Pakistan v SA

Pat Symcox chats to Sport24

2013-10-17 10:38
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 Hashim Amla.

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 confident.

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.


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