None of that nonsense! It's like when someone tries three rainbow flicks in the first five minutes of a football game, loses the ball three times, and wonders why you've subbed him off.
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Anyway, when summer over here starts it will be interesting to see how different it is to back home. I definitely think that we concentrate on the wrong things - I've had training sessions where we've had to do things like only hitting backward of square, yet I can't think of many where I've had to actually concentrate on building an innings, playing straight etc.
NZ will do better in there second innings. Everything worked for SA in the morning and the conditions did favor the bowling team. I will predict them to lose by an innings but score at least 200.
It is strange if you look at the stats where teams where bowled out for less then 50. Out of the 19 times it happened, 5 of them was at Cape Town.
On a ground where a side scored 47 only 14 months ago (and the other side made 96) against the identical bowling line-up that caused that destruction, on a pitch that mirrors his side's greenness in terms of batting, choosing to bat first ranks as one of the most inexcusable decisions in living memory.
If you can smell the hops in Cape Town you bowl first...Brendon must've been drunk on the fumes.
I'm as disappointed in our effort as the next guy but if we were inserted on that and fell over for 45, fair enough. But we organised our own slaughter. This management group is making mistake after mistake. Any wonder with a rookie coach at the helm
Brilliant, so now we've also discovered that we're playing this match with only two genuine pace options. Way to play to our only strength.
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Any little advantage we could give our bowlers, we had to take. And that's clearly going to come on the first morning. McCullum said he knew the first hour/session would be tough. I'm certain he also knows our batsmen are incapable of getting through that against a line-up of the likes of Morkel, Steyn and especially Philander on that deck. But he decided to be bullish, to our detriment. Having a bold approach to captaincy is all good but he's doing with 3-7 off suit as opposed to pocket queens, and bluffing don't work in the international cricket game.
I've heard the argument that Philander just bowled a brilliant spell and the NZ batsmen didn't give away their wickets.
Sorry, but lacking the ability to block straight deliveries (McCullum, Williamson) is poor batting. Edging to slip at a good length outside off (Franklin) when the bowler is angling across you is poor batting.
Watling and Bracewell got unplayable deliveries.
Only Flynn showed enough technique to look like being able to bat against good bowling.
Meh, reckon you bat first probably 90% of the time in cricket. Find it hard to criticise Mccullum on that front, particularly being the first test. Maybe if it was the second test after a hammering you would do it, but bowling first on the first morning is like giving up pre-series. You may as well not even turn up if you don't think you can win.
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this was a 10% situation for sure. I don't really understand what's so defensive about bowling first anyway, especially on a spicy deck like this.
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