Proteas

Corrie: Proteas depth no worry

2010-10-20 08:11
Corrie van Zyl (File)
Eduan Roos

Johannesburg - South Africa have the players to fill the boots of proven match-winners such as Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, no matter what John Buchanan says.

And on Friday in Benoni “rookies” Colin Ingram and Rusty Theron will have the opportunity to prove it, says Proteas coach Corrie van Zyl.

Buchanan, a former coach of the Australian cricket team that won the World Cup twice, said this week that the Proteas would struggle against the top sides in the world without Kallis and Steyn.

Kallis and Steyn missed the Twenty20 and ODI series - of which the final match will be played at Willowmoore Park on Friday - against Zimbabwe.

“Several young players already showed in the series that we have more than enough depth in key positions,” Van Zyl said on Tuesday.

“Of course it’s not easy to replace players such as Jacques and Dale, but a few guys have already stepped forward.”

Van Zyl believes it’s a “blessing in disguise” that Kallis, Steyn and Morné Morkel will only return when the Proteas play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates at the end of the month.

“It gave us an opportunity to see what players like Colin, Rusty and David (Miller) can offer. And with the World Cup just around the corner, it gives us peace of mind.”

Ingram became the first South African to score a century on debut in Friday’s first one-day game against Zimbabwe. Theron took a fifer in Potchefstroom two days later to lead the Proteas to the series victory.

The red-headed seamer was only brought in last Wednesday as a replacement for the injured Morkel after not being in the initial squad.  Ingram also only got his opportunity after it was decided not to risk Kallis.

“Colin and Rusty grabbed their opportunity with both hands and it’s excellent for South African cricket that there is strong competition for places,” said Van Zyl.

Van Zyl added that the team’s fielding is still a concern. It’s an aspect of the game in which the South Africans were the best in the world for a long time.

“We are still some way off from where we should be.”
 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
South Africa v Zimbabwe, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Friday, 05 January 2018
South Africa v India, Cape Town 10:00
Saturday, 13 January 2018
South Africa v India, Centurion 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.