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Welcome to greats everyone forgets

February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Just read this excellent article by Mark Richardson, very well taken coming from a Kiwi. good on you Mark:

original article : http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10788045

By Mark Richardson

 

With the ODIs under way and the tests just around the corner, we welcome back to New Zealand two of the most unheralded players in world cricket. Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith are well known but not lauded to the degree they should be.

I will concede that recently Jacque Kallis’ achievements in cricket have begun to catch the eye but, still, when it comes to naming world’s best elevens and the likes his name is so often unfairly absent.

Don Bradman is head and shoulders above anyone else but Kallis must take his place in the small group of players one level below yet still regarded as the ‘best ever’.

Forget for a minute that Kallis bowls and is unquestionably the finest all-round cricketer ever – alongside only Sir Garfield Sobers – and look at his batting record alone: 150 tests, 12250 runs at 57.02 with 41 hundreds.

That record compares to Sachin Tendulkar: 15470 runs at 55.44 with 51 hundreds – but he’s played 38 more tests and spent half his career batting on the placid surfaces of India. What about Brian Lara: 11900 runs at 52.88 with 34 hundreds.

Going back a bit compare him to Sir Vivian Richards: 8540 runs at 50.23 with 24 centuries.

Tendulkar, Lara, Richards are cricketing royalty and so is Kallis – yet too often he is forgotten like Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh and, let’s face it, Old Phil is pretty close to the top.

Maybe it’s because Sir Viv was the Master Blaster, Lara had that flamboyant style and a penchant for massive totals and Tendulkar a style so often compared to the great Bradman himself but also promoted as ‘great’ from age 16. As for Kallis, well he has just plonked himself at the crease and churned out runs.

Could it be that South Africa built itself a batting machine and just wanted to keep it a secret?

This could be Kallis’ strategic advantage; he is so efficiently boring that no one can quite work out where to bowl at him.

I’ll tell you who is not boring – Graeme Smith. He’s one of those guys who seems to be very unpopular with the opposition. I believe that to be because he plays the game with his heart on his sleeve and refuses to take his place on that hoity-toity world captains’ table.

He has 7760 test runs at 49.42, with 23 hundreds. That suggests he’s one of the best test openers but it’s his grit that impresses. The Kiwis will try to get inside his head – everyone tries.

But, good luck. He’s led South Africa since he was 22, he’s now 31 and I imagine you’d need to be not only headstrong but also politically savvy to lead for so long in such a political environment.

The century he scored in the third and final test in Wellington the last time South Africa was here to square the series will always stand in my mind as one of the grittiest and mentally strong innings I’ve witnessed. Smith is one of my most admired cricketers but I guess, just like him, I go against the grain.

Sharks pick electrifying backline

February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Heres the Sharks team to face the Bulls:

1. Dale Chadwick
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Steven Sykes
5. Anton Bresler
6. Keegan Daniel (Captain)
7. Marcell Coetzee
8. Ryan Kankowski
9. Frederic Michalak
10. Patrick Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Tim Whitehead
13. JP Pietersen
14. Louis Ludik
15. Riaan Viljoen

Replacements

16. Craig Burden
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Ross Skeate
19. Jacques Botes
20. Charl McLeod
21. Meyer Bosman
22. Paul Jordaan

What a backline!

Smith can never do anything right can he?

February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

So it seems the whole world got a mssive boner when Richard Levi made a fantastic 100 in a T20 at a small ground. yes it was fantastic that I cannot deny but really . . . how prematurely some people jump up and scream is a joke. Smith finally gets into some form and now we are calling for his head again. and who are we going to replace Smith with in the ODI?
Richard Levi!! Richard fucking Levi! what a joke.

people he’s played two matches for SA and both have been T20’s

Graeme Smiths last two International ODI scores : 68 and 125

Richard Levi’s last two International ODI scores: he’s never played

South African with the most T20 runs : Graeme Smith

and lets not forget Smith also set the highest T20 partnership of all time with Loots bosman 170

Come on guys, lets keep it real, no need to put pressure on Levi, he’s a good player but to prematurely state he should replace Smith is a joke.

Give Levi time in T20 and filter him through.

And as things stand there is no justification in dropping Smith at all.  he was the 2nd highest run scorrer in the last ODI series, dropping him would be madness. I see big runs for Biff this series, big runs indeed, and oh how I love rubbing it in the faces of bashers when he scores

I don’t like T20 cricket

February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Am I the only one? I never have enjoyed it and never will. I love ODI cricket and of course the ultimate is Test Cricket.

My reasons? simple, T20 cricket requires only three things: smashing balls, bowling well and fielding well

ODI and Test cricket requires tactics, a good captain, massive composure, Brilliant batting, brilliant bowling, brilliant fielding and nerves of steel.

I don’t like T20 cricket and I can’t wait for these three matches to finish so the real cricket can start

I don’t Like T20 cricket, I don’t

Sheriff’s corruption Theory

February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

So I have a theory ok, and before you discard my theory as pure rubbsh, listen up. Sports is just a way the governments of the world use to distract the public so they can continue jewing the shit out of us.

What the fuck is TAX? why must I pay fucking TAX off money I’ve worked my bloody arse off for? fuck that shit.

We all bloody slaves if you think about it, if we don’t work, we die! that’s the truth. What ever happened to freedom? there’s no such fucking thing as freedom, it’s all just a big lie and we all so gullible that we just follow the system and think it’s right! who made the system? who invented the fucking system? Human beings! just like you and me, so who the hell has the right to say this system is the right one? Nobody! that’s who! something went terribly wrong somewhere along the line, we live in a corrupt, deceiving world my friends, all lining up for work every day to feed the corporations and governments only just to get paid to stay alive!

they do to us what they do to farm animals . . .  .farm animals are never free but they know no other way so they think it’s normal, they get fed and fed and fed some more only to be slaughtered and turned into food to feed us, the other animals. we work and work and work some more only to die knowing you’ve lived a life where 90% of it had you working your life away.

This is not how human beings are meant to live people, this is WRONG, we’ve been lied to, we’ve been lied to over and over again untill we think it’s the truth

Religion – another way to keep us slaves believing there is something to live for, giving us hope and faith, it’s all just a lie . . . .a lie thats been told over and over again

“All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.”

“We need to become the change we want to see in the world”

-Gandhi


F the system, yea thats right fuck it

The momment we have been waiting for

February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Proteas fate is officially in their own hands, the objective is clear, beat New Zealand 3-0 in the upcoming test series and becoming the best test side on the planet, fail and the same old words will come to bite you. “no back bone” “not consistent enough” “fragile middle order” and of course our favourite “chokers”

I’ve often been very protective over the Proteas when they fail to win a match or two in a series but this series is different, this series will prove whether our boys have the BMT and composure to knock the Pomp off their number 1 ranking and there is absolutely no reason they shouldn’t.

With Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers in hot form at the momment, the Proteas have two experienced men to lead the batting and chase or post high totals, with Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla back in the mix we are virtually unstopable and there will be no excuses should we drop a game against the Black caps. Dale Steyn will be hungry to get back on the field and with him, Morkel and philander, South Africa should simply be way too much for New Zealand to handle. we should win this series comfortably.

Taking nothing away from New Zealand, they are a good team and have a great balance between experience and youth, but let’s also remember that comparing Zimbabwe to South Africa is like comparing Springbok Rugby to the USA eagles.

After a horrible mixed spell of up and down innings, Graeme Smith has started the season brilliantly, knocking a match winning century against Australia in Cape Town, a fine 61 in the Sri Lankan test series, and two brilliant knocks of 69 and 125 in the Sri Lankan ODI series, the amount of pure willingness and determination Smith shows at the crease is proof enough that he wants to do good for his country and he has done exactly that so far. lets hope it continues through this series and the one in England

Hashim Amla, what can one really say about this hero? Amla is one of the most Technically brilliant players I have ever seen, his drives are absolutely fantastic, the ability he has to up the tempo and score fast is essential to the Proteas success, having just become a father the motivation for success must be flowing through his blood

These two players along with batting legend Jacques Kallis and master AB de Villiers should put up a massive task for the New Zealand Bowlers. Can’t wait for the series to start . . . .

John Smit not a Springbok Legend?

February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mclook just recently did a post on 20 Springbok legends, I found it shocking that he snubed Smitty in that post and didn’t even give him a mention and yet mentioned guys like Skinstad and Moolman. I don’t know if Mclook has something against John but it’s criminal to leave him out.

In Mclooks on words: “With only 20 spots looking at players who I would class as legends and greats; who are remembered for their impact on Springbok rugby and world rugby this would be my list”

John Smits impact on SA rugby is probably the biggest by a hooker and captain that the country has ever seen. he has been the Boks most successful and inspirational captain of all time, to leave him out of that list is down right wrong.

he was also rated the best Springbok of all time by SI.

I’m sorry but John Smit is a legend and a great . . not only of SA rugby, but of World rugby.

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