Proteas practice session
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 13, Corrie van Zyl during the South African national cricket team press confrernce and practice session at Wanderers Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Avid cricket followers were in for a serious shock recently, when they realized that South Africa had slipped to number 6 in the ICC test rankings. The primary reason for such a decline was due to their disastrous test outings against India and England. Against India away from home, the Proteas were simply marauded by spin as the duo of Ashwin and Jadeja wrecked havoc on the clueless batsmen.

 

On their own shores, the sheer hostility and accuracy of Stuart Broad haunted them as South Africa went on to lose a test series at home. With their test rankings at a decade low, there is only one way for South Africa. The Proteas soon need to regroup and get back their focus, before the tour of Australia, which promises numerous challenges.

 

Team manager Corrie van Zyl, though, is pretty confident about his side’s turnaround. “I am not worried about South African cricket, to be honest. Some of our performances this season, I could explain. It wasn’t nice to see but I could understand them,” van Zyl said.”For example, Dale Steyn was not available for a big part of the Test series and we had three youngsters that bowled so there was inexperience.” “Yet there was an opportunity for them to come through and look how Kagiso Rabada came through. Where I would have been worried is if we didn’t have the Kagiso’s and Chris Morris’ coming through. That would have been a different story.”

 

Van Zyl admitted that he was looking into South Africa’s downslide as well. “I’m not turning a blind eye to our performances. We have to go and look at it and ask how can we do better and we have the reviews to look at that,” he said. “We must be totally open and say let’s see what the review brings. It’s an opportunity for us to research whether the change is possible and whether the change would be good or not.”

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