SA aim to be 'hot' against Eng

2009-11-02 12:09

Johannesburg - England's tour of South Africa is going to be "huge" according to South Africa coach Mickey Arthur and he has vowed that his charges won't be caught cold as they were in the recent Champions Trophy.

Host nation South Africa failed to reach the knockout stage of the Champions Trophy, with a defeat against England putting an end to their chances.

"We were rusty going into that tournament," said Arthur. "Any series against England is huge and we want to make sure we are well prepared for our matches against them."

England, whose limited overs squad arrived in South Africa Sunday, will be up against South African players who have been playing domestic cricket and will face Zimbabwe in two one-day matches before taking on the Andrew Strauss-skippered tourists.

England will play South Africa in two Twenty20 internationals, five one-day internationals and four Tests.

Arthur admitted there may have been some justification for critics who said South Africa's predictability had contributed to their Champions Trophy downfall after going into the tournament ranked number one in the world.

"Things had worked so well for us in one-day cricket that maybe we were a bit predictable," he said. "We are looking for more flexibility against England."

The Champions Trophy came after the South Africa's first extended break in more than two years, but Arthur promised England would come up against players who were hungry and should be in top form.

All the national players with the exception of Jacques Kallis, who has a side strain, will be involved in domestic cricket before the one-day squad assembles in Johannesburg Friday.

They will play Zimbabwe on November 8 and 10, with Arthur admitting the matches had been arranged to give the South Africans a chance to play together and work on new combinations ahead of the England series.

"The Zimbabwe matches will get us playing together again as a unit and we want to go into the England series hot," said Arthur.

England flew to the central city of Bloemfontein soon after their arrival and will prepare for four days before playing 50-over matches against the Eagles and Warriors franchise teams and a 20-over match against South Africa 'A'.

The first Twenty20 international is at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on November 13.


  • Baas Koos - 2009-11-02 12:18

    I Am a big fan of the SA side..... but stop telling us and start showing us!

  • Muriel Farquharson - 2009-11-02 12:23

    The Proteas, must not comment on their strengths before playing gainst England.

  • Chokeas - 2009-11-02 12:31

    All I read was blah blah blah. The chokeas first have to prove me wrong.

  • Agreed - 2009-11-02 12:51

    I agree Baas Koos, the Proteas for some reason always talk a big game before a big series and end up with pie on their face. Look at the home series against Aus and the champions trophy. Their media advisor should tell them to just shut up and focus on playing

  • Noel - 2009-11-02 12:54

    I want to see that if we don't deliver that Mickey should eat humble pie and appologise to all the loyal fans out there. I am sick and tired of hearing the same bull over and over.

  • brentswsa - 2009-11-02 12:55

    firstly they need to show us that they are capable of beating Zimbabwe haha

  • Skipper - 2009-11-02 12:58

    Do your talking on the field! And prepare the squad properly!

  • Gaz - 2009-11-02 13:00

    Please guys for the love of God klap them proper and stop whooing yourselves before the tour - beat them and we will rejoice together. The chokers label is I'm sad to say still very much attached....

  • Jon - 2009-11-02 13:02

    Sounds like the comments just before the icc trophy. "Look how good we are"

  • Malume - 2009-11-02 13:06

    They aim to be hot or should i say choking hot,lol, all the best my boys. I still can't stand the sight of Boucher coming down to bat knowing very well he won't make any more than 10 runs.

  • Fandash - 2009-11-02 13:25

    Mickey shut up and get to the training field with the guys instead of shooting your mouth off in the media. Maybe then you will have a clue as to what is going on in the squad. Have you spoken to Arthur Turner of late to prepare your next round of excuses.

  • Stephen - 2009-11-02 13:37

    Ah I see the lame chirps are still here. @Chokeas - wow you are so clever, how long did it take you to think of that name

  • Roger Jonkers - 2009-11-02 13:39

    I hope they select Shaun Pollock

  • Shrek - 2009-11-02 13:43

    Mickey "mouse" or any of the Proteas should not make any press until after the series, because they promise us victory and then they can't deliver. Please appoint a team spokes person to do all the talking and impose a ban on players talking to the press. The only people issuing press releases should be the captain and team spokesperson.

  • Delia - 2009-11-02 13:43

    Micky Mouse want a load of crap...we want silver ware and I just don't think that the Proteas will ever get there with you!!!!!

  • Jennings!!!` - 2009-11-02 13:52

    Mickey Arthur has had his change to prove himself as the SA coach. Whilst we have had a good run in the test and one-day arena, we have won....nowt... on the big stage. The chokers tag will only disapear once we have won a tournament worth winning. Arthur should go, and they should bring back Ray Jennings who moulded the current side, has the right attitude to win big matches, and additionally he's not too close to the players unlike Arthur who appears to be playing second fiddle to the senior players in terms of authority.

  • Joe - 2009-11-02 13:57

    Here we go again,King Arthur shouting his mouth off about how "hot" his players are going to be,and conceding that his players weren't well prepared for the champions trophy - perhaps they were underdone or "cold".Sounds like a whole lot of hot air from King Arthur,what a pity he hasn't learnt to keep his mouth shut and let the players do the talking on the field.All this pre-talk is garbage - Gerald Majola,please put a muzzle on Arthur before the players start believing,again,what he is telling the press.Funny that no other international coach has so much to say before a series as Arthur - what a jerk.

  • Deon - 2009-11-02 13:57

    South African fans are so fickle. It was not long ago at all that we were celebrating beating Australia at home and being ranked number one in Tests and ODI's in the world. Anyone remember that?...

  • Jacques - 2009-11-02 13:59

    @Fandash, Your comment really cracked me up man. Totally agree, our boys need to get their Sh*t together and start producing results. Mickey Arthur is the most overrated coach in world cricket.

  • John - 2009-11-02 14:02

    The chief chokers are still in the ODI team (Boucher and Kallis) , Nice to see the back of "brainless" gibbs. Why do people always say That Gibbs was a great fileder ? He dropped the World Cup , do you guys remember ? Boucher the most over rated international player in the world. He cant even hold a bat anymore

  • Gatvol - 2009-11-02 14:02

    Mickey rather work on a strategy that would see the team benefit from having a player like JP in the ranks, he is a wonderful strokemaker yet he has to play the anchor role and allow AB freedom to play. Someone like Kallis, who lost his ability to attack, should play the anchor role and both AB and JP should be allowed to run amock with the opposition bowlers. And for goodness sake get rid of the dead weight aka Boucher and Morkel, who both have failed to live up to the hype created around them.

  • Mr Controversy - 2009-11-02 14:11

    Haven't I heard these ramblings from Arthur before??? YAWN!!!!!!

  • NorthernExposure - 2009-11-02 14:27

    MAybe it is time our cricket team stops playing the game in the press and starts playing the game on the field . . .

  • robbie - 2009-11-02 14:42

    Mickey mouse club house

  • Michael - 2009-11-02 14:59

    What, Smith still there.

  • Groet Boet - 2009-11-02 16:04

    Deon these idiots commenting on this column are not True Proteas Supporters they are out to single out players & insult them. They are not worthy to be even called South Africans.

  • Paul - 2009-11-02 18:38

    Come on people, stop this negative talk and support our national team. The coach has to have media talks and not only him but also the players statements are wangled by the media and taken completely out of context. If you know these guys on a personal level you will know that they are the most humble and friendly guys you will ever meet. However you have to be confidant in your ability otherwise you will never be succesfull especially at international level, and that is where the media focus to sell papers. Everyone seems to forget that Mickey coached this team to be number one in both formats of the game and that to me is more important than winning one tournament. Being the best over a long period of time takes allot more skill and will power than winning one tournament.

  • Lesley - 2009-11-03 00:21

    I agree with all the above comments I use to be a proud sa supporter but now I am beginning to wonder because we seem to be too arogant before a big series against England. I personally hope that England teach us a lesson then maybe we will fire the captain and coach but trully that is wishful thinking as this is sa after all. Hopefully, we dont force the umpires to make discisions go our way. Even though England cry if something doesnt go there way I still feel that England still play a gentleman game and never boost about how good they are like sa.

  • Groet Boet - 2009-11-03 08:11

    Lesley why don't you join Strauss,KP & Co & be an 'honourable' English Man. I mean please don't support the Boks or take pride in the Ubuntu Spirit that Madiba inspired all South Africans to aspire to. And while you at it, don't look at Moses Mabida Stadium & be amazed or the Dramatic Shapes of the Drakensberg. Oh & please leave the valley & hills of Namaqualand alone. B'cos we A don't need you & people like you in our beautiful country & B we love our country & our sportsman. So leave our Teams alone & enjoy the England sides. They will be happy to have you.

  • Jovito - 2009-11-04 09:13

    Rodger cum on Shaun Pollock!!!!!!!!!!! He was the best bowler 4 SA but he step down @ the ryt tym in HIGH FASHION give the young guys a chance jst look how gud Parnell n Van Der Merwe is going!!!!!!!! they cant cum even close 2 Pollock,he was the best bt lets respect his decision of retiring we losing out on a gr8 bowler but make space 4 new ones !!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAUN POLLOCK IS THE GR8ST

  • Trevor - 2009-11-05 08:42

    LOL Very unprofessional to be unprepared going into a tournament! Better to rely on Smurf see link LOOSERS

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