Ireland spared AB, Tahir?

2011-03-14 14:24

Kolkata - South Africa have injury worries over their leading run scorer and wicket-taker at the Cricket World Cup ahead of the Group B match against Ireland on Tuesday.

South Africa coach Corrie Van Zyl confirmed on Monday that batsman AB De Villiers had gone for a scan on an injured left thigh muscle, a problem that forced him to use a runner in Saturday's victory over India.

"We are just waiting for a full medical report so we will make a decision a little bit later," Van Zyl said. "I'm not a doctor. I don't think it's major in terms of out of the tournament, but as I said I'm not a doctor. I'll wait for the doctor's report."

De Villiers has scored two centuries and a half-century in four innings at the World Cup and is likely to be left out for the game against the Irish as South Africa plans ahead for the knockout stage.

De Villiers also struggled with a lower back problem earlier in the tournament, with Morne van Wyk taking over wicketkeeping duties.

Leading bowler Imran Tahir, who has 11 wickets in three matches, is resting a fractured left thumb that sidelined him during South Africa's dramatic, last-over win over India.

The Pakistan-born legspinner was already expected to sit out Tuesday's game after he was advised to undergo a 10-day recovery period. He fractured the finger against England on March 6.

Van Zyl said his starting lineup against Ireland "depends on availability" but insisted South Africa would still be strong in Kolkata as it looks to seal its place in the quarterfinals.

"We said when we left South Africa that we have got a 15-man squad we feel that can represent South Africa on any given day," Van Zyl told reporters. "That gives us options and I believe that even if both of them (De Villiers and Tahir) can't play on Tuesday, then the 11 that we put in the field will be a strong 11."

The South Africans chose not to practice at the renovated Eden Gardens on Monday and will head into Tuesday's match without a formal workout at the stadium.

Van Zyl later went to examine the Eden Gardens pitch with the team manager and media manager, with no sign of the Proteas players.

"Because we are not training doesn't mean we are not prepared," Van Zyl said. "This is part of our preparation, having close games (against India)."

"Sometimes you just get caught up with it, do you have to practice or do you practice for the sake of practicing? But being prepared is important ... we are well aware of what's expected with day-night matches in Kolkata."

Following the dramatic win over India, which Van Zyl said was a psychological boost for the team, South Africa needs one point from its remaining group games against Ireland and Bangladesh to reach the quarter-finals.


  • David van Niekerk - 2011-03-14 14:43

    go boys, you cam do it. we not England we can rest half our side and still come away with a win

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 14:58

      Agree with you,maybe rest Steyn for atleast one of the 2 remaining pool games,Parnell or Lobsie can do with a run!!!

      Neo - 2011-03-14 17:46

      Yes, don't even wait for the doctor's diagnosis.... rest both of them. We will need them fresh and without niggles later!

  • Sipho - 2011-03-14 14:46

    Give AB a deserved rest and let Morne Van Wyk open with Amla. Bring Tsotso on for Morkel and play Tahir to get him match fit. Botha needs a rest after actually getting some runs and bring on Ingram... No place for Parnell. Morne V W Amla Smith Kallis JP Faf Ingram Petersen Steyn Tsotso Tahir We have batsmen to number 9 and a variety of bowlers to use.

      pg001 - 2011-03-14 15:01

      Tahir has a fracture in his tumb, he can't play. It means basically broken. I would stick with the basic side. Botha missed two game so he can play. Bring Ingram in for AB and play Lonwabo in somebodies place so he can get match pratice.

      Nyameko - 2011-03-14 15:15

      Tahir has a fractured finger..He is under the doctor's advice to rest for 10 days..starting last week Tuesday. If he were to injure that finger again in a less competitive game, it would be disaster for the Proteas in a the knockout stages.. Smith is in the side as an opening batsman and captain, if he is not opening he should be sitting in the bench.. Ingram can fill AB's place at 4 as he has filled Kallis's place at 3 and scored two ODI hundreds. van Wyk has to bat lower down as that will be his role when AB is back. It is pointless to mess him about relating to what is expected of him. Good team nonetheless..

  • arrie1912 - 2011-03-14 14:52

    Put Bouch on standby. van Wyk to move up the order.

      pg001 - 2011-03-14 15:02

      v Wyk still has to show why he was selected before Boucher. He han't score runs, and missed a few balls behind the wickets.

  • DeonL - 2011-03-14 14:55

    We have enough other batsmen, bring in Lopsy for AB, leave the rest of the team as it was. Tahir can play again the weekend, we don't need to take a chance with him.

  • Alwyn - 2011-03-14 15:03

    A well deserved rest providing that the on field team doesnt take a win as a given,ask England ?

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 15:09

      Ask the Bulls as well,game against Highlanders they thought it was given they would win!!!!!

  • Tsvi Shain - 2011-03-14 15:24

    lot of travelling yesterday. couldn't train properly today...

  • Stephen Barry - 2011-03-14 15:46

    Both Bangladesh and Ireland beat England who beat South Africa so last 2 games will not be a walk in the park.

  • HJS - 2011-03-14 16:28

    A bright spot on the horizon? Bangladesh won today, if England loose to the Windies it is most likely goodbye England??? As far as I can recall they have not before won the CWC and may not make the playoffs this time?? And rumour has it that they invented the game?

      Kailif - 2011-03-15 08:58

      England has been in three CWC finals and lost them all. Do I hear anybody call the Proteas "chokers"?

  • ME - 2011-03-14 17:51

    We have lost to Zimbabwe and to Bangladesh in past World Cups. Proteas: PLEASE not this time. You must beat all the small sides comprehensively. Give Tstsobe a run to keep him fit in case he has to play later. I think his lack of pace is overstated. He is a smart bowler with a variety of deliveries. He did well on flat wickets in Dubai. Give him at least one run!!

  • Louie - 2011-03-15 02:11

    Get the points, qualify then rest players, we want to end up 1st in the group to make it easier in the elimination rounds.

  • Earlyrayz - 2011-03-15 08:13

    We should do something about the top order batsman as the run rate is very slow which puts pressure on AB and the rest of the guys. Play ingram for AB and Lobsy for Morkel. Petersen is suprising most of us (especally those who bad mouthed him). Still early days in the tornament, SA will qualify for the next round and thats when the tornament starts. Smith must pull finger with his batting (strugling for the past 2yrs now). Great capt though. Question? As tech is involved in the game, why not drop smith and let him captain from the stands?

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