Promising Harmer may just be what SA need for a complete attack

2015-01-10 00:00

THE Test series against the West Indies went as expected, with the Proteas running out comfortable winners against a team that rarely looked up for the kind of prolonged contest necessary to upset the number one team in the world. Brief displays of resistance inevitably gave way to moments of indiscretion that allowed the South Africans to assert a dominance that was never in doubt.

Harmer proved to be an interesting choice. He bowls with a tidy, technically sound action that achieves the loop that is the sine qua non of all top class spin bowlers. It is this loop that provides a spinner not only with good bounce, but also the means for the deception that is necessary for the dismissal of good batsmen. Harmer bowled with the control required by his captain, but also contrived to pick up seven wickets in the match, as many as Steyn, and one more than Philander’s haul for the series.

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