Last edited by Nate; 21-11-2011 at 09:21 PM.
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Yeh, the ironic thing about giving Sidde that nickname is that he wouldn't even know what the word means.
SA was a toss-up for me as the conditions should suit our attack and one had to think that Ponting would eventually come good
Having said that, the fact that we drew 1-1 after giving away a test & unearthered top young talent in Khawaja and Cummins in the process implies that it was a good result.
However, my feeling is that if it had been a 5 test series, it wouldve gone the same way as the Ashes as we simply have too many players out of form/depth
As such, the real worry is if the selectors decide that they wont change a winning side
I'm not sure the "not changing a winning side" thing holds that much truth anymore. With the new management not having played a role yet we'll have to wait and see, but even the last series in Sri Lanka (which we actually won) Copeland was dropped for Siddle. And that was after our bowling attack looked the best it had in ages imo.
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Awta (social). But, not many teams have much experience in playing anything but 2 or 3 test series, its not like the 70, 80's and 90's when most series were 5 tests. So you don't know if Steyn has the fitness to run in and blow us away for 5 tests, how many 5 test series has he played? I might say none at all actually....
No doubting this was a fantastic Test to watch, it ebbed one way then the other thorughout with neither side being able to grab the game by the throat when they had the advantage and take it away from the opposition.
Important contributions from the men under pressure in Ponting and Haddin. Ponting looked solid and memories of his finer days were brought back to mind with some convincing pull shots, drives down the ground and some lovely punches off the back foot through the cover region. Will it be enough to keep his position in the side ? I certainly hope it does, his form has been patchy at best and I think he can still have a big impact on this side, unless he decides to call time on his career.
Haddin too made a much needed half-century, was more circumspect due to the situation of the game, and rode his luck with a few loose wafts outside his off stump. But he still attacked where possible, I like how he plays, he's easy on the eye and, imo, should also retain his place in the side.
Johnson batted very well also, yet he was only under pressure with regards the game situation. He has failed miserably in his specialist discipline so his place in the side did not depend on how he did with the bat on that last day. He just had to go out and bat like he does, putting bat to ball with little to lose, this time it paid off for him. But his bowling is the big concern, he cannot surely keep his place in the side despite this vital innings because his bowling is what he gets selected for and it has been woefully below par for some time, and there are decent alternatives now.
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Great win but SA doesn't seem to beat anybody in a home series so we have to keep it in perspective.
Poor bloke just wanted to be miserable for a bit and look what happens.
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