South Africa begin their five-match ODI series against Pakistan on Wednesday and if they're hoping to make up for some of their failures of the past few months, a flat track in the desert is the best place to start. It's the batting that's been letting them down and they've turned to Gary Kirsten for some help. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER.
If the South African Test team is a Ferrari, then the one-day side is an old, clunky station wagon. It's been around the block a few times, but it's starting to backfire on the mornings when it matters.
Still, when you give it a little push, it will get you where you need to be. Said station wagon has also been sent away for a few modifications over the last few months, a lick of paint here, a new exhaust there and perhaps a new battery for good measure. Those modifications haven't always worked, but at least you're able to spot where the fault lies.
For South Africa, the only thing that's been consistent about the one-day team has been their failures over the last few months. While Gary Kirsten was in charge, the team was "in a transitional phase"...