Wednesday, 3 December 2008

South Africa v Australia. In One Word: Tasty.

The up and coming series between Australia and South Africa is hotting up. Australia, back in form after losing in India, demolished New Zealand and are now facing their toughest task yet.

South Africa is a team not willing to bow down to Australia's lofty status as the no. 1 Test side in the world. This is due to:

a) they are pretty good anyway, NWG should know, she did witness it over the summer.
b) they're just as arrogant as Australia, which is extremely useful in many ways.
c) they have every right to be arrogant: they have in their possession very useful batsmen and some excellent fast bowlers.

And now there is their secret weapon: fill the coaching staff with as many 'consultants' as possible who have been part of teams who have beaten Australia.

Duncan Fletcher: enigmatic coach of England.
Gary Kirsten: Indian mentor.

This series is a juicy one. Aside from South Africa talking themselves up (not a surprise: what else is there to do, announce that you'll lose?), Australia are revealing some rather large dents in their armour.

But, playing in Australia is like Superman being forced to fly with kryptonite. It's a very tough ask.

NWG will be up in the early hours watching this one.

Correction: First Test is 17 December.


V said...

correction.. 1st test 17th december!!!

Unknown said...

It looks to be an awesome series.

I agree that South Africa have a great attack, but for me this is a point of weakness. They've got some superb right-arm quicks, but no variety.

Contrast this with the current Australian attack:
- Brett Lee ; right-arm express
- Mitchell Johnson ; left-arm fast
- Stuart Clark ; right-arm McGrath
- Shane Watson ; right-arm male model

Damith S. said...

V is right, first test is 17th, I think you are thinking about the ENgland series, but then that starts on the 11th !

I agree with Moses btw, although SA have a very good attack, they lack the much needed variation. as a spin option they only have that shit house harris.

i think spin will be a deciding factor and if krejza can stay fit we might just see him make his first real impact in a test series.

David said...

I will be sure to txt you rom the game NWG :) Maybe even send u pics