BCCI urges review after South Africa defeat

The Board for Control of Cricket in India said on Sunday national selectors should be prepared to get tough with struggling senior players in the wake of the Test series defeat in South Africa.

New Delhi, Jan 08: The Board for Control of Cricket in India said on Sunday national selectors should be prepared to get tough with struggling senior players in the wake of the Test series defeat in South Africa.

India took a 1-0 lead in the series but sub-par performances from experienced batsmen let South Africa rally to a five-wicket victory in the final Test in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Proteas swept the preceding one-day series 4-0 by big margins, also taking advantage of India's faltering batting, which failed to reach a tally of more than 200 runs once.

"The board is definitely concerned by the performance, but it will not interfere," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah told reporters. "It is up to the selection committee to review things.

"(But) the selection committee should not go only by the history of some players," he added. "Consistent performance is important."

Indian media and experts have rounded on batsman Virender Sehwag, who made just 89 runs from six Test innings.

The 28-year-old Delhi batsman also failed in the one-dayers, raising the possibility of him being left out of the upcoming home one-day series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Skipper Rahul Dravid also failed to get a fifty in the Tests and, with Sachin Tendulkar, took the blame for the batting collapse on day four that led to the final Test defeat.

Selectors meet on Friday to pick the 30 probables for the World Cup and the squad for the series with West Indies starting on Jan. 21. India's poor one-day form has also raised concerns in the build-up to the World Cup, starting on March 13.

Coach Greg Chappell criticised the batsmen on Saturday and hinted the performances would be put under the microscope.

"Looking at the tour as a whole, there are more questions than answers," he said. "There will be a few guys under a bit of pressure, there's no doubt."

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