Sunday, August 12, 2007

Jacques Kallis dropped

In an unexpected move, the United Cricket Board of South Africa decided to drop their best player from their twenty20 team.

Jacques Kallis, the best all-rounder in the world, has been left out. No one really knows why. Cricket South Africa, in their press release say:
“The Proteas T20 squad announced today provides the coach and captain with various options in all departments. There is a good blend of experience and youth in the squad.”

Yeah…but you’ve dropped your best player… They go on:
“This is an exciting 15-man squad announced today. Our depth and talent gives us combinations that will assist us in playing an equally exciting game of Twenty20 cricket.”
Yeah…but you’ve dropped your best player…

I like Kallis. Yes, his average is inflated through minnow pilfering, but who hasn’t? Yes, his scoring is slow, but he’s not going to block everything in twenty20. He is a bit grumpy though. Maybe he was just in a mood and he refused to take part.

In any case: madness.

Their full squad:

Graeme Smith (Captain), Gulam Bodi, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Albie Morkel, Mornè Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Shaun Pollock, Thandi Tshabalala and Johan van der Wath.

How many names do you recognise? Quite.

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