SA selectors have a tough choice for Test series

Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 14:51 [IST]
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SA selectors in a dilemma

Cape Town: The South African selectors are facing a tough choice in choosing between two of their outstanding performers during the recent one-day series, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, to replace the injured Wayne Parnell for the first Test against the West Indies.

On pitch that is traditionally spinner friendly, the South Africans will be tempted to opt for a spinner but they are more likely to take their cue from their previous performances on this field.

Jaques Kallis was there star performer in the year 2001, knocking out the West Indians in the fourth innings and In 2005, it was the Test in which Makhaya Ntini took 13/132.

The expectation is that the pitch, which hardly has any grass on it, will break up quickly and that its main characteristic will be uneven bounce, according to Sports24 reports.

Mclaren has an upperhand over Tsotsibe as he played Test against England in January and he has the ability to bat which adds batting depthness in the South African line up.

Tsotsobe showed a lot of improvement in the recent one-day series and really impressed with the manner in which he varied his deliveries.

“Lonwabo"s skills has always been one of his major strengths as a bowler and he showed on two previous tours for the Emerging SA side what he can do," said Proteas coach Corrie van Zyl.

“It"s encouraging to see that he has all the experience to vary his bowling at this level," he added.


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