I am a huge Supporter of South African Cricket but I find it difficult to lie to myself about the current bowling strength of our side.
Steyn looks nothing like he should! I heard he has worked on making his action more round? I think thats what has effected his swing , he does not look dangerous or able to penetrate. Look even the UAE, He didnt bowl one guy out!
He would not be rated so highly for performances since that 2nd innings win in PE against Aus was the last. Philander also looks nothing like the bowler that he looked before the SA vs Aus series last year-confidence?
I would like to see their averages /wickets since that series. I dont know if its also bowling with more worn balls in tests for Steyn but all in all we look really strong in batting but our bowling is in my opinion MUCH weaker than any of our sides I have see in the past.
To also give some credit Tahir looks good and Morkel good, but as for Steyn , Philander , and even Parnell - its not looking promising.
In my opinion who should perhaps be there instead .. mmm I think that leg spinner that played in the last test (cant recall his name) who took 5 wickets - he looked impressive and hungry and in form. Abbot looks okay and more in form that those three, and finally ... me :) give me a shot Russel I can do it !!! :))) I hope we do well but having watched our teams since 1994 our bowling looks weak and our batting has to compesate, its the opposite to what it has always been ,strong in the bowling dep.