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SA vs AUS 2nd Test (Day 1)


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Posted in :In the news on 6 Mar 2009 at 08:22
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Patrick Compton reports for IOL that there will be blessed relief from all the traditional talk of tides (incoming and receding), green mambas and what the pitch will and won’t do when Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting walk out to toss at Kingsmead at 9:30 on Friday morning.

The phoney war that always precedes contests in Durban will then be replaced by the shot and shell of intense cricket action as Smith and his men attempt the difficult task of getting back into the three-match series after their 162-run defeat at the Wanderers. There has been precious little recovery time for both teams, and there have been reports that two of the Australian fast bowlers, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle, have been worried by minor injuries. Skipper Ricky Ponting, while not confirming their participation today, has indicated his team will probably be unchanged.

Smith, too, has suggested the Proteas will remain the same for the fourth straight Test. His only real choice has been whether to retain left-arm spinner Paul Harris or give Albie Morkel his Test debut. The likelihood is that Harris will get the nod.

Groundsman Wilson Ngobese, who gave the green-looking pitch a trim yesterday, admitted it was a little drier and more cracked than usual. This may mean a spinner coming into his own on the last couple of days, although history is against it as the pitch usually improves as a batting surface

The real questions, from both teams’ points of view, will concern whether their players deliver. Smith has said often enough that he and his teammates were hugely disappointed by their showing at the Wanderers. They have now had a few more days to remove the rust, polish their game plans and learn to better execute their intentions. For the South Africans this will be their last chance saloon. A draw or a defeat will ensure Australia remain top of the world in Test cricket.

Smith has spoken of the need for more precision. This will mean, more than anything else, his fast bowlers bowling the right line and the right length. There is plenty of bounce in the Kingsmead pitch, but the dangers of bowling too short here are as palpable as they were in Johannesburg.

This means that Morné Morkel, in particular, as well as Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini, must be right on the button from ball one to transfer pressure back on the Australian batsmen who felt the heat too infrequently in the first Test. The balance of the SA attack will be greatly improved by a fit Jacques Kallis who has recovered from his back problem and ought to be able to play a full part with the ball.

Both teams will be looking to explode into action with maximum impact this morning, with Smith hinting yesterday that he might choose to bowl first if he wins the toss.

Ponting couldn’t be anything but happy with his inexperienced team’s performance in Johannesburg, and he will be looking for more of the same in Durban. The Aussie fast bowlers gave their counterparts a lesson in discipline at the Wanderers, while the batsmen were allowed to compile a match-winning first innings total.Both captains are returning to a ground that offers them happy memories. Smith struck a sublime century against the West Indies here last season, while Ponting went one better, stroking centuries in both innings in his last match.

Teams

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Neil McKenzie, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (w/k), Morné Morkel, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Albie Morkel

Australia (likely): Phil Hughes, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Marcus North, Brad Haddin (w/k), Andrew McDonald, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus.


93 Comments

  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat first 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.09 10:21:53 by McLovin Reply
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  • Australia 14/0 (5.0 ov)

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.09 10:22:10 by McLovin Reply
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  • When last did we win the toss???

    I don’t think we have against the Aussies since the first test down under… 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.09 10:38:00 by wpw Reply
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  • AUS 31/0 after 9 overs 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.09 10:38:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : They should check the coin. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.09 10:39:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • This was a good toss to win…it seems to me this pitch will get harder to play on.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.09 10:42:01 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Damn – I was hoping to see bat tomorrow and bowl on Sunday…

    Now I’ll have to settle for batting tomorrow and Sunday… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.03.09 10:45:42 by blackshark Reply

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  • 7-0

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.03.09 10:49:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • shit – wrong thread 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.03.09 10:50:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Aus going at almost 5 an over. 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.03.09 10:51:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) :

    Thats nasty here comes a big score and us fighting to perhaps draw..

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.03.09 10:53:53 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Australia 60/0 (12.0 ov)

    Morkel going for 20 in ONE over. 👿

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.03.09 10:54:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • Last 10 ovs 55/0 RR 5.50

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.03.09 10:55:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • A lot can happen in 5 days…. 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.03.09 10:55:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • Kallis brought into the attack. Good move by Biff!!! 😎

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.03.09 10:59:30 by wpw Reply
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  • Raining runs at Kingsmead… 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.03.09 11:13:21 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 15) :
    He opens with a maiden and gives away 3 in his 2nd.
    Not too shabby…

    Ntini and the rest of the attack need to stop bowling a foot short… 😡

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.03.09 11:15:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • score??

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.03.09 11:32:42 by jarsonx Reply
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  • 92/0 👿

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.03.09 11:36:17 by wpw Reply
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  • Katich 28*
    Hughes 58*

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.03.09 11:37:12 by wpw Reply
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  • ???

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.03.09 12:39:35 by jarsonx Reply
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  • I carent comment on the reds/tahs thread.

    It are over anyway. Tahs win.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.03.09 12:42:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    Same here…

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.03.09 12:43:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : neither could I – almost thought I was banned 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.03.09 12:44:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • and SA – Canada in 7s 15 -7

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.03.09 12:45:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • Australia 126/0 29ov

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.03.09 12:45:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : @blackshark (Comment 23) : neither could i, or anyone else i think. Did the tahs peak to early?

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.03.09 12:49:58 by jarsonx Reply
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  • Hughes moves to 81*

    We seem to be bowling at least 1 FOUR ball in every damn over… what the hell??? 👿

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.03.09 12:50:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @jarsonx (Comment 27) : Not sure. I think these Oz derbies are usually tight games.

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.03.09 12:53:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @jarsonx (Comment 27) : perhaps 😀
    no BP – good

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.03.09 12:55:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • no more rugby for the day 😥
    and cricket far too complicate for me 😳
    so I’m off 😎
    enjoy FRIDAY 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.03.09 12:56:45 by rekinek Reply
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  • Aus 139/0

    Hughes 87*
    Katich 43*

    We need a wicket NOW!!! 😕

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.03.09 13:05:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 32) :

    Yeah…I’ll take anyone of these two guys…

    Time for the Proteas to dig deep…

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.03.09 13:28:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • OK I just got to watch some cricket while I had some lunch. When SA need to win the game, KZN cricket prepares a T20 wicket??

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.03.09 13:38:32 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 34) :

    Is it that batsman-friendly…or are we bowling the wrong line and length AGAIN? 👿

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.03.09 13:45:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • Morkel to Hughes, 1 run, Dropped Hughes gets a lifeline! He shapes to drop the ball down with soft hands but the ball takes the outside edge and travels low to Smith’s right at first slip, it carried and Smith couldn’t hang on

    👿

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.03.09 13:46:06 by wpw Reply
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  • yawn

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.03.09 13:49:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : Thanks Rob…you’re probably the lucky charm… :mrgreen:

    Kallis to Hughes, OUT, Hughes’ fun and frolic comes to an end! Kallis teases him with a short and wide delivery outside off, Hughes chases it and goes for the cut but he fails to get the elevation, McKenzie at gully takes a sharp catch falling to his right

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.03.09 14:06:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • Did I call it or did I call it??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.03.09 14:07:49 by wpw Reply
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  • So McKenzie does something right for a change!!! 😈

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.03.09 14:09:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 35) : I looked at it mate…and trust me, I have seen a LOT of pitches all over the world. It’s as even as any ODI pitch I’ve ever seen. Just a tad darker so there is a touch more moisture. But not much.

    I can’t comment on the bowling as I’ve not been watching.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.03.09 14:10:07 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 39) : Call another one please.

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.03.09 14:10:28 by klempie Reply

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  • GO SHARKS !!! Good afternoon people of the palace… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.03.09 14:10:43 by Charlie Reply

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  • Morkel to Katich, no run, Referral Morkel finds the day light between bat and pad and all the South Africans in the vicinity reckoned there was a thin under edge as Katich shaped to drive, Katich looks a little stunned with the appeal and Bowden shakes his head, Smith wants a referral, Hot Spot doesn’t detect an edge and it’s an unsuccessful challenge for South Africa, they’ve used up their quota, not quite their day today
    👿

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.03.09 14:13:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 43) :

    Hey Charles!! 😈

    OK, we WILL get another wicket in the next 20 minutes… 🙄 😕

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.03.09 14:14:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 45) : 😉

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.03.09 14:16:34 by klempie Reply

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  • Last 10 ovs 26/1 RR 2.60

    That’s encouraging…

    Another wicket will swing things back a long way…

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.03.09 14:17:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 41) :

    That’s just dumb then…

    So our pace bowlers have no advantage then… nx! 👿

  • Comment 48, posted at 06.03.09 14:18:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : We lost all 3 tosses down under and the first 2 here. SO they have won all 5 tosses in the series and batted first all 5 times!

  • Comment 49, posted at 06.03.09 14:18:49 by Villie Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 35) :

    Just seen on cricinfo.

    This really is quite a flat pitch.

    Seems I’m quite good at this….unfortunately. 🙁

  • Comment 50, posted at 06.03.09 14:20:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 47) : I’m greedy…we need another 2. 😛

    Beware when the tide comes in, in Durban…the wicket does weird things!! 😆

  • Comment 51, posted at 06.03.09 14:21:12 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 49) :

    To be fair Villie, the age-old addage goes along the lines of “If you win the toss you bat 9 out of 10 times. On the tenth occasion you have a good, hard think and then you choose to bat anyway.”

  • Comment 52, posted at 06.03.09 14:28:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Ponting goooooooooooooooooooooooooooone!!!!!

    Harris you beauty.

  • Comment 53, posted at 06.03.09 14:29:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Harris to Ponting, OUT, almost an action replay of the previous ball but Ponting’s not so lucky, he gets forward and tries to loft straight but he miscues it high in the air, McKenzie at deepish mid-off pedals back a bit and takes the catch falling backwards
    RT Ponting c McKenzie b Harris 9 (36m 20b 1×4 0x6) SR: 45.00

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 06.03.09 14:30:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 45) : Come on boy! Give us another! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 06.03.09 14:31:08 by klempie Reply

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  • rugby? Anything?

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.03.09 14:31:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh well… I told you so just doesn’t quite do it!!! 😯 :mrgreen:

    I ARE Cricketworld’s new lucky charm!!! 😎

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.03.09 14:31:39 by wpw Reply
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  • Mac the Man is having a stonker in the field. 😎

  • Comment 58, posted at 06.03.09 14:31:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 51) :

    I hope the tide will bring that swing we need so badly…

  • Comment 59, posted at 06.03.09 14:32:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • Note – It was Kallis who dropped Hughes at slip and not Smith. Apologies to Smith’s fans, family and friends reading this. 🙄

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.03.09 14:32:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 49) :

    Yor! That is hectic…

    Just give me a sec klemps… let me concentrate… 😈

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.03.09 14:33:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 60) : hehe

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.03.09 14:34:02 by klempie Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 52) : Yes..I know that. I’m more upset about us losing 5 on the bounce. I want us to bat first at least once.

  • Comment 63, posted at 06.03.09 14:34:46 by Villie Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 62) : haaauuuummmmmmmm

  • Comment 64, posted at 06.03.09 14:34:46 by klempie Reply

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  • so whats the score,wickets and overs?

  • Comment 65, posted at 06.03.09 14:35:02 by jarsonx Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 61) : 😳 “haaauuuummmmmmmm”

  • Comment 66, posted at 06.03.09 14:36:01 by klempie Reply

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  • 214/2 looks much better that 190/0 😛

    230/3 would look even better…

  • Comment 67, posted at 06.03.09 14:36:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • Another wicket before tea is CRUCIAL. Then 5 wickets in the last session and it won’t be such a bad day after all! 😆 😛

  • Comment 68, posted at 06.03.09 14:37:11 by Villie Reply
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  • @jarsonx (Comment 65) : 215/2 after 53.

  • Comment 69, posted at 06.03.09 14:37:29 by klempie Reply

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  • Hey Vinnie!!!

    I’m trying to get my laaitie (grade 7 now) in at your Alma Marter 😯

  • Comment 70, posted at 06.03.09 14:39:02 by wpw Reply
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  • My prediction:

    Ntini is gonna take a wicket soon!!! 💡 😉

  • Comment 71, posted at 06.03.09 14:40:40 by wpw Reply
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  • In most of the tests we’ve had the Aussies in trouble early doors, only to let the middle and bottom order rescue the situation. Maybe we can do it in reverse today…top order has scored heavily, so a collapse from middle and lower order is due! 😆

    C’mon tide!!

  • Comment 72, posted at 06.03.09 14:40:43 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 68) :

    And I thought I was being ultra-optimistic… 😆

  • Comment 73, posted at 06.03.09 14:41:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 71) :
    You mean after TEA… 🙄

  • Comment 74, posted at 06.03.09 14:42:48 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 71) : I don’t care who takes the wickets….just finish them off.

    I think Morkel owes us a decent spell!! 🙄

  • Comment 75, posted at 06.03.09 14:45:58 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 51) :
    Who was it that said “Beware the (t)ides of March”.

  • Comment 76, posted at 06.03.09 14:59:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 74) :

    yep… 😳

  • Comment 77, posted at 06.03.09 15:02:30 by wpw Reply
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  • Who is the best test team in the world?

  • Comment 78, posted at 06.03.09 15:04:59 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 78) :

    Ferrari F1 team 😈

  • Comment 79, posted at 06.03.09 15:07:12 by wpw Reply
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  • I know who it is not…LoL

  • Comment 80, posted at 06.03.09 15:17:01 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 79) :

    Why….when last have they won the F1 const chap???? LoL

  • Comment 81, posted at 06.03.09 15:18:39 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 81) : More to the point WHY hasn’t Ntini taken a wicket?? 👿

  • Comment 82, posted at 06.03.09 15:43:36 by klempie Reply

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  • are you guys seriously taking interest in this kak. i knew b4 this game started that at best the queen proteas will get a draw out this game.

  • Comment 83, posted at 06.03.09 15:49:57 by try time Reply

     
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    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 84, posted at 06.03.09 15:52:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 84) : What are you smiling at charlatan? 👿

  • Comment 85, posted at 06.03.09 15:59:03 by klempie Reply

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  • KATICH!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 86, posted at 06.03.09 15:59:55 by klempie Reply

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  • 259/3

  • Comment 87, posted at 06.03.09 16:00:27 by klempie Reply

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  • TT 83 – Yep we are interested…

  • Comment 88, posted at 06.03.09 16:03:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • klemp 87- great…

  • Comment 89, posted at 06.03.09 16:07:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • CLARKE!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 90, posted at 06.03.09 16:14:44 by klempie Reply

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  • 266/4. That doesn’t look too bad anymore. 😕

  • Comment 91, posted at 06.03.09 16:15:28 by klempie Reply

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  • law of averages dictates that North can’t score many today….

  • Comment 92, posted at 06.03.09 16:18:46 by klempie Reply

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  • Klemp 92- we better not let him…

  • Comment 93, posted at 06.03.09 16:30:26 by blackshark Reply

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