Kallis needs to step on the gas

Last Updated: Wed, May 05, 2010 18:23 hrs

It should be easy games for both South Africa and Australia when they take on Afghanistan and Bangladesh respectively. I believe Bangladesh is going to be a bit more competitive than Afghanistan, as they have been in the circuit for some time and have more international exposure under their belt. South Africa will have to play very seriously after their loss against India and need to win handsomely, whoever be the opponent.

The Proteas need to get their combination right. Looking at the bowling they have, Graeme Smith can think about adding one more quality batsman in their line-up. Also, he should have no hesitation in pushing himself up the order. He also needs to have a quiet word with Jacques Kallis and tell him that staying close to the run-rate all the time while chasing is essential.

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One can’t leave it too late as it becomes a huge task, as South Africa found out during their chase against India, even after having quality batting deep down the order. Smith himself needs to show more flair on the ground, which was missing against India. He needs to be more purposeful. Despite so much of talent at their disposal, the South Africans don’t change their game and adapt well according to situations on the ground, something they should learn from the Indians, as well as the Australians.

The game between Australia and Bangladesh should be a better one to watch. I am sure that the Australians, after having beaten Pakistan handsomely, would like to finish off this game in style as well. They will keep in mind that Bangladesh did hurt them once before and will hit back hard at them. The Aussies are a very balanced side but they should still look at Nathan Hauritz as the spinning option.

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I am not very sure how good Steven Smith will be in the middle overs against India. David Hussey is also a part time spinner and I don’t think Clarke will depend on them as his main spinning options. The Australian fast bowling unit looks the best with the presence of Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson, Dirk Nannes and Ryan Harris and should pose a threat to all teams in this tournament.

It was great to see KKR colleague David Hussey do so well against Pakistan. He had a quiet IPL by his standards as he is a really good T-20 player. I really hope that both South Africa and Australia qualify for the Super Eight because that is where the tournament is going to be at its best.

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