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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    Given England's total over-reliance on South African schooled cricketers like Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott they will get away with scoring enough runs when not playing quality attacks. KP at 32 won't be a guy to play around till he is 36/37 as he will be worrying about being away from his wife too long and who knows what will happen with the ego next. A KPless England looks very vulnerable as we saw recently. Alistair Cook showed in the series against South Africa after his first knock that his old deficiencies can be attacked when up against a moving ball. The struggles in the middle order haven't been totally sorted. The two 'great' spinners have both been nullified by South Africa in their home conditions on our last two tours there. Jimmy Anderson is quality on his day but didn't really do much against us on our last tour there and before that.

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    This is an awful, defensive, effectively warmongering post. Scaly didn't say you didn't have a better team than England or even compare your side to England in any way; he was just responding to the thread title by pointing out that even though South Africa have the best side, they probably won't go on a massive undefeated run because they have a few weaknesses that could see them drop series to teams they're better than on paper.

    You only brought England up because someone who supports England criticised your side, which by definition makes it a terrible post. I consider you a great member too, so this is totally out of character. If you disagree with his points about the side, say why. Post properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    This is an awful, defensive, effectively warmongering post. Scaly didn't say you didn't have a better team than England or even compare your side to England in any way; he was just responding to the thread title by pointing out that even though South Africa have the best side, they probably won't go on a massive undefeated run because they have a few weaknesses that could see them drop series to teams they're better than on paper.

    You only brought England up because someone who supports England criticised your side, which by definition makes it a terrible post. I consider you a great member too, so this is totally out of character. If you disagree with his points about the side, say why. Post properly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Given South Africa's total lack of depth, Kallis retiring soon, and the fact that their batting is so reliant on 3-4 guys I would expect to see them randomly lose a series somewhere. In the past 2-4 years their random defeats have been spread out a bit so they've tended to get away with 1-1 or similar scorelines. Given they only really play short series it won't take much for them to lose a series somewhere.

    Not sure if this post is serious.

    3-4 consistent batsmen is relatively healthy IMO.

    That said, Southee and Boult will destroy them in January.

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    Will be funny if they lose to Pak after beating both England and Aus away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Taylor to be flown over and score three consecutive double hundreds.

    We're winning the second test by an innings naturally.
    Yeah but only thanks to a McCullum 10 wicket bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    Will be funny if they lose to Pak after beating both England and Aus away.
    haha yeah can't see it happening though with the current pace attack.

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    If you follow SA domestic cricket you'd realise they actually have excellent depth, probably better than England in some respects.

    Clearly though the combined tactical genius of Hesson and McCullum will be their downfall
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    Quote Originally Posted by NasserFan207 View Post
    If you follow SA domestic cricket you'd realise they actually have excellent depth
    Potential depth maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Potential depth maybe.
    Exactly, the depth can't be that great if they were picking in Australia a couple of specialist bats averaging mid 30's in Rudolph and Duminy. Not like they can argue that they are only just starting out and will improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    Not sure if this post is serious.

    3-4 consistent batsmen is relatively healthy IMO.

    That said, Southee and Boult will destroy them in January.
    3-4 top batsmen alone means you're still going to suffer some 'freak' performances every series or so. Like getting rolled by Sri Lanka. Australia in their peak had 7 at least decent batsmen with the odd top/great batsman - so instead of a bad match it was a below par innings once in a while so average teams would barely get a sniff.

    South Africa's innings scores are much more volatile, their series are almost all 2/3 matches. So chances are they'll randomly lose a series sooner rather than later, particularly with injuries/retirements. No country can replace a great, but with South Africa the difference between their best players and the reserves is particularly big.
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    Yeah but you can hardly say England cover themselves in glorious batting depth either. Samit Patel anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Yeah but you can hardly say England cover themselves in glorious batting depth either. Samit Patel anyone?
    He won't play again, was only on that tour as he can bowl a bit of spin. Will not go to NZ. If we had taken Bopara and played him you would have a point but thankfully he is way down the list now. Just need to **** Morgan off now.

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