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    ***Official*** India in South Africa 2013/14

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    Thu Dec 5
    12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
    1st ODI - New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

    Sun Dec 8
    08:00 GMT | 10:00 local
    2nd ODI - Kingsmead, Durban

    Wed Dec 11
    12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
    3rd ODI - SuperSport Park, Centurion

    Sat Dec 14 - Sun Dec 15
    08:00 GMT | 10:00 local
    South African Invitation XI v Indians
    Willowmoore Park, Benoni

    Wed Dec 18 - Sun Dec 22
    08:30 GMT | 10:30 local
    1st Test - New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

    Thu Dec 26 - Mon Dec 30
    08:30 GMT | 10:30 local
    2nd Test - Kingsmead, Durban
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    This English top three are cornflakes. They're not the most exciting thing out but they're pretty effective. Then the middle order are the sugar. Would be too much on their own but added to the cornflakes they add some much needed interest

    When KP returns he will be the banana..

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    First overseas series for India since back to back 4-0s. Team is almost completely different, so will be interesting to see how they go. Main selection questions for India are who comes in for Sachin, and the make up of the seam attack. I assume, they'll bring in Jadeja and Yadav, the latter of which I'd agree with, the former not so. Just praying for no Ishant.

    For South Africa most of the side picks itself. Tahir probably leapfrogged Robbie P in the UAE, but I wouldn't like to see him against India, although I doubt Robbie would cause them many problems either. With Duminey back I'd be tempted to make him te main spinner. Would mean being able to pick four frontline seamers and allow Kallis to focus on his poor batting form.

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    This is barely a series....
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    I think the next 'real' series for India is all the way in July with the five (!!) Test series vs. England. Hoping that doesn't get changed.


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    That won't get changed now its set in stone. The ECB are a bit more stubborn than CSA.

    Two is still better than the opportunity cost of zero though, so just be thankful we're actually going to be getting cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    That won't get changed now its set in stone. The ECB are a bit more stubborn than CSA.

    Two is still better than the opportunity cost of zero though, so just be thankful we're actually going to be getting cricket.
    Let us all be grateful to the gracious BCCI for charitably bestowing us with two tests. So generous they are!

    Also Cabi, thanks for making the thread. I was thinking about making one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I think the next 'real' series for India is all the way in July with the five (!!) Test series vs. England. Hoping that doesn't get changed.
    The NZ tour is two tests, not three? Jeez

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    I'll be happy with any three of Bhuvi/Shami/Yadav/Zak. Just make sure Zak is on the plane before Ishant or Vinay or whomever else
    Ashwin has to be the frontline spinner for now, but I'd be ok with Jadeja as a back up full-time spinner, not as someone who plays in the top 7.

    The replacement in the top 7 has to be Rahane, and he deserves a sustained go given all of his drinks carrying. I just hope all the limited overs cricket hasn't corrupted his game.

    Ideally, Jaffer should be the backup opener but that won't happen. People always think it's stupid to allow an outsider at age 35 to return to the test squad, but I always think about it this way: if FC players know they have a chance of being selected even at an older age, they won't give up on being competitive in domestic FC. This improves the quality of your domestic FC league and gives you many more options. If you ignore the performances in domestic FC, players won't take it as seriously going forward.

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    Would be interesting to see if SA go out of their way to spice up their already pacy wickets

    Would be a great contest
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    We are going to get thumped, but they need to take a lot out of this series so they are better prepared when they go to Australia and England, and eventually return to South Africa. Long term development series this. It is incredible how much the batting has turned over since England 2011 in terms of personnel.

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    Well, for one I don't expect the Indian batting to crumble for 45, 47, or 49 in any of the innings. Secondly Indian bowlers will get much more purchase from the tracks narrowing the gap between the 2 sides. So SA might win but it might not necessarily be a thumping

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    Heh, the bar is low nowadays against SA hey? If you can get to 50 you haven't been thumped.

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    A two test series still better than no series. Newlands criminally omitted though.
    Hoping for tight battle like the 2010 series makes me too optimistic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    First overseas series for India since back to back 4-0s. Team is almost completely different, so will be interesting to see how they go. Main selection questions for India are who comes in for Sachin, and the make up of the seam attack. I assume, they'll bring in Jadeja and Yadav, the latter of which I'd agree with, the former not so. Just praying for no Ishant.

    For South Africa most of the side picks itself. Tahir probably leapfrogged Robbie P in the UAE, but I wouldn't like to see him against India, although I doubt Robbie would cause them many problems either. With Duminey back I'd be tempted to make him te main spinner. Would mean being able to pick four frontline seamers and allow Kallis to focus on his poor batting form.
    India are not that good against spin anymore. These new test batsmen have played almost all their domestic games on pitches that neither turn nor provide help for pace bowlers. You never know, there might be a few surprises.

    Zak is looking seriously lean. If his fitness is finally great, he should be an automatic pick considering the experience in the squad atm. Would understand if the selectors do not want to risk it but would be awesome to see him bowl to lefties again.

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