Originally Posted by TT Boy
Lets…Your talking bollocks.
Captain Smith after defeat against Australia- “We just weren't good enough. We were outplayed and you have got to give credit (to Australia)
South Africa’s ‘grievances’ you highlight are perfectly 'valid' - the wicket against Pakistan was not acceptable (acknowledged by Bob Woolmer) and the toss against New Zealand was critical (but again South Africa still acknowledged their faux pas).
You’re the guy who has the agenda, an agenda which began after South Africa left Colombo early last summer.
Originally Posted by pasag
Also it's a fair call that SA loss to Australia in the group stages because Smith cramped up. It's something the bookies acknowledged, they were favourites at that stage and they were ahead of the required run-rate and were looking brilliant. Anyone watching the game live knew at that stage (right before Smith went down) that SA had a high probability of winning the game. Smith went down and SA fell apart. It's fair to say that SA would probably have won if not for the cramps. My point is, if everyone was acknowledging it (including the Australians on this forum and the bookies at the time) why does it mean that when Smith actually says it in the media, it's a case of poor sportsmanship? It's the truth ffs.
I've said it countless thousands of times - there's simply a liking in World cricket to brand the SAfricans whingers - it's probably worse than ever over here, but it tends to go on everywhere.
The simple fact is, as Neil Manthorp has pointed-out any number of times (the best example being this
and in the fourth paragraph of this
) that there are good reasons for many defeats. Sometimes, yes, you have to acknowledge that the better side won. And generally when that is the case, the SAfricans do.