10 May 2007

South Africa also reviewing performance

I ranted a little about the number of people involved in the Schofield report that the ECB are putting together to review the performance in the national side of the last 4 years. South Africa appear to go about things differently, preferring a meeting of their top cricket administrators today to discuss how the team has done over the last year.

Let's hope there isn't an over-reaction that halts South Africa's recent successful progress. In the past season South Africa won 19 ODIs and lost 7, and in the Test arena they won series against India and Pakistan. Judging from South African reports, coach Mickey Arthur looks safe, as does team captain, Graeme Smith, despite some concerns about the fact that Smith "wields too much power".

The South African team have no more natural talent than England or New Zealand but are making the most of what they have to the extent that they went into the World Cup as the number 1 ranked team in the world, a tag they understandably struggled to live up to. It would be a great shame if they take a backward step today after the meeting, by changing the structure they have in place, but it looks as it they might do. Convener of selectors Haroon Lorgat is likely to be replaced according to some reports.

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