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“Clearly, There are Issues” – Luke Alfred on South African Cricket’s Need for Transformation

When the Lions Came to TownThe Art of LosingLuke Alfred, author of When the Lions Came to Town: The 1974 Rugby Tour to South Africa and The Art of Losing: Why the Proteas Choke at the Cricket World Cup, recently wrote an article for ESPN Cricinfo about troubles currently facing the South African cricket team.

In the article, Alfred speaks about the nervous, negative mood that is evident when the Proteas play. He says this is linked to the larger problems of the organisation Cricket South Africa. He considers how the situation might be different if enough were put into developing young cricketers and if Khaya Majola, a passionate advocate of transformation in cricket, were still around.

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Long have the South Africans been searching for a settled 50-over opening partnership and too often finishers and lower middle-order power-hitters don’t close or clear the ropes. There are too many left-handers with similar strike rates in the upper order of the ODI side and normally good fielders are dropping catches. The South Africans even look unhappy. Victory in the ODI series against New Zealand on Wednesday night at Kingsmead brought no joy, only relief. Clearly, there are issues.

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