Cricket: Proteas Could Demolish Poms; Smith to Clash with Pietersen

Andrew GallowayContributor IJune 24, 2008

As every cricket lover knows, Graeme Smith had a field time in England the last time the Proteas toured England. Two Double Centuries to his name will certainly give him and his fellow players loads of confidence.

With newly found opening partner, an in-form Neil McKenzie, the Poms will have their work cut out to tame the formidable pair. With Amla having made the No. 3 spot his own, Kallis at No. 4 and rising star AB de Villiers at No. 5, I certainly feel that it is arguably the best top order in World Cricket at the moment.

Bowling wise, SA will go all out with pace, having four bowlers over 140km/h and having the ability to generate swing and bounce at that pace. Dale Steyn will be the man trying to knock over the top order with Ntini, and who better to follow than youngster Morne Morkel and "aggro"-man Andre Nel.

All of the above-mentioned players, with most of the rest of the squad, are currently playing county cricket and have enough experience of the English conditions to make a mark in any of the test and ODI's.

Obviously, the Kevin Pietersen thing will play a big part on and off the field. With some grudges held, KP would want to score a ton in every test, but it won't be easy. Smith has grown in Captaincy and as a player and won't be distracted easily by sledging and press trying to bend every word coming out of his mouth.

Another plus for the Proteas is that Shaun Pollock will be in the camp for the whole tour to assist the bowlers mentally and technically.

Watch out for a brilliant test series and exhilarating ODI series.

Keep it swinging.