring Gibbs in???

  • charles - 2009-11-23 09:56

    Guys u can moan all u like,but the toss did play a big part too.lm not saying they played well,the truth is, winning the toss was a big factor too.Smith,Devilliers,Duminy did gave away their wickets.Amla good player but something lacks about him,inconsistance,never go far,why,he lacks the killer instinct,which Gibbs posses.As for Boucher God knows why his there,to me he is a big weak link.Morkel l don't know what to say,we expect better from him,but he is not producing the goods when the going gets tough.Steyn he must concentrate on his Bowling not press spokesman,Maclaren,should he honestly be there?, l doubt.Anyway we shall see in the coast how they perfom,l think the poms like the centurion,it suits them well,lm not so sure down the coast if they will survive.come on the proteas show some balls.

  • Larry - 2009-11-23 10:05

    Finally the selectors wake-up. H Amla & H Gibbs opening the batting is a dream. Why dont captains get dropped? G Smith is our weak link, poor technique/not a natural batter/leg side player, I could go on and on about WHY he doesnt make my SA line up. Opposing teams know this and just chuckle everytime we pick Smith & truely embarrase overselves by making him CAPTAIN...loooooool!!

  • @charles - 2009-11-23 10:20

    You almost spoke sense, smith did not give his wicket away it was a great ball, and again Boucher is great, the cricketing powers of the world rate him, so your opinion is only that read the stats, Morkel needs a killer instinct, and Amla is a great test player, I hope Prince is in the test team

  • Rockman - 2009-11-23 10:31

    All I can say is that we have a srious selection problem. We find ourselves in a slump and we look to Gibbs to pull us through. Very poor. countries like Australia (and others) have a constant flow of younger players coming through ,but alas!, we stick with what we think is tried and tested. My grandson is in Primary school at wynberg boys and is a keen cricketer. I have no fear that he stands a chance to play with the likes of Gibbs, Kallis, Boucher etc etc as they are not going anywhere.

  • GeePMB - 2009-11-23 10:40

    Bosman is not injured, he played for the Dolphins this weekend in the drawn SuperSport series match against the Cape Cobras, made 34 runs, and even bowled (1-0-1-0)

  • YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 2009-11-23 11:01

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOO Excellent News! Some excitement at least - now we can watch him at Newlands again! Go Gibbs!

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