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Baggy greens to cut Proteas?

November 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

The last time these two countries played test cricket at the GABBA (named after the area the stadium is in, Woolloongabba), Richie Benaud was still wearing white playing clothes instead of his cream commentator jackets. Benaud’s men drew here in 1963 against an up and coming South African team which included Eddie Barlow and Pollock brothers, Greame and Peter.

The Gabba is a fortress for the Baggy Greens as they only lost eight out of fifty four test played here. The mighty Windies of 1988 was the last team to beat the Aussies here, however, statistics alone don’t win any games. South Africa under Graeme Smith is currently the number 1 Test team and just like the Windies of 88, has an impressive pace attacked spearheaded by the world’s number 1 bowler, Dale Steyn. Morne Morkel and Vernon Philnader adds some spice to this attack.

With Shane Watson out (arguably the best all rounder today), it gives the Proteas some edge. Watson has been a star in all forms of cricket over the last few months and although he has only two test centuries, he is in the league of a Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff. A better batsman than Flintoff and more aggresive bolwer than Kallis.

Mickey Arthur, who was main ‘garderner of the proteas’ when they won here ‘down under’ is now in control of the other ‘green & gold’ team. His knowledge of the Proteas can and will be vital.

I will attend day two, proudly dressed in my long white pants and South Africa (ODI shirt), and may all those long beers that I’ll have to consume taste sweet and not more bitter!

Who do you think will win in Brisvegas?

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11 responses to Baggy greens to cut Proteas?

  1. “Baggy greens to cut Proteas?” In your dreams bud

  2. Geniet hom! Pity its gonna be on tv flippen early here in SA! I hope to at least catch the last hour or two of play each day.
    Gonna be a tight series I think. Proteas can/should come out on top, but never count your chickens before they hatch, especially against the Aussies. If we can beat the Aussies in their own back yard, after the success in Englad, we truly deserve the no1 spot

  3. Sherrifff three things. 1: there was a question mark (?) behind the sentence. secondly, anything is possible in cricket. 3rdly: why am I dreaming the Aussies would win?

  4. Enjoy! i’ll have to give up some sleep to catch a few overs before work.
    We have the team, bowling, batting and fielding but mentally its where we need to get stronger. Stats dont mean anything on the day and being dissiplined and patient is what will keep us at the top of test cricket.

  5. Mike Hussey, Ponting and Kallis will be underpressure. would you play AB as keeper?

  6. I’ll be giving up all my sleep to watch every bit of the action:( but it’ll be worth it :)

  7. Ek reken ek sal AB agter die paaltjies hou, hy is immers ook n baie goeie kolwer ook. Ek dink nie ons alternatief bied dieselde opsies nie,dit meen ons kan n ekstra kolwer/bowler kies.

  8. EPK, dit is juis hoekom ek vra, want ek glo AB is saam met Amla ons kolf menere. ek sou graag wou sien dat hy as nommer 4 kom bat, maar as hy heeldag agter die penne moet staan kan dit te veelysend wees?

  9. sherifff, that means a 2:00am start for you?

  10. Imran Tahir is he good enough at test level or doesn’t SA have any other spin bowler or test level?

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