Let’s hope it’s the year of the Proteas

2011-03-19 11:10

Being the only team to have bowled out ­every opposition side in this year’s World Cup should be a good omen for Graeme Smith, his team and the millions of South ­Africans hoping that this will at last be THE year.

Up to now, with the exception of the loss against the English, the Proteas have shown glimpses of brilliance.
 
Every area – batting, bowling and fielding – has been a well-oiled machine.

More importantly, however, is that they have shown the consistency and confidence that is vital to lifting world cricket’s most valued trophy.

The one concern, though, is that this year’s World Cup story is all too familiar. Brushing aside the opposition during the group stages only to give it away all too easily in the knockout stages has been a feature of our previous performances.

Their mighty pedigree and world ranking ­notwithstanding, the Proteas have deserved the nickname “chokers” in previous tournaments.

The real World Cup starts now.

Now is the time for brilliance, now is the time for consistency, now is the time for big-match temperament.

We believe we have the talent and the team to deliver us from the one-run-off-two-balls run-outs and miscalculated run chases that haunt our ­collective cricket conscience.

This is your time, boys. The nation is behind you.

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