Watch out India, the South African cricket juggernaut is heading your way
The Proteas 2008 season has been labelled the ‘The New World Order’ as South Africa march through the traditional strongholds of the game. South Africa have easily picked off Pakistan, New Zealand, the West Indians and the Bangladeshis, while building up for the big prize against Australia at the end of the year.
India and England stand in the way, but judging by current form and winning momentum, South Africa will continue their dominance in 2008. The world record opening stand of 415 by Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie in Chittagong is testament to the massive form the team are in.
Smith has sent a clear message to India, where the Proteas will be hoping to continue their good record against the team coached by Gary Kirsten.
Anil Kumble may believe his team have had good exposure in Australia, but Smith believes they’ve left the backdoor open for the South Africans to sneak in and ‘raid the kitchen’.
South Africa will certainly be giving India their sternest test at home while implementing their strategy to walk away with the spoils.
And with Jacques Kallis counting as two men – strike bowler and the world number one all-rounder, the Proteas have a head start.
Much has been said of Paul Harris not being a Shane Warne, but both Harris and Johan Botha are successful on the sub-continent. Their success adds to the dynamics of a team that isn’t showing any cracks or weaknesses.
Smith is back in the form that’s made him a truly sublime captain, single-mindedly focusing on ending 2008 as the number one ranked team.
Indians should take heed:The South Africans are coming, and you’re next in line