Proteas preparation a concern

2009-11-03 23:07

Eduan Roos

Johannesburg - The Proteas can forget about getting any meaningful preparation before their series against England.

Zimbabwe, against whom South Africa are scheduled to play two games to prepare for the series, were on Tuesday dismissed for just 44 runs against an equally inept Bangladesh in the fourth clash between these two teams.

It was the fifth-lowest total in the history of one-day cricket and Bangladesh reached the winning total for the loss of only four wickets to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

Only Malcolm Waller (13) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (11) could reach double figures, with spinners Shakib-Al-Hasan (3/8) and Enamul Haque (3/16) in good bowling form.

Proteas coach Mickey Arthur put his team’s failure in the recent Champions Trophy series down to a lack of game time after South Africa played almost no cricket for more than two months ahead of the “mini World Cup”.

South Africa were already knocked out in the group phases after losses against Sri Lanka and England.

Arthur, who had to explain the Proteas’ struggles to the management of Cricket South Africa (CSA) last week, warned that they should not fall into the same trap before playing England in just over a week’s time.

CSA chief executive Gerald Majola then announced that the Proteas will play Zimbabwe twice – on November 8 in Benoni and two days later in Centurion – to warm up.

The batting performance was Zimbabwe’s third worst to date and the team also has the dubious honour of having posted 3 of the 10 lowest scores in cricket.

A further concern for Arthur is that anything but convincing victories over South Africa’s neighbours will have the alarm bells ringing. That said, easy victories may deprive the players of valuable batting and bowling practice.

The Proteas’ bowling in the last 10 overs requires sharpening up. That will not happen if Zimbabwe last for only about 25 overs as was the case in Chittagong on Tuesday.


  • Marcus - 2009-11-04 00:58

    Of course, Zimbabwe have gotten close to, or over 200 in all of their previous matches, and it seems that their main problem is in facing spin, so to be honest I can't see the South Africans rolling them out for 44 again.

  • mikeh - 2009-11-04 06:46

    Surely we would get tougher parctice games against Cape Cobras or a Proteas "B" side. I don't think Zimbabwe is the right choice.

  • JohanP - 2009-11-04 07:00

    What a joke! and they needed who?? to tell them that? I am not even a sport guru, but what did they expect against mighty Zimbabwe?? they should rather have played against a top local side, save some airfares

  • dumkofp - 2009-11-04 07:34

    management,management,management,management, management,management,management,management, South Africa's biggest problem, incompetent management..

  • Deon - 2009-11-04 07:45

    Yes - games against an SA "A" side would be a much better option.

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-11-04 07:46

    The Proteas might win a game then, is that what this is about? Glad to see that they have least accepted warm up games, they refused them in the previous games. What does Steyn say about all this? Maybe his foot is still at the back of his throat, it would take that to keep him stum!

  • nhla - 2009-11-04 07:58

    They better not take Zim for granted.These guys got over 300 about 4 times in the last 15 games and were below 200 only once in their dismall 44. Um looking forward to the series.

  • Ray - 2009-11-04 08:01

    What a spineless jelly fish Arthur is why does he not admit that he is a useless coach and only manages to keep his job because of his relationship with the equally inept Graham Smith. It does not take a Rocket Scientist to realize that without match time they are useless and playing Zimbabwe is a total waste of time and money. What happened to the "A" team they are certainly better than Zim and would probably beat them.

  • Roger Jonkers - 2009-11-04 08:07

    I think Zimbabwe will give SA a decend run for their money, I predict 1-1 draw. Roger (Harare, Zimbabwe)

  • Cricket fan - 2009-11-04 08:12

    Dont worry guys, the AmaChokers will lose to Zim....then Mickey Mouse will say they were tough oppositiion or maybe the AmaChokers were rusty

  • Brett - 2009-11-04 08:15

    A game against a local franchise or a combined XI would make more sense!!

  • Mehluli Sibanda - 2009-11-04 09:25

    Being bowled out for 44 can happen to any team and that does not make Zimbabwe rubbish, even the Proteas can be all out for 44 in those sub standard sub continent wickets. Many are quick to forget what happened when the Proteas came to Zimbabwe, it was not a walk over for Proteas and Zimbabwe came close to winning the last match when Tatenda Taibu scored his maiden ODI century. I am surprised that when Zimbabwe beat Kenya 4-1 they were good opposition for the Proteas and now that they have lost to Bangladesh they are not good opposition. The Proteas lost to Bangladesh at the 2007 World Cup, many are forgetting that.

  • Spin Doctor - 2009-11-04 11:38

    Mickey Arthur, Majola and CSA - what a bunch of dooses !! They could not manage there way through an orgy in a whore house ! I bet the chokers will post some good scores, take lots of wickets, proclaim that Zim is a top side - and then suffer from verbal diaohrea on how good they are. Steyn, Smith and Co. should refrain from removing their foot from their mounths - as it will prevent them from choking even further !

  • NJAY - 2009-11-04 12:59

    The previous preparation was against some little school side.Now it is Zimbabwe.What are these people thinking?Why not play a Protea side against a "B" side ? Surely our " B " side will give stiffer opposition and give an idea as to our up and coming talent.Leave the school boy bowlers and Zimbabwe.Get our own strength vs strength.

  • Strength vs Buddy buddy - 2009-11-04 14:59

    If they played strength vs strength then some guys ala Boucher would be shown up as a second or even third choice wicketkeeper/batsman for SA.

  • CECNOL - 2009-11-05 15:03

    Surely if they play against a South Africa "B" side - they will also loose. I think their too afraid in anyway for that to happen.

  • Craig@cricket fan - 2009-11-06 08:13

    go freaking jump!! rather dont comment if you're going to come up with shit like that. Grow up

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