Proteas 'have bowling depth'

2011-10-26 07:49

Cape Town - Highveld Lions coach, Dave Nosworthy, says the Proteas have enough bowling depth in the fast bowling department.

Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald expressed his concern a couple of months ago about the lack of depth in the South African bowling line-up. Donald was especially worried about what the Proteas would do if Dale Steyn and Morné Morkel were to get injured.

However, Nosworthy believes the sudden rise to prominence of the Lions' Pumelela Matshikwe and the Titans' Marchant de Lange proves that the country has more than enough fast-bowling depth.

Matshikwe (27) and De Lange (21) have been included in the South African "A" team for a four-day tour match against Australia in Potchefstroom next week.

They have been impressive in the SuperSport series thus far this season. Matshikwe is currenlty the competition's leading wicket taker, with 19 wickets in only three games. De Lange has taken six wickets in two games, but has impressed the selectors with his pace.

“Pumie actually reminds me a lot of Steve Elworthy (former Protea swing bowler), because he also developed quite late,” Nosworthy told the Beeld newspaper.

"He has been playing club cricket for a while, but has only really started taking the game seriously over the last two seasons.

"He's a very mature young man with a good head on his shoulders. Different to the rest of the country's promising young fast bowlers - who gets pushed in too early - he has already learnt his game and is in an excellent physical condition."

Unlike Donald, Nosworthy is not worried about the future of SA's bowlers once Steyn and Morkel are not there.

"Everyone started panicking when Garth le Roux and Mike Procter reached the twilight of their careers, but a young fast bowler by the name of Allan Donald put his hand up.

"The same happened when Donald retired a number of years later, but Dale (Steyn) suddenly started making progress. Just like that there will be more guys that come to the fore when Dale and Morné (Morkel) aren't playing anymore.

Nosworhty also believes young fast bowlers like the Lions' Ethan O’Reilly and Craig Alexander, and the Titans' Hardus Viljoen are all bowlers who could push for higher honours in the years to come.


  • HennieduPles - 2011-10-26 09:24

    Agree with Dave N. Watched the youngsters bowling in the nets at the Proteas on the day before the Centurion game. Plenty of pace and skill but they are all on the short side. Always believed that a good pace bowler needs to be tall like Albie M , Brett Lee, Mitch J. , Lopsy, Vinige Fanie etc with Dale S and Allan D being the exceptions. Any bowling "experts" out there with an opinion ?

  • Neille - 2011-10-26 09:36

    @hennieduplessis : agree 100% . we have tremendous tallent in this country , we just need to nurture it.

  • Neille - 2011-10-26 09:43

    what are your views on dale steyn bowling at an almost 3/4 pace since the world cup ? is he carring an injury ?

      HennieduPles - 2011-10-26 11:53

      Yep like a tennis elbow. Doesn't bother him if he stays under 140 km. Which is not a problem if he can keep his line & length right. If he can then swing the ball he is dangerous.

  • pule.bokgwathile - 2011-10-26 13:37

    but why play him if we cant bowl over 140km/h because dale's weapon is swing and pace not so much on line and length

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