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OZGOD
April 26, 2007, 11:37 AM
After blaming their long stay in rainy Guyana for their poor showing against Bangladesh, Smiffy and Arthur have now blamed the lengthy WC schedule for their dismal showing against OZ.


South Africa coach Mickey Arthur says the lengthy World Cup schedule must take some blame for his team's failure to reach the World Cup final.

"During this tournament we were a bit off the boil, with some really fantastic performances coupled with some very average ones," he said.

"Not looking for excuses but the length of the tournament and the time between games didn't allow us to get momentum.

"After the game against England we were ready to play two days later."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/6594561.stm


I guess the Saffas aren't used to being in a WC for this long eh - they're normally out a bit before this. :-D

Miraz
April 26, 2007, 11:40 AM
Hmmm......

Sri Lanka and Australia started from the super eights stage and that's why they are performing.

Very bad. Next time South Africa should start from semi-final stage.

akabir77
April 26, 2007, 11:45 AM
Can we tailor make a tournament so that teams like SA can win a cup and India can go to S8:floor:

radagast
April 26, 2007, 12:00 PM
I think they did tailor made the event so India could go to super 8. Our 18 year old 'variable's just messed up their calculations.

Hatebreed
April 26, 2007, 12:10 PM
Who thinks WC should be played old-skool knockout style?

Tigers_eye
April 26, 2007, 12:22 PM
(Sour grapes) bad WC reasonings:

1. Fans (low attendance WI)
2. Schedule (Too long SA and some other folks too)
3. Format (India We need more games to qualify for the super eight)
4. Pitch (Pakistan. They changed the pitch on us and again changed it before Ireland went to bat)
5. Grouping (Zimbabwe, Holland)
6. NZ (Toss vs SL semis)
7. Timing (rain Scotland vs SA group match)
8. Foreign players (Canada all group matches)

akabir77
April 26, 2007, 01:03 PM
T_E missed one
9. We miss our family (Bangladesh in last three S8 matches)

OZGOD
April 26, 2007, 01:05 PM
10. We just wanna party (England and WI)

roaring tigerz
April 26, 2007, 02:22 PM
Funny how these excuses just roll off the tongue only when the team fails. If SA won yesterday, Mickey "the Mouse" Arthur's post match rant would have sounded something like this:
"We are all professionals, here to do a job. Things like the length of the tournament and the nature of the pitch doesn't bother us. Thats why its the World Cup. The conditions are the same for every team,the team who handles adversities the best deserves to be in the finals. We backed ourselves all the way."

al Furqaan
April 26, 2007, 05:08 PM
Can we tailor make a tournament so that teams like SA can win a cup and India can go to S8:floor:

:floor::floor::floor:

Russell2k7
April 26, 2007, 05:42 PM
SA couldnt even do what they do best yesterday;choke. What the hell is wrong with Saffers. Haha Mike Hussey cant even come into action cause Aus never looses top order:floor:

cricket_pagol
April 26, 2007, 06:00 PM
Such bad losers!!! SA blaming the cup format for their loss, just india :)

ialbd
April 26, 2007, 08:14 PM
they did great in the last match to cut the schedule short......

SMHasan
April 26, 2007, 08:41 PM
I can write this in paper SA not winning the next WC in Asia. That means they have to wait to win it in 2015! I am sorry but this is the reality.

The quota system is just ruining their chances. Thay need to pick the player who does well and who got the talent. Remember players like Petersen, Rudolph have already left SA for this discrimination. This is just pathetic.

bd_fan_from_india
April 27, 2007, 11:08 AM
and add

11. we want more matches against top teams(kenya)

AsifTheManRahman
April 27, 2007, 11:21 AM
I can write this in paper SA not winning the next WC in Asia. That means they have to wait to win it in 2015! I am sorry but this is the reality.

The quota system is just ruining their chances. Thay need to pick the player who does well and who got the talent. Remember players like Petersen, Rudolph have already left SA for this discrimination. This is just pathetic.

yes, their weakness against spin and the toothlessness of their one dimensional bowling on a pitch that is only slightly slow was brutally exposed in the match against bangladesh. so winning the cup in 2011 is out of the question.

about the quota system, it's very very racist. they might have come out of apartheid, but now they've introduced racism against white people to their cricket. KP did well to leave in his early days.

Ak
July 31, 2007, 02:01 PM
Cant read the spin aint gona win.