What's going on with the bowlers at the WC?
When they've bowled the correct lines it's been consistently successful.
All the Protea seamers, Steyn aside, are tall. There is also very little swing on pitches that are holding up ever so slightly but not alarming so.
There's not much in the way of options and there isn't much doubt as to how they should be bowling. The problem is that they're just not.
So what is the problem?
Why are Rabada and Ngidi not bowling slightly shorter and making use of the hint of uncertainty in the pitch?
They either overdo it and chuck down pull practice long hops, bowl too full or too short on leg, offer soft half volleys and let off balls...only rarely asking solid questions.
The problem they're facing as a collective right now is the same problem Morkel suffered under for not finding an answer to. It's a question of forcing batsmen to drive on the up while never being fully comfortable on the front foot.
Once that atmosphere is created, the straight, slower and cutter balls gain exponential value. And this is when they become wicket taking balls.
Morkel executed this for spells during his career but he never fully conquered it. Had he done so, he'd have been prolific. It has to be remembered that his height made the margin for error a lot smaller.
Ngidi and Rabada should take a lesson from Andile's first wicket yesterday. Even at his pace, that slightly shorter length on these pitches is a nightmare. Four or five of those in a over mixed up with wicket taking balls is exactly what has been working. DO MORE OF IT!!!
I get the feeling that it's an execution problem. The amount of clearly bad balls being bowled are evidence in that regard.
Steyn's return and his skiddyness will help to slow down the runs a bit but might not take many wickets. The other bowlers need to come to the party else its bye bye butterfly.