Smith leads unchanged side


Graeme Smith has decided to play through the pain barrier once more as the Proteas announced an unchanged side for the Sydney Test starting tomorrow. He will however not be playing in the Twenty20 and One Day series.

Smith insisted on finishing the job he started and will be leading the Proteas in the third and final Test before retuning home for experimental blood transfusions in an effort to forego an operation and to be ready for the return series in February.

The Eastern Cape spinner Johan Botha will captain the side in the slog and pyjama version of the game. Ashwell Prince, a specialist Test batsmen, will replace Smith as the batting anchor.

Prince’s broken thumb, which kept him out of the series, has apparently healed, but it was decided that it won’t be wise to fiddle with a winning combination in which his replacement JP Duminy was one of the main stars.

A lot still depends on the result of the Sydney Test: victory for the South Africans will mean they move ahead of Australia into the top spot of the ICC ranking list.

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  1. Some questions:

    Will JT be watching?
    Will his alarm clock go off?
    Will he HEAR it?

    Will Bryce place a bet
    on the result?

    Will we be seeing Donner
    streaking on the SCG?

  2. en nou, waar is almal? poef, niks.

    seker sit op die strand met biltong en yskoud bier.
    enigste ding was yskond hier is ons ballas.

  3. This blog is becoming a
    message wall, no live chats
    any more.
    Hopefully it picks up when life
    returns to normal.

    Can’t imagine playing rugby
    with frozen balls.

  4. More talk of day-night tests to
    increase revenue and crowd
    Suppose they’re looking at
    play 15:00 – 22:00.
    Big problem seems a ball that
    can be used in sun and ligths.

    Why? Just play with two balls and
    make more adaptions.

  5. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:35 am:

    Steyn got a few smacked off him too… jeez WHY do the Japies not bowl more bouncers… Steyn’s first for the day hit the batsman right on the pip… then forced him to play some rush shots…

  6. 140/4
    Poor old Hayden, managed
    31 this time.

    42.3 Harris to Clarke (12), 2 runs, dropped! Harris should have had Clarke, skipping down and clubbing the ball to mid-off, where Ntini leaps to his right, gets a hand to it, but cannot clutch on.

    Could become expensive . . .

  7. Reply to Boertjie @ 5:46 am:

    Harris bowling well… almost the second wicket…

    Morkel peppering the debutante… short ball to the shoulder… then another a few balls later knocking off his helmet… giddy-up!

  8. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:34 am:

    ja nee, agree, not a big fan of that one’s character, but suppose he is a great batsmen.

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 4:42 am:
    exactly. suppose oz have such good pullers and hookers (iffy) that SA seem to have tried good bowling rather than aggro of prev series, but the odd bouncer on pip, does not hurt (us at least).