Petersen hits out at South Africa's leadership

24 April 2021 22:49:16 GMTPlus10

Former South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen believes the nation's Test team has regressed under the stewardship of director of cricket Graeme Smith.

Smith put pen to paper on a two-year deal with South Africa in March last year but there has since been plenty of criticism of the team's performances.

The Proteas suffered a Twenty20 series whitewash against England near the end of 2020 and have also lost to Pakistan in Test, one-day international and T20 series since the turn of the year.

And while the likes of Aiden Markram and Janneman Malan have put in good performances recently, Petersen believes the overall standard of cricket from South Africa has been disappointing since Smith took up his new role.

This year Smith's South Africa will be involved in the 2021 World Cup, which will take place in India between October and November, but they first face T20 and ODI encounters with Ireland in July.

Speaking about Smith's leadership, as per TimesLIVE, Petersen said: "There were a lot of people in the past who made a lot of noise that Graeme Smith must to come into our cricket because he will help us to get the national team back on track.

"Unfortunately‚ we haven't seen the national team getting back on track or improving‚ and in fact‚ what happened is to the contrary because we have slipped further down the line in world cricket."

South Africa are 12/1 to win the T20 World Cup 2021.

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