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SA duo star in England win

2010-05-16 21:18

Bridgetown - South African born batsmen Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen starred as England won their first major limited overs title in a seven-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday's World Twenty20 final.

England, chasing 148 to win, after reducing a previously unbeaten Australian side at this tournament to eight for three, saw Kieswetter (63) and Pietersen (47) put on 101 or the second wicket at the Kensington Oval.

They eventually won with three overs to spare when captain Paul Collingwood struck Shane Watson for a boundary as his side finished on 151 for three.

It was the first time England had won a major international one-day event after losing in three World Cup finals (1979, 1987 and 1992) and the 2004 Champions Trophy.

England, who held Australia to 147 for six, had an early setback when Michael Lumb's exit left them seven for one.

But Kieswetter and Pietersen then dominated the Australian bowlers.

Pietersen, who faced 31 balls, with a six and four fours, was out when he hoisted leg-spinner Steven Smith to David Warner on the long-off boundary.

And, worryingly for England, 118 for two became 121 for three when Kieswetter was bowled by left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson, having faced 49 balls, with two sixes and seven fours.

But Collingwood and former Ireland batsman Eoin Morgan (both 15 not out) saw England home.

Defeat in what was a first World Twenty20 final for both the Ashes rivals left an Australia side previously unbeaten at the tournament still searching for the one major title that has so far eluded them.

Earlier, David Hussey's 59 kept Australia in the match during an innings where the next best score was Cameron White's 30.

Kieswetter and Pietersen were in commanding form against Australia's quicks, with Kieswetter striking two fours in as many balls off left-armer Dirk Nannes and cover-driving express quick Shaun Tait.

Pietersen then hammered left-armer Johnson for four and pierced the offside field with a boundary off Smith.

Kieswetter, a former South Africa Under-19 international, then struck medium-pacer Watson for two fours in as many balls

He later launched the all-rounder for a huge six over midwicket.

At the 10-over halfway mark, England were 73 for one compared to Australia's 47 for four.

Australia badly needed a breakthrough but, in Tait's comeback over, Pietersen drove him over his head for a boundary and then struck an even more impressive six high over long-off to bring up England's hundred.

David Hussey's 59 kept Australia in the match during an innings where the next best score was Cameron White's 30.

Just days after brother Michael had pulled off a dramatic rescue mission in a thrilling semi-final win over defending champions Pakistan, the younger Hussey made sure Australia's bowlers would have a score to defend.

Together with White, David Hussey - missed on 25 - put on fifty for the fifth wicket and then shared a stand of 47 with his brother.

David Hussey was run out in the last over, going for a second run, by Luke Wright's throw from long-on to Kieswetter.

He faced 54 balls with two sixes and two fours.

Left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom took two wickets for 26 runs from his maximum four overs and off-spinner Graeme Swann a miserly one for 17.

England had a sensational start after Collingwood won the toss.

Sidebottom struck third ball when Watson edged an intended cut, which was dropped by Kieswetter only for first slip Swann to hold the rebound.

Then two for one became seven for two when David Warner was run out having made just two after failing to beat Lumb's under-arm direct hit after Australia captain Michael Clarke called for a single.

The collapse continued when Brad Haddin (one) was caught down the legside by diving opposing gloveman Kieswetter off Sidebottom.

Haddin then risked disciplinary action by pointing to his thigh after being given out by umpire Billy Doctrove.

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Comments
  • mike - 2010-05-16 21:22

    My point exactly ..thats why SA cant play cricket because all our star players have stabbed us in the back and play abroad...

  • Steadfast - 2010-05-16 21:23

    To the Protea squad, THAT IS HOW YOU PLAY CRICKET. I am sure Smith, selectors and cricket board must have puked in their beers when MAN of the match was keiswetter and Pieterson man of series. That is what happens when you loose talent. I hope Smith was watching how Collingwood did his job as captain.

  • The President - 2010-05-16 21:24

    Come back KP and bring Craig with you - signed JZ

  • turtle - 2010-05-16 21:28

    Please can someone tell me why it is that no news station or sports reporting even mentions the womens Twenty/20? Surely some mention can be made???

  • David - 2010-05-16 21:39

    Well done SA!

  • Anton - 2010-05-16 21:44

    Isnt it ironic, 2 south africans (Ex) played a key role in winning the final for england. and they are not the only ex saffa's in the english side. cricket south africa should learn from this, these players should've been noticed IN SOUTH AFRICA and they shouldve been playing for our national side by now. not for another countries.

  • cricket - 2010-05-16 21:51

    our guys winning it for another country,how sad.

  • Loot Maree - 2010-05-16 21:51

    Clarke eyes clean sweep

  • Piet - 2010-05-16 21:54

    Just get over it, they are gone. Bladdy Agents

  • Jaycee - 2010-05-16 21:55

    @Mike. Sorry, it was SA that stabbed the players in the back by overlooking them.

  • Rory - 2010-05-16 22:01

    Mike how did they stab us in the back Pieterson could not make the team now in the UK he is a traitor, watch the space affirmative action has not only killed the economy, but sport as well, wait untilthe ung stars start shnning in places like France and Italy, had I ben in SA and was told I and told I need to have patience as they first need to try a person of colour! I would be on the first plane out of there, hell where did Lumb grow up SA, we have the best sportsman out there but soon most will be lost.

  • Blixum - 2010-05-16 22:03

    Stop moaning guys. You got what you voted for. This is what happens when the selectors do not pick on merit (a la ANC) but on colour. Change their name to Springboks and pick players purely on merit. They will then stay in SA.

  • Matt Nel - 2010-05-16 22:11

    Simple - AA and Smith policies not good for SA cricket. Both need to be scrapped as they havent produced us a trophy!

  • LL PONN - 2010-05-16 22:14

    Craig and Kevin are not South Africans they're proudly English this is why they play for ENGLAND period, find your own players. A south African can not be allowed to play for England. For your information Smith the south African cricket captain can easily change sides if he wished to but Ntini or Zondeki would fail to switch to become British, it is called kith and kin.

  • mellow yellow - 2010-05-16 22:17

    The irony of the Saffers playing for the Poms is that had they played for SA their natural game would have suffered, far to many "know it alls" negative, critical, arm chair selectors around.We are far to conservative in our approach to life, our players reflect that hence their "fear of failure"which means they are bound to fail, lighten up, life goes on.There is another World Cup series next Feb. Oh I suppose you have written them off already- proves my point.Despite ALL your emails Smith will still be captain -suck it up & move on.

  • LH193 - 2010-05-16 22:24

    Come on guys, England did well! Congratulations England you deserved to win, you held your nerve and outplayed everyone. I'm a proudly South African Protea supporter and I still support the Proteas!!

  • Deon - 2010-05-16 22:26

    The South African born players in the England side all left South Africa because they were too white to play cricket for South Africa. While the Proteas are following the Banana Banana tumbling down the world rankings the South Africans in the England all-white side are tonight celebrating being part of the worlds best 20/20 side. Well done guys, you make this white South African proud.

  • Mighty mighty England - 2010-05-16 22:29

    England deserve this...well done and to the SaFFa boys. You got your hands on a trophy because you have been coached well, taught the right temprement and learnt from the englishmen around you. You boys have every right to play for england. well done. And to all the Saffars, shut up and get your own house in order before you moan about others...Wingers the lot of you.

  • Gary - 2010-05-16 22:31

    PATHETIC !!!!! England - NOT South Africa won. Its like saying Zimbabwean coach wins T20 world cup.

  • Simon - 2010-05-16 22:43

    Probably the closest South Africa will get to winning an ICC Trophy!

  • sam - 2010-05-16 22:46

    well done to KP & Keiswetter!!! we sorry that you dont play for us...poetic justice..

  • Well done England - 2010-05-16 22:52

    Well done to England . A well deserved victory :-) To the SA side. Its ok to lose a game or two. SA will come back in the games to come and then we can share success once more

  • denis - 2010-05-16 23:35

    Congratulations to England, at a cricketing level for selecting on merit and current form, and also at a national level for providing a social and political environment that does not encourage your best talent (not only in cricket) to seek greener pastures elsewhere. A well-deserved win. I would like to think SA might learn something from this, but somehow I doubt it.

  • Mike Khunt - 2010-05-16 23:37

    They are English now. They have nothing to do with South Africa. They are English coached.

  • denis - 2010-05-17 00:15

    Congratulations to England, at a cricketing level for selecting on merit and current form, and also at a national level for providing a social and political environment that does not encourage your best talent (not only in cricket) to seek greener pastures elsewhere. A well-deserved win. I would like to think SA might learn something from this, but somehow I doubt it.

  • godfrey - 2010-05-17 06:39

    Well done England-SA

  • sash - 2010-05-17 06:56

    Smith, learn from the boys, maybe you need to retire.

  • @Deon - 2010-05-17 07:09

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, we have too many black players in our cricket team like Smith, de Villiers, Boucher, Morkel, Kallis etc etc.We need more white players like Pietersen!

  • Herbert - 2010-05-17 07:16

    I'm not a big England fan but must congratulate them. How sweet must this victory be for that entire squad? Proteas should take note. Also, no point in continuing to refer the "SA born" guys in the England squad. I think that pisses them off. They left RSA and are now English and we should deal with that.

  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-05-17 07:26

    Oh happy, happy day!!!

  • Jeremy James - 2010-05-17 07:31

    Aussies finally choked?

  • iso9001@mweb.co.za - 2010-05-17 07:37

    I really wish that these players would be recognised for what they are. They are British, check the paperwork. The fact that they born here is of no matter. Get over it. If they were nor entitled to be British then please believe me, they would not get near the team. These people may have also been eligable for South African selection but the truth is, that for whatever reason, they wern't. The problems in South African cricket could well be the reason why these cricketers chose England but the issue here is that they did choose England. These people want to earn a living by playing that game that we all love, don't put them down for that. There is not one person that writes on sites like this that wouldnt crawl 10 miles over broken glass to give their left and even their right ball also for a Brithish passport so why put them down because they are entiltled to one. Can someone shut this Peter Davies character up? What a plonker to be the anchor on SS2 cricket, he,s just a biased and bitter fart.

  • REALITY - 2010-05-17 07:49

    Well done England. Now to all South Africans fans and South African reporters...get over the fact about these SA born English cricket players. These guys have opted to play for England...Well done to them on their achievements...

  • Handy - 2010-05-17 07:54

    What an awesome victory, we live in a global village people are moving all over the world from SA, they are in NZ, in Aus in Eng there are many South Africans playing at county level. People move to different countries, we need to stop whining and get over it...

  • Anarchist - 2010-05-17 08:16

    In an ideal world, people should be free to live, invest and play cricket wherever they choose. These cricketers seem happy with their choice. Nationalism sucks.

  • So Proud... - 2010-05-17 08:17

    Our fantastic Quota System in fly flight!!!!! Promote mediocrity in the name of trying to address the imbalances of the past, and you let these two guys slip away from us, becuase of the colour of their skin - SA, you'll read a LOT more of this in years to come and it won't only be limited to sport. How proud we are - just keen on promoting mediocrity - in government, sport and business - PATHETIC!

  • jonny - 2010-05-17 08:40

    It's easy for the public to scorn our players/selectors.. England is in top form and yes, they did recognize talent and made use of players that are in form, only because they had to after some pretty average performances lately (before the T20WC) No one knows what would've happened if we beat Pakistan.. We have all seen Smith do it for us before and what he is capable of, lets give the guy a chance - we cant just drop our captain and replace him just yet. Gibbs's dismissal was unlucky against Pakistan.. He couldve made a big difference.. Kallis had an unbelievable IPL thats why he was selected to play. AB? 'nuff said... Duminy? Quality player, just not a 100% in form.. maybe shouldve utilized A. Petersen instead.. Rudolph vdm. should not have been there, as J Botha and Duminy can provide the spin bowling options.. Morne Morkel shouldve played in his place, it wouldve definitely strengthened our bowling attack. Boucher? Is he indispensable behind the wickets? He's batting has not been up to standard i must admit. The rest of the guys deserved to be there I believe, but because of 2 or 3 bad selections we cant cuss the whole team. They will bounce back and prove us wrong next time... :)

  • peter - 2010-05-17 08:53

    sc**w KP and sc**w kieswetter. all you ).('s saying we must bring kp to sa, you were very quiet when he was going through a lean patch, which just proves that you are idiots who think with emotions.

  • Mike - 2010-05-17 09:43

    Thanks to AA and the ANC, England have a nucleus of fantastic players that have achieved something that SA have failed to do - win a world cup. SA must decide if they want to choose a side that will win trophies, or a side that will represent the population composition. Well done England, a fantastic performance against the Kangaroos, who were truly "tied down" and thrashed. As for SA, another fantastic failure. When will SA learn that you choose horses for courses, and not ponies for cronies.

  • spindoc - 2010-05-17 09:58

    Is that the same Kieswetter that played two years SA U21?...and then was told by WP they would NOT contract him as he did not have enough experience??? Untill the obsession with making sure players of colour are in the SA squad we will continue to loose talent.You can hate the Kieswetter's , Lumb's and Pietersen's all you like but you have to face up to the fact...if they were playing for SA would we be a better side?? Get rid of the obsession...get rid of quotas!!!

  • Grant in UK - 2010-05-17 10:10

    Well done KP and Craig. You give us South Africans living in the UK a team to support when the Proteas inevitably go out in the early stages. Don't blame these guys for playing for England, they would be fools not too, South African cricket is in shambles and the future doesn't look any better.

  • DC - 2010-05-17 11:09

    These players are English..lets get over that quickly...the reality is that CSA and SA country for the sport has denied them opportunity, when they knocked...our selection panel, and structure of bringing in talent into the national side..has failed us.. all these cricketing FAT CATs have the asses on a pedestal.. with poor transformation and programmes to nuture the talent we have...and then say we dont have enough good players coming through....what a load of crap.. an eyesore... I dont blame SA Fans for not buying tickets to any matches ..supporting lustful excecutives on the top that are a waste to lifting the standards of the sport in our country...they just waste our time and money. ...and do not hear our voices. They are just as weak and nimble in their selection policy as the poorly performed players and should be accounted for by the minister of sport in SA. We have been made fools of too often by CSA and its governing bodies.

  • Jim Beam - 2010-05-17 11:21

    There is many very simple lessons for South African cricket to learn from this tournament; 1). Kieswetter , Pietersen, Lumb and others in the England side are not Sourth African. They play for England with pride and by choice . Lets get over it and move on. If we had an open and fair minded approcah to selection we may be able to stop the flow of sportsman to other countries. If not lets just lean to live with it. We were not nearly as eager to tag Pietersen as one of ours when he was sacked as the captain of England.Lets just remeber how destructive a character he can be. There will be benefits from him but many negatives as well.He is a very different character when they are winning compared to what he is when they are losing. Lets not forget that.We are all positive and productive when things are going well. Thats human nature. 2). Winning is as much a frame of mind as anything else . It does not appear to come naturally to most South Africans.Clive Rice, Mike Procter posessed it , Graeme Smith does not and probably never will. Lets accept that and move on as well.Give someone else a chance to try. 3). Beating Australia in Australia is part of the journey and not the end of the race. The entire South African side amd most urgently Graeme Smith and JP Duminy need to take that to heart. If it were of any relevance Mickey Arthur would desperately need to learn that as well. 4). Consistency in selection AKA The Proteas jobs for life programme AKA the system of automatic and unapposed selections as a policy has failed and has produced a bunch of lazy over rated self praising and under ambitous and under performing cricketers in South Africa. We neeed to urgently open the selection system and develope a system that allows and encourages healthy competition for selction for places. Within this , players like Boucher and Duminy would be dropped until if or when they regain form, Gibbs would not have any form of Proteas contract and De Villiers , Smith and Kallis would have to play for there place in every match regardless of format. 5). England have succesfully proved that there is a very positive place in cricket for seperate captains and squads in the various forms of the game and that few players are suited to playing all three forms of the game. 6). " Me " does not exist in the team dynamic. It is a collective effort from a bunch of players. Graeme Smith, Jaques Kallis , Mark Boucher, AB De Villers , Herscelle Gibbs and JP Duminy desperately need to learn this. 7). When its over its over. Have the grace to step down and be honest when it is time to go Kallis Biucher and Gibbs specifically. 8). A run a ball is not an acceptable criteria for selecting a 20/20 squad. This applies to each and every South African batsmen in the current squad, 9). South African cricket will out survive Jaques Kallis. We have got to get over our fear of sending a team out without him in it. We may even surprise ourselves.He does not have a right to be selected. That goes for others as well. 10). The 20/20 will not accommodate one facet specialists like Mark Boucher. His continued selection is a sign of absolute arrogance by the selectors. The man is no longer and all rounder and has not been for three years.This is a game for functional allrounders and form players not people staring at retirement. 11). In any sport anywhere , there is always place for honesty and humility as opposed to arrogance and overconfidence. De Villiers more so but the whole squad needs to adopt this as a motto. 12). Never ever drop an in form quickie in Morne Morkel for a patchy out of form Spinner in Roelly Van Der Merwe.Never ever, there is no logic of any sort that would justify this manoeuvre. 13). Stick to your own game plan and do what you are best at , regardless of whom the other side is. South Africa is not and will never be Pakistan so why try and copy there game plan. 14). Change before you have to.And when you do change actually do something other than talk about it and blow hot air.This may actually require the selectors to drop someone as opposed to calling up someone who probably will not even be selected. 15). South African cricket owes Indian cricket little other than fair and sportsmen like opposition. Having hosted the IPL in SA does not mean that we should allow our domestic cricket to become a stepping stone for our players to win IPL contracts. If they can trouser more bucks as an IPL player then let them make that call and go and play there. As long as we allow our domestic game to become secondary to the IPL we will never go anywhere and we will remain a dysfuncttional bunch of mercanries. For the likes of Kallis and Gibbs where the end of first class cricket is near or has already arrived that is OK . For the rest they need to desperately re examin there priorities and attitudes and non more so then Majola Smith and De Villiers.Some England players actually favoured there country over the IPL ( Shock horror) and you could see it in the way the played. 16). If they can not make the team in the IPL and spend mopre time on the bench than on the field there is probably a reason for it. Such as Boucher and De Villiers. If they are rated as the best death bowlers or one of the best anyway there is probably a reason for that as well.In once case it probaly means that they are really as not good as we rate them locally and in the other case it probably means that they are better than we rate them locally. Ignoring these indicators is just plain dumb and stupid. 17). The relationship between coach and captain is quite clearly a partnership and not an ownership. Some of the most succesful captancies in the world have been backed by experienced , knowegeable and strong coaches and this continues to be the case.A good coach can have a positive influence on tactics game plans and on field activities. Mickey Arthur did not understand this and apparantluy was not prepared to try take on Graeme Smith and was thus reduced to the role of the much fabled shirt washer. Graeme Smiths natural arrogance makes him want to be the boss, the owner the bees kness etc etc.He is not succeeding at it and someone within the ranks of administration and coaching needs to very directly tell hin this. One tends to beleive that Flower and Collingwood are a partnership as was Vaughn and Fletcher and Waugh and Buchananan and Woolmer and Cronje. Graeme Smith needs learn this exrtremly quickly or he needs to move by his own decision or by force.

  • DC - 2010-05-17 11:38

    I heard some amazing comments In the post match presentation in yesterdays final from KP and Collingwood... the way they expressed how the tem gels together..has a hunger and desire to win in every game they play...compliments one another ... compliments the coach and tehchnical team, this sort of team work...leaves much to be desired in SA's dressing room...division of players... arguments between GS and Keppler wessels on twitter... doom and glum on players face on the field says it all...theres a huge problem with the faces of our sport and the ones hiding behind the curtains.....disaster...theres a whole lot more we dont know about..maybe someone like Mickey arthur can tell us in a book or something... and it wont matter how many more tests and ODI's they win .. until they actually bring a trophy back to SA ...the 2011 ODI world cup.

  • DC - 2010-05-17 11:39

    I heard some amazing comments In the post match presentation in yesterdays final from KP and Collingwood... the way they expressed how the teams gels together..has a hunger and desire to win in every game they play...compliments one another ... compliments the coach and tehchnical team, this sort of team work...leaves much to be desired in SA's dressing room...division of players... arguments between GS and Keppler wessels on twitter... doom and glum on players face on the field says it all...theres a huge problem with the faces of our sport and the ones hiding behind the curtains.....disaster...theres a whole lot more we dont know about..maybe someone like Mickey arthur can tell us in a book or something... and it wont matter how many more tests and ODI's they win .. until they actually bring a trophy back to SA ...the 2011 ODI world cup.

  • gav - 2010-05-17 13:37

    Well done England,Well done KP and i`am sure u a proud Brit and you got every right to be,all i can say is the best team at the WC won it and lets hope SA can come back strong in the near future

  • cammie - 2010-05-17 13:50

    I@ Jim Beam - It would appear your have the absolute solution to all the Proteas woes! Have you submitted your CV to Mr Hudson & Co? Words and theory are all fine and well - it's the actual "doing" that counts. The first thing that has to happen is for our Minister of Sport to butt out and let the genuine talent of the game take it's natural course. The quota system and the Hansie saga have done irreparable harm to South African cricket - many of the problems we are now dealing with stem from that.

  • cammie - 2010-05-17 14:01

    @ Mighty Mighty England - as always you Poms have the shortest and most selective memories of all the nations! Some 18-months ago none of you wanted KP in your team as he was a bad influence - your commentators kept reminding us that he was not a born and bred Englishman, but a South African. Secondly, after the number of debacles that your own cricketers and team have faced in the past year or two, it is something like the pot calling the kettle black when it comes to getting one's house in order. As was so succinctly commented on by someone on an international news station recently - "If the English win the 20/20 World Cup we're going to hear about it for another 50-years; they're still reminding everyone of their 1966 Soccer World Cup win!" Do you think you English will ever be able to field a cricket team of pure born and bred Englishmen - I think not! Your have a Zim Coach and the reason your bowlers have come to the fore is again due to foreign Bowling Coaches - the likes of Allan Donald and more recently an ex West Indian quickie. Like it or not - Pietersen, Lumb and Kieswetter learnt their game in our country - they may now have British citizenship, but the fact remains they are born and bred South Africans - deal with it!!

  • cammie - 2010-05-17 14:04

    @ Mighty Mighty England - as always you Poms have the shortest and most selective memories of all the nations! Some 18-months ago none of you wanted KP in your team as he was a bad influence - your commentators kept reminding us that he was not a born and bred Englishman, but a South African. Secondly, after the number of debacles that your own cricketers and team have faced in the past year or two, it is something like the pot calling the kettle black when it comes to getting one's house in order. As was so succinctly commented on by someone on an international news station recently - "If the English win the 20/20 World Cup we're going to hear about it for another 50-years; they're still reminding everyone of their 1966 Soccer World Cup win!" Do you think you English will ever be able to field a cricket team of pure born and bred Englishmen - I think not! Your have a Zim Coach and the reason your bowlers have come to the fore is again due to foreign Bowling Coaches - the likes of Allan Donald and more recently an ex West Indian quickie. Like it or not - Pietersen, Lumb and Kieswetter learnt their game in our country - they may now have British citizenship, but the fact remains they are born and bred South Africans - deal with it!!

  • Jim Beam - 2010-05-17 14:10

    Hey Commie my china,. doing is not something these characters are very good at. Talking maybe but not doing. It all comes down to one thing and that is attitude and that affects everybody selectors administrators players etc etc etc

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