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Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
I don't think enforcing the follow on is even on Smith's mind. Could too easily backfire.
It's also an issue of bowling depth considering they have Morkel. I havnt seen much of him in Test cricket over the last couple of years - however he was never a great bowler for backing up in multiple spells.
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Ponting's dismissal was so bad, you could see it in his face as he played the shot, just pushing out without any purpose. It will be so hard to watch him this summer, not just that it's already time for him to go, but against the quality SA attack it will be quite an embarrassment.
Philander is the man to get Clarke I feel, with Pup's loose technique and Vernon's accuracy it's just heaps of plays and misses till he nicks it or gets bowled. If Clarke and Cowan can hang on and have some luck go their way, we can secure the draw. Or it all turns to **** and Ponting/Clarke will be batting evening again
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Watched the highlights earlier; not sure if Quiney's innings was the ballsiest or the twattiest I've seen from a debutant. Might well be both, I suppose. Comes with the disclaimer that it's the first time I've seen the boy and that might just be his (only) MO.
Kleinveldt just looks, eeuuww, not good. Not a test seamer's arsehole. Normally one can see something in every bowler that makes their selection understanble but he just looks awful. No pace, no control, no rhythm.
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Love the way he ambles in like an overweight orangutan
Yep I wasn't too happy with his selection, remember him playing T20s and pretty much bowled how you'd expect a batting allrounder to. Doesn't really do much but got enough pace and accuracy to be considered more than a part-timer by test standards.
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