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firstlane
October 29, 2012, 08:13 AM
I admit winning an Ashes is more satisfying but to me a Aus vs SA test series is the best in terms of cricketing quality.

A department vs department comparison gives us a better idea about the teams’ strengths and weaknesses I think. In saying that I can’t really keep one team ahead of the other except Australia is little behind in the spin department. Team’s only spinner Nathan Lyon has shown poor form in the domestics this season. In comparison Imran Tahir played his part well in the more recent win against England. SA also have the luxury of having Robin Peterson in the squad who is great turner of the ball. Last time around at down under Duminy’s spin proved to be effective enough to claim top scalps as well. We might see Michael Clarke rolling arms for Australia in time of dire needs but his back doesn’t hold back well when he bowls.

Batting wise both teams have almost equal number of match winners. Although relatively less experienced Cowan, Warner and Wade makes it little unpredictable, the home advantage tilts the balance back on their side. There was a concern about how Ricky Ponting’s long break from international cricket affects his form after he was dropped from one day side last season. Well he has indicated that he enjoyed his break with an unbeaten 162 against a test quality Victorian bowling attack of Pattinson, McKay, Siddle and hastings. But that didn’t stop South African quicks to threaten the old man ahead of the series. It will be interesting to see how ageing Ponting, arguably one of the best hookers and pullers of the game fares against the pace, bounce and swing of Steyn, Morkel and Philander. This series will also decide whether he still got what it takes to be a part of the quest to regain the Ashes next year which he on many occasions mentioned is his sole motivation to keep going at this age. Australian batsmen's weakness again spin other than Clarke and Hussey is a matter of concern though.

South Africa’s batting never looked so assuring with the way Amla batting now. Him along with Kallis, Devilliers and frequent contributions from Smith and Duminy will test Australian bowlers stamina. They have to toil really hard to get to the tail.

What I believe will often make the difference is the tail enders’ batting. And Australia is slightly ahead in this department. All of of Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Starc, Cummins, Pattinson and Lyon can cuase sheer frustration to any bowling attack.

These are the top two fielding sides of world cricket. Expecting some breath taking dives, catches and throws from the likes of Duminy, Devilliers, Warner and Ponting.

The salivating of all is the pace attack of both teams. I can’t remember of seeing such quality fast bowlers facing each other in the recent past. Siddle and Hilfenhaus don’t stack up to be as menacing as Steyn and Morkel but it’s the surprise factor of young Starc, Pattinson and Cummins (later in the series) makes it so intriguing. I am tempted to say ‘there will be blood’.

This series will also see Kallis and Watson, two of the world’s current best all-rounders trying to prove that they worth more than the other in their respective teams.

In all counts it promises to be a tremendous series. And the fact that Aussies have expressed their intention to claim the no.1 test spot back this summer makes it more interesting. I wish there were 5 tests.

http://i.imgur.com/Ta5YX.png
Cricinfo

South Africa squad: Graeme Smith (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile (wk).

Australia squad for the 1st test: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

AsifTheManRahman
October 29, 2012, 10:06 AM
Agreed, a Test match between these two teams always represents cricket at its best. Been looking forward to this series for a while now.

Naimul_Hd
October 29, 2012, 12:43 PM
Should be a cracking series ! Aus is relatively weaker side on paper but Aussies are always a deadly side at home.

BrianLara7
October 29, 2012, 04:59 PM
Australia will win the series.

BengaliPagol
October 30, 2012, 03:44 AM
Finally a decent summer! I thought the last summer was going to be good but India were just :facepalm:

Anyways i think there will be some close matches in this series and Australia will really be challenged at home. Good to see Cowan given another chance to prove himself. I also hope Matty Wade cements his position as keeper. But Brad Haddin will certainly keep him on his toes.

I cant wait to see Amla, Philander & Dale Steyn in action. :)

Tiger Manc
October 30, 2012, 11:41 AM
Really looking forward to this series. Two heavyweights battling it out for the No 1 title. It's set to be a cracker. I'm just disappointed it's only a 3 match series.

Andybike
October 31, 2012, 04:29 AM
It will be the great series and Two great team once again play together and I think South africa will have great chance to win test series but Odi series will win australia.

firstlane
October 31, 2012, 06:57 AM
Allan Donald bowled in Australia during the age of Shane Warne. Thus, Test match wickets were straw-coloured and prone to wearing, fast bowlers treasured the few overs of conventional assistance offered by the new ball, and spinners twirled away less in hope than expectation.

More than a decade since he last visited Australia as a player, Donald has returned as South Africa's bowling coach to find that Australian Test pitches now offer bounce, pace and lateral movement in more generous quantities.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/current/story/588833.html

Expecting some chin music.

AsifTheManRahman
October 31, 2012, 07:30 AM
Siddle is proven, so it'll be interesting to see how Pattinson and especially Starc react to all the hype.
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Dilscoop
November 1, 2012, 12:33 AM
Finally! Haven't seen these two play in a while. Should be good. New era, lots of new faces. But hopefully the same intensity and quality will still be there.

Zunaid
November 1, 2012, 12:53 AM
Siddle is proven, so it'll be interesting to see how Pattinson and especially Starc react to all the hype.
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I have my money on Starc to come good.

Dilscoop
November 1, 2012, 01:03 AM
Pattinson over Star. And Cummins, if he is fit. But honestly, Mitch needs to step up. He is going through a Tim Lincecum phase, except it lasting for seasonsssss. On the other hand, SA got nothing to worry about.

It will be a series of who has the worst spinners, and which old bags are clicking.

Zunaid
November 1, 2012, 01:44 AM
It will be a series of who has the worst spinners, and which old bags are clicking.

That's one way to look at it, you pessimist.

BengaliPagol
November 1, 2012, 05:14 AM
1. Dave Warner
2. Ed Cowan
3. Shane Watson
4. Ricky Ponting
5. Michael Clarke
6. Micheal Hussey
7. Matthew Wade
8. Nathan Lyon
9. Peter Siddle
10. Mitchell Starc
11. Ben Hilfenhaus

Its really hard picking the pace attack. The other pace bowler to pick from is Pattinson. I rate Pattinson and the whole Aussie pace attack very highly but Hilfy has bowled well of recent time, Siddle is a mainstay due to experience and Starc is coming off some really good form from the recent Champions League and T20 World Cup. That kinds leaves Pattinson on the outer. But they will probably rotate Starc and Pattinson throughout the test series due to workload.

If Cowan doesnt perform this series then he might be punted for Phil Hughes or Uzzie Khawaja. Ponting has been in good form in the Sheffield Shield so he deserves his place in the team.

al Furqaan
November 1, 2012, 07:51 AM
Agreed, a Test match between these two teams always represents cricket at its best. Been looking forward to this series for a while now.

Damn...I am not going to be able to enjoy this series. But you summed up my thoughts exactly. I hope that Pattinson and Cummins stay healthy for a long time. With their pathetic spinners, Pattinson, Siddle, Cummins, and Starc could revive the 4-pronged attack that test cricket could use so badly. That would be freaking awesome!

BengaliPagol
November 1, 2012, 03:38 PM
Damn...I am not going to be able to enjoy this series. But you summed up my thoughts exactly. I hope that Pattinson and Cummins stay healthy for a long time. With their pathetic spinners, Pattinson, Siddle, Cummins, and Starc could revive the 4-pronged attack that test cricket could use so badly. That would be freaking awesome!

You can also add Watsons name to the list. Pretty much 5 capable pace bowlers. And when needed Clarkey or Warner can bowl a couple of spinners. Im still shocked over what happened with Katich. Even though age has hit him, he has always been a dependable opener with a very healthy average of 45. He would have replaced Cowan as opener any day of the week and he is a capable spin bowler.

Dilscoop
November 1, 2012, 03:55 PM
That's one way to look at it, you pessimist.

What I said isn't untrue, but I'm not saying that's what I'll will look forward in this series.

This is my favorite matchup. This > Overhyped Ind-Pak political rivalry.

NoName
November 1, 2012, 05:48 PM
Australia will like to dish out some serious payback after their 2011 Tour, though they drew the series the first match was just a brutal massacre.

AsifTheManRahman
November 2, 2012, 11:56 AM
How they've made sure that at 29, Steyn is much more durable than some in their early 20's:


Australia A v South Africans, Sydney

Steyn's masterclass in durability

Daniel Brettig (http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/current/story/589248.html#)
November 1, 2012


Though modesty caused Dale Steyn (http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/player/47492.html) to shy away from the assertion that he is the best bowler in the world, it cannot be disputed that over the past eight years he has been the best managed. Despite a method that relies on delivering the ball at high speed with near to maximum effort most of the time, Steyn has missed remarkably few Test matches for South Africa.


Since he became an established part of the team, only two Tests in England in 2008 stand out as major matches Steyn has been unable to take part in, and those were not for any bowling injury but a broken thumb. As Australia's hierarchy wrestle with the matter of how best to develop the talent of their young fast bowlers, notably the increasingly injury-afflicted Pat Cummins, Steyn's example stands out for its good sense and its simplicity.


More: http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/current/story/589248.html

BengaliPagol
November 2, 2012, 09:43 PM
Australia A team is doing very well against the South Africans. Alex Doolan scored 151. He is a person to watch out for in the future.

firstlane
November 4, 2012, 09:31 PM
Rob Quiney in for Shane Watson and Josh Hazelwood for Pat Cummins.

"Pat Cummins' loss is Josh Hazlewood's gain. The back stress fracture that will keep Cummins out of the home summer has in turn elevated Hazlewood to Australia's mandatory five-man pace battery ahead of the Gabba Test against South Africa, and may yet see him make his debut in Perth.

Already in Brisbane for New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, Hazlewood was told to remain in town instead of flying home with the rest of the Blues' non-Test players on Sunday evening.

Australia's hierarchy have been keen to have five fast bowlers on hand at each Test match this summer, not only in case of injury but also to allow the youngest paceman the chance to learn from the others. "
http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/current/story/589784.html

Watson out, Cummins out and Ponting is not 100%. Australia's chances are getting slimmer.

firstlane
November 7, 2012, 08:09 AM
PAKISTANI asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed has the scalps of a handful of Test batsmen to show for his net session with the Australian team on Monday.
Ahmed was invited to Brisbane to bowl in the nets to Australia's batsmen to assist with the team's preparation because his leg spin resembles that of South Africa's Pakistan-born leg spinner Imran Tahir.
As he waits for news of his application for refugee protection, which is before federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, Ahmed shared a net with off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
He bowled to captain Michael Clarke, one of the world's best players of spin, and later came around the wicket to the left-handers.
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''They are pretty good, but I bowled all right. Michael Clarke is really good, especially to the spinners, and I really enjoyed myself,'' he said.
''I got a couple of wickets, Matthew Wade and a couple of the fast bowlers, [James] Pattinson and [Peter] Siddle. Matthew Wade I got with a wrong 'un, up in the air, and Siddle just tried to slog.''
Ahmed says he was persecuted in northern Pakistan for promoting Western values as a cricketer and coach.
His claim for protection is supported by Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia, as well as former International Cricket Council boss Malcolm Gray.
He plays first-grade cricket for Melbourne University, while working in a warehouse, and for Cricket Victoria as a mentor for new migrants.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/howzat-for-a-spin-seeker-20121106-28vhs.html#ixzz2BXeiiNz0

firstlane
November 7, 2012, 08:20 AM
Like Australia's new training kit especially the cap.

http://i.imgur.com/LX5WZ.jpg

Navo
November 7, 2012, 11:42 AM
^ You mean you like the Duronto Rajshahi training kit?

firstlane
November 8, 2012, 06:36 AM
Justin Langer will complete his duties with Australia's Test team in Brisbane before an expected announcement of his appointment as the new coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

Following the resignation of the WA coach Lachlan Stevens, Langer was approved as the WACA's "preferred candidate" for the job at a board meeting on Wednesday night.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/current/story/590317.html

What a timing.

Dilscoop
November 8, 2012, 05:40 PM
One. More. Hour!

Tiger444
November 8, 2012, 05:47 PM
Ya I'm pumped. Got a dilemma though. Do I watch the Thunder/Bulls or this match?

Dilscoop
November 8, 2012, 05:54 PM
^ I'd watch the start of this match and switch over. You will still have 8 hrs x4 left of this.

Tiger444
November 8, 2012, 06:00 PM
^ I'd watch the start of this match and switch over. You will still have 8 hrs x4 left of this.

Good point. I'll do that. Thanks Dilscoop. :)

BengaliPagol
November 8, 2012, 06:14 PM
Geed for this match. Gonna be a cracker of a test series!

Dilscoop
November 8, 2012, 06:25 PM
57m Americans supporting the Aussies tonight ... #RMoneywagon

Dilscoop
November 8, 2012, 07:00 PM
Nadiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim!!!

Tiger Manc
November 8, 2012, 07:29 PM
SA win the toss and bat first. SA have gone in with a 4 man pace attack.

Zeeshan
November 8, 2012, 07:32 PM
this protractor is a new thing they got now

BengaliPagol
November 8, 2012, 08:43 PM
Amla is accelerating.

Tiger444
November 8, 2012, 09:07 PM
SA have done pretty well so far

Zeeshan
November 8, 2012, 11:35 PM
what a hard quiz http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/magazine/quiz.html?edition=1

btw, what a difference it makes from naming someone from your typical "ALAM" to just shifting some letters around for "AMLA"

AsifTheManRahman
November 8, 2012, 11:47 PM
Another Amla ton in the making. Kallis is scoring pretty fast. I like cricket.
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BengaliPagol
November 9, 2012, 02:38 AM
Amla is a true professional. Simply too good. Kallis lucky to survive the no ball wicket. Other then that he has been doing well.

Jadukor
November 9, 2012, 03:12 AM
Amla sharadin kamla khatailo Aussie bowler der... why didn't they go for a more bowler friendly wicket? Now SA might just bat them out of this test match

simon
November 9, 2012, 05:19 AM
mark my word, (although I wanted to say this before the test starts but missed out)
this is going to be a huge clash but South Africa will win. :fire:

Amla :fire: :notworthy:
Kolshi :fire: :notworthy:
this is no Indian batting line up which will shake infront of Siddle,Parkinson,Queeny

BANFAN
November 9, 2012, 08:18 AM
Smith isn't performing to his potential for some time....

firstlane
November 9, 2012, 04:24 PM
Crappy bowling and fielding by Aussies on day 1. I now doubt if they can win any match in this series at all. Their batting will definitely crumble in front of strong SA pace attack. Only hope was their bowling but that looks like sub par against top quality batting. South Africans are looking like Australia of old time and Australians are looking like old England. Australia are not getting back at the top so soon despite making all those efforts.

firstlane
November 9, 2012, 04:33 PM
Duminy injured, out of Test, series

JP Duminy, the South Africa batsman, has been ruled out of the rest of the Brisbane Test and faces three to six months out of the game after rupturing an Achilles tendon in his left heel during the post-play warmdown on Friday. He will have surgery on Saturday.

Duminy had played no part in the on-field action during the day, but was doing drills with fitness trainer Rob Walter when he slipped. After going down, he was treated on the field by physiotherapist Brandon Jackson and had to be carried off by bowling coach Allan Donald and Jackson. He was taken for X-rays immediately afterwards, which revealed the injury.

"He was running in the shuttle sprints and heard a pop," Mohammed Moosajee, the South African team manager, said. "The diagnosis of an Achilles' tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.
"Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle, as was the case during his sprint. We will only be able to gauge an expected recovery date further down the line, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to six months before the player can resume playing cricket.
"He is obviously disappointed, but is trying his best to stay positive; he says everything happens for a reason."

Duminy will fly home, and 12th man Faf du Plessis will take up fielding duties for South Africa in his absence. South Africa will name a replacement for Duminy on Monday.

Duminy's injury means that South Africa, who are playing the Brisbane Test without a specialist spinner, are without their favoured part-time spinner too. Graeme Smith would have to bowl himself or Alviro Petersen should the need for a bit of spin arise.

http://m.espncricinfo.com/s/showPage.do?siteId=75529&pageId=News&storyNo=590459&newsDetails=true&itemTitle=Duminy%20injured%2C%20out%20of%20Test%2C %20series

Bad luck for Duminy but I don't thing that will affect South Africa's dominance. They already have a strong top six. His part time spin wouldn't be missed due to fact that pacers will get the job done in their first couple of spells.

BengaliPagol
November 9, 2012, 06:20 PM
Aussies didnt bowl that badly. It was more like good batting for SA. SA were lucky to survive some chances though. Day 2 will be an interesting one. If Australia can get an early wickets in the 1st Session then pressure will be right on SA.

AsifTheManRahman
November 9, 2012, 06:32 PM
Aussies didn't bowl badly, but they didn't bowl great either. Their bowling clearly lacked tooth - they hardly looked like they were going to bother Amla/Kallis. No penetrative powers whatsoever.

BengaliPagol
November 9, 2012, 06:43 PM
Aussies didn't bowl badly, but they didn't bowl great either.

Yeah they werent bowling great either. But their were deliveries that were troubling Amla at one point. Chances should have been taken. But the game can really turn on day 2. Even though its 255/2 some quick wickets can really turn things. South Africa arent on a huge total yet so there is plenty of opportunities for the Aussies to turn the pressure around.

Zeeshan
November 9, 2012, 07:02 PM
I find it funny Amla always enjoys scoring 100s more than 50s. Funny world we live in.

Dilscoop
November 9, 2012, 08:31 PM
This test has been very tame thus far! No contest other then BHH getting annoyed at Smithy for fussing too much about the screen. And now it's raining for 3 hrs.

Boring!

Dilscoop
November 10, 2012, 12:27 AM
This is why sports like cricket and baseball are so damn boring. You cant play in the damn rain!

Let's create rain cricket. I'm sure we have enough nerds here in BC to come up with something and open a league. Lets bend science!

Tiger Manc
November 10, 2012, 07:02 PM
100 up for Amla.

Tiger Manc
November 10, 2012, 07:20 PM
Amla gone for 104.

Tiger Manc
November 10, 2012, 07:27 PM
100 up for Kallis. SA 290/3.

Zeeshan
November 10, 2012, 08:00 PM
Match stopped for Remembrance of fallen heros on battle. A most solemn moment!

Zeeshan
November 10, 2012, 09:50 PM
All over for Australiar.

Zeeshan
November 10, 2012, 10:01 PM
Kallis departs at 147

....and ANOTHER!

Zeeshan
November 10, 2012, 10:15 PM
It's an honor just to listen to Richie Benaud live.

Zeeshan
November 10, 2012, 10:41 PM
400 up for South Africa for only 5

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 12:18 AM
Amazing camera work!!

Waiting for Philly to strike Australiar early...

BengaliPagol
November 11, 2012, 01:47 AM
Cowans looking the goods. Unlucky dismissal for Quiney.

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 04:26 PM
Fancy a follow-on by Australiar?

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 06:31 PM
welcome to gabbah guys...

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 06:33 PM
50 for ed cowan

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 06:39 PM
slejing cholche go dadara jomjomat jhogra cholche go

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 06:42 PM
will wade duck?

Tiger444
November 11, 2012, 07:18 PM
I was doubting Cowan but I gotta say he was pretty impressive. Lets see if he can carry on.

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 07:23 PM
50 for Clarksey

Tiger444
November 11, 2012, 08:11 PM
Clarke and Cowan pretty much cruising here

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 08:23 PM
graham smith ajkal ball korche?

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 08:49 PM
acha mornie morkel emne douray kan? aar commie ra kom jay na...ajaira analyze kore...

nycpro96
November 11, 2012, 09:43 PM
any good links, guys?

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 09:50 PM
Congrats Ed Cowan. Congrats !

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 10:25 PM
lmao n.de cricket???

Sohel
November 11, 2012, 10:57 PM
20th test ton for the classy Michael Clarke, one of my favorite cricketers ever :applause:

Zeeshan
November 11, 2012, 11:35 PM
shetai unfortunate runout

Zeeshan
November 12, 2012, 01:09 AM
Brings up 150 by the skipper.

Zeeshan
November 12, 2012, 01:32 AM
50 for Hussey...Australiar just 5 runs short of 400

Zeeshan
November 12, 2012, 01:39 AM
Amla/Graem bowling....Ash must be scoffing somewhere

Zeeshan
November 12, 2012, 02:13 AM
200 up for Clarke, what a player! :notworthy:

Rabz
November 12, 2012, 02:15 AM
Whadda player !!
Clarke !!!
:clap:

Maysun
November 12, 2012, 02:49 AM
3 double centuries this year! :notworthy:

BengaliPagol
November 12, 2012, 02:59 AM
Clarkey is simply too good. Ever since he become captain he has been scoring runs heavily.

Zeeshan
November 12, 2012, 03:05 AM
Not a single six by the Australiar!

deshimon
November 12, 2012, 03:38 PM
Not a single six by the Australiar!

If Bangladesh scored more than 450 runs loosing 4 wickets they would have lot of 6 in their innings.

BANFAN
November 12, 2012, 07:33 PM
Aus piling up...540/5... This test might be a draw...most likely...

Dilscoop
November 13, 2012, 01:57 AM
WOW! Sick trailer!

I was watching this game on Supersports 2. At the end of it they showed a nice little promo. Chilling!

firstlane
November 13, 2012, 07:58 AM
At 37, Ricky Ponting fields better than most 19 years old. Although he made a duck his contribution in the team was noteworthy through out the test match. He was helping the bowlers specially younger ones with encouragement and advice. He also reportedly helps the young batsmen a lot in the nets. Michael Clarke acknowledges his contribution quite often. Despite being a mentor to the young players, Ponting never made it awkward for Clarke. He always let Clarkey run the show. truelegend

Btw, Australia will miss having a quality spinner in the Adelaide test.

Cricketpremi
November 13, 2012, 11:45 AM
clarke will become a legend in 4 years. In those early times when Australia boasted such top players, one player named michael clarke was one of those very few youngsters who got plenty of chances in the team and now is a superb player. However, since the retirement of several aussie players the team looks weak and out of sorts. Guys like wade, maxwell, forrest are inexperienced.

BrianLara7
November 13, 2012, 01:02 PM
Australia will win this series, Man of the series will be Michael Clarke.

BrianLara7
November 13, 2012, 01:04 PM
At 37, Ricky Ponting fields better than most 19 years old. Although he made a duck his contribution in the team was noteworthy through out the test match. He was helping the bowlers specially younger ones with encouragement and advice. He also reportedly helps the young batsmen a lot in the nets. Michael Clarke acknowledges his contribution quite often. Despite being a mentor to the young players, Ponting never made it awkward for Clarke. He always let Clarkey run the show. truelegend

Btw, Australia will miss having a quality spinner in the Adelaide test.
lol, Lyon has a far better record in tests than Imran tahir and Harbhajan. And lyon has mostly bowled only on unhelpful pitches. Still he averages only 29. He will really troubly SA if the pitch turns a bit.

BrianLara7
November 13, 2012, 01:08 PM
clarke will become a legend in 4 years. In those early times when Australia boasted such top players, one player named michael clarke was one of those very few youngsters who got plenty of chances in the team and now is a superb player. However, since the retirement of several aussie players the team looks weak and out of sorts. Guys like wade, maxwell, forrest are inexperienced.

Clarke is by far best test batsman currently, no one close to him. Averaging 115 with 1041 runs and 3 double hundreds this year.

Dilscoop
November 13, 2012, 04:00 PM
So no more cricket for how long? When's the next game?

BrianLara7
November 13, 2012, 04:30 PM
So no more cricket for how long? When's the next game?

In 8 days

Dilscoop
November 13, 2012, 05:37 PM
Crap! When's England v India?

BrianLara7
November 13, 2012, 06:42 PM
Crap! When's England v India?

Starts tomorrow night maybe 11:30 pm.

Nadim
November 21, 2012, 10:41 PM
http://p.imgci.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/151900/151945.2.jpg
:lol: what kind of shot is that? :floor:

Rabz
November 22, 2012, 01:08 AM
64.6 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke is dealing South Africa a series of haymakers here. He moves past 150 with a stunning straight drive, moving forward to drill a full ball right past the bowler. Morkel looks listless

64.5 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, Morkel has been dismantled. Clarke moves forward to a length ball and plays a punchy straight drive that beats the diving fielder at mid-off

64.4 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, more width outside the off stump, Clarke cuts again, finer this time to the backward point boundary. South Africa are reeling like a swooning boxer

64.3 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, just too short and too wide, Clarke stays in his crease and cuts hard to the point boundary.

64.2 Morkel to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot with an open face to point

64.1 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke has laid into Morkel, moving forward to a length ball and lofting on the up, through the line and over extra cover

Morne Morkel comes back for another spell
----------------

Clarke is creaming the Saffers there.
Pure class and supreme form.

Nadim
November 22, 2012, 01:21 AM
Australia 378/4 (68.1 ov)


450 on the card:wow:


Tahir is just useless

Rabz
November 22, 2012, 01:37 AM
The rise and rise of Michael Clarke has been one of the most heart warming story for me.
I've been a huge fan of him since his early days of playing state cricket for NSW and have followed his career very closely, starting from his debut century in India.
Its so great to see someone with such potential could actually convert into something so strong tangible and now on his way to become one of the best cricketer of his generation.
All time ?? Only time could tell and he's got plenty on his side to move up the ranks.
50+ test batting average is certainly a good start on that.

Maysun
November 22, 2012, 02:09 AM
Clarke is just in god mode atm :notworthy:

Nadim
November 22, 2012, 02:09 AM
Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, there it is, the first batsman to score a fourth 200-plus score in a year! Clarke goes back in his crease and nudges the ball behind square to get there. He moves past Bradman and Ponting, who have three 200-plus scores in a year. 16,000+ people give him a standing ovation

The man is form of his life. :notworthy:

Maysun
November 22, 2012, 02:38 AM
Australia annihilated and crushed the South Africans on Day 1 in the most brutal way imaginable.

Surely Clarke can challenge Lara's 400 and he should go for it!

Dilscoop
November 22, 2012, 02:42 AM
Hot damn! Almsot 500 runs in Day 1, and SA didn't even finish all the overs! I kept going why aren't they declaring yet, why aren't they declaring yet. And then I realized it was day 1!

Totally killed BDesh's record from last night. Most amount of runs on day 1, ever.

Navo
November 22, 2012, 03:09 AM
Hot damn! Almsot 500 runs in Day 1, and SA didn't even finish all the overs! I kept going why aren't they declaring yet, why aren't they declaring yet. And then I realized it was day 1!

Totally killed BDesh's record from last night. Most amount of runs on day 1, ever.

Actually, the highest number of runs scored in a day does involve us.

At the receiving end.

SL scored 509 against us in a day in 2002.

Dilscoop
November 22, 2012, 03:29 AM
I'm talking about Day One. Yesterday we broke the record of highest amount of runs scored in Day One. AUS beat it today.

BengaliPagol
November 22, 2012, 03:36 AM
Clarke's batting average whilst being captain is 70 :eek:

Rabz
November 22, 2012, 04:14 AM
I'm talking about Day One. Yesterday we broke the record of highest amount of runs scored in Day One. AUS beat it today.

Dilu, we broke our own record, not world.

And that 502, if I'm not mistaken, was also on day 1. Several SL batsmen retired after scoring century ...

cricman
November 22, 2012, 04:15 AM
I'm talking about Day One. Yesterday we broke the record of highest amount of runs scored in Day One. AUS beat it today.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/215010.html - England Scored 407 in 70 overs and thats not even the record.

Australia got 20 consecutive years of great captains

Jadukor
November 22, 2012, 05:10 AM
http://p.imgci.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/151900/151945.2.jpg
:lol: what kind of shot is that? :floor:

only the great Shahriar Nafees could probably explain the footwork

Sohel
November 22, 2012, 07:43 AM
Players like MC make us love cricket. Guys like Nazza!, Rocky and dozens of others make us feel other things.

simon
November 22, 2012, 08:01 AM
Clarke ki manush? :wow:
224 pom 243 balls :whtda?:
Typical WArner innings.
Aus 482 at a rr of 5.55 :eek:
Why were they playing ODI ? is the wicket so good, or Steyn Mokkel were bowling like SRK & Shophiul. :S
and :lol: that pic of Sir RIcky, he better retire.

I was so wrong when I thought Steyn & Mokkel will dominate.

Nadim
November 22, 2012, 08:11 AM
Clarke ki manush? :wow:
224 pom 243 balls :whtda?:
Typical WArner innings.
Aus 482 at a rr of 5.55 :eek:
Why were they playing ODI ? is the wicket so good, or Steyn Mokkel were bowling like SRK & Shophiul. :S
and :lol: that pic of Sir RIcky, he better retire.

I was so wrong when I thought Steyn & Mokkel will dominate.

Miah apni shobsomoy'I wrong:lol:
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AsifTheManRahman
November 22, 2012, 09:28 AM
Wonder if Ponting will be able to make a comeback in the second inning. Lately, his form has been appalling. Any suitable replacements come to mind?

Maysun
November 22, 2012, 10:29 AM
Wonder if Ponting will be able to make a comeback in the second inning. Lately, his form has been appalling. Any suitable replacements come to mind?

Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh comes to mind but don't know if they are in contention.

Tiger444
November 22, 2012, 11:40 AM
Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh comes to mind but don't know if they are in contention.

I think they're both in contention for the #3 spot. I'm sure they could bat at #4 if they need to. Hughes could be another guy who could bat there, even though he's more of an opener. I think it's time Ponting goes as well but maybe the selectors feel the younger guys are not quite ready yet

simon
November 22, 2012, 12:28 PM
Clark is a typical test batsman but why did he score those runs so quickly ?
I say he was inspired by Raju. ;-)
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AsifTheManRahman
November 22, 2012, 12:33 PM
Khawaja doesn't seem ready yet, Marsh is a better option, but Ponting's shoes might be too big for him at this time.

AsifTheManRahman
November 22, 2012, 12:40 PM
Clark is a typical test batsman but why did he score those runs so quickly ?
I say he was inspired by Raju. ;-)

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Clarke Raju ke dekhe double century maarey, aar amader batsmanra Rajuke dekhe double dabba maarey.

I'm dreading the time when one of our idiots at the top of the order will come back to the dressing room after a glorious golden duck and say, "Raju jokhon bat korchilo tokhon to wicket e spin chilo na, o to flat wicket e century koreche"...arey Mokhles, flat wicket e tui ki korsos amra ki dekhi nai? Seriously, when that happens, the coach should go ballistic on his a**. But what can you expect when the coach is the biggest sissy in the team?

Tiger444
November 22, 2012, 12:54 PM
Khawaja doesn't seem ready yet, Marsh is a better option, but Ponting's shoes might be too big for him at this time.

Khawaja seems to be the better long term player. They should've tried him out at #3 rather than giving Quiney a go. I'm sure the selectors will assess the situation after the series is over. Their selectors are not like ours. They have a pretty clear plan of what to do.

Maysun
November 22, 2012, 01:32 PM
I'm sure the Australian selectors are in a dilemma with Ponting.

Because prior to the series, his previous 6 innings FC scores for Tasmania are 5, 162*, 60*, 85*, 9, 34.

Tiger Manc
November 22, 2012, 01:36 PM
Amazing innings from Clarke and amazing run he's on. He could actually break Lara's World Record tomorrow.

AsifTheManRahman
November 22, 2012, 01:40 PM
I doubt Clarke will go after Lara's record: He'll probably declare before that.

Tiger444
November 22, 2012, 01:51 PM
By the way Tahir has been bowling pie after pie for a long time. Why don't they bring in Robin Peterson? He's a much more reliable option than Tahir is. I know a leg spinner can produce something other spinners can't but what's the point when he bowls so poorly?

AsifTheManRahman
November 22, 2012, 01:57 PM
^ Tahir is the Abul of South Africa. Bowling-wise, of course. Because when it comes to batting, Abul > Bradman.

Tiger444
November 22, 2012, 02:01 PM
^:lol: well said

Tiger Manc
November 22, 2012, 03:19 PM
Clarke bats too low down the order. I'm sure once Ponting retires him and Hussey will bump up by one place. Even Hussey bats low, how many teams have a #6 averaging 50? Then again how many teams have a #10 averaging 113? :D

Zeeshan
November 22, 2012, 04:43 PM
I doubt Clarke will go after Lara's record: He'll probably declare before that.

Clarkereo ektu sissy tendency ase....nehyat nahyoy dusho korlo kottiye kottiye....

btw, i alcho agree k jano bollo: Clarke is in god mood right now. :p

Zeeshan
November 22, 2012, 04:44 PM
Clarke is just in god mode atm :notworthy:

shetai...i bet he can walk into any bar and then just walk away with like eight hundred women... tai nah kree sees

BengaliPagol
November 22, 2012, 05:31 PM
Khawaja doesn't seem ready yet, Marsh is a better option, but Ponting's shoes might be too big for him at this time.

Marsh is a better option? What makes u say that? Khawaja is probably the most likely to get into the Aussie team by miles. In domestics atm he is topping the run scoring charts. He batted in ruthless bowling conditions in Tasmania and still managed to score a century. And all the team totals in that game were less than 200. Shows how upto the task he is.

Ponting was in real good form in domestics as well. Im confident that he well bounce back with a big score.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/sheffield-shield-2012/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7544;type=tournament

NoName
November 22, 2012, 06:38 PM
The way we play tests, only we can break Aus's day 1 record.

Zeeshan
November 22, 2012, 07:41 PM
500 for Australia, Clarke departs

Tiger Manc
November 22, 2012, 07:46 PM
Only added 6 runs to his overnight total. Bit of an anti-climax in the end.

Zeeshan
November 22, 2012, 07:55 PM
Kleinfelt er buuk kapche...no ball naki?

Yes, out.

Zeeshan
November 22, 2012, 08:04 PM
OMG the duck is back, i remember it from my childhood esp. in Benson/Hedges series

5er for Morne Morkel.

Tiger Manc
November 22, 2012, 08:45 PM
Australia 550 all out.

Imran Tahir 23-0-180-0

Economy Rate: 7.82 lol

NoName
November 23, 2012, 01:10 AM
Tahir is an overhyped spinner.

Tiger Manc
November 23, 2012, 01:18 AM
Amla stumped off Warner.!

Maysun
November 23, 2012, 01:28 AM
Even Warner took a wicket :facepalm: and here we are struggling to take a wicket in an innings

Sohel
November 23, 2012, 06:54 AM
Good to see Smith back in form.

Tiger444
November 23, 2012, 10:53 AM
Even Warner took a wicket :facepalm: and here we are struggling to take a wicket in an innings

Lol they took only 2 wickets for the day.so they struggled as well.

MyRoom
November 23, 2012, 11:18 AM
I wish our Bangladesh team could play like that.

Tiger Manc
November 23, 2012, 08:39 PM
South Africa have collapsed to 257/7. I don't rate SA's lower middle order and they've proved me right. Rudolph needs to go. SA will miss Duminy. Amla's wicket yesterday was a big one to get for Australia. SA need to avoid the follow on to stay in this match.

Tiger Manc
November 23, 2012, 10:57 PM
Kallis gone. SA 8 down. SA need 8 more runs to avoid the follow on.

Tiger Manc
November 23, 2012, 11:13 PM
South Africa have managed to avoid the follow on. Morkel gone SA 9 down.

Tiger Manc
November 23, 2012, 11:20 PM
50 partnership up for the openers playing for Khulna. Hoping for a big score from SS today.

Tiger Manc
November 23, 2012, 11:42 PM
SA all out for 388. Trail Australia by 162.

Dilscoop
November 24, 2012, 01:41 AM
Quiney or w/e got a pair. Nazza missed out! Damnit!

Dilscoop
November 24, 2012, 01:49 AM
This test is wide open. I hope SA can keep the target under 400. But With 2 more days to go anything is possible.

BengaliPagol
November 24, 2012, 05:48 AM
during the commentary they were talking abt Abul Hasan's century!! :)

Tiger Manc
November 24, 2012, 06:28 AM
Good effort from SA with the ball. I think with Clarke and Hussey at the crease the Aussies will take the lead past 400. A lot will depend on Amla and Kallis for SA to save the match.

Dilscoop
November 24, 2012, 06:58 AM
Good effort from SA with the ball. I think with Clarke and Hussey at the crease the Aussies will take the lead past 400. A lot will depend on Amla and Hussey for SA to save the match.

That's not fair. If Hussey gets to save SA, why can't we get Shiv to save us as well? At best give us Samuels...

Isnaad
November 24, 2012, 09:23 AM
during the commentary they were talking abt Abul Hasan's century!! :)

Link! or it never happened :-p

Tiger Manc
November 24, 2012, 09:32 AM
That's not fair. If Hussey gets to save SA, why can't we get Shiv to save us as well? At best give us Samuels...

Haha oops I meant Kallis.

BengaliPagol
November 24, 2012, 06:42 PM
Link! or it never happened :-p

Ian Chappell and Mark Nicholas were talking about it for like 2mins.

Tiger Manc
November 25, 2012, 01:33 AM
SA in big trouble. It looks like they'll lose. They need to drop Rudolph after this series. He's simply not good enough at Test level. They should bring back Philander for Tahir. Losing Kallis for the next Test is a huge blow.

Nadim
November 25, 2012, 03:24 AM
WTF? 77 runs in 50 overs? are you kidding me?:wow:

BANFAN
November 25, 2012, 05:23 AM
WTF? 77 runs in 50 overs? are you kidding me?:wow:

JOBG beaten..?? :)

Nadim
November 25, 2012, 05:31 AM
JOBG beaten..?? :)

got to be!

one of the worst test innings EVER imho. RR only 1.5 after 50 overs. feeling for the crowd.

They gonna lose anyway so whats point of playing like a sissy? at least entertain the crowd...

deshimon
November 25, 2012, 07:11 AM
It seems South Africa is going to lose the match. They are 77/4. They need more 353 runs to win. There is one day remaining.

MyRoom
November 25, 2012, 11:02 AM
Crazy run rate that's why nobody really gives a damn about Test Cricket. I feel once the back to back Ashes starts and finishes, it will be the end of Test Cricket. Sports are all about quicktime competition nobody has time for Test Cricket hated by most of the world anyway.

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 03:09 PM
But there is a bigger visceral aspect at work - the lust for survival. Good teams can win and good teams can survive. I still remember fondly Amla's valiant efforts in Kolkata at the end of which our not-so-friendly neighbors got #1 status. I will never forget that defense, shielding of the tail - pure valiance.

BANFAN
November 25, 2012, 03:44 PM
got to be!

one of the worst test innings EVER imho. RR only 1.5 after 50 overs. feeling for the crowd.

They gonna lose anyway so whats point of playing like a sissy? at least entertain the crowd...

I'm sure there are a lots of crowd in Aus and Eng, who enjoys that 1.5 RR in test cricket....:) wish I could post a picture of those spectators...:lol:

Seriously, I won't mind if Shak and Nasir would bat out yesterday and today with a 1.00 RR for 90+ overs and drawn this test.....wouldn't you be entertained by that ?? :)

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 03:52 PM
I'm sure there are a lots of crowd in Aus and Eng, who enjoys that 1.5 RR in test cricket....:) wish I could post a picture of those spectators...:lol:

Seriously, I won't mind if Shak and Nasir would bat out yesterday and today with a 1.00 RR for 90+ overs and drawn this test.....wouldn't you be entertained by that ?? :)

I would love that! It takes courage to fend off the enemy. If we could have done it twice we would have drawn this series.

BrianLara7
November 25, 2012, 03:56 PM
got to be!

one of the worst test innings EVER imho. RR only 1.5 after 50 overs. feeling for the crowd.

They gonna lose anyway so whats point of playing like a sissy? at least entertain the crowd...

And people wonder why BD sucks at test cricket... they know that SA are going to lose but atleast they are putting up a fight. There is no pride in slogging and getting all out with in 90 overs. This is test cricket, not pajama cricket.

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 07:44 PM
ci - "No hiccups for South Africa in the first 10 overs of the day." :up:

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 07:56 PM
wow ... baicha gesey - decision over turned!

Tiger444
November 25, 2012, 08:01 PM
got to be!

one of the worst test innings EVER imho. RR only 1.5 after 50 overs. feeling for the crowd.

They gonna lose anyway so whats point of playing like a sissy? at least entertain the crowd...

This is TEST cricket not T20's. Tests aren't the place for entertaining crowds. T20's are. Unfortunately our players try to entertain even in Tests

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 08:07 PM
Billy bowden losing it! Two decisions wrong in 10 minutes> Huh!

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 08:12 PM
heh heh 19 from 150 balls. Now that is solidarity!

Dilscoop
November 25, 2012, 08:47 PM
I hope these Bangla kids are watching this game.

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 08:53 PM
I hope these Bangla kids are watching this game.
You should record it and send it to them. :up:

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 08:57 PM
haha - billy got it right and now aus 0 reviews left

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 09:01 PM
and the pair live on for after lunch session. Well played.

Lunch time commentory: " It takes great mental strength to rein in those attacking instincts that these two have" - these two being AB and Faf.

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 09:57 PM
oops ... ...

Sovik
November 25, 2012, 10:04 PM
AB took 220 balls for his 33. How did he manage that being a very attacking batsman

cricman
November 25, 2012, 11:25 PM
Warne and McGrath would have had cleaned RSA up by now.

Both of them still under appreciated.

zsayeed
November 25, 2012, 11:58 PM
AB played the longest innings by any batsman in history without scoring a boundary: 220 balls 33 runs.

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:00 AM
got to be!

one of the worst test innings EVER imho. RR only 1.5 after 50 overs. feeling for the crowd.

They gonna lose anyway so whats point of playing like a sissy? at least entertain the crowd...

I see what you did there :)
a little reverse psychology that may rub off on BD :up:

NoName
November 26, 2012, 12:07 AM
AB took 220 balls for his 33. How did he manage that being a very attacking batsman

:o wow :o

BANFAN
November 26, 2012, 12:09 AM
AB took 220 balls for his 33. How did he manage that being a very attacking batsman

A match saving test innings......if they manage to save....only if our players understood how to do that...:(

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:13 AM
Mind you 220 balls with 0 4s and 0 6s!

BANFAN
November 26, 2012, 12:25 AM
Mind you 220 balls with 0 4s and 0 6s!

Our players would have considered it to be a disgrace and be dying to hit a 4/6 from nowhere to get out.... They play for themselves and their ego...AB plas for the team and country... That's the class difference between him and our TIs...who would claim to be better than AB every now and then...

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:29 AM
Watcing Faf on 98 and Hilfy and Siddle working him over - I wish there were no centuries - it seems its getting in the way of the draw just a tad - but not much. maybe its just me - a bit nervy.

Sovik
November 26, 2012, 12:45 AM
Wish our superstars are watching this test match.

NoName
November 26, 2012, 12:47 AM
Props to SA.
Especially Plessis, Kallis and ABD:notworthy::notworthy:

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:49 AM
tail exposed - kallis :(

NoName
November 26, 2012, 12:50 AM
Oh damn, I forgot these guys are the best chokers.

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:52 AM
Faf now has Amla's job from 2010...

cricman
November 26, 2012, 12:56 AM
Australia still have an Hour to get them all out

One benefit of having a good over rate

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:57 AM
final hour of play....coming up...hang in there SA

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 12:58 AM
Australia still have an Hour to get them all out

One benefit of having a good over rate

so they will play to the hour and not the minimum 9 overs left?

Sovik
November 26, 2012, 12:58 AM
Kallis gone. Only 9 overs left for the day's play. Come on Faf and styne, survive the last 54 balls

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:01 AM
yep its an hour NOT 9 overs to go. as many overs possible

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:24 AM
oops......steyn

cricman
November 26, 2012, 01:27 AM
Last 10 ovs 1/2 RR 0.10

look at that determination

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:29 AM
28 balls to go ... hang in there

BANFAN
November 26, 2012, 01:35 AM
so they will play to the hour and not the minimum 9 overs left?

Minimum 9 but if possible within the time....more

Sovik
November 26, 2012, 01:41 AM
yep its an hour NOT 9 overs to go. as many overs possible

Ci was showing 9 overs remaining.

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:42 AM
kleinveldt ha 1 fc century and 8 50s ... he can bat.

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:45 AM
aus will destroy siddle this way :(

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:49 AM
delete my kleinveldt post - but it was all siddle. 2 minutes shaved off because of that wicket.

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:51 AM
their clock is slow !

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:58 AM
6 balls left - siddle

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 01:59 AM
morkel facing? huh faf?

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 02:03 AM
``match draw with one ball remaining :)

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 02:04 AM
i am happy - that was nerve wracking:up::clap:

Dilscoop
November 26, 2012, 02:05 AM
Most entertaining draw.

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 02:09 AM
i agree with CI this: An epic Test, this, kept us on our seats till the last ball was bowled.

Maysun
November 26, 2012, 02:17 AM
Superb!

Our players should take a leaf out of AB & Faf's book to learn how to salvage a draw!

AB - 33(220) & Faf 110(376)

:notworthy:

Sovik
November 26, 2012, 02:17 AM
Some test match it was

zsayeed
November 26, 2012, 02:30 AM
Deikha onek shanti pailam - a test match of the purest quality. Mashallah.

One thing I have learned - A century is the seductress that tries to crash you on the rocks on your way to a draw. Just watch what happened to Faf on 98 - and Faf commented on it at the end. It is a seductress - be wary.

Oh and Faf was on debut. He never faced this kind of situation in this grandest of arena before. His innings should be required viewing in our Academies.

Maysun
November 26, 2012, 03:16 AM
^why only academy?

The footage should also be shown to our NT players during Test preparation. I wish the guys who didn't go to the Sunderbans, at least saw the match.

BengaliPagol
November 26, 2012, 03:23 AM
Heroic stuff from South Africa! Du Plessis shows just how good of a player he is. Great game of test cricket.

BengaliPagol
November 26, 2012, 03:33 AM
Also gotta give credit to Siddle, He is simply the mongrel of the Aussie bowling. The way he was still bowling even when he was in such pain was a great example of being a winner. And he was bowling even faster when he was simply too fatigued to bowl. This type of attitude is great for test cricket.

Tiger Manc
November 26, 2012, 04:41 AM
Great Test match. Well done AB and Faf.

Maysun
November 26, 2012, 08:49 AM
Clarke back as world's best batsman (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/593300.html?CMP=chrome)

MyRoom
November 26, 2012, 09:09 AM
You know our Bangladesh batsman should learn from Du Plessis just look how clam and patient he is on his debut.

Tiger444
November 26, 2012, 12:16 PM
Our players should watch the 2nd innings of SA batting over and over and over again. Unfortunately, many of our fans think like Nadim. What's the point of playing boring? Why not entertain the crowd? This is the main problem with our fans and also the other subcontinental teams fans. Yesterday I saw Harbhajan hitting a 4 off Panesar and the fans were jumping up and down like they've just won the match. What ended up happening? Harbhajan gets out soon after not doing anything prevent an Indian collapse.

Then the even bigger problem with our players and the other subcontinental teams, primarily India and Pakistan, they look to entertain the crowd more than playing for results. Otherwise why do you see players like Tamim and Shakib being on a roll but then all of a sudden play a T20 shot and then get out? This is where the professionalism lacks in our players and fans compared to places like Australia, South Africa and England. It's time our players stop thinking about entertaining the crowd and focus on results. Drawing matches are far more important than looking pretty and eventually losing

reverse_swing
November 26, 2012, 12:31 PM
It's almost certainly one of the most thrilling test matches in recent years. Du Plessis batted for 464 minutes and faced 376 balls. He started the day on 12, added 19 in the first session, 63 between lunch and tea as he and Kallis took the attack to Australia and rest is the history now.

AsifTheManRahman
November 26, 2012, 01:41 PM
Our players should watch the 2nd innings of SA batting over and over and over again. Gadha pitay manush banano jaay na. Translation: You can't *whip* sissies into winners. So oishob bole labh nai.
Unfortunately, many of our fans think like Nadim.Dhor dhor Nadim re dhor!

MyRoom
November 26, 2012, 02:17 PM
Our players should watch the 2nd innings of SA batting over and over and over again. Unfortunately, many of our fans think like Nadim. What's the point of playing boring? Why not entertain the crowd? This is the main problem with our fans and also the other subcontinental teams fans. Yesterday I saw Harbhajan hitting a 4 off Panesar and the fans were jumping up and down like they've just won the match. What ended up happening? Harbhajan gets out soon after not doing anything prevent an Indian collapse.

Then the even bigger problem with our players and the other subcontinental teams, primarily India and Pakistan, they look to entertain the crowd more than playing for results. Otherwise why do you see players like Tamim and Shakib being on a roll but then all of a sudden play a T20 shot and then get out? This is where the professionalism lacks in our players and fans compared to places like Australia, South Africa and England. It's time our players stop thinking about entertaining the crowd and focus on results. Drawing matches are far more important than looking pretty and eventually losing

I agree with you, our players can play like that in ODIs and T20s but in Tests, it requires a totally different process. Most of our Bangla fans do not really understand what Test Cricket is all about so we can't really blame them as it is quite complicated for the common person on how to go about playing Test Cricket.

Tiger444
November 26, 2012, 03:19 PM
Gadha pitay manush banano jaay na. Translation: You can't *whip* sissies into winners. So oishob bole labh nai.
Dhor dhor Nadim re dhor!

You're right Asif bhai unfortunately. Chanderpaul gave them many tips on how to bat in Tests but did they learn? Like I said before, our players are more in to entertaining crows rather than to play boring.

I've heard from many fans also that Chanders is a boring and selfish batsman. How's he selfish? Selfish for batting slowly in a Test match? I think the way our batsmen play is more selfish than how Chanderpaul plays.
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ialbd
November 26, 2012, 03:36 PM
de Villiers 33 (220) in 245 mins...

if only one of our batsman could play this innings.... only one... could have said atleast someone tried.... sigh...

but SA is #1 in test for these very reasons so wasnt surprised that they pulled this off.
Congratulations nonetheless, all down to the final test.....

Ajfar
November 26, 2012, 09:24 PM
Wow. Unbelievable stuff from SA. They knew there was no way out of this game except just survive and that's exactly what they did. AB's SR was 15. How often do we see that happening. This reminds me of a very similar Test match between SA and Aus. Grame Smith came out to bat with a broken hand to try and save the game. I think there was 4 overs left on the 5th day and Aus needed only 1 wicket. At the end Aus got rid of Smith with 10 balls left.

Faf du Plessis: "I said to myself to 'think of the team's goal', which was to be defensive."

Are you listening to this Tamim/Shakib and the rest of our losers?

Maysun
November 27, 2012, 03:56 AM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dictionary: Faf/fing (verb): To tackle seemingly impossible odds in an even handed, light hearted manner. 'Let's just Faf this situation...'</p>&mdash; Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) <a href="https://twitter.com/NeilManthorp/status/273227477902561280" data-datetime="2012-11-27T00:51:21+00:00">November 27, 2012</a></blockquote>
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BANFAN
November 27, 2012, 08:25 PM
Wow. Unbelievable stuff from SA. They knew there was no way out of this game except just survive and that's exactly what they did. AB's SR was 15. How often do we see that happening. This reminds me of a very similar Test match between SA and Aus. Grame Smith came out to bat with a broken hand to try and save the game. I think there was 4 overs left on the 5th day and Aus needed only 1 wicket. At the end Aus got rid of Smith with 10 balls left.

Faf du Plessis: "I said to myself to 'think of the team's goal', which was to be defensive."

Are you listening to this Tamim/Shakib and the rest of our losers?

Why should they listen..? They play their game...:) they say to themselves "Keep playing your game and don't bother about what the team needs" ... That's how selflessly they throw away their wickets..:)

Nadim
November 30, 2012, 01:21 AM
After winning the toss anf batting first, SA forgot how to bat: currently on 103-6

Dilscoop
November 30, 2012, 01:39 AM
Punta should retire before every game

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 03:26 AM
This Faf is made of titanium. Him alone denied Australia the victory in Adelaide. Looks like he has something in mind for Perth as well.

On another note, with a totally different pace attack from the previous test Australia had brought down SA to 103-6. Shows really good fast bowling depth. There are at least 4-5 guys knocking on the national team door with better domestic records than Hastings, Johnson and Hazelwood. Only if there were as many top quality batsmen and spinners.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 03:31 AM
Good catch by Mr. Cricket. 8 down. 2 for Lyon.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 03:34 AM
Rare missfield by Warner. Ball went to boundary through his legs.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 03:39 AM
Faf deserves a not out hundred here.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 03:44 AM
Timber. Steyn bowled by Johnson. 9 down.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 03:51 AM
Bang, bang, bang- three consecutive fours by the batsman Morkel.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 04:00 AM
225 all out. Can't wait to watch Steyn and Morkel firing some bouncers.

Dilscoop
November 30, 2012, 04:05 AM
What a start to Faf's test career. Why is he batting so low!! Missed out on 2 100s!!

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 04:16 AM
Steyn firing it in. Cowan gone.

firstlane
November 30, 2012, 04:56 AM
SA bowlers are cranking it up. 225 seems to be a high score now.

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 09:57 PM
Ponting and Clarke in the middle at them moment. These two need to survive this adverse situation and then go on to build a big partnership. Both are capable. Both are motivated. How much more meaningful will the 42nd Ricky Ponting test hundred be under these circumstances! Cricket drama at its best.

Bonglababu
November 30, 2012, 10:06 PM
Punter gone for paltry four in his swan song match.

ialbd
November 30, 2012, 10:16 PM
Australia reeling at 47/6... so much for Punter's farewell test.

Steyn is just.... hmm...there is actually nothing left to say..

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 10:18 PM
This is extraordinary bowling from Steyn and Philander with Morkel still to make his mark, and their first innings total of 225 is looking very good right now.

51-6 with Ponting and Clarke gone. I wonder how long Wade would survive.

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 10:51 PM
Wade's fighting back as Petersen is introduced into the attack. Good news for Australia until Steyn returns. Maybe the wicket's getting a bit better for batting now.

Tiger444
November 30, 2012, 10:51 PM
Can Wade pull a Faf off?

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 11:06 PM
^I sure hope so.

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 11:10 PM
Morkel's increased hostility pays off and he gets Hussey edging straight to his captain.

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 11:14 PM
Wade gets to his test :50: with a huge :six: off of Petersen.

Tiger444
November 30, 2012, 11:14 PM
Unbelievable discipline and planning by the SA pacers is giving them rewards here.

Sohel
November 30, 2012, 11:18 PM
Gotta love Wade's positive intent. You'll always find an Aussie who plays the way cricket ought to be played no matter what the situation.

Tiger444
November 30, 2012, 11:21 PM
I'm happy that they selected Wade ahead of Haddin. Very positive and aggressive player who is going to get only better as he plays more matches. Still very young as well