Inspired by a similar theme of articles that I have seen on Football 365, I decided that after the Proteas completed the T20 series with Australia and ahead of the World T20 (Which has already started anyway, but that’s another matter!) I would rank the top 20 players in my order of importance. I am not saying that this will be reflected by the selectors or even you the reader, but lets hope it causes some healthy conversation. I’ll re-look at the ladder after each T20 series.
(1) Hashim Amla
Hashim adds the class to the calm at the top of the order and being left out of the opening two games just seemed more dumb as the brilliant Amla scored an unbeaten 97*. He may not be as brutal as AB and Quinton, but he still scores at a mighty impressive strike rate. Build your innings around him.
(2) AB de Villiers
AB has been a bit more cold than hot of late, but when he is on form there are very few teams in the world that can stop him. I still think he needs to bat at number 3 with free reign to swing the shoulders and smash some runs.
(3) Kagiso Rabada
He is undoubtedly our top striking bowler. The 20 year old has taken to international cricket at an impressive rate and has seen himself move up the world rankings. He is quickly taking the mantle from Dale Steyn.
(4) Quinton de Kock
Like AB Quinton is either hit or miss and like AB its been a bit more of miss lately. His one-day form and his ability behind the stumps keep him high up on my list. Should open with Hashim.
(5) Dale Steyn
You are always a little concerned that another injury is around the corner, but the lighter load of T20 might suit him better. Manages to hold the run rate down pretty well and takes wickets, which is why he is the all time leading T20 wicket taker for SA.
(6) Faf du Plessis
The captain and definitely more impactful with the bat in this format than the other two. Not always the fan favourite, but does a good job and has a pretty decent T20 record too. Good knock at Wanderers.
(7) Imran Tahir
Not a great series against Australia for Tahir, but he is the most attacking spinner we have. He will go for a couple of runs, but will also take a couple of wickets. If he is the fifth bowler then not too bad.
(8) David Miller
Another player with an incredible IPL record that hasn’t translated for the national side. However, as we saw in the first game, Miller has the ability to really launch late on in an innings.
(9) Kyle Abbott
The Proteas third bowler and should remain that way until politics intervene.
(10) Vernon Philander
His injury has robbed us of an all rounder with genuine bowling ability. Vern, get well soon, very soon.
(11) Morne Morkel
(12) JP Duminy
See David Miller. And no, he is not our fifth bowler option anymore based on recent performances.
(13) Albie Morkel
Albie knows Indian conditions incredibly well, he led the Titans to the Ram Slam T20 and he is still a devastating hitter of the ball. Can bowl as well as Morris and Wiese but much more experienced.
(14) Aaron Phangiso
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. When Tahir was getting pasted, Aaron would likely have been celebrating inside, not by faking a narcotics inhalation.
(15) Chris Morris
He attracts massive IPL contracts, but like Miller has not done it for SA. A better option than Wiese, but that over at the Wanderers underlines that he is not the man you want to rely on in the clutch moments.
(16) Farhaan Behardien
He doesn’t do much wrong, but also doesn’t do much right. Really not a match winner unfortunately.
(17) Rilee Rossouw
Has not quite done as well in T20 as he has in the ODI. His series against Australia saw him score 35 off 35 balls and frankly thats not good enough in the middle order.
(18) David Wiese
Captain inconsistent. His 2/16 in Durban was followed by 1/58 and 0/23 (2) in the next two games. Another player that just becomes to predictable in his approach
(19) Beuran Hendricks
Absence makes the heart grow fonder 2. Realistically there are a lot of good bowlers ahead of him, but Beuran will be keen to get back into the swing that saw him take 6/29 against the Knights in 2014.
(20) Eddie Leie
You can tell by the names on this list that our bowling has been exceptionally poor and Eddie Leie could be one that profits from others. Probably was the name to replace Phangiso if he hadn’t been cleared.
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