Do you see what happens, Larry? Do you see what happens? This is what happens. This is what happens when you pick an all-pace attack.
Always pick a spinner. No matter how good your fast bowlers are, if the batsmen get into a rhythm, you can find yourself on the receiving end of a very big partnership. Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke developed rhythm rivalling Sly and the Family Stone in the first Test against South Africa. The former’s far from keen on giving his wicket away and the latter’s recently developed a habit of scoring at least 200 once he’s passed three figures. South Africa were therefore sentenced to a great many overs of seam.
Variety is a necessity. The only variety South Africa had was fast bowling in the morning and fast-medium in the afternoon, because big partnerships reduce even the fittest fast bowler to the pace of Rory Kleinveldt eventually.
Speaking of Rory Kleinveldt – he’s the one playing instead of a spinner. He has 0-81 off 17 overs and can probably claim to be the fifth best right-arm seam bowler in this South Africa team. Only South Africa could conclude that they really needed to get Rory Kleinveldt into the team, even if it meant a five right-arm seam bowler scenario.
South Africa don’t really get spin. They see people bowling slowly and wonder why that person isn’t spending their time eating gazelles and trying to bowl as fast as they can. Well, there’s an easy answer to that – it’s because this is what happens. This is what happens when you pick an all-pace attack.