Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to India 1996-97
Tour of India
1996-97Captain: Hansie Cronje
official Test tour
Test-playing tour of India
by South Africa
(October - December 1996)
Africa had just played a one-day international
tournament in Kenya,
which they won, and the selectors retained the same fourteen players for the
Titan Cup triangular with which this tour began. South
Africa won all six of the preliminary limited-overs
international matches, but then lost to India in the final.
The Test series was played
between two well-matched teams. India
had not lost at home for ten years while South
Africa remained undefeated in all the Test series, apart
from West Indies 1992, played since its readmission
to Test cricket.
Needing just 170 runs to win
the first Test, India batted poorly in the second
innings at Ahmedabad and lost. Bob Woolmer complained of poor practice
facilities as the South Africans struggled to come to terms with the
conditions. Better batting at Calcutta and
Lance Klusener’s remarkable bowling performance on his debut levelled the
series, before a crushing defeat on another poorly prepared pitch at Kanpur.
Although the extent of match
fixing in cricket was not revealed until the next tour of India in 1999-00, the team were
offered money to throw a match on this tour, too. The players were already
unhappy about this late addition to the itinerary at the end of a tough tour,
as well as the benefit match for Amarnath being billed as an official one-day
international, but several members strongly protested the rest of the team
not to become involved with fixing.
Muzzell was an an
Executive Committee member of the United Cricket Board.
Peter Pollock (convenor of selectors), Clive Rice, Bob
Matthews (so Kirsten took over the vice-captaincy); Brett Schultz;Jacques Kallis (stress fracture of back); Shaun
Pollock (ankle); Paul Adams (groin injury).
Tour Party Announced: 5 November
The 14 players who did duty in both the four-nations tournament
in Kenya and in the Titan
Cup series in India
were retained as the Test squad.
Pringle, Adam Bacher.
An unnamed keeper was on standby and contingency travel
arrangements had been made for him to be flown out to India (an eight hour flight) if
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(5 November to )
Only a few days after return
from the Kenya ODI tournament, they flew out again to India. The team arrived in Bombay on 15 October, and later that evening flew to Hyderabad for their
first match in the Titan Cup.
Time spent in
(15 October - 15 December)
On-tour selection panel
Hansie Cronje (captain),
Bob Woolmer (coach),Robbie Muzzell (manager)
P R Adams
Paul Adams and Shaun Pollock had been injured and were on
standby. Within hours of playing his first match back with Western Province
Paul Adams was asked on 14 November to reinforce the team in India. He
flew out on Monday morning 18 November, arrived on Tuesday and was thrown
into the first Test on Wednesday.
Jonty Rhodes strained a hamstring in the first Test and John
Commins was called up.Commins himself
soon became unavailable for selection with a fractured finger.
Allan Donald went home with a bruised heel after the Second Test
and was not replaced.