Preview: Sunfoil Test Series 2nd Test

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Published on November 16, 2011 with No Comments

It’s only a few days until the 2nd and final test between South African and Australia. And if its anything similar to the 1st test, it should be a cracker. As the 1st game showed us, nothing is certain whether it is a batting/bowling pitch.

I did some digging to find out what we can expect from Wanderers and unfortunately not many conclusions can be made as only  2 test matches have been played on Wanderers in the past 2 years. We played Australia in February 2009 and then England in January 2010.

The game against Australia was a pretty high scoring game. Australia batted first and scored a total of 446 runs. We were then bowled out for only 220 runs. Australia did not force a follow on and scored an additional 207 runs. That left SA to a target of 453 runs. They unfortunately fell short and were bowled out for 291 runs.

The game against England went much better than the one against Australia. England batted first and were bowled out for only 180 runs. South Africa replied with a massive score of 423 runs! And then England were dismissed for a dismal score of 169 runs!

What conclusions can be made from these 2 games:

If is definitely not a bowling pitch compared to Newlands. At least one of the teams scored over 400 runs in each game.

  • South Africa did not pick Harris for the game against England. They went went for all rounder Ryan Mclaren. Okay he did not have the best bowling performance (1/43) but it still says that South Africa knew that it wouldn’t aid spin bowling. Even though I doubt they will drop Tahir, don’t expect him to demolish the Australian batsmen. In the 2 previous games, our opening bowlers (Steyn and Morkel) performed very well and left arm Johnson also bowled very well.
  • Both teams who won the tosses, chose to bat 1st. This could indicate that both teams do not want to bat on the last day of the match. The same can therefore be expected on Thursday’s test.

Regarding team changes I don’t expect any from South Africa. As previously mentioned, I don’t expect Tahir to shine in the coming test. Hopefully Kirsten will keep him in the team to gain some experience which will pay off at a later stage. Rudolph did not have the best test but again he just needs some more game time. Australia on the other hand, should have some changes. Firstly we know that Shaun Marsh has a back injury so he has to be replaced.

Johnson was in fine form when SA and Australia last met in Wanderers. He took 8 wickets in the match. There are some doubts whether he will be picked or not for tomorrow's game.

Word on the street is that Khawaja is the man which will take his place. He’s only played in 3 test so far with an average of 29.5. Fast bowler Johnson is under huge pressure as he did not perform well at all in the 1st test. He also had a poor series against Sri Lanka so don’t be too surprised if he is not in the team. Ponting also is not in the greatest of form and even though I don’t like him, I doubt selectors will drop him. I think for both teams the selectors will try as much as possible to stick to consistency rather than form of each player, with the exception of Johnson.

 

I cannot wait for the 2nd test to start. I can’t wait for Steyn to bowl as agressive as he did against Clarke. And I cannot wait for Rudolph to show his talent.

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