Time for change

2008-09-05 00:00

When you pick a one-day team with just five specialist batsmen, you are taking a gamble unless all five are world-class players with proven records of consistency. Few selectors would take that risk if the batsmen could not rely on the support of a couple of genuine all-rounders, plus a wicketkeeper-batsman. In one-day cricket, the pressure to score runs quickly increases the risks on batsmen, making it imperative that even the tailenders can play a positive role at the end of an innings.

Hashim Amla, who is still learning the part of an opener in one-day cricket, has been the one batsman to come out of this series with his reputation enhanced. He must surely be an automatic choice for this team at number three when Smith returns.

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