Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – A shortage of genuine,
wicket-taking bowlers among the touring Sri Lankans will mean South Africa’s
batsmen cashing in during the three-Test series, says ever-opinionated pundit
The former England opening batsman, now
resident in the Western Cape, said on his regular “Bowl at Boycs” audio feature
on the Cricinfo website that the Lankans “will face an uphill battle” against
“I said months ago: without Murali (Muttiah
Muralitharan) and (Lasith) Malinga – they were two wicket-taking bowlers – Sri
Lankan cricket will struggle.
“Bowlers win Test matches; wicket-taking
bowlers. They were two of the best. They haven’t got magic wicket-taking
bowlers (now) ... sorry, that’s a fact.
“And if you can’t bowl the so-and-so’s
(opponents) out, you’re not going to win.”
But the SAB English XI rebel tourist of
1982 did offer sympathy to the Lankan players over their much-publicised,
unpaid salaries from the Sri Lankan board.
“The best way to create a good atmosphere,
or a working environment, is to pay the players. Every penny they are owed, get
“If Sri Lankan cricket wants to move
forward, positively, and in harmony with the players, then you’ve got to make
sure players are paid ... on the dot.
“No more playing for love of the country
and empty promises. The players have families (to provide for) ... it’s a sorry
state of affairs.”
The first Test starts at Centurion next