Coach not worried about Smith

2014-02-27 07:43

Cape Town - Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes skipper Graeme Smith will break his run-scoring drought in the final Test against Australia.

Smith registered scores of 10, 4, 9 and 14 in the first two Tests heading into the final Test starting at Newlands on Saturday.

Smith has been out three times to left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has now dismissed him eight times in 10 Tests.

However, it is seldom that the skipper fails to perform over a whole series and he had done fairly decently in the earlier part of the season.

The 33-year-old “Biff”, remember, was going along just fine in early-season Test combat for South Africa, leading up to this particular series.

He had scored his fifth career double century (234) in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai - a typical backs-to-the-wall marathon knock by Smith as the Proteas struck back to win that encounter and share the mini-series 1-1 after a humbling in Abu Dhabi.

The similarly short home series against India, won 1-0 by his team, also went well personally as he recorded 186 runs at an average of 62.

"Graeme's performance list speaks for itself," Domingo told the Beeld website.

"It seldom happens that Graeme does not contribute in a series, with the bat I mean. He always makes a massive contribution as a leader.

"I'm definitely not worried about his form. He looks as though he's on song. He's just losing his wicket in strange ways."


  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-27 07:49

    Ya coach. The less you say the better all round. Kindly behave like the political appointment that you are and remain seen but not heard. Thanks

      Robert Sidney - 2014-02-27 08:37

      How's he a political appointment? Isn't he white? Not that it should matter, but since you brought it up...

      Hansie En Elmien Myburgh - 2014-02-27 09:23

      Wow Kees. That's uncalled for.

      Shane Crouth - 2014-02-27 09:59

      @Kees...Thuli does not mean silence but thula thula wena!

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-27 10:35

      Lol. Settle down Kees, you will spill your klipdrift on your ford matt.

  • Nilo Terblanche Vd Walt - 2014-02-27 07:53

    If it was not for a big score every seventh innings he would have been hacked long ago, we need a opener that makes 30,40,80,30 not 2,5,12,3 and 200

      BJ Pieman - 2014-02-27 09:41

      Exactly. Let's invite Bangladesh over to get smith's average up.

      Morne Steyn Smit - 2014-02-27 10:49

      Apperently all of you who want Smith gone don't know much about cricket the man will be a LEGEND forever...........2 series in Oz & Eng and number 1 under his leadership.......most double centuries always gets stuck in when we need it and a very good leadership which all our players dont doubt and give their all for him!

      Quentin Nothling - 2014-02-27 10:54

      And who is the convenor of selectors? is it not Andrew Hudson? and if I remember correctly he also suffered the same disease as Smith in only keeping his spot with the every now and again high score!!! Maybe we should first get rid of Hudson then Biff should follow as a matter of course

  • Barney Klaasin - 2014-02-27 08:09

    There is enough leaders in the team if he don't perform ,give someone else a chance.Good luck for final test

      Robert Sidney - 2014-02-27 08:38

      Will you PLEASE give Q. de Kock a change!

      Sihle Zondie - 2014-02-27 09:26

      who might this someone be,enlighten us Barney the friendly dinosaur

      Shane Crouth - 2014-02-27 10:02

      @Sihle...AB de Villiers for one (captain of Proteas ODI team) Faf du Plessis (captain of Proteas T20 side) for another

  • Gerhard Uys - 2014-02-27 08:49

    Yes I believe he'll score some big runs in the final test and clinch our first home series win against Australia in a long time. So excited!

      Quentin Nothling - 2014-02-27 10:56

      But he will not deserve the accolades.

  • WILLIAM H. - 2014-02-27 08:52

    Coach do you want to take a bet on that????...I'LL give 10 to 1.

  • Jaco Pieters - 2014-02-27 08:54

    Why does Smith always cob so much crap? I agrree his technique isn't flawless, but out of all the current openers in SA he is still the best pick.who would u replace him with as opener then is my question? Alviro...really? Elgar...after one test as an opener? Quintie...maybe, but for now he should keep and bat 6 or 7 is my thought. Who else I ask to all the moaners out there? If 234 to win a test and 62ave v India isn't good enough, who else then?

      BJ Pieman - 2014-02-27 09:46

      Amla can open, he pretty much has this series..

      Lo Philips - 2014-02-27 10:00

      Agree Jaco. Greame Smith is the best captain we have and the best opener. His record speaks for itself. Who except maybe for AB performed well against Australia all the time? So why take it out on Graeme. We as South Africans like to sit on the couch and pretend we know everything, maybe we do know a lot many times, but some times we need to shut up and just think a little further than the length of our noses.

      BJ Pieman - 2014-02-27 10:18

      Hang on Lo, let's check this "performed well against Australia " statement. Test averages against them: du Plessis: 65 Amla: 52 Dumuny: 51 de Villiers: 49 Smith: 34

      Jaco Pieters - 2014-02-27 10:47

      @BJ Amla and AB is our 2 best bats, they should bat 3 and 4. Amla "succeeded" only once coming in as "opener" as u said. Who would u open with Amla then and why?

      Quentin Nothling - 2014-02-27 11:00

      Yes Biffy may have been a good Captain and opener. But lets consider a couple of things Why is Ponting not playing anymore? Why did Shumi not do so well in his return to F1, Why is Beckham still not Captain of English Football? and why do you throw out that bottle of milk that expired 3 weeks ago? exactly because they have reached there sell by dates.

      Jaco Pieters - 2014-02-27 11:18

      Smith is only 33 yrs old. I would like to know who would make out a proper replacement. With all due respect, no one is giving me that.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-27 08:58

    Ja dont worry bout smith worry bout quota morkel the guy is useless

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-27 08:58

    Ja dont worry bout smith worry bout quota morkel the guy is useless

      David McCallum - 2014-02-27 10:58

      not nearly as useless as the 2 petersons and duminy

      David McCallum - 2014-02-27 13:17

      moron kgoete ,have you even played the game .look at there records .you cant save a team once every 3 years and now you a hero .smith is a legend in the game and deserves the respect .and by the way of all the proteas players I enjoy hash the most . look past your crap and start looking at the players ability .duminy has 1 half decent innings in twenty -average 34 ,Peterson 38 .think before you speak and look at records

  • Wesley Kyle Leppan - 2014-02-27 09:03

    We need to keep Graeme in the side for his captaincy (which adds a helluva lot of value) but I think dropping him down the order to say 6th would be a better idea as he has no clue when it comes to opening the batting and facing the new ball. Not that I would do any better... Just saying...

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-02-27 09:28

      Yes coach he is useless as a batsman can he captain as s twelth man or a drinks boy Wow that would a first

      Wesley Kyle Leppan - 2014-02-27 09:52

      Did I say drop him or did I say drop him down the order to 6th??? I was referring to the batting order you fool.

      Quentin Nothling - 2014-02-27 11:02

      Wesley there is such a thing as sarcasm

      Wesley Kyle Leppan - 2014-02-27 11:06

      @Quentin There is??? Really???????? :-/

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-02-27 11:30

      Hey Wesley my comment has no reference to yours just a humourous one to domingo so chill my man

      Wesley Kyle Leppan - 2014-02-27 11:47

      @Mac apologies for any misunderstanding. Cricket wins at the end of the day. Will be an epic test. Hope The Proteas pull of a stunning come-from-behind series win.

  • Samu Choe - 2014-02-27 09:19

    yhaa, smith is brilliant with his leadership skills as captain but when coming to batting he shld be moved to number 6 or 7 alongside tails.

  • Sabiha Lockhat - 2014-02-27 10:17

    we all know smith is a good batsman and fighter who never gives up easily , thou have to admit with the coach- I sometimes wonder as to why he just loses his wicket in strange ways

  • Franz Smuts - 2014-02-27 10:30

    Thuli you are on a diffrent planet Kees rustig boet nie nodig nie

  • David McCallum - 2014-02-27 11:02

    you all complain about smith (who is our best captain by a long way).Peterson and duminy get 1 good score out of 20 . leave smith alone all you hypocrites who know nothing about the game .we are no 1 because of his leadership

  • John Jessup - 2014-02-27 12:37

    Okay. If you're not worrying then we won't either. I wish.

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