How did the Batsmen from both sides fare in the SA - England Test series,

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Jan 27, 2020, 17:55

There were some changes made during the series but the situation is as follows:-


Burns        -  1 test       93  runs          Average per innings  46,5   

Sibley        -   4 tests    324 runs          Average per innings   41,0

Crawley     -  3 tests    163  runs          Average per innings  27,17

Denly        -  4 tests    210  runs          Average per innings  26,25

Root          -  4 tests    236  runs          Average per innings  29.5

Stokes       -  4 tests    318 runs           Average per innings  39,75

Bairstow    -  1 test        10 runs          Average per innings    5

Pope          -  3 tests    266 runs           Average per innings   44,33

South Africa

Elgar         -  4 tests      244 runs          Average per innings    30,5

Markram    -  1 test        22 runs           Average per innings    11

Malan        -   3 tests     156 runs          Average per innings    26

Hamza      -   3 tests      78 runs           Average per innings    13

Bavuma    -   1 test        33 runs           Average per innings    16,5

Du Plessis  -  4 tests     158 runs           Average per innings    19,75

V D Dussen - 4  tests    217 runs           Average per innings    27,12

De Kock      - 4 tests     380 runs           Average per innings    47,5

I am more interested in the SA team.   There was 1 player with an above 40  average and one with an average of marginally above 30,   One was above 25 - the rest were all below 20.   

That is just not good enough,   If we look at another side of the story namely 50's  made by SA:-

Elgar                 -    1

Van der Dussen  -   3 

De Kock             -   4

Looking at that the only batsmen who were really up to standard was Van der Dussen and De Kock. 

Jan 27, 2020, 18:23

A fair assessment. I would add Elgar though, an average of 30 for an opening bat in a failing team is acceptable.

Jan 28, 2020, 03:38

Not acceptable at all, the team was failing largely because the openers were failing.   Elgar had one good score and the rest varied between  poor and below par,  In the main he was scoring at an atrocious rate and his timing was not up to standard.

If you look at the three  openers the sides used the situation is as follows:-

England            93  +   326 +  163   =     582

South Africa     22  +   244  +  156  =     422

In other words the SA openers scored  160 runs less then the English counterparts.  The best opener for England was Sibley with 324 runs - Elgar scored 80 runs less - that makes up half of the deficiency,      .    

Jan 28, 2020, 04:21

So 30 is inadequate, but 27.12 is is just fine.....not much of a mathematician are you Wanker.

Jan 28, 2020, 04:57

You do not seem to want to understand what I wrote,  I am not happy with Van der Dussen either because his performances were erratic and do not regard him as a longer term prospect for the Proteas,   The fact is that you cannot start rebuilding a team with 30 year old players and older ones,   

Jan 28, 2020, 16:12

I quote you above Wanker:

‘Looking at that the only batsmen who were really up to standard was Van der Dussen and De Kock’

Explain how one should interpret that as you not being happy with Dussen’s performances?

Jan 28, 2020, 19:00

I am happy, but I am looking at the future.  In two years time Van der Dussen would  get what Du Plessis and Elgar already have and that is eye-hand co-ordination problems,  Better look at younger prospects that could last longer and has the potential of being test players for the next 6 to 10 years.     

Jan 28, 2020, 22:28

There aren’t any.

Jan 28, 2020, 22:30

Mozart ignorance shining through 

Jan 29, 2020, 00:11

Damn right I’m totally ignorant of any young batsmen who has made a case for Protea selection. When Bavuma played with these kids in his recovery matches he looked better than any of them. a god. What does that tell you?

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