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Live: South Africa v Australia, First Test Day 2

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Matt Bungard

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  • Wonder where our English supporter friends are that said touring teams never, win they lose motivation etc. Win lose or draw the only thing that will be said of this series is the better team won.

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    Armchair Selector
    Date and time
    February 14, 2014, 4:23PM
    • One of my Pet hates after Warnie retired was the continuous turnover of spin bowlers. A few in my view deserved more time. When Lyon got selected I just wondered how short his Test career would be. He has become the quiet achiever, does the role required picks up wickets at times key ones. I think us Aussies don't give him enough respect. He is a key to this bowling lineups success

      Commenter
      Armchair Selector
      Date and time
      February 14, 2014, 4:04PM
      • Do they have sheep in the Centurion district? There's a lot of green grass going begging, for lack of spectators at this test. So maybe also open the gates to livestock? They'd probably also be more enlivened by the action than the humans watching, too.

        Commenter
        JH
        Location
        Briz
        Date and time
        February 14, 2014, 2:15AM
        • Mitchell Johnson is the greatest fast bowler I have seen in my entire life. Yes - even better than Lillee.

          Commenter
          Roy Slaven
          Date and time
          February 14, 2014, 2:15AM
          • The choke is on AB. He started at over a run a ball but has been pegged back to 20 from the last 60 balls. The aussies did this time and again to the poms.

            Commenter
            wear the fox hat
            Date and time
            February 14, 2014, 1:59AM
            • yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes !!!!!

              what is not to love about this Australian team

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              thewillo
              Location
              wishiwasthere
              Date and time
              February 14, 2014, 12:25AM
              • I am sorry Mitchell Johnson. I have thought badly of you since 2009. An amazing talent but now with a heart,,,awesome. I dared to dream with the recent Ashes biut now i think you are the greatest tale of redemption since Darth Vadar. Wow. No seriously. wow, Thank you. Please keep it up.

                Commenter
                Elric
                Date and time
                February 14, 2014, 12:18AM
                • umpire Aleem Dar needs to go, this neutral umpire ideology is not required with DRS, he is so consistent at making bad calls, year in year out.

                  Good old Siddle, he is mainly 135km/h but line and length, but no respite from the 2 quicks, that is why it is a balanced attack with good fielding. SA will really miss Kallis when the pressure is on, he was sensational under pressure and dug that team out time and time again.

                  Smith's mental demons may come back after the first innings failure.

                  Commenter
                  objective one
                  Date and time
                  February 14, 2014, 12:01AM
                  • Dar has been a joke for a long time. Dharmesena is worse. This rubbish of neutral umpires has to go where both teams agree.

                    Commenter
                    wear the fox hat
                    Date and time
                    February 14, 2014, 1:53AM
                • Arguably the two best batsmen in the world at the crease. Knock these two over and Aus firmly in control of the test

                  Commenter
                  Llama Farma
                  Location
                  Canberra
                  Date and time
                  February 13, 2014, 11:46PM
                  • jeez Du Plessis looked like Don Draper with that wistful mile/grimace as he trudged off.

                    Commenter
                    Peter Warrington
                    Location
                    marrickville
                    Date and time
                    February 13, 2014, 11:38PM
                    • So there you go, it wasn't all because the poms were rubbish, a bit of it was Johnson being pretty handy with the ball. 3 for in the first innings to put Aust on top. Go Mitch!

                      Commenter
                      Llama Farma
                      Location
                      Canberra
                      Date and time
                      February 13, 2014, 11:36PM
                      • True Australia are just a very good team with maybe the best bowling line up in the world. To have the Saffas 4/52 on a ground they have not lost on enough said

                        Commenter
                        Armchair Selector
                        Date and time
                        February 14, 2014, 12:03AM
                    • Sure it is early days but it does suggest that Australia may be in the running for this series which is at least a glass of cold water in the face to the bashers during the Ashes series who said they would be total rubbish, the majority of which were English.

                      Commenter
                      MarkFawkner
                      Date and time
                      February 13, 2014, 11:36PM
                      • Wow - pleasantly ominous signs with Johnson snaring the first two.

                        Commenter
                        Hacka
                        Location
                        Canberra
                        Date and time
                        February 13, 2014, 11:22PM
                          • Make that 3. Wish I could watch it live

                            Commenter
                            Armchair Selector
                            Date and time
                            February 13, 2014, 11:40PM
                        • Where's Bonzo when we need him. lol

                          Commenter
                          Armchair Selector
                          Date and time
                          February 13, 2014, 11:19PM
                          • bowled, Thommo!

                            Commenter
                            Peter Warrington
                            Location
                            marrickville
                            Date and time
                            February 13, 2014, 11:07PM
                            • Come on Johnston show all the haters you're back and will be number 1 bowler again

                              Commenter
                              Armchair Selector
                              Date and time
                              February 13, 2014, 11:05PM
                              • Finally we bowl. Looking forward to see how our boys go against the number 1 batting team. Are we as good as we think?

                                Commenter
                                Armchair Selector
                                Date and time
                                February 13, 2014, 10:46PM
                                • Intrigued by ABC radio commentary.
                                  South African commentators saying the absence of Jacques Kallis and the heat have affected the performance of South Africa!
                                  Good luck to our boys and such a great performance by Smith and Marsh. Sadly a very small crowd although it seems the crowds will arrive on Saturday.
                                  Love the green grass and would love some for our sheep.
                                  Sorry to see Brad go for a duck but he has done a wonderful job this year.

                                  Commenter
                                  Robyn
                                  Location
                                  rural NSW
                                  Date and time
                                  February 13, 2014, 10:09PM
                                  • Morkel is bowling well after his nice little rest off the field, I hope the showers were hot but I’m glad the cricketing gods are ensuring that his team gets no benefit.

                                    Commenter
                                    RTP
                                    Location
                                    Sawtell
                                    Date and time
                                    February 13, 2014, 9:28PM
                                    • Morkel better not be allowed to bowl until the required overs are up for his time off the field, if he does this goes against all the ethos of fair cricket. South Africa’s national fear of losing knows no bounds and they will do anything within or to bend the rules to prevent a loss. Winning always comes second to the South Africans it is the national fear of being seen as losers that has always directed South African cricket.

                                      Commenter
                                      RTP
                                      Location
                                      Sawtell
                                      Date and time
                                      February 13, 2014, 9:01PM
                                      • Bit deep for me.I just thought he would bowl again as directed by the match referee.But i've never been big on conspiracy theories.

                                        Commenter
                                        Matt
                                        Location
                                        Mitcham
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 9:18PM
                                      • Hey us Aussies push the rules at times

                                        Commenter
                                        Armchair Selector
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 9:19PM
                                      • Cringeworthy. We have taken sledging to a whole new level and complain about others going against the ethos of fair cricket. This era of cricket will be about keeping our head down in conversation about fairness.

                                        Commenter
                                        Andy
                                        Location
                                        Melbourne
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 11:08PM
                                    • Good to see Morkel is back. Anyone out there starting to believe we can win thus Test?

                                      Commenter
                                      Armchair Selector
                                      Date and time
                                      February 13, 2014, 8:58PM
                                      • No

                                        Commenter
                                        curaeus
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 10:41PM
                                      • I think we are a chance. They are 3/37. Going to take a big fight back from here

                                        Commenter
                                        Armchair Selector
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 11:51PM
                                    • The double-century partnership broken on Smith's ball 213.

                                      Is that the first time in 15 years that the number 213 has worked for the Boks ?

                                      Commenter
                                      Hacka
                                      Location
                                      Canberra
                                      Date and time
                                      February 13, 2014, 8:43PM
                                      • ohmigod that Haddin. threw his dig away. and wasted a review. is the new Watson. drop him etc etc

                                        Commenter
                                        Peter Warrington
                                        Location
                                        marrickville
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 8:42PM
                                        • Yep drop him bring back Rod Marsh

                                          Commenter
                                          Armchair Selector
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 8:46PM
                                        • Finally, there is somebody else who supports watto.

                                          Commenter
                                          wear the fox hat
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 8:47PM
                                        • Brian Taber is probably still in South Africa

                                          Commenter
                                          Peter Warrington
                                          Location
                                          marrickville
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 9:03PM
                                      • With Haddin gone will we make 400?

                                        Commenter
                                        Armchair Selector
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 8:40PM
                                        • Plenty of batting left.I'm going 500 and they'll be 3/100 by stumps.
                                          I look forward to Sidds and Harris attacking the stumps on this deck.Lots of LB appeals.

                                          Commenter
                                          Matt
                                          Location
                                          Mitcham
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 8:50PM
                                      • Shame for Smith however great 100 he has done his job

                                        Commenter
                                        Armchair Selector
                                        Date and time
                                        February 13, 2014, 8:37PM
                                        • Lets hope shows the other batters the way and gets a double hundred - most batters seem happy just getting a century nowadays
                                          go aussie

                                          Commenter
                                          Rod
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 8:33PM
                                          • Marsh is who im talking about.

                                            Commenter
                                            Rod
                                            Date and time
                                            February 13, 2014, 8:47PM
                                        • If Morkel misses the next Test it will put to Test the view Australia has a stronger bowling line up due to depth

                                          Commenter
                                          Armchair Selector
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 8:32PM
                                          • Morkel is back and coming on to play? Probably part of the info ops campaign of the saffas.

                                            Commenter
                                            wear the fox hat
                                            Date and time
                                            February 13, 2014, 8:48PM
                                        • Well done Steven Smith what a summer he is having. Thats 4 tons in six tests

                                          Commenter
                                          Andrew
                                          Date and time
                                          February 13, 2014, 8:28PM
                                          • What is with cricket in SA.I can't imagine why the joint wouldn't be packed out.They have a great team,playing against the arch enemy and there is nobody there.Coming from Melbourne it's so hard to relate to.I think I need to be on the next tour,it's like watching the best teams in the world at the local park.

                                            Commenter
                                            Matt
                                            Location
                                            Murphy
                                            Date and time
                                            February 13, 2014, 8:25PM
                                            • Agree. At home the number 1 team against the number 3 wannabes. Should be a sell out. Maybe they need to let people in free for awhile.

                                              Commenter
                                              Armchair Selector
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 8:54PM
                                            • Anyone got any theories why the crowd so not crowdy ? Was the recent series against India also poorly attended ? (At least there's no Barmy Army )

                                              Commenter
                                              Danjiel
                                              Location
                                              rural NSW
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 10:10PM
                                            • Agree on the absence of the Army,no great loss.I think in SA they have this ridiculous notion that Rugby rules.I think even up north in NSW and QLD they'd struggle to relate to that.I just can't fathom it.

                                              Commenter
                                              Matt
                                              Location
                                              Mitcham
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 10:25PM
                                            • They should hold the next test at St Ives showground - they would probably get a bigger crowd - plenty of ex-pat saffies up that way.

                                              Commenter
                                              Rangga
                                              Location
                                              Annandale NSW
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 10:34PM
                                          • Woo hoo, Peterson's on already!

                                            Commenter
                                            wear the fox hat
                                            Date and time
                                            February 13, 2014, 8:21PM
                                            • Woo hoo ?

                                              Commenter
                                              Matt
                                              Location
                                              Murphy
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 8:26PM
                                            • Jinxed the aussies again.

                                              Peterson is the best spinner in the world! There, that should do it.

                                              Commenter
                                              wear the fox hat
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 8:39PM
                                          • Sad about Morkel for if we are to win this Test or the series it would be nice to do it against a fully fit Saffas team

                                            Commenter
                                            Armchair Selector
                                            Date and time
                                            February 13, 2014, 8:20PM
                                            • Saffas getting desperate to waste a DRS

                                              Commenter
                                              Armchair Selector
                                              Date and time
                                              February 13, 2014, 8:13PM
                                              • Philanders bowling average is 7 or 8 lower than it should be and that's being kind. A good bowler at best on docile pitches, great on pitches that are lively, nowhere near the class of McGrath.

                                                Commenter
                                                Chuck
                                                Date and time
                                                February 13, 2014, 8:13PM
                                                • nah. he is a jet. bowled too short yesterday but nipped them around furiously. of course he is nowhere near McGrath, which is like me saying I am not quite as handsome as Brad Pitt. he will average in the 20s and good on him. imagine how good our team would be if we had him instead of Siddle - he is faster, more accurate, and wobbles it off a wicket taking length.

                                                  Commenter
                                                  Peter Warrington
                                                  Location
                                                  marrickville
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 8:35PM
                                                • You are on the money Chuck. Pigeon averaged 21ish after 120 tests. Let's see what Philanders is after 50. My guess is nothing south of 25.

                                                  Commenter
                                                  Mike
                                                  Location
                                                  Sydney
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 8:35PM
                                                • Credit where it's due.He bowls in the right areas all the time and moves the ball.He'll end up one of the games greats.Like McGrath.KISS.Keep it simple,stupid.

                                                  Commenter
                                                  Matt
                                                  Location
                                                  Mitcham
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 8:55PM
                                              • Morkel is injured and is off for scans. May not play again in this test. SA down to 4 bowlers (sort of) if you can call Peterson a bowler.

                                                Commenter
                                                wear the fox hat
                                                Date and time
                                                February 13, 2014, 8:12PM
                                                • Why the black armbands wear the fox hat?

                                                  Commenter
                                                  NFI
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 8:25PM
                                                • My understanding is that its for the little boy killed by his dad yesterday. He played cricket for the local team (see cricinfo)

                                                  Commenter
                                                  wear the fox hat
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 8:45PM
                                                • I've said it before and I'll say it again. Best. Name. Ever.

                                                  Commenter
                                                  Llama Farma
                                                  Location
                                                  Canberra
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 8:48PM
                                                • If you're talking about my moniker; I'd love to take credit but do a search for miller beer, wear the fox hat and get a great, great laugh.

                                                  Commenter
                                                  wear the fox hat
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 9:13PM
                                              • I think we are seeing how much they miss Kallis

                                                Commenter
                                                Armchair Selector
                                                Date and time
                                                February 13, 2014, 8:00PM
                                                • Haddin will find it a pleasant change to come in without having to save an innings but build on it. Lets be greedy and hope Marsh scores 150 along with Smith

                                                  Commenter
                                                  Armchair Selector
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 7:53PM
                                                  • Let's hope Haddin has the same focus with the score at 5/400 and gets us to 550-600 by tea. South Africa 2 down by COP and they will find it hard to save this.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Chuck
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:10PM
                                                  • jeez 600 by tea your fingers are on steroids!

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Peter Warrington
                                                    Location
                                                    marrickville
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:13PM
                                                  • At 4.5 runs an over it's possible with Haddin and Johnson.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Chuck
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:16PM
                                                  • Looks like Haddin is the man for a famine, not a feast

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Rob
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:40PM
                                                  • well they would settle for 450 i reckon now. which is probably a pertty good results-oriented score

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Peter Warrington
                                                    Location
                                                    marrickville
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:41PM
                                                  • Well that settles than then. Haddin was filling the void left by Watson I guess.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Chuck
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:49PM
                                                • Two guys that I have bagged out (Marsh and Smith) have both shown the goods inthis test, Smith for some time now.

                                                  I also constantly pan Hughes. Maybe he should get a guernsey in the next test, score a century and then I'll have the trifecta.

                                                  Commenter
                                                  wear the fox hat
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 7:51PM
                                                  • If only the other Marsh critics had the decency to admit they were wrong

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Lightbulb
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 14, 2014, 12:03AM
                                                  • Lightbulb. I happily admit I was wrong about Marsh. That said it is now up to him to continue to perform and cement his place. I will always believe however North should be on the tour why? 1 current form 98 average shield level. 2 He is an experienced Test player with 5 Test centuries to his name in 21 Tests. North could have toured as an option to open, bat at 3 or bat in the middle order as in his previous Tests. Logic suggests in form players should be selected. It says alot for the Selectors and Boof they have ignored Marshs poor Shield season having seen beyond that. Those of us who love our cricket will always express our views and always be happy to be proven wrong. I truly hopes if Hughes gets a 4th call up he cements a spot and becomes the Test player long tipped since he was 19

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Armchair Selector
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 14, 2014, 4:17PM
                                                • Are the crowd still queuing to get in?

                                                  Commenter
                                                  Mike
                                                  Location
                                                  Sydney
                                                  Date and time
                                                  February 13, 2014, 7:32PM
                                                  • There's so much vacant grass that our drought stricken farmers should be looking at agistment.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    RTP
                                                    Location
                                                    Sawtell
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:05PM
                                                  • And this is why the big three are taking over cricket - when the current no.1 test team can't draw decent crowds, the door is open wide for the countries that do draw crowds to dictate terms.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    wear the fox hat
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 8:17PM
                                                  • Why are they so bad? Ticket prices too high? Centurion out in the boonies? Granted its a work day, but test cricket isn't an unenjoyable experience.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    Simon
                                                    Location
                                                    Sydney
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 10:00PM
                                                  • It is a poor crowd agreed, but it is a week day as well. Wait for the weekend. they have had very good rain this summer, with flooding just last week.

                                                    Commenter
                                                    smw
                                                    Location
                                                    Cape Town
                                                    Date and time
                                                    February 13, 2014, 10:47PM
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