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SA must remedy bowling headaches

SA's bowling performance still faces a number of questions.

South Africa's Kyle Abbott (C) is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of England's Alex Hales during the World T20 cricket tournament match between England and South Africa at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 18, 2016. Picture: AFP/Indranil Mukherjee

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas have made an impressive start to the World T20 with the bat, however their bowling has been a massive disappointment.

Proteas seamers must improve their Power-Play performance.

After their 37 run win over Afghanistan, the South Africans will feel a touch more settled after notching up their first win in the tournament.

Although the batting has been a positive feature in their opening two matches, the bowling performances still has a number of questions still circling around it.

For the second match in the tournament, the Proteas struggled in the power play overs where Afghanistan raced to 64 runs at a worrying rate of 10 runs per over, while England bludgeoned their way to 89 in the first six overs.

South Africa need to urgently address their sieve-like bowling during this period as the power play has become such an important factor in any T20 match that.

England's incredible run chase against the Proteas was set up by a rampant Jason Roy who tore into the seam attack of Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott.

Had South Africa kept their disciplines against the English top order it would have in all probability been a different result, but in fairness to the bowlers, the Mumbai pitch is an absolute dream for ant batsmen.

However, against the Afghans, the bowler's problems persisted with Mohammed Shazad quickly getting his team to 50 runs within four overs which gave the 'minnows' some hope in their run chase which was in excess of 200.

Spin bowling coach Claude Henderson said earlier in the tournament that the team with the best bowling attacks will progress to the latter stages, at this point in time the Proteas will need to rectify their bowling swiftly to stand any chance of claiming their first ever Word T20 Cup.

PHANGISO'S OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE

Looking forward to their all-important match against the unbeaten West Indies, coach Russell Domingo was quick to state the need for two frontline spinners on the Nagpur pitch.

This is a wicket where the wounds of their 124 run test defeat last year has still not healed suitably. In that match, the Proteas were bamboozled by the Indian spin and were bowled out for a meagre 79 in the first innings.

Judging by the first match of the competition where New Zealand out-spun India to claim an unlikely win, the pitch is still ideal for any spinner.

Knowing this, there is definitely a case for Aaron Phangiso to be selected against the big hitting Windies, coupled with the fact that JP Duminy, a spin option will miss the match due to injury.

The Lions spinner has had his fair share of troubles both on and off the field but he remains a quality limited overs bowler.

His last competitive match was for the Lions in the 50-over Domestic final, he helped them to the cup by claiming 3 wickets in a superb spell of spin bowling.

Since then, the slow left-armer had to undergo emergency remedial work on his bowling action (which was deemed illegal) in order to make the plane to the World Cup.

After working hard with Claude Henderson and Vincent Barnes, his action was approved and now the spinner can focus solely on cricket and reigniting his international career.

If he does play, and he certainly should, the 32-year-old must take his chance to display his quality as an international spinner and repay the faith Cricket South Africa has put in him.

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