With the kerfuffle of the politicking
between Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now
done and dusted, CSA face a new pickle. A man who has for the most part of 18
years been a stalwart in the team will no longer play for the side in Test
match whites and they need to find somebody else to fill his role.
The transitional phase is going to be one
of South Africa’s toughest tests yet. They have blooded many rookies over the
last 18 months, mostly with success thanks to the wealth of talent that
surrounds the youngsters. Allowing those who step into the side to go out and
be comfortable in playing their natural game has been the hallmark of this
South African Test side. The transition, therefore, should be relatively
seamless, but first a candidate for the vacancy needs to be identified.
There are a few candidates for the vacancy.
Whatever happens, the Kallis-substitute should be given time,
patience and, if he can, try and get Kallis to change his mind. Antoinette Muller is a freelance writer who writes mainly about
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