In a spin over bowlers

2014-07-24 00:00

HASHIM Amla leads the Proteas for a second time today as they go into the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Already one-nil up in the two-Test series, the Proteas want to finish the tour in style, yet a dilemma hangs over their heads. It relates to their bowling options.

Contrary to what the sub-continent offers, the Proteas’ pace attack did the business in Galle last week. Dale Steyn finished with 9-99 for the match and Morne Morkel 7-78.

Specialist spinner Imran Tahir was there, but went unnoticed in claiming a solitary scalp and conceding 139 runs. In comparison, Sri Lanka spinners Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath bagged 11 of the 15 Protea wickets to fall.

It has left the Protea camp mulling the option of sticking with a winning combination or bringing in an extra dose of pace. This on a Colombo track that seems to offer less favourable spin conditions than Galle. With that in mind, it’s a sobering thought to consider how Tahir will perform, if selected, when in favourable conditions he never looked a threat.

JP Duminy was the second spinning option to Tahir in Galle and, on the back of his century, will definitely walk out today.

Yesterday, Amla hinted that it was highly unlikely the Proteas would field two spinners this time around.

“It doesn’t look like we will go in with two specialist spinners. On Galle’s wicket, we could afford that. Here in Colombo, the wicket traditionally does not turn early so the quicks come into play.”

With that in mind, Amla hoped his quicks — Steyn, Morkel and Vernon Philander — had recovered from what he termed “a physically demanding Test”.

“I haven’t had a look at the wicket yet. This will determine how we go into today’s match,” said Amla.

“Our fast bowlers have always done the job for us, regardless of where we play. We want to play quality cricket for five days and go for the win. We may be ahead in the series, but we start with a clean slate today.”

If the Proteas win or draw in Colombo, it will be their first Test series win on the island since 2003, when Kepler Wessels was in charge.

Other than the bowling options, the team should remain unchanged, with Quinton de Kock still doing duty behind the stumps for AB de Villiers. The youngster had an encouraging performance in Galle with the bat and other than dropping dangerman Kumar Sangakkara, looked comfortable behind the stumps.

If Tahir fails to make the side today, it could give another opportunity to Dolphins pace exponent Kyle Abbott.

The match is telecast on SuperSport 2 from 6 am.

Imran Tahir stats:

Test Matches 14

Wkts 37, Avg 45,67,

BBI 5-32, BBM 8-130,

Econ 3,50, Strike Rate 78,1

ODI Matches 16

Wkts 32 Avg 17,68,

BBM 4-38, Econ 4,37,

Strike Rate 24,2.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.