Siddle and Clark are in the same class as Anderson imo.(with the bat)
If Australia named a side that had Johnson at 8 followed by Siddle, Clark and Hilfenhaus, England would be pretty confident of dealing with Australia's tail imo. Similarly if England had Sidebottom, Anderson, Onions (though I rate Sidebottom as a slightly better batter than Siddle, Clark)
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South Africa's bowlers should have outbowled Australia's accross the six Tests; they did not, so thus they underperformed.
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I agree that SA probably should have outbowled Australia's bowlers. But, given the lack of experience in the Australian attack, it's not unfeasible to suggest that SA wouldn't have been that superior, if at all, even if they had lived up to their potential in SA. The Aussies bowled very well.
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I agree with Richard, I honestly don't think Australia were exceptional in those first 2 tests (Johnson aside) and that SA lost because their bowling attack basically didn't turn up, the whole side apart from De Villiers looked rusty. The bowler's lengths were far too short, they hadn't adjusted to their own conditions. Even johnson recently stated that SA were the unofficial no.1 side in the world. In that final test when they finally came to the party (to an extent) it was a truer reflection of the sides' ability.
Given you can't seem to recognise McDonald's value to the team in any of the tests I'm not surprised really.
If SA can't adjust to their own conditions, then I'm not really sure what they're doing. I'm not claiming Australia should be vastly superior by the way, because they're obviously not. But they didn't let SA into the series there until it was all over. This was partly due to Hughes playing a much greater role than Hayden had managed in Australia and even moreso to the way the bowling unit performed.
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