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    In spite of the awful fielding, the South African bowling today was spot-on. Finally some control and patience. Just a shame it was all too late.

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    Today really is an achetypical example of why reading scorecards just does not give you enough info to determine who bowled/batted well. Steyn picked up two top-order wickets and mopped-up the tail, Ntini took two tail-enders. Reading the scorecard, you'd rate Steyn's wickets higher but, in reality, Ntini was easily the bowler of the day and just very, very unlucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy View Post
    In spite of the awful fielding, the South African bowling today was spot-on. Finally some control and patience. Just a shame it was all too late.
    Their batting has been the really big problem this series, though. The deck looks a little spongy. Will be very interested to see how they bat on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Today really is an achetypical example of why reading scorecards just does not give you enough info to determine who bowled/batted well. Steyn picked up two top-order wickets and mopped-up the tail, Ntini took two tail-enders. Reading the scorecard, you'd rate Steyn's wickets higher but, in reality, Ntini was easily the bowler of the day and just very, very unlucky.
    AWTA, Ntini was absolutely world-class today and should have had a few top order wickets too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popepouri View Post
    Nice to see the SA team showing up for the test match on the first day.
    TBF, they did show up in Johannesburg but let it slip completely after having Australia 3/38. Durban day 1 was a disgrace, I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    AWTA, Ntini was absolutely world-class today and should have had a few top order wickets too.
    I hope for South Africa's sake that this signals a return to form. He's still needed for the next year or two by the SAffies, particularly with M Morkel out of form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    I hope for South Africa's sake that this signals a return to form. He's still needed for the next year or two by the SAffies, particularly with M Morkel out of form.
    It's a shame they don't play another Test until November. Basically his form in this match will count for nothing when the selectors need to think of a squad next.

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    Even if Imraan does relative well in this match, he'll make way for Smith when he comes back. Prince looks like he has a point to prove.

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    Laura drawls, "And South Africa have avoided the follow on. That makes a change. Much better bowling performance this time around though."
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    Quote Originally Posted by popepouri View Post
    Prince looks like he has a point to prove.
    Aye. Should have always been in the team, but McKenzie probably deserved his chances and there wasn't enough space for him in the middle order.

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    Prince looks in the mood. Nice to have him back and an opener willing to play a few positive shots.

    Not really taken by Khan, credit to him his still there but hangs the bat out and looked a wee bit iffy against the leggie. Nice on the eye though when the bowlers drift into his pads. Shades of Amla.

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    did McGain look threatening at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    did McGain look threatening at all?
    Yeah, kinda. Neither batsman could pick his variations it seemed, which is to be expected for a debuting leggie.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    You forgot to mention the fact that he got hit for 6 second ball, pretty sure Prince picked that one.

    Prince going along nicely, 37 off 36 balls, doing a good job supporting the debutant. South Africa well on top.
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    Styris to Pietersen, SIX, wow, what a shot, that is awesome...it's a repeat of his six off Muralitharan at Edgbaston, as he switches his grip and reverse-hits Styris over deep cover (or should that be deep square-leg) for a memorable maximum.
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    Styris to Pietersen, SIX, that's the most extraordinary shot, he switches his grip to that of a left-hander and launches Stryis high over long-off for a might six. That is one of the more incredible shots you'll see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
    What's your point? Why is Hughes scoring runs so mystifying?
    Point is Aus's success owes primarily to Hughes. But for him, one can say Aussies would have not won the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Precambrian View Post
    Point is Aus's success owes primarily to Hughes. But for him, one can say Aussies would have not won the series.
    Nothing to do with the bowling attack?
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