Originally Posted by sideshowtim
They have an excellent line up but they can't seem to do that much with it...after Australia I'd say they have the second best side on paper. They have an excellent group core players. Guys like Smith, Gibbs, Kallis, Pollock, Ntini, Boucher, Prince, Nel. These guys are all great international players.
It has always confused me as to why they aren't better at Test matches. Why do you think it is?
Firstly it should be pointed out that they are not that bad in Tests and if anything has let them down recently it has been their catching.
Also they are favourites to beat India and Pakistan in this SA summer.
However, addressing your point. The players you mention are not as good as you state.
Technical issue that has been exploited, problems handling the pressures of captaincy have put an additional burden on his batting
A touch player that can never be relied upon. Best suited to going in with smith at the top of the order, but often fails to get his feet moving and scores runs by throwing his hands at the ball rather than transfering weight i.e. plays away from his body
No arguments, World Class
On the down side of his career. No longer the player he was 5 years ago. Bowls medium pace and is no longer penetrative.
In a golden run of form. Still has a terrible record outside SA. I have issues with his variation and how he takes wickets but he theoretically could continue to be this successful
Wicketkeeper and lower end batsman. Limited in what he can do to win games. A very average batsman at Test level
Not a young man anymore and not a Test quality player. His future is limited by new players coming through and his own lack of ability. He is only just an above average player on the SA domestic scene
Is it too early to call him finished? Maybe but he is nowhere near the player he was in the West Indies a few years ago. From 150 kpm to 125-130 kpm in a couple of years. A shadow of his former self and his test spot is under threat.