Awesome that he was a fan of Neil McKenzie.
Such a solid player but hardly gets a mention when we talk about the best openers since our return to international sport.
Hope he gets plenty more runs. Albeit for Kiwiland.
This is a typical example why SA cricket is in a state of collapse. Be not surprised if there is a score of other young and brilliant cricketers in SA leaving for other countries as a result of the dead. head approach of SA cricket, Young cricketers - irrespective of how good they are 0 have no future in SA and are sidelined all the time.
Why don't you read what Conway blamed for his failure to achieve higher honour in South Africa instead of jumping on the stereotype excuse of blaming CSA? Your bullshit reason is in conflict with what he clearly explains in the article.
Here - an extract......
Not was it impossible for players to get into the national team - it was also shit coaching that did not help players to improve, Kevin Pietersen said the same kind of thing when he was forced out of SA years ago.
Conway was obviously demoralized by the situation he found himself in cricket in SA and demoralized players do not perform up to acceptable standard./
It's patently obvious that you won't accept the real reason as expressed by the player himself......ever been told you're pigheaded?
Playing devil's advocate. I'd say that batting is 50% confidence 50% skill/technique.
No batter that feels he has to perform many times better than his darker colleagues, in order to be selected, could be said to be of sound batting mind.
Take shot selection for example. How would having to outperform beyond reason affect the shots you play? When it doesn't work out, what does that do to your confidence and ultimately to your results?
Edit: So Mike's not necessarily wrong. And the evidence seems to suggest that a change in the "environment" was the key. Note, Conway doesn't say why he wasn't performing the way he wanted to either, and that's neither here nor there but does leave the door open.
Hard to say, I trump skill, it instills confidence. Skill provides for so many things, stroke selection, variety of stroke, what to leave and what not to leave. A lack of any of the above makes for a limited player, limited in that he can't play certain balls and/or that he does not have the confidence to play certain balls. How can a batter hook or pull for example if he lacks the skill to do so? I'm speaking generally, there are exceptions....take Steve Waugh for example as opposed to his twin brother Mark.......the latter was pure class, Steve on the other hand was limited but had plenty of ticker and self belief.
Tiger Woods for example had all the skills and 100% self belief and confidence.......Ali as another example, heaps of skill and a mountain of confidence.
You pop a difficult scenario......I believe skill is tops, the batsman must have the tools but from thereon-in it's confidence 100%. Can't think of any other batsman who exuded more confidence that Viv as an example and again his confidence was supported by skill.
Whilst we're on the subject........is a lack of confidence the single biggest reason why the Proteas choke at WC's? ....or is it a lack of skill? I suspect it's the former.
Why do I feel that I've wasted my time.
You tell me.
If Apartheid never happened, quotas would have been less of a problem, but any discrimination is a problem regardless of the reason...the new Apartheid is just as fcked up, just less casualties in police stations and more casualties on farms...Cry my beloved...
Pray please tell, what has Apartheid got to do with the subject of the header?
In South Africa, everything...
So here we have a cricketer who by his own admission fails to crack the national squad purely because of his inconsistency, it took him 8 years to crack a ton but by then he'd already booked his departure to NZ. He says he'd been given opportunity but again through inconsistency he failed to capitalise on the opportunities.
Throughout it all he blames himself, u nless of course you believe he's a liar.
I'm curious, how did politics decide his fate?
We don't know if politics decided his fate, but allow me to demonstrate how it could.
Denny starts working at my company today. Because he's not white, Denny has to sell twice as much as his white colleagues in order to get the same reward. If Denny wants to beat out his white colleagues for a promotion, he has to do three times as well as any of them.
After 8 years of working there, nobody can understand why Denny is lacking in confidence and drive.
Denny leaves my company and goes to work somewhere else.
Out of the blue, Denny is confident, selling well and rises to the the top of his new company.
"We don't know if politics decided his fate,...."
BS, we do know......he says so himself.......read my lips.....it's my own fault I was given opportunity but I was inconsistent, I failed.
I know where you lot are coming from......it's the black mans racist policies huh? Nyet, this s a straight up and down of someone deciding to leave the country of his birth so as to make a fresh start somewhere else.
Hey, do you mean to tell me you don't believe Conway's account of why he migrated?....is that what you're saying?
Man you lot are a laugh.
And by the way Bong Boy, my question was addressed to Draad, not you.
In the work environment example I gave you as an example...would you say you were given a fair chance?
Again, I'm not saying it's defos the case, just that it's possible.
Like I said, Devil's Advocate.
In reality, there are plenty things that could affect mindset. And it could be mindset because Conway didn't become more skillful or talented on the plane ride to NZ.
It kinda does point to some thing in the environment and as long as quotas and BBE exists, it'll always be a top contender due to the nature of the beast.
So, again I'm not saying you're wrong. Just that you might be.
It could also be that someone there(NZ) unlocked a bug or glitch in his technique. Time and time again we hear players talk about how a small piece of advice turned their fortunes around. So that's possible too.
It's called discussion bra.
Stop being so defensive man.
Jirre, why are so frightened of people disagreeing or raising other possible positions/causes?
If nobody ever did then what's the point of discussion?
Simply to agree and corroborate?
Whoosh!...if it wasn't for affirmative action, the lad would have done in South Africa what he's doing in NZ right now...let's wager that he'll do better in NZ than some of his SA counterparts will do for SA...the fact that he doesn't go all bitterbalz and blame AA for him leaving SA doesn't mean that it wasn't the reason for him leaving the country...same for KP, same for many others too.