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Biff to cause another England captain resignation?

March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two trips to England and he’s gotten rid of two English captains, Hussain in 2003 and  Vaughan in 2008.

Love him or hate him Graeme Smith is one steely fellow and with the England series coming up soon and And andrew Strauss and the England team at 6’s and 7’s another oppertunity awaits the big beefy left hander.

Strauss has not scored a 100 in 23 innings and in these 23 averages a sour 28.52

on the other hand Smith is in some brilliant form having scred two 100’s this seasn already and was the leading run scorrer in the NZ test series

Compare the two captains and you can see that Smith is in a class of his own. It’s also a known fact that Smith is one of the best openers of the 21st century in fact, the only ne above him is Matthew Hayden.

Batsman Tests Innings Runs Average 100s/ 50s
Smith since Nov 20, 2010 12 21 738 41.00 2/ 4
Strauss since Dec 1, 2010 15 23 656 28.52

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Smith is now sitting n 8000 test runs and is only the second SA player to ever pas the 8000 run mark. at the young age of 30 one wonders how far Biff will go.

Smith is South Africa’s best batsmen in England and if he replicates his past perfromances. England will have massive problems. don’t be surprised to see Strauss step down should England lose the series.

Kitchener – call him fat, a ploder, usless and worthless, but he’s one bartsmen England won’t be looking forward to seeing. he has crushed England single handedly every time he’s stepped on your shores

Bowlers, Smith top team charts

March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

original article:http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-south-africa-2012/content/story/559114.html

9.5
Vernon Philander
It does not get closer to perfect than this: Philander took 21 wickets, by far the most in the series, at an average of 15.47. He was Graeme Smith’s go-to man and every time he had the ball in his hand something seemed certain to happen. His disciplined lines and lengths frustrated the opposition batsmen while swing, reverse swing and seam movement troubled them. Philander barely put a foot wrong as he became the second fastest bowler to 50 Test wickets. His start to Test cricket has been dreamlike: the second innings in Wellington was the first time in his seven-Test-old career that he went without a wicket in an innings. He also displayed his ability with the bat, playing two important lower-order innings.

8.5
Graeme Smith
Smith, world cricket’s longest-serving current Test captain, was the leading run-getter in the series, with 282 runs at 56.40. He was outstanding with both bat and as captain. A century in Dunedin, to set up a tough chase for New Zealand, and two half-centuries, including a matchwinning one in Hamilton, completed his return to form, which started with a hundred against Australia in November. In the field, he handled his attack with careful calculation, ensuring the quicks were never overbowled. Smith’s declaration in the third Test may be criticised for coming too late, but that is harsh. With South Africa leading the series 1-0, he had no reason to give New Zealand any chance of winning.

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Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel
Philander stole the spotlight but it would not have been quite as bright without Steyn and Morkel. Even though the pair, collectively, did not take as many wickets as Philander, without them South Africa’ attack would not have had the various dimensions it possessed. They ensured the pressure was always on.

Steyn cranked the pace up as the series wore on, hitting speeds around 145 kph regularly in spells. In Hamilton, he helped Philander affect a New Zealand collapse of five wickets for no run. Steyn swung the ball, while Morkel put in his most disciplined performance in a while, extracting good bounce and ensuring batsmen knew he was capable of hurting them. Steyn and Morkel’s best performance as a pair came in the first innings of the Wellington Test, when they used the short ball to exceptional effect.

7.5
AB de Villiers
The scorecards will show de Villiers’ two highest scores in the series as 83 and 68, numbers that do no justice to the value of those two innings. The 83 came with South Africa in trouble, at 88 for 6 in Hamilton. de Villiers sewed the innings back together and steered the side to a valuable lead. The 68 was an audacious innings in Wellington featuring a feast of daring shots as he put on quick runs to allow Smith to declare and give South Africa a chance of winning the third Test. His catching let him down in Wellington, where he dropped two at slip, but that was a small botch on a tour during which his usual creativity and spunk lifted the side when they were in trouble.

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JP Duminy
He only had one chance and took it, a sign that Duminy is ready to be a Test cricketer again. After two years on the sidelines, he made his point with a hundred in Wellington. Although he started off in one-day mode, he soon settled and showed a particular aptitude for dealing with the short ball, something that has troubled him in the past. Though usually one of the best fielders in the squad, Duminy took some of the sheen of his comeback performance with three dropped catches in the match.

 

  Alviro Petersen drives, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Test, Wellington, 1st day, March 23, 2012

Alviro Petersen scored a century in the third Test © Getty Images
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Alviro Petersen
It took Petersen two Tests to find his feet but when he did he managed to stand, walk and run all at once. In his first four innings, he struggled to adjust to the pace of the pitches in New Zealand, tried to be too aggressive and insisted on moving across the stumps, resulting in him being dismissed lbw twice. In the first innings of the Wellington Test, his 156 served as more than adequate proof that he could make the necessary changes to play international cricket in foreign conditions. His ton was punctuated with pulls in its early stages and classic drives as it matured. His challenge in the future will be to put in big performances even when he is not under pressure.

Hashim Amla
It was an unusually quiet tour for someone who has been prolific against New Zealand. Amla scored two half-centuries and did not convert either into a hundred. With his calm approach to the game, he steered South Africa through challenging periods without much fuss. His tour ended on a painful note when he was hit in the groin off an inside edge, a blow which hampered his movement. He managed to bat for an hour after the injury, but when he was dismissed he had to be taken for emergency surgery. Word from the team camp was that he was battling to walk by the time South Africa left New Zealand.

Jacques Kallis
A sublime century in the second innings of the Dunedin Test put South Africa in a commanding position. Kallis was also used as an impact bowler, coming on for short bursts and swinging the ball at pace. He left another lasting impression on the series. His comment that “99% of cricketers” do not believe ball-tracking is as accurate as the technical team wants them to believe it is almost caused Ian Taylor, creator of Virtual Eye, to withdraw the technology from the series. A neck strain, sustained in training before the third Test, ruled him out of the match and served as a stark reminder of his importance to the South Africa side. They had to sacrifice their frontline spinner to include both a batsmen and a fourth fast bowler to replace Kallis.

Jacques Rudolph
Rudolph had one very good Test and two ordinary ones. He showed that he can translate his stunning domestic form into international success in Dunedin. A composed half-century in the first innings helped South Africa recover from Chris Martin’s post-tea bust of three wickets in two overs, and a hundred sprinkled with some of the best drives in the game put the visitors into a dominant position in the second innings. He spent limited time at the crease in the other two matches but crossed an important bridge in showing his suitability for his new middle-order role.

5.5
Mark Boucher
In what was quite possibly the penultimate tour of his career, Boucher provided material for both sides of the arguments about whether or not he should still be in the Test side. He put in some understated but important performances with the bat, building with Rudolph in Dunedin and helping de Villiers put South Africa in the lead in Hamilton. His best innings came in Wellington, when a gritty 46 increase South Africa’s total. With the gloves, though, he made mistakes that will annoy him, twice letting chances go between himself and Smith at first slip. He held on to every other catch that came his way, ending the tour on 999 international dismissals and setting the stage for another milestone to be achieved later in the year, in England.

Imran Tahir
He was again unlucky not to have surfaces that suited him but made the most of what he had to work with. Crucially, Tahir showed he could act as the containing bowler if it is required of him by maintaining an economy rate of under three runs per over. He missed out on the Wellington Test because of a need to shuffle the make-up of the side after Kallis’ injury.

4.5
Marchant de Lange
The young tearaway got a taste of how tough Test cricket can be. Three months after taking 7 for 81 in his first Test innings, he was the weakest link in South Africa’s pace barrage in Wellington, as he could not find the right lengths on an unhelpful surface. The pitch had flattened out by the time South Africa were bowling and de Lange had the challenge of bowling into the wind for the bulk of his 38.2 overs. He has raw talent but there is lots of hard work to be done. South Africa were also without bowling coach Allan Donald to offer advice to de Lange in the third Test.

 

 

 

Thoughts?

Will Taylor do the Smith?

March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ross Taylor has a brocken hand, A Morne Morkel Bouncer crucshed the kiwi’s hand and trust me it wasn’t a pretty sight. Who can forget the 2009 Heroic of Graeme Smith? when he came out and batted with a broken hand? Will Taylor be put in a position where he needs to do the same? I don’t think so.

Say what you will about Smith, but there is not a chance Taylor has the steely heart and passion Smith does, not a chance.

Smit Leads World Invitational XV

March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

from sharks website:

Former Sharks and Springbok Captain John Smit will be returning to Mr. Price KINGS PARK on Friday June 22 to lead a World Invitational XV against his former team, The Sharks.

The match is his farewell and thank you to Sharks and Springbok supporters who have loyally followed and supported his rugby career over the past 11 years.

The organisers of the event have assembled a team of some of the best players from around the world that include some of his former Sharks and Springbok teammates, notably Johann Muller, RuanPienaar, Percy Montgomery and BJ Botha. Former Australian loose forward Phil Waugh and Kiwis Luke McAllister and Doug Howlett will also feature. The balance of the team will include internationals from England, USA, France and Italy.

“I wanted the opportunity to say my final rugby farewell to fans, and this match is my way to also say thank you to those who have supported me over the years”, said John at the press conference held at Mr. Price KINGS PARK to announce the match.

“We will also be using the game to launch my new foundation The John Smit Foundation, and begin the fundraising efforts for it”, said John.

The assembled team will also be known as Barney’s Army, a name derived from John’s nickname, Barney. Coach for the team will be Ian MacIntosh, who was John’s first professional coach at The Sharks.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful professional career that had its beginnings in Durban with The Sharks and then, of course, carried through into the Springboks. To be able to have the game here is very special to me and to have the caliber of international players who have agreed to play, very touching. Some are former foes, some are my best mates, it’s very exciting. I am also very grateful to The Sharks management for embracing this event and agreeing to host it at my old stomping ground. I can’t wait to run out once more at Mr. Price KINGS PARK.”

The match takes place at the end of The Sharks one-month mid-season break and will also give the local team game time ahead of returning to Super Rugby action.

“John has been a loyal and faithful servant to rugby in KwaZulu-Natal and The Sharks team, so it is fitting that we are able to give him this opportunity to play once more at Mr. Price KINGS PARK, albeit in the Barney’s Army jersey”, said Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl.

“Logistics regarding tickets sales and further event information are still being finalised, and more information will be released shortly. But one thing that can be guaranteed is that the event will have all the fun, action and entertainment that we have become world-renowned for here in Durban”, concluded The Sharks CEO.

The match will take place on Friday June 22. Tickets for the event will be available via The Sharks ticketing office, details to be released shortly.

The John Smit Foundation will be the beneficiary of all funds raised from ticket sales. The Foundation aims to support a number of charities in South Africa, in both the rugby and social spheres. These include The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Fund, The Bobbi Bear Foundation and LIV. The foundation will be managed by Benmar Investments, headed by Terry Rosenberg and Trevor Boynton.

A gala dinner will also be held in Johannesburg at the SandtonConvention Centre on Tuesday June 27 to raise funds for the Foundation.

For further information about these events and The John Smit Foundation, log onto www.Barneysarmy.co.za

Something fantastic coming soon

March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Taking sports networking to a new level. . . . .

Smith, Kallis hammer New Zealand

March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Great, great batting from Smtih and Kallis, good to see Kallis getting runs and good t see Smith’s return to form was not temporary, Brilliant ton by Biff.

Smith’s previous 23 centuries = 16 wins & 7 draws. SA never lost with a Smith 100 – Seriously, how can anyone not want him in the team?

oh and who said Smith can’t score on the offside?

Panicking for Nothing

March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

So the Proteas seem to be in a bit of trouble having not registered 200 runs yet and being 7 wickets down.

I honestly don’t see the need to panic, i don’t think it’s fair to judge after only one team has batted, wait untill New Zealand have taken the crease and we’ll see how well they do, my guess is that our bowlers cause Havoc for them.

Anyway, is it just me or have others also noticed Kallis’s dip in form? I think it’s unfair that people bash Smith all the time (even though his Test form has always been consistent)

Kallis’s recent scres :

0, 2*, 54, 2, 31, 0, 0, 224, 0. at an average f 39 (the double ton greatly increases his average)

just a thought

Teams for Tonights Match

March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Jacques Rudolph, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Rob Nicol, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Kane Williamson, 6 Daniel Vettori, 7 Kruger van Wyk (wk), 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Tim Southee, Trent Boult, 11 Chris Martin

God help New Zealand

Let the Real Cricket Begin!!

March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

ok enough of T20 and 50 over cricket, yes It’s exciting but you know whats even more exciting? TEST CRICKET!!

anyway, we should white wash New Zealand easy, here are a few stats:

SA Batsmens averages in NZ :

Jacques Rudolph : 84.00 (played 3 Tests scoring 336)

Jacques Kallis : 66.25 (Played 6 Tests scoring 530 runs)

Graeme Smith: 58.00 (Played 3 Tests scoring 290)

Hashim Amla has never played NZ in NZ in Test cricket but In South Africa averages 104.80 against them in four matches

The only batsmen that looks a bit shaky against NZ is AB de Villiers who averages only 30 in Test cricket, however AB is a different man since then and should smash the bowling attack all over the park.

With Dales Steyn, Morne Morkel, Philander and Tahir at the helm of the bowling attack and our Top order batsmern being so experienced and in form South Africa should have way to much in the tanks.

Game starts at 11:30 tomorrow night, guess I’ll be sleep deprived for the next 5 days cause I aint missing none of the action.

Good luck boys, we want you back home as the number 1 team in the world, make us proud!

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