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Old 12-25-2005, 04:17 AM   #46
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Most nuetral cricketing observers (i.e. Axver and myself) thought it was too late. Australia simply doesn't have the firepower, on a dead pitch like that fifth day WACA, to bundle a team out. Pontings decleration was half the problem, the middle orders slow batting was the other half.

This is the first Boxing Day in years which has the potential to live up to the hype.
Fair enough. I just believed, along with Ricky, that 127 overs was going to be enough to bundle them out. And had South Africa been chasing say, 250 then they wouldn't have played so defensive and Australia would have had more chances. We underestimated the toughness of the Proteas and I look forward to an entertaining series.
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Fair enough. I just believed, along with Ricky, that 127 overs was going to be enough to bundle them out.
This isn't Bangladesh; South Africa know how to defend a wicket.

Of course, Australia can't help over-rating itself ...
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This isn't Bangladesh; South Africa know how to defend a wicket.

Of course, Australia can't help over-rating itself ...
First Innings they were bowled out for 296. However, Axver, credit to your country - chasing down the Aussies was awesome. I wish I had a copy of that game.
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First Innings they were bowled out for 296.
Well, yes, but two things:

1. South Africa weren't batting to avoid a loss at that point, and it was on a much younger pitch.
2. Look at Australia's first innings score.
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If Ponting had done his homework on they typical WACA wicket he would know it gets progressively less lethal as the game wares on... the ability for a player like Hodge to hang around so easily should have sent the alarm bells rining.
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Good points, but I'd hardly call you two neutral with regards to Australia!
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True yertle. I can see how my position as President of the Ricky Ponting Fan Club would create a conflict of interest here.
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Well, yes, but two things:

1. South Africa weren't batting to avoid a loss at that point, and it was on a much younger pitch.
2. Look at Australia's first innings score.
Yes, true. I was just saying that most Aussie fans would have believed 127 overs was enough to bowl out South Africa.

The second test has been delayed a bit due to a damp pitch.
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The test has begun. Shaun Pollock has struck, Jacques is caught behind. He made 2. The Aussies are 1/8 off 4.2 overs.
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Yes, true. I was just saying that most Aussie fans would have believed 127 overs was enough to bowl out South Africa.

The second test has been delayed a bit due to a damp pitch.
Most Aussie fans believe a lot of things that aren't necessarily accurate or reasonable, though. I mean, look at how many think Australia is still the best team in the world because they beat the (obviously lacklustre) "World" XI, despite the fact they've lost the Ashes and to Bangladesh this year.
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looks like ponting's having a good day


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looks like ponting's having a good day


Looks like most of the rest of the team isn't.
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Looks like most of the rest of the team isn't.
wow, i the last time i looked it was 190/3 now it's 222/6

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it looks like england in pakistan
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wow, i the last time i looked it was 190/3 now it's 222/6

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8/239 at stumps!

Nel took four wickets and Pollock three.
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