Arthur: Durban ODI is huge

2009-04-01 15:56

Durban Proteas coach Mickey Arthur has described South Africa’s one-day-international (ODI) against Australia on Friday as “huge”.

South Africa kick-off their five-match ODI series against Australia in a day/night encounter and Arthur wants his team to pick up some valuable momentum.

“Friday is when we want to put our marker in the sand and that is why we have been building up extremely hard this week.

“For us, Friday is huge because you want to go one-nil up and hopefully take momentum from that game,” Arthur told a news conference on Wednesday.

South Africa won the recently completed Pro20 series against Australia two-nil but Arthur feels that that series triumph is a thing of the past and will have little or no bearing on the upcoming ODI series.

“I think it is a completely different beast (Pro20). Yes, you take a little bit of momentum in but we saw in Australia where Australia won both Pro20s but we got over the line in the first one-day game in Melbourne,” Arthur said.

South Africa beat Australia four-one in their away ODI series in January and the home side’s chances of repeating that feat has been boosted by the return of their inspirational captain Graeme Smith, who has recovered from a broken right hand.

While Smith’s return is good news for the South African camp, it is tempered by the injury cloud hanging over allrounder Jacques Kallis.

Kallis is struggling with a groin strain and a decision on his availability for the match will only be taken after a vigorous workout on Wednesday.

“Graeme has come through fantastically and it is really good to be able to have our leader back. That is going to be a huge bonus for the side.

“Kallis is a little bit ahead of schedule. We are going to push him today with bat and ball and see where we are with him. Friday might be a little bit too early but today is going to tell exactly where we are with him,” Arthur explained.

If  Kallis fails to come through his fitness test then new Proteas squad member, left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe has every chance of making his ODI debut for his country after being named man of the match in his first Pro20 match for South Africa last Sunday.

Arthur also likes the idea of having a few spinners in his team.

“We quite like the idea of playing two spinners so he (Van der Merwe) has got as good a chance as anybody of playing. It will depend on whether Kallis comes through.

“JP Duminy and Johan Botha, in Australia, were superb in our one-day games. We managed to pull Australia back in the middle overs with our spinners,” Arthur concluded.


  • Mike - 2009-04-01 18:46

    The injury cloud hanging over Jaque Kallis could just be good news for South Africa. With respect to Jaque, there are others far better suited to this form of the game than he is.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-01 21:56

    kallis is done with the one day game

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-02 08:19

    Lately Kallis always seems to be under an injury cloud! Time to hang up the ol' boots? Why is Ashwell Prince not part of the ODI set-up? He can add solid stability to the middel-order at no.5 or 6! We saw how brittle it was in the ODIs in Australia! Guess Mic and co think that this format doesn't suit his style of play? Yet Kallis (with a lower strike-rate than Ash in both Tests and ODIs) is deemed suitable? Go figure!

  • Stephen - 2009-04-02 09:41

    Anonymous User 4/2/2009 8:19 AM is a prime example of the waffle that gets posted on this forum. Sigh. Kallis gives a bowling option

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-02 11:06

    botha for captain!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-02 13:59

    Show some respect guys...Kallis is probably the only player we as "SA public" under-evaluate.Every other testplaying country would "kill" for such a talent. The guy has tons of experience and takes wickets on any pitch. Rather than calling for his head, lets show some support and pitch up at the games, in full support of our boys.

  • BigBadBrad - 2009-04-02 14:05

    I am very concerned with the sequence of results in the various formats of the games so far between SA and AUS, both down under and now here in SA. For the record, the sequence of results between the teams has been as follows (using the home team) Lost Lost Won Won Won - i.e. the home team has lost the first two test matches and then gone on to win the 3rd test and the subsequent T20 matches. Given this sequence, then AUS are going to win the one-dayers by 4 to 1 - I certainly hope SA changes this stat immediately on Friday.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-03 08:27

    Go Aussies

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-03 21:59

    I some respect to Kallis. The man is a rock of strength, not a flashy showman. The stability and strength he brings with his batting and bowling is extremely critical to the SA team. Need a wicket or slow down the opposition's run rate, bring in Kallis. You need to stabilise your innings, bring in Kallis, you need flash and pseudo-panache, don't bring in Kallis....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-04 14:05

    I think Graham should be given the boot. Johann Botha for captain please. Graham talks too much, get on with the game.

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