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    Of course, the bias towards the WPer would always be there

    But great to see us with two top keeping prospects!
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    Never we are THE best ! Cobras champions, WP Currie Cup champions and the Stormers will do the biz !

    Certainly is. Players like Kuhn, Smit, Van Wyk and possibly Vilas can feel hard done by but the next keeper when AB decides to give it up has to be a youngster with experience as we can't let our side become too old.


    T20 stuff coming up. Interesting if we will see some new faces because contracts will be up for grabs for next season. And there is a huge batch of schoolboy talent coming through the system over the last 2 years.

    Bopara the only foreign signing. Warriors and Knights don't have the money for them so will have to keep an eye out on the other 4 teams but wouldn't be surprised of their wasn't anymore. Maybe Hogg, maybe Nannes etc

    Warriors bowling attack will be interesting. Hopefully Nqweni has his action sorted and I see Anrich Nortje from Brandwag got a little debut for EP this past week. The young bowlers keep coming through but the Warriors need a young batting star asap. JJ Smuts, Ackermann, K. Smuts etc haven't stepped up so they;ve gone to lots of the old-timers for Sunfoil Series. That is why I say contracts are up for grabs. Interesting times ahead.
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    Random search showed that 4 boys I coached in the same school team all played for Northerns U19s just before Christmas. I'm sure there are many coaches who have had as much, if not more, influence than me but I am proud of them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    Never we are THE best ! Cobras champions, WP Currie Cup champions and the Stormers will do the biz !

    Certainly is. Players like Kuhn, Smit, Van Wyk and possibly Vilas can feel hard done by but the next keeper when AB decides to give it up has to be a youngster with experience as we can't let our side become too old.


    T20 stuff coming up. Interesting if we will see some new faces because contracts will be up for grabs for next season. And there is a huge batch of schoolboy talent coming through the system over the last 2 years.

    Bopara the only foreign signing. Warriors and Knights don't have the money for them so will have to keep an eye out on the other 4 teams but wouldn't be surprised of their wasn't anymore. Maybe Hogg, maybe Nannes etc

    Warriors bowling attack will be interesting. Hopefully Nqweni has his action sorted and I see Anrich Nortje from Brandwag got a little debut for EP this past week. The young bowlers keep coming through but the Warriors need a young batting star asap. JJ Smuts, Ackermann, K. Smuts etc haven't stepped up so they;ve gone to lots of the old-timers for Sunfoil Series. That is why I say contracts are up for grabs. Interesting times ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPrez View Post
    Woo, this means I get to work again!
    T20 Series starts on Friday.

    A test match starts the day before.

    Oh yes !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Random search showed that 4 boys I coached in the same school team all played for Northerns U19s just before Christmas. I'm sure there are many coaches who have had as much, if not more, influence than me but I am proud of them all.
    Well done mate. I'm sure they all value your input in their careers.

    Presumably caoched at Prep school level and they went to different high schools ?

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    I don't live in RSA so I don't get to see the first-class matches and assess which talent is ready for the step up. As such, I have a few questions for you SeamUp.

    Is Dean Elgar really a better bat than van Zyl or Rossouw in the longer format? All three have similar averages (mid 40s) and are of similar age. How would you rank these three and if you were the selector, who would you bat at 7 when JP is unavailable?

    Also, how far away from the Test number 7 spot is de Kock? Following the scores on cricinfo, he gets a start in almost every innings and then gives it away. Do you think he needs another full season of FC cricket in order to learn how to develop a big innings regularly?

    Finally, how far away would you say the likes of Kyle Abbott, Chris Morris and Gqamane are from pushing Morkel for his place in the Test side? If not pushing Morkel for a spot in the side then at least challenging Kleinveldt for the position of 4th seamer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    Well done mate. I'm sure they all value your input in their careers.

    Presumably caoched at Prep school level and they went to different high schools ?
    Cheers. Exactly. Had them for the Prep school first XI. The year group had less than 50 boys so it is a lot of good cricket from not many participants.
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    Owais Shah to play for the Cobras again.

    Azhar Mahmood supposedly to play for the Cobras as well.

    Will be madness if the Lions don't sign Dirk Nannes again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LegendaryProtea View Post
    I don't live in RSA so I don't get to see the first-class matches and assess which talent is ready for the step up. As such, I have a few questions for you SeamUp.

    Is Dean Elgar really a better bat than van Zyl or Rossouw in the longer format? All three have similar averages (mid 40s) and are of similar age. How would you rank these three and if you were the selector, who would you bat at 7 when JP is unavailable?

    Also, how far away from the Test number 7 spot is de Kock? Following the scores on cricinfo, he gets a start in almost every innings and then gives it away. Do you think he needs another full season of FC cricket in order to learn how to develop a big innings regularly?

    Finally, how far away would you say the likes of Kyle Abbott, Chris Morris and Gqamane are from pushing Morkel for his place in the Test side? If not pushing Morkel for a spot in the side then at least challenging Kleinveldt for the position of 4th seamer?
    No problem mate.

    First of all Dean Elgar is in a different category to the other two for me. He is an opener and a good leader. He is held in high regard by opposing teams, selectors and coaches in the country for his ability to bat long periods of time when he opens and get big hundreds. I think with SA knowing they have Duminy to come back they have the middle order depth for now. So they are giving Dean international experience as he is the next cab off the ranks for opening. Don't forget he has pushed the selectors hard also with his SA 'A' performances.

    Stiaan Van Zyl is probably ahead of Rilee Rossouw at the moment. Probably due to the better management of an innings. Van Zyl is elegant but needs to turn over strike more while Rossouw is more of a 'I want to dominate you' type but it is his downfall with the selectors because they want him to play game situations more.

    All have ability and have scored runs for SA 'A' so for now I would stay with Elgar for the planning reasons I mentioned above. I think the selectors have got it right.

    I think with de Villiers taking the gloves and admitting he wants to keep them for now I can only see De Kock having another 4-day season with possibly some SA 'A' 4-day games in mind. I don't think he should be opening though in the longer version. Really tough on the young lad but still pulled off a decent first full 4-day season.

    I think its tough for the selectors. They're backing Kleinveldt for now and hasn't done badly. Actually showed some real skill but when you don't get enough opportunities how soon do you go to the younger bowler thinking about the future.

    For now Abbott and Morris seem the closest with de Lange coming back to full fitness. But its also what they bring to the table. Someone like Morris could be a replacement for Morkel tomorrow and do his role in test cricket. Really has come on leaps and bounds and was tight in the SuperSport series which is what he needed to work on as well as taking wickets.

    Abbott really has grown as a player and this season Klusener has worked on his aggression in the way he targets the stumps and his bouncer. He really does hone in on the wickets and doesn't give the batsman a moments peace and he moves the ball around and is capable of getting reverse. best bowler v NZL in T20 and v Pakistan in the whites. So possibly could be a back-up to Philander.

    I want to see another season or two from Gqamane. He is short and skiddy but has one heck of a heart from what I've seen. He bounds in with energy and also targets the stumps well. So for now I want to see more from him before we can say SA selection is close.

    Hardus Viljoen is worth a mention, all muscle at the crease. Similar to de Lange. He can be expensive but is a wicket-taker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post

    Hardus Viljoen is worth a mention, all muscle at the crease. Similar to de Lange. He can be expensive but is a wicket-taker.
    Goof analysis there I think.

    Just wanted to say with regard to Viljoen I don't know if we can bank on him having a long career in the professional game. All his pace comes from his action and he has already had problems with injuries. He is not like Steyn, Donald, or Holding, with those lovely smooth actions.

    I think De Lange's injury problems come from that too, all the work is done in the bowling crease, rather than a build up of pace and energy from their run up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    Goof analysis there I think.

    Just wanted to say with regard to Viljoen I don't know if we can bank on him having a long career in the professional game. All his pace comes from his action and he has already had problems with injuries. He is not like Steyn, Donald, or Holding, with those lovely smooth actions.

    I think De Lange's injury problems come from that too, all the work is done in the bowling crease, rather than a build up of pace and energy from their run up.
    It is a problem but there is only so much they can do. Its what has got them this far.

    de Lange's comeback was delayed longer than expected as he was supposedly working on his action to offer more relief to his back. Lets hope it works.
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    Samit Patel to play for the Warriors and Sohail Tanvir for the Lions.

    So. so far for the RAM SLAM T20 CHALLENGE

    Cobras (Owais Shah & Azhar Mahmood)
    Warriors (Samit Patel)
    Dolphins (Ravi Bopara)
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    Lions (Sohail Tanvir)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    No problem mate.

    First of all Dean Elgar is in a different category to the other two for me. He is an opener and a good leader. He is held in high regard by opposing teams, selectors and coaches in the country for his ability to bat long periods of time when he opens and get big hundreds. I think with SA knowing they have Duminy to come back they have the middle order depth for now. So they are giving Dean international experience as he is the next cab off the ranks for opening. Don't forget he has pushed the selectors hard also with his SA 'A' performances.

    Stiaan Van Zyl is probably ahead of Rilee Rossouw at the moment. Probably due to the better management of an innings. Van Zyl is elegant but needs to turn over strike more while Rossouw is more of a 'I want to dominate you' type but it is his downfall with the selectors because they want him to play game situations more.

    All have ability and have scored runs for SA 'A' so for now I would stay with Elgar for the planning reasons I mentioned above. I think the selectors have got it right.

    I think with de Villiers taking the gloves and admitting he wants to keep them for now I can only see De Kock having another 4-day season with possibly some SA 'A' 4-day games in mind. I don't think he should be opening though in the longer version. Really tough on the young lad but still pulled off a decent first full 4-day season.

    I think its tough for the selectors. They're backing Kleinveldt for now and hasn't done badly. Actually showed some real skill but when you don't get enough opportunities how soon do you go to the younger bowler thinking about the future.

    For now Abbott and Morris seem the closest with de Lange coming back to full fitness. But its also what they bring to the table. Someone like Morris could be a replacement for Morkel tomorrow and do his role in test cricket. Really has come on leaps and bounds and was tight in the SuperSport series which is what he needed to work on as well as taking wickets.

    Abbott really has grown as a player and this season Klusener has worked on his aggression in the way he targets the stumps and his bouncer. He really does hone in on the wickets and doesn't give the batsman a moments peace and he moves the ball around and is capable of getting reverse. best bowler v NZL in T20 and v Pakistan in the whites. So possibly could be a back-up to Philander.

    I want to see another season or two from Gqamane. He is short and skiddy but has one heck of a heart from what I've seen. He bounds in with energy and also targets the stumps well. So for now I want to see more from him before we can say SA selection is close.

    Hardus Viljoen is worth a mention, all muscle at the crease. Similar to de Lange. He can be expensive but is a wicket-taker.
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Iím still unconvinced by Dean Elgar. He hasnít looked comfortable once in all the matches Iíve seen him and his technique doesnít seem ideal to opening in bowler-friendly South African conditions. However, one could easily say the same about Smith and Deanís first-class record seems to suggest otherwise. Iím not overly concerned so long as JP slots back in at 7 when fit.

    Yeah, Iím not keen on him opening either. Donít the Lions have another opener they can play so that Quinny can bat in the middle order? Does he play in a similar fashion to how he plays the limited overs stuff because his SR would indicate that he does? Letís hope he has a strong season with some big scores to merit inclusion as a batsman alone (if AB hasnít changed his mind by then).

    From what I saw of Morris in the Champions League, he seems a hit the deck hard sort of bowler. His height should enable him to extract bounce, making him a good replacement for Morkel as you point out. Also, his batting will give us an incredibly strong tail. I donít wish to be harsh on Morkel because he was our best bowler in Australia and he hasnít been poor by any means over the last 12 months. Itís just that he goes through periods where he bowls wide and doesnít pose the questions that he should like Steyn and Philander do. At some point, Iíd like to see Morris (or Abbott) given a chance but I canít really see where the selectors will get either of them into the first XI.

    Also, do you think Simon Harmer can develop his game to push Robbie P/Tahir for a role as frontline Test spinner? What about the prospects of Subrayen over the next 4-5 years? Iím rather worried about how we will fare in the UAE/India/Sri Lanka because I canít see Peterson and Tahir causing major worries like Swann and Panesar have in recent times for England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LegendaryProtea View Post
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Iím still unconvinced by Dean Elgar. He hasnít looked comfortable once in all the matches Iíve seen him and his technique doesnít seem ideal to opening in bowler-friendly South African conditions. However, one could easily say the same about Smith and Deanís first-class record seems to suggest otherwise. Iím not overly concerned so long as JP slots back in at 7 when fit.

    Yeah, Iím not keen on him opening either. Donít the Lions have another opener they can play so that Quinny can bat in the middle order? Does he play in a similar fashion to how he plays the limited overs stuff because his SR would indicate that he does? Letís hope he has a strong season with some big scores to merit inclusion as a batsman alone (if AB hasnít changed his mind by then).

    From what I saw of Morris in the Champions League, he seems a hit the deck hard sort of bowler. His height should enable him to extract bounce, making him a good replacement for Morkel as you point out. Also, his batting will give us an incredibly strong tail. I donít wish to be harsh on Morkel because he was our best bowler in Australia and he hasnít been poor by any means over the last 12 months. Itís just that he goes through periods where he bowls wide and doesnít pose the questions that he should like Steyn and Philander do. At some point, Iíd like to see Morris (or Abbott) given a chance but I canít really see where the selectors will get either of them into the first XI.

    Also, do you think Simon Harmer can develop his game to push Robbie P/Tahir for a role as frontline Test spinner? What about the prospects of Subrayen over the next 4-5 years? Iím rather worried about how we will fare in the UAE/India/Sri Lanka because I canít see Peterson and Tahir causing major worries like Swann and Panesar have in recent times for England.
    From what i have observerd Morris and Abbot have the necessary tools for Test Cricket. As for Spinners, Harmer needs to do a lil bit more to get a gig. Talented player he is but Robin has done all thats veen asked of him so cant't be discarded. As for Viljoen, from what i have seen he can bowl really really fast an intimidate batsmen. problem is, he relies on raw pace and nothibg else. Gqamane is an interesting case, how he gets wickets i have no idea.

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