“SOMETHING is rotten in the state of Denmark” is a line from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and this could sum up the state of South African cricket.
For the third international to be done and dusted inside three days - the same as the first - must surely ring warning bells.
The shocking news of match-fixing has again reared its ugly head in South African cricket circles and let’s hope there are no more names to come out.
To be rated the number-one cricket side in the world and then suffer two ignominious defeats by a well-drilled English side is a bitter pill to swallow, and heads must roll.
The selectors, who couldn’t select a team for a game of dumb charades, should take some of the blame.
To select Hardus Viljoen over Kyle Abbott was a major blunder.
Sure, Viljoen is quick, but at times he was too short or too full. His fitness leaves a lot to be desired as he appeared to run out of steam after a few overs.
The senior players, with the exception of the Newlands Test, failed dismally. To lose five wickets for the loss of one run to the superb spell of bowling by Stewart Broad was horrendous.
The role of senior coach Russell Domingo needs to be addressed. He appears to be a “yes man” for the hierarchy, while the side badly need a strong leader in the form of Graeme Smith, who led the side for 11 years with great success, or a Hansie Cronjé.
Maybe Dean Elgar could be the one. After all, Smith was virtually unheard of when playing for Western Province.
He was chosen to captain the Proteas and the cricket world were stunned. But “Biff” came through and is ranked as one of South African’s finest. It is so sad to see South African cricket in its current state.
Maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope so.
But let’s give the English side 10 out of 10.
They will surely make their mark on the cricketing world and they thoroughly deserve the success.