Pick Harris, not Tahir - Boeta

2011-10-18 07:40

Cape Town - Former Proteas batsman Boeta Dippenaar says he would pick Paul Harris ahead of Imran Tahir as a spinner in Test matches in South Africa.

Dippenaar, who plays for the Knights, faced Tahir over the weekend in a SuperSport series match against the Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban.

And according to the Volksblad newspaper, Dippenaar wrote on his blog that Tahir's possible inclusion in the Proteas side for the upcoming Test series against Australia, worries him.

The Free Stater fears Tahir might struggle in Test matches locally.

"After I faced him this week, I'm not so sure anymore that he's our best choice in South African conditions," said Dippenaar.

Tahir took 3/88 for the Dolphins in the Knights' first innings, but struggled in the second innings on the final day, taking only 1/90. The Knights won by four wickets.

South African pitches have always been conducive to fast bowling and Dippenaar believes Harris is more effective as a slow bowler on such pitches.

"Harris has always been successful at holding up one end, which allows Graeme Smith to rotate his quick bowlers from the other end. And I'm not sure if Tahir could perform that job for South Africa."

Dippenaar believes Tahir should only be picked ahead of Harris if the pitches are prepared in a different manner to what they are traditionally prepared like.

The Proteas' first Test against Australia starts on November 9 at Newlands, followed by a second Test on November 17 at the Wanderers.


  • Priyal - 2011-10-18 08:02

    Oh please. Harris can't turn a door knob. The Proteas need to move on from the 'holding bowler' syndrome. We need an attacking spinner. Tahir may go for a few but he may also do something amazing...

  • Ian - 2011-10-18 08:03

    might have a point, sa pitches are fast and bouncy, unlike the slow sub continent dustbowls where Imran knocks sides over cheap

      mrbroom - 2011-10-18 09:50

      Imran Tahir has played all his cricket over the last like 6 or 7 years in South Africa and England. And his stats speak for themselves. I'm sure Tahir could have knocked Graham Onions over.

  • Jed - 2011-10-18 08:21

    If you want to remain a second, third place side use Harris. If you want to be number 1 in the world you need an attacking spinner not someone who "holds up an end". Australia-warne, England-Swan, India-Harbejan. All great attacking spinners.

  • paul.essafrau - 2011-10-18 08:22

    Boeta really! Tahir was leading wicket taker in the SS series last year and was also in the top two in the county league in England. This has been consistent over the past two seasons as well as he was our leading wicket taker at the WC. He has one "bad game" by taking 4 for 178 and Harris is the answer. Last season the Proteas had two games against England and I think one or two against India that we had over 130 over on the last innings to bowl out the opposition and could not do it with Harris as our spin bowler. Enough said!!!

  • Dirk - 2011-10-18 08:22

    When Boeta was still playing, he was SAs fall guy.Even when the SA bowlers failed, Boeta was held responsible, and dropped. It became so absurd, that when the Springboks failed at rugby, they jokingly suggested that Boeta should be dropped. Technically, Dippenaar, was one of our best batsmen and had they left him in the opening role and given him the chance to establish himself in that role, he could still have been batting for SA. He certainly would not have been trying to see from how far outside of off stump, he could drag the ball onto his wickets. Perhaps we need to listen to his advice- he makes a valid point.

      Sulaiman - 2011-10-18 08:38

      He is a has been, and we always had better openers than Boeta Dippenaar. I think Tahir should be given a chance and we also have Duminy as a spin bowler which is totally under used and can be made into a proper all rounder.

      Victor - 2011-10-18 08:40

      He was the leading wicket taker in the Supersport Series last season. The last I checked, this series is actually played in South Africa on SA pitches. I don't get Boeta's reasoning here. Or is he sticking up for an old mate?

      Dirk - 2011-10-18 19:00

      Go and check the stats- you would be surprised.But clearly not many here like to deal with facts- high on emotion! If Boeta was given as much opportunities as some of the batters in recent yrs, I have no doubt that he would have made it. As opener, I look at a batters ability to play with a straight bat- and he could do that. On one occasion, he was dropped after getting a century??? Not many who have experienced that. Buddy, you sound like a very bitter person.Careful, that makes one sick

  • Ben - 2011-10-18 08:48

    Load of crap. Tahir should get his chance at test. He's been playing our pitches long enough and was one of the leading wicket takers last year.

  • cathee3 - 2011-10-18 08:50

    aagh..shame.. boeta..thats why you're a "former proteas batsman"

  • Buddy - 2011-10-18 08:55

    bOETA BULL, EXPECT THIS FROM THE PREVIOUSLY PRIVILEGED,BECOME a selector boetie and pick all your boeties

  • Niel - 2011-10-18 09:04

    boeta is such a twit. Harris is useless. give tahir a chance. nothing to do with colour or race. Harris had his chance and never took it so move on.

  • shaficks - 2011-10-18 10:39

    If we want to "bore" the opposition out Harris is our man. There isn't a more boring bowler in Test cricket. Taahir may not be the answer but Harris certainly isn't. Taahir would do well as he has proven that already. This is a good time to pick a youngster with potential and see how he fares against tough opposition, the problem with us is that we are afraid to take risks with picking youngsters..Oz just picked an 18 year old who only played 3 first class games.

  • Roy - 2011-10-18 11:23

    You must be joking to pick Harris before Tahir. Harris is much to slow in running etc and does not bat well. Tahir should be chosen because he is young and has a good few years ahead of him. Harris is not going to be around to long and is to "old" for the game

  • Roy - 2011-10-18 11:29

    I hope that Boeta reads these comments and decides to retire because he is one of the "has-beens" of our Cricket and only recommends Harris because they are club mates.

  • jen.bader - 2011-10-18 11:32

    Pick Roelof van der Merwe!

  • granville.paulse - 2011-10-18 11:56

    Tahir will not be selected to hold up an end. He will be selected to take wickets!!!! The ball has turned considerably over the last few seasons at Newlands and I'd love to see Tahir bowl on our track on day 5. Also having a spinner in the squad gives our captain options at the toss. I remember a match against the ausies at Newlands where the pitch was super green and it was very overcast and Graeme Smith won the toss and chose to bat because he was afraid of what Warne could do on day 5. The match finished early on day 3. With someone like Tahir on our side, the opposition needs to factor in what he can do on day 5.

  • James - 2011-10-18 12:25

    Harris is not a spinner - he is a slow bowler. Tahir is a wicket-taking spinner who has about twelve different deliveries - why would you not want him in your team? Dippenaar epitomises the old-school out-dated conservativism of South African cricket of the past. We are heading in a new direction; not stagnating with old ideas and defencesive strategies.

      shaficks - 2011-10-18 13:09

      Exactly!!! Couldn't agree more, especially in a time where support for the game is dwindling. We need more people at the stadiums. Harris is by no means a draw card

  • Staalbal - 2011-10-18 12:52

    Pick Tahir - He'll take wickets

  • Hemant - 2011-10-18 19:47

    boeta you have been too long in Bloem.Harris was famously described as the buffet bowler-you can just help yourself to his bowling.At this stage Tahir is the answer -not newsworthy at all

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