Smith leads unchanged side

January 1, 2009
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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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43 Comments

  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 1st, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    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?

    :wink:

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:59 pm:

    Yes

    Perhaps

    Definitely

  3. avatar cab says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:40 am:

    if Donner is going to streak at the SCG, i too will set my alarm and place a bet. bliksem, will be quite a site by all accounts.

  4. avatar cab says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    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.

  5. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:59 pm:

    yes, I hope to be here for it. See you later. Off to the pub.

  6. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Reply to cab @ 6:04 pm:

    then drink a schnapps! Best thing to warm you up from the inside! ;-)

  7. avatar cab says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Reply to JT – http://www.rugby-innsbruck.at @ 7:34 pm:
    might just do that.
    u are probably out there practising rugby, i looked at the ice and snow on the road this morning and thought u rugby okes in austria must be out of your mind.

  8. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 2nd, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    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.

  9. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:13 pm:

    Cricket starts soon so maybe we will get something going :-)

  10. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Reply to JT – http://www.rugby-innsbruck.at @ 12:14 am:

    I’ll stick with you for a few
    overs just to prove I’m no werfetter.
    Toss should be soon.

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Aussies won toss
    batting.
    Start the slaugther.

  12. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:39 am

    WTF is Hayden bitching about, he can’t hit a ball even if there was no-one in the stadium :twisted:

  13. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Reply to JT – http://www.rugby-innsbruck.at @ 1:39 am:

    now he will probably get a 100 :-(

  14. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Smith can’t win a toss in aus :shake:

  15. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:45 am

    More talk of day-night tests to
    increase revenue and crowd
    support.
    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.

  16. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 1:45 am:

    they use a white ball in the ODI (which are also played in the day) so what is the problem?? Ok the white ball loses it’s colour quickly so make a ball change every 30 overs.

    IMO let them play a le mans style game, non stop :-)

  17. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:52 am

    nice ball from Ntini! Almost beat Boucher :twisted:

  18. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Reply to JT – http://www.rugby-innsbruck.at @ 1:48 am:

    My point too.
    Anyway had my cocktail of pills
    for the night and should duck.

    Will tune in through the nigt.

    Meantine :em27:

  19. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 am

    bloody aussies starting to fire :evil:
    Time for a wicket!

  20. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Morkel into the attack
    37/0

  21. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Kallis into the attack and Aus on 50/0
    Kallis got an edge but did not carry :evil:

  22. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Kallis (caught de Villiers) gets Katich!! 62/1

  23. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Morkel in on the action and gets A-hole Ponting with a ripper! Ball moved in off the seam, gets an inside edge to Boucher!
    63/2
    :twisted: :wave:

  24. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Hayden and Hussey in, both had a horrible time against SA and want to make a statement!
    70/2

  25. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 3:30 am

    10 overs since the last wicket of Ponting and Aus got 15 runs in the last 10 overs :-)
    Come on boys!
    Lunch Aus are 78/2

  26. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Well, good to see two
    sheep gone.

  27. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 3:34 am

    yip and could have been 2 more, edges did not carry :evil:

  28. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Ponting a duck.
    Could not happen to a
    more perfect turd.
    :wave:

  29. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Seems me Ntini had the
    shytes hit from his
    bowling – 5.6/over?

  30. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 am

    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…

  31. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 5:46 am

    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 . . .

  32. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 am

    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!

  33. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Clark looking good :-( McDonald holding in there… Ntini not all that dangerous :shake:

  34. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 am

    158/4 at the moment.

  35. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Steyn and Smith having an animated discussion 8O

  36. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 am

    McDonald out!! edged it to Boucher off Ntini!
    162/5

  37. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 6:55 am

    f…er edged it clearly and stood his ground, waited for the umpire to give him out! Disgraceful IMO. :rant:

  38. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Smith should piss off Steyn more often – Steyn is bowling faster and faster :twisted:

  39. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Australia 171/5 (60 ov)
    Australia RR 2.85
    Last 10 ovs 18/1 RR 1.80

  40. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:46 am:

    Clarke 73 not out.
    Thought so.

  41. avatar cab says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    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).

  42. avatar Duiwel says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Fishing tomorrow with the laaitie and Ben.
    Soon he and I will fish
    in south africa.

  43. avatar cab says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Reply to Duiwel @ 9:57 pm:
    permanent of vakansie?
    dullstroom?
    bon trout.
    quel est la francaise pour trout?

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