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South Africa bowler Anrich Nortje urges cricket authorities to give the Proteas more Test matches

EXCLUSIVE: ‘If we play six and you play 15 in a year, I don’t think that’s fair’: South African bowler Anrich Nortje urges ICC to give World Test Championship-leading Proteas more matches

  • Anrich Nortje urged cricket authorities to give South Africa more test games
  • World Test Championship No. 1 Proteas will take on England in next week’s series
  • And fast bowler Nortje insisted it wasn’t ‘fair’ that they played fewer practice matches

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Anrich Nortje has called on cricket authorities to give South Africa the number of tests their current status deserves.

While the Proteas go into the three-game series as the World Test Championship leaders against England, this is not reflected in bilateral series, where they get fewer chances than the big three of England, India and Australia.

“If we play six in a year and you play fifteen in a year, I don’t think it’s fair,” said fast bowler Nortje. Sports post. “Our boys won’t be as well known as previous generations if we play eighteen games in three years or something.

Anrich Nortje urged cricket authorities to give South Africa the test games their status merits

Anrich Nortje urged cricket authorities to give South Africa the test games their status merits

1660521755 152 South Africa bowler Anrich Nortje urges cricket authorities to give

1660521755 152 South Africa bowler Anrich Nortje urges cricket authorities to give

The fast bowler (above) doesn’t think it’s “fair” that the Proteas aren’t playing top-level matches anymore

“We want to be the number 1 team in all formats. It’s a shame how it went, but we really want to leave a mark. It would be nice to be able to play more test cricket, not just series of two games.”

The numbers support the claim, with South Africa’s 26 tests over the past four years dwarfed by England’s 53 and India’s 41. Although Australia barely left home during the pandemic, they still clocked 34.

In the current framework of the global game, individual countries are losing money hosting bilateral series that do not involve the wealthy triumvirate. Therefore, it is clear that South Africa will only have two home tests in two of the four years of the next Future Tours programme.

It also represents a shot across the arch from the International Cricket Council that sees a team crammed with players of multiple sizes, from a country that rocked the sport by withdrawing from a one-day series against Australia in January to take a cash-spinning new Twenty20 competition, remain so passionate about the traditional form of the game.

‘The players themselves are very enthusiastic and want to play test cricket’, says Nortje. “We are excited to play, excited to be here and face one of the better teams at this stage.

The World Test Championship leaders face England in a series of three Tests starting next week

The World Test Championship leaders face England in a series of three Tests starting next week

The World Test Championship leaders face England in a series of three Tests starting next week

‘It remains the ultimate form, the most difficult. Your technique is examined day after day, and there is so much involved. We are first in the log, so it will be a nice competition.”

South Africa’s high-quality bowling attack also threatens to put pressure on the English ‘Bazball’ style.

“What they’ve done is exciting and they’ve really managed to move the game forward – the chases in the last innings of theirs have been great,” said Nortje.

“But we’re not going to change because there’s not much we can really change as a team, so if England want to play a certain way then so be it. We will play as we are used to.’

Nortje will play his first Test in over a year at Lord’s, due to a succession of injuries (Duanne Olivier was ruled out of the series on Sunday), and Kagiso Rabada also looks on course to play after overcoming an ankle problem.

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