The IPL might have the money but the ICC World Twenty20 has the quality. All the best players in world – except one – will be doing battle for their countries. Who will emerge and with what tactics? Nick Sadleir, who will be our man on the road, casts his eye over the competition.
Nick Sadleir was a seven-year-old growing up in Johannesburg when he watched an all-white South African cricket team readmitted into the international game. Here he puts into perspective where this different South African side’s Test series victory against England and rise to the top of the rankings ranks.
South Africa may not be able to ditch the choking tag until they finally win a World Cup but the best side in the world on paper for the last two years proved that they are the best in Tests by comprehensively outplaying England. SPIN’s reporters were there. – By Nick Sadleir
It is hard to believe that condemning Australia to a record 4-0 thrashing could ever be boring. England polished their growing reputation, Australia looked like England under Atherton, Hussain and Vaughan. But it was all so routine that the heat was lost. Nick Sadleir watched the series and tries to weigh-up the result.
Positive discrimination, poor form and unrealistic expectations combined to derail Jacques Rudolph’s first international career as a young gun. A decade later, after five seasons with Yorkshire, he has been quietly re-establishing himself as a contender down the order for South Africa. He told SPIN about his comeback , going hunting and why he doesn’t sledge KP.
England may be the number one Test side in the world but man-for-man South Africa have the higher-ranked players. Their results have not always reflected this over the last year, but with the bowling attack becoming an ever more formidable unit will South Africa finally make their whole greater than the considerable sum of their parts? Nick Sadleir casts an eye over their likely squad and asks why on earth is this clash of the Titans only being played over three Tests?
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Even if the Indian Premier League’s brand value takes another dive in 2012, the competition is still one heck of a money spinner in a country that is completely gaga for limited-overs cricket.
I looked ahead to the fifth installment of the Twenty20 tournament for the April edition of Spin magazine.