Originally Posted by tooextracool
All of them missed out at least one test in the series. Kallis missed the first test at the WACA, Ntini didnt play in Sydney, Nel was injured in the last inning of the last test at the wanderers, and Pollock missed the first test at Newlands. Add that to the fact that Dale Steyn would have been an incredibly useful addition to that side.
Given that the Ashes series was down under, i thought SA competed quite valiantly against SA, the 3rd test at Sydney was a farce as it stands given that SA were probably the better side, 1-0 in Australia would suggest that it was a pretty tight series.
Fair enough mate - the attack wasn't 100% so I take your point, though SA have arrived in Australia with fully fit attacks that looked good and still been owned. SA did look the better side for most of Sydney, just as England did for most of Adelaide, so I think it says something that when it mattered Australia won both of them. And it could be said that Australia were in the driving seat in Perth but for Rudolph's fantastic last day salvage operation.
1-0 *would* have suggested a tight series mate, you're right. But it finished 2-0. And then we went to SA and won 3-0. Credit where it's due.