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    Quote Originally Posted by MendisNuffSaid View Post
    That's what they said in the second test! Australia should be bowled out in the vicinity of 390-420 and then Smith and co should pile on the runs.
    Considering par would be 275-300, 390 would be an excellent score

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    Have to wonder why Harris is playing when they're giving overs to Duminy

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Considering par would be 275-300, 390 would be an excellent score
    The question is whether Aus have the bowling firepower to exploit the conditions well. Only Steyn and Ntini have managed to be somewhat effective among the Saffers.

    The bowlers are simply not bowling at the stumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
    The question is whether Aus have the bowling firepower to exploit the conditions well. Only Steyn and Ntini have managed to be somewhat effective among the Saffers.

    The bowlers are simply not bowling at the stumps.

    They could play Duminy as a spinner and play an extra seamer or allrounder. Wouldn't Albie be better value than his ineffective brother?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
    The question is whether Aus have the bowling firepower to exploit the conditions well. Only Steyn and Ntini have managed to be somewhat effective among the Saffers.

    The bowlers are simply not bowling at the stumps.
    SA should be very disappointed with the way that they've bowled e.g. the only reason that Ntini has been economical is that he has sprayed the ball everywhere and the batsmen have hardly had to play

    If the Oz bowlers simply concentrate on line ang length, they could roll SA cheaply as there is still a bit in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Have to wonder why Harris is playing when they're giving overs to Duminy
    Harris bowls with a flatter trajectory, hence unlike Duminy, he hasn't been able to get any purchase of the deck, making him pretty easy to play, Harris is picked to bowl more overs in the 2nd innings, in case the pitch starts turning.

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    Can't imagine how good Australia would've been here with McGrath, Warne and Lee at their peak. In these conditions, I'd be betting $1000 on Aus winning the game with 366 on the board.

    But with this bowling attack, it's a whole different story.

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    Jeez, that was close, would be very sad if North misses out on a century here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Harris bowls with a flatter trajectory, hence unlike Duminy, he hasn't been able to get any purchase of the deck, making him pretty easy to play, Harris is picked to bowl more overs in the 2nd innings, in case the pitch starts turning.
    Harris doesnt turn it thereby rendering the amount of spin in the wicket largely irrelevant

    The issue is that he is the no. 1 spinner and they're turning to a batsman very early on

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Harris doesnt turn it thereby rendering the amount of spin in the wicket largely irrelevant

    The issue is that he is the no. 1 spinner and they're turning to a batsman very early on
    Hence the notion that he's a luxury in their team. With very little bite outside Steyn, maybe they have to consider other options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
    Can't imagine how good Australia would've been here with McGrath, Warne and Lee at their peak. In these conditions, I'd be betting $1000 on Aus winning the game with 366 on the board.

    But with this bowling attack, it's a whole different story.
    They only need one player back from injury - Clark

    If he was here to replace Hilfy, I'd wager that they'd win this game in a canter from this position

    Anyway, IMO the issue is not whether this Oz attack is talented enough to win it from here, it's whether they'll be consistent enough over the last 3.5 days

    Unfortunately, that's the price you pay for unexperience

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    Quote Originally Posted by inbox24 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Harris doesnt turn it thereby rendering the amount of spin in the wicket largely irrelevant

    The issue is that he is the no. 1 spinner and they're turning to a batsman very early on
    Harris is bound to struggle in conditions like these, and that has proved to the case, if the pitch later on develops some cracks, then Harris might be able to get some help, otherwise he is a pretty useless selection, and the fact Duminy has bowled a lot better than him so far, is the reason why Smith is throwing the ball to Duminy ahead of Harris, so I see nothinh wrong with that.

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    Bravo... Northy!!!

    Very well played mate, good to see him grabbing the given opportunity with both hands.



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