On Monday Ricky Ponting, former Australia skipper said South Africa should consider releasing an all-out pace attack against New Zealand in the semis clash of the International Cricket Council World Cup on Tuesday.
Ponting said the South Africa should leave out leg-spin bowler Imran Tahir, their leading wicket-taker for the World Cup with 15 scalps, and back their pace bowlers to utilize the pace-friendly conditions in Auckland.
Ricky Ponting told Cricket Australia (CA) that spin bowler Imran Tahir got 4 wickets for South Africa previous game, but they might be enticed to load up with pacers for that ground and he reckons that will be a good strategy.
He added that The Black Caps have been remarkable, but apart from Australia no bowling assault has asked any serious questions of their batsmen. It looks to swing for most of the match at Eden Park so the bowlers on both teams are going to make it hard for the batsmen and that movement makes it hard to utilize the short boundaries.
Vernon Philander, South African pacer has been declared healthy for the knockout fight after missing their quarter-final victory over Sri Lanka and emerging in just three of the six group games due to a hamstring problem.
The right-arm pace bowler seems set to rejoin Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn in the team on Tuesday, while Kyle Abbott has done little wrong with 9 wickets at an average of 14.44 from 4 games.
The Kiwis have demonstrated their power at the top of the order with Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Saturday’s double-centurion Martin Guptill, but Ricky Ponting suggests the competition Australia are vulnerable through the middle order.
The 40 years old said that he wonders a wee bit about the Black Caps middle order if South Africa go hard at them with 4 pacers.
Ponting thinks Grant Elliott, Ross Taylor and those blokes might find the going hard if the squeeze is put on them.