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When the final wicket fell at the Wanderers, wrapping up a comprehensive 3-1 drubbing at the hands of the visiting Poms, the humiliation was finally complete.
That’s test match humiliation, because the three-match ODI series starts today at Newlands (follow the live score here), with a three-match T20 series to follow, and our recent World Cup showing doesn’t point to a limited-overs side that is performing, either.
Contrast that to the English team, whose last ODI was the World Cup final, and it’s tough not to be a little pessimistic.
All of that is before you take into account the off-field problems, with Cricket South Africa spiralling out of control towards the latter part of last year.
In short, the Proteas are wilting so badly that Carte Blanche has stepped in. Here’s their write-up:
The Proteas are a national treasure, but with a number of disastrous defeats on the pitch; major internal disputes in the boardroom and serious allegations of mismanagement and bad governance, Cricket South Africa is in a tailspin.
Could the appointment of a new interim CEO and Director of Cricket finally put an end to the team’s decline? Carte Blanche sits down with the new appointees, who are now squarely in the firing line.
Facing a 150km/h thunderbolt from a fast bowler tests the resolve, so let’s see how they handle the Carte Blanche team:
There is much work that lies ahead, and many tough questions to be asked, but at least the likes of Thabang Moroe have been ousted before completely sinking the ship.
Just remember that no matter what happens on the field in the ODI series against England, we’ll always have the post-match interviews with Quinton de Kock to look forward to.
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