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Old 02-13-2014, 06:37 AM   #1
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Official Cricket Thread Part 99.94

When the last cricket thread began, we were enjoying an Australia vs South Africa series, and now that we're onto a new thread, we're also onto a new Australia vs South Africa series. Meanwhile, New Zealand look halfway decent for once. Continue.
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Ohh what a great title, how have we not had this before. Most excellent.
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Victoria's second innings FOW vs NSW: 1/0. 2/0. 3/0. 4/5. 5/5. 6/9. 7/32. now 7/70.

NZ 4/84 vs India. Taylor not playing due to birth of his child.
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Ohh what a great title, how have we not had this before. Most excellent.
Haha cheers. I decided we needed to move away from timeframe titles and this one came to me in a flash of inspiration.

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Victoria's second innings FOW vs NSW: 1/0. 2/0. 3/0. 4/5. 5/5. 6/9. 7/32. now 7/70.
Oh my god that's hideous.

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MOST POORLY TIMED CHILD EVER.

Though even without him we should be better than this. Stop playing as if that first Test was a fluke, New Zealand.
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Not even 200 in the first innings, Black Caps? Oh well.

Fingers crossed it's just a bowler's wicket and the Indians embarrass themselves to an even greater extent. We do have a halfway threatening bowling attack...
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Well that was a day of disappointment for Kiwi cricket.

Interesting stats in this article: : Numbers Game: The toughest venues for openers | Cricket Features | South Africa v Australia | ESPN Cricinfo

Who knew it was so difficult to open at Seddon Park and the Basin! (Actually, given batsmen probably just want to get the fuck out of Hamilton and are being blown the fuck out of Wellington, perhaps it makes sense...)
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Fair to say South Africa are a joke now.
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So, when does the world start to acknowledge that this Aussie team is greater than the sum of its parts, and actually one of the strongest in cricket today?

Clarke's captaincy is easily the most creative and dynamic in the world today. He makes things happen, where we have seen Smith and Cook run out of ideas and protect runs very quickly.

The strength of the side is that at least 1 or 2 batsmen put their hands up to do the hard work in each innings, but it is shared around relatively equally from game to game.
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Also, Steve Smith - fast becoming one of the most damaging and reliable players around. 572 runs in the last 7 games (including this one, still to bat 2nd innings) at 57.20, including 4 x 100s (as many as Watson's career).
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So, when does the world start to acknowledge that this Aussie team is greater than the sum of its parts, and actually one of the strongest in cricket today?
Series isn't over yet, we know what South Africa are capable of, and we know just how Tests can turn on their head. Happy to revise my opinion once we're more than three days in. I'm tipping this first Test to end in a draw right now.
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Series isn't over yet, we know what South Africa are capable of, and we know just how Tests can turn on their head. Happy to revise my opinion once we're more than three days in. I'm tipping this first Test to end in a draw right now.
Totally agree, and South Africa could even win it from here, the point I'm making is this Aus team have dominated every day so far against the best team in the world on their home soil. No mean feat.
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Totally agree, and South Africa could even win it from here, the point I'm making is this Aus team have dominated every day so far against the best team in the world on their home soil. No mean feat.
Has anyone really been suggesting that Australia aren't good, though?

And given the way it seems most people like to hang shit on South Africa's home performances, are you sure it's no mean feat?
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Has anyone really been suggesting that Australia aren't good, though?

And given the way it seems most people like to hang shit on South Africa's home performances, are you sure it's no mean feat?
Most commentators were suggesting that, while Aus smashed England, they would be brought back to earth hard over in SA. I was expecting a competitive series, but nothing like the way it has started.
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I'm certainly surprised how well Australia have done, that's for sure. I was being somewhat hyperbolic when I was suggesting South Africa would smash Australia, but I was still very confident that South Africa would have control.

I think the question now is whether they will try to chase down whatever total Australia posts, or bat for a draw.
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It will depend on Clarke's declaration - I tend to think he will take the game away from them. Johnson will expose people defending for a draw, and even so, a draw means that one more win will at least draw the series. Perhaps bat an hour fairly aggressively, and have 45 minutes at them before lunch from 550 in front. It means they get a new ball 5 overs into the 5th day as well.
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