Proteas are 'underdone'

2011-11-07 10:12

Cape Town - Australian batsmen, Mike Hussey has fired another salvo at the Proteas ahead of the first Test at Newlands which starts on Wednesday.

The Western Australia native says that his South African counterparts have not prepared enough going into their much-awaited Test, their first since 2009.

“I realise that players have played provincial limited overs cricket. Therefore they at least have some cricket under the belt, but personally, I would rather want to play first class matches leading up to a Test series,” Hussey told Die Burger newspaper.

Hussey himself has only scored a single Test century against South Africa, coming in Melbourne in 2005 and only a third of his 15 Test tons have taken place outside of Australia.

He says that although it is not a bad idea to rest players, rustiness will soon be found out in the Test arena.

“The use of match practice can also help. A fresh and rested player can get going at the onset (of a series). The difficult thing is to keep up your intensity. It is one of the things that you can only get practice for in both Tests and First Class matches,” added Hussey.

However, despite everything, the man dubbed “Mr Cricket” is convinced that the team the Aussies face this time around is even stronger than the one who defeated them in their backyard in the 2008/2009 season.

“Some players like AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla have played a lot more cricket, so they are probably better. They have been able to keep the same personnel for a while...and it's probably reflected on the rankings,” Hussey explained in Monday's Cape Times.

“Having the same group of players for quite some time helps you to build a team.”


  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-07 10:22

    I agree that the Proteas lack match practise going into the two tests against Australia. We will have to wait and see how they do before passing comment!!! I must say I was disappointed with the 1 day series and expected much closer games.

  • shawnholten - 2011-11-07 10:23

    Have to agree with Mr Cricket. Bad planning by CSA. But lets hope the boys can perform which Im sure they will. Viva Proteas #Amped

  • Ian - 2011-11-07 10:40

    hussey like his mate ponting alway shoot the mouths off before they play us, cant wait wait to see the 2 of them with egg on there faces

  • Deon - 2011-11-07 10:42

    I agree with him. Why did Smith not play yesterday? They made the same mistake after the previous tour down under.

      Gareth - 2011-11-07 12:10

      Because he could make the starting eleven!

  • Nic - 2011-11-07 10:44

    Bad planning because they are still spending the bonusses they got!! why plan when you get bonus if you win or lose!!!! cannot believe we are so stupid to go into test with so little practice...we are going to get killed!

  • Dean - 2011-11-07 10:58

    Go Auzzies :) Smack them 2-0 :)

  • Frik - 2011-11-07 11:04

    Just trying to pull their psycological sh*t again like the all blacks, they cant try to play without trying to pull some scams to give them an advantage. Please just try to play the game. The Proteas are going to smash you in the tests, unless the rain saves you, experience counts much more in these games than luck in the shorter versions. Eat the wannabies guys!! The Proteas must rain bouncers on them like de Lange did in Potch these guys seem to crumble when get some ear whistlers. The only reason why we lost the last ODI is because Amla did not use Kallis to boul enough, only at the end when it was too late. Kallis was on fire but only got 3 overs and took one wicket and then they tried to bring him in to save the day with only 4 overs remaining. Please learn guys strike the iron when its hot, when a bowler is giving the opponents problems and is taking wickets use him more. Made me so angry when Kallis bowled his 3 overs so well and then they dont use him, and keep on using players that get hit out of the park.

  • Andre - 2011-11-07 11:05

    Hussy is almost correct.... without a full house of supporters (and a heavy drop in sponsorship in cricket as a whole in SA) I cannot foresee the Protea's holding aloft the trophy. Money has become the bigger prize amongst the administrators and THEY have tainted SA cricket very badly. I also do not believe every score that is posted and or defended. Cricket should be renamed 'Sculdugary'.... and Majola and co should open the 'betting'....hee hee

  • Paul - 2011-11-07 11:19

    Hey Huss: your powers of observation astonish us all. We bow to your superior intellect and insight. Just a small word of advice... strap your helmet on nice and tight when you go out to bat.

  • Errol - 2011-11-07 11:20

    Agreed!!!Plus the 'behind the scenes' CSA fiasco.....

  • Wimpie - 2011-11-07 11:41

    blah blah blah...bring it !!!!

  • Roy - 2011-11-07 11:47

    Go on Proteas show up this idiot and prove him wrong. We should show these loud mouths that we can beat them. We've done it in their own country and we can do it here unless someone like Graham Smith proves us wrong.

  • granville.paulse - 2011-11-07 11:52

    How does one go into a test series against the Ausies under-prepared as we clearly are?? It's just crazy. The result of a test match can be decided on the first morning and we can't afford to be poer-poering around for the first 2 hours.

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-07 12:52

    Bring it on !! We're waiting !!

  • Dhirshan - 2011-11-07 16:22

    why is 60 year old has-been prince playing? give young bood a chance for goodness sake! thats why we keep drawing tests! jp did it before and can do it again.

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