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Random toughts of a Sports Lover…

Did you choose right?

Hope I got it right....

So, you tried your hand at being a selector, hey? Well, it’s time for the media conference and all major newspapers and social media journalists are waiting in anticipation for your announcement.

You walk up to the microphone and announce the next test player to be awarded a test contract…

“Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure in announcing Thami Tsolekile as our replacement for Mark Boucher.

Thami has proven himself in this last season with an outstanding average of almost 60 runs. His vast experience in the first class arena will be of the utmost value to the test squad, especially when replacing Mark, who has served us for the last 15 years. Mark, just 4 years Thami’s senior, will be the perfect mentor for Thami to settle into the squad and we are confident that Thami will build on his form in the Supersport series in the next few years to come in his career in Test cricket.

The panel is now open for questions”

Did you pick the right player? Want to know who was who?

Here you go.

Thami Tsolekile, CSA's choice.

Player A is Thami Tsolekile.  He had the best average of all the local players on the list this past season, and he is aged 31. Not a young player by any means and his low career average is in stark contrast to his season average. HIs wicket tally is impressive though, having taken 413 first class catches and made 32 stumpings. He is the only one of the five options to have had test match experience. 3 to be exact, and an average of only 9 at test level. Clearly the selectors value experience at first class level more than future potential and proven sustained form as with the next guy…

 Batting and fielding averages

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

Tests

3

5

0

47

22

9.40

177

26.55

0

0

3

0

6

0

First-class

130

183

28

4532

141

29.23

   

4

23

   

417

32

List A

125

83

24

1242

68

21.05

   

0

3

   

168

19

Twenty20

35

23

11

360

52

30.00

316

113.92

0

1

31

4

22

7

Heino Kuhn

Player B is Heino Kuhn. He played for the Titans who won the Supersport series this year. Along with Protea, Faf du Plessis, and as opening batsmen, he set up the Titans winning score in the first innings, scoring 128 runs from just 143 balls.  It was enough to make the Dolphins bat twice, without reaching the total of 473 that the Titans set up and he also managed to take 8 catches in the match. He is 28 years old. Apart from Player E, he was the most popular choice of the readers.

 Batting and fielding averages

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

T20Is

5

4

2

10

5*

5.00

16

62.50

0

0

0

0

4

0

First-class

83

140

13

5594

216

44.04

   

12

28

   

257

17

List A

84

73

8

1867

141*

28.72

2294

81.38

4

10

   

105

17

Twenty20

30

23

5

327

68

18.16

264

123.86

0

1

27

12

13

4

 
 
Player C is Dane Vilas, 26 years old and played for the runners-up, Cape Cobras. He holds what is believed to be a world record wicket keeping achievement of  scoring more than 150 runs and making 10 dismissals, ranking his performance higher than similar performances by Rod Marsh and Adam Gilchrist  (read here). He was also awarded the Domestic Newcomer of the year trophy in 2009.

 Batting and fielding averages

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

First-class

42

62

5

2582

203

45.29

3613

71.46

8

12

277

53

114

5

List A

50

49

7

1354

120

32.23

1348

100.44

4

4

112

38

42

13

Twenty20

23

19

6

503

71*

38.69

390

128.97

0

5

37

16

10

3

Player D is Mark Boucher. The man who made his debut at age 20 for South Africa in the test arena in 1997 and has since played 144 tests at an average of 30.2. Has taken 523 catches in tests and 23 stumpings. At age 35, he now faces his last season at test level, looking to retire after the tour to England.

Batting and fielding averages

 

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

Tests

144

202

23

5407

125

30.20

10779

50.16

5

35

641

20

521

23

ODIs

295

221

57

4686

147*

28.57

5528

84.76

1

26

356

83

403

22

T20Is

25

21

6

268

36*

17.86

275

97.45

0

0

22

2

18

1

First-class

209

302

41

8695

134

33.31

   

10

53

   

701

37

List A

365

287

70

6218

147*

28.65

   

2

35

   

484

31

Twenty20

86

72

25

1306

60*

27.78

1133

115.26

0

4

97

38

43

16

Matthew Wade

Interestingly, most of you selected Player E. Just a pity he is not South African. He was there to throw you off a bit…  His name is Matthew Wade and quite interestingly, most of you selected him. He is only 24 years old and has only played 50 first class matches, however he’s been earmarked, seemingly, to replace Brad Haddin in the Australian side, having made an impressive international debut by scoring 67 from 69 balls in the first ODI between Australia and India in the current Commonwealth Bank series. Interesting to notice Australia identifying talent so early on. Haddin seen that one coming…

So, did you pick Player A?

CSA did.

If the readers are anything to go by though, Heino is the people’s choice.

If you could change your choice, now knowing more about your players, would you?

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