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So many questions

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That skills camp Boucher spoke about after the series against England can’t come quickly enough.

BOWLING, OH THE BOWLING.. File image

South Africa’s bowling was incredibly poor in four out of six T20 matches this summer.

The PowerPlay has been an absolute horror show, with bowlers not knowing how to execute and certainly not being able to apply pressure on the opposition batsmen.

Yorkers have been discussed a lot – and there was some improvement in that area by the latter stages of the series against Australia.

The short ball is simply not being bowled properly and in too many cases the change-ups have been used so often they now lack a critical surprise factor – also they’re not being bowled properly.

That skills camp Boucher spoke about after the series against England can’t come quickly enough.

LEARNING
WILL TAKE TIME

This is a period where young players are learning, the captain is learning about his players as is the coaching staff. What is apparent is that the rot in South African cricket runs deep. The administrative problems have severely impacted on the quality of the game at lower levels and the lack of planning for what would happen after the retirements of some great players have left massive holes in the national team.

Boucher and Co. have been given a very difficult task, they will make mistakes (selection for Wednesday night’s match being one example) but somehow they need to be given the chance to learn.

Fixing the problems of the last 24 months is going to take time – and eight weeks is nowhere near enough.