Alleged murder has stopped the South African Paralympic team, and I suspect the same will be required to stop the cricket team.
Shame Andrew Hall doesn't play for them any more.
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Should open him instead of Petersen.
Also who can forget him almost ****in up the 434 odi chase?
Twenty-over cricket can be “boring”. It has grown up. It takes concentration. It is no longer a game for the post-literate generation. They need the distractions, the loud music to disguise the boredom. They never warned you about that.
SA are a fantastic side but are far from unstoppable.
They've played Australia in 5 Tests home and away in the past 18 months and came out of that with 2 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. And In both of those drawn games, Australia had complete ascendency.
So any reasonable observer would say that over those 5 Tests it was a very even contest.
It should also be kept in mind that they played a very inexperienced Australia team which is definitely on the rise...as evidenced by the fact that in the past 2 years they have won 12 Tests and lost just 3...with 2 of those losses coming against the no. 1 ranked Test side and the other an absolute nailbiter loss to NZ.
Last edited by Mr_Ronan; 20-02-2013 at 02:10 PM.
SA definitely underperformed in the Down Under last year, but still ended up on the winning side. In the end, thats what matters.
What I like about the SA side is that you feel that they actually have some true class throughout their lineup, rather than one odd world class player and several others who happen to be in good form at the same time, which is what I felt about the England sides of 2005 and 2011.
Kallis and Steyn are all-time greats, Smith will surely end up in his country's greatest ever lineup, and Amla, Philander, Devillers and possibly DePlussis are greats in the making. Compare this to the second best team, England, who hardly have a single great in their side (Pietersen doesnt count for me). In the end, its the number of high quality players you have that determines the quality of your team.
When they play, you get the impression that the standard of cricket is quite high, and they rarely collectively fail in both batting and bowling. The sore spot of course is spin, as it has always been.
People are making unfair comparison between this side and the great WI and Australian teams of the past, but it misses the point. The point is simply to be better than your opponents, and its not their fault that their opponents are in pretty poor quality overall. They already have achieved an impressive overseas record and removed any doubts about who is the real no.1. What else should be expected from Mr. Smith? I guess to be more dominant at home, and it seems that he's off to a good start.
I would rather they continue to dominate until the other teams push their standards up.
Last edited by subshakerz; 20-02-2013 at 09:35 PM.
Pattinson hardly beat up SA. He averaged near 40 in the last series which isn't bad considering the nature of the pitches and strength of the opposition though.
For SA, Kallis Amla and Smith all scored centuries in the first 2 test - as expected
De Villiers had been out of form for a while so his performances in the first 2 tests were really to be expected
Steyn was average in England for all bar a couple of spells and he did the same here
Vern looked average on the only other occasions that I have seen him bowl in good batting conditions, so seeing him struggle in Brisbane was hardly a surprise
For Oz, Clarke was the no.1 batsman in the world at the time so runs from him were expected.
Hussey recently retired with a test average of over 50 so runs from him were expected
Warner has the talent to destroy any attack so Adelaide was no shock
The Australian attack is improving and playing at home
If anything, the performances that really hurt Australia (Faf in Adelaide and Peterson in Perth) were the biggest shocks of the entire series
****, I was all ready to disagree with Social when I read his first line, but after reading your justification, I can't. That is a good summary of the series and the "expectations" beforehand. I'd argue Cowan's knock at Brisbane was something no one expected (he took the game away from SA) but otherwise, good post.
This still doesnt change my point, though, the Australian side is in flux, it has lost two batting giants and the bowlers continue to break down. I dont see them threatening to be no. 1 any time soon.
I think wait and see how Australia go in India. Don't get me wrong, India aren't the benchmark by any stretch, but it will be fairly massive if they can win there with their squad post-PuntHuss
However, IF (and it is a massive if) the young bowlers reach their potential, they will be capable of beating anyone on any given day with or without consistent performances from the batting lineup
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