Weekly Column

Four day, day-night Test – success!

 December 28, 2017
 neil manthorp
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Day-Night, Four-day Test – Success! There will be many who point to the scorecard of the St.George’s Park Test against Zimbabwe and use it as evidence that the Test experiment – four day, day/night – was a disaster and should never be revisited. I suggest that those people will be attempting to use the ‘evidence’ […]

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‘Divided’ Zimbabwe pulling together

 December 19, 2017
 neil manthorp
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Divided Zimbabwe pulling in same direction. Plenty of Zimbabwean teams have been thrashed in the last dozen years and there is a chance that this one will be, too, but one thing they won’t be – unlike many of their predecessors – is over-awed or intimidated. None of them has had any experience of floodlit, […]

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Furious Boucher denies ‘match throwing’ insinuation.

 December 14, 2017
 neil manthorp
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Titans coach Mark Boucher has reacted angrily to suggestions that the Titans did not take their final group match in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge seriously enough when they fielded a weakened team and lost heavily to the Dolphins at Kingsmead on Sunday. The Titans were bowled out for just 79 to lose by 89 […]

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Longer days during 4-day Test

 December 12, 2017
 neil manthorp
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South Africa’s four-day Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe is likely to be scheduled for just over four and a third days rather than ‘four’ with extra overs almost certain to be built-in to revised playing conditions. It has yet to be confirmed but proposals indicate that CSA have suggested 98 overs per day over the […]

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Gibson – good man, good coach

 November 28, 2017
 neil manthorp
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Ottis Gibson is a good man, first. He is also a good coach, second. They are not mutually exclusive. His backroom staff is a clever mix of the old and the new although there have been some unfortunate casualties.

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Ashes watch is for all

 
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Much as some South Africans try to adopt a take-it-or-leave-it approach to the Ashes it’s hard not to take an interest given the intensity with which the contest is always contested and the saturation media coverage. It’s hard to get away from. We don’t need to apologise for being interested. Part of the problem, secretly, is the fear for some Proteas supporters that their desire to see Australia beaten may be interpreted as support for England which, of course, is a no-no.

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Same new, same old…

 September 13, 2017
 neil manthorp
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The decision by Ottis Gibson to retain the same coaching and support staff as his predecessor, Russel Domingo, makes absolute sense – and no sense at all. The purpose of changing the head coach was to ‘refresh’ the coaching approach and atmosphere, to inject new ideas and energy into a structure which had, by almost […]

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