Today : Thursday - Jul 31, 2014, 12:56pm (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Education
Travel
Lifestyle
Gulf News
Featured
 
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

Sports News » Cricket
 

South Africa start as underdogs

Monday - Apr 26, 2010, 04:35pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

South Africa start as underdogsJOHANNESBURG (AFP) - It hasn?t happened too often, but South Africa will go into the World Twenty20 in the West Indies without being burdened by the unrealistic expectations of their supporters.

If anything, Graeme Smith?s team will be underdogs as they make yet another attempt to win an International Cricket Council (ICC) global event.

South Africa have an interim coach in Corrie van Zyl, a captain recovering from injury and a squad whose players were largely anonymous during the Indian Premier League.

They will also be without left-arm fast bowler Wayne Parnell, the discovery of the 2009 World T20 in England, who had to return from India without playing a game because of a groin injury.

With the exception of fast bowler Dale Steyn and all-rounders Jacques Kallis and Albie Morkel, South Africa?s leading bowlers spent most of their time in India on the sidelines.

With spin likely to be an important factor in the Caribbean, Smith admitted it was disappointing that left-armer Roelof van der Merwe played in only one game and off-spinner Johan Botha did not get on the field.

The only South African batsman to perform consistently throughout the IPL was Kallis, who was a prolific scorer as an opening batsman for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Smith suffered a broken finger while fielding in the early stages of the IPL and only picked up a bat again on April 14.

Ten of the South African squad departed for the West Indies from Johannesburg on Saturday while five - Kallis, Steyn, Albie Morkel, JP Duminy and Herschelle Gibbs - were due to join their teammates after the conclusion of the IPL.

"We've only got five or six days to get ourselves ready for the tournament," Smith said. "It's not ideal to go a World Cup with this kind of preparation. We've just got to knuckle down."

South Africa will not be alone, however, in having to rush their preparation, with the tournament starting just five days after the IPL final.

Going into World T20 with reduced expectations may work in South Africa?s favour as they have a history of falling short in ICC events.

South Africa have been beaten semi-finalists in seven ICC events going back to the 1992 World Cup, but reached only one final, winning the inaugural Champions Trophy, then known as the ICC Knockout, in 1998.

The Proteas powered into the semi-finals of the 2009 World T20 in England before losing to a Shahid Afridi-inspired Pakistan, who went on to win the final.

South Africa?s failure to reach the knockout stage of the ICC Champions Trophy on home soil later in 2009 contributed to the decision to fire coach Mickey Arthur.

Despite the upheavals, South Africa have the potential to be competitive in the West Indies, where they will play group matches against India in St Lucia and newcomers Afghanistan in Barbados.

Smith, Kallis, Gibbs, AB de Villiers, Duminy and Lungile ?Loots? Bosman are batsmen able to score quickly, while Albie Morkel and wicketkeeper Mark Boucher provide big hitting in the closing overs.

A headache will be to decide which two of Smith, Kallis, Bosman and Gibbs should open the batting.

Another decision will be whether to play both spinners, Van der Merwe and Botha. They worked well in tandem in England in 2009, but were successfully targeted by opponents during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Steyn and Morne Morkel provide genuine pace, while Charl Langeveldt has proved himself as a miserly ?death? bowler.

An athletic fielding side, South Africa may just relish their underdog status.



|

Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
Kallis gets helter-skelter formula right (26th Apr, 2010)
Afghanistan finds reasons to be cheerful (26th Apr, 2010)
Afghanistan's unlikely lads make big time (26th Apr, 2010)
Anderson confident England ready for World T20 (26th Apr, 2010)
England prospects open to question (26th Apr, 2010)
The rise and fall of Lalit Modi (26th Apr, 2010)
Won’t be easy for Pak in T20 World cup: former players (26th Apr, 2010)
IPL draws to ringing close with Bollywood and more (26th Apr, 2010)
IPL meeting set for intense showdown (26th Apr, 2010)
Lalit Modi to attend IPL Governing Council meeting (26th Apr, 2010)
We will have 94 games next year: Modi (25th Apr, 2010)
Pietersen can take England to T20 World Cup glory: Lumb (25th Apr, 2010)
New IPL team named Sahara Pune Warriors (25th Apr, 2010)
Royal Challengers crush Deccan Chargers, qualify for Champions League (25th Apr, 2010)
Lalit Modi defiant amid mounting pressure to quit (25th Apr, 2010)
Ex-Kiwi cricketer Nathan Astle now hits the speedway (24th Apr, 2010)
Styris determined to cement place in Kiwi Twenty20 squad (24th Apr, 2010)
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings: IPL 2010 Final CURTAIN RISER (24th Apr, 2010)
Australia ready to replicate season's success in T20 World Cup: Clarke (24th Apr, 2010)
Shoania wish Afridi luck for World T20 Championship (24th Apr, 2010)
Pak team can retain T20 title with fans', media's support: Afridi (24th Apr, 2010)
Defending champions Pak to leave for West Indies today amidst high hopes (24th Apr, 2010)
BCCI refuses to postpone Monday's IPL Governing Council meeting (24th Apr, 2010)
New Zealand Cricket chief Vaughan game for annual cricket series in US (24th Apr, 2010)
Tendulkar bags IPL's best batsman and captain's award (24th Apr, 2010)




Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use