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    Start as you mean to go on?

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    Over the years South Africa have developed something of a reputation for falling at the final hurdle. In this feature Martin tries to pinpoint when the bad habit began.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Start as you mean to go on?

    Over the years South Africa have developed something of a reputation for falling at the final hurdle. In this feature Martin tries to pinpoint when the bad habit began.
    Good read
    You know it makes sense.

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    I think South Africa at re-entry were in the unique position of being a good team with very little international experience. They were good enough to put themselves in a winning position but did not have the experience to close the game. Then perhaps the scars from this and other similar games grew on their minds and became a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. By contrast earlier minnows had a long time to improve their cricket so that when they became good enough to compete they had experienced players who could close the game; a good example being Aravinda and Ranatunga in the 96 world cup final.

    SA's choking is exaggerated anyway. They are definitely chokers in global ICC events but in test matches they have a reasonable mix of good wins under pressure alongside the chokes, like most other teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dissector View Post
    I think South Africa at re-entry were in the unique position of being a good team with very little international experience. They were good enough to put themselves in a winning position but did not have the experience to close the game. Then perhaps the scars from this and other similar games grew on their minds and became a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. By contrast earlier minnows had a long time to improve their cricket so that when they became good enough to compete they had experienced players who could close the game; a good example being Aravinda and Ranatunga in the 96 world cup final.

    SA's choking is exaggerated anyway. They are definitely chokers in global ICC events but in test matches they have a reasonable mix of good wins under pressure alongside the chokes, like most other teams.
    Yeah, agree with that. Them beating Australia was a big monkey off their backs. Australia had the wood over them for a long time, while they should have been presenting much more of a challenge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Them beating Australia was a big monkey off their backs. Australia had the wood over them for a long time, while they should have been presenting much more of a challenge.
    Nah, we beat them right back in their own backyard remember, SA were heavy favorites to take the #1 spot from us (especially with Hayden's retirement).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TumTum View Post
    Nah, we beat them right back in their own backyard remember, SA were heavy favorites to take the #1 spot from us (especially with Hayden's retirement).
    Yes, I remember that series very well.. and it was one step forward, one step back for them (not taking anything away from Australia of course). I was speaking more about their series against Australia in their dominant years.. they'd talk themselves before every series and then proceed to fold.



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