Not even close. If he did, he'd get slapped round the park and wouldn't be in such a side for very long. It's not like van der Wath only got hit by Australia - he went around the park against everyone he bowled at.Yes he went around the park, but never once while he was bowling it seemed to me if he if weren't for the situation in SA he wouldn't make a good ODI bowler. AFAIC he just ran into a Aussie batting line-up in tremendous form, i can't believe this is a debate you are way too picky this is a man that would make almost every ODI in the world ATM.
Maybe he wasn't, but he should've been if van der Wath was - he's always been a far better cricketer than van der Wath in the one-day game and that remains the case even now. I can't believe anyone can suggest van der Wath is fit to lace Klusener's boots as a batsman and while Klusener's bowling has been disappointing for years, it's not like van der Wath's has ever been much better.During the 2005/06 season SA's best ODI was something like:
Nel's place rotated around with those blokes, VDW i believe was flown to AUS as a replacement for someone came on to bowl during a super-sub & bowled well in a game at the MCG, and as i just said just ran into some power Aussie bats, but never looked out of his depth.
Klusener haha, he was by no means in SA's reckoning back then. Surely you know that
So you're saying that it's preferable to hope that things click into place rather than giving maximum chance for them to be put into place? No, I prefer to play percentages myself.Not really. A new player could suddenly find form before the WC & have a great tournament. Look at AUS Martyn left the crucial #4 spot 6 months prior to the WC & Clarke came up & well the rest is history.
No need to do a ENG like in 99 when Stewart was rendered useless since they felt he was too old then 4 years later he was a crucial member. Fact is you need to build momentum for the WC as well & even if a man may not last until the WC, Hall would do a huge job for SA not if Kolpaks weren't in place.
Stewart, BTW, always felt himself capable of playing to 2003 - and sure enough, he did. However, after that one he abdicated himself, because this time he knew that his time was done in ODIs.