SA's Tahir picks up infection

2011-02-27 14:25

New Delhi - South Africa has illness and injury concerns with its two match-winners following a seven-wicket win over West Indies in its opening Group B match at the World Cup.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Sunday pollution in New Delhi had contributed to legspinner Imran Tahir picking up a respiratory tract infection, while wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers was coping with a back problem.

Batsman JP Duminy and fast bowler Dale Steyn had also picked up knocks, Moosajee said.

Duminy and Tahir did not train with the team on Sunday, while Steyn bruised his right side when he collided with a team mate in a football match in the warm-up.

South Africa plays Netherlands on Thursday in Mohali.

Tahir made a promising start to the tournament against West Indies, picking up 4-41 in his first competitive match for the Proteas as part of a three-man spin attack.

"It's heading for the end of winter here and with the pollution, a lot of people are getting sick," Moosajee said. "Imran Tahir has an upper respiratory tract infection and, as a precaution, we kept him out of training today. He should be fine for Mohali but we will monitor him. I told him to rest and he's on medication."

De Villiers, who hit an unbeaten century against West Indies to guide South Africa to victory, is battling a long-standing problem. He experienced back spasms following his two-and-a-half hour innings on Thursday and was unable to make the post-match news conference.

"AB is fine. If you keep wicket and bat for 50 overs each, chances are you're going to have some issues," Moosajee said. "His back is a long-standing problem and we just have to manage it regularly."

Duminy had "some lower back tightness" and Steyn had ice applied just above his hip and was kept out of the rest of the session as a precaution, the team manager said.

Ahead of the match against the Dutch, bowling coach Vince Barnes said Mohali could suit South Africa's pace attack more than the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi, where South Africa's new spinning strength held the key.

"We'll have to look at conditions," Barnes said, "there are a couple of day matches coming up where we'll have to look at the freshness of the wicket and in Mohali before there has been some extra bounce.

"We've been to the subcontinent on many occasions and know that spin obviously plays a big part. We just haven't had the type of bowlers we have now. We have a fantastic attacking spinner in Imran Tahir and two other very good spinners (Johan Botha and Robin Peterson) who can bat as well, which does help the balance."


  • darkwing - 2011-02-27 15:21

    Where is Boucher?

      mycousin - 2011-02-28 03:14

      op die plaas my bru

  • Arend - 2011-02-27 16:07

    I can not believe what I read. Manage AB's back problem? He admits that, to play and score a century and then to keep wicket will put strain on a back problem. Is this the way to manage a longstanding back problem? Idiots, Idiots, Idiots.

      Wendy - 2011-02-28 10:59


  • lribouet - 2011-02-27 16:38

    SA cricket management is brainless. Why o why are you risking your best batsman AB to do the job as wicket keeper when he has back issues. And Boucher the No1 wicket keeper in the world cannot even make the squad. What a joke! The list goes on........

      Wendy - 2011-02-28 10:59

      good point

      ME - 2011-02-28 13:33

      Irabouet- you are so right

      Kdub - 2011-02-28 13:59

      Mark Boucher is not the number 1 wicket keeper in the world. He hasn't been for a long time.

  • Douglas - 2011-02-27 22:59

    Don't see the problem here. We have a fine keeper in Morne Van Wyk. Plus he's not exactly the world's worsts batsman, too. Maybe this is his opportunity. Rest AB against the Dutch, bring on Morne!

      Sipho - 2011-02-28 01:02

      Why not just play AB and Morne(give Morne the gloves) against the Dutchmen. Then decide on making that permanent. AB needs a rest... Line-up should be:Amla, Smith, Kallis, AB, Van Wyk, Ingram/Faf, Botha, Petersen, Morkel, Tsotso, Parnell. That way, we resting Steyn, JP and Tahir. And letting the fringe players do their best to get into the first team. Its between Faf and Ingram for the number 6 spot.

      Wendy - 2011-02-28 11:00

      @Sipho - good points

  • Lorenzo - 2011-02-28 11:15

    Spot on Sipho.

  • Mark - 2011-02-28 14:07

    @Sipho.........SA cricket management needs a replacment.....are you to the job dude :-)

      Sipho - 2011-02-28 15:23

      I applied but there are looking for someone else who actually havent played the game. So I dont qualify.

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