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Will be good to see Smith v KP in the longer form.
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I believe that the form of Cook and Strauss could be crucial to England's success against South Africa. From what I have noticed, Dale Steyn does not tend to get left handed batsmen out and so, the two openers should look to cash in on the bowler's weakness by getting England off to a good start. I also believe that Morne Morkel could be the dangerman for South Africa, he bowled very quickly against India and if he can pitch the ball on a good length, he could get the ball to seam and bounce sharply.
The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.
Just canít see England winning the test series if they select the side which is currently playing against New Zealand.
South Africa in 2004/05 were far from weak opposition, though one or two circumstances did conspire in their (England's) favour. And while there was indeed an element of right-place-at-right-time to 2005 (Gillespie's virtual on-the-spot decline, McGrath's injuries, to an extent the couple of bad decisions against Martyn) there was far more of overpowering players who had always been weak in the areas others aside from England were not good enough to exploit (Hayden, Gilchrist, Martyn) as well as making excellent players appear merely decent (Ponting) and good ones appear poor (Katich).They had some reasonable success against relatively weak opposition in 2004 and were in the right place at the right time against Australia in 2005. And they've been largely poor since.
Anderson was persevered with for the opening Test of the NZ series through bad selection. No more. Same thing that somehow resulted in Shah losing-out to his vast inferior Bopara.
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