Proteas to be ruthless

2009-11-09 22:40

Eduan Roos

Johannesburg – The South African cricket team will have its foot squarely on the accelerator when it meets Zimbabwe in a second one-day warm-up game on Tuesday.

Proteas coach Mickey Arthur promised that the players would be more ruthless than they were in their unconvincing victory by 45 runs in Sunday’s first game against their neighbours.

Although the South African batsmen posted an impressive 295/5, their bowling attack struggled, with Tatenda Taibu (103*) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (86) leading Zimbabwe to a respectable 250/6.

Their record partnership of 188 exploited the Proteas’ poor bowling again in the closing stages of the innings.

“It was disappointing that we could not bowl them out, but at the same time it’s good for preparation that their batsmen put us under pressure,” said Arthur.

The visitors initially struggled on 94/5, but the South African bowlers conceded a massive 146 runs in the last 21 overs.

“We executed all our plans well for 75 overs, but after the rain interruption we were not nearly as ruthless and clinical as we wanted to be,” said Arthur.

Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy, who missed the match because of injuries, will get a chance to play on Tuesday.

“Jacques will only play as batsman and will not bowl. He is carrying an injury and we are also keeping a close watch on JP Duminy,” said Arthur.

There is also still concern about the fitness of pace bowler Wayne Parnell, who has been struggling with a sore ankle for the past week. He is only expected to be able to play in a week’s time again.

Arthur believes the South Africans shook off their worst rust on Sunday, with the first of two Twenty20 games against England taking place on Friday.

England won their first two training games – against the Eagles and Warriors – at a canter.

“They are looking good, but the Warriors’ attack, in particular, was not the best,” said Arthur.

He added that the Proteas did not have any sleepless nights about facing Andrew Strauss and his England team.

“We can’t wait for Friday and we now have a far better grasp of Twenty20 cricket. We’ve got our plans together and a few surprises await England.”

The teams are:

South Africa:

Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Alviro Petersen, Albie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Ryan McLaren, Johan Botha, Charl Langeveldt, Dale Steyn.

Prosper Utseya (capt), Mark Vermeulen, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Tatenda Taibu, Elton Chigumbura, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Chris Mpofu.

Starting time: 14:30 on SS 2 on DStv.



  • norman - 2009-11-10 06:31

    Can Mickey Mouse and lard ass Biff even spell ruthless?As soon as the pressure mounts,they will choke.

  • Dgs - 2009-11-10 06:54

    Oh dear! Here's old Mickey Mouse talking the talk once again. He is so famous for having such a lot to say which never materialises. Eg playing brave cricket, being innovative during the middle overs, etc. etc. Perhaps he should shut up for once and concentrate on coaching the side.

  • William Shakespeare - 2009-11-10 07:41

    ooooh! Ruthless proteas! Whatever next! (They'll do just great... no silverware at stake)

  • Cricket fan - 2009-11-10 08:24

    What Jacob Maroga is to Eskom, Mickey Mouse Arthur is to the Proteas.....The only difference is one is black & the other white BUT both these guys excel in failure. Here we go again SA....

  • Mr Controversy - 2009-11-10 09:14

    I couldn't agree more with Cricket Fan! Arthur is a joke! He had the chance to win two world cups, on home soil, but failed miserably. Didn't Arthur mention the Proteas were going to be ruthless in the past. His term back then was brave cricket. The matches against Zim are mere warm ups. Whats the point in being ruthless against a weak team, and being under par agianst bigger oposition? England is also a weak team, so until the next ICC Tournament or the next time Aus vs SA takes place, SA will not know what ruthless cricket is. One more thing; I can not understand why Alviro Peterson has been included in this squad, when Hashim Amla is available? Seems as though Mickey Arthur will grow old in this role!

  • me2 - 2009-11-10 10:28

    Yes Mickey..whatever..again you dont learn from past mistakes..all big talk and no performance..Get rid of Majola, Micky Mouse & Smith and South African cricket will blossom again, because currently we are going backwards..Choke..choke.

  • john - 2009-11-10 13:08

    Why is AMLA not playing.

  • Middle Stump - 2009-11-10 13:32

    Mick the P$#&k - back to your old tricks of spewing the BS before a big competition !! If you could coach and produce the results as good as you talk you would be a bloody legend mate !!

  • RJ - 2009-11-10 17:51

    Time for Ray Jennings to save the team AGAIN!! Add a little AD as bowling coach / adviser and watch a team blossom!!!

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