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SA outplayed by England

2009-11-22 21:51

Centurion - South Africa's resounding loss to England in their MTN one-day international (ODI) at SuperSport Park on Sunday was particularly disappointing because South Africa were outplayed in every area.

That was the response from Proteas captain Graeme Smith after his team went down by seven wickets, with four overs to spare, giving England a 1-0 lead in the series. The first match at the Wanderers on Friday was washed out by rain.

Sunday's victory was England's sixth consecutive win over South Africa.

However, Smith was not too downcast.

"There's still a lot of cricket to be played in this series," he said.

"We'll work hard in Cape Town this week - it's a ground we've played well at, and we have a good record there."

Smith declined to make excuses for South Africa's disappointing performance, but said the loss of Jacques Kallis, who has a fractured rib cartilage, had been a major blow to the side.

"There's a gap of experience around our group at the moment that needs to be filled by the middle-tier guys. When you lose a guy with 280, 290 matches behind him, and a world-class all-rounder, it makes a big difference to our balance.

"But it's up to the other players now - there are new opportunities. Hashim (Amla) played well, his game keeps going up, but the rest of us are just going to have to step up and fill the gap."

The Proteas captain will be relieved that another player with vast experience, Herschelle Gibbs, has been called up to replace Kallis. Gibbs will join the Proteas in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Smith praised Man of the Match Paul Collingwood, who scored a century on the day he became England's most capped ODI player, when he took the field for the 171st time.

"He's the kind of player you'd like in your team," said Smith. "He gives 100 per cent every time he walks onto the park - he's a gutsy cricketer and he's playing very well at the moment."

Collingwood said it had been a very proud day for him. He scored a century, took two wickets and a catch.

"It was a perfect day," he said. "In the context of world cricket, it's possibly not that many appearances, but it was a nice feeling to turn up this morning and go on the park and have everything go perfectly from an individual and also from a team point of view. It was a special team performance."

His captain, Strauss, said Collingwood was playing better than he had ever played, and was well deserving of any accolades he received.

"Players of Collie's temperament are always dangerous," he said. "They always like the difficult situations, and Collie has often played his best for England when things are a bit against the wall - but today was just a great example of us playing the type of cricket we want to play and not making it hard for ourselves. Hopefully we can take some confidence from that and keep moving up."

The third ODI will be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday, followed by a match in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The final ODI will be played at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday week.

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Comments
  • GeePMB - 2009-11-22 22:22

    So where is Loots Bosman?? He is the form batsman at present. I heard a rumour he is injured but typical of the SA selectors, they fall back on bad-boy Gibbs who is clearly only playing for his appearance fees. Ther must be others in SA who could be selected! No wonder players like Trott and co left for the UK, Overlooked in SA and here he is playing us off the park!

  • tough luck - 2009-11-22 22:36

    "Players of Collie's temperament are always dangerous,"..yep, TEMPERAMENT. Why dont you and Mikey F off and go try your mind tricks on each other. TEMPERAMENT Fat lot of use trying to wind up the POMS before the game proved to be. Focus on the Cricket muppets. Can i ask, why was there such a poor crowd turn out. These games, when played in england are a complete sell out.

  • Stuart - 2009-11-22 23:55

    Guys, its only one game - by the end of the series the Proteas will be back on top. Even if they're not, it's the Tests that count, don't forget

  • Burtfred - 2009-11-23 06:01

    The Proteas were K***. Ever since their name was changed from "Springbok" to a bunch of blommetjies, they have played like poofters. They legends in their own minds.

  • Michael - 2009-11-23 06:02

    Watching this game showed big holes in our selections. Now they want to make the hole bigger by bringing back Gibbs. If Straus held onto those catches the Proteas would have been even worse off. The biggest problem was the bowling attack, Steyn needs more back up. Steyn cant walk onto the park every game and win it, we need to find another all rounder to replace Kallis. I have felt that Smith should not be captain of the sort version of the game. he could be replaced by an all rouner to give a better bowling attack. Gibbs must not be allowed back as we need to groom youngsters at this level.

  • Mark - 2009-11-23 06:28

    No Kallis no series win. Simple as that.

  • Mario - 2009-11-23 08:30

    I said it last week, leave the mind games and concentrate on the game and stop making as we have won this series already… We were crap in all aspects of the game….what was it with bowling Van Der Merwe when he was doing so bad and what about our field placing…we gave the game to them on a silver platter. Also – is Peterson in the side only for his batting? We needed a Parnell to back up Steyn – the new guy just suck ass – McLaren… Lesson – keep you bek next time till you’ve actually won.

  • NicNam - 2009-11-23 08:36

    I hate to say "I told you so", but I said last week that Arthur and Smith were praying for rain and not the English. When last did de Villiers made a decent score when it mattered, why is Boucher still there, Morkel gets a score every 9 matches etc etc. Arthur has no ability to motivate and innovate - it same old story every game.

  • Twisted - 2009-11-23 08:54

    My man of the match was Trott. When he bowled he used the conditions perfectly. He didn't try and fight the pitch when he batted either. England's bowling is no great shakes - we were just awful (on the day).

  • zolani - 2009-11-23 09:11

    for those who dont actully watch the cricket but just complain, parnell is injured, and we need him and Kallis for the tests, Bosman, if you never noticed got injured in the pro 20 and did not even field, besides the Centurion match would allways be won by who ever wins the toss, the field drys out in the day and batting gets easyier

  • Cricket fan - 2009-11-23 09:26

    Forever CHOKERS!!!....Same old situation....talk before the series and then lose the game

  • Kevin - 2009-11-23 09:30

    Loving Pieterson vs S.A, He is one of the best in the world, and kudos for England to say No to an unfit Smith for the runner. England 4-1 series win, Pieterson to hit 2 centuries and 1 half.

  • anno - 2009-11-23 09:37

    i think its time for the coach to go he have not done anything with the team.(winning no tournaments) if this was our rugby or soccer coach he would have been fired a long time ago, TIME FOR ARTHUR TO GO

  • AL - 2009-11-23 09:58

    @Kevin: 4-1 hahahahaha. England are a side that play 1 good match and 5 cr@p matches. When Pieterson was injured there was a huge panic because england had no clue what to do. Now they win one game and all the pommie heads triple in size. Maybe England should pick `English` players? If they ever did, you would never see them in the top 8, let alone NO.1.

  • @anno - 2009-11-23 10:05

    PROVE IT. I saw wins in Bangledesh,pakistan, draw in India, win in Australia etc in fact we win 80% of all matches we play. Thats a Fact

  • anno - 2009-11-23 10:49

    like i said tournaments, we win the tests series and one day series but in tourneys we never feature, 1 bad world cup for any other coach and his gone

  • Mo - 2009-11-23 11:19

    Thank you Zolani - somebody that actually knows what they're talking about. I just need to add that besides Bosman being injured, his ODI average leaves alot to be desired. He has yet to make that successful transition between the 50 over game and the shorter version.

  • M - 2009-11-23 11:21

    Thank you Zolani - somebody that actually knows what they're talking about. I just need to add that besides Bosman being injured, his ODI average leaves alot to be desired. He has yet to make that successful transition between the 50 over game and the shorter version.

  • Mo - 2009-11-23 11:24

    Thank you Zolani - somebody that actually knows what they're talking about. I just need to add that besides Bosman being injured, his ODI average leaves alot to be desired. He has yet to make that successful transition between the 50 over game and the shorter version.

  • Mo - 2009-11-23 11:30

    Thank you Zolani - somebody that actually knows what they're talking about. I just need to add that besides Bosman being injured, his ODI average leaves alot to be desired. He has yet to make that successful transition between the 50 over game and the shorter version.

  • @Mo - 2009-11-23 12:42

    Loots is injured?? What the hell are you clueless picks talking about??? He was playin this weekend.. Clearly he is not injured.. Typical of clueless people who know jack about cricket.. U busy shooting your mouth that his average doesnt warrant him being called up but as soon as he does what he's good at you will be singing praises.. Typical

  • Fikile - 2009-11-23 14:19

    @MO Zolani Neither Parnel nor bosman is injured at the moment. GS offers nothing as a captain he was outplayed and out-thought he should be replaced by Botha. Mickey Fat faced Arthur is a disaster he does not know what his doing the england & auz series win was a fluke. everyone can see the team is better balanced without Boucher, AB will keep his a team player.

  • chameleon - 2009-11-23 15:32

    the proteas are poofters. they are slowly killing my passion for the game of cricket.

  • Ebie - 2009-11-23 16:12

    Whats happend to Abdullah and Bodi no one is talking about them. give them a chance and see how they perform.also I hope they pick Ahmed Amla for the tests.

  • AJ - 2009-11-24 08:15

    Instead of sending an 'SOS to Gibbs, Loots Bosman should have been rewarded with a start in the 50 over version. If Parnell is not injured, thgen where is he? Furthermore Dale Steyn needs to start upping his return too. We are carrying too many passengers in this team, and I am not solely referring to the old guard.

  • NeilA @ Cricket fan - 2009-11-24 10:38

    typical, what a serious case of the pot calling the kettle black! the series isnt even done and you shout chokers. TOOL!

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