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Old 18th July 2007, 18:50   #1
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The South Africa thread

Right, 'tis about time we had one of these to keep track of news about players, teams named, etc.

First up we've named a 30-man prov. squad for the 2020.

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/co...ml?CMP=OTC-RSS

Pretty decent team, Midnight will be happy to see Wath, Philander and Steyn in. Even more interesting is our selection of THREE spinners (inc. Robbie P ).

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Old 19th July 2007, 10:43   #2
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Right, 'tis about time we had one of these to keep track of news about players, teams named, etc.

First up we've named a 30-man prov. squad for the 2020.

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/co...ml?CMP=OTC-RSS

Pretty decent team, Midnight will be happy to see Wath, Philander and Steyn in. Even more interesting is our selection of THREE spinners (inc. Robbie P ).
I don't see any surprises there but would like to see van der Wath get a go as he's done well in this format at international level before and was unlucky not to go to the Caribbean. Steyn will probably be kept for test level. They might decide to go for the bulk of the usual internationals plus Thomas who did well against Pakistan and Bosman who seems to be a specialist at 20/20. They have plenty of flexibility in their squad and will have to decide whether to go top heavy with batting given that most bowlers are on a hiding to nothing anyway. At least though with the likes of Pollock there is added hitting power as well.
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Old 19th July 2007, 19:01   #3
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The lads have won their first one-dayer as well:

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/austr...ry/302604.html

Looks like a good show by the spinners and Petersen.
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Old 20th July 2007, 20:52   #4
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http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/austr...ry/302841.html

And a loss to NZ A.
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Old 20th July 2007, 23:02   #5
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de Wet's the young lad AD tipped for big things isn't he?

Really? Warren McSkimming? Poor lad.
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Old 20th July 2007, 23:26   #6
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I see Myburgh will be joining Canterbury with van Wyk. Both hoping to play for NZ in three years. When Myburgh used to open with Rudolph I thought he was the better batsman. Van Wyk is the second best keeper I have seen so I will be looking out to see how he does.
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that Van Wyk that plays in New Zealand is pretty average to be honest compared to Kuhn, Harris and Morne Van Wyk. As for Myburgh he has never really done a great deal and had a number of years to do something of note.

i'm not sure who is really left in South African cricket, particularly batters. There really is notjing there guys who might get a chance in the future are; Duminy, Bodi, Kuhn and notr much else considering Vaughn Van Jaarsveld and Du Plessis were big prospects

the bowling looks fairly good with the likes of De Wet, Abdullah, Tsotsobe nd others.
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Du Plessis is playing in this squad Maty, he's not jumped ship

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/austr...ry/261154.html
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oh thats good then i read somewhere he was playing for Notts seconds, i know they did offer him a deallast year but he said no.
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Old 21st July 2007, 06:25   #10
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van der Wath and du Plessis apparently knocked back kolpak deals. I think your blokes just have to be more patient and will be rewarded for good performances. No surprise to see the kiwi emerging players undefeated as they seem to have the most experienced team available out of the competing quartet.
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Old 21st July 2007, 15:54   #11
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de Wet's the young lad AD tipped for big things isn't he?
He is. He had an outstanding season last season and has some real wheels on him.
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Old 21st July 2007, 15:54   #12
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i'm not sure who is really left in South African cricket, particularly batters. There really is notjing there guys who might get a chance in the future are; Duminy, Bodi, Kuhn and notr much else considering Vaughn Van Jaarsveld and Du Plessis were big prospects

the bowling looks fairly good with the likes of De Wet, Abdullah, Tsotsobe nd others.
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An article about Philander:

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I hate to bring this up again; you'd be pretty strong with KP in your team. He'd easily be the best batsman in your line-up. And he's also a man for the big occasion unlike your so-called big guns.
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I hate to bring this up again; you'd be pretty strong with KP in your team. He'd easily be the best batsman in your line-up. And he's also a man for the big occasion unlike your so-called big guns.
I said it before the world cup, if he was in our team we'd have walked to the final at least.
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I hate to bring this up again; you'd be pretty strong with KP in your team. He'd easily be the best batsman in your line-up. And he's also a man for the big occasion unlike your so-called big guns.
Indeed we would, although we're assuming here that if he had stayed in SA he would have become as good a cricketer. For all we know he may have remained a county journeyman for the rest of his days. But in terms of simple transference then yep we would, but that's life! It definitely would have been interesting to see how the KP-Smith relationship would have developed...somehow I imagine they may have got on quite well on the same team, as long as they didn't get in each other's way.
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I hate to bring this up again
I don't believe that!
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Old 23rd July 2007, 13:55   #18
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Indeed we would, although we're assuming here that if he had stayed in SA he would have become as good a cricketer. For all we know he may have remained a county journeyman for the rest of his days. But in terms of simple transference then yep we would, but that's life! It definitely would have been interesting to see how the KP-Smith relationship would have developed...somehow I imagine they may have got on quite well on the same team, as long as they didn't get in each other's way.
Problem solved, swap ***** for KP. But in some way I think they're similar sort of characters so either they'd eventually get on or the relationship would be incendiary. KP though strikes me as more of a man of substance so I think you got a raw deal with *****. The question of whether of not his cricket would have developed is an interesting one. It may have depended on coaching and opportunity, though it's hard to believe that someone with his single-minded determination wouldn't have succeeded had he really applied himself wherever he was.
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I don't believe that!
No, it seems it was yet another lead in to slag Smith off. Pity.
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No, it seems it was yet another lead in to slag Smith off. Pity.

I believe I made some constructive points.
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