Ranking top 5 second-string teams in international cricket currently
With several teams trying to develop their second-string sides, we try to rank each of these countries.
Updated - Jul 14, 2021 5:27 pm
There has been a new culture that has developed in international cricket and the COVID-19 times has forced some boards to adopt it. Tt is the culture of strong bench strengths or having a pool of at least 25 or 30 players who are ready to represent the country. Some teams have already planned to schedule ODI and Test series simultaneously with different sides.
Last year, England fielded two separate sides in ODI and Tests during the English summer. India, this year, has already sent a 20-member squad to Sri Lanka for limited-overs series apart from 24 members to England for a Test tour. With most of the teams the following suit, it is a good time to look at the ranking of the second-string teams of each of these countries.
5. South Africa
South Africa‘s cricket system has gone through several issues for the past few years. The administration has been openly criticized while their problems have been well documented and highlighted in public. Their form and stature at the international level have also reduced significantly in the last few years and there have been worrying signs for the national team.
However, despite all of this, the country has not stopped producing good young talents. There are some really talented players waiting in the wings of the South African cricket system, who have been trained and groomed in the tough domestic cricket culture in the rainbow nation. After the likes of JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, and Imran Tahir retired, the country had players who could step in and fill the shoes.
The only problem being that these young stars don’t have leading senior players in the mix at this moment. If a second-string Proteas team is made today, then they might not be able to beat top-ranked sides but surely they would be able to face them with confidence. There has been work behind the scenes done on U-19 and South Africa A players, which always helps this situation.