Kirsten happy with Proteas

2011-11-22 17:19

Johannesburg - Proteas coach Gary Kirsten would be hesitant to criticise his charges after losing the second Test on Monday to Australia after twice being in a commanding position.

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Australia bounced back to win the second Test by a slender two wickets and level the series 1-1 after a dismal showing at Newlands two weeks ago.

"It was one of those series where both sides let it slip and then pulled it back brilliantly," said Kirsten, who took over as coach in August.

"There were times when we could have kept up our concentration levels for longer periods and capitalised on a really good position, but the Aussies had situations like that as well."

With both sides constantly trying to gain an advantage, Kirsten said it made for a great series and a very competitive one.

"I’m generally happy with the way things went," he said.

"They gave 100 percent and, from a coaching perspective, that’s all I ever ask for and I think it was a fantastic Test series."

Two South Africans, Vernon Philander and Imran Tahir, made their Test debuts in the series while Jacques Rudolph made a welcome return to Test cricket after an absence of five years.

Philander was particularly impressive, taking a five-wicket haul in each of the two Tests.

His five for 15 in Australia’s bizarre 46-all-out innings at Newlands was matched by his five for 70 at the Wanderers on Monday.

"Vernon has been the standout bowler," Kirsten said.

"He has served his time at first-class level and he has come in and delivered the goods."


  • Shirley - 2011-11-22 17:23

    You have a lot of work ahead!

      Dirk - 2011-11-22 18:40

      As much as I admire Gary Kirsten, he will soon realise that that line may have worked in India, but I dont think it will here

      Barry - 2011-11-22 18:59

      Gary has been in India long enough to know that the results of test matches are not in the coaches hands, the players hands, or the ICC hands. The results are in the bookies hands.

  • Jp - 2011-11-22 18:06

    ??? Seriously, if you are happy with throwing away a test to an 18 year old, and bowlers of the calibre of Misters Clarke and Hussey, i am more than concerned with your assesment. The lack of any spine was evident in the entire first innings and only showed fleeting glimpses in the second innings. Our bowlers with one exception showed ill discipline while our fielding was at times ordinary. We lost to an Australian side in transition and you are happy?? they lost their 4th seem bowler on the morning of our first innings and we did not make it count and you are happy?? I wonder what would make you angry?

      Rob - 2011-11-22 18:20

      I agree with what you say about the Proteas JP. They lacked spine yesterday. I couldn't see them rolling over and dying like that under some of the old captains in the past ie Clive Rice or Kepler Wessels. If Kirsten is happy with that performance then we are in real trouble. Now is the time for him to wield the axe and get rid of the old guard who seem to be in cruise and collect mode. He needs to mould the team into his way of thinking. He always was a gutsy player who never gave up. Lets see it as a coach.

  • Barry - 2011-11-22 18:37

    Gary has been in India for quite I long time. He knows the game well. The players are happy, the coaches are happy, the bookies are happy. Everybody is happy...except the genuine cricket fan. Not many of those anymore.

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-22 19:21

    LOL - You people have NO clue. Two tests, which BTW were our first two tests in more than 6-8 months, and you guys are criticizing already. I will never understand negativity like this...Sorry!

      Lara - 2011-11-22 19:32

      And I will never understand why we accept mediocre results and say that a shared series on home soil is a good result. I thought the damn game was about winning. Apparently I was wrong.

  • Anneleen - 2011-11-22 20:14

    well, i would have been happier if the result was a comprehensive victory for our team, but in the meantime it is good to support our Proteas!

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-22 22:17

    People like you Lara, do not get it either - OBVIOUSLY we are not happy that we lost, but for people to get all negative and start criticizing our team and our brand new coach after one loss is just stupid..! Do you think that India won all their games when Gary coached them...They did not become the No 1 team in the world overnight, but you people want our guys to win everything, all the time, which is just impossible...! Cricket, and especially 5-day test cricket needs patience and a lot of it...from players, coaches and supporters. If you people do not understand Test cricket, you better keep watching T20 games - T20 cricket was created for the supporters who are impatient and do not fully understand 5-Day Test cricket...!

  • dan8472 - 2011-11-22 23:37

    Cricket in South Africa truly is transformed. Transformed from world beating serious contenders to a laughing stock that has lost on home soil to the worst Australian team in living memory. (Before the idiots get on their soap boxes it was drew tests, drew 20/20's and lost the one dayers - it is Australia that go home proud winners of this contest). It's not that we haven't lost before, but that the coach is now "happy with the Proteas" after the team was reamed by an 18 year old with 4 first class games under his belt and the Ozzie geriatrics club. Seriously? He is happy? I think the Proteas are incapable of winning, Smith is incapable of winning, in a four test series we win the first two then lost the next two, in a two test series we win the first one then lost the second one over and over and over again it happens, why? Complacency? Arrogance? Lack of belief? Laziness? Sloppiness? Couldn't give a toss? This is sport in the new SA where we applaud teams for taking part, and winning is no longer the objective of taking part the important thing is to be "transformed" and "representative". I don't have a problem with that (at all), but when winning becomes a sideline occurrence then there are serious problems and the cricket authorities can not blame the public when they cannot take the SA cricket team seriously. The SA team are brilliant as cricketing individuals, some are cricketing genius even, legends of the game, but as a team they are muppets.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-23 07:52

    The Proteas played well and it is a pity they could not get those 2 wickets. Taking into account the team cam from a few months' lay off they did well but there is much room for improvement and a few questions the selectors and coaches should ask. Eg. Should Rudolph be opening? Is Boucher still the best wicket keeper? Are there any other bowlers who can finish off the game? etc. etc.

  • Jankess - 2011-11-27 01:07

    Not one win in last 4 home series, as much as I want, I can't get myself to be happy with this hapless and pathetic team.

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