As a neutral it's disappointing that Australia won't have the chance to add Stuart Clark and Brett Lee to their line-up, to really test the strong SA top order. Lee testing out SA with pace and away swing, while Clark cleverly tests each batsmens technique with his impeccable probing line, patience and bit of nip here and there.
However, should still be a decent contest, the idea that Australia may play North and Mcdonald really puzzles me. Ok I appreciate an all pace attack given the expected conditions, and using North as a spinning option, makes sense. But to then suggest dropping a specialist bowler for Mcdonald's medium pace offerings simply cannot and I don't believe will happen.
The top 7 for Australia should be strong enough to pose a few problems for Steyn and co. and the added benefit of Mcdonald at 8, with either bat or ball, is questionable. Personally I see both batting sides as very strong, but the bowling department of SA currently looks stronger and may be the difference.
Will be interested to see how Australia play Harris. I said before the series in England and the one in Australia, that the batsmen will surely look to dominate him, and it's never really happened, which is credit to Harris, and I'm not one of his biggest fans.
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#408. Sixty three not out forever.
13 straight hours of cricket for five days, awesome.
Series Result: 1-1
Top SA Runscorer: Smitteh
Top Aus Runscorer: Hussey
Top SA Wicket-taker: Steyn
Top Aus Wicket-taker: Siddle
Player of the Series: Steyn
Surprise Packet: SA - Morkel; Aus - Dougie
Dropped Player(s): Hilfy for McGain test two.
Miscellaneous Event: Dougie to get in strife for backchatting the crowd when they serve it up to him.
The winter of night-time cricketing for me is over, bar the NZ-India tests. These matches start at 8.30 in the morning and run until 9.30 at night in the UK. The cricketing situation could not be more perfect.
Yes agree with you guys, the idea of watching young players setting out on their Test careers is exciting. Hashim Amla is another player I have grown particularly fond of over recent months.
Yeah he had a good day in India but other (rare) times he's been given the ball, he's gone the journey. And that's not really a reflection of ability because he does give the ball a decent rip. He's just woefully under-done. If I was Ponting, I'd be hesitant to use him too.
Heard Hussy interviewed during the Indian tour or back home (not sure which) on the radio, and he said Katich didn't want to bowl, despite being asked a few times.
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