Pretoria - The South African cricket team management confirmed on Wednesday that
detailed plans for their bowlers to use against New Zealand's batsmen
had been delivered to the wrong hotel room.
A guest at a Sandton
hotel posted an image on Facebook showing how South Africa planned to
attack each of the Kiwi batsmen in Wednesday's first one-day
international at Centurion.
She said a document addressed to South African fast bowler Dale Steyn had been slipped under her hotel room door.
"It's true, unfortunately," said team spokesperson Lerato Malekutu.
not the first time cricket team strategies have fallen into the wrong
hands, and the document reveals no riveting insights. The basic plan for
most of the batsmen is to bowl "fourth stump, good length", with more
detailed assessments about each batsman.
Plans for each batsman are divided into three categories - areas to bowl, bouncers and "death" overs.
batsman and stand-in captain Kane Williamson, for instance, is labelled
as liable to drive "on the up" and the plan is to shape the ball away
from him to encourage a false shot.
Free-scoring opening batsman
Martin Guptill, on the other hand, is regarded as someone who cuts in
the air on the offside and bowlers should try to shape the ball into
Luke Ronchi and George Worker are both described as "compulsive hooker/pullers".
hotel guest, Cassandra Teasdale, has been offered tickets to the match
by New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who is regarded as a leg
before wicket candidate.
Teasdale, meanwhile, quipped on her Facebook post, "I wonder if this means Dale thinks he is sleeping in my room tonight."
documents have been delivered to the wrong hotel rooms in the past -
most famously in 2001 on Australia's tour of England.
coach John Buchanan passed on motivational material from Sun Tzu, a
Chinese general from the fifth century BC. A copy of the document was
mistakenly delivered to the room of an English journalist.
The first of three ODIs will take place on Wednesday at SuperSport Park in Centurion at 12:30.
The two teams enter the one-day series on the back of a 1-1 result in the two T20 matches.