SA report card
Only AB gets high marks following a tour in which Rossouw and McLaren disappointed
PLAYER ratings for the South African cricket team in Australasia (out of 10).
Two centuries on the tour, were highlights, but battled against Johnson in Perth – although he’s in a category of many in that regard. Steady at the top, but there’s a feeling he could have done more.
Massive learning experience on his first trip Down Under. Made an unbeaten 80 at the end of the series in New Zealand and then a century in the dead rubber in Sydney. Keeping has improved but as he showed in Melbourne, he’s still susceptible to making major errors.
After his exploits in Zimbabwe it’s no surprise he’s had a dip here. Only went past 50 once and was the focus of much of Australia’s ire throughout. Will want a big score in the West Indies series just to help with confidence. Fielding was intense and made some sublime stops.
It’s hard to think of a more dominant batsman in the game at the moment. Looks in complete command at the crease and his battle with Johnson in Game 2 was one of the tour’s highlights. Has now thrown bowling into his repertoire to give himself an extra option in the field. Typically aggressive captaincy, though failing to win the series against Australia will hurt.
Had a couple of chances in this series to play a defining innings and missed out. The first match in Perth was important; he had time to build an innings, got to 65 but then when the situation demanded he finish the job, he lacked the composure. Quick in the field, but has to hit the stumps more when the situations arise.
A replacement for Duminy who may just have played himself into the World Cup squad. Initially that looked to be because of his accurate bowling which provided De Villiers with a measure of control and Shane Watson with no end of frustration. Important halfcentury in the final match showed he is a capable ‘finisher.’
Notwithstanding the half-century in Sydney, it seems he’s blown his chance at a World Cup spot. There’s plenty of talent there, but he needs to turn it into results and unfortunately hasn’t done so across nine ODIs. SA need a solution to the back-up batsman slot now and unfortunately Rossouw’s returns haven’t warranted giving him that position.
Horrible tour for him. Clearly didn’t get over the broken arm he picked up courtesy of Johnson in Zimbabwe and his bowling in particular was ineffectual. With the bat, he has struggled with the short ball. Needs to regain confidence with some stints at domestic level. Took two wonderful catches in the Australia series.
It’s make or break with him. When he’s hot, he’ll burn through the opposition, but when he’s off, everything seems to go wrong. Is picking him in a World Cup squad a risk? Yes. However it is one worth taking given that he’s able to viciously turn a match.
Erratic as always. Started slowly in both series’ and then in the second match in Perth he produced his most dominant ODI display. That was on a pitch that suited him, but he came up short when the surfaces weren’t to his liking. Hopefully he has taken the lessons from this trip and will be able to apply them next year. One of those no-ball culprits.
Except for that wonderful battle with Clarke in the first match – which he won – was strangely subdued on this trip. Perhaps bowling within himself because of the long summer ahead? Lost his composure in the fourth ODI when the team was crying out for leadership from their senior bowler.
Not his most successful trip, but remains an important part of the attack. An aggressive leg-spinner, who opponents feel they can attack and that works in his favour. May be South Africa’s most important bowler at next year’s World Cup. Works hard on his fielding and needs to continue to do so; it’s an area of his game in which he lacks confidence
A bit like Steyn, he was subdued on tour. Perhaps like his fellow new ball bowler he was bowling within himself to look after his body ahead of a long season. Has got to review where his front foot lands – he is far too close and therefore susceptible to be called for no-balls as happened three times against Australia
Loses points for those three no- balls in Sydney. Started very well in Melbourne but like the rest lost his cool amidst the aggression from Smith and Wade. Wasn’t as good in Sydney, but did enough in those two matches and the T20s to justify selection for the World Cup.
His late intervention in the final game will give the selectors an interesting headache. Aaron Phangiso will come back after injury, but how can Peterson’s toughness, experience, unorthodox batting and excellent fielding ignored?
not rated as he didn’t play any games.