Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Morne, Graeme make a hasty return

Well then, it looks like Morne's (can't be bothered with the annoying French accent, so sue me) back on the SA team after being included in the ODI squad. Oh, and Graeme Smith. Seems he isn't too busy geting injured by a certain fast bowler. News from the streets is that the two had a confrontation in a bar on the weekend, as South Africa had a victory party and Australia drowned in their sorrows. Apparently Mitch threatened to glass his left leg, and then move onto the other leg when the first had healed. Smith ran screaming out of there. This is a serious offence and it must be reported. We cannot have Johnsons running around trying to kill every vaguely quality batsman in the Saffa side. Or else Albie might be next.

So Procter's overlooking the troubles with consistency in line and length with Morne (we think mornay exchanged hands) and is putting his faith behind our giant. Let's hope Albie does better than him. But I'm not entirely cruel. I wanted Albie to do better than Morne, and for Morne to do better than AB de "I want to be the No. 1 batsman in the world but fuck me if you try to make me keep wicket" Villiers. It's the natural pecking order.

"I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night, and still have begged for more."

Also note that South Africa is No. 1 in the ODI rankings. They'll be getting their 175k sometime soon. That, and a 75k for 2nd place in the Test rankings. Meanwhile, the Aussies are getting 1st in Test and 2nd in ODI. THE MONEY BALANCES OUT. That is how it is meant to be between these teams, until South Africa gets on top of Australia. In which case, all prize money should go to SA. They need it desperately. Really, they do. How else will they afford to keep Albie on the T20 squad during the Champions League? Well, him and Morne.

Procter has said they may add players to the Saffa squad depending on performances in the Pro20 games, being held this Friday and Sunday in Johannesburg and Centurion respectively.

The first one-dayer is in Durban on April 3.

Squad: Graeme Smith, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Morne Morkel, Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Hashim Amla, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Wayne Parnell.

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