Originally posted by mtthw
Not South Africa, then? They look a very strong and balanced squad, especially now that in Tahir they may have a good spinner.
We just choke. We've had 4 chances now where we could easily have gone through to win it with the players we had, but we have a strange mental block when we play in a WC event.
Plus we are probably the worst batting side against decent spin - we are used to quick, bouncy pitches and we have no great spinners here to prepare us against good, or even just decent, spin bowling.
We have a very good squad at the moment, as we pretty much always do. We are light on all-rounders though, but that doesn't mean anything, as long as you are confident in your top 5 and have great strike bowlers.
On a hard, green pitch I don't think any team can beat us now, but I have very little confidence in our top order on the pitches we may have to play on. Who knows? We'll see when the games start.
Steyn, Tsotsobe and Morkel are a handful on any pitch with the new ball, but if a team can weather the first 20 overs against us, opposing sides with good spin options may not need big totals against us.