A DIFFERENT BALL GAME AFTER CHAN WE NOW WELCOME THE AUSSIES.

Cricket South Africa has named their 15 men squad to go head to head with Australia. The Aussies are coming to our shores to take on the Proteas on a three test and three T20 matches. Both the teams will use the T20 matches to prepare for the T20 world cup that will be hosted in Bangladesh.

The first test match will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on the 12th of this month. The big question on everyone’s lips is who will replace the retired legend Jacques Kallis in the test team; will it be AB De Villiers or Faf Du plesis? Looking at the squad they called up two all rounders’ in Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren.

Indications are they will play either one of them and play Faf at number four. I have a different take on this I think they should rather play AB at number four and play a specialised wicket keeper in Thami Tsolekile at number seven. There has always been a concern about Thami’s batting saying he doesn’t score a lot of runs.

After much criticism he went back to his team the Lions and worked tirelessly on his batting, thus the have been drastic improvements with Thami’s batting averaging 40 now. This kind of average can’t be bad for a batsman that will come in at number seven. If the ever was a good time to play Thami it has to be now, he isn’t getting any younger.

He has been with the squad for numerous years now and he deserves to get his opportunity to play for the team. Another thing by playing Thami they will be addressing the issue of transformation that we have been calling for all this years.

The African Nations Championship (Chan) 2014 tournament came to a conclusion on Saturday. Libya was crowned the champions. I have to say they played well throughout the tournament, they were very well organised and technically better than many teams in the tournament. It was a good tournament to watch the talent that we have in the continent.

It gave lots of locally based player’s exposure some will be signed by European teams while others will be looking to join the PSL (the local league). Some of the players that represented Nigeria and Ghana will be afforded the opportunity to play in the upcoming FIFA world cup hosted in Brazil this year.

I hope this tournament served as a lesson to South Africans that we don’t have the best league in Africa as we claim. What we have is the best league financially we must distinguish between the two. Proven fact is the best leagues in Africa are in Libya, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. We have reached another conclusion of the Sports column until next week take-care.

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By: DANIEL BOYA

 

Edited By: M.D.B

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