The absence of key Black Caps Daniel Vettori (pictured) and
Ross Taylor has been seen as bad news for the marketing of
New Zealand's tour to South Africa.
New Zealand have copped a withering blast on the eve of
their tour to South Africa.
Battling a management crisis, with their best batsman, Ross
Taylor, not touring and senior allrounder Dan Vettori out
injured, they've been written off by a former South African
test player as not worth paying for at the turnstiles.
"I probably wouldn't pay money to see New Zealand play if
Taylor and Vettori were in the side," former test seamer and
national selector Craig Matthews said.
"Take them out of the side and they have huge problems. You
couldn't justify calling off the tour, but thank goodness
it's only a two-match test series."
Matthews, who played 18 tests and 56 ODIs between 1991 and
1997, won't be a lone voice in the republic, either.
South Africa, undefeated in 10 tests this year, cemented
their world No1 ranking in the test game with their huge win
over Australia at Perth last week. New Zealand sit eighth.
They are No2 in ODIs; New Zealand are ninth, below
And in T20s they are fifth, three spots ahead of New Zealand.
Cricket South Africa has conceded no Taylor and no Vettori is
bad news for the marketing of the tour, which includes three
T20 internationals, beginning on December 18, two tests and
"The bigger the stars, the bigger the attraction," acting CEO
Jacques Faul said. "So if you lose a few it is a concern. You
need the big names in there."
The small upside from a South African perspective is that
having watched their players win overseas against England and
Australia, this is their first chance since then to see them
"We're very proud of our team ... But they were away to
England and Australia, and this is the public's chance to see
their boys at home," Faul said.
For all the turmoil running through New Zealand cricket, by
contrast South African coach Gary Kirsten's biggest worry now
is how to keep "old dog" Jacques Kallis going.
Kallis, 37, affected by a hamstring injury, didn't bowl in
South Africa's 309-run win in Perth. Kirsten wants to manage
his international time to prolong his career.
That may mean less bowling for the world's best allrounder,
who has scored 12,980 runs at 56.9 and taken 282 wickets in a
17-year test career comprising 158 matches.
"But we will keep the old dog going for as long as we can,
and to do that we will consider scaling down his bowling in
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