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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.
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
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.
Mitchell Johnson is the greatest fast bowler I have seen in my entire life. Yes - even better than Lillee.
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.
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes !!!!!what is not to love about this Australian team
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes !!!!!
what is not to love about this Australian team
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.
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.
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.
Dar has been a joke for a long time. Dharmesena is worse. This rubbish of neutral umpires has to go where both teams agree.
Arguably the two best batsmen in the world at the crease. Knock these two over and Aus firmly in control of the test
jeez Du Plessis looked like Don Draper with that wistful mile/grimace as he trudged off.
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!
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
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.
Wow - pleasantly ominous signs with Johnson snaring the first two.
Make that 3. Wish I could watch it live
Where's Bonzo when we need him. lol
Come on Johnston show all the haters you're back and will be number 1 bowler again
Finally we bowl. Looking forward to see how our boys go against the number 1 batting team. Are we as good as we think?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey us Aussies push the rules at times
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.
Good to see Morkel is back. Anyone out there starting to believe we can win thus Test?
I think we are a chance. They are 3/37. Going to take a big fight back from here
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 ?
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 ?
ohmigod that Haddin. threw his dig away. and wasted a review. is the new Watson. drop him etc etc
Yep drop him bring back Rod Marsh
Finally, there is somebody else who supports watto.
Brian Taber is probably still in South Africa
With Haddin gone will we make 400?
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.
Shame for Smith however great 100 he has done his job
Lets hope shows the other batters the way and gets a double hundred - most batters seem happy just getting a century nowadaysgo aussie
Marsh is who im talking about.
If Morkel misses the next Test it will put to Test the view Australia has a stronger bowling line up due to depth
Morkel is back and coming on to play? Probably part of the info ops campaign of the saffas.
Well done Steven Smith what a summer he is having. Thats 4 tons in six tests
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.
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.
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 )
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.
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.
Woo hoo, Peterson's on already!
Woo hoo ?
Jinxed the aussies again. Peterson is the best spinner in the world! There, that should do it.
Jinxed the aussies again.
Peterson is the best spinner in the world! There, that should do it.
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
Saffas getting desperate to waste a DRS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why the black armbands wear the fox hat?
My understanding is that its for the little boy killed by his dad yesterday. He played cricket for the local team (see cricinfo)
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Best. Name. Ever.
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.
I think we are seeing how much they miss Kallis
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
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.
jeez 600 by tea your fingers are on steroids!
At 4.5 runs an over it's possible with Haddin and Johnson.
Looks like Haddin is the man for a famine, not a feast
well they would settle for 450 i reckon now. which is probably a pertty good results-oriented score
Well that settles than then. Haddin was filling the void left by Watson I guess.
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.
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.
If only the other Marsh critics had the decency to admit they were wrong
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
Are the crowd still queuing to get in?
There's so much vacant grass that our drought stricken farmers should be looking at agistment.
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.
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.
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.
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