SA lose Amla, Prince

2010-01-03 13:17

Cape Town - After a disastrous start, losing a wicket in the first over of the day, South Africa managed to reach 51 for two at lunch on the opening day of the third Castle Test against England at Newlands on Sunday.

Light rain caused the toss to be delayed by 45 minutes. England won the toss, and in overcast conditions which promised to help the bowlers, chose to send South Africa in to bat.

South Africa - who have to win the Test to save the series - made the much anticipated decision to drop iconic player Makhaya Ntini. The only black member of the team, who played his 100th Test in the first match in Centurion, was unable to take a wicket in South Africa's massive defeat in Durban last week, and speculation that he was about to be dropped had been rife.

Both coach Mickey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith acknowledged beforehand that dropping Ntini was a sensitive issue, but said hard decisions had to be made because South Africa needed the best possible team to win the Test.

England, who totally outplayed South Africa in Durban, got off to a brilliant start when makeshift opener Ashwell Prince was caught behind by Matthew Prior off James Anderson from the fourth ball of the first over.

Smith had a narrow escape in the next over, when Man of the Match in the first two Tests, Graeme Swann, dropped him in Graham Onions' first over.

The ball went straight to Swann, hit him in the midriff and he was unable to hang on.

Smith and Hashim Amla put on 45 runs together for the second wicket, but with the lunch break in sight, Amla was trapped lbw to Onions for 14.

At lunch, Smith was not out on 30 and Jacques Kallis had one.


Ashwell Prince c Prior b Anderson 0

Graeme Smith not out 30

Hashim Amla lbw b Onions 14

Jacques Kallis not out 1

Extras: (5lb, 1nb) 6

TOTAL (for two wickets) 51

Overs: 19.

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-46.

Bowling: James Anderson 6-1-11-1 (1nb), Graham Onions 8-2-23-1, Stuart Broad 5-2-12-0.

Toss: England.

Umpires: Tony Hill, New Zealand, and Daryl Harper, Australia.

TV umpire: Aleem Dar, Pakistan. Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.


  • zombo - 2010-01-03 14:10

    if Makhaya was the problem why such a disastrous perfomance.its time the government intervenes in sport otherwise we will never have black players. Smith has been disastrous at times but none of his brothers have asked for his head.Time to be apologetic.Deserving blacks must be supported and be ibcluded

  • Dgs - 2010-01-03 14:11

    How many time must the poor bloke fail before these brain-dead selectors and coach realise that Prince is not an opener but rather a middle order batsman. Methinks this could be another test we lose. I suppose because of politics, the likes of Rudolf, Mckenzie and other in-form experienced batsmen cannot be considered in the place of out-of-form players such as Prince and Duminy

  • something foul - 2010-01-03 14:41

    Oh! why Oh! why do they persist with Ashwell prince as an opener???? He is so much better lower down the batting order. It puts so much pressure on Amla and the others to make up for it.

  • sean - 2010-01-03 14:46

    Do our brainstrust (if you can call them that) now have enough evidence to dump Prince and Dumini??? They're embarrassing you, the team and the country.

  • Ex-Duminy fan - 2010-01-03 14:50

    Go Duminy Go! This oke is an AA player and absolutely hopeless.

  • Matt - 2010-01-03 14:57

    Prince is rubbish at the moment with an average of 14 for this tour and Duminy another duck - these 2 must be dropped are they dont have the form at the moment and are far below international standards for any team - Batting/bowling staff and selectors need to be sacked as we making a crap team (England) look good in our own back garden.

  • mefs - 2010-01-03 14:59

    Quack quack

  • Why - 2010-01-03 15:13

    must we continue to support a team who dont give us our monies worth - on top of that we all know they not playing our best players. Never ever will I go down to the grounds to support this circus until they sort it out. We must all join in protest and dont go down to the grounds to support!

  • Dave - 2010-01-03 16:20

    You go Zombo, why not just pick blacks, the sooner you relise that it is not about black and white the better, they must pick the best players for the job be they black or white or purple for that matter. Lets leave politicians out of sport as we dont want the lying culture to get in there as well. Come on South Africa lets lift our selves and support our team. Go Kallis and Bouch make us proud

  • abcdef - 2010-01-03 16:47

    @ what if we never have black players?? Pray do tell?

  • BC - 2010-01-03 17:10

    Is the state of SA cricket so poor that we cannot find other batsmen to try out. At this stage they would have to concentrate real hard to do worse than our current lot. No team in international cricket can carry 3 badly out of form'' players and a fourth only ''partly in form''. Come on CSA - wake up before you lose your sponsors and supporters.

  • @zombo - 2010-01-03 17:22

    You are an idiot. You have obviously been sitting with your head up your political A*** all this time. The supporters have been calling for the head of Smith for a very long time

  • Rory - 2010-01-03 20:16

    Zombo name suits you perhaps change it to zombie, have same iq

  • Dave - 2010-01-04 10:59

    zombo you are a idiot. I have been following cricket all my life. You name someone else who can captain our side, Smith has the best record out of all our capains that SA has had. Leave the politics out you maniac.

  • DG - 2010-01-04 12:59

    I think that Amla should be dropped until he sorts out that horrendous technical fault that he has with his batting otherwise opposition sides will continue to exploit it and he will, more often than not, continue to be dismissed for low scores. Once he does that, then I think he will make a fine opening batsman.

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