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Post by Scrappy on Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:19 am

Honeymoon is over
Australia thrashed England 5-0
I'm tipping South Africa will beat Australia 3-0 [or 2-1]

The bowling is good enough to pinch a Test for a 2-1 loss
The batting is still suspect and you simply cant go to SA with one genuine batsman [Clarke] and expect to win the series

How can Australia win the series ?
If they play on bowling decks
SA batting is superior , bowling decks would negate this pre- series advantage
Stating the obvious but Clarke will have to make lots runs, Johnson will have to take lots of wickets
Australia must keep reminding South Africa , No Kallis , No South Africa

How will Australia lose this series ?
Top order batting collapses
The tail may embarrass the top order at times

Jacques Kallis is a big loss for SA
But so is Shane Watson , injured and ruled out of the First Test
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by UncleHuey on Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:28 pm

If our bowling attack stays healthy then we can equal the Saffer's. I think Lyon is clearly better then any SA spinner and losing Kallis will unsettle them.

Our batting is the problem, if we are 5 for 120'ish we will not make too many 300+ scores as we did against the Poms. We need at least 3 of the top 5 to make 50+ scores each innings to be a chance.
Hughes should bat 3, the worst thing we could do is play Marsh there. If he can only average 30 in Shield cricket he isn't going to average 50 against the Saffers. We should have learnt that T20 or 50 over sloggers rarely make consistently good test batsmen by now, but sadly we haven't as we load our team up with a couple every test and wonder why the top order rarely make 200.
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by bayman on Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:38 pm

Amla to be the series winner
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Post by Gingernuts on Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:55 pm

When it comes to our batting, I reckon it will come down to whether Brad Haddin can continue his spectacular form against the quality South African attack.

He was a brick wall during the Ashes, and as long as he found 1 capable partner at some point in each innings Australia went on to post a competitive total.

Same goes in this series I reckon. Whatever happens, basically I won't be worried until Brad Haddin gets out!  Laughing 
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Lee on Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:45 pm

It would be nice to see a series played in a good spirit without the crap that some players think is compulsory.

And no, I don't think it makes them play better.

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Post by Gingernuts on Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:54 pm

I don't think it's about making them play better, but rather making the other mob play worse.

I don't mind a bit of back and forth, as long as some level of respect for each other is preserved.
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Post by Lee on Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Yes, I'm talking about the in-your-face abuse type of behaviour.

Normal sledging no problem.

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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by bayman on Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:20 pm

Aust 1/15 Warner out bowled Steyn 12

Doolan
Marsh
Clarke

i can not believe Clarke will bat after Doolan & Marsh, to me it shows no leadership
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Gingernuts on Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:37 am

bayman wrote:Aust 1/15 Warner out bowled Steyn 12

Doolan
Marsh
Clarke

i can not believe Clarke will bat after Doolan & Marsh, to me it shows no leadership

It seems a good call now after Marsh's efforts last night! What a way to answer the critics! Smith is really coming on with his batting now too.
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Lee on Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:17 am

I wasn't a Smith fan to start with, but I was very wrong.

His performances have been top class for a long time now.

I'm not against Clarke at 5. He made his name in that position.

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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Gingernuts on Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:47 am

Smith is so calm and calculated at the crease, nothing seems to really phase him. Something that we haven't seen in a young batsman since Michael Clarke IMO.
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Lee on Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:15 pm

Australia all out 397.

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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by brodlach on Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:09 am

SA 6/140

Johnson 4/51

de Villiers 52*
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Gingernuts on Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:02 am

Johnson does it again! Hopefully the rain clears and he can rip through the tail tonight.

Watched the highlights this morning and he was throwing down some vicious thunderbolts.
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Lee on Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:22 am

Whoever coached him after the England Ashes series has worked one of the biggest turnarounds in cricket history.

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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Scrappy on Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:23 am

MJ is scary
I have not seen anything as scary form an Australian bowler since Jeffrey Thomson in the 1970s
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Gingernuts on Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:50 am

Watching a genuine fast bowler terrorise a batting line up is awesome, particularly when he's on your side.

The only tragedy out of all of this is that it's taken him until his early 30's to find his mo jo, meaning we might potentially only see 2 or 3 years of him in full flight.
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Lee on Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:32 pm

Scrappy wrote:MJ is scary
I have not seen anything as scary form an Australian bowler since Jeffrey Thomson in the 1970s
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Agreed, Scrappy.

Thommo had Lillee at the other end, too  Shocked 

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Post by bayman on Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:01 pm

redandblack wrote:Whoever coached him after the England Ashes series has worked one of the biggest turnarounds in cricket history.

i'm sure i read it was the great Dennis Keith Lillie...his instructions as he had to get fit first included going for 10km runs with a cricket ball in his hands, MJ embarrassed about doing that decided to do these runs very late at night when no one would see him
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:48 pm

bayman wrote:
redandblack wrote:Whoever coached him after the England Ashes series has worked one of the biggest turnarounds in cricket history.

i'm sure i read it was the great Dennis Keith Lillie...his instructions as he had to get fit first included going for 10km runs with a cricket ball in his hands, MJ embarrassed about doing that decided to do these runs very late at night when no one would see him

.......off the long run then?  Cool 
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:52 pm

Around the donut van and the southern stand, under the scoreboard, up the players race, a lap around the oval and steams in from the northern sight screen.

.......collapses on the popping crease!  Very Happy 

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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Lee on Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:05 am

Good read from The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2014/feb/25/australia-south-africa-test-series

Pretty much on the ball about our batting.

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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Paul on Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:13 am

3/331

Good to see Warner let his bat do the talking.
Good to see Clarke get runs at last.
Great to see Smith do his job once again.

Smith our next captain?
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Post by bayman on Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:30 am

Clarke rose in my estimation watching him last night, this on top of a brilliant post match press conference last week, he stood up & took everything from the bowlers especially Morkel last night
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Re: South Africa v Australia 2014

Post by Gingernuts on Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:43 pm

Gees, crushing them at the moment.

Can't believe this summer's form reversal.
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