Proteas tumble in T20 rankings

2012-10-03 11:07

Cape Town - South Africa have fallen four positions, to fifth, in the International Cricket Council T20 rankings after they were eliminated in the Super Eights stage of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

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Ranked first heading into the tournament, the Proteas lost all three of their matches - against Pakistan, Australia and India - in the second round to finish bottom of their Super Eights group.

Hosts Sri Lanka, who finished top of their group, climbed three positions to fill top spot in the latest rankings released on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in the T20 player rankings, Proteas veteran Jacques Kallis dropped five places to 14th in the list for batsmen, and former captain Graeme Smith, who did not play in the global tournament, fell three positions to 18th.

There was good news, however, for Faf du Plessis, who scored a career best 65 in the one-run defeat to India on Tuesday.

Du Plessis, who was playing in only his fourth T20 International, climbed 101 places in the rankings to 68th position.

Among the bowlers, spinner Johan Botha dropped one spot to fifth and paceman Morne Morkel fell three places to 15th. Fellow speedster Dale Steyn retained 11th position in the ratings.

Spin bowler Robin Peterson made the most significant move upwards of the South Africans in the list, climbing 36 positions to 51st.

Kallis, South Africa's top-ranked all-rounder, fell one spot to seventh among players rated for their performances with bat and ball.


  • kevin.wright.58555 - 2012-10-03 11:31

    How can your report that Robin Peterson's climb was the most significant??? His climb was 36 positions? Faf Du Plessis' was 101?? Last time i did a bit of math 101 beats 36?? Our journalistic woes continue................

      newbornr - 2012-10-03 11:54

      Batsmen and bowlers ........

      herman.sheppard - 2012-10-03 12:24

      Seems like no one check what is being posted. Also picked up on this. Poor quality reporting.

      Johan - 2012-10-03 12:45

      Calm down. The previous paragraph starts with "Among the bowlers...", which continues in the next paragraph where Robin's achievement is described. This seems to be PICNIC problem. Problem In Chair, Not In Computer.

      martie.duran - 2012-10-03 15:36

      As long as anybody in SA thinks Wayne parnell should play T20 and they pick him for crunch matches, we will lose... Give him a chance to regain form and confidence in domestic cricket

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-03 19:24

      The problem with these tournaments is we cant handle the here and now, it"s between the ears where we struggle the most in these two formats of the game!!!! In real cricket we have five days to rectify any mistakes, first day first test England is a good example!!! I don't blame the Morkels for not getting us over the line they got us closser than expected!!! Looking at the other teams in the S8, their body language said we can win this, ours said I wonder if i'll be in the team next match and where will I bat 3, 6 or 7???? With Pakie and the WIs people wonder which team will pitch up, this is in terms of are they going to smoke you or just crash and burn!!!! With us it litrally means which team are we putting on the field today??? Four games four different teams, in one tournament, don't know where you batting from game to game, not a winning formula!!!!!!!!

      UNITY - 2012-10-04 06:34

      The guys weren't prepared for this tournament, cos Ab said they didn't click as a team. Rankings measures players performance,so it does matter. Overall the decision that selectors can't make, is choosing an out of form player that is still well ranked above that of an inform player at domestic level,or those that play county,etc. Is cricket and T20 becoming a sport of choice over IPL? I think there are ills to it. Steven Pienaar retires from national football to concentrate on his club career. Similarily players are upping their T20 performance when it comes close to IPL contract renewals. Its all about the career ,and the money.. And rankings in this case..matters!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-04 10:42

      Players can't just up their performance at will. Biff was terrible in IPL 2011 and was dropped by Pune, Levi was terrible this year and was dropped by Mumbai. Do you think Levi wasn't desperately trying to get runs to save his place in the team? Players often have dire times in IPL. Yusuf Pathan, Dan Christian, Sanga, Dan Vettori, Gilchrist, Murali Vijay all struggled this year. Sanga and Dan Vettori, as captains, dropped themselves from their teams. They would have been busting a gut to do better. Their IPL auction/salary value depends on how they perform in IPL more than any other series or tournament. But if a player is out of form, they're out of form. The Proteas try their best all the time. IPL money has nothing to do with it. And even if it did, the players would still want to perform on the international stage. Shane Watson's IPL value will have skyrocketed after his performance in this WC. It's an open auction system. The better a player does in the months leading up to the IPL auction, the more IPL franchises will be willing to pay them.

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-03 11:34

    bring back the biff!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 12:30

      Amen brother!!!

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-10-03 12:36

      Yes please!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-03 12:55

      That's not the answer bringing back players that were dropped.Get a team together way in advance that is solely for championship tournaments and good enough to compete and win,and not a team with players in it that's been touring since July and then expect them to be fresh and ready to go across the world once again and still be at their very best. CSA should schedule player management better and not be over reliant on certain players,albeit the best in certain aspects of cicket,i.e. test or ODI's,but not so prolifant and outstanding in championship matches or tournaments. Do we always have to rely on and play the Dale Steyn's of this world,the Jacques Kallis',the Hashim Amla's or the AB de Villiers when they still have to live up to their top billing in the Test arena?These are human beings too who gets tired and exhausted so why puss them over the limit and force them to be at their best each time?It won't happen.So plan for ICC tournaments properly if you have a busy schedule of test cricket leading up too it. You can get players in that can be championship winners that don't have to go on touring parties with the test side,but their main focus is on playing in a tournamet and win it.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 15:58

      Sean, do you want to be the selector who explains to the public why Hashim, Dale, JK and AB were left at home? Can you imagine what would have happened if we'd been eliminated from this tournament and Hashim hadn't played after the tour he had in England? CSA would have needed extra security around their offices to protect against rioting fans. I agree with you, though, that we are too reliant on a central corps of players who have to play every format for us. England don't play Jimmy Anderson in T20s and don't play Stuart Broad in ODIs. So they give these guys a rest and keep them fresh. If we continue playing Dale and Morne across all three formats (and an IPL season each year too), we will simply shorten their careers. I think the selectors have to do what they believe is right and sod what the public thinks. Selection is not a democracy, majority vote doesn't rule. If the public screams abuse, tough. The vast majority of them have never played cricket and don't know the first thing about the game. So the selectors should just ignore the public view and do what is right.

  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-03 11:51

    Dont worry according to the experts on here ranking dont matter, heck we can lose every single game as long as we win some tournament

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-03 14:01

      Good point Stephen. Also interesting to note that all critics here have a different line-up for our team. They all know better than the selectors it seems. They also want all the players sacked. Fair-weather support is not exclusive to cricket in this country. Bafana and the Bokke also come in for a ravaging on this forum. There's no please some people. As Brian once infamously said.

  • pascal.vanwoezik - 2012-10-03 12:29

    AB's captaincy was horrific and cost us a place in the semi's. This tournament just confirms that all the critics are wrong about Greame Smith and he should be captain in all three formats of the game. I also believe Johan Botha would have made a better captain in ODI's and T20 than AB. I also believe there is no place for both Amla and Kallis in T20. Both of them are great players in there own right, but this format cannot accomodate both of them and my choice would be Kallis, because of his ablility with bat and ball. Albie Morkel should also be a permanent fixture in T20 and should come up in the order if the situation warrants it. No place for Levi, Behardien, Parnell and Morne Morkel in T20. My team will be Greame Smith, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Depending on the situation you can still consider to drop a fast bowler for a extra spin bowler or explosive batsman. This team has enough depth, variety and versatility.

      Johan - 2012-10-03 12:49

      You picked a very good team, Pascal. It's a pity the selectors had other ideas.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 16:16

      At the time that the squad was picked, I wonder how many of the armchair selectors on News24 would have left out Hash? I almost had my head torn off by infuriated readers for daring to suggest that Hash's great form in England MIGHT not translate to the subcontinent. But yeah, you'd all have left him out. I wonder why nobody was saying so at the time? But that's the great thing about being an armchair selector. You can wait until after the tournament before deciding who is in form and who isn't. The selectors, unfortunately, have to make these calls BEFORE the tournament, not afterwards.

  • michael.sparg - 2012-10-03 12:47

    Have stopped watching and it's now time to stop reading. Sad sad sad...

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-03 13:06


  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-03 15:07

    Hopelessly inept performance. If this is the crap we are going to produce, then lets rather not go to the world cup tournaments! Its not choking anymore, its way beyond that now, losing is now just a habit!

  • martie.duran - 2012-10-03 15:36

    As long as anybody in SA thinks Wayne parnell should play T20 and they pick him for crunch matches, we will lose... Give him a chance to regain form and confidence in domestic cricket

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2012-10-03 16:24

    pathetic performance! What the hell exactly were you guys doing in Switzerland?

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