1) It was nowhere close to the current situation. Cronje had a near all white team. Gibbs and Adams played some games but there is a case to be made that they got there on merit not on tokenism. Gibbs was well known coming out of his 'white' school and Adams filled a void that SA had. It was not as if he was keeping a long line of talented white spinners from playing. As well as being good publicity, he could possibly have been the best available at the time. As for Ntini, he only played 4 games under Cronje and is irrelevant in this discussion.Originally Posted by Pratyush
Quite simply there was nowhere near the pressure of quotas, targets etc during Cronjes reign and that made the team vastly superior as it had the nations best players on the field.
2) The current captain is a fool. Of that I agree. This is pure speculation, not fact based like the other stuff I mention, but I cant help but think that part of the reason he was appointed so young is that he was inexperienced and politically weak and could be easier controlled by the board.
An ovioulsy there is no Allan Donald. These are all factors, but secondary to the fact that there is a system that prevents the best XI playing.