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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Martin performed in the first test.
    He was terrible, embarrassing even. He barely looked first class standard for most of his overs. Don't let a couple of declaration wickets fool you into thinking he was decent.
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    Grant Elliot 50 (27) vs Central Stags T20 HRV Cup 2012-13 HD - YouTube

    Andrew Mathieson will be back in club cricket soon, for sure. Unsurprisingly the major daily thinking Yovich for tests was very keen on Devcich...

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    Well Devcich can field so at least he would add something to the team.....

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    inb4 "Elliott provides some much needed experience"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kippax View Post
    Grant Elliot 50 (27) vs Central Stags T20 HRV Cup 2012-13 HD - YouTube

    Andrew Mathieson will be back in club cricket soon, for sure. Unsurprisingly the major daily thinking Yovich for tests was very keen on Devcich...
    LOL. Devcich. Seems like most players from ND are over rated (It's probably just over biast media such as this fella and Doull). His one day record is ok, but he's hardly dominating. got a 90 odd and thats about it this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsie View Post
    He was terrible, embarrassing even. He barely looked first class standard for most of his overs. Don't let a couple of declaration wickets fool you into thinking he was decent.
    Oh don't be ott. I don't think Martin can survive in test cricket as a 125-130k bowler, but his lines and lengths were genuinely pretty good, and the only genuine declaration wicket that he got was Peterson (AB's dismissal was certainly careless, but he was hardly caught at deep mid-wicket). He certainly bowled a damn site better than Bracewell did (not that that's saying much).

    Having said all that, I don't think he should play in the second test. A less lively surface than what he got at cape town will likely render him completely inert.
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    What was our verdict on the speed gun in the end. Did we decide it was 5kms light?
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    No, because Morkel was bowling 140-145 and we know that Steyn commonly bowls in the 130s with the swinging ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    What was our verdict on the speed gun in the end. Did we decide it was 5kms light?
    Nah, Morkel was generally low to mid 140's, Steyn mid to high 130's (with the odd burst in the 140's) and Philander at 125-130, so unless ur prepared to engage in J Bracewell style conspiracy theories concerning doctored speed readings, it seemed pretty accurate.

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    Wagner and Munro in, Franko and Martin out. These are the only changes for NZ.

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    Cricinfo suggesting NZ are considering playing two spinners. Dire idea if true; while Port Elizabeth sounds less suited to pace bowling than elsewhere in SA, our spinners simply aren't good enough to justify places ahead of our seam bowlers. Especially since they're also reporting that Franklin's out with a hamstring injury so we can't even use his pies in a third seamer role.

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    Just reading the Cricinfo previews, and I really don't like what I'm hearing from the NZ camp. We've heard all week that our batsmen have been in the nets with the seamers bowling on shortened pitches, attacking the body and basically trying to simulate being peppered. Now, I've just read this from McCullum:

    When you look at the South African line-up, there is a bit of discrepancy between theirs and ours. The aim at practice was two-fold: to toughen our batsman up and to get the bowlers more positive.
    Two major problems with this:
    1) None of our batsmen got bounced out in the first test. They nicked off/were bowled/lbw to balls on a good length. Why then are we practicing playing bouncers?

    2) Our bowlers have had basically a full week of practice on a shortened pitch and bowling at the body. Now, when the test comes around, they need to go back to a full-length pitch and bowl normal lines and lengths. Seems like a good way to mess with your rhythm. We don't need our bowlers to be "more positive", they need to bowl good lines and lengths and be more consistent. I just hope we don't charge in all test bowling bouncer after bouncer, especially since it's meant to be a slower pitch.

    Oh, and I suspect McCullum reads CW and is trying to wind us up:

    Quote Originally Posted by Brendon McCullum, on Colin Munro
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    If weather forecast are to go by the team batting first will have the advantage. Wind from the west day 1 = Batsmen friendly. Day 2 and 3 wind from the east = Bowler friendly.

    There might be rain in the first secessions day 1 and 2.

    Hope smitty wins the toss.



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