All eyes stay on spin ahead of T20 semis

2014-04-03 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Should South Africa succumb to the “raging turner” hype and put out an exceedingly rare — for them — attack dominated by spinners in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final against India in Dhaka tomorrow (3 pm SA time)?

It is likely to be that coach Russell Domingo and his lieutenants will not disturb the reasonably successful SA status quo at the tournament, which features a likely maximum of eight overs of turning fare and Imran Tahir and JP Duminy the men responsible for that allocation.

The remaining 12 overs, then, will come solely, or at least primarily, from a front-line pace trio of Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell and the raw but acclimatising Beuran Hendricks, who will get his most rigorous examination yet against India’s array of subcontinent-thriving strokeplayers.

Understandably, there has been some speculation that the Proteas might wish to add a third element to their spin resources at the helpful Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium, by belatedly introducing left-arm specialist Aaron Phangiso — the only squad member thus far not to have had a game at the event.

With respect to Phangiso, who has often been a more than competent factor in domestic cricket, the jury remains undecided about the 30-year-old’s suitability to international limited-overs cricket, which explains his sporadic eight caps across the two one-day formats.

A likelier event would be the restoration of experienced paceman Morné Morkel to the attack for the semi than a call-up for Phangiso, even if we are also duly respectful of the “never say never” theory and cannot read influential minds.

South Africa ought not to be overly daunted by the expectation of a pitch that will offer both turn and some bounce to spinners ●— the venue has also shown, at this very tournament, that is can be responsive to seamers who mix it up shrewdly.


Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel (or Farhaan Behardien if necessary), Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks.

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