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Old 7th September 2007, 11:48   #261
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SA 'A' team to tour India:

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/south...ry/309845.html

Some good youngsters there.
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Old 7th September 2007, 12:22   #262
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some rubbish in the mix also
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Old 7th September 2007, 12:54   #263
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Which is one of the reasons I don't take players for their word. Bosman claims he is fit because "his physio" says he is. His physio is his aunt.

I don't know how qualified his aunt is in diagnosing Spinal injuries but his headlong dive into the advertising boards sounded pretty horrific so I'd be amazed if he was 100% fit.
I actually saw this clip on TV and its no surprise that he's crocked.
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Old 7th September 2007, 13:45   #264
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I actually saw this clip on TV and its no surprise that he's crocked.
I was hoping to find it on YouTube but no luck so far. I hope he doesn't start making a habit of getting hit on the head like Vermulen.
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Old 7th September 2007, 13:46   #265
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Your man Ontong's in there. Who are you not keen on? Dip?
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Old 7th September 2007, 13:50   #266
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Your man Ontong's in there. Who are you not keen on? Dip?
more Langeveldt to be honest there seems to be plenty of test players in there though like Prince and Amla.

i'm not massively convinced by Coetsee or Klienveldt either but we'll see.
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more Langeveldt to be honest there seems to be plenty of test players in there though like Prince and Amla.

i'm not massively convinced by Coetsee or Klienveldt either but we'll see.
I imagine that players like Dip, Langeveld etc. are being kept warm as it were in case of injuries or form loss to other players and for the tests coming up.
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Old 7th September 2007, 15:49   #268
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For Kruger's treatment, substitute in Jimmy Anderson, or Paul Collingwood, trailing round the world carrying drinks with appearances few and far between. Told by the coach to "hang in there, you'll get your chance" they did just that and are both now international regulars. It strikes me that in some instances South African players can use Kolpak, quotas and historical race issues as simple excuses, while forgetting that there are only ever 11 players in a team at one time.

I've been stating this all along, some players are expedient in the way they use the quota system, problematic selectors etc. It's time they realised that 15 into 11 doesn't go and bided their time like our fringe players. And some such as Mike Hussey deserved a call-up more than Kruger. But it's interesting that more than a few are alluding to a clique within SA senior ranks. As mentioned previously, this can't be good for team morale.

Apropos KP I don't know if anyone understands definitively what the full story is/was but there was clearly a bit of wrong on both sides. KP, like some other young Saffas wanted his development fast-tracked, the SA coaches were perhaps errant in not recognising his potential. The quota system, unique to SA cricket, undoubtedly prevented him from getting a regular game even if he did have some delusions of grandeur at the time. BTW I don't like the way he emphasises his Englishness which seems to me to be trying to hard to prove it but he was a big loss for SA cricket.

And Slop the correct spelling is verification.

And just on Kruger, he may have been better in his earlier years but when he toured here he looked erratic and not like someone who would become a top-class bowler. Maybe Arthur was justified in leaving him out. However I believe Morkel, Steyn and Philander could all amount to something good.

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" the correct spelling is verification." Thanks Google Dictionary. At least there are some facts you can get right

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" the correct spelling is verification." Thanks Google Dictionary. At least there are some facts you can get right
Hey man I don't need google.
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You went down in the practice match against Sri Lanka. You seemed to be cruising until Nel was inexplicably given overs before Pollock or Ntini were bowled out. Nel's profligacy doesn't seem to be an inspired selection on that performance. Still believe either Kallis or Hall would have been superior.
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You of course realise it's a warm up and that Nel needed to have a, wait for it, warm up. Not that inexplicable unless of course you're on a wind up. Let me know when you're up for discussing cricket.
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Old 9th September 2007, 12:06   #274
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You of course realise it's a warm up and that Nel needed to have a, wait for it, warm up. Not that inexplicable unless of course you're on a wind up. Let me know when you're up for discussing cricket.
Well it's just that a win would have provided a psychological boost given that you're up against us tonight - a tall order. Pollock bowls 3 overs for 9 runs, Nel 3 for 30 yet he asks Nel to bowl a fourth. SL looked unlikely to get the target until smorgasbord Nel went into the attack.
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So clearly Nel needed the extra over more than Pollock is what you're saying?
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So clearly Nel needed the extra over more than Pollock is what you're saying?

Not if SA wanted a win under its belt.
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Maybe Nel getting his warm up was more important for SA than winning a warm up game.
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Maybe Nel getting his warm up was more important for SA than winning a warm up game.
Or it could have damaged his psyche going for so many.
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We will soon find out when this rubbish finally starts.
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In the warm-up match today you were restricting us pretty well until your quota spinner was brought on for 2 overs for 35. Surely they can't risk him in the real stuff?
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