Aus Vs SA – Another Cracker
October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
From the 9th of November to the 4th of December one of the most eagerly awaited battles begins in the cricketing world. It’s the Test series between Australia and South Africa. Earlier this year South Africa put in a sublime and thrilling performance to down the Poms 2-0 in their own back yard and claimed stake to the Test mace and became the best Test side on the planet. Australia on the other hand last played test cricket during the Month of April where they too beat their hosts, West Indies 2-0 in a three match series. The Proteas however cannot afford to relax as their number one status is on the line against the Aussies, as South Africa did to England Australia will now try to do to the Proteas. The winner of the series will walk away the number 1 Test side. It’s an enthralling battle, one which advertises why Test cricket is the pinnacle format of the sport.
South Africa are a team in form, ESPNcricinfo describes them as “Road Warriors” simply because they have not lost an away Test series in 6 years, a proud record which they will want to still have in place by the time they leave Australian shores. Their “big 5” batsmen seem to be in form presently with perhaps only AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis not quite getting it right in England, Smith scored a century in his 100th and chipped in two 50’s against England and who can forget Amla’s triple and Alviro’s century? There are still questions on whether AB will keep or not and if not then the Proteas might find themselves one batsmen short as Thami Tsolekile would come in and is not know for his Test batting abilities.
On the bowling front South Africa seem pretty settled, with Steyn, Morkel and Philander making up the pace side of the attack, Imran Tahir the leggy and Jacques Kallis also able to chip in (although we might start seeing less and less of Kallis with ball in hand)
Australia have some danger men of their own. They are captained by a brilliant batsmen and an extremely positive leader who can sometimes cause confusion and panic in the opposition, but don’t count on that happening to SA. Ricky Ponting is another man who can and knows how to punish bowlers, the most experienced player in the Aussie side. He struggled against Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel the last time he was in South Africa but if sources are to be believed he has been training his socks off! And then theres the dominating Shane Watson who could turn out to be the surprise package for Australia this series. The only question is, can he take his T20 form and replicate it in the Test arena? Time will tell.
Much has been spoken about Australia’s bowlers with Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc getting most of the attention. South Africa will need to be patient with the bat and make sure their openers see off the new ball, these Aussie bowlers not only have pace but are deadly accurate too.
Unfortunately if you are South African and plan on watching these matches your days are about to get a whole lot longer as matches are broadcasted from 2am SAT. so you’ll want to hit the deck straight after work get your 6 or 7 hours sleep and then wake up and tune in to Supersport because this is going to be a cracker of a series and you don’t want to miss one bit!