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    Anyone going to the ground tomorrow? I'm really looking forward to it. Haven't been to a test in NZ before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    Yeah, don't mind McCullum at 3.

    Looks like there's going to be some rain during this test match unfortunately especially Thursday and Sunday.
    If it rains on Sunday I don't think it will affect the match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb View Post
    Anyone going to the ground tomorrow? I'm really looking forward to it. Haven't been to a test in NZ before.
    I'll be there, just saw the ground before - beautiful. A lot to be said for purpose built grounds, of which all three of these Tests are being played on.

    It just rained, so maybe that's Thursday's wet sorted out already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveNZ View Post
    I'll be there, just saw the ground before - beautiful. A lot to be said for purpose built grounds, of which all three of these Tests are being played on.

    It just rained, so maybe that's Thursday's wet sorted out already.
    Looks like the weather won't be a belter but it should hold up for the day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blakey View Post
    If it rains on Sunday I don't think it will affect the match.

    Very possibly true.

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    If NZ bat first they'll lose.

    If NZ bowl first they'll have a reasonable chance of winning the Test.

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    Sigh, looks as though Andrew Ellis will play ahead of Trent Boult. This team just gets better and better
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    If NZ bat first they'll lose.

    If NZ bowl first they'll have a reasonable chance of winning the Test.
    So we'll know the result after the toss!

    Given that it's in NZ conditions and many of the SA players have had no warm-up match, the home team would have to start clear favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsie View Post
    Sigh, looks as though Andrew Ellis will play ahead of Trent Boult. This team just gets better and better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsie View Post
    Sigh, looks as though Andrew Ellis will play ahead of Trent Boult. This team just gets better and better
    Ridiculous if true.

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    Doubt it will happen. It'd be a ridiculously backward step to pick a lesser bowler based on the fact he might get a few runs at No.8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGee View Post
    If NZ bat first they'll lose.

    If NZ bowl first they'll have a reasonable chance of winning the Test.
    Quote Originally Posted by Briony View Post
    So we'll know the result after the toss!

    Given that it's in NZ conditions and many of the SA players have had no warm-up match, the home team would have to start clear favourites.


    Umm South Africa are very very clear favourites, no matter whether this match is held in Dunedin, Antarctica or on the moon.

    Agree sort-of with Beegee that our chances improve slightly if we bowl first, though I would not say we have a 'reasonable chance of winning'. That is highly optimistic.

    Simply refuse to believe the Ellis is playing ahead of Boult. The universe might just decide '**** this, I'm ending this **** now' and cease to exist.

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    I'd actually drop Nicol, bat van Wyk at five and put Ellis at seven tbh.

    I also think we should bat first. South Africa are far more likely to trip over our stronger suit which is bowling, so in the fourth innings we definitely want to be bowling. If we bat first, then come the fourth innings, any total over fifty would be a hard chase with our batting against Steyn, Philander and co.
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