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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

The dismissals of Dom Sibley and Joe Root, among others, were just rewarded for the South African bowlers sticking to their plans on a day when they were made to toil.

The St George’s Park pitch proved to be a batsman’s paradise on Thursday but it took a 76 run partnership between the in-form Ben Stokes and impressive Ollie Pope to help put England slightly ahead.

While many commented on the lack of assistance provided to the bowlers, the Proteas went about their business with strict discipline and were aided by the excellent work of Keshav Maharaj.

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

Bowler’s Strike back:

England’s start they were 61-0 at lunch left South African trailing early but then the plan came together Kagiso Rabada got Zak Crawley caught by Dean Elgar down the leg side and fellow opener Dom Sibley went after flicking an Anrich Nortje delivery to leg gully which Rassie van der Dussen juggled at first before holding on. Both wickets were the culmination of the pre-game plan.

‘We spoke long and hard about Sibley after Cape Town because he did play those leg-side shots in the air a lot, so it was a conscious plan we had for him,’ said Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.

‘In Cape Town, he worked us out; he walked into the bowler’s line and made life difficult for us, but today worked for us.’

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Proteas plans, hard work paid off in the 3rd test

Langeveldt also revealed how they plan to get rid of Root was by bowling straight.

‘I suggested he go full to Joe Root and try to get him lbw or bowled and he did so, fair play to him, he celebrated,’ Langeveldt said.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball?

Injury and illness have continued to plague England to lead up to the third Test. In the fast bowling department, James Anderson has flown back home and Jofra Archer has failed to fully recover.

The key question now is whether Sam Curran can share the new ball with Stuart Broad in Port Elizabeth?

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On the latest Wisden Cricket Weekly podcast, Wisden Cricket Monthly editor-in-chief Phil Walker, WCM magazine editor Jo Harman and host Ben Gardner discussed the subject and pondered over James Anderson’s future. Here are the excerpts.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball

Jo Harman: 

I am. I think he’s bowled really well on this tour. In theory, he should be most effective when the ball is at its newest and going to swing. I’d go with Broad and Curran with Wood as first change, I think.

Phil Walker on Sam Curran: 

I’m comfortable with that too. I think Jo’s rationale as ever is bang on. He’s a conventional swing bowler. I think PE, historically, has shown that the ball does a bit.

The muggy conditions will certainly help his style. And it’s good to see with Curran that there’s no real debate around his credentials. He’s not damned with faint praise anymore.

There are no more backhanded compliments with Sam Curran. He’s just a class cricketer. He does it time after time and he’s now become a mainstay of this bowling attack and all the more so with Anderson going home.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball

Jo Harman: 

There’s a similarity here with Steyn who for a long time went almost completely injury-free. Anderson had his early career injuries, but for a long time, he was almost injury-free.

Same with Steyn, when he had his first quite serious injury, whenever he came back, there was always something else he picked up. And I’ve heard Anderson speak about this in the past that it’s when you’re not bowling that you’re most likely to pick up injuries.

When you come back and that seems to be the case with Anderson; every time he comes back, something else comes along. There’s another different niggle.

Phil Walker: 

I like the way that he’s positioning himself and his particular story. He is saying ‘I want to redefine what a fast bowler in Test cricket is capable of doing physically’ and he’s making long-term goals as realistic as possible and bringing them into the conversation.

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Should Sam Curran take the new ball

He wants to be bowling in the Ashes in two years’ time. So it’s not ‘I just want to get through to next Thursday and play another Test or get through that series. I want to play in two years’ time.’ It’s laudable, it’s admirable, it’s also mildly terrifying for mortals to be observing all of this.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

Kagiso Rabada could pass the 200-wicket mark in Test cricket when South Africa and England square off in Port Elizabeth in the third Test this week.

The pace ace has already claimed 195 scalps and he would become just the seventh South African Test cricketer to cross the 200-wicket milestone should he bag five in Port Elizabeth.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

Bowlers with 200 Test wickets

South African bowlers who have taken 200 Test wickets. Photo: Extra Time Media

Pre-empting such milestones might seem a bit frivolous, but as the great Vernon Philander once said: “stats don’t lie”.

And Kagiso Rabada has some stats at St. George’s Park. It’s easy to forget he is just 24 years old, but the quickie hasn’t needed much time to pile on the records.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

Rabada has played just four Tests at Port Elizabeth, but he is already the third-leading wicket-taker at the ground for the Proteas. While he’s a little way off leapfrogging Allan Donald for the most wickets by a South African at St. George’s Park, there’s every chance he could snaffle the record in the coming years.

Most wickets at Port Elizabeth

Rabada will have fond memories of the 2018 Test against Australia, where he took six for 54 – the eighth-best figures for any bowler at the ground.

The Port Elizabeth pitch has yielded somewhat mixed results in recent years. In 2018, it was fast and furious in the early stages of the game, before it began cracking up and bringing the spinners into play.

Against Sri Lanka in 2019, though, it was low and slow with only the first innings yielding more than 200 runs for a team and the visitors winning by eight wickets inside three days.

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Kagiso Rabada has some impressive stats at Port Elizabeth

The four-match Test series between South Africa and England is level at one-all. The Proteas secured a convincing 107-run win in the first Test in Centurion, but England bounced back, winning by 189 runs at Newlands.

The large margin belies the tense finish, though. The nail-biting fixture went deep into the fifth day, with South Africa coming agonizingly close to grinding out a heroic draw. The third Test will begin in Port Elizabeth on 16 January 2020.

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JP Duminy announces retirement from professional cricket after 326 South Africa caps

JP Duminy insists he has no regrets as he heads towards commentary duties following a two-decade playing career

South Africa batsman JP Duminy has announced his retirement from all forms of the game after a playing career that spanned almost 20 years.

An injured hamstring has kept him out of action in recent months since winning the Caribbean Premier League with Barbados Tridents in October, meaning he bows out from competitive cricket with 20,649 runs to his name.

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JP Duminy announces retirement from professional cricket after 326 South Africa caps

JP Duminy:

The 35-year-old had previously stepped away from domestic cricket in May 2019 before wrapping up his time in Proteas colors at the World Cup two months later.

Speaking to South African news site IOL, he has cited a lack of motivation while no longer representing his country as a key factor in his decision.

“When it came to South Africa there was a higher purpose and kids that look up to you. My ambition is to make it known to younger players about that responsibility,” Duminy said.

“It is great to be free and young, but to also be aware of what you do has consequences. With great power comes great responsibility, and playing international cricket you had a degree of purpose.

“I am young enough to play and still earn money from the franchise game, but I am lacking a strong purpose with that.

“I don’t know what’s next. I had to take a bold step of closing a door before I could open the next door.”

Duminy steps away from the game in eighth place on his country’s most-capped player list, with 326 appearances since making his debut in 2004 including 13 outings as captain.

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JP Duminy announces retirement from professional cricket after 326 South Africa caps

He sits one place behind former captain Graeme Smith, who was recently appointed interim director of South African men’s cricket, and he insists he is undecided as to his next steps.

After a hamstring tear ruled him out of last year’s Mzansi Super League, Duminy remained with Paarl Rocks in a mentoring role as they took the competition title in November.

JP Duminy as Commentator:

However, as he prepares to join the commentary team for the Under-19 World Cup that begins in South Africa on Friday, the batsman insists he has no regrets after a career that finished with an underwhelming international batting average of 36.18.

“The journey ebbed and flowed, but there is 100% no regrets,” Duminy added.

“The standout is more about impact and relations developed over the years, particularly with the players. That is something I will always hold dear.

“It’s been a journey where I doubted myself countless times and also had unbelievable moments. It is these moments that have built me into who I am today.

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JP Duminy announces retirement from professional cricket after 326 South Africa caps

“People will look at my career and question ‘what if?’ in regards to the talent I have. I don’t think it has been due to lack of effort put it.

“I am truly chuffed by the opportunities that I have been given, but it’s now all about looking forward and what’s still in store for me.”

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Whisper it, but England may have found a top three worthy of the name

England owes county cricket a debt of thanks for the emergence of a top three that no one saw coming. Given the numerous false dawns of English openers in recent years, it would be unwise to get too carried away with Dom Sibley’s maiden Test hundred in England’s series-leveling win at Cape Town.

The post-Strauss back-catalog is littered with one-hit wonders that burnt brightly but briefly before being told to pack their bags and return to county cricket.

Nick Compton, Sam Robson, Adam Lyth, Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings each provide cautionary tales.

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Whisper it, but England may have found a top three worthy of the name

Dom Sibley’s hundred:

As Sibley batted through eight hours in England’s second innings at Newlands, facing 311 deliveries on his way to becoming the first English opener to score a Test century at the ground since Jack Hobbs in 1910

James Anderson’s description of the Warwickshire right-hander as a “mirror image” of Alastair Cook started to feel a little less fanciful.

Speaking after his century, Sibley admitted that discussions in the media surrounding his unorthodox technique had affected the way he batted in New Zealand, where he scored 38 runs across three innings and led to him playing at deliveries he would usually have left alone.

“You’re never quite prepared for the spotlight you’re going to be under,” said the 24-year-old. “When you start playing for England, there are people writing about you and picking apart your technique and it’s tough to avoid. In New Zealand I probably put myself under a lot of pressure to get that big score. You want to prove to yourself you’re good enough for this level.”

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Whisper it, but England may have found a top three worthy of the name

By scoring a hundred against an impressive South African attack and setting up a memorable victory, Sibley has proven to himself and his doubters that he is capable.

The turning tracks of Sri Lanka on England’s next tour will provide a different type of challenge but the composure and clarity of thought he showed at Cape Town gives reason for cautious optimism.

Joe Denly and Rory Burns:

While an ankle injury has ruled Rory Burns out of action for the next four months just as his Test career was gathering pace, there is now genuine hope that when he returns England will finally have an opening partnership with some staying power. Throw Joe Denly into the mix, and, whisper it, they may actually have a top three worthy of the name.

Denly’s average of 31.30 doesn’t leap off the page, and his failure to turn starts into big scores remains a concern. But he has now faced more than 100 balls in eight of his last 12 innings and looks increasingly comfortable at Test level.

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Whisper it, but England may have found a top three worthy of the name

The value of that last statistic won’t be wasted on Root, Stokes, and Buttler, who thanks to Sibley and Denly got a rare opportunity to play some shots from a position of dominance in the second innings at Cape Town.

The knock-on effect of a solid top three cannot be overestimated with this England side. Think back to Matt Prior and the destruction he caused coming in at No.7, with 250-plus regularly on the board.

Jos Buttler recently admitted he is “not quite performing to the standards I need to” and one hundred from 38 Tests doesn’t come close to doing justice to his talent but how often has he been given the platform to play with the freedom so often afforded to Prior in those heady days.

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Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

While Pieter Malan’s 288-ball, 369-minute knock of 84 came in a losing cause for the Proteas in the second Test against England at Newlands this week, it was one of the more impressive debuts you are likely to see.

Malan, at the age of 30 and with comfortably more than 10 000 first-class runs to his name, showed incredible application, concentration, and defensive resilience as he got his side agonizingly close to what would have been a famous draw.

Just as impressive as his on-field achievement, though, was how Malan handled himself in his post-match press conference, where he sat in front of a packed room of South African and English journalists.

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Malan's powerful distinction between pressure and privilege
Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

Malan has waited a long, long time for this moment, having notched up nearly 150 first-class matches over the years, and finally, the world was taking note.

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His answers were inspiring in their honesty, while Malan provided a dose of perspective that is often forgotten when talking about playing sport at the highest level.

“Somebody asked me earlier about being out there and feeling pressure, but that does not pressure… that’s privilege,” he said, providing easily the quote of the series so far.

“Pressure is playing in a semi-professional game with nobody watching, fighting for your career.”

For Malan, it looked as if the opportunity to play international cricket had come and gone.

“Definitely,” he said, frankly, when asked if he thought this moment would never come.

“I probably thought that when I was way younger than I am now, that it was never going to happen.

“Life works in funny ways and I reached a point in my life where I decided that if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen and that it’s not something for me to worry about.”

Malan's powerful distinction between pressure and privilege
Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

The advantage of fielding someone of Malan’s experience on debut is that he enters the international arena a complete player and one who understands his own game in and out.

Malan’s account of his past also speaks to a maturity that comes with trying and then failing and then doing it over and over again.

“I don’t think I did myself any favors when I was younger,” he added.

“I took a lot of stuff for granted and I didn’t really put in the hard work that, in hindsight, I needed to put in.

“It’s also a matter of opportunities and them being limited and then not taking them when I did get them.

Malan’s ability:

Malan’s character and ability to roll up the sleeves is exactly what the new Proteas leadership is looking for and he is now a shoo-in for the Tests in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

It was such a refreshing reminder that, sometimes, hard work pays off and the cream rises to the top.

“Being out there in front of the Barmy Army, with Jimmy Anderson running in … it felt like a video game at one stage,” he said.

“It was unbelievable and I felt very privileged to be in a position where I could fight for the team.

“I’ve walked down these stairs a lot of times playing for WP and I’ve even played a club game here. I always take a second or two to look up at the mountain and appreciate where we play. It’s very special for me.”

Then, around 10 minutes later as the journalists were bashing away furiously at their laptops, Malan returned to the room.

Malan's powerful distinction between pressure and privilege
Malan’s powerful distinction between pressure and privilege

He had forgotten his pair of sunglasses on the press conference table, alongside all of the microphones and recording devices.

“Sorry, I forgot these here. I don’t get them for free,” he said to laughter, picking them up and scurrying off.

Malan, before this past week, was a regular Joe who did regular things. That is all about to change, and it is so fully deserved.

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Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?

Australia is scheduled to tour South Africa in February and March 2020 to play three one-day international matches and three matches of 20Twenty International.

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Tim Paine has done more than credible work as an Australian test captain in extremely difficult conditions. Despite his effectiveness, there is a lot of speculation about his successor – partly because of that. Smith’s ban on capitulation ends in April 2020, and by then, Paine may well decide he’s tired of this demanding job.

Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?
Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if candidates to the captaincy appear as viable alternatives. How has Australia, once considered the best groomer of captains in the world of cricket, reached such a state of destitution?

Like many cricket problems, it stems in part from the tedious international schedule. International requirements ensure that the best young players are seldom available for club cricket or Sheffield Shield cricket, both of which were an important part of the Australian captains’ education system.

Players with captaining potential had ample opportunity to lead teams of senior cricketers, who gave advice or reported errors in judgment. As a captain, the only way forward is to do the job and learn from the inevitable mistakes.

Not only did the Australian system traditionally offer a candidate the opportunity to graduate with honors, but it also provided breeders with evidence (or not) of leadership potential.

Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?
Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?

The dramatic reduction in the number of matches played by Australian touring teams was another way to prepare the captains.

In the past, the vice-captains sometimes had the opportunity to display their captain’s titles and, in so doing, players could acclimate to their leadership style as they progressed to the rank of captain.

Australian cricket faces another problem in this regard: mental health. Good young drummers are essential to Australian cricket, especially because they are a source of future captains.

When players like Will Pucovski are forced to isolate themselves from the game to solve their mental health problems, the pool of leaders potentially decreases. It will take a brave coach to charge a player like Pucovski’s homework duties when one says to himself, Will the extra responsibility lead to another failure?

So far, only drummers seem to have been affected, suggesting that bowlers should be more considered for leadership roles. Once, I made the mistake of saying to Richie Benaud that drummers tend to be the best captains.

Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?
Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?

“Ah yes,” thought Benaud, her lower lip protruding, “but these are just drummers who say that.”

There have not been many bowling captains but these few have generally been very good leaders. Benaud was in that category and, although he was a versatile player, he was primarily a bowler.

Imran Khan was very successful and, like Benaud, his main skill was bowling. Englishman Ray Illingworth was another versatile bowling player and I learned a lot about the captaincy while opposing him in two series of Ashes.

The high success rate of these captains confirms Imran’s opinion that captains must understand bowling. CA may be on the right track, as they named Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, vice-captains of the test team.

Another problem faced by CAs in their search for leadership is the inability of young drummers like Travis Head to establish their qualifications at the highest level. The leader has experience as a captain of his state but still has to find a place in the batting order.

Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?
Does Australia have an upcoming captaincy problem?

Paine, the outgoing president, is not one to subscribe to the theory that being a goalkeeper is more difficult than doing the drummer job. There is every chance that Paine will further strengthen his leadership reputation by the end of the summer with a win over Pakistan and New Zealand.

At that point, he will decide if he wants to take advantage of this reputation or let it fall while he is in front. If this is the latter case, CA would be better off hoping that a good candidate has arrived at the top of the line or that Smith is in the right mind to tackle the task a second time.

If Paine’s successor is Smith, it means that the Australian captain’s production line needs a serious recharge.

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Dates announced for England Men’s tour of South Africa

A four-match Test series will kick off England men’s tour of South Africa this winter, starting with a Boxing Day Test at Centurion.

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Dates announced for England Men's tour of South Africa
Dates announced for England Men’s tour of South Africa

England victory over South Africa in Test series by 2-1 as they last time toured in 2015-16 winter, with the highlight being Ben Stokes’ record-breaking 258 in the second Test at Newlands Cape Town.

For England Vs South Africa, Cape Town is once again the venue for the second Test of the series, starting on Friday 3 January, followed by Tests in Port Elizabeth starting 16 January and Johannesburg 24 January to round off the test series.

The test series will be England’s second in the new ICC World Test Championships, which launches ahead of this summer’s Ashes series against Australia.

In February, the white-ball players take center stage in three ODIs and three IT20s spanning Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, East London, and Centurion.

Dates announced for England Men’s tour of South Africa

England Vs South Africa

Two-day Tour Match

Tue 17 – Wed 18 Dec

Willowmoore Park, Benoni

England Vs South Africa ‘A’

Mon 20 – Wed 22 Dec

Willowmoore Park, Benoni

1st Test – England Vs South Africa

Thu 26 – Mon 30 Dec

SuperSport Park, Centurion

2nd Test – England Vs South Africa

Fri 3 – Tue 7 Jan 

PPC Newlands, Cape Town

3rd Test – England Vs South Africa

Thu 16 – Mon 20 Jan 

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

4th Test – England Vs South Africa

Fri 24 – Tue 28 Jan

Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Dates announced for England Men's tour of South Africa
Dates announced for England Men’s tour of South Africa

1st One-day warm-up

Fri 31 Jan – Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl

2nd One-day warm-up

Sat 1 Feb – Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl

1st ODI – England Vs South Africa

Tue 4 Feb – PPC Newlands, Cape Town

2nd ODI – England Vs South Africa

Fri 7 Feb – Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban

3rd ODI – England Vs South Africa

Sun 9 Feb – Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

1st T20I – England Vs South Africa

Wed 12 Feb – Buffalo Park, East London

2nd T20I – England Vs South Africa

Fri 14 Feb – Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban

3rd T20I – England Vs South Africa

Sun 16 Feb – SuperSport Park, Centurion

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