On Top Down South

November 5, 2009 at 6:39 pm 2 comments


England’s tour of South Africa is a litmus test for the side. They did well in defeating Australia but now have to tackle the South African’s in South Africa. The tour is a gruelling one and consists of two Twenty20 matches, five 50 over matches and will be finished off with four Test matches to be played in a month. Cricket betting has the hosts as favorites which is fair enough.

This is going to be a tough tour both physically and mentally and England will have to be on top of their game if they are to come out on top. It is a shame that the Test matches have been left till last because they are what the tour is really about. Alot of cricket is going to be played before them and one can only hope that both sides stay relatively intact until then.

It will be a big tour for a number of players for different reasons. Alastair Cook is the vice-captain but in some ways is lucky to be in the side. He didn’t have the best of Ashes series and but for his 96 at Lords, didn’t really do much.

Ian Bell fought his way back into the side but didn’t grasp his opportunity in the same way that Jonathan Trott did. He can’t have too many chances left.

How will Stuart Broad fare now that Andrew Flintoff has retired? The pressure is going to be on him to deliver all the time with both the bat and ball.

Kevin Pietersen is returning from injury and will be keen to make up for lost time. He needs to be patient and not suffer the brain explosions that affected him in the West Indies.

Will Adil Rashid get his chance to shine and how will he fare if that time comes? He has the potential to be a match winner for England and after being on the receiving end of some legspin they will appreciate having a legspinner in their side.

After his magnificent debut, the expectation will be on Trott to deliver every time. How will he fare on return to his home country?

Then there is Andrew Strauss and his captaincy. At times against Australia he went into his shell and every time he did it was costly. He will need to make the right decisions and hope that he also gets luck when it comes to the toss.

They are a good squad and will need to play at their best if they are to win.

David Wiseman writes for this blog. When he doesn’t do that he can be found pondering his tennis betting
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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Francois  |  November 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

    England will struggle – they are a good team but SA are a better team.

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