The Nightwatchmen – 4 wickets, 1 run, 25 minutes: “That’s all folks!” (Well, at least at the start of Day 4)

Newlands was a clear warning to the Proteas that the series balance was shifting in favour of the tourists. Instead of adapting and improving to meet this challenge, the Protea’s skill sets and application – evidenced at Cape Town – were jettisoned in the “Friendly City” in favour of a cricket-brand not witnessed on home soil in recent memory. Exposed in all facets of the game, the Proteas are now up against it to secure an honourable draw. How did it come to this? Are England really THAT good or are the Proteas rally that distracted / poor? Both are teams “in transition” but presently, only one is standing up and being counted (in spite of injuries, sickness and touring pressures)!
Ken and the Zoo Lake Opener ponder the challenges, self-inflicted and imposed by a rampant England and try and find green shoots for Johannesburg. In summary, there’s little of those green shoots around…South Africa 1 England 2 (one to play)
Recorded Jan 20th 2020

The NightWatchmen – “Cometh the Firestarter” – Stokes and England restore parity at Sun-baked Newlands

A later than anticipated reflection on the 2nd Test at Newlands. Ken Borland celebrates his own 50* and reflects on the performances and efforts of the Proteas and the “Engerland”. The first century of the series, catching records, a dogged fightback from the Proteas on days 4 and 5 and a nail-biting finish into the final session of day 5. So, not much to reflect on before proceedings get going in PE in a day or two! Meanwhile, the Zoo Lake Opener tries to recover from late-night listening and viewing of proceedings from Down Under, jet-lag and three continents of travel. Go easy on him as he forgets who is who in the England bowling setup and when the next test starts!
It’s all set up for a magical conclusion and final two tests.

The NightWatchmen – India 3 RSA 0: Rancor and ruination in Ranchi

A series that started with excitement, talk of transition and new faces ends with a second straight innings defeat and whitewashed 3-0 result. It wasn’t meant to end like this was it? Or, was it ever going to be any different? The stats read like a horror show if you follow the Proteas. Ken and The Zoo Lake Opener reflect on what was seen and read respectively. Audio inserts from a fatigued skipper Faf also make for an interesting listen. Settle in for an extended dissection of the match which saw numerous changes to playing personnel and the series which ends without the Proteas registering a single point on their first series outing in the ICC Test Championship: Played 3: Lost 3: Points 0.  

The Nightwatchmen – Murder in Pune

This is a Naked Nightwatchmen podcast episode brought to you on the hoof! A disastrous outing for the Proteas in the second test and a historic and crushing victory for India who seals the series without breaking a sweat. What a disappointment. Lots to consider as Ken dissects performances and looks ahead to a third test in Ranchi and who we can expect to see coming into the team.

The Nightwatchmen – Raining sixes: Blunted Proteas go one down against India

A little late but better late than never!

Ken Borland and the Zoo Lake Opener dissect the Proteas loss to India. Lots to discuss: team selection, the effectiveness of the THREE spinners in SA lineup and some really impressive patches of play from the Proteas batting line up – in the one innings! We hear from skipper Faf du Plessis as he reflects on the challenges and some plusses notably from debutant Senuran Muthusamy.
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The Nightwatchmen – Shifting Gears and Rotating Talents

The T20 series is done and dusted: the spoils shared between hosts India and the Proteas (and the weather)! Some old flaws in technique and application haunt the “A” side also touring India. In this episode, Ken and the Zoo Lake Opener reflect on what went right and what needs improving ahead of the Test Series. We touch on the appointment of the Proteas “hired-gun” batting coach Amol Muzumdar and what we can expect personnel-wise from India – in particular from their batting. There are some concerning stirrings from Newlands and a brief take on the Boks in Japan that closes out today’s episode.

Recorded on 25 September 2019.

Nightwatchmen – Episode 2: “Indian Summer Reign”

In our second episode, we hear from T20 skipper of the India tour Quinton de Kock, KG Rabada, T20 batting coach Zulu Klusener and team director Enoch Enkwe as we consider the places, pitches and expectations that lie ahead in India. The first half of our second Nightwatchmen podcast looks back at the contributions of four of the Protea’s finest – Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Imran Tahir: all no longer available for the India Tests and tour.
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