Proteas will be No 1 again

2011-08-31 09:01
Meyrick Pringle artwork
Cape Town - Former South African cricketer Meyrick Pringle believes the Proteas will be the number one Test side in the world again. Speaking exclusively to Sport24, Pringle was confident in Gary Kirsten’s ability to coach the Proteas:

“Along with Allan Donald, he will be brilliant. He has learnt a lot from coaching in India the last three years. SA will be number one soon with him there”, said Pringle.

Pringle, who played 17 ODI’s and 4 Tests for South Africa, now runs The Pringle Foundation, who’s golf day next month will raise funds for sports equipment at the Chris Hani Arts and Culture School.

When quizzed on how he thinks the Proteas will do against Australia later in the year, Pringle hedged his bets a little:

“We should do well, but we all know how dangerous they can be, especially now that they are now so low down in the rankings. They will want that No 1 spot again”

One of the darlings of the 1992 World Cup, it is somewhat ironic that South Africa were made to rue Pringle's excellent figures of 9-2-36-2 in the semi final. Left needing 22 runs from their last 13 deliveries to defeat the favourites, England, and reach the World Cup final, a mere twelve minutes of rain – and a regulation that saw the reduction of South Africa’s target proportionate to the lowest-scoring overs of the side batting first - wrecked a classic contest.

At first the scoreboard showed a reduction to 22 off 7 balls, and then moments later, it read 22 off 1, and that was that …

Asked if the Proteas have a problem in terms of genuinely quick pace bowlers behind Steyn and Morkel, Pringle had the following to say: “Thankfully they are both still young and have plenty more years left in them, but there is not much at this stage to follow them in terms of out and out pace.”

And on the fact that our pitches might be changing in character: “They have changed in the last few years, and they now more suited to batting, which gives the bowlers more to think about, especially in Test cricket”

So who does this likeable character regard as the best bowlers in the world right now?

“Dale Steyn … With James Anderson a close second - They both swing the ball”

To play or get involved in The Pringle Foundation Charity Golf Day on the 28th of October 2011 at the Erinvale Golf Estate, contact Karen on or 082 467 7944

The evening function will be MC’d by Good Hope FM’s Guy McDonald, and the confirmed guests include Rob Louw, Breyton Paulse, Tank Lanning, Ferdinand Rabie, and Marius Schoeman.

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