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    Graeme Smith tells Klusener to bugger off

    Is Graeme Smith really in the right mental state of mind to captain an international cricket team...he's either a smart ass or incredibly stupid.

    Of course there was the well documented article in which he complained about the sledge he received from McGrath a season or so back and then in the Bangladesh tour just gone he kept Shaun Pollock back until 5th change bowler in an ODI match which South Africa lost.
    Now he comes out & quotes:

    "We decided Lance as a team man can only cause hassles and we want to move forward in SA cricket,"
    "To be honest Lance, as fantastic as he is, can sometimes ruin a team."
    "His ability as a cricketer is very good, but his ability as a team man is not very good and he kind of can infect a team and bring down the youth."

    and here's what Klusener had to say:

    Klusener expressed surprise at Smith's remarks, saying that the only official comment he had received came from Omar Henry, the chairman of selectors, who had told him the reason for his omission was the need to bring in new blood. "It's becoming a joke," Klusener told South Africa's Star newspaper. "Does anyone really know what's going on out there? For the current captain, who's played a couple of games with me, to come out with the so-called real reason at a cricketing breakfast is almost laughable. What's really disturbing is that, whatever the reason for my being dropped, no one in authority has made any effort to sort it out."

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    Lol, nice one Graeme..

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    Well, I agree with Lance. Is Graeme Smith experienced enough to be making this call?

    Lance is a genuine matchwinner and has saved south africa's rear end on countless occassions. Its only natural that some people are more communicative and 'mixing' with others, while others let there performance talk.

    I think Smith has no right to say this to such an experienced and proven player, I dont think he should even be the captain!
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    Originally posted by masterblaster

    I think Smith has no right to say this to such an experienced and proven player, I dont think he should even be the captain!
    I agree on that !
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    Yep I have to agree with Lance on this one, but isn't it just SA tradition afterall H.Gibbs slacked of S.Pollock midway through the World Cup saying he wasn't good enough.
    Last edited by Rich2001; 28-05-2003 at 09:36 AM.

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    I am surprised by this.There must be some sort of serious problems within the SA cricketing establishment for the national captain to come out with such a rash statement about one of the best known players of the country.

    Also that Gibbs statement against Pollock midway through the world cup was quite stupid and now this one....well, its dog eat dog time, I guess.
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    Originally posted by Rich2001
    Yep I have to agree with Lance on this one, but isn't it just SA tradition afterall H.Gibbs slacked of S.Pollock midway through the World Cup saying he wasn't good enough.

    Not really "tradition" but it seems to be fast approaching that way with the current people on the board, and a captain that appears to be letting power go to his head...

    Zulu was awesome for SA cricket, Smith should be thanking him....
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    I agree with MB. Not only does he lack the credibility to back up his downplaying of Klusner, but he also seems to require something off of someone who probably hasn't shown a gregarious quality before. Cronje did fine with Klusner, Pollock did fine.

    A real sad day, if you ask me. Internal conflict - the worst. We may never see Klusner play in the international arena again.

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    Whatever Smith feels about Klusener, Zulu has a better record than he has right now so maybe he should just STFU and get on with the game.

    What an arrogant upstart. Holy de-stabilising comments, Batman!
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    I still can't believe South Africa made Graeme Smith captain. He wasn't even a regular member of the test side.........and for him to bag Klusener, I think SA cricket is in trouble.

    Actually, his appointment reminds me of the New Zealand/Lee Germon farce from a few years ago...........

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    To be fair to Germon he was an outstanding captain for Canterbury. However you're right, he pretty much came from nowhere to captain the NZ team because his batting & keeping were suspect.

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    I think Smith is a definite fixture now, he is a world class batsman, but they did throw him in the deep end far too early, maybe he should have been captain in about 2 years time...
    Shaun Pollock did nothing to deserve the way he was streated by the UCBSA

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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    I think Smith is a definite fixture now, he is a world class batsman, but they did throw him in the deep end far too early, maybe he should have been captain in about 2 years time...
    Shaun Pollock did nothing to deserve the way he was streated by the UCBSA
    I think it is far too early to tell whether Smith is a 'world class batsman'........he's played what, 8 tests? He has scored some runs, but against who? He crumbled mentally against McGrath, Gillespie and Lee, crying about sledging etc........

    I agree with you about Pollock however. He has been treated badly, his only crime I guess is fairly unimaginative captaincy, particularly in ODI.
    I feel he deserved to stay on though, and the critics within the team like Gibbs et al should have been disciplined.

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    Originally posted by Kenny
    He has scored some runs, but against who?
    Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

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