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Cricket: SA’s task goes from impossible to improbable


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Posted in :In the news on 10 Mar 2009 at 09:12
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South Africa’s batsmen finally provided weary supporters with cause to cheer, but the balance of power remains firmly with Australia entering the final day at Kingsmead.

Alex Brown writes for Cricinfo that Jacques Kallis (84 not out) and AB de Villiers (68 not out) combined for a superb, unbroken third-wicket partnership of 165 to reduce a seemingly impossible victory target of 546 to an improbable 303. Their respective half-centuries propelled the hosts to a robust 244 for 2 at stumps, however both will need to summon superhuman powers of endurance and concentration on Tuesday to prevent the series trophy returning to Australian hands.

Australia will be unnerved by fitness concerns surrounding their strike bowlers Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson. Both have shouldered a mountainous workload over the past fortnight, and were clearly battling injury and fatigue for much of the fourth day. The relatively inoffensive trio of Andrew McDonald, Marcus North and Simon Katich were called upon to bowl the final 11 overs to Kallis and de Villiers before stumps, and Ricky Ponting will be hoping his pacemen have enough in reserve to mount one, final assault with the second new ball on Tuesday morning.

Siddle bowled with pace and aggression to claim the only two South African wickets to fall but, concerningly, hobbled from the field with a foot injury prior to the tea break. Johnson, meanwhile, clutched at his left hamstring after retrieving a ball in the outfield late in the second session, and may well be feeling the cumulative effect of bowling a back-breaking 722.5 overs since the beginning of 2008 – by far the most of any paceman in Test cricket.

Siddle returned to the field after having the foot restrapped, and team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris stood behind the fine-leg boundary rope to confer with him during his final five-over spell. The medico’s presence hinted at the concerns within the Australian camp, given Siddle’s recent history of missing the majority of the limited-overs series in Australia, and several training sessions last week, due to a stress reaction to his left foot.

Prior to leaving the field, Siddle had led the Australian attack with aplomb. The right-armer removed Neil McKenzie caught behind after the lunch break, and would have had Kallis with his next delivery had North displayed sharper reflexes at first slip. Siddle roared to the heavens in frustration as the ball spilled from North’s right hand, but the paceman exacted a measure of revenge later in the session with the wicket of Hashim Amla.

In a devilish over, Amla was struck a glancing blow to the upper body and shouldered arms to a delivery that cut back within millimetres of his off stump before eventually chasing a wider ball that flew to Ponting at second slip.

The Australians could not make another breakthrough before stumps as Kallis, making the most of his second life, and de Villiers displayed tremendous tenacity and resolve to grind out an unbroken century stand in what history would suggest is a hopeless cause. But with two-and-a-half sessions negotiated, a successful 414 run chase in Perth still fresh in the memory and Graeme Smith presumably willing to again don the cape and the pads if the Test were on the line, a match-saving effort cannot be discounted entirely.

Earlier, Ponting sought to turn the screws on his opponents by batting into the fourth morning before eventually declaring at 331 for 5 – setting a target that, if achieved, would eclipse the previous successful fourth innings chase by a cool 128 runs. The session was again dominated by the flashing blade of Phillip Hughes, who reached his maiden Test 150 with a dramatic straight six off Dale Steyn, and prompted more melancholy among the hometown spectators at Kingsmead.

Few were left guessing as to Hughes’ intentions on Monday when he drove Makhaya Ntini’s first offering of the day to the boundary. The rookie opener was dropped by Mark Boucher in Steyn’s next over, then compounded the error by swatting Steyn into the stands to reach 150.

Hughes treated the remainder of his innings as he would a Twenty20 match, stepping extravagantly to the leg side ahead of every delivery and swiping with tremendous power, if not grace. The high-risk, high-yield strategy eventually prompted his downfall, however, when he thrashed an Ntini offering to a roving Morne Morkel on the third-man boundary. In all, he had scored 24 runs from 25 deliveries on the fourth morning to take his series tally to a stunning 350 at 87.50. No other batsman in the series has passed the 200 mark.

Ponting eventually declared after North was dismissed for a duck to a sharp, one-handed catch by de Villiers off the bowling of Steyn. The long climb for South Africa had begun.



144 Comments

  • South Africa 138 and 244 for 2 (Kallis 84*, de Villiers 68*) need another 302 to win

    Australia 352 and 331 for 5 dec (Hughes 160, Ponting 81)

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.09 09:13:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Go Proteas!!! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.09 09:15:01 by wpw Reply
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  • We don’t stand a chance!!! :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.09 09:18:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • 303?

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.09 09:18:35 by rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : SHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Don’t say that! :evil:

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.09 09:18:41 by klempie Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) : That’s what I like to hear! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.09 09:19:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) : Thats the spirit :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.09 09:19:16 by rahul Reply

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  • A real pity we don’t have McKenzie at the wicket.

    He has the ability to bore the Aussies to the extent that they might just fall asleep while watching him bat.

    The result = a drawn match :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.09 09:21:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :
    I read that Ash will captain the side in the last Test… :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.09 09:23:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : He has the ability to bore the Aussies to the extent that they might just fall asleep while watching him bat.

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.09 09:24:26 by klempie Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 4) :

    No.

    352 + 331 = 683

    138 + 244 = 382

    683 – 382 = 301

    ergo, we need 302 to win.

    302 is hard enough, don’t try and make it even harder. :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.09 09:26:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 9) :

    How does that work?? He is not good enough to make the side but now that Biff is injured he is suddenly good enough to captain the test side??

    Why not use McKenzie?? After all he is in the side for his ‘leadership qualities’ isn’t he?? :neutral:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.09 09:27:46 by wpw Reply
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  • I just don’t want a repeat of the last game. Give us hope by going into day 5 with wickets in hand and a chasable target and then lose 4 wickets before freaking lunch. :???:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.09 09:28:14 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : The article said 303, was my point. didnt need a spred sheet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.09 09:29:16 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 14) : Why do we need another captain that cant score runs :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.03.09 09:29:46 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 14) :

    Article? is there an Article? :oops: :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.03.09 09:30:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • DUMINY for Captain I Say.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.03.09 09:31:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Boucher for captain!

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.03.09 09:35:07 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 15) : :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.03.09 09:35:22 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 19) : wpw wants Mckenzie to captain. He shouldn’t be playing! surely we have better openers in this vast country :?:

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.03.09 09:39:36 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 20) : oh wrong thread :oops:

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.03.09 09:40:37 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 20) : Mac rocks. He’s just going through a bad patch. He was one of like 6 batsmen who scored a 1000 runs last year man!

    Anyway, that wasn’t my point. Your post implied that Biff can’t score runs either! :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.09 09:52:11 by klempie Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 20) : Dude I was being sarcastic.

    I don’t rate McKenzie AT ALL!!! :???:

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.03.09 09:52:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 22) : ja… prove me wrong. :razz: @wpw (Comment 23) : sorry, missed the tone there

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.09 09:58:09 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 24) : ask KSA, he’ll lookit up for us :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.09 10:00:41 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 24) :

    Go Look Here

    Read it ‘n weep…

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.09 10:03:44 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 26) : :evil:

    I’ll fix it for you. :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.03.09 10:05:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We may be in for some great entertainment today if the Aussie bowlers are as softened up as they sound.

    Ponting will get his hands on the new ball straightaway. However, his fast bowlers aren’t at peak fitness. Siddle went off the field during the second innings and had his foot restrapped, Hilfenhaus has a sore back and Johnson has a dodgy hamstring. They should all be fit enough this morning. We’ll wait and see.

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.03.09 10:07:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 26) : :cry: Even mackenzie is top ten :!: Where is the “eat my words” emoticon

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.03.09 10:08:27 by rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Not my fault WP is gay…

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.03.09 10:08:31 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 30) : And in this context I mean Word Press not Western Province. :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.03.09 10:09:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 29) : :mrgreen: Mac rocks man.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.03.09 10:09:38 by klempie Reply

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  • So its Kallis dragging the side down :???:

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.03.09 10:10:28 by rahul Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 22) :

    And nearly half of those runs were scored against Bangladesh…

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.03.09 10:11:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 32) : Is Smith going to bat if he is needed?

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.03.09 10:15:36 by rahul Reply

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  • Look Here

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.03.09 10:20:40 by rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : Bullshit.

    Look Here Also

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.03.09 10:21:54 by klempie Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 36) : :shock:

    Do I need to fix that as well? :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.03.09 10:22:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 37) :

    And that?

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.03.09 10:23:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Okay so now i can post what i wanted. :wink:

    84.3 Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, Dropped You don’t see Clarke drop too many sitters, Kallis scoops a pitched up delivery outside off to Clarke at point, I don’t think he expected the ball to come to him, Kallis gets another life, first it was North, now Clarke

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.03.09 10:23:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 35) : I reckon he will if we need like 40 to win or 15 overs to draw.

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.03.09 10:23:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : Thanks. No idea how to :???:

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.03.09 10:24:50 by rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : YEH! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.03.09 10:24:51 by klempie Reply

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  • and back to impossible again :cry:

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.03.09 10:25:06 by molly Reply
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  • KSA…2.2km in 9:40. :cool:

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.03.09 10:25:27 by klempie Reply

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  • 85.5 Johnson to Kallis, OUT, that dropped catch doesn’t cost the Australians much, Johnson bangs it in on a good length outside off and has Kallis trying to fend it off, the ball comes on really quick and Kallis fails to keep it down and the ball lobs to Ponting who takes it in front of his face at second slip
    JH Kallis c Ponting b Johnson 93 (175b 13×4 0×6) SR: 53.14

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.03.09 10:27:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 41) : but then he must come in after last recognized batsman and not while Ntini is batting.

  • Comment 47, posted at 10.03.09 10:27:20 by rahul Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 44) :

    :sad:

    85.5 Johnson to Kallis, OUT, that dropped catch doesn’t cost the Australians much, Johnson bangs it in on a good length outside off and has Kallis trying to fend it off, the ball comes on really quick and Kallis fails to keep it down and the ball lobs to Ponting who takes it in front of his face at second slip

  • Comment 48, posted at 10.03.09 10:31:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 47) : Agreed.

  • Comment 49, posted at 10.03.09 10:31:31 by klempie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 46) :

    oops sorry didn’t see you’d already posted it. :oops:

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.03.09 10:31:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 44) : :cry:

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.03.09 10:31:51 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 45) :

    :cool:

    4:23/km

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.03.09 10:33:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Has the collapse started yet? :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 10.03.09 10:34:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) : Shut up Rob! :evil:

  • Comment 54, posted at 10.03.09 10:35:18 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) :

    i’m doing a slow 8km before spinning tonight. So times won’t be spectacular but will post them here anyway.

    The triathlon that was scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. :sad: So it will be a while before i race any distance again, mainly training now.

  • Comment 55, posted at 10.03.09 10:35:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) :

    YIP!!!!

    After all the pre-season hype the Stormers only managed 1 win from 4 thusfar and the results are not in whether the collapse started in the Currie Cup or at the start of this season. :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 56, posted at 10.03.09 10:36:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 55) : Are you able to run as fast on the road as on a treadmill?

  • Comment 57, posted at 10.03.09 10:39:30 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) : Oi! This is a cricket thread. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 10.03.09 10:40:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • Good night nurse.

  • Comment 59, posted at 10.03.09 10:41:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) : HAHAHAHAHA

  • Comment 60, posted at 10.03.09 10:41:40 by rahul Reply

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  • double :cry:

  • Comment 61, posted at 10.03.09 10:44:23 by molly Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 59) : Done for.

  • Comment 62, posted at 10.03.09 10:45:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 57) :

    Faster on the road. Purely because of my weight though. Having 95kgs bouncing around a treadmill makes a WHOLE lot more noise than it does on asphalt or sand. :oops:

    Treadmill is cool for running at a set pace if you lack the “motivation / discipline” to push harder. It “pulls” you along at the pace you have set.

  • Comment 63, posted at 10.03.09 10:45:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 58) :

    Only for a few more overs, at this rate. :wink:

  • Comment 64, posted at 10.03.09 10:46:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why do the batsmen always fall like dominos?

  • Comment 65, posted at 10.03.09 10:47:13 by rahul Reply

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  • JP and BOUCHER won’t even make it to lunch… :roll:

  • Comment 66, posted at 10.03.09 10:48:39 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) :

    My nephew’s girlfriend (11 years) just did the 1200m in 3.52 this weekend…new record..

  • Comment 67, posted at 10.03.09 10:50:13 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : you run on sand? :shock:

  • Comment 68, posted at 10.03.09 10:51:11 by rahul Reply

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  • Back to the impossible unfortunately :sad:

  • Comment 69, posted at 10.03.09 10:52:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 68) :

    i think he means gravel raod?? Oh, maybe not…he does not live in SA.. :twisted:

    You running around the palm isles?? :lol:

  • Comment 70, posted at 10.03.09 10:52:48 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 68) :

    @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 70) :

    A little over a km of our running circuit is firm sand that we run on.

  • Comment 71, posted at 10.03.09 10:55:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 67) :

    3:13/km is DAMN impressive at that age.

  • Comment 72, posted at 10.03.09 10:56:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : At least you run…

  • Comment 73, posted at 10.03.09 11:03:55 by rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 72) :

    i agree…she goes to SA’s every year..

  • Comment 74, posted at 10.03.09 11:06:05 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 73) :

    Even back in the day, you did the drinking and I did the running :lol:

  • Comment 75, posted at 10.03.09 11:06:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 67) :

    I’ve just re-read that :shock:

    Your nephew’s GIRLFRIEND?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? :shock: :shock: :shock:

    BLIKSEM they start early in the vaal nowadays!!!!!!

  • Comment 76, posted at 10.03.09 11:08:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 76) : They start early everywhere these days…

  • Comment 77, posted at 10.03.09 11:10:46 by klempie Reply

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  • Neil McKenzie rocks !!! :roll:
    23 DNB 23 v West Indies Cape Town 2 Jan 2008
    5 26 31 v Bangladesh Dhaka (SBNS) 22 Feb
    226 – 226 v Bangladesh Chittagong (CDS) 29 Feb
    94 155* 249 v India Chennai 26 Mar
    42 – 42 v India Ahmedabad 3 Apr
    36 14 50 v India Kanpur 11 Apr
    40 138 178 v England Lord’s 10 Jul
    15 6* 21 -v England Leeds 18 Jul
    72 22 94 v England Birmingham 30 Jul
    17 29 46 0 v England The Oval 7 Aug
    42 – 42 v Bangladesh Bloemfontein 19 Nov
    0 – 0 v Bangladesh Centurion 26 Nov
    2 10 12 v Australia Perth 17 Dec
    0 59* 59 v Australia Melbourne 26 Dec
    23 27 50 v Australia Sydney 3 Jan
    36 35 71 v Australia Johannesburg 26 Feb
    0 31 31 v Australia Durban 6 Mar

  • Comment 78, posted at 10.03.09 11:14:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • This is one time when i have no problem with Boucher batting at his ODI Strike rate.

    Boucher 4runs off 18balls, 22.22 S/R :cool:

    Just occupy the crease dude, nothing more than that. :cool:

  • Comment 79, posted at 10.03.09 11:19:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 75) : you managed both!

  • Comment 80, posted at 10.03.09 11:19:40 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 80) :

    It WAS fun though. :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 81, posted at 10.03.09 11:21:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 81) : as Bryan Adams said…. Those were the best days of my life. Apart from you stealing girlfriends of course :razz:

  • Comment 82, posted at 10.03.09 11:28:20 by rahul Reply

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  • Australia 352 & 331/5d
    South Africa 138 & 295/4 (98.5 ov)

    South Africa require another 251 runs with 6 wickets remaining

    Day 5 – Session 1
    South Africa RR 2.98
    Last 10 ovs 16/1 RR 1.60

    Min overs remaining 71.1

  • Comment 83, posted at 10.03.09 11:30:55 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 76) :

    :mrgreen: You know man, a Laerskool kys… :wink:

  • Comment 84, posted at 10.03.09 11:31:53 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 82) : :oops:

  • Comment 85, posted at 10.03.09 11:39:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • DUMINY gone!!! :roll:

    Caught behind…bowled Hilfenhaus…

    And there goes the DRAW…

  • Comment 86, posted at 10.03.09 11:41:47 by blackshark Reply

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  • We only need 247 more runs… :roll:

  • Comment 87, posted at 10.03.09 11:41:58 by wpw Reply
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  • Oh no!!! :evil:

  • Comment 88, posted at 10.03.09 11:42:22 by wpw Reply
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  • 101.2 Hilfenhaus to Duminy, OUT, that’s a cracker and Hilfenhaus gave Duminy more than a sneak preview of what to expect, it’s a nasty bouncer which Duminy is forced to play at, the ball fizzes towards his body, he hops at the crease and has barely enough time to withdraw his glove and the ball clips the ball and heads to Haddin
    JP Duminy c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 17 (45b 3×4 0×6) SR: 37.77
    :evil:

  • Comment 89, posted at 10.03.09 11:47:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 85) :

    Casanova???? :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 90, posted at 10.03.09 11:47:27 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 90) : Hoekom praat jy nie met my nie? :(

  • Comment 91, posted at 10.03.09 11:52:08 by klempie Reply

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  • and the ball clips the ball

    the bastards are winning coz they use two balls at a time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 92, posted at 10.03.09 11:54:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 92) : :lol:

    HARRIS OUT! Last over before lunch… :evil:

    bowled Katich…caught Siddle…

    Ok- I officially give up…goodbye…

  • Comment 93, posted at 10.03.09 12:02:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 91) :

    Huh??? :shock: :???:

  • Comment 94, posted at 10.03.09 12:02:53 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • 105.2 Katich to Harris, OUT, Siddle’s the man! Katich drops the ball short and Harris moves back and across and tries to club it over the on side, he gets a thick top edge and Siddle does really well to run to his right from mid-on and take the catch on the slide
    PL Harris c Siddle b Katich 5 (15b 0×4 0×6) SR: 33.33

    all over now :evil:

  • Comment 95, posted at 10.03.09 12:04:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well at least we can blame our loss on Biff’s injury :roll:

  • Comment 96, posted at 10.03.09 12:07:37 by wpw Reply
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  • The headline should be changed to …….from impossible to improbable and back to imposssible.

  • Comment 97, posted at 10.03.09 12:14:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Boucher getting some great ODI practice in. :wink:

    Boucher 25runs 106balls 23.58% SR

  • Comment 98, posted at 10.03.09 14:00:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Boucher OUT :shock:

  • Comment 99, posted at 10.03.09 14:00:46 by wpw Reply
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  • North to Boucher, OUT, that’s a sharp return catch! Boucher leans forward to push the ball past the bowler, he ends up getting a leading edge and North dives to his right and takes it with both hands, Boucher can’t believe he’s thrown it away after all the hard work
    MV Boucher c & b North 25 (107b 1×4 0×6) SR: 23.36

  • Comment 100, posted at 10.03.09 14:01:02 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 98) :

    I reckon you just jinxed him!!! :evil:

  • Comment 101, posted at 10.03.09 14:01:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 101) : :mrgreen:

    oh well he bats to slow for ODI anyway. :wink:

  • Comment 102, posted at 10.03.09 14:06:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • SA351/7

    Come on guys, we can still win this!!! :roll:

  • Comment 103, posted at 10.03.09 14:10:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 103) :

    Are we gonna be allowed to bat a 3rd time?

  • Comment 104, posted at 10.03.09 14:20:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Morkel OUT :evil:

  • Comment 105, posted at 10.03.09 14:22:57 by wpw Reply
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  • Oh heck..and now Morkel is gone. Only Ntini left. And maybe Smith…if it gets to the last few overs. Surely Steyn and Ntini can’t last 20 overs?

  • Comment 106, posted at 10.03.09 14:24:41 by Villie Reply
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  • We cant make 138 in the first innings and 300+ in the second. Its upside down!!!

  • Comment 107, posted at 10.03.09 14:25:21 by rahul Reply

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  • What is weather like in Durban? No rain coming…or darkness arriving early? :lol:

  • Comment 108, posted at 10.03.09 14:25:34 by Villie Reply
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  • Steyn OUT :???:

  • Comment 109, posted at 10.03.09 14:27:31 by wpw Reply
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  • All over red rover…

  • Comment 110, posted at 10.03.09 14:29:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Katich to Steyn, OUT, That’s the series to Australia! Steyn gets a pace forward and goes for a huge heave ho across the line and he swings and misses, he doesn’t bother dragging it foot back and Haddin breaks the stumps
    DW Steyn st wicketkeeperHaddin b Katich 11 (22b 1×4 0×6) SR: 50.00

  • Comment 111, posted at 10.03.09 14:29:36 by wpw Reply
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  • I can’t believe we lost to these guys in our own backyard!!! :evil:

    So many average newcomers and yet we still lose.

  • Comment 112, posted at 10.03.09 14:30:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 112) :

    At least it wasn’t on our national day. :lol:

  • Comment 113, posted at 10.03.09 14:34:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Well done Australia.
    Oh well its back to being wannabee’s.
    It was fun, and inspiring, while it lasted but this is SA cricket – there to tantalise and ultimately dissapoint.

  • Comment 114, posted at 10.03.09 14:48:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • So if we win the last test it’s 3 all. A draw in my books.

  • Comment 115, posted at 10.03.09 14:50:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • losers

  • Comment 116, posted at 10.03.09 14:51:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 113) : and wpw has a Big game tonight too…. :roll:

  • Comment 117, posted at 10.03.09 14:57:49 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 117) :

    rahul

    The Mighty Reds will keep marching on!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 118, posted at 10.03.09 15:04:02 by wpw Reply
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  • Neil McKenzie’s Test career is at the crossroads after he was dropped along with Morne Morkel for the third Test in Cape Town. Ashwell Prince will return to the side as captain to replace the injured Graeme Smith and Prince will also take Smith’s role as opener, alongside the Dolphins batsman Imraan Khan, who is in line for his Test debut.

  • Comment 119, posted at 10.03.09 17:49:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • South Africa squad: Ashwell Prince (capt), Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (wk), Paul Harris, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell.

  • Comment 120, posted at 10.03.09 17:50:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 120) :

    That bowling line-up doesn’t exactly instil any fear now does it…

  • Comment 121, posted at 11.03.09 03:16:29 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 119) :

    About time he was dropped. I remember how frustrated i got WAY back when Hudson had a slump in form and he was kept in the side for many a match before being dropped only to be included again once he had found his form.

  • Comment 122, posted at 11.03.09 07:47:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Every team should have an Imraan Kahn in it.

  • Comment 123, posted at 11.03.09 08:28:36 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Well I can’t believe Prince is being treated this badly.

    He has been SA’s most consistent middle order batsman for the last few years and yet he gets asked to open the batting (something he has NEVER done before)

    And added to this pressure he also has to captain the side.

    Mickey needs to go!!!

    Gary Kirsten should be coach… :cool:

  • Comment 124, posted at 11.03.09 08:40:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 124) : Think CSA can match Kirsten’s salary?? :roll:

  • Comment 125, posted at 11.03.09 08:49:11 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 124) :
    I’ll go for any coach to get them back to number 1, but once there again I would bring in Ray Jennings, purely to keep these primma donna’s feet on the ground, and if it required dunking them in an ice drum every day then that would be pretty cool as well. Of course it wont happen because the tail wags the dog.

  • Comment 126, posted at 11.03.09 08:50:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 121) :
    Agreed, but that still wont stop them from not bowling line and length till the cows come home.

  • Comment 127, posted at 11.03.09 08:53:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Why the call for the coaches head, he has just comeback from an ODI and test series win in Aus and now after two lost tests there is talk about him needing to be replaced?

  • Comment 128, posted at 11.03.09 08:53:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Graeme Smith and his cronies basically run the side

    Boucher
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    They are arrogant and need to be put in their place.

    No one is bigger than the game!!! :evil:

  • Comment 129, posted at 11.03.09 08:54:53 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 128) :

    He doesn’t run the show bru. Graeme is his boss!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 130, posted at 11.03.09 08:58:06 by wpw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 123) : I thought they did :grin:

  • Comment 131, posted at 11.03.09 08:58:54 by rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 130) : Morning and…. WOW

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  • @wpw (Comment 129) :

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    I agree on both counts.

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  • @rahul (Comment 131) :
    :lol: no, my reference here is to do with his namesake from Pakistan, now retired, but undoubtedly one of the best that ever played.

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 134) : Those were the days when we were scared of playing Pakistan because of their bowling attack…. nowadays…

  • Comment 135, posted at 11.03.09 09:13:55 by rahul Reply

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  • Kallis takes over captaincy

    2009-03-12 05:25

    Ashwell Prince believes the twin responsibility of captaincy and opening the batting would be too much, so it is Jacques Kallis to the rescue

  • Comment 136, posted at 12.03.09 07:00:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The selectors and Mike Proctor in particular are making us look like idiots (as always)

    Check this out:

    End of South Africa’s innocence

    Brydon Coverdale in Cape Town

    March 11, 2009

    South Africa’s greatest strengths on their triumphant tour of Australia were unity and dignity. Those two qualities are disappearing faster than the shine off a new ball. Their unity started to go when the selectors cut Neil McKenzie and Morne Morkel, which clearly displeased the captain Graeme Smith. Their dignity took a hit when those same selectors gave Ashwell Prince the leadership and took it off him less than a day later.

    The coach Mickey Arthur has always been a fan of the “the innocent climb”. It’s a concept put forward by the NBA coach Pat Riley, who believes that when a team comes together unselfishly and feels itself growing stronger, turf wars and power struggles are put aside. It described perfectly the South Africans in Australia. That’s no longer the case.

    A team that had been run quietly, calmly and successfully by Arthur and Smith for the past few years has started to whiff of internal tension. The new convenor of selectors Mike Procter has already annoyed Arthur by plumping for JP Duminy over Prince for this home series. After the Durban loss, which confirmed South Africa’s first series defeat since mid-2006, Procter and Smith sat next to each other to talk about the decisions, but it was about as united as they would get.

    Smith spoke first and voiced his disappointment that the same XI that he had taken into all five Tests against Australia this season was about to be ripped apart. It was natural that Smith was despondent – he had a broken hand and his team had just lost the series – but his body language took an even more negative turn when Procter began to speak.

    As Procter explained his rationale for leaving out McKenzie and Morkel, Smith slumped back in his chair, turned his head away and looked off into the distance. It was like he didn’t want to listen. Procter’s opening statement, which he directed to Smith and Arthur, who wasn’t present, gave a strong hint that his panel’s choices had been unpopular with the team.

    “Neil Mac has done a wonderful job,” Procter said. “He came in as a makeshift opening batsman and had a fantastic year last year, so it wasn’t an easy decision to come to leave him out. But there does come a time when decisions have to be made. Sometimes it’s very tough. At this stage, the selectors obviously feel for Graeme and Mickey because those guys that have been left out have obviously been together for a long time.”

    Smith’s choice of words was equally revealing. After noting that it was naturally disappointing for a group to be split up after achieving so much together, Smith said: “Unfortunately the way of life or the way of sport is that if the selectors feel you haven’t played well enough then it’s a natural progression that things are going to change.”

    If the selectors feel you haven’t played well enough. It was impossible not to derive that Smith was thinking specifically about McKenzie when he said those words. As McKenzie’s opening partner over the past year, Smith knows how hard it is to face the new ball against world-class attacks in a wide range of conditions and consistently give the team strong starts.

    A permanent part of the Test top order since the start of 2008, McKenzie had a strong calendar year and finished it with 1073 runs at 53.65. He was a key man on the tours of India and England but his form tailed away and he managed only one half-century against Australia.

    Losing McKenzie will be a major change in the South African structure. Hugely popular in the dressing room for his humour and affability, McKenzie also has a sharp cricketing brain and was the acting captain on the field when Smith had a broken hand during the Sydney Test. That he was not given the same responsibility in Durban was telling. At 33, it will be difficult for him to come back.

    He and Smith will be replaced at the top of the order by Prince, who is not a regular opener, and the debutant Imraan Khan. It’s a risky strategy to play two unfamiliar openers but Procter was adamant that the middle order could not be altered. Hashim Amla, he said, didn’t like opening.

    But how does the preference of Amla, a supremely talented batsman who has failed to fulfil his promise in the five Tests against Australia, earn more weight than that of Prince, the man who was supposed to lead? Amla opened in Smith’s absence at Kingsmead and showed no discomfort with the new ball as he scored 43.

    It’s just another example of confused logic, as was the decision to make Jacques Kallis captain for Cape Town after initially handing the job to Prince. They’re the kind of moves that do little to inspire confidence.

    How must McKenzie feel to have his Test career all but ended by a panel that reverses its decisions so quickly? What must the supporters be thinking about the rapid promotion and demotion of Prince? And how nervous will the to-ing and fro-ing make the rest of the squad?

    South Africa must rediscover their unity and their dignity. The players and fans deserve better than to lose the innocence of the innocent climb.

    Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

    © Cricinfo

  • Comment 137, posted at 12.03.09 07:22:13 by wpw Reply
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  • :cry: :sad:

  • Comment 138, posted at 12.03.09 07:26:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yawn… bring on the ODI’s already…

  • Comment 139, posted at 12.03.09 07:26:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • :cry:
    but this team lost 3 in a row after winning a seies in Australia, 2 of those losses were at home. Something had to be done because its obvious that the team as it was in the last 3 games were just not up to it.
    Im not saying this was done in the right way but at least Smith now knows that he will not walk roughshod over all and sundry. Procter and Smith = 2 hardheaded individuals.

  • Comment 140, posted at 12.03.09 08:39:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • stop whinging cricket lovers. aussies made huge bucks on betting against themselves at home and then on themselves in sa. they had great odds as they were favourites at home and underdogs here. how else are the aussie cricketers going to make money in a recession.

  • Comment 141, posted at 12.03.09 08:57:24 by try time Reply

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  • :lol:

  • Comment 142, posted at 12.03.09 09:02:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Who wants to inherit a team of losers anyway ? :evil:

    ” Hey Ashwell – we could’ve picked you when the team was on a high – but we decided to extend McKenzie’s comeback. We saved this special moment for you… here’s a bat – here’s the team…good luck against that new ball!” :roll:

  • Comment 143, posted at 12.03.09 09:50:47 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 140) :

    Well said.

    The thing is what would we prefer??

    An arrogant but brilliant leader in Smith to run the show or an egotistical Convener of selectors who wants his way no matter what the cost. :???:

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