Tahir might miss out for SA

2011-10-18 22:43

Cape Town - Proteas captain Hashim Amla hinted that spinner Imran Tahir might not be picked for the first ODI against Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

Tahir was a revelation for South Africa at the World Cup in India earlier this year. The leg-spinner claimed 14 wickets in five matches during the tournament and was lauded afterwards for his performances.

But Amla told the Beeld newspaper that Tahir is not assured of his place in the starting XI.

"We haven't decided on the team yet. But if Imran gets the nod, it will be interesting to see whether he could achieve the same success in South African conditions.

"It's considerably different here (than on the subcontinent) and if it's cloudy tomorrow (Wednesday), it might be wise to pick an extra swing bowler," said Amla.

Former Protea batsman, Boeta Dippenaar also expressed his concerns earlier in the week over Tahir's effectiveness in South African conditions.

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

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


  • Mpho - 2011-10-18 23:00

    Typical clique at it again. Better is better. If he was better than all the other spinners in India he'll be better than all the other spinners in South Africa. How can they suggest he might struggle if he hasn't even played a game here? just a B***S*** excuse to play their man Johan Botha. That's why the Proteas never win anything.

      Gareth - 2011-10-19 00:06

      Plus if you factor in his record in South African conditions, which make him extremely effective, then this story makes little sense. Then factor in that in these self same South Africa condition Johan Botha averages 2.32 wickets per game in First Class matches and Imran averages almost double that at 4.23 then you would have to be high on something to argue Imran isnt suited for SA. Then when you consider that in South African conditions he takes more wickets per game than Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell and Robin Peterson. With all that considered how does one say he isnt suited for SA conditions? So I totally agree with you Mpho this is a load of B***S***.

      HennieduPles - 2011-10-19 06:52

      I watched the Proteas yesterday practicing at SS Park. Both Tahir and Johan B looked in good shape. With the new law where 2 balls are used plus the pitch and expected weather conditions I would also go for the extra seamer. Johan B knows at least how to handle a bat so I understand the thinking of the selectors. Political agenda ? Come on man, you select horses for courses !

      CapeChappy - 2011-10-19 10:57

      Mpho: They are not indicating they will pick another spinner. They are indicating they would rather go with another seam bowler and an use an all-round spin bowler, like Botha. Unfortunately Tahir can't bat to save his life, which will count against him in ODI games. Botha, Robin Peterson and Duminy can all bat and bowl.

      Mpho - 2011-10-19 13:17

      Bowlers bowl for wickets. Batsmen bat for runs. For the first time we have an attacking leg-spinner who can straight up strike instead of just hold up an end. Muralitharan couldn't bat to save his life and he won matches. Harbajan Singh before he learned to smack a few never missed a match. When you have a strike spinner of this calibre there's nothing to think about. The mere fact that Johan Botha/Imran Tahir is even a discussion because of the 20 odd runs Botha can get ON A GOOD DAY is a sign of mental weakness by the so called brains trust. This is not about strategy or playing to conditions. It's about getting Botha in there, plain and simple.

  • Dirk - 2011-10-19 05:00

    Amla really confirming what Boeta Dippenaar had said.When Dippenaar said what he had, he was made out to be a has been.Does that now make Amla a has been because he speaks the truth and takes into account SA conditions? No.People should start thinking with the top end of the anatomy, and not the lower end.

  • Igenatius - 2011-10-19 08:32

    Might as well drop Smith and put Tahir in. Not like Smith contributes anything any ways. At least Tahir would take some wickets. Heck why not open with Tahir, probably a better batsman than Smith too... hahaha

      Dirk - 2011-10-19 11:02

      Let Tahir open the batting ipo Smith. If he can avoid 6 balls three feet outside off, then he has already made a bigger contribution.

  • granville.paulse - 2011-10-19 08:59

    Guys, Hash is not saying that they'll pick another spinner over Tahir. It might be better to pick an extra seamer, and have JP and Faf bowl all the spin if required.

  • Josias - 2011-10-19 09:52

    "i don't know if South African conditions will suit him" How many years did Tahir play in SA soil and how many wickets did he claim?

      Gareth - 2011-10-19 11:40

      See my point above - This is exactly what I am thinking! How on earth can they even make a statement saying he isnt suited for the very conditions he excels in, and for that matter is a better strike bowler than his peers in those conditions. He has taken 585 wickets in 138 First Class games, which is a lot better than most in SA, in SA. Absurd statement !!!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-19 12:59

    What is the team looking like does anybody know?

  • mnbain - 2011-10-19 13:06

    They are so worried about which bowlers to pick, but we have a side that is light in batsmen, let alone form batsmen. Tahir is a wicket taker, he would be my first choice bowler. Cos we are going to have to defend some low totals.

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