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Post by skully on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:24 pm

So, a sporting wicket, or a flat track to allow Smiffy to find some form?

And how's ABdV's hand?
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Henry on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:29 pm

Cape Town is usually a good batting pitch, apart from a brief period between 2006 and 2008 when the Curator f*cked up both the pitch and the outfield.

A lot of the Saffie top six haven't played any first class or test cricket since January, so I reckon they'll play it safe with a flattie.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Nath on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:38 pm

read somewhere there was a suggestion to make it a spinners pitch
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Henry on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:41 pm

Yeah there's a good chance they'll play both Harris and Tahir, with Kallis as third seamer. Provided they aren't ordered by higher powers to play Tsotsobe.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by skully on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:48 pm

FFS, a spinners deck in Yarpville?? Now I've heard everything!! I'm sure Stain will be chuffed as all fark.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Henry on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:49 pm

Steyn is an excellent exponent of reverse swing so he should be ok. Giraffe Morkel might not be thrilled, though.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Red on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:18 pm

I notice that AB made 12 having a hit tonight but was out obstructing the field. One of his teammates in the tail was also out obstructing the field. The Lions will be chasing 380 against the Cobras so they have a bit of fun in their 50 over version of hit and giggle.

Also heard this morning they were preparing a slower, spinning track and are perhaps banking on Tahir who hasn't been seen much by the Aussies to do the trick. If they don't play both spinners they might opt for Philander ahead of Tsotsobe to help shore up their woeful tail.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by skully on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:20 pm

Special tits, Red.

So what, 2 Obstructed the Field"s in the one innings??? That must be some sort of record. Shocked
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by lardbucket on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:20 pm

What are the odds on two Saffies being given out obstructing the field, but neither of them being Jacques Kallis? You couldn't make it up.

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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by G.Wood on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:24 pm

Jacques could have been the one obstructed
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Henry on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:25 pm

Probably a direct result of the new law change, where a batsman who is judged to have deviated from his running line in order to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps (a common practice up until now) is deemed out obstructing the field.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Red on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:38 pm

You'd imagine one reason they might opt for a slower track is that during the last series the only one which was flatter and where Australia played a spinner, the Saffies one in a canter. When they tried to produced greentops it backfired. They lost all tosses in that series but it was clear that the oz bowlers adapted better to the prevailing conditions than the local ones when it was a seamer's track.

Also noticed that young Richard Levi made 110 off 57 balls. He was selected to play against us in T20 yet they didn't give him a gig.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by JGK on Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:43 pm

Can't wait for him to move to England and open the batting with the current captain.

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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by JGK on Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:44 pm

Aust looks pretty straight forward barring injuries:

Watto
Phews
Bog
Punter
Pup
Paris
Haddin
Midge
Rhino
Cot
Elmer

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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Henry on Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:49 pm

Not that his opinion means much, but Malcolm Conn basically said in the Sunday Telegraph today that Ponting is batting for his career in this series. And he's probably right there.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by embee on Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:29 am

Red wrote:You'd imagine one reason they might opt for a slower track is that during the last series the only one which was flatter and where Australia played a spinner, the Saffies one in a canter. When they tried to produced greentops it backfired. They lost all tosses in that series but it was clear that the oz bowlers adapted better to the prevailing conditions than the local ones when it was a seamer's track.

Also noticed that young Richard Levi made 110 off 57 balls. He was selected to play against us in T20 yet they didn't give him a gig.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by PeterCS on Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:00 am

Henry wrote:Not that his opinion means much, but Malcolm Conn basically said in the Sunday Telegraph today that Ponting is batting for his career in this series. And he's probably right there.

Sherlock Conn?

That is true of every series for Ponting since he lost the captaincy.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Brass Monkey on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:43 am

Laughing Gotta love Harris - 'ooh yeah yeah... play two spinners, yeah, two spinners. That way I'm not dropped.'
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Red on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:32 pm

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/proteas-knock-australian-hopes-20111106-1n1y1.html

Vincent Barnes is talking up the Proteas and talking down Punter.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Henry on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:34 pm

'Former player talks up his own team' shock!
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by taipan on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:36 pm

Red wrote:http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/proteas-knock-australian-hopes-20111106-1n1y1.html

Vincent Barnes is talking up the Proteas and talking down Punter.

Vincent Barnes is, and has always been a total twat.

In fact he is so twattish that I cannot think of any one other than Red who would read his utterences.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by Red on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:41 pm

As I said on the Potch match thread, he sounds like an idiot. Maybe he's annoyed that Donald has taken over his gig. Siddle was on this morning though saying how the Aussie bowlers are using his comments as extra motivation to show the Saffie batsmen a thing or two.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by taipan on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:44 pm

Red wrote:As I said on the Potch match thread, he sounds like an idiot.

Then stop reading his crap. Or at least, stop posting it here.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by skully on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:47 pm

Grouse. Test cricket from South Africa in prime time from this Wed night. Hopefully the boys make it worth watching.
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Re: South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 9-13 November, 2011

Post by JGK on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:48 pm

My prediction - Punter will be Morne's bunny in this series.

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