Cape Town - In an exclusive, the former 20-Test
all-rounder talks about South Africa’s poor start against Pakistan, the current
plight of Test cricket and whether or not the Proteas are over-reliant on
Pat Symcox: I don’t believe so.
I’m of the view that we possess enough top quality players in our batting
line-up to trouble any side in world cricket. In this Test match in particular
think it’s been more a case of players getting in and then failing to
capitalize. In the first innings for example, there were a few soft dismissals particularly
in the middle order and the tail was poor in terms of their shot selection
against spin. I believe the key is to rotate the strike and become more
Pat Symcox: The vests are
inventive, but when it’s hot it’s hot. Modern players are well travelled and
heat is a factor that they have learnt to cope with. In my view, the best way
to handle the heat is for one’s batting line-up to pile on the runs allowing
the rest of the team to remain in the air-conditioned change room.
Joe van Niekerk