Batting Preview: Sunfoil Test series

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Published on November 06, 2011 with No Comments

Oh we we love to lay down the gauntlet against our old antipodean foes, the Aussies. I for one, cannot rejoice more when they bite the dust, and that includes losses to the Brits (who are all Saffers in any case). And hey! No Bryce Lawrence to help them this time…

The last time we faced the Aussies we expected a great series. A couple of months prior to their touchdown in sunny SA, the then unproven JP Duminy delivered a scintillating performance to bring the mighty Aussies to their knees. Man, I enjoyed Ricky Ponting struggling to explain how this happened. Then on our homeground, they exact their revenge, with another young one, Phillip Hughes, “doing a JP” in Joburg. I remember leaving the Wanderers very dejected. And it was also a good series for the cricket I really despise – Mitchell “horseface” Johnson – who, and this hurts as I type, bowled really, really well. I was relieved that he was struggling a bit in the one dayers. It will give Mr Smith a chance to survive one or two overs against a leftie.

But alas! Came the SA A warm-up, came old horseface’s form. Taking a scary 9 wickets! Dammit. Bye bye Smithie fingers… That is going to be a tantalizing battle. The last tine these two faced off, Smith had to come in to bat with a battered body in Australia. Then he recovered to face Mitch in Joburg. And lost. Out again with broken finger. Come to think of it, after Mitch hurt Smith so often and so badly, it explains why Smith has been struggling against a quite ordinary Zaheer Kahn. He is so scared of the ball, he just misses it completely.

From one out of form batsmen to one who will never be out of form. THE Jacques Kallis. The legend. The one with a double ton to his name (whew). This guy can bat. And the whole SA is banking on him to see the sheepshaggers off. No friends, not this time. As good as his record is, Kallis averages just over 35 in 12 local tests against the baggy greens (versus 57.43 overall average). Clearly not his favored opposition. Lets just trust he makes those 7 runs to overtake Brian Lara as the 4 highest run getter in test history. Better yet would be to beat Ponting, but 541 seems a bit unlikely (>135 average…)

Then we have the bowling combo of Steyn, Morkel and Tahir to face-off against Mitchell Johnson, uhm, whatisname and whatsimacallit. More about this in a next post.

Be sure to catch the first test on Newlands on 9 November.

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