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Proteas to stick with big guns

2012-12-03 22:13

Cape Town - The Proteas won't be resting on their laurels in their upcoming Test series against New Zealand.

This was the view of team manager Mohammed Moosajee after Graeme Smith's side completed a stunning 309-run victory over Australia in Perth on Monday to cement their spot atop the ICC Test rankings.

They will now come up against lowly New Zealand in ODIs, Tests and T20s over the festive period. The Kiwis are ranked at No 8 in Test match cricket - only ahead of fellow strugglers Bangladesh, which could leave many to call for a few key players to be rested for the series, especially with a tougher series against Pakistan to follow in February.

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However, Moosajee assured fans they won't be taking things lightly in the two Tests against the Kiwis.

"Everyone wants to be part of the Tests. And we also don't want to take our feet off the pedal now," he told the Beeld website.

According to Moosajee, the players could be given a chance to rest in the ODIs and T20s. He revealed the only injury concern is that of Jacques Kallis.

Kallis suffered a hamstring injury in the second Test against Australia in Adelaide which preventing him from bowling for the remainder of the series. He will be rested over the next few weeks.

Apart from a warm-up game in Pietermaritzburg, New Zealand start their clashes against South Africa with three T20 internationals on 21,23 and 26 December, followed by two Tests (2-6 January and 11-15 January) and three one-day internationals (January 19,22 and 25).

South Africa's three-Test series against Pakistan starts on February 1 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Sport24

Comments
  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-04 03:19

    jurre hey but dont choke st world cup hey jurree juslike zeffers lol.jamaica will knock u out AGAIN LOL

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-04 04:08

      The article is about test cricket, not the world cup or any other limited overs series, but seeing you bought the world cup up, The Proteas beat the west indies in the last wc, my understanding of rap isn't very good but I've sort of made out what you are trying to say

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-12-04 07:47

      WTF ?

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-04 08:42

      @thando, who knows what he is on about, maybe jamaica are going to play in the wc and not the windies

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-04 08:52

      boks now and then lose to the all blacks but our proteas 95% of the time smash the kiwis!

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-12-04 09:01

      That's some strong stuff you're smoking there

  • Papiki Hlahane - 2012-12-04 05:23

    another fantastic cricket season.welcome on home soil guys.crush the kiwis..

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-04 06:33

    I think my lads are in deep trouble...But hey, you thrashed the auzzies so you're alright in my eyes :)

      Wesley Pretorius - 2012-12-04 07:52

      Hey Jimmy. I must say you've won quite a bit of my respect (don't think you really care, but just to let you know) in that I see you aren't just one of the glory supporters of the All blacks, but also support the black caps. I dont know if you are a New Zealander by birth, but well done on not being as fickle as some of those here in the WC and even PE that only support The all blacks because they are #1 in the world. As soon as NZ are no longer there, they will change their tone and some other team will be "their team". Much respect and here's hopig for many a tight game between the AB's and the bokke as well as te Proteas and the black caps. (and hopin SA comes out on top ;-)

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-04 09:00

      Hahaha, thanks Wesley :) My dad's a saffa and my mum is a kiwi (no kiwi girl jokes please lol). Grew up there but working in SA now. Do love my AB's and black caps very much through the good and the bad, but have always known the cricket lads are not quite in the same league as you saffa's. Anyway's good luck and well done.

  • derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-12-04 06:58

    It is vitally important that we rest the Test boys from the hit & giggle stuff against the Kiwis- I would go so far as to suggest anyone who played in all 3 tests against OZ does not play, which would mean only Faf & Robbie P to play in the T20's/ ODI's. We have more than enough talent left to give the Kiwi's a fair go in these formats. I would love to see a squad of Henry Davids, Richard Levi,Quentin De Kock,(Colin Ingram/ David Miller), Faf, (Albie Morkel, Behardien),Robbie P, Robbie Frylinck,Chris Morris, Lopsy,plus anyone of Parnell, McClaren, Hardus Viljoen, De Lange ( if fit ) or Kleinveldt- would have liked to have Johan Botha as Captain but not possible , so give it to Faf & let see what happens.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-04 12:02

      I think the workload placed on Morne and Dale is too steep. They cannot spearhead our attack in all three forms of the game (and play IPL every year) without longer-term harm to their careers. Since the start of the Aus tour in Nov 2011, Morne has bowled 704 overs for the Proteas and Delhi Daredevils - and that's just in IPL/CLT20 and Proteas internationals, it doesn't include warm-up tour games. That is a very steep workload. We've been lucky that he and Dale have been able to remain injury-free. But we can't expect it to continue forever. As we saw in Aus, our Test performances depend on Dale, Vern and Morne firing together as a unit. When they do it, we dominate. When they don't, we can look very ordinary. If Marchant or someone else can come on strong as a genuine Test strike bowler, then it may be worth risking our top three in limited overs. But until then, I'd be inclined to shift Dale and Morne more towards Test duty, much like England have done with Anderson and Aus with Siddle.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-04 07:39

    As much as it is important to maintain momentum and consolidate your position. You need to bare in mind that there are younger players that need to be groomed for the future. A new Kallis need to be groomed. Series like New Zealand and Banglade present SA with that opportunity to field 3 to 4 fringe players or younger members of the squad. SA doesnt want to be faced with a situation that Aussie found themselves in when your Gilchrist, Waugh, McGrath all retired at similar times.

      brian.dureuck - 2012-12-04 07:52

      agree.. just not more quotas please..eventhough NZ is a very weak cricket team ...

      zambezi.river - 2012-12-04 09:45

      @ brian...................................Jou ma se QUOTA !

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-04 12:17

      Dean Elgar looks to be the best Kallis replacement. We are not going to get another all-rounder like JK anytime soon, so the aim should be to find another daunting batsman. The question then becomes whether we are happy to go with just four bowlers having been accustomed to five during the Kallis era, or whether we sacrifice a batter for an all-rounder further down the order. I'd go with four bowlers. That's what Aus did in their super-team, using McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Warne for the vast majority of bowling, with only occasional respite overs from part-timers like Katich, Punter, Clarke. An all-rounder needs to be either a Test-quality batter or Test-quality bowler in my view. JK and Watson are wanted as batters, even if they don't bowl. And Polly was wanted as a strike bowler, even if he didn't bat. Ryan McLaren doesn't cut it imo. If you picked our best seven batters and our best five bowlers, McLaren wouldn't make either list. Neither would Albie. So I can't see a role for either of them. Doing two things moderately well is never as good as doing one thing exceptionally well.

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-04 08:21

    The better come prepared or else they going to be crushed.

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-04 10:46

      if they couldnt beat us in there own backyard what they going to do here, then again oz couldnt beat us in there own back yard either (TWICE)

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-04 11:49

      Well, not to put too fine a point on it, we haven't been able to beat Aus in our own backyard, drawing the last series and losing the one before that. Ditto with England. We may have beaten them away in 08 and 12, but drew with them at home in 09 and lost in 04. The Proteas away tend to be a more successful team than the Proteas at home.

  • siboniso.mkhatshwa - 2012-12-04 08:37

    I like the attitude!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-04 08:52

      but nz won't like the 'altitude' lol

  • thabiso.letlhabane - 2012-12-04 09:53

    gud...crash all opponents in ur path.....go proteas

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-12-04 10:02

    Go for the jugular - you could bet if it was the Aussies they would field their best side

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