SA to sink as low as West Indies?

2016-01-18 12:25
Michael Holding (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The Proteas are in danger of becoming as mediocre in international cricket as the current West Indies side, veteran commentator Michael Holding has warned.

Holding, who was a fast bowler for the West Indies during their heydays in the 1980s, is a television commentator in the current South Africa-England series.

England claimed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series after beating South Africa in the third Test by seven wickets at the Wanderers on Saturday.

The loss also saw the Proteas relinquish their No 1 spot on the official ICC Test rankings.

In an interview in the Daily Telegraph, Holding identified similarities between South Africa and the West Indies.

“The first thing I identify is that West Indies lost a lot of their great players in that early to mid-1990s period. South Africa is in a similar situation,” said Holding.

The West Indies lost greats like Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall, Desmond Haynes and Jeff Dujon and Holding feels South Africa’s loss of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock and Mark Boucher is similar.

“West Indies had no forward planning, no succession plan, and I’m not too sure they (South Africa) do. What I’m seeing with this South Africa team, it seems as though they’re doing a lot of patchwork. Having an opener (Stiaan van Zyl) who is not really an opener - instead of saying OK, we have to plan for down the road. If you want to rebuild a team you can’t do patchwork, and the West Indies did a lot of that.”

Holding, 61, played 60 Tests for the West Indies, taking 249 wickets at an average of 23.68.

The once-mighty West Indies are currently ranked eighth in Test cricket and ninth in ODI cricket.

Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph’s website

Read more on:    west indies  |  proteas  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
25 September 2016
South Africa v Ireland, Benoni 10:00
30 September 2016
South Africa v Australia, Centurion 14:30
02 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Should Proteas coach Russell Domingo stay - or go - as national coach?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.