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South Africa’s 2nd Test Resolve

24 Oct

APTOPIX Mideast Emirates Pakistan South Africa CricketLast week I wrote an article about South African cricket. In it, I suggested that due to a number of factors – lack of a decent spinner, an ageing team, perhaps complacency – they would soon be overhauled as the best Test team in the world. Whilst I won’t totally alter my statements, given that they currently lead Pakistan by 250 with over three days remaining in the second Test, it seems an appropriate time to revise my opinion.

The big difference from 1st Test South Africa to 2nd Test South Africa is that in this game they chose a front line spinner. This worked for them as Imran Tahir, their Pakistani-imported leg spinner, took 5/32 and bowled out Pakistan for 99. However, just by selecting Tahir they were taking a huge gamble.

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My Test team of the Past Year

8 Apr

With the current break in the International calendar so the rich can rake in their money in India it seems an appropriate time to compile my fantasy Test XI from April 2012 to now.  Just for transparency, I’ve gone for just a Test team – surprisingly I find watching the IPL a transcendentally sickening experience, yet one which I cannot switch off.  Which makes me feel weird.  Anyway, I’d be interested to hear your opinions on my team and what your XI would be, so just comment below.  Or text me, seeing as I know most of you personally. Continue reading

2012 – End of Year Report

29 Dec
The best Test team in the world - South Africa

The best Test team in the world – South Africa

Apologies to my friend at the Wrong Un, but here is my End of Year Report for the great year that was 2012.  South Africa are the No. 1 team in the world, Afghanistan made their debut at an International competition and Kevin Pietersen exceeded even his own exceptionally high levels of douche-baggery.  All this and much more, you will find below.

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The New Face of South Africa

26 Oct

Vernon Philander and Hashim Amla – England’s destroyers-in-chief. Source: http://www.dailynaverick.co.za

In 2012, a multi-racial South Africa came to England and royally humbled them.  Not a particularly surprising event, it has to be said.  Yet there was one defining moment of the series for me, and that was during the final Test match at Lords.

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