Corrie to read the riot act

2010-05-04 07:30

Christo Buchner

Johannesburg – South African coach Corrie van Zyl will tell his team in no uncertain terms that they need to rectify the mistakes they made against India when they take on Afghanistan on Wednesday.

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“It will be spelled out clearly to the players what is expected of them in the tournament,” he said after his team’s defeat by 14 runs against India in their first match at the World Twenty20 tournament.

He also expects better decision-making on the field.

“I can’t tell the players what they need to do all the time. That is why I expect the correct decision-making on the field. I have to trust my captain to make the right decisions on the field.

“We’ll do some serious introspection about what went wrong against India. It has to be rectified as soon as possible.”

He was not at all satisfied with the bowling and wants to know why the aggressive bowling that had the Indians on the back foot on their recent tour was absent in St Lucia.

“We also conceded far too many runs in those last five overs. There are not enough dot balls and too many boundaries were conceded. It shows we did not hit the right areas.”

Van Zyl felt his side batted too slowly in the first 10 overs in their pursuit of India’s total.

South Africa have to beat Afghanistan on Wednesday to make it through to the Super Eight.

“Nothing changes as far as our approach to the game is concerned. Even if we had beaten India, I would still have expected us to beat Afghanistan. We’ll have to play very aggressively and show no mercy.”


  • dave - 2010-05-04 07:49

    i am sorry , i can see us coming home early. i dont think we have the depth at the moment and i think Smith should not play in the T20 format of the game, and if i am wrong i will apologise

  • Crawl - 2010-05-04 07:57

    Amen sister!

  • Wellies - 2010-05-04 07:58

    Well done to West Indis and Sri Lanka. It was a great game unlike SA and India which was one sided. I just knew thst SA will lose to India. Well done to Dhoni on his captaincy. As I said before and I will say it again this game is not for Kallis. He starts scoring at a very low rate. He actually with the captain cost us the game. As I was stating before that SA selectors need to look at changing the team otherwise we will not win anything for the next 5 years. Some of the contract players are definitely USELESS. Bring in Colin Ingram (Warriors)and Dave Miller (Dolphins) and surely SA will win this tournament. I still cannot believe that Boucher is still selected. Think and re-think to the selectors. You are selecting players to play cricket for SA and not for modelling. Congratulations to all the other winning teams. Afganistan all the way.

  • LOUIS - 2010-05-04 07:59


  • Henk Moller - 2010-05-04 08:20

    I know Rory Kleinveld is a great player and prospect. But for a professional sports person to be out of shape like he is is just unacceptable.....

  • Corry - 2010-05-04 08:23

    WTF????? Afghanistan???? You have got to be joking. How about reading the riot act BEFORE playing the countries that can actually play cricket. No doubt we will whip Afghanistan and then "all will be well". Imagine though the Afghans win. ROFLMAO

  • keith - 2010-05-04 08:39

    Please check the Kalis stats on how many runs he scores when the team wins, and how many when the team loses! How many runs he concedes when the team wins and how many when they lose! I've always had the idea he is selfish and plays for himself (averages) Please help me if I'm wrong!

  • GeePMB - 2010-05-04 08:40

    All well and good Corrie, but why was the riot act not read the day you took over as coach and again before the match against India? The the on-field tactical decision making was piss-poor to say the least. We are at risk of being blown out of the tournament tomorrow if the inclement weather and the Duckwit and Clueless system come into play!!

  • Hein - 2010-05-04 08:47

    The most disappointing part of Sunday's defeat was the manner in which our batting innings was paced. While the bowling and fielding was not great, it was disappointing to see how SA's 2 premier batsmen (Smith and Kallis) allowed the required rate to creep up. To expect your middle order to come in and bat at 12 - 15 per over is crazy. You can't always count on superhuman efforts from your middle order. Smith and Kallis need to take blame and should have been more aggressive.

  • Steadfast - 2010-05-04 08:56

    To win the next game will be easy. Then the real tournament starts. I have always thought that Smith is a bad captain. The team would be better off with him home on next plane

  • Nick - 2010-05-04 08:58

    Afghanistan - Don't you mean Pakistan? If Not - why would you read the players the riot act, to a unknow/unheard of team. Surely this is a joke - who's the captain Taliban bin Laden

  • BC - 2010-05-04 09:08

    There's something seriously wrong with the whole attitude of the SA cricket team and management. Supposedly proffessional players are unfit, 'Again'.Apparently cannot think for themselves on the field and have a captain who somehow can't see that the tactics aren't working and needs someone to tell him. Amongst the 'Old Guard' there's no fear of being dropped and in the management there's no planning for the future which makes sure the Old Guard'' maintain their apparent 'couldn't give a damn I'm only here for the money' attitude.

  • droplet - 2010-05-04 09:44

    @wellies: kallis scored 42% of the team's runs. his strike-rate was 135. extrapolated to 20 overs, that is 162. on that pitch, 162 would have been a good score. kallis perhaps made a mistake with the timing of the onslaught, but his batting was by no means selfish. boucher is in great form and finishes games fantastically; eve3n though he only faced two balls in the india game, his strike rate was 200. and he ran brilliantly to convert a two into a three while at the non-striker's end. @keith: those stats show how frequently kallis is the one who wins games for south africa... tendulkar has similar stats! we lost that game while bowling, not while batting...

  • Ron - 2010-05-04 09:54

    There are realities that are continuously glossed over. Kallis is a great player but until he (is forced to?) change his ways South Africa will not win consistently. By the time he hits out (this refers to 50 over cricket as well) the team is under severe pressure to score too many runs in the remaining overs. It also means that those players coming in to bat are often unfairly judged. The fact that Smith played along with Kallis the other day shows a lack of appreciation for the situation as a captain and shows that he continues to have limitations as a captain. The captain and the coach need to be able to take tough decisions, sometimes decisions that may not be well received by senior players. In the South African set up it has been apparent for too long now that it is the senior players who rule - why was Ray Jennings axed as coach? Kallis should be instructed to play attacking shots earlier and if he doesn't oblige he should be dropped. The reality is that when he attacks (straight over the top) he can be very effective. The notion of one player having to bat through the innings is surely an obsolete one relative to a 20 over match? Occasionally a team may be bowled out but if one compares the odds on this happening relative to the chances of consistently chasing down over 12 an over for an extended time period, measured attack throughout the innings is surely the better option. Take a look at how the Aussies played in their first match. They seem to have finally grasped the reality of 20 over cricket.

  • BokJihad - 2010-05-04 10:05

    @ Nick. You must be Malema's white brother right? Only a total moron could post such ignorance in a public forum. Yes, Afghanistan is the team in our group (not Pakistan). And for a people who have undergone such suffering, shouldn't we be supporting their team instead of making racist, bigoted jokes that does nothing but illustrate your own stupidity. Why don't you run off now and comment in another forum, say ... the incest World cup. Thats something you probably know about. Leave the cricket talk for people who actually do love the game and the spirit its meant to capture.

  • G - 2010-05-04 10:10

    One thing I dont get is that they move Albie up the batting order when we are in trouble. Why dont they just leave him at 3 or 4 and give him some extra balls to play with. If he can bat 4 in the last 3 overs he can bat 4 in the last 10. They should bring out a rule that if someone is batting to slow you can swop him out cause these guys would rather be out in the middle facing balls than let someone else on that will do the job

  • Vince - 2010-05-04 10:17

    I absolutely agree with the notion that SA's two premier batsmen let us down with their slow batting, and again Kallis will find himself under pressure as he might be questioned in terms of his suitability for this format of the game, not forgetting the fact that he is a world class act. He has shown in the recent IPL that he can adopt to this format of the game, but why did he not maintain that standard when it mattered most for his own country? In that way he and Smith have put a lot of pressure on the lower order big hitters such as our Morkels, Bouchers, Ab abd the likes, and you cannot blame them for playing high risk cricket when they came on to bat, simply because they did not have another choice. Yes, the pitch was not necessarily a great T20 pitch, in fact the groundsman should be questioned about that as the kind of pitch prepared does not suit the format of the game, and spectators would like to see big shots in T20, but the slow pitch in my view can't be an excuse, cause one may then ask how did their opponents get their high score on a slow pitch. We play borring cricket and should be adventurous at times. We have too much of a predictable conservative mindset to our game, and that approach has cost us a lot of games in the past. Another problem that I have, is the fact that our commentators and "cricket intellectuals" make a lot of the selection of experienced players, which I do not necessarily have a fundamental problem with, but how do you explain the kind of "cute" and wasteful "over the head" attempted shots AB tried to play, especially when we were under pressure and when the run rate was already sky high? The firts such shot did not bring him any run, and can you believe that shortly thereafter he tried the same shot again which brought him only one or two runs when we actually needed boundaries. I would have felt better if he has shown intent of playing a boundary shot and get a single, then mess up with scoring opportunities. One would expect our senior and experience players such as AB to try and capitalise on each and every scoring opportunity, and not play innovative unorthodox shots, which could have cost him his wicket, and that also does not bear sound testimony of good decision making on the field, by an experience player. When I see this kind of rubbish I often feel that we have aother better "non-experienced" cricketers, such as a Golam Bodi (Titans) and a Ingram (Warriors) that might have done a better job if being given a chance, and by that I do not necessarily say that AB should have been dropped, but I am just saying that our senior and experienced players can every now and then play terrible cricket, hich you would not expect from them. I certainly hope they will succeed against Afghanistan, because with our team one never knows, even if they have a bunch of excellent cricketers in their midst.

  • Avo - 2010-05-04 10:26

    Nick, why are u commenting if u don't even know anything about whose playing and whats what. You make me laugh!!!

  • John - 2010-05-04 10:40

    Ya , Ya , ya. You a part of the selection panel and you guys picked a really ordinary team for the T20 World cup. Duimmy (out of form) ? Gibbs (has not performed in the last 2 years) , Albie (bowling gone wrong) , Boucher (not suited for ODI's , proven track record at failing in wolrd cups) Kallis (cannot read the game situation , proven again and again) AB (always telling us how good is , even when he is out of form) , ? We always seem to blame the players but sometime I think that perhaps the selection panel should take some flak????? Play Ingram , Rusty and why did you guys not pick Amla (in the form of his life)?? Selection Panel , perhaps you should learn from the Australians on how pick wining teams???

  • cicero - 2010-05-04 10:50

    Kallis is a great player - one of the greatest ever in SA, but unfortunately very selfish. Through the years I have seen him play for himself (averages) and not the team. In the IPL it is different - runs scored do not count towards his international record - therefore he can play freely, and his recent performance in the IPL has shown just how talented he is.

  • Michael - 2010-05-04 11:05

    Smith is a great batsmen - as long as he is not expected to think!

  • Paul - 2010-05-04 11:52

    Kallis did perform well in the IPL but the IPL is well below international standard. His lack of urgency was disappointing. Raina batted well but hardly got tested by short bowling which is his perceived weakness.

  • Tony - 2010-05-04 12:50

    Make the Warriors all Proteas!!!

  • Jeremy - 2010-05-04 14:39

    I've never in my life read such a lot of crud. It's obvious that the majority of the comments here come from idiots who have never played the game let alone held a cricket bat. Jacques Kallis is South Africa's premier batsman and will go down in history as one of the greatest in ANY format of the game. As for Graeme, his record speaks for itself. In any innings, especially when you're playing on crap wickets, one has to play yourself in which is exactly what they did - it wasn't easy and besides our bowlers let us down not our batsmen - 70 runs in the last 5 overs is unacceptable!!! Maybe the selectors should have had the master, Gibbs in instead of Bosman?

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