More Essex woes for Lopsy

2011-05-23 14:05

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Proteas seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s maiden English season with Essex goes from bad to worse at present.

The tall Warriors left-armer battled through three County Championship matches for the club, earning only five wickets at a bloated 77.60 – and was dropped for their most recent division two fixture against Surrey, which was drawn.

“Quite simply, he’s just not bowling well enough,” first-team coach Paul Grayson was quoted by Cricinfo as saying. “We haven’t seen enough from him in Championship cricket and the decision comes down purely to form.

“Whether or not you are an overseas player, it doesn’t really matter. If you are not performing then we have to make some changes.
“Tsotsobe’s done alright in the one-dayers so far.”

He was back at his post, although no longer given the luxury of the new ball, for the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against the Unicorns at Chelmsford on Sunday, and hardly set the house alight in registering one for 39 in his eight overs – again one of the most expensive analyses by an Essex bowler despite their easy, eight-wicket victory.

The Unicorns have lost all six matches in the 40-overs-a-side competition thus far and are a composite XI made up of players without full-time contracts with regular counties.

If it is any consolation for Tsotsobe (a willing learner), Dale Steyn also struggled in his first exposure to English cricket for the very same county in 2005, before getting the knack of bowling in those unique conditions two years later and excelling for Warwickshire.


  • TheDon - 2011-05-23 14:28

    He has the ability, he will come good and it is a good opportunity for him to get some experience in English conditions.

      Grynch - 2011-05-23 14:39

      If they stop picking him he won't get the experience.

      deckland - 2011-05-23 14:51

      they dropped him? Racist!!

      Bob - 2011-05-26 11:53

      Grynch, the man is there to take wickets and help Essex win games, not to gain experience, he obviously can't do that so they dropped him then fired him, seems fair enough to me.

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-05-23 14:57

    It's aparthe!ds fault

  • What de D... - 2011-05-23 15:09

    Eish baas

  • myjdjames - 2011-05-23 15:34

    Now he is moping on twitter. Go read it. :> f*** the prize Faizel. Ive had enough. I ve never felt like ths eva. Ths is the worst two mnths of my life. And u know wen u start regretin urself it aint gud.

  • Deon - 2011-05-23 15:41

    Would not even play him in club side. He is no good. Have always said that. And has a bad attitude.

      Grant - 2011-05-23 16:09

      Nonsense! The guy is a good bowler, and proved it playing for the Proteas! Having said that, he must earn his place like everybody else. He's new to this team and not performing, so he cant complain about being dropped.

      Yagyah Rabin - 2011-05-24 10:17

      He is a better One day bowler than Test match thats for sure.

  • Jock Bok - 2011-05-23 17:14

    Lopsy would find it tricky over here, despite the weather being ok for the muddy island, the pitches are still flat as a witches breast......not fun being a Saffa and being asked to knock out 20 overs a day, trust me, I know!!!!

  • No Good - 2011-05-23 20:09

    Lobsy doesn't need to bowl well in ENGLAND to prove that he's a good player. He's doin well 4 the Proteas and that's all that counts!

      Bob - 2011-05-26 11:51

      No Good, thats a typical Saffer selfish opinion, obviously Essex don't believe thats all that counts, thats why he has been fired, cos he ain't that good.

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