CENTURION: Former coach Ray Jennings today came down heavily on the South African team management for “trying to doctor pitches” during the recently concluded Test series against India, saying the tactic nearly boomeranged.
“They tried doctoring pitches in the Tests and it was so close that South Africa almost lost the series. Such pitches won’t help because India have a great pace attack. Even the spinners will get assistance from seam friendly juiced up pitches,” Jennings’ pointed observation is sure to leave the home team red-faced.
For Jennings, the move could have backfired since India now have a potent pace attack.
“Ten years ago, India didn’t have any fast bowlers. Now they have so many, starting from Under-19 itself, and the minimum they bowl is 135 which used to be maximum years ago,” Jennings said.
Jennings was also furious about selection going all awry for the Proteas.
“The selection is all wrong. They have juiced up pitches but such pitches can assist spinners as we are seeing. They say they are preparing for the World Cup, but if these youngsters fail in 2018, they will be chucked out. Who will you play in the World Cup then,” he fumed
“You have to field your best XI at all times and develop a winning culture. You have to take it match by match and series by series, and not look too ahead into the future,” he added.