Tsotsobe back to the bench?

2011-03-19 18:01

Ken Borland - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Lonwabo Tsotsobe made a rapid impact in his first Cricket World Cup game with three wickets, but the left-armer said he will be content to return to the bench after his man of the match performance in South Africa's victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday.

"It's very good to know that when players need to sit out, we have guys on the bench who can do the job. I feel very chuffed and even if I don't play the next game, it doesn't matter because I'm still part of the tournament," Tsotsobe said after taking three for 14 in five overs and destroying the Bangladesh top-order.

Tsotsobe was plucked off the bench as South Africa rested fast bowling spearheads Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and the fountain of wickets kept flowing as he took his tally to 24 in his last 11 ODIs.

The 27-year-old will certainly head into the quarterfinals with his confidence restored, having admitted that he has been struggling to lift himself without game time.

"It hasn't been easy, but I've been working hard in the nets. Playing wakes me up and now I'm going to work harder each day," Tsotsobe said.

The pace bowler will be uppermost in Graeme Smith's thoughts if South Africa do decide to change their three spinners + an extra batsman policy.

"It's been very difficult leaving out Lopsy, especially because of how very well he has performed for us recently. But it's been a tactical decision, based on the type of pitch and who we're playing against," Smith explained.

The Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch did not have much pace, but Tsotsobe said he still enjoyed bowling on it, and he reaped the rewards of sticking to a very good length.

"There's not too much bounce, but if you put your back into it and hit the right areas, then you will get something out. Sometimes the ball bounces, other times it keeps low, it can be a bit two-paced. It's enjoyable bowling on it," Tsotsobe said.


  • sdsmurf - 2011-03-19 18:22

    What a fantastic attitude. Can't imagine I'd be as understanding, but he seems to be a model sportsman.

      Sipho - 2011-03-20 00:39

      Tsotso shud play depending on AB keeping wicket...

      Blougroen - 2011-03-20 14:40

      He may even be more effective than Morkel on the sub-continents pitches in the 50 overs game - but his jewellery makes him look like a Nigerian Gangster . . . and I dont particularly see a future for Nigerian Gangster in the game other than rigging the betting . . . . .

      Sipho - 2011-03-20 23:50

      @Blogroen. Whats the matter with a bit of bling. Dont we remember our man Zulu aka Lance wearing a chunk around his neck. Let Tsotso be.

      Wesley - 2011-03-21 06:12

      @ Sipho: I agree. Van Wyk has not played well. even though you have to feel for the guy who took what he thought was a vitamin, turned out to be a sleeping pill. HAHA. But, bring in AB to keep wickets, and let Lopsy play! It's so amazing for SA cricket though to have so many options. Its NEVER been this way. Sterkte manne.

  • aditya - 2011-03-19 22:34

    sehwag was out of odi n tendulkar played only two matches

  • Sipho - 2011-03-20 00:38

    Interesting... Our team against NZ in the quarters?? Amla ; Smith ; Kallis ; AB ; JP ; Faf ; Petersen ; VWyk or Tsotso ; Morkel ; Steyn ; Tahir. Either V Wyk or Tsotso , depends on the wicket and on AB's back. Our best team by far, unlucky for Ingram as he did have a good game.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-03-20 07:19

      Sadly for Tsotso I think the logical choice would be van Wyk to add depth to the batting. Have enough seamers in Kallis, Morkel & Steyn.

      sdsmurf - 2011-03-20 08:58

      Our team cannot (and will not) afford dropping a batsman for a bowler.

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-03-20 07:16

    Seems unfair to Lonwy but what other choice do the selectors have. With Steyn and Morkel our best fast bowlers, and Kallis as back up, they can't afford any more seamers on wickets they are so spin freindly. Good on Lonwy for being a great team man - anywhere else I think he would have played.

      darkwing - 2011-03-20 10:54

      I'm not so sure that he wouldn't do better than Morkel. Morkel's leaked a few runs.

      TheDuck - 2011-03-20 12:16

      Yeah you right darkwing, I mean Morkel is just ranked world number 2. Idiot.

  • Hendrik Botha - 2011-03-21 02:33

    I would say he is a wicket taker great attitude and a good team member, I would drop Van Wyk and Morkel bring him in and Ingram team would look like this. Smith, Amhla, Kallis, AB, Duminy ,Faf, Ingram, Botha, Peterson, Steyn, Tsosobe and Tahir 9 batsmens 1 allrounder Spinners Tahir, Botha and Petersen Pace Steyn and Tsosobe Part timers Faf and Duminy It is a risk to leave Morkel out but his impack in teh worldcup was not much, but we know who will be in the team an exprience site so Morkel will play I will support any one who get picked, go Proteas bring the worldcup home.

  • rsheen1 - 2011-03-21 06:43

    I ama fan of Lopsy but we need the depth in our batting more than another pace bowler. It seems the pitches are more spin friendly anyway and so Tahir could hold the key. Dont care who plays really i believe the selectors know better than me. So whatever happens we just need to win and win comfortably to keep our momentum going. Bring it home boys

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