Posts Tagged ‘the proteas’

2011 in review part 1 – Biggest disappointments.

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Features, Special Interest

Time to recap the year in sport, a year that sadly offered South African fans more awkward moments than awesome ones, but it was still a memorable year nevertheless. Between now and Friday we shall be tackling this subject in a variety of ways each day, first up, well let’s just get the pain over and done with. Let’s look at the biggest disappointments of the year.

Getting tuned by a Black Cap - not cool.

The Proteas – let me clear my throat.

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Cricket, Features

Like any other Proteas supporter, I was beside myself with frustration and disbelief on Friday as once again our beloved national team built up our expectations, only to send them crashing down when it mattered most. I lost count over 100, but on Twitter I received endless @s and Direct Messages from my followers who voiced their anger in no uncertain terms. On top of the viewpoints expressed, I found it extremely interesting how some people were attacking me over my views on the ‘choker’ tag. I of course don’t believe any good can come from using the term, and at the same time believe that the term seldom really describes an outcome accurately enough for me.

Choke on that you bastard...

Far be it for me to say that using the ‘choker’ tag is completely wrong though, as a fan you are entitled to describe things as you see it, but let’s take a good look at the Proteas going forward before any of you start setting fire to your replica apparel and smearing dog excrement on Graeme Smith’s car.

Weekend sports recap in 100 words 11/10/10.

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Uncategorized

Final weekend of qualifying fixtures in the Currie Cup served up action a plenty with the Cheetahs thrashing the Leopards 78-7, the Pumas upsetting the Lions 34-27 and the Bulls winning a 48-36 try fest in Kimberly. The match of the weekend didn’t disappoint as Province secured a home semi-final with a great win over the Sharks. The Proteas played two T20 matches against Zimbabwe but were far from convincing especially in the second match winning by only 8 runs. Bafana drew with Sierra Leone, but Niger beat Egypt so they go top of the pool in African Cup qualifications.

Sharks hung up to dry against equally big opposition.

Same old problem for the Proteas.

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Cricket, Features

Back in September I posted a piece here on TheBounce detailing the Proteas’ failure in the ICC Champions Trophy which was played in our back yard. Like all other major ICC tournaments before, we choked in this one and today in the aftermath of last nights early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup, I once again would like to highlight the fundamental problem of the Proteas team. We can’t chase for shit!

Chasing with intent - not the Proteas strong suit.

In times of loss and great disappointment people always want to blame individual players, it is an easy thing to do and often makes one feel slightly better. But let’s face it, if the Proteas won last night you wouldn’t really be saying, “wow we klapped Pakistan but I just don’t know about our team selection”. We have the players, we have the depth but what goes through our heads when we chase targets must be the problem. Time after time we fall behind the rate early on and then leave it all to do for the lower order. I am no expert on this but surely your chances of winning a chase  are drastically better if you start well!

Start well and you will be able to finish confidently.

In my post last September I mentioned that perhaps we need to properly lose a game or two by going flat out to realise what limited overs cricket is all about. It’s not like we will lose every game, we have great players so winning more often than not will be the outcome.

I leave you with one thought – quite simply the 438 game. That mindset on that day needs to be found again or we will never win a major trophy. Let’s reignite the spirit of 438 in our batting, but just without Gibbs. The hero of that day is past it now.

The way to chase - on dvd for all to see.