We didn't choke, insists AB

2012-09-30 22:42

Colombo - Australia beat South Africa by eight wickets with 14 balls to spare in the Super Eight stage of the ICC World T20 at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday to leave the Proteas with only a slight chance of still qualifying for the semi-finals.

Opener Shane Watson made light work of the 147-run target with an aggressive 70 from just 47 balls and veteran Mike Hussey steered the Aussies home with a typically controlled innings of 45 from 37 deliveries.

However, India's eight-wicket win over Pakistan on Sunday means that South Africa still have a slim chance of making the playoffs. Had Pakistan beaten India then they would have qualified together with Australia.

Australia lead the group with two wins, with India and Pakistan on one win each. But the Indians are in third position due to a weaker net run rate of -0.452 compared to Pakistan's -0.426. The Proteas have the worst net run rate of -0.605 but should they claim a big win over India on Tuesday, and Pakistan get well beaten by Australia, South Africa and Australia will progress to the semi-final stage.

Earlier in the day, Robin Peterson produced an unorthodox but brilliant cameo of 32 from just 19 balls and added 39 from the final three overs with Farhaan Behardien to push the Proteas to a competitive total after the top and middle order had failed against disciplined Australian bowling.

Left-hander Peterson employed the ‘switch hit’ to great effect and struck six boundaries while Behardien finally located the boundary towards the end of his innings after struggling against the spinners and finished with an unbeaten 31 from 27 balls with a brace of fours and a six.

Richard Levi continued his horror tournament when he was bowled by spinner Xavier Doherty with the third ball of the match and Jacques Kallis was caught behind off the same bowler in the third over for six.

Hashim Amla’s promising innings of 17 ended when he gloved a bouncer to ‘keeper Matthew Wade and JP Duminy’s valiant efforts to rebuild ended when he was comfortably stumped by Wade off Doherty for 30 from 25 deliveries.

Skipper AB de Villiers was unusually but understandably cautious as the overs ran out but a boundary free 21 from 24 deliveries was not the captain’s innings he was so desperate to produce.

“I cannot put my finger on what went wrong,” De Villiers said afterwards. "But I can say that we certainly did not choke tonight. We were just outplayed from start to finish by the better team.

“But we are not a team that ever gives up and as long as we have a chance then we will do everything to finish on a high against India on Tuesday, and we know we will have to raise our game considerably.”

Australia and Pakistan meet at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday, with the SA-India game following there straight afterwards.

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  • dereck.smith.714 - 2012-09-30 22:54

    Get rid of that Bloody Levi! what a waste of space!! Thats the problem!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-30 23:29

      Levi like Natalie Imbruglia was a one hit wonder.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-30 23:55

      @sean hagley And you comment on the diesel price seanie boy?! BWA HA HA HA Zero hit not so wonderful

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-10-01 00:15

      If they did not choke - why use the word? They are choking because the moment things are going a little bit wrong, they think: "Oops we must not choke again" and then guess what: They choke.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-10-01 02:56

      The truth is we don't have enough instinctive big hitters in our side, our players are classical test match cricketers. We don't have the equavalent of a Chris Gayle in our side or even lesser version of him. Our players need to learn to play 'no fear' cricket. I think they hate losing too much to be able to do this. They thought that they might have found one in Levi, but playing in Asian conditions has exposed him. Well, we can win everything, I am grateful for the real pleasure I've had in watching SA beat England at Lord's a couple of months ago and more to look forward to next month in Aus.

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-10-01 04:10

      I do not think this was a "choke". We lost before the first ball was bowled. We took a battery of seam bowlers and a string of test batsmen (who thrive on pace), to a match that was tailor made for spin. The Aussies and Pakistanis were laughing all the way to the bank.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-01 07:30

      Relax people. This is not cricket. This is not a sport. This is a made for TV gameshow. T20 is as much cricket as Juju is honest.

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-10-01 08:31

      Levi and Parnell are both useless. Send them both packing and hopefully never to play for the Proteas again. Bring back Smith as captain. In that department AB is useless

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 10:18

      Paul, Australia also took a battery of fast bowlers and Test batsmen with them, and it hasn't seemed to hurt them much. Most of the world's T20 stars are also Test players - Gayle, Jayawardene, Sehwag, Sanga, Dhoni, Kohli, KP, Gambhir, McCullum, Taylor, Watson, Hussey, AB, Duminy, the list goes on and on. We took five guys who can bowl spin - Robin, Botha, Ontong, Duminy, Faf. And six who can bowl pace - Morne, Dale, Albie, Lopsy, Parnell, JK. That is a balanced side. We are never going to thrive on spin like the subcontinent teams. But then, nobody does. The WI, Eng, Aus, NZ don't have the spin options and quality that Ind/Pak/SL do either. Also, Test batsmen don't "thrive on pace". They must face all types of bowling. Jeremy, we have loads of instinctive hitters. Faf, AB, Albie, Robin P, Levi, Duminy are all considered dangerous hitters in the IPL. AB's strike rate in IPL is higher than Gayle's and he won Performance of the Tournament in 2012 for 47 off 17 balls - and six of those were bowled by Dale Steyn! Duminy had the fastest 50 for most of the IPL season, Robin and Albie both won games for their teams with savage hitting at the death. Faf wore the orange cap (most runs) for part of last season. Morne got the purple cap, Dale was the second most economical bowler in the tournament. Our players are fine. They just need to get it together and gel as a team when wearing green, rather than their IPL colours. But the talent is clearly there.

      daleinn - 2012-10-01 11:19

      The team is not well prepared for this tournament. We walked right into it from the England tour... we used Zim and England as prep. How did we get our permutations wrong , like selecting Parnell over other players like Lopsy or Tahir. What happened to Rusty Theron? Has Loots retired? Why are we experimenting, and only making changes now waiting for the disaster to happen , when it was inevtivable, that some players in the side do not deserve their spot merely on stats, but performance. Why does it look like only Oz , are the smarter ones by doing prep with Pakistan , that is now pulling off results. Is it bcos Mickey Arthur has upped his game as a coach?? This game does not need players to consolidate innings, it needs big hitters, and bowlers that can bowl yorkers? wheres donalds skills come into play?? Everything is short of a length, too much width. I think this format of the game is not taken as being competitive enough as other formats. if so , why all the hype then ????

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 11:48

      Lopsy was tried in England and didn't perform at all. Tahir is not in the T20 nor ODI plans. Rusty Theron is more expensive than Albie and can't bat as well. Loots bombed at the 2010 WC and is 35 now, so not part of the longer-term plans. Colin Ingram has been tried and failed consistently. Based on recent domestic provincial, national and IPL performances, this was our strongest team. You can't pick players on form because you don't know what their form will be. JK and Hash were both on form in England, AB wasn't. Now Hash and JK are both off-form and AB has come good although still not at his best. You can't have a few games in SL and then only decide who is on form and who must be in the squad. You have to arrive there with your squad. Our preparation was fine. A series against reigning champions England, who our players don't get to play against in IPL, was perfect. The vast majority of our team plays IPL, they already know subcontinent conditions well. Also, and again due to IPL, we know the top players from other teams. Botha plays on the same IPL team as Shane Watson, AB in the same team as Gayle, Kohli, Dilshan, Morne on the same team as Mahela, Taylor, Warner, Sehwag, JK on the same team as Gambhir, Narine, McCullum, Levi and Robin on the same team as Baji, Pollard, Slinga, and so on. These players are not a mystery to us.So it was better to get a look at Kieswetter, Hales, Buttler and the other Eng players we don't know so well.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 12:05

      Aus are doing well because Shane Watson has hit the form of his life. Just like we did well in Eng because Hash hit the form of his life. In limited overs especially, you just need one player to hit that sort of form and it lifts the whole team. Look at the tournament that Yuvraj had in the last ODI WC and what effect it had on the team. Watson is a good but not great IPL player. Based on this last season, AB is a far better batter and Morne and Dale far better bowlers. But Watson has hit form now and can't do a thing wrong. It's cricket, it happens. Just ask Hash. Aus's game isn't particularly suited to the subcontinent. Hoggie and Doherty are decent spinners but they're no Ajmal, Mendis or Narine. They're not mystery guys who batsmen can't read. But you don't necessarily need guys like that. Steven Finn doesn't have four different slow ball variations. But he's hitting his straps and taking wickets without giving away runs. Even the Windies power hitters weren't able to target him. It is just good fast bowling and it works, even in T20 and even on pitches which favour spin.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-10-01 12:12

      Richard Barnes, points well made and taken. The problem is that playing IPL is not the same as playing for your country. Nobody really bothers about the outcome of the IPL except the Indians. In contrast, when our players wear the green and gold, they shrink into themselves, fearful of losing since everyone one in SA is watching and made worse by our poor performances at these tournaments over two decades.

      daleinn - 2012-10-01 12:37

      Barnes and Forbes , but then again, you could argue we have players like Gayle , Kohli , Watson, and that our players play IPL and know conditions, but then dont we have that one or two batsmen that fires a quick 70 or so , or bowls a 4 wicket haul? Duminy has been the only Fired up batsment Ive seen thus far with clear intent and execution, Pietersen and behardien have anchored well, Pietersen really used his feet well. Hash is averaging before losing his wicket cheaply, what happened to the rest? There has to be players in our side that can bring home the bacon ??? Apart from mental preparation , I think selection is also a crucial problem. Why cant we bring in and support talented younger players like a Merchant de lange (using his age ) as an example. Surely there must unique talent , that becomes a destroyer for SA, if we say a watson steals the game from us ? Wheres these players? I know we have them in all formats.

      daleinn - 2012-10-01 12:52

      Like everyone knows Vernon is our dangerman in test match, and he is delivering... we know he started off in the ODI squad for SA, but now plays in the test format.... wheres the rest of SA's got talent....and we know we have them, we cant keep letting England sign them up ...

  • UNITY - 2012-09-30 23:12

    We didmt choke, we jerked off..too much cricket being played being said.. Maybe this tournament is prep for the layers for CLT20 round the corner

  • tony.palmer.184 - 2012-09-30 23:14

    Sies! Flippin pathetic. Not even competitive

  • shane.rathnasamy - 2012-09-30 23:14

    Parnell can do no wrong for the opposition. He's been losing so many games for SA. When will reality hit selectors that he cannot cope at international level and just isn't good enough. Its as though we play with 10 men when he starts a game. As for the gamble with Levi, its ridiculous to hope that an opening batsman in any format can be sucessful when they lack proper cricket shots and technique. If you don't have specialist T20 players then don't force the issue, select your best odi team as the next option. Graeme Smith is sorely missed in my opinion. Most sucessful batsman in T20 for SA. Relying on other results is unacceptable.

      corrie.vanderwalt.16 - 2012-10-01 07:43

      Shane I agree with you 100%m dont know why he is there and the same for Levi

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-01 13:58

      Shane, brilliant point about Levi, he is agricultural. The world now knows that he can't handle true pace, nor spin. Only NZ had the misfortune of bowling medium pace to him, and he scored a good hundred. Dale made him look ordinary in the IPL. I can't see him coming back from this shocking tournament! Graeme is not the answer for T20; neither is Kallis; have a liitle doubt about Amla though he can be used to bat through the innings with hotters around him.

      shane.rathnasamy - 2012-10-01 18:43

      Haha yes Sean I understand your view, although I feel that atleast Amla and Kallis can almost guarantee runs even if not at an alarming rate and yes the hitters should bat around that. Its seems as though the same name is being blamed after every loss and that is Parnell. I hate to say it but I just don't see talent or potential in him at this level and I think his poor showing yest cost SA the tournament. Harsh but true. As for Levi, if you give any lower order hitter so many chances at the top they bound to make good atleast once and that's his story.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-30 23:31

    I don't think this boy AB de Villiers realizes why the term "choker" is being used for South Africa.As nice a guy he is maybe he was too young to remember the full implication of that word.Well here it is AB: Until South Africa wins a major tournament trophy other then the ICC Champions Trophy we won in 1998,then we'll always be regarded as "chokers" by the press.It all started at the 1999 WC in England where we lost against Australia in the semi-finals.Since then every tournament lost has been seen as just that-a CHOKE. The press don't give a rat **** about how well the opposition performed on the day,but the fact that we didn't and lost is seen as nothing else but a choke by them.You can't convince them otherwise because the Media won't have it any other way.

      garren.dare - 2012-10-01 07:44

      Agreed. But there can be no doubt that there is truth in the Ckoke label. What about SA / Aust in later WCups?

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-30 23:37

    Remains bubblegum cricket in a tournament that will be forgotten the day after it ends. Just win the tests is Australia please boys.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-01 00:16

      Baseball cricket aswell don't forget.Hit or a miss and you out.Only because of the IPL,the large sums of prize money involve and the fact that 1billion people in India alone are so caught up in 20/20 cricket makes it the "success" that it is.The Indians were the first to get bored with 5 day Test cricket,so they(the cricketing powers) needed something else that would put bums on seats at matches.20/20 was the perfect game for that as their stadiums are normally sell outs for that.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 10:31

      Sean, if it's a farcical form of cricket for you, why are you upset when we lose? If it doesn't mean anything and isn't "proper" cricket, then it shouldn't bother you what happens in the tournament. I think Sevens rugby is farcical so it doesn't bother me what the Boks do. I don't watch the matches and can't be bothered to even look up the results. So if our team comes stone last and is ranked rock bottom in the world, it's just water off a duck's back to me. Doesn't mean a thing. I only watch the 15 man game. All these "it doesn't mean anything because it isn't proper cricket" comments aren't fooling anybody. It seemed to mean a lot when we got the number one ranking in all three forms of the game. Now that we're losing, the T20 ranking and WC is meaningless because it's joke cricket? Nice try but I find that hard to believe.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-01 12:47

      T20 has made cricket like a daytime soap. So much cricket, so little importance.

  • thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-09-30 23:42

    Mental toughness, not there!! Not in the same league as the Aussies!! No pressure game bullies!! That no pressure seven over lottery game made us think we were unbeatable, well here we are!!!!! The Aussies showed us in the first six overs you come out swinging even if you loose an early wicket!! How the Aussies are ranked nine and us one boggles the mind, it looked like it should be the other way around!!!! When your backs against the wall you come out fighting, it looks like came out with our tails between our legs!!! We keep players in that are out of their league (Levi) Albie kept back in the batting order, but use him as a bowler!! Faf should have been given as many times as Levi was given as an opener, I am sure he would have come right!!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 10:42

      The Aussies aren't that tough mentally. Lost at the last ODI WC, lost at the last T20 WC, lost the Ashes twice in succession, lost their last home Test series to SA, bowled out for 47 at Newlands when the match was there for the taking, lost an ODI series 4-0 to England this year, just lost a T20 series in Pak when England beat Pak in both the ODIs and T20s last time they toured UAE. Their rugby team folded badly against us at Loftus, Reds folded against the Sharks despite having home ground advantage, their highly touted swimmers folded big time at the Olympics (not even swimming personal bests), Adam Scott choked down the stretch and handed the Open to Ernie on a platter. Aussies can fail just like everybody else.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-01 13:01

      @richard.barnes, dont forget Sydney 1994, Aus vs South Africa, that is still one of the biggest chokes I have seen by Australia. I admire your level headed reasoning but I think you are wasting it on here.

  • - 2012-09-30 23:50

    mxim...we've heard that excuse before (being played by a better opposition,every captain in all forms of sport tends to say it nowadays) tell us a new one now

  • dowwe.duane - 2012-09-30 23:54

    Sure you haven't. And the Stormers also haven't choked the last 17years

      johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-01 00:18

      you seem to be all over dow dua. What sports are you playing if any ? You now small things amuse small minds. How do you rate ?can you still get it up? did not think so!

      dowwe.duane - 2012-10-01 00:38

      @Johantjie I play professional squash and 1st division club rugby in Vancouver. Played provincial rugby/tennis/athletics while at university. What about you? Now to help you a little: It is "You know" not "you now" Did you go to school? Next please

      backstabber.adder - 2012-10-01 06:03

      dowwe.duane really is the biggest joke on this website. A "2 million dollar a year" "orthopaedic surgeon" who drives an "Aston Martin" and lives in an apartment overlooking "Vancouver Beach" (hahaha - does not exist). Also plays professional squash and 1st division rugby. Wow - I am surprised that he would have time to wipe his a@rse, but he even manages to make reliably coarse, non-stop comments on News24 websites. Something really doesn't fit here... I suspect that he really is someone with a part time job packing the aisles at a local supermarket and a knack for Googling medical terms. Anyway, someone who would perhaps like to be a doctor. News24 would do well to identify his profile and block the garbage he spews. He will not be missed.

      KeeperofChaos - 2012-10-01 07:00

      @adder, dowwe is soos hy is omdat sy Blou Bul span onder aan die leer is en sy gunsteling speler, Spies, uit die game uit is vir die res van die jaar. Hy is lekker suurgat en het nou van sy trollie af geval.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-01 07:30

      Ek dink nie daar is sprake dat hy ooit OP sy trollie was nie! Maar soveel van 'n make-believe internet persoonlikheid het ek nog nooit gesien nie! Siestog....

      sean.thick.5 - 2012-10-02 04:08

      @adder As I mentioned before, ask me anything about orthopedics. You too scared to ask, maybe I'd prove you wrong? Your biggest fear Let's sort it out now ou adder, let's go

      backstabber.adder - 2012-10-02 06:56

      OK eerste toets: wat beteken die van "Vlok" vir jou? Tik tik tik....

  • james.price.545849 - 2012-10-01 00:12

    Chokers - that was a 185 run wicket

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 10:49

      Nobody has scored 185 batting first on this wicket in the Super Eights. We got 133 against Pak, India got 140 against Aus, we got 146 against Aus, Pak got 128 against India. So I guess Pak and India are chokers too?

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  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-01 00:46

    AB sounds like the surgeon who told the waiting family that their father's operation had been completely successful but that he had died on the table.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-01 05:01

    They play themselves out of it, the out of form opener Levi, overated bowler Parnell.Why was Johan Botha not given the captaincy, clearly he is inspirational. Why left the third ranked Lonwabo and opted for 44 ranked Parnel, knowing he was hammered for 32 runs in an over by England. Faf would have been better than Levi.The selectors must take the rap for these one.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-10-01 05:29

    No no no, AB I think you did

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-01 08:33

      no they didnt, they just got hammered

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-01 05:50

    Well, I have to agree. Totally outplayed and never really got the chance for the famous choke. The selection of Parnell is just idiotic and there are a lot of players out of form. How we managed to be top ranked 20/20 side recently, is also a mystery. Fact is, we are poor at 20/20 and not much better in the ODI's (despite the rankings). We have a good test side though.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-01 06:05

    I do agree AB,what more can you say? u where skinned alive! Anyway,you must get rid of that clown Levi masquerade as a cricket player!

  • Scott Arendse - 2012-10-01 06:25

    There is genuinely a curse on SA cricket with being ranked no.1 and yet not even being able to progress to the final stages of the tournament. Seems like they are always the bridesmaid but never the bride...

  • louis.nolte.3 - 2012-10-01 06:28

    AB and Amla to open; Petersen needs to come in earlier; Albie Morkel should be playing - doesn't always bowl too well but he can hit sixes. Why on earth is Lonwabo Tsotsobe not playing? Our cricketers have always been too conservative in their approach.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-01 08:33

      No, no. Please no Albie. Can't bowl and useless with the bat too. Bowlers have worked him out a long time ago and all he does now is skropping around like a hoender at the crease. Definitely not the answer. In fact I will not select any of the Morkel brothers in the short form of the game. Useless, expensive, no balls, crap fielding.

      louis.nolte.3 - 2012-10-01 09:25

      Yip, morne definitely not good enough for T20. Albie is top 5 in strike rates for T20 though.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 11:10

      Heh, in an IPL poll last season which asked which of the brother pairings (Morne/Albie, Irfan/Yusuf Pathan, David/Mike Hussey) was the best in the IPL, the Morkels won. Morne got the purple cap (most wickets) in the IPL, had an excellent economy rate and there was disbelief among commentators (most of whom are ex-players) when he was dropped for a knockout game against Kolkata - which Delhi then lost. Bowlers, just like batsmen, go through peaks and troughs. A year ago, Stuart Broad was way better than Steven Finn. This year, Broad hit a trough and Finn peaked. Same with Graeme Swann. He had a bad Test series against the Proteas after being a dominant spin bowler over the last few years. You don't see England giving up on Broad and Swann. They will play them through their slumps and maintain faith in them. Form is temporary, class is permanent. Morne is class. You don't win the IPL purple cap by being a plonker. I am concerned, though, about Morne and Dale being our strike bowlers in all three formats and then doing a full IPL season too. That is too heavy a workload. Eng and Aus rotate their fast bowlers. Anderson doesn't do T20, Broad doesn't do ODIs. Aus also rotate Hilfie, Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Cummins and Co. We only use Vern for Tests, which keeps him fresh. I think we need to cut down on Dale and Morne's schedules. It is only shortening their careers.

  • Chris - 2012-10-01 06:29

    Agree , played to your potential .' leather jackets '

  • hiltongarytyrese.meyer - 2012-10-01 07:02

    Open wiff a.morkel levi is hopeless problm solvd

  • hmeiring - 2012-10-01 07:15

    Om te choke moes jy al erens in die toernooi gekom het.... Super teleurgesteld in die span keuses en swak taktiese skuiwe. Die groot grap is dat mens nie 'instinctive big hitters' nodig gehad in die laaste 2 wedstryde nie jy moes net aanpas tot die situasie en dit is lyk my bo hul vuurmaak plek. As ek nie van beter geweet het nie sou ek se dat die laaste 2 wedstryde gegooi was .... dit is omtrent hoe hard ons probeer het om dit te verloor.....

  • Hangwanie - 2012-10-01 07:24

    Protea overrated shame, you started like a house on fire, were those wins fluke?

      benjamin.manuals - 2012-10-01 08:09

      Well mate is was against ZIM, the way they are playing now maybe it was a fluke!!!!

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-01 07:28

    Rated 1st vs rated 5th? CHOKE!!!! Double CHOKE!

  • ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-10-01 07:32

    Everyone questioning selection but nobody saying that AB has to go as captain. His on field decisions are bad and cost us the game against Pakistan. Yes selection is a problem but who do we have knocking on the door. Levi did not score in the last 2 games but he did get a fifty in the tournament, and he does not use up many balls before he gets out, but if he comes off it we will all be siging a different song. Faf is a good player and i think will be in the team as a regular very soon. Its difficult to make many changes during a tournament when you had a strategy before the start. But i would still like to say that i think AB as captain needs to be looked at.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-01 14:14

      Levi has no technique. He can club a ball to the leg-side, that is all. Dale showed the world in the IPL that Levi can't handle true pace. Then this tournament showed he can't handle spin. Remove the 100 in his debut against a medium paced NZ attack, and his stats are shocking. As for his 50, well that was against Zimbabwe!!!

  • PHUZZY187 - 2012-10-01 07:37

    I wonder what these clowns want the SA public to call it

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 11:26


  • Andre - 2012-10-01 07:40

    They knew what Australia was capable of after the Aussies best India. But, yet, they batted very pedestrian. They do well in the unimportant matches but fail to deliver when it counts. They are chokers, finish and klaar!

  • - 2012-10-01 07:50

    Funny wasn't long ago everyone was screaming for levi to part of the 50 over side. Simple case our best players aren't out of form..

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-01 11:23

      This always happens. Now people want Biff back in the team. When he was playing, those same people couldn't find a single good thing to say about him. But it's South Africa. The best players and coach are the ones we don't have. People said Mickey sucked and Gary would be far better. If we lose the Test series in Aus, people will be saying Gary sucks and we must get Mickey back. Same with Div and Heyneke in rugby. The best guy is always the guy we don't have. When we do have him, he's rubbish. Typical.

  • benjamin.manuals - 2012-10-01 08:07

    AB who are you lying to my boy???? Your performance yesterday is a prime example for the meaning of the word choke!!! Twice in a row now, after a promise the whole of South Africa that you wont choke again, after you choked against Pakistan....

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-10-01 08:13

    Levi should not have played in this game - the wryting was on the wall beforehand and was ignored.

  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-01 08:38

    AB AB AB, you are wasting your time, most people on here cant even spell the word "choke" let alone the meaning of the word.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-10-01 08:46

    South Africa must face it.... Proteas don't have BIG MATCH TEMPERAMENT (BMT).. BMT that allows you to maintain your cool in pressured big match situations... Look at a side like Pakistan and India, these side normally dont do well in matches leading up to a World Competition, however when the get there they perform like Champs....... And you look at the Proteas... Always tipped as a favourate leading up to a World tournament yet when they get there the fail dismally... Not so long ago SA was number one in T20, look at what is happening now... They are not playing well enough to support their ranking.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-01 09:36

      Well thank goodness I dont support teams who only play well every four years. I will call you a liar if you think a team just needs to perform every 4 years at a stupid tournament and then for the other 3 years and 11 months play like cr@p

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-10-01 08:57

    The same people that wanted Levi in the SA ODI batting side during the England tour are the same people that are throwing stones at him..... When I was against that move and commented on it here on Sport 24, I received "dislikes".... The dude played for SA"A" against Zimbabwe and failed, yet you wanted him in the SA ODIs..... Look at him now

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-10-01 08:58

    AB your captancy is very suspect like your test keeping....

  • mike.shepstone.1 - 2012-10-01 09:08

    I am a big fan of AB de Villiers as a cricketer, but I have to question his captaincy. He does not seem to have the right instincts when selecting bowlers as a Hansie Cronje or a Graham Smith. I think his bowling changes let us down in a big way.

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-10-01 09:11

    Kallis will play well in every series throught out the year ,come world cup time Kallis just chokes, As for AB he looks clueless when they losing he cant think on his feet and find a solution, i think maybe straight away chokers tag starts hauting him so he gives up.

  • gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-10-01 09:18

    I know I am going to get blasted from all corners but, imo, as wonderful world class batsmen that both Amla and Kallis are, they are not ideally suited to the T20 format. In the number of T20 innings they have played for SA, I can't recall once where either of them have taken the game away from the opposition. We need big hitting batsmen at the top like a Gayle, Warner, Watson. McCullum, etc. I know it's too late for that now as Gary has his squad that he has to select from but perhaps its something to think of for the future

  • litha.kutta.7 - 2012-10-01 09:21

    Our T20 is not where it should be , there are many questions than answers to the team, I believe that Kirsten put great emphasis on the Test team, one could see that the One-day team is taking shape, but the T20 team is not there at all. This tournament came 1 year earlier for Kirsten. I think the biggest mistake made by Kirsten in T20 was to invest in Levi, Berhardien and Faf Du Plessis instead of hard hitting David Miller, stylish Rilee Rossouw and explosive Quinton De Kock, these players are all under 23 and would have done better than the current crop, this would also be a breeding place for the one day,and eventually Test cricket. If one looks at the reshuffling that has occured, its no wonder that we are not good against good sides, secondly, we played most prep games in the past year against, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, which is not really a great tester, though we also played England. Even Levi's score was against New Zealand so he had a one wonder score that increased his stocks in T20 but his score wasn't really about skills and precisions but more on power and wayward bowling of the New Zealanders. He is way away from being Gale and Sehwag, that have the craft and technique of playing slog and hard hitting cricket. We are not going to make the seme-finals, we just don't have a great team. Each team needs players in the calibre of Luke Wright, Morgan (England), Koli and Sehwag (India), Watson and Warner (Australia), that will win games. We only have Amla

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-01 14:06

      I was sceptical about Behardien but he has played well. The rest, I agree ...

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-01 09:30

    I'm afraid we did choke AB. They are paralysed by fear of lose. The moment they lose a few wickets they seem to think they have to consolidate and build a partnership. It does not work like that in 20/20. Fortune favours the brave.

  • troy.kimpton.5 - 2012-10-01 09:32

    yes you did...cough cough

  • darren.peach - 2012-10-01 10:01

    Why on earh is Wayne Parnell in the side ? What value does he add to our oneday setup ( More than me, I know) . He is not a good bowler. He has been in the setup for some time now and I have not seen anything to show that he has the ability of a great bowler. He is no Jaque Kallis. Its time to make some hard choices, Smith is not around anymore( I Disagree with this ) Yet we have Levi who has basically compromised the way SA plays. He has abilty but I think he needs to go find himself or something and then maybe we can ask him to do the Job. Watson VS Levi....That is a joke. And the great Kallis fails again. There is a sickness in our team that has grown for years. I think its become such a mental thing that the players need therapy to get over it. Sponsors, Pull out and boycott SA During world cups, Deprive them of the Privelidge of playing against the best teams in the world because when it comes to World Cups other teams have our numbers and they know it. Every time this happens it breaks my heart.

  • john.knipe.10 - 2012-10-01 10:16

    AB is right we didn't choke but were outplayed in every aspect. In other words we were thrashed.

  • mthi4life - 2012-10-01 11:39

    As soon as Parnell quit eating Pork and drinking wine,his performance on the field has gone backwards. Albie Morkel is in the side as a batting all-rounder,why drop him because of one bad bowling performance. Albie should open with Amla because of the pitch in Colombo, the best time 2 score runs is upfront.

  • mosesnhlanhla - 2012-10-01 11:43

    Why must we always be the country that qualify mathematically? the Proteas always loose when it matters the most , this is not on. Even if Australia does it for us , we will not win , i am tired of this

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-01 12:54

      Well dont watch simple. Secondly there has been many occassions were teams scraped through thanks to help from other teams winning. Your buddies Australia have been at the receiving end of help in the past

      darren.peach - 2012-10-01 13:23

      To add to what you are saying, We dont deserve a place in the Semis. Not at all.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-01 14:04

      @darren.peach - oh please. I just hope you raised the same issues with other teams who just scraped through to semi

  • heiner.freese.5 - 2012-10-01 11:57

    It is clear that the Aussies played better, but should our captain admit that they are the better team? It looks to me like there is a severe lack of confidence in SA by their own captains, coaches etc throughout cricket, rugby, soccer etc. The best was Pollock always saying that at least they "enjoyed themselves out there" after each defeat. Are they being paid to enjoy themselves? Win, then enjoy yourselves and please don't admit that you have a terrible team!

  • Khaya - 2012-10-01 13:32

    Am I the only one who can see that Kallis is pretty useless in this format? I know that people tend to be sentimental and raise all kinds of irrelevant arguments about him being the best all-rounder and a lot of other hogwash but still maintain my stance that he has no role to play in T20 cricket. He should do the honourable thing and make himself unavailable because he bats for himself only. Also am worried about the use of bowlers. Really beats as me why the ball was given to an ineffective bowler like Albie when Botha and JP had such excellent returns against Pakistan!

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-01 13:33

    As long as the Morkel brothers and Parnell ,Levi play and the bad bowling decisions by AB we will never win Tswobi is sittng on the bench, oppening batsman just as bad,not putting enough runs on the board for the bowlers to defend

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-01 14:03

    The problem begins with selections. All of Levi, Kallis, Albi Morkel, Parnell shouldn't be there on form. Kallis is a hard call, because he is Jacques Kallis! But look at how Australia handle selections - new captain, White was on the verge of being booted out of the squad... We have to make the hard calls if we are to move forward. Hard call #1 - remove the captaincy from AB and give it to Botha. If this had been done a month ago we would have beaten Pakistan! Lastly have to say a huge well done to Behardien. Was wondering why he would play in the side, but he has certainly proved himself with the bat and in the field. I hope he shares some of this know-how with Faf.

      christie.serfontein - 2012-10-01 21:16

      They chocked Sunday before the went on the pitch. AB is not a captain. Graeme should have been there. They did not have a plan and was disorganised against the Pakis and the Ausies from the first ball.Ab did not have a clue how usse his bowlers and when got into trouble he moved himself down the order because he was to scared to face the music.I agree the Selectors had it all wrong. Levi won't even get game in our school side.

  • francis.titus - 2012-10-01 14:13

    There is nothing wrong with the Proteas team, each player have talent in abundance, i think it's their mind set, but most of all the attitude of their supporters, they have to get their minds tuned in, most of them talk like pro's, .............. i'll reserve the rest!

  • coenie.vandyk.12 - 2012-10-01 14:17

    Aggeneeman AB! What do you call sloppy outfielding under pressure (which never happens under normal circumstances) and long-hops by Wayne Parnell? I work with someone who is a close friend to AB and asked him to please tell AB not to select Wayne Parnell if we wanted any chance to succeed. Clearly the message was not given through..