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We have faith in our spinners

india Updated: Feb 26, 2011 01:12 IST
Jacques Kallis

South African cricket has been categorised by many things during my 15 years, but it is fair to say that spin bowling has not been one of them. Even when Paul Adams was mesmerising people with his unique action, he was regarded more as a 'special addition' to the bowling attack rather than at the forefront of it.

It was a stunning debut for 'Immy' Tahir, yet another brilliant performance from Dale Steyn and a fantastic century by AB de Villiers.

But perhaps even more significant than all three of those individual, match-winning efforts, was the selection of three frontline spinners.

It's fair to say that South Africa hasn't done badly over the last couple of decades by sticking to our strengths and doing what we do best. Fast bowling has been one of the cornerstones of our success and it made perfect sense to keep building both our Test and one-day team around that.

But now circumstances have changed and we had the courage of our convictions and faith in our three spinners. As I said before the game, we genuinely have 15 players competing for a place in the starting XI and that is very exciting.

It wasn't always the plan to choose all three spinners against the West Indies and I'm quite sure that we will rethink the composition of the team before every game.

It may have seemed harsh on Lonwabo Tsotsobe missing the opening game after his recent form, but I also have no doubt that he will be selected soon and given a chance. I must say, however, that he accepted the decision with good grace. Team results are far more important than anything an individual does.

I was especially impressed with the way Imran was able to relax and play the same sort of cricket, which has brought him so much success.

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