South African cricket team had a poor year in Test matches in 2015. The top Test ranked team in the world played 8 Test matches winning only 1, losing 4 and drawing 3. South Africa held the record of not losing an away series for 9 years but was outplayed by India. Their star batsmen Amla, DU Plessis have been out of form and their win percentage has been 12.5%.
Here are the 5 reasons for South Africa decline in test matches in 2015.
1. Poor form of Amla
Hashim Amla, a top class batsmen had a disappointing year with the bat. South Africa captain did not have a great Test series against India which they lost 0-3. In the four Test matches innings against India, he scored 119 runs in 7 innings. He looked out of the form in the Test series and was dismissed mostly because of poor judgment. In the first Test against South Africa against England, Amla scored 19 runs in total. Amla lacks proper foot movement which has been the problem for the South African team in the year. He has not been able to lead from the front with the bat.
2. Over dependence on De Villiers
The South African team’s main problem has been that the pressure remains on AB De Villers. His ability to play according to the situation makes him a great batsman. In the year 2015, South African batsmen have only scored 2 centuries which shows the decline of the South African team. In the India series, De Villiers was the only batsman to score some runs on the tour. In the Test match series, he scored 233 runs. In the last match of the series in Delhi, he played an exceptional knock of 43 off 297 but could not save South Africa from defeat. In the first Test match against England, De Villiers was among the runs again scoring 49 and 37. South Africa heavily relies on De Villiers to score and there is always pressure on him to make a big score.
3. Lack of all-rounders
After the retirement of Jacques Kallis, the South African team are finding it difficult to get an all-rounder. The current South African team does not have a proper all-rounder who can fill the role of batsman and bowler. On the tour of India, the South Africa faced lots of problem with an all-rounder. South Africa’s main problem has been their combination. South Africa problem continued in the first Test against England as they depended on Dean Elgar, Duminy to fill the role.
4 Main fast bowlers getting injured
South Africa’s another cause of concern in the year has been their main fast bowlers who get injured frequently. On the Indian tour, Dale Steyn did not bowl in the second innings of the first Test, while Vernon Phailnder got injured before the start of the second Test. Dale Steyn and Vernon Phailander were ruled out of the Indian tour due to injuries. Dale Styen did not play in the next three Test matches. In the first Test match against England, Dale Steyn came back and bowled decently in the first innings but was injured during the second innings. Vernon Phailander too was not selected for the first two Test matches. The pressure fell on Morkel, Abbott.
5. Lack of support from spinners
The South Africa’s main problem has been their spin department. In the year 2015 South African spinners have not been up to the mark. They picked wickets in India but gave away runs at crucial times. The likes of Imran Tahir, Simon Harmer and Dane Pidet did bowl well in the series against India in India. In total, they picked 22 wickets between these three bowlers. In the recently concluded Test match against England, Dane Pidet picked 6 wickets. The South African spinners have been disappointing. The fast bowlers, including Morkel, Abbott, Steyn have bowled well in the India series and also in the first Test match against England which South Africa lost by a massive margin by 241 runs. In India, the fast bowlers especially Morkel bowled brilliantly but the lack of support from spinners have hurt them big time.