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SA vs AUS – 3rd Test (Day 1)


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 19 Mar 2009 at 10:36
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Ricky Ponting won his sixth toss in a row against South Africa and decided to have a bat on what he contently termed “a good wicket” in Durban. Jacques Kallis has spent the better part of the last couple days trying to put everyone at ease as to how he was made captain in the absence of an injured Graeme Smith, but there was still a fair amount of apparent reluctance. Having to field first against a form line-up is no envious way to start a Test South Africa need to win to avert a whitewash.

Spin has played more of a role at Newlands than any other venue in the country and with Marcus North failing to come up from his illness the journeyman legspinner Bryce McGain was finally handed a debut. The last few months have not been short of drama for McGain – his first tour with Australia was cut short in October when he was sent home from India with tendon damage in his shoulder and his second trip began with a missed flight. At 36 years and 359 days, McGain has become Australia’s oldest debutant since Bob Holland in 1984.

As expected, South Africa went in with a new-look opening pair of the debutant Imraan Khan and returning Ashwell Prince. The allrounder Albie Morkel makes his Test debut, replacing brother Morne.

It has been a dramatic switch for both teams since the previous series. Australia have turned around their fortunes dramatically, with rookies playing key roles, and in doing so they have managed to pass on the restless, testy cape they wore at home to South Africa. Under a steely blue Durban morning sky, the heat is definitely on the hosts.

Australia 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 Michael Clarke, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Andrew McDonald, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Bryce McGain, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

South Africa 1 Imraan Khan, 2 Ashwell Prince, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis (capt), 5 AB de Villiers, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Albie Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo



93 Comments

  • AUS 5/0 after 1.1 overs :???:

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.09 10:38:03 by wpw Reply
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  • Kallis is no leader:

    Ntini to Katich, no run, loud loud shout for Lbw but it’s turned down. Kallis, at first slip, looks at Boucher to say whether we should go for a review but Boucher shrugs. It was full in length and straightened on the middle stump, Katich got the bat way outside the line and was hit in front of middle and off. IT would have crashed into off and middle! oh boy!

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.09 10:43:16 by wpw Reply
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  • oh thats just peachy

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.09 11:35:59 by Claytie Reply
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  • Ntini to Katich, no run, Dropped by the debutant Imraan Khan. What a clanger. It was full and Katich sliced it head-high to Imraan who cupped his palms in front of the face but dropped it .. Ntini is operating from round the stumps.

    :evil:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.09 11:36:01 by wpw Reply
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  • 29/0 Drinks break

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.09 11:37:04 by wpw Reply
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  • again.peachy

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.09 11:38:57 by Claytie Reply
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  • Can someone please check the coin being used for the toss. I smell a rat. :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.09 11:40:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • Hansie was also a compulsive toss loser and then ended up being a tosser

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.09 11:49:06 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 8) : Hansie had a plan B so the toss wasn’t really that important.. :wink: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.09 12:15:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • RSA’s med pace attack… :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.09 12:19:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Nice one Albie… Punter gone…

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.09 12:19:36 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Arthur’s right… Albie is the only one bowling the correct length…

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.09 12:20:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Pouter Ponting gone for a duck. A peach from the better of the two Morkel brothers. :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.09 12:23:36 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Duminy too…

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.09 12:23:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : How does that show he’s not a leader? :???: Bouch is the best positioned to judge. That said, Kallis is not a leader. :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.09 12:25:14 by klempie Reply

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  • @Claytie (Comment 8) : steady on…. :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.09 12:26:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 16) : Howzit Klempie…how’s the babalaas :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.09 12:40:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) : I’m teetotal. Never had a dop in my life. :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.09 12:44:55 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 18) : sorry to hear that :wink: just joking…very proud of you :grin:

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.09 12:55:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • score please!!! :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.09 13:00:04 by wpw Reply
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  • Seen on cricinfo…

    Geoff in Perth: “Argh! Don’t you think this series could have turned out so differently if Ponting hadn’t won every single toss?” Hmm .. but why the Argh?! Not enjoying the OZ wins eh?

    Jackie is murmuring to himself: “If there was a 4th test Kallis should’ve just walked to the pitch, say bugger the toss and asked ponting “…so ricky, what would you like to do today..?”…shake hands, and walk off. Losing 6 in a row is just insane…though being 2-3 down is even more insane……makes you wonder doesn’t it…”

    :razz:

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.09 13:01:40 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : 66/2.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.09 13:02:02 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : Lunch Aus 66/2

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.03.09 13:03:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Stew from OZ is in a generous mood: “im beginning to wonder if its time for a change from the toss before a match. im glad we won them and put us in good positions, but the same thing has happened to us in reverse also.
    maybe they should toss a coin at the beginning of the series and whoever wins it chooses what they want to do in first test. then the other capt chooses in next test and so on. too many matches decided by toss with these flat batting decks now.”

    :shock: Very un-Australian!

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.03.09 13:04:27 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 24) :

    Clearly they feel they need to create some competition to ‘really’ challenge their number 1 spot :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.03.09 13:17:08 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 24) : That’s what I reckon too, but take it a step further. Just toss once when the teams first play each other and just keep rotating. No need for another toss. Ever.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.03.09 13:17:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • Jackie from SA: “very little has been said about this before the test. the importance of Albie’s debut that is.He is the 1st player to be selected (other than Kallis) as a geniune allrounder since the departure of Shaun Pollock.If Albie can take 6+ sticks and score 100+ in the game he could be the long term solution for SA’s allrounder woes.I rate him…and believe me,after that ODI series down under,so does the Aussies!”

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.03.09 13:22:35 by wpw Reply
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  • Steyn to Hussey, OUT, He is gone immediately after bring up his 3000th Test run. It kicked up on the middle stump line, Hussey got back to stab it away to the off side but it ran off the inner edge, bounced once before flicking the top of the stumps. He was beginning to look good there but is gone now ..

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.03.09 13:26:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • 81/3

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.03.09 13:27:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • COME ON!!! :cool: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.03.09 13:30:00 by wpw Reply
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  • loud shout for lbw but Bucknor is not impressed. They have gone for the review. inside-edge! It landed in line with the stumps and straightened a bit, Hussey came forward to defend and got a nice little edge on to the pad :???: :cry:

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.03.09 13:31:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    STIRRER!!! :evil:

    Even Smith consults with Boucher…he’s the man behind the stumps and sees things from another angle.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.03.09 13:32:10 by blackshark Reply

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  • Steyn to Clarke, OUT
    MJ Clarke b Steyn 0 (3b 0×4 0×6) SR: 0.00

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.03.09 13:34:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 32) :

    Listen here, I don’t like Kallis OK! :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.03.09 13:35:50 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 33) :

    Yep 81/4… and we have a better batting lineup this time around… :smile:

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.03.09 13:36:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • Clarke has been cleaned up by Steyn. What an awesome delivery. It landed slightly short in length on the off stump line and straightened to hit the off. Clarke pushed inside the line and heard the death rattle.

    :cool:

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.03.09 13:36:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) :

    Leave Kallis alone, pick on McKenzie or something…
    Oh…McKenzie’s not playing… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.03.09 13:37:51 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 35) :

    Ja, now that ‘he who can’t bat’ is no longer there we might just beat these pretenders!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.03.09 13:39:31 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 37) :

    Kallis is the ‘new’ McKenzie. :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.03.09 13:43:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 39) :

    Hope you’ll still be saying that when he gets his century on Saturday.

    The cricket gods owe Ntini a few wickets here…

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.03.09 13:45:38 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 40) :

    Who Kallis???

    I hope he does bru!! :???:

    So when will he score his maiden 200 then???

    Even AB has one. :lol:

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.03.09 13:54:40 by wpw Reply
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  • I only noticed now that Ntini is playing in his 99th test.

    Go Mkhaya!!! :shock: :cool:

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.03.09 13:55:25 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 39) :

    NM wishes he was the highest ranked all rounder in the world this last season…

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.03.09 14:04:42 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 42) :
    You know what “Mkhaya” means ??? :lol:

    @wpw (Comment 41) :
    Don’t hold your breath for the 200 … I think it will come when we all least expect it…like in this Test match… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.03.09 14:14:55 by blackshark Reply

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  • 134/4 :roll:

    We’re letting them get away again…

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.03.09 14:35:03 by blackshark Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 43) :

    Rankings mean NOTHING! :???:

    Its performances ON the field that count.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.03.09 14:36:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 44) : what does it mean bru??? :roll:

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.03.09 14:38:40 by wpw Reply
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  • Aus 140/4

    We need a wicket!!!

    Would someone please tell Kallis to bring Harris or JP on to bowl??? :evil:

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.03.09 14:40:33 by wpw Reply
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  • Why can’t we ever get Haddin out cheaply? :roll: :sad:

    And how bad are we at playing this referral system? :sad: :cry:

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.03.09 14:44:04 by Villie Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 32) : I agree! STIRRER! :evil:

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.03.09 14:44:05 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : Bitter because he left Wee Pee for Warriors? :wink:

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.03.09 14:46:41 by Villie Reply
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  • 152/5

    Katich out!

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.03.09 15:02:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 47) :

    It means “homeboy”…so were you born or raised in Mdingi?

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.03.09 15:03:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • Katich. :cool:

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.03.09 15:05:30 by klempie Reply

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  • Harris to Katich, OUT, Kato is gone. The readers have woofed him out I think. What an uncharacteristic shot. It was on a length outside off stump, Katich dragged it from there, attempting a sweep shot but could only top edge it to close on the leg side and Imraan Khan takes his first Test catch. Remember he had dropped Katich at point in Ntini’s opening spell.

    WOOFED! :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.03.09 15:06:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 55) :

    Good thing Imraan held on to this one…I’m sure his heart was pounding as he lined it up… :mrgreen: the joys of making your “dayboo”…

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.03.09 15:10:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • Was that Jake in deep conversation with Mickey Arthur…

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.03.09 15:15:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 56) : Khan touch this…

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.03.09 15:15:32 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 58) :

    :roll:

    158/5. Not bad. Not bad at all. Now please….clean up the tail!

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.03.09 15:26:53 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 59) :

    Yes indeed… I don’t want to wake up and see Johnson on 90 odd again…

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.03.09 15:33:07 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Oh oh… given LBW… Haddon queries it…

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.03.09 15:35:51 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Haddin review…

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.03.09 15:36:44 by klempie Reply

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  • OUT!

  • Comment 63, posted at 19.03.09 15:37:28 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Haddin…GONE! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.03.09 15:38:32 by klempie Reply

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  • 54.4 Harris to Haddin, OUT, Trapped in front but Haddin, after checking with the non-striker, has gone for the review. It landed on the middle stump line, skidded through quickly to rap him on the pad in front of middle and leg. That’s dead duck. No inside edge and the height looks ok as well. Bucknor got it right. Haddin got his bat almost sideways from the off side, rather than from behind the ball, suggesting he didn’t pick the arm-ball. He was looking so good in the last session but has been plucked out early in the last .
    BJ Haddin lbw b Harris 42 (101m 67b 8×4 0×6) SR: 62.68

  • Comment 65, posted at 19.03.09 15:40:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Now we need to put the nail in the coffin and not allow the tail to score too many

  • Comment 66, posted at 19.03.09 15:40:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • HARRA is proving to be a wicket taker. Maybe the batsmen are done in by the lack of spin… :lol:

  • Comment 67, posted at 19.03.09 15:44:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 67) : cruel… :wink:

  • Comment 68, posted at 19.03.09 15:46:01 by klempie Reply

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  • Harris (sla) 9.0 overs 4 maidens 3 for 10

    Very very nice :cool:

  • Comment 69, posted at 19.03.09 15:47:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I am flying to Pomland in 5 hours. :sad:

  • Comment 70, posted at 19.03.09 15:50:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 67) : ouch

  • Comment 71, posted at 19.03.09 15:51:45 by Rahul Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 70) :
    My sympathies. Are you going on a voter education drive?

  • Comment 72, posted at 19.03.09 16:22:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 72) : caaaaareful… ;) Rob may be around.

  • Comment 73, posted at 19.03.09 16:23:45 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 73) :
    :lol: That avatar of yours will look good on an election poster with a snappy slogan. You can plak it on the planes tail and wings just before takeoff.

  • Comment 74, posted at 19.03.09 16:27:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • McDonald! :mrgreen:

    190/7

  • Comment 75, posted at 19.03.09 16:29:56 by klempie Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 74) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 76, posted at 19.03.09 16:30:25 by klempie Reply

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  • Siddle!!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 77, posted at 19.03.09 16:32:57 by klempie Reply

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  • AWWWWWWW…..Pouter is pouting again….ah boo boo doo boo…

  • Comment 78, posted at 19.03.09 16:33:56 by klempie Reply

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  • Big Mitch….GONE!

    209/9

  • Comment 79, posted at 19.03.09 16:53:10 by klempie Reply

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  • All…OUT!!

    Aussie all out for 209. First “complete” bowling performance of the summer I’d say.

  • Comment 80, posted at 19.03.09 16:55:41 by klempie Reply

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  • Hopefully we can make a lot more than 209. :roll:

  • Comment 81, posted at 19.03.09 16:57:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • Great news.
    Hope we can avoid the follow on.

  • Comment 82, posted at 19.03.09 16:58:21 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 82) : We managed it just…

    Actually, Ash is smashing them all over the place. :mrgreen: 38/0 off 6 overs! HAHAHAHA

    Anyway gents, I am outta here. May see you in the Land of the Neverending Grey Fog.

    And here’s to my Sharkies giving those effing Aussies a good kicking like Ash is doing right now!

  • Comment 83, posted at 19.03.09 17:31:13 by klempie Reply

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  • Go Ashwell

  • Comment 84, posted at 19.03.09 17:57:44 by Claytie Reply
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  • 55/0

  • Comment 85, posted at 19.03.09 17:58:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • Whoop Whoop!!

  • Comment 86, posted at 19.03.09 19:55:17 by wpw Reply
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  • Refreshing to awake to that total and Prince making a run a ball… rather than Mitchell in the 90′s… go’on my son!

    Hope Khan can get a good total too…

  • Comment 87, posted at 20.03.09 03:35:00 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 87) :

    You just saying that cos he’s from Natal hey!!! :wink:

    Go Proteas!!! :mrgreen:

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 87) :

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    If only we had a real batsman like Prince in the first 2 Tests… :roll:

  • Comment 89, posted at 20.03.09 08:07:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • Bulls have lost the last 3 against the Canes, with the Canes losing the last three before that.

    So is it the start of three years of wins for the Bulls now?

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 90) : :evil:

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 90) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 91) :

    Old age again? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 92, posted at 20.03.09 08:50:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 92) :

    Must be… :wink: :lol:

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