AB to decide on fourth seamer?

2016-01-12 19:06
AB de Villiers (Gallo)

Cape Town - With the batting line-up seemingly back on track - with the exception of opener Stiaan van Zyl - the only selection issues for the Proteas going into the third Test against England at the Wanderers are in the bowling department. 

Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the match as he continues to recover from a shoulder strain, but the biggest headache is likely to be whether or not to play Dane Piedt. 

The off-spinner gave a good account of himself in the second innings of the second Test in Cape Town - taking 3/38 as the Proteas chased an unlikely victory on the final day.

But Piedt's potential exclusion in no way suggests that he has done a poor job, and it would be more about conditions in Johannesburg than anything else. 

History has suggested that spin bowling in Johannesburg is not a necessity, and with rain expected throughout the Test match there is likely to be a bit in it for the seamers. 

READ: Stats don't bode well for Piedt

It is a decision that will fall largely on the shoulders of new captain AB de Villiers. 

"With a new captain and a new leader … we really take the input of the captain very seriously," convener of selectors Linda Zondi told Sport24.

"We need to make sure that the captain is happy with the team that he is going to take across that white line."

Previous captain Hashim Amla was a known fan of having a specialist spinner in his teams, but De Villiers and the Proteas can not accept anything other than a victory in this match and there will surely be a temptation to use conditions in an attempt to blow England away.

"We’ve done our homework and we know what Wanderers has to offer, and if there is an opportunity for four seamers we shall definitely go with four seamers, and if we feel that we need a spinner then we have Dane Piedt," Zondi added.

"It’s better to have more options than to limit yourself."

With Steyn out, a fourth seamer will come in the form of Kyle Abbott or Hardus Viljoen.

Read more on:    proteas  |  dale steyn  |  dane piedt  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
South Africa v India, Johannesburg 10:00
Thursday, 01 February 2018
South Africa v India, Durban 13:00
Sunday, 04 February 2018
South Africa v India, Centurion 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

India may be ranked No 1 in the ICC Test rankings, but after their series defeat to the Proteas, do they really deserve the mantle as world's best?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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


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.