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Thanks to South Africa

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by Oracle (U2667531) 09 January 2009
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In the end it really was a walk in the park.The contracts that the South African coach had drawn up for his top 6 batsmen didnt even have to be acknowledged.The tail of the South African team showed how the best of Australia been caught up.
Going into the 3rd test with a bit of hit and giggle in the ranks , they still managed to take the match down to a mere 10 balls AFTER they had won the series.

Thrashed by India and South Africa(god help them IN South Africa) they are a spent force , England will be sleeping well in anticipation of the Ashes.....

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posted Jan 9, 2009

SA hands down Team of the Year - Bravo <applause> - not just in skill but also in spirit

IMHO

G Smith - ICC Player of the Year
Steyn - Test bowler for the Year
Amla - Test Batsman for the Year
Kallis - Test All Rounder for the Year
ABDViellers - Test Fielder of the Year

And if there is a prize
M Arthur - Test Coach of the Year

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posted Jan 9, 2009

your an idiot. Australia lost a close and brilliant series. They werent trashed.
England are in a bigger crisis with primadonnas running the team.Cant remember the last time they won a series

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posted Jan 9, 2009


The Saffers finally proved to be more than a match for the Aussies, doing the world of Test cricket a huge favour in the process.

Wouldn't put a whole lot of money on England doing the the same in the summer though.

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comment by HP (U1918533)

posted Jan 9, 2009

ashes to england. ponting to retire in 2009

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comment by RCVFAN (U5373628)

posted Jan 9, 2009

@ CROUCHING-TIGER: I don't know if Ponting should retire in 2009. I for one was tremendously impressed by his fighting innings of 99 at the MCG.

He was waving the flag on a burning deck, while lesser folks were falling like nine pins around him! I don't like the man, but acts like these do command respect. If Australia has any chance of rebuilding, it will almost certainly have to be on the shoulders of Ponting.

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posted Jan 10, 2009

Yes the tests was a great series and Australia were not thrashed as were the English in the last Ashes series .Australia was not humiliated in being beaten by a very good Saffer team who now must be considered as No. 1 in the world.

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posted Jan 10, 2009

The key difference between the teams was the bowling. Clark will be back for the Ashes and possibly Lee as well.
Given that SA's batting line up is far stronger than England's I don't see how anyone except the fanatically hopeful can be backing England.

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posted Jan 10, 2009

Cook
Strauss
Bell or Shah
Pietersen
Collingwood
Flintoff
Prior
Swann
Broad

That side bats deep

Lee
Johnson
Clark
Hauritz
Watson

Is probably the best bowling they can hope for with Siddle, Hilfenaus, Krezja and Bolinger in reserve

I must say game on and England will probably start as favs - home conditions - Duke ball - better bowling attack

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posted Jan 11, 2009

The test series was great but the twenty20 is just a money making racket that the real players have no interest in.

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posted Jan 11, 2009

Well T20 certainly threw Bracken and Tait back in the mix and unearthed another star in Warnar

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