THE FINE LEG – SA vs NZ Preview

Okay Okay Okay…..First things first…I know that this was supposed to be a regular occurrence but as things happened I got a bit side tracked. However I will be making a conscious effort to keep The Fine Leg going…starting with a preview of the upcoming South African series against the Black Caps….

Both teams have a pretty new and relatively unknown squad for this series as a mixed result of poor form, injuries, and to quote Brendon McCullum: “No…no…I’m not going and you can’t make me”. Good news: Some young blokes have the chance to show what they’ve got and get their careers going… (Possible) Bad News: We might be in for a watered down series…however I think we’re safe and it should be an exciting series.

The Saffas and New Zealand are both coming off indifferent series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe respectively so both have a lot of explaining to do, to us…the (not always) loyal fans that shout at them while stuffing our faces with chips and beer, because as they always say: “They do it for the fans..”. Because as you can remember…there is that little score to settle because of that small tournament a while back…I think it was called the World cup or something…

So lets look past the cliche’s and get to the contest:

Looking at both squads there are a couple of guys to look out for. Numero Uno is with out a doubt Kane Williamson. This guy is in superb form. His last 6 ODI scores are 90,97,50,90,118,93. Some would say it’s better than most. Last time he played the Proteas he got 5,145 and 6 but this is irrelevant as he is a completely different player that 2013. This time round he’s wearing the Captain armband with Brendan bettering his surfing skillzzz. Don’t forget McClenaghan…his aggressive left arm seam have given our openers enough trouble over the years and if he’s getting it right early on…we’re in for a hard time.

In the Saffas camp I know most will be looking at Kagiso Rabada as the dangerous one this tour, and I can’t dissagree with them. However in my humble opinion I think he is about one more season away from him being the consistent pace-man we need. But today I’m looking at a relative unknown to the International public… David Wiese. A lower order big hitter and medium paced bowler, his overall game has grown a lot. Don’t be surprised if he finds himself in the top 3 wicket takers after this tour. He does have a knack of late of picking up important wickets at the right time. Hopefully his batting can show the same maturity his bowling has in the last 12 months. Lastly it looks like Rilee Rossouw is also got the duckling (cricket pun) off his back and is giving us the big innings we need from him in the top order.

As far as the tour is concerned we’re looking at two T20’s and 3 ODI’s = No holds barred big hitting and aggressive bowling

I cant wait!!!!

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