Proteas to stick with Tahir

2011-11-13 20:13

Cape Town - Proteas leg-spinner Imran Thair won't be dropped after he struggled on his Test debut against Australia at Newlands.

Two of South Africa's most experienced players, Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn, told the Rapport newspaper that Tahir's place in the team is safe after he failed to pick up a wicket in the first Test at Newlands.

Tahir struggled in the seamer-friendly conditions, bowling only 10 overs for 35 runs.

However, captain Smith has backed the Pakistan-born spinner, saying the conditions weren't suitable for his leg-spinners.

"Imran's first Test would have been good for his self-confidence and he will continue to grow into his new role.

"He has already learnt a lot from the couple of overs he bowled, but the overhead conditions and batting service offered very little assistance - while the seamers were able to cash in," said Smith.

And Steyn shares his captain's views. He feels Tahir could play more of a role in the the second Test, starting at the Wanderers on Thursday.

"He lacks nothing and he knows he will get his chance to win Tests for the team.

"In our last number of series we lacked a quality spinner that could dismiss our opponents' tail-end batsmen - and when the conditions are in his favour, Imran will do it," said Steyn.


  • Kritesh Harpaul - 2011-11-13 20:33

    He must play. Which other spinner do we have?? Harris is a joke!

      Thomas - 2011-11-14 00:31

      All that needs to be said!!!!!!

      Jono - 2011-11-14 08:37

      SA spinners are useless. Warne can bowl in an ice rink and still get more spin than what our guys can can’t be that hard if spinning is your profession!

      Grant - 2011-11-15 11:36

      @Jono - who, apart from Warne and Murilitheran, are good spinners then?? I'm correct in assuming that you either play at that level, or you suck!?

  • matswane.maphutha - 2011-11-13 20:45

    fair enough, but let him understand his role in the first innings in particular and improve his fielding!!!

  • Derrick - 2011-11-13 20:56

    Do we really need a full time spinner on the normally pace friendly Wanderers ? What about selecting Tsotsobe in place of Tahir & drafting Duminy in . Duminy/Rudolph & Smith could then provide spin cover if needed but it would be nice to have a 5 man pace attack ( DS/MM/VP/LT/JK)

      Wimpie - 2011-11-14 11:33

      Duminy deserve to be in Prince's place.

  • Ian - 2011-11-13 21:38

    35 runs from 10 overs, thats a brilliant economy, the wickets will come, patience is a virtue esp in test cricket

      Jacques - 2011-11-15 17:21

      Three and a half an over isn't exactly ''brilliant'', and ten overs is too little to really pass a judgement on it... although I agree to give him a run at the Bullring. The pitch will be dryer than the Newlands one, so come day 4/5 the sparks will fly. I admit I've been a Harris fan, but the prospect of having a class leggie ripping it at Clarcke, Haddin, Watson (if he survives Steyn up front) and the other right hand batsmen is exciting!

  • ebrahim.omar7 - 2011-11-13 22:03

    Clearly judging from the above comments, people dont understand the importance of a decent spinner. Newlands was seam friendly. Most wickets in the world spinners terrorize opposition. Warne,Murali and in the new era Swann,Vetori,Afridi,Harbajan,Shakib have got good records and are assets to their captains. For years SA have been blamed for being one dimensional, now we have an attacking spinner who Shane Warne handpicked to replace him at Hampshire. With Gary's arrival it will bring an era of modern day thinking and keeping abreast of current game breakers/tactics i.e An attacking spinner. Previous spinners played the defending role, hold up one end, not brave enough to be ruthless in all facets. I rate it South Africa's gain just like England gained Pietersen,Trott,Kieswetter and now Durnbach. They gone, water under the bridge

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-11-14 10:26

    It should be logical: if the wicket suits an attacking spinner, pick Tahir. If it needs a hold-up-one-end spinner so our excellent quicks can rotate, pick Harris. I feel sorry for Botha because he's somewhere in between - and so is better for one dayers.

  • Wimpie - 2011-11-14 11:32

    Only in the sub continent will a spinner have a good day on the first or second day of a test match. So to even consider judging him on the Newlands test is just ludicrous. He must play and become settled as a permanent fixture in our team. He is an ATTACKING spinner.

  • Steve - 2011-11-14 13:25

    Love Tahir's fielding.

  • rueon.scott - 2011-11-14 14:55

    it has been many years since we have had a quality spinner that can take wickets-specially tailenders and tahir will do it. just need to improve fielding

  • lreyneke - 2011-11-16 14:02

    What about Johan Botha?

  • Barry - 2011-11-16 19:34

    Who cares. The result has already been decided elsewhere.

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