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JonBain
December 8, 2008, 08:24 PM
k'day kangaroos.

Its about time South Africa wins in Oz.
Ripe for the plucking?
Is Kallis still snoozing in the sun?
Hashim Amla feel like hitting 200?

:smug:

RazabQ
December 10, 2008, 02:29 AM
They key will be for Saffers to take the first punch and stay standing. You know Australia will want to land the killer early blow and get the old wounds reopened. Look for an avalanche of sledges, bumpers and fielding retuns being thrown at the batters. Also Harris and Morkel are going to come for some stick. They'll be targeted by the Australian top order as the weaker part of the bowling arsenal.

JonBain
December 10, 2008, 08:44 PM
Good points, Harris needs to look at how Krezja handled the onslaught from India. He got hit all over the place, but held his cool, as did the captain, and then he went on to take a bucket-load of wickets. Without that cool approach, Oz would have been tamed much more easily; they still lost, but they did not lose by as much as they could have.

Sovik
December 16, 2008, 09:04 PM
prince out duminy in

Murad
December 16, 2008, 09:50 PM
Ntini on fire
2 in 2 balls..

Ponting goes for a first ball :duck: :lol:

He's on hattrick now!!

Murad
December 16, 2008, 10:01 PM
Now Hussey is gone with a golden :duck: :lol:

Its Steyn this time.

15 for 3 in 5.2 overs.

Sovik
December 16, 2008, 10:29 PM
best possible start against australia. couldn't be happier. but got a feeling that this pair will take south africa beyond 200

AsifTheManRahman
December 16, 2008, 10:38 PM
I've been looking forward to this series for a while. The batsmen average over 50, the bowlers in the 20's and they hit 150k operating well below full capacity. Two of the top three teams (heck, they are possibly the two best teams) in the world facing off on hard, bouncy surfaces - this is the best that cricket has to offer.

So far, though, what I'm watching is no better than watching Bangladesh play in South Africa.

bujhee kom
December 16, 2008, 11:43 PM
dhurrr...! it slowed down!

sandpiper
December 17, 2008, 12:15 AM
So the Aussies are now facing some quality bowling at their own backyard

bujhee kom
December 17, 2008, 02:08 AM
7 minutes before tea both katich and clarke gone in back to back overs!
aus 167/5 after 52.2 overs.

RazabQ
December 17, 2008, 02:34 AM
totally enjoying this. Take Australia down, now that England choked and Tendu delivered to snatch my other upset aspirations :)

Rifat
December 17, 2008, 03:14 AM
quick question: if South Africa pounds Australlia in their own backyard, does that make Bangladesh look good?:D

RazabQ
December 17, 2008, 03:20 AM
yes it does

sandpiper
December 17, 2008, 03:46 AM
:-B
quick question: if South Africa pounds Australlia in their own backyard, does that make Bangladesh look good?:D

sandpiper
December 17, 2008, 04:16 AM
293/6

things have improved since the initial blow

sandpiper
December 17, 2008, 04:37 AM
Ntini and Steyn are trying to mop up the tail before stumps

auntu
December 17, 2008, 12:47 PM
This performance just proves once again that our performance in SAF was better than OK.

Sovik
December 17, 2008, 06:50 PM
This performance just proves once again that our performance in SAF was better than OK.

no, it wasn't. we could have done much better. 3 run out in last innings of the last test match?

sandpiper
December 18, 2008, 12:44 AM
Johnson nailed McKenzie early, but the takla and motu doing the repairwork. Aussies posted a challenging 375 nonetheless.

sandpiper
December 18, 2008, 01:14 AM
100 for saffers. Aussie bowling looking ineffective :(

sandpiper
December 18, 2008, 01:25 AM
Takla bowled for 47. Krezja the man :clap:

31.1 Krejza to Amla, OUT, bowled him! Lovely ball! Krejza loops the ball up outside off stump, drawing Amla forward with the flight, he beats the batsman in the air, pitches the ball outside off stump and spins it through the bat pad gap as Amla tries to whip it on the leg side, that turned a long way to hit the stumps

HM Amla b Krejza 47 (67b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.14

sandpiper
December 18, 2008, 01:32 AM
wow !
Smith also missed his 50 and the boot is on the others foot now :D

sandpiper
December 18, 2008, 04:17 AM
Johnson gets rid of De Villiers to give the hosts some respite in this seesaw battle

tonoy
December 18, 2008, 05:58 AM
Johnson was pure brilliant. I guess SA still holds the choke record. :lol:

Take that Aussie haters. They are surely going to come out with a BANG!

cricket_pagol
December 18, 2008, 07:40 AM
Johnson totally destroyed SA!!! It will be really hard for SA to fight back from here.

Sovik
December 18, 2008, 11:20 AM
Takla bowled for 47. Krezja the man :clap:

he just misjudged the flight. wasn't a great delivery. that was the turning point of the match

RazabQ
December 18, 2008, 02:40 PM
Damn Saffers bosses ur around but chokes when it counts. I saw most of the match on both days. Aussies were playing with swagger, Saffers looked almost diffedent.

JonBain
December 18, 2008, 02:58 PM
After 15/3 who could have guessed oz would lead by 100 or so after 2 days?
Great performance by Johnson. 7-fer has to be special when the chips are down.

Now bangers, ranked 8 or 9th in the world is not so bad.
In soccer terms thats England or Russia.
But eish, 3 runouts in last test innings? Thats a couple of own-goals.

How does Amla get the name Takla?

Murad
December 18, 2008, 03:50 PM
Takla means bald head :)

Yasin.
December 20, 2008, 03:10 AM
Amazing amazing test match ! Its raining now btw. SA - 97/1. Smithy cruising, made 63 off 90. Amla just settling in 19 from 49. 317 still needed against an Australian bowling attack that lacks every kind of venom available to human kind.

sandpiper
December 20, 2008, 04:47 AM
Smith is leading from the front. See-saw battle continues.

Yasin.
December 20, 2008, 05:08 AM
Finally Smithy gone. 108. LBWed by MJ who collects his 10th wicket of the match !

Amla on the verge of his half century.

sandpiper
December 20, 2008, 05:29 AM
Key wickets give Australia the edge :)

Yasin.
December 20, 2008, 05:31 AM
Yep. Amla gone - Lee finaLEE gets a wicket.

186/3 right now. 228 needed to win, 10 overs left before Day 4 says goodbye.

AsifTheManRahman
December 20, 2008, 08:00 AM
What a game this is turning out to be. Johnson I think has the potential to become a permanent feature in the Australian side. Really looking forward to the last day's play.

al Furqaan
December 20, 2008, 07:15 PM
this is a great match...very winnable from SA's perspective.

i hope they do win it...would give mushy's batting on GREEN and BOUNCY tracks a lot more credability.

Rifat
December 20, 2008, 10:06 PM
this is a great match...very winnable from SA's perspective.

i hope they do win it...would give mushy's batting on GREEN and BOUNCY tracks a lot more credability.

even if they lose, that innings by Mushy was one of his best innings in his career(so far...alhamdulillah)

cricman
December 20, 2008, 10:26 PM
SA whipping that Kangarro butt

Kallis with another 6!

billah
December 20, 2008, 10:34 PM
I'm for a RSA win all the way. This is just awesome. It would be a fantastic win. Hope they pull it off.

On an unrelated matter -

I have come to this realization: Kepler is not a commentator of cricket at all. He is actually a spokesman for SA cricket. That is the only rule he plays in the commentary box.

If the opponent bowls well, Kepler says: SA will take full advantage of this unstable pitch condition when they come to bowl"

If the opponent bats well, Kepler says: We will pile on a lot of runs when we come to bat, it's a dead track, actually"

In the same match ! This gets boring after a while.

cricman
December 20, 2008, 11:00 PM
Kallis gone ... lets see if the Choking begins now

Miraz
December 20, 2008, 11:03 PM
Next 30 minutes will decide the fate of the match.

Hoping for a SA win.

sandpiper
December 20, 2008, 11:23 PM
Saffers should win it from here

al Furqaan
December 21, 2008, 02:15 AM
this is the team we lost to, and could easily have avoided innings defeats in both matches.

this is the team that mushy dominated on GREEN and BOUNCY wickets.

hope there is for bangladesh!

auntu
December 21, 2008, 02:49 AM
Congratulations SOUTH AFRICA !!!

Great victory!!!

[বাংলা]চিপা দিয়ে একটা কথা। আশা করি আমাদের বুঝে এসে গিয়েছে বাংলাদেশের সর্বশেষ সফরে টাইগারদের পারফরমেন্স কত ভালো ছিলো...।[/বাংলা]

Nadim
December 21, 2008, 05:44 AM
what a win...by the way Aus is not doing good since india tour. i hope aus get more worse

JonBain
December 21, 2008, 08:24 AM
India definately softened oz up.
SA possibly got a few tips from Gary Kirsten?
Good team work by India and South Africa!

As for Kepler, well, he has never been known for his lateral thinking,
A great opening bat and a fair captain though.
Perhaps one could recommend a course in poetry for him?

His commentary could certainly use some spice, thats true.
The cricket tide is turning~!

Shoikoth
December 21, 2008, 02:07 PM
this is the team we lost to, and could easily have avoided innings defeats in both matches.

this is the team that mushy dominated on GREEN and BOUNCY wickets.

hope there is for bangladesh!

Those were my thoughts as well. I want SA dominating the rear end out of the aussies - though i luv the aussies more.

Akib
December 21, 2008, 02:14 PM
Go SA! Owned the aussies. Great comeback.

sandpiper
December 21, 2008, 02:20 PM
It was a sensational victory. Congrats to the winning side :clap:

Sovik
December 21, 2008, 02:56 PM
this was a great match.

sandpiper
December 21, 2008, 03:13 PM
Aussies are sorely missing McGrath, Warne, Langer and Gilchrist

Sovik
December 21, 2008, 03:25 PM
they couldn't defend 418 in perth. loving their downfall

Rifat
December 21, 2008, 03:31 PM
this is the team we lost to, and could easily have avoided innings defeats in both matches.

this is the team that mushy dominated on GREEN and BOUNCY wickets.

hope there is for bangladesh!

what was so great about Mushy's innings was that not only he batted from #8 but also, he single handedly took the score to 250 in this green bouncy wicket against currently one of the best bowling lineups in the world. i was hoping for an encore in the second innings...but oh well :sigh:

AsifTheManRahman
December 21, 2008, 09:54 PM
Smith was at his peak, de Velliers was brilliant - but for me the man of the day was JP Duminy. Any batsman would be proud of the way that he batted after failing in the first inning on his debut. I'm sure the Australians gave him the verbal stick when he walked out to bat in the second inning with the test match on the balance.

Zeeshan
December 21, 2008, 10:34 PM
having lived in south africa for some time i have lost my appetite for supporting this team. i was hoping for an aussie win...

Russell2k7
December 22, 2008, 01:30 AM
ABD is my favorite player outside the Bangladesh squad. How long since he has been playing? just look at him and Ashraful... what a difference

ialbd
December 22, 2008, 01:52 AM
good job SA..... keep it up... my second fav team after BD (still????)....

nsd3
December 23, 2008, 07:12 PM
SA's positive batting right from the start of the 2nd innings facing a target of 400+ runs was outstanding.

Sovik
December 23, 2008, 08:17 PM
can't wait for the second test

sandpiper
December 23, 2008, 08:46 PM
Its goin to be another heck of an humdinger

Rommel
December 23, 2008, 10:04 PM
Does anyone have highlights of the 1st Test? I would love to see it.

karimjay.
December 24, 2008, 05:54 AM
Aussies are sorely missing McGrath, Warne, Langer and Gilchrist

don't forget martyn.

karimjay.
December 24, 2008, 05:56 AM
the win wasn't how i envisioned it.

i expected paul to get caned, ntini to perform moderately and steyn bowl beautifully.

i expected mckenzie to hold one end while smith flops. i expected kallis to fail miserably. i expected boucher to save sa from disgrace.

i need to work on my punting.

Sovik
December 25, 2008, 06:31 PM
australia to bat after winning the toss. this should be interesting match

Sovik
December 25, 2008, 07:06 PM
hayden's poor form continues.

sandpiper
December 25, 2008, 09:52 PM
Ktich unrooted by Steyn after 54

Murad
December 25, 2008, 10:19 PM
Hussy gone for a duck. His second in this series.

Sovik
December 25, 2008, 10:29 PM
if only mckenzie could hold on to that chance

sandpiper
December 25, 2008, 11:04 PM
Ponting is leading from the front :clap:
Completed his 37th ton.

Sovik
December 25, 2008, 11:15 PM
ponting gone

sandpiper
December 25, 2008, 11:26 PM
Is it the opening of sluice gate ?

thebest
December 26, 2008, 02:01 AM
Aus going down 277/6. Ponting 100 and the rest crap. Clarke is competing with Dravid/ Kallis for most boring batsman

sandpiper
December 26, 2008, 02:26 AM
Another great battle in the offing

sandpiper
December 26, 2008, 07:23 PM
Its now Clarke vs Steyn

sandpiper
December 26, 2008, 08:38 PM
Clarke remained stranded on 88 while Steyn snatched 5

sandpiper
December 26, 2008, 09:38 PM
Siddle trapped McKenzie for a naught

Sovik
December 27, 2008, 12:44 AM
south africa is in deep trouble

tonoy
December 27, 2008, 12:55 AM
this siddle is a beast. what happened to him at india?

JonBain
December 27, 2008, 05:44 AM
South africa need to dig deep here.
The match is going to hang on Harris being able to keep his end up and get a patient 50.
They must get to 300 to stay in the match, bowl oz for 250 and then chase 350.
Can they overcome a first innings deficit and do it again?
The best victories always come from the most precarious positions.

sandpiper
December 27, 2008, 07:26 PM
Harris departs after an useful 40. Aussies are in sight of a sizeable lead.

sandpiper
December 27, 2008, 10:16 PM
Duminy and Steyn leading a brave fightback

sandpiper
December 27, 2008, 11:59 PM
Duminy and Steyn are on the way to make new record partnership for the ninth wicket. What a turnaround it had been. :rolleyes:

Rommel
December 28, 2008, 12:48 AM
Can Duminy get a double?

JonBain
December 28, 2008, 01:12 AM
Truly great cricket.
Wonderful for Steyn and Harris.
That 414 in the last match has boosted confidence for everyone.
Duminy is rising to the occasion, I did not expect a lead,
South Africa trail India by 1 point on the ICC rankings, tying up this series;
even if this match is a draw; should nudge the Proteas ahead.

nzfan
December 28, 2008, 04:14 AM
Duminy scoring the way he has doesn't surprise me in the least.

First innings of the 1st test he was out for one to an awful decision , I knew he had the talent long before this series and it always disappointed me how he could never make it into the test team

mijanur
December 28, 2008, 05:08 AM
steyn wiv 76 oh my days ash cant even do that

Isnaad
December 28, 2008, 09:30 AM
Next no 1 is going to be South Africa in test matches.

JonBain
December 28, 2008, 01:12 PM
Match is nicely poised, loads of pressure on oz,
the next tour in feb when oz comes to sa will be a crunch tour.

Sovik
December 28, 2008, 07:08 PM
hayden is gone.

Sovik
December 28, 2008, 07:16 PM
katich is gone. styne goth both both openers out

Sovik
December 28, 2008, 07:47 PM
Morkel to Hussey, OUT, he's gone! The MCG is stunned! Morkel gets into the wickets column with a ripper of a short ball, banged in on the stumps to unsettle Hussey, hopping on his crease, the ball rears up and takes his helmet before it balloons up for a simple catch for Amla at midwicket, South Africa celebrate but Hussey and Ponting are livid ... a poor call indeed from Aleem Dar, as ball missed the bat by some distance

Tintin
December 28, 2008, 08:25 PM
What is Bucknor doing in Dhaka when Australia wants him there ?

rattlehead
December 29, 2008, 01:27 AM
Dale Steyn, 150 wickets from 30 Tests.
i dont care if its too early to judge or anything, but this man will be one of the greatest fast bowling legends! respect.

Sovik
December 29, 2008, 02:45 AM
who would have thought that south africa could win this match

Sovik
December 29, 2008, 02:47 AM
2.6 Lee to McKenzie, 1 no ball, bowled him ... no, its a no-ball! Frustration for Lee, who sneaks one past McKenzie, hitting the top of off stump identical to how he was cleaned up in the first innings but Lee has overstepped ... what agony for the bowler .. hang on, the ball ricocheted down to fine leg and the umpires are debating whether its a boundary and then they call it a four ... wow, its all happening at the MCG

JonBain
December 29, 2008, 02:51 AM
who would have thought that south africa could win this match
Oz were certainly softened up by India.
Its not over yet.
Its very easy to lose 10 wickets for 150 runs on the last day.
Lets hope that the pitch holds up, if it starts to crumble then the match can turn around again.
I really hope Mckenzie can carry his bat.
Steyn must just look after his fitness and not try too hard and cause himself an injury.

:smug::smug::smug:

thebest
December 29, 2008, 02:54 AM
What is Bucknor doing in Dhaka when Australia wants him there ?
:-D
I think win-win situtation for ACB and BCB to exchange Bucknor with Rauf

cricman
December 29, 2008, 04:40 PM
Dale Steyn is an absolute beast, Best Player in the World hands down

JonBain
December 29, 2008, 09:50 PM
And to think that oz won both tosses as well.
Without Warne & McGrath, Oz are just another cricket team.
Steyn is THE HUMDINGER.
Very happy for Mckenzie, I'd like to seem him get a 200 in the 3rd test.

JonBain
December 29, 2008, 10:21 PM
Ha!
Take that kangaroos.
Duminy has a test batting average of 108.

.....

What a fine effort from Jon Bain, thats a solid 100 posts,
A patient innings that took him over a year.
A couple of contentious moments, but he survived not to be banned LBW (language before warning)

Yasin.
December 30, 2008, 06:22 AM
Ha!
Take that kangaroos.
Duminy has a test batting average of 108.

.....

What a fine effort from Jon Bain, thats a solid 100 posts,
A patient innings that took him over a year.
A couple of contentious moments, but he survived not to be banned LBW (language before warning)

lol..Congrats !

bharat
December 30, 2008, 12:39 PM
Hail the no#1 team in World Cricket..SA:notworthy:

AsifTheManRahman
December 30, 2008, 12:51 PM
Duminy is my new favorite.

Sovik
December 30, 2008, 05:02 PM
Ha!
Take that kangaroos.
Duminy has a test batting average of 108.

.....

What a fine effort from Jon Bain, thats a solid 100 posts,
A patient innings that took him over a year.
A couple of contentious moments, but he survived not to be banned LBW (language before warning)

congratulations brother for your patience century, hope there will be many more rapid ones

Murad
January 2, 2009, 07:56 PM
Ponting goes for a first ball :duck:

:floor: :floor::floor:

sandpiper
January 2, 2009, 08:08 PM
Dont worry, he will hit a ton in the second innings. He is not an Ashraful :)

JonBain
January 2, 2009, 10:11 PM
Australia win 3 tosses, bat first each time, feels like an omen for south africa ...

JonBain
January 2, 2009, 10:44 PM
oz 130/4, and clarke is dropped by Ntini off Harris!
Nearly 5 down!

Sovik
January 3, 2009, 07:55 PM
amla dropped clarke when he was 60 odd. they would have been in trouble.

JonBain
January 4, 2009, 06:51 AM
Smith has in hand in plaster, retired hurt.
125/1 chasing 445.
This is hardly a dead rubber.
Oz are protecting a 100 years of history with no whitewash at home.
Oz will be happy for the draw, South Africa can try and attack now, but with Smith out of the game,
its going to take another magic Duminy & Steyn effort.

Can you believe Clarke finally fell to Duminy's bowling?
It seems Clarke was dropped about three times, so oz have been quite lucky so far.

Sovik
January 4, 2009, 04:40 PM
how the hell did johnson manage to score 60 odd. kallis dropped him on 17. would have been a different game

sandpiper
January 4, 2009, 08:48 PM
Australians are having success with ball picking up the key wickets. I am smelling another great finish here. Medium pacer Andrew McDonald is bowling some good spell making Amla his first test scalp.

sandpiper
January 5, 2009, 01:24 AM
Siddles picks up 3 quick wickets as Australians having the edge again.

sandpiper
January 5, 2009, 01:35 AM
Aussies got a sizeable lead

go Punter go :D

sandpiper
January 5, 2009, 01:43 AM
Hayden sets off in a dashing mood scoring 10 runs in the first over :)

sandpiper
January 5, 2009, 01:52 AM
So Aussies are doing well to put themselves in the driving seat here :)

sandpiper
January 5, 2009, 02:04 AM
At stumps on day 3, Australia leading by 151 runs without losing any wicket. :clap:

BD-Shardul
January 5, 2009, 05:01 AM
Most of the time Amla falls after scoring fifty. Why couldn't he carry?

mijanur
January 5, 2009, 02:34 PM
Most of the time Amla falls after scoring fifty. Why couldn't he carry?

becoz he is like most of our bd players!!
but the sad thing is that bd player always manage 2 get in 20s then get themselves out

JonBain
January 5, 2009, 02:37 PM
Most of the time Amla falls after scoring fifty. Why couldn't he carry?

very good question, he needs to move up a gear...

for the third time, oz win the toss and have a good lead after the first innings,
can south africa pull yet another victory from the jaws of defeat?

its all about fitness and stamina at this point in the series.
perhaps amla needs to work on his overall fitness as well?

JonBain
January 6, 2009, 06:45 AM
Match wonderfully poised,
If I were Ponting I would have been worried about South Africa winning from
precarious positions, and would have batted out day 4 to ensure that the
whitewash was impossible.

But from a cricket point of view, its great that he left us a window,
South Africa have everything to play for, the whitewash, and the number 1 spot
are a distinct possibility.

A pity the night watchman did not get a quick 40, that would have given oz the jitters.
314 in 90 overs, means score at 2.5 for 40, don't lose wickets,
and then try and get 220 in the last 50.

Oz can still win, if the pitch is as bad and cracked as they say it is,
and South Africa chase too quickly.

Smith may yet have to come on and try and biff a few to win.
Test cricket at its best.
If South Africa win this, Ponting is going to be sacked!

Sovik
January 6, 2009, 02:39 PM
If South Africa win this, Ponting is going to be sacked!

and hayden would have to retire. whitewashing australia? i'd love to see that

AsifTheManRahman
January 6, 2009, 03:36 PM
Most of the time Amla falls after scoring fifty. Why couldn't he carry?He caught it when he came to Bangladesh. Looks like there are no vaccines for this disease.

Murad
January 6, 2009, 10:39 PM
<TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width=603 bgColor=#eeeeee><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD colSpan=2>Siddle has made inroads. Boucher can consider himself very unlucky. Siddle was wide of the crease and the ball was angling well down the stumps. In comes Paul Harris.</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD width=30 align=right>76.5</TD><TD width="100%">Siddle to Boucher, OUT, thats a poor decision from Asoka de Silva, the ball is delivered from wide of the crease, a quick full toss that Boucher cannot pick as he shuffles across towards off stump, it strikes him very high on the pad and would have missed leg stump by some distance </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD width=30></TD><TD>MV Boucher lbw b Siddle 4 (26m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.00</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


Asoka Asoka Asoka.. I guess we are not the only country who gets bad decisions from him.

cricket_king
January 6, 2009, 10:46 PM
LOL. You guys should've seen that decision. If I was Boucher I swear to God I would've whacked him with my bat. Idiot. I'm glad he's being exposed during this Australia tour.

sandpiper
January 6, 2009, 11:39 PM
So, Ponting saved his captaincy for now

Murad
January 7, 2009, 12:49 AM
SA is drawing the TEst.

Steyn and Ntini are the best :D

nzfan
January 7, 2009, 01:03 AM
Everyone knows how bad of an umpire de silva is.


He failed the sri lankan umpiring exam and complained about it.

Someones actually named their horse "a shocker de silva"

nzfan
January 7, 2009, 01:10 AM
Steyb out, smith comes out to bat with a broken hand, come on south africa draw this, australia do not deserve it, turning into another sydney conspiracy

cricket_pagol
January 7, 2009, 02:11 AM
Smith showed a lot of guts batting with a broken hand... The South African team seemed to have removed the choker tag for now.

BD-Shardul
January 7, 2009, 06:54 AM
Amla again fell today after scoring 59.

JonBain
January 7, 2009, 07:11 AM
Terrible that the guy that could have won it for south africa was given out like that.
Boucher must be bitter.
Not test cricket at its best after that.
Those umpires ruined a great contest.

I do not think I have ever seen 4 LBW decisions in a row before.
The statistics show that in Australia, Australia get considerably more LBW decisions in their
favour than anyone else anywhere else.

Crooked finger umpires, both of them.
Winning or losing is no problem, when the match is fairly played.

Very annoying.
I think I'll be playing computer cricket instead for a while.
Yes the umpire in my game also has moods, but if you keep
your eye on him, you can click him back into a neutral position.

TV referrals are a must for all wicket decisions.
Chop off the crooked finger!

Sovik
January 11, 2009, 05:50 AM
1st twenty20. south africa is in trouble. but duminy has been playing well

Sovik
January 11, 2009, 05:58 AM
duminy, future of south african cricket

mijanur
January 11, 2009, 06:09 AM
duminy not future of south africa.

i am (lol)

mijanur
January 11, 2009, 06:12 AM
what a catch by hussey

Yasin.
January 11, 2009, 07:00 AM
Match over. Australia have won way too convincingly.

Nafi
January 11, 2009, 02:09 PM
Wow Tait bowled so quick in his first over, 156 kph, He can break the world record in the future.

tonoy
January 11, 2009, 03:46 PM
Where was this Australia during the test? Glad to see Tait back in action.

Murad
January 11, 2009, 06:55 PM
Tait always bowls fast. But he has problem with his line and lenghts.

ahaque
January 13, 2009, 10:17 PM
is graeme smith going to play this ODI series. If not i expect the aussies to whitewash them.

sandpiper
January 15, 2009, 01:42 AM
ok. Saffers won the test series breaking a 17 yr old Aussie hegemony spanning the Border Steve Waugh and Ponting period; then the host came back sharp to win a couple of 20-20s. Now is the time for one dayers, where both the teams are in good form. Waiting to see another keenly fought series. Both team got some new faces included for the one dayers. Although the springboks are in a very good shape, they will miss out the skipper for some injury and will have to depend on Botha's captaincy who couldnt impress in the shorter version. Last time the Saffers beat the world champions were in Johannesburgh chasing 433 in an unforgettable contest. I would bet for the Aussies to win this time :)

sandpiper
January 16, 2009, 01:58 AM
well Aussies have posted 271 choosing to bat first. Lets see how their bowlers come up to defend that total. Good batting from D Hussey, Shaun Marsh and the captain himself. I guess it might be difficult to score under light as the Saffers are missing in form Graeme Smith. Amla, Duminy, Kallis and De Villiers should be their key.

Sovik
January 16, 2009, 02:13 AM
south africa missed few chances

Sovik
January 16, 2009, 03:03 AM
gibbs is playing well

Sovik
January 16, 2009, 04:45 AM
duminy is the man

sandpiper
January 16, 2009, 06:02 AM
South Africa got two genius' in these Morkel brothers. They are the future pioneers of this team.

sandpiper
January 16, 2009, 06:10 AM
aussies never won a match against springboks at Melbourne and the record remained intact for another occasion. Great match to start the series. Waiting to see more actions in the remaining matches.

sandpiper
January 17, 2009, 01:52 PM
Michael Clarke left out of the squad ahead of the second match and 20-20 hardhitter Warner has been included to give a run. Aussie batting isnt looking at its best, likewise the bowling. Bracken, Tait, Hilfenhous, Hopes are just not looking good enough in comparison to Morkel brothers, Ntini, Steyn and co. Saffers battsmen are in runs although they are missing injured Greame Smith. Both team had shown some sparkling fielding in the series opening encounter. Now its goin to be a day match at the island city Hobart, homeground of Ricky Ponting. He will surely be desperate to square the series to save his teams face as defending world champions.

sandpiper
January 18, 2009, 01:59 AM
So, it was another heck of humdinger at Bellerive and the hosts were able to pull the rug out of visitors feet to square the series. I thought Bracken bowled exceptionally well in the death overs to contain South African middle order. Albei tried his best but Boucher took some time before started throwing his bat around and that time was costly. Neil McKenzie also ate up some valuable balls towards the end. Aussies got the morale boosting win here and series is open again. Debutante opener Warner failed to score big but the local hero Ponting played a vaualbe innings with Shan Marsh who also got back to back fifty.

http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/72300/72307.1.jpg

sandpiper
January 22, 2009, 03:39 AM
Australian side is boosted by the inclusion of Mitchell Johnson for the third match of the series.

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/inline/content/image/337587.jpg?alt=2

sandpiper
January 22, 2009, 10:36 PM
Warner on fire :) go Oz go

Murad
January 22, 2009, 10:43 PM
Warner bats more like Gilchrist. Very exciting to watch.

sandpiper
January 22, 2009, 10:59 PM
58 without loss after 10 overs

Aussies will surely surpass 300 today.

sandpiper
January 22, 2009, 11:24 PM
14.3 Kallis to Warner, SIX, hah! Kallis drops in an attempted bouncer but Warner collects from off stump and swats it over the infield for a flat six, thats a tremendous shot, and what placement
Great find for Australia

sandpiper
January 22, 2009, 11:37 PM
100 up without loss. Aussies are building on this pair.

sandpiper
January 22, 2009, 11:45 PM
Steyn has given the breakthrough

ausbangfan
January 23, 2009, 12:02 AM
marsh out

btw sorry to break the trend of sandpiper posting heaps of times in a row

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 12:30 AM
Punter gone and skipper removed skipper at Sydney

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 12:48 AM
Haddin castled as the Saffers came back hard

cameron
January 23, 2009, 02:41 AM
stupid channel 9 has win news on instead of the cricket. im really angry now.

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 02:49 AM
two openers got lives in the same over from Tait. Aussies cant afford those errors too often

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 03:34 AM
A 37 ball 50 for Gibbs, not a good news for the hosts. What a match. Saffers reached 100 in no time.

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 03:56 AM
Johnson sends back Gibbs as the match is on.

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 02:19 PM
Folks, this Albei Morkel turns out to be an astonishing finisher, reminding me the other batsman-allrounder of late 90's, Lance Klusenar. And the South African team looking better equipped in comparison to the Australian side who are just unable to fill the vacuum left by the outgoing generation of bug-guns. Way to go South Africa.

Zeeshan
January 23, 2009, 02:23 PM
sheyane sheyane

Tigers_eye
January 23, 2009, 04:22 PM
Folks, this Albei Morkel turns out to be an astonishing finisher, reminding me the other batsman-allrounder of late 90's, Lance Klusenar. And the South African team looking better equipped in comparison to the Australian side who are just unable to fill the vacuum left by the outgoing generation of bug-guns. Way to go South Africa.
Is he any threat to Shakib?

sandpiper
January 23, 2009, 04:43 PM
Who knows ? May be in the long term. Coz the competition is real high at that level and you gotta be consistent to occupy that exotic place for long. Considering the current form, not only the Morkel brothers, but Dilshan, Kallis, Oram, Malik, Michael Clarke or even Flintoff can buttress their cause to climb up the list. So far, the South African team management didnt do any experiment with his position like the previous one during late 90's; when they used to shuffle the batting order quite often sending Klusener to open suddenly with Kirsten, using Cullinan, Cronje, Rhodes, Symcox in different batting positions. If they find success promoting Albei's position ahead of McKenzie, Duminy and Boucher as a pinch hitter, he will surely become a top class all rounder.
Is he any threat to Shakib?

JonBain
January 24, 2009, 02:57 PM
If they find success promoting Albei's position ahead of McKenzie, Duminy and Boucher as a pinch hitter, he will surely become a top class all rounder.

Thats exactly what I was thinking

billah
January 25, 2009, 01:40 AM
Funny no one has opened a thread to congratulate Kallis' 10K.

Isn't he just the second alrounder to get there after Jayasuria? What an asset this man have been. Looking back, this man always performed his best under the most adverse of conditions. My mental image of his career is nothing but a storm. SA has had a mixture of success, failures and some bad luck. They had plenty of changes, turbulant times and through all these, this guy kept performing. Almost feels like he sneaked into the 10k club.

Congratulations to Jaques Kallis.

al Furqaan
January 25, 2009, 01:45 AM
OZ been losing a lot at home recently...their era of domination is over without doubt.

mijanur
January 25, 2009, 05:17 AM
australia r slacking

sandpiper
January 25, 2009, 04:25 PM
So, the fourth match of the this closely fought Commonwealth Bank series is about to start at the Adelaide Oval and the World Champions are in serious threat of conceding another home defeat. Tourists are looking more energetic and will be under less pressure after that valiant win at SCG. Aussies are still struggling to cope up with the deficiencies in both batting and bowling, sorely missing the kind of Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke. Rookie openers like Warner and Marsh tried their best to give them a good start so far, but the middle and tail orders have been failed to expedite. On the other hand the Saffers are toiling hard to have a break through in the first power play although the spinners and fielders are giving the edge in the middle and late overs. Kept my fingers crossed to enjoy another nail biter.

JonBain
January 25, 2009, 04:36 PM
I did not know that so many pretty girls enjoyed chatting about cricket.

;-j

sandpiper
January 25, 2009, 11:16 PM
I thought it was a bit freakish but Ricky Ponting once again decided to pick up the bat first. Openers failed to last long but the skipper himself is on the mission of repairwork. Ntini and Steyn both picked up one wicket each.

sandpiper
January 25, 2009, 11:22 PM
Ponting Hussey(M) partnership is becoming the major headache for Johan Botha. Punters has just completed the fifty; his 66th in ODI. :clap:

sandpiper
January 25, 2009, 11:29 PM
14.6 M Morkel to MEK Hussey, SIX, Whack! Hussey loves that midwicket boundary, Morkel drops it short, and Hussey clobbers it into the crowd

Aussies got a sizeable platform to work towards 300. Botha is trying his big guns to break these two. Seems like Punter is goin to hit a biggie here.

sandpiper
January 25, 2009, 11:51 PM
Skipper gave South Africa the much-wanted breakthrough. Hussey (M) departs as his brother lands in.

sandpiper
January 25, 2009, 11:55 PM
And Makhaya Ntini inflicted the vital blow to the hosts clastling well settled Ponting for 63. Game on. :)

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 12:05 AM
Botha picked up Haddin as the hosts sent into the backfoot losing 3 wickets within 18 runs.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 12:11 AM
Only in his 39th ODI, as a makeshift captain, Johan Botha is doing really well against the world champions. :clap:

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 12:16 AM
Surely the Aussies has given up the dream of 300 for now; lets see how these two middle order can fare at this demanding situation. Repairwork has surely pegged the momentum back again.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 12:30 AM
Here you go ! Albei again ! David Hussey is the latest to bite the dust and now its a question of survival for the World Champions

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 12:43 AM
Runrate has fallen below 5 thanks to the economical spell from stand-in captain.

Johan Botha 10 0 28 2

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 01:07 AM
White falls to Steyn as crisis deepens. Big setback for Australia.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 01:15 AM
Ntini nailed Johnson for a duck as the Aussies reel. It was his third wicket of the day. All hopes (of batting the full quota) are on Hopes now.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 01:29 AM
Hopes hit a huge six as the hosts surpassed 200 mark

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 01:37 AM
Hopes departs in a crucial stage after a valuable 42. Three wicket haul for Steyn too. The 11th batsman steps in to the crease.

Zeeshan
January 26, 2009, 01:40 AM
Rooting for Australia here...

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 01:47 AM
hehe... but the momentum is with the tourists you know. Only some miraculous bowling can keep their hopes alive. They brought Tait and White into the squad. No Bracken today. With Hopes and Hilfenhous it would be a huge task for the hosts for sure. As I am writing, Hilfenhous is out and South Africa needs 223 to win a series against world champs.
Rooting for Australia here...

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 01:56 AM
Well, Aussies have shown the guts to fight back hard before when it really mattered. So I am not writing them off so easily. 222 (double nelson) is still a sizeable amount and the Springboks shouldnt think of it as a cakewalk, as we saw keen contest in all the previous matches (3 tests and 3 one dayers) in this seesaw battle.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 02:37 AM
Poor start for Shaun Tait. 9 runs came from the over as the beard person hit the first boundary.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 02:40 AM
Confident start for Gibbs too as he pelts Hilfenhous to the boundary in successive deliveries

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 02:48 AM
Openers give a rapid start for the tourists as the Aussies are in desparate need for a breakthrough.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 03:09 AM
Hilfenhous gives Australia some respite after some early blow. Gibbs was always in a hurry and succumbs for a breezy 38.

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 03:23 AM
Hopes brings back Aussie hope sending Kallis back to the hut. Two down South Africa.

yaseer
January 26, 2009, 03:24 AM
79/2 Kallis gone..........khela mone hoi jome uthbe

yaseer
January 26, 2009, 03:57 AM
115/2 after 20 overs.......SA are on their way to series win.....

mahbubH
January 26, 2009, 04:32 AM
nice to see Aussie on Knees, they have dominated the cricket for long time. Now it is time to change .. wel done South Africa .... 172/2 SAF

yaseer
January 26, 2009, 04:40 AM
ya....Aussies lost the test series.......now they are going to loose the ODI as well....most importantly all these happening in their home ground.....Well-done SA.....

Ajfar
January 26, 2009, 11:20 AM
luks like the aussie regime has come an end...

sandpiper
January 26, 2009, 12:50 PM
Kudos to South Africa on winning it comprehensively. I am afraid Aussies might capitulate to the Kiwis this time in the Chapel Hadlee one-dayers.

Nadim
January 26, 2009, 01:38 PM
Aus missing m.clark and A. symonds very much........

JonBain
January 26, 2009, 01:38 PM
Thanks much for the commentary, i don't have time to watch it on TV, so
its always great to get a match summary.
(I'm sure Angie would make a great cricket commentator)

Australia?
Where's that?
Is it that island a bit to the south of Sri Lanka?

sandpiper
January 28, 2009, 06:47 PM
Ok, its time for the final match of this enthralling series between two top rivals. This time Australia will get the service of Michael Clarke and Nathan Bracken who have been recovering from thumb and calf injuries respectively. Visitors are going to give a rest to Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn in spite of the fact that a victory at WACA will take them to the top of the ICC ranking. Two new faces in the name of Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, both of whom are left arm fast bowlers have been included into the squad. The toss winning skipper should chose the bowl first, I presume. Waiting to spectate how the drama unfolds.

sandpiper
January 29, 2009, 03:26 AM
So, the home team decided to keep Tait and White out of the team to make room for Clarke and Bracken.

JonBain
January 29, 2009, 03:17 PM
oz, bowl first?
has this ever happenned before?
south africa, win a toss? never!

Zeeshan
January 29, 2009, 11:46 PM
Go auzziezzzz!

Murad
January 29, 2009, 11:58 PM
Poor shot from Gibbs.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 01:41 AM
100 partnership between Amla and De Villiers once again. South Africans should start slog now.

Zeeshan
January 30, 2009, 01:48 AM
I switch from Aussies to supporting Safians now. :D

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 01:57 AM
De Villiers out, Duminy in. I thought Morkel would be the appropriate partner of Amla to get some quick runs on the board.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:10 AM
Hopes got Amla caught behind who narrowly misses the ton. Great contest in the offing.

Zeeshan
January 30, 2009, 02:11 AM
Amla 3 short of century. [Post count galore!]

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:11 AM
Albei has stepped into the field and I am smelling another blitz

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:17 AM
41.4 Bracken to JA Morkel, FOUR, woof! Thats dropped in fractionally shot and Albie picks it up from outside off stump and hammers it past midwicket before anyone can react

200 up for the tourists

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:29 AM
Albei has failed to replicate the magic and departs for 14.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:32 AM
JP went berserk as Johnson concedes 20 in his final over.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:37 AM
250 up as JP propels the wheel. 280 seems possible.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:47 AM
JP completes 50 in 33 balls. Tourists reached 268 for 6.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 02:54 AM
Inclusion of Nathan Bracken in place of Tait is proving horrible for the home team.

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 03:00 AM
So, JP remained not out on 60 as the Saffers reached 288 in 50 overs. Not an easy task to surpass, but you never know, this is Australia and the visitors will miss Ntini and Steyn.

thebest
January 30, 2009, 04:25 AM
Aus going down, going down, gone
3/35 ponting, marsh, clarke back in hut

Sovik
January 30, 2009, 07:35 AM
south africa thrashed australia

ialbd
January 30, 2009, 09:57 AM
uprooting Australia from no.1 spot.... and doing that in style right there in Australia.....

well done Proteas....

sandpiper
January 30, 2009, 10:09 AM
http://l.yimg.com/t/icccricket/images/morkel-home-2601.jpg

Congratulations to Saffers on grabbing the top position :clap::clap:

http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/rankings/rankings.html

al Furqaan
January 30, 2009, 12:10 PM
so only the saffers and aussies have ever held the top spot in the rankings right?

good to know we've beaten both sides when they were top ranked.

JonBain
January 30, 2009, 04:48 PM
Good to see the new guys do so well, Tsotsobe is a great find being a left-armer too.
Never mind burning the bails and contesting those ashes,
SA should burn the wickets and the umpires hat as well.

The return series will show if the oz era has ended.

Looks to me like the honours for the next few years will be a battle
between India and South Africa,
with perhaps Sri Lanka surpassing Oz as well.

They have really lost the plot by not building for the future soon enough.
And they way the henpeck Symmonds like a bunch of old women
is petty and anal.