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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