Faf: Places not guaranteed

2014-03-15 11:38

Pretoria - Proteas T20 captain Faf du Plessis has warned on Friday that nobody's place was certain for the ICC World T20 after his side were hammered by six wickets with five overs to spare by Australia in their T20 international at SuperSport Park, in Centurion.

As it happened: SA v Oz - 3rd T20

South Africa leave for Bangladesh and the ICC World T20 on Saturday and will enter the tournament with little expectation judging by their recent form.

"Having guys in form will be really important if we're going to do well in the T20 World Cup. If people aren't on top of their game then we'll definitely look at other options, nobody is a certainty," Du Plessis told a media conference after the match.

Neither Dale Steyn nor Morne Morkel played in the T20 series against Australia and their stand-ins - the likes of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell and Beuran Hendricks - were unable to reproduce their domestic form against what Du Plessis described as "a powerhouse batting line-up".

"Our bowlers mad a lot of mistakes tonight... we bowled the wrong lines and lengths, but defending less than 130 makes it difficult for the bowlers.

"I wanted them to bowl as straight as possible, but there was way too much square-of-the-wicket strokeplay.

"But having Dale and Morne back will be a huge bonus," Du Plessis said.

The captain also conceded that both the batting and fielding had not been up to scratch on Friday night.

"We made a lot of mistakes with the bat and we didn't lay a good base for our big hitters. \

"David Miller and Albie Morkel need to come in when we're on top.

"The pitch was quite tough for the first six overs, but we need to adapt and getting out caught like we did was soft dismissals.

"It sums up our batting effort and nine times out of 10 you're not going to win games with soft dismissals."

South Africa have also been the international benchmark in terms of fielding, but since the departure of Rob Walter as the fielding coach, they have often looked lethargic and have not taken several crucial catches through the summer.

The one positive from the heavy defeat was the bowling of leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who took two for 21 in his four overs and showed that staked his claim for a leading role in Bangladesh.

"Imran bowled really well, which is a really good sign for us.

"He's going to play a huge part in our success in the T20 World Cup, on those pitches, in those conditions," Du Plessis said.


  • Doug Hardy - 2014-03-15 11:50

    Thank goodness the cricket season is almost over and we can watch some genuine professional sportsmen earning their living in the super 15, not some over paid, sun glass wielding prema donnas in skirts.......

      Clinton Tupper - 2014-03-15 12:39

      How can nobody's place be certain? i thought they have already selected the squad?

      Kenny K - 2014-03-15 12:51

      Du Plessis is right..firstly, they need to reconsider Amla...he just aint T20 material..lets get a master blaster up front with De Kock..thereafter we have a good batting order !!!

  • dewaldmarais - 2014-03-15 11:55

    We expect little based on previous ICC performances - for a change go there and play some fearless cricket.

  • Evert Grobbelaar - 2014-03-15 12:02

    I agree with Faf nobody should be guaranteed their place Himself should be on the chopping block WEAK PROTEAS no BMT and a DISGRACE

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-15 12:30

    How can you have a guy like Tsotsobe in the team but not Philander. Besides the fact that tsotsie is useless at bowling, he can't bat and field either. Just does not make sense...unless we must have an ethnic black player in the team

      Clinton Tupper - 2014-03-15 12:35

      I think you hit the nail on the head and soon it wont only be one!

      Kenny K - 2014-03-15 12:52


  • Allan Brits - 2014-03-15 12:30

    Oh Fan spin us a new one we all know that what the SA cricket officials want is a full black not a team filled with white coloured and Indian players to go to the WC just accept it as a given then we will see who makes it past the first game and rst round certainly not our team I gave up supporting this losing sport sometime ago and my blood pressure has come down

      Kenny K - 2014-03-15 12:52


  • Clinton Tupper - 2014-03-15 12:33

    Firstly up,drop that useless Tsotsobe! The ONLY way we will get anywhere in this world cup will be if we select a team purely on merit! Lets face facts,Tsotsobe is only in the team because of the color of his skin!

      Kenny K - 2014-03-15 12:53

      whatever happened to Richard Levi...a master blaster of note..why was he he not in Domingos good books ???

      Khaya Magadla - 2014-03-15 14:01

      Learn 2 watch sport instead of placing much focus on peripheral stuff like colour pls! Tsotsobe is out of form and unfit as he used 2 be a strike bowler.

      Clinton Tupper - 2014-03-15 15:15

      Out of form AND unfit....yet still in the team,Mmmmmm wonder why?? Learn to spell sport before you comment here!

      Khaya Magadla - 2014-03-15 16:56

      See my comment on what I reckon the problem is English teacher Clinton. Also you get to avoid bringing irrelevant matters in your arguments for them to have merit my last advice as can see you don't take kindly to being criticised!

  • Jamie Cooper - 2014-03-15 12:34

    dont think that faf should be captain or even play.....hes a average player. stop playing new shots. and yeah, leaving out the best 20/20 bowler aka abbott, is a dangerous move. think its time to get new selectors

  • John Jessup - 2014-03-15 12:47

    This looks like the worst, most ill-prepared, badly managed, under-coached team we've ever sent to the T20 championships. And we never won any of those. Don't even want to think what is going to happen this time around!

      Kenny K - 2014-03-15 12:55

      we'll play a quarter final , lose and be on the next plane home (not Malaysian Airlines though)..

  • Johan Brand - 2014-03-15 12:51

    Moenie groot tasse pak nie Faf. Julle gaan vroeg terugkom.

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-15 12:51

    Another thing that shown through this disastrous tour of Aussie, is that we do not nearly have the quality players in reserve as Australia. There's a huge gap between our first choice players and others playing in the domestic competition. If one or two breaks down, we have problems at international level. Also, we play much to conservatively in the 20/20 game and the setup is not flexible enough to shift players around. For instance, I would open the batting in 20/20 with De Kock and De Villiers. Amla is a test and ODI player and should not play 20/20. We need energetic duracell bunnies to play this game. And where is the aggression? We show none of that in the way we play or in our body language.

  • Nigel Musara - 2014-03-15 12:55

    I agree Tsotsobe is out of form and unfit, so should be DROPPED. However, to suggest that he got into Proteas team only because he is black is as ridiculous and RACIST as it can ever get. Is he ranked number 7 and 6 in the ICC World T20 and ODI rankings, respectively because he is BLACK as well? For those calling for Philander's inclusion, check his T20 stats and you'll realize that he doesn't deserve to play in the format. Kyle Abbott is the bowler who isn't getting the recognition he deserves. He should be going to T20 World Cup, should be a regular in both Test and ODI teams because of his consistently great form over the last few years.

  • harold.marsberg - 2014-03-15 13:05

    There are some real gems in the under 19s, so these palookas are on their farewell tour..:3

  • philip.buys.1 - 2014-03-15 13:20

    Do not worry, pack light, you will only there for a few days.

  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-15 13:24

    I wonder what happened to Chris Morris. When he played for Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni used him exceptionally well, especially in the death overs. I wish he could have been in the squad in stead of Lopsy...

  • Charless Schmidt - 2014-03-15 13:33

    Please get Ray Jennings as coach and take away yhe token gesture we now have

  • Khaya Magadla - 2014-03-15 13:49

    The problem is with selection here period. Alma can't be reduced 2 opening batting in this format as there are many explosive batters deserving 2 be looked into. The same applies 2 Tsotsobe coz he's unfit and out of form. Too much loyalty shown by the selectors on favoured players.

  • Kgosi Samuel Mogosetso - 2014-03-15 13:59

    Including yours i hope an please drop both lobsy and amla.....i would prefer this 11 de kock and ab to open followed by u, bahadien, jp, muller, albie, parnell, steyn, hendricks, morkel and tahir

  • Hari Prasad - 2014-03-15 17:08

    Pls drop tsotsobe and amla.bring back delange

  • David Simon Lewisohn - 2014-03-15 18:04

    Start by dropping Faf from all forms of the game. Whoever said he deserves to be in the teams?

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