January 19, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 - SWOT Analysis : SOUTH AFRICA


The South African Cricket Board announced its WC Squad couple of days back. Except for a couple of surprises it was more or less the squad which everybody expected.

The final squad looks like this :
Graeme Smith (Capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (WK), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk (WK)

From the looks , it can be said that the team has beefed up their squad with all round bowling attack, getting off their conventional single dimensional pace attack. They are most likely to play 1 spinner + 3 pacers + Kallis. Maybe, at the Lankan grounds, where there isn't even an iota of help for pacers, they will go for 2 spinners + 2 pacers + Kallis. Their batting has looked consistent, though their middle order has wobbled without their 'Anchor-man' Kallis. Duminy has looked a lot better recently, his services will be key in the world cup. The inclusion of Peterson over Albie Morkel is definitely debatable. Both of them haven't proved themselves in the Int'l circuit in the recent past but, Morkel can be good with the bat comparatively. Dropping Mark Boucher was expected .

STRENGTHS:
  • The Awesome Twosome combo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Irrespective of the pitch and weather conditions, they are fatal.
  • Their batting is strong with Kallis coming back. Smith, Amla, Kallis, ABD are the Fantastic Four of SA now .
WEAKNESS:
  • They come along the tag of .. you know it .. "CHOKERS".
  • The spin department is very inexperienced and chances of getting the 'STICK' treatment is more if they don't adapt to the conditions.
  • They lack a power hitter at No.7. Faf du is expected to fill in that position and he doesn't look like a slogger. This is where Albie Morkel could have been handy.
OPPORTUNITIES:
  • They definitely possess a squad combined with experience and young legs and this is the time for them to lose their CHOKERS status.
  • Imran Tahir. Will he? Won't he? Period.
    THREATS:
    • Most of their star players(Smith, Kallis, etc) are prone to injuries .Their loss might dent the team big time .
    • Their batting can be exposed while playing quality spin. Most of the teams possess a front-line spinner and playing in the sub-continent will definitely test their batting abilities.
    •  Spin will be key in this world cup, the Proteas have heavily backed Botha to be their no.1 man for the job, the third seamer be it Tsotsobe or Parnell dint have much success during their last tour to India. Adapting to sub-continent conditions will be high on their agenda.
      The team looks pretty competitive on paper and the same team pretty well when they toured the sub-continent. As Duncan Fletcher said, they are a team which can definitely make it till the end this time . They should hope that the LADY LUCK is with them and DUCKWORTH & LEWIS far away .

      5 comments:

      1. AB doubling up as a wk is really good for SA!

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      2. Morkel anyday ahead of Peterson. He's a rubbish bowler but the sixes he still has. Du Plessis is capable of slogging though, he's done it in the domestic circuit.

        If SA want to win in the subcontinent, they should play Tahir. Even Botes has become vulnerable to late over spanking so it's time we got a more capable spinner playing.

        Jakes worries me most in terms of fitness, easily has dehydration problems and Smith...well we all know what his fingers are made of.

        And yes, just as you've said, we could do with luck. Plenty of it.

        Cheers.

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      3. i really the south afriqa cricket team, it great performence and i hope that in this 2011 world cup this team will done great performence also
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