Aussies setting up victory


The Aussies – already ahead by 151 runs with 10 wickets standing – looks like they will more or less clinch the Third Test and retain their number one spot on the ICC ranking list.

Ponting’s men will probably set about scoring another 240 runs in two sessions – 60 overs at 4 runs/over – leaving themselves four sessions to get rid of a Protea side needing  close to 400 runs for victory, without their captain and mainstay batsman Graeme Smith.

I still cannot put this side in the same bracket as that of Ali Bacher, who whitewashed Bill Lawry’s touring side 4-0 in 1970.

Yes, they had an eight wicket partnership of 180, with JP Duminy scoring 166 and Dale Steyn 76.

Yes, they managed an almost world record 414 runs for victory.

But how often does this kind of thing happen – once in a century? So the luck, the great exceptions, much more than the playing power, were going South Africa’s way.

Our bowling attack has only once in five efforts managed to restrict the Aussies to a lowish score, whilst the Australian lower order has become accustomed to score 200 runs or more between them.

The side of 1970 did not need luck – they simply demolished the opposition with their playing power, winning by 170 runs; and innings and 129 runs; 307 runs and 323 runs. And unlike Ponting’s side – which is in a rebuilding phase – Lawry’s Aussies came from series victories against India and the Windies, who were then the most feared side in the world, whilst Bacher’s side had not seen action for three years.

So it seems that the Protea’s luck has finally deserted them, and that they don’t yet deserve the number one spot in world cricket after all.  

Of course I support the Proteas, but I cannot turn a blind eye to history and to the facts as I see them.  


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  1. Ek wetie of ek hiermee saamstem nie. Die Ingelse was ook seker ‘n swak span, dis hoekom ons die eerste keer in hoeveel jaar daar gewen het verlede jaar, en die Indiese span in Indie was ok seker maar swak span, dis die dat ons die reeks gedeel het??

    Ons span het uitstekend gespeel en dan wys dit gewoonlik die swakplekke uit in die ander span, en dis wat nou met Australia gebeur. Ons kon maklik die 2 toetse verloor het, en dan sou Australia weer te sterk gewees het vir ons. Australia bly ‘n sterk span en ons het hulle verneder op hulle tuisveld. Om hulle te probeer vergelyk met Ali se span en te probeer sê wie is die beste is in my opinie om appels met pere te vergelyk.

  2. Reply to Vloye @ 8:18 am:

    314 with 8 wickets in hand on that pitch… methinks they’ll attempt the draw and keeping the unbeaten streak alive… launching the assault for #1 in the home series…

  3. Reply to Vloye @ 8:16 am:

    interesting, very good point.

    agree that this present SA side perhaps does not have the worlds two greatest batsmen (pollock and richards), but to win in oz against this oz team who have dominated allcomers for 15 years is a totally different prospect to Bill Lawry’s side.

  4. Reply to cab @ 11:53 am:

    this oz team who have dominated allcomers for 15 years
    Now without McGrath, Warne, Lee and and?
    Not the same thing.

    Good team, not a team with the makings
    of a great team – yet.
    Bacher’s team would have finished them
    and this OZ team off in four days.

    I suppose age always favours the old in
    arguments like these, but then insight
    usaually comes with age.

  5. Reply to Boertjie @ 12:59 pm:

    that is also true, that they have lost Mgrath and Warne.

    However Ponting, Hayden and Hussey are the modern day equivalents of Pollock and Richards, three batsmen with test averages all over 50. They also have 3 pace bowlers all capable of bowling 150+. they also have not lost a series in 15 years at home. It all contributes to a formidable unit.

    Reply to Cosa @ 1:12 pm:

    hoegannit BGG, lekker vakansie?

  6. Hallo Cosa,

    Ek sien die Bulle se verlore seun, is terug in PTA en sy verdedigings adviseur, soek al klaar weer werk op Loftus.

    Dink jy hy gaan terug?

    of het hulle hom by die “short & curly”? :fishing:

  7. 3/95… Macca gone in the usual manner… Kallis too… really disappointing… Amla looking good… but there’ll need to be a ton from someone and at least an 80 from here for us to get close to a draw let alone hauling in the total…

  8. Woke-up 15 minutes ago –
    Boertjie will most probably ask if I wetted my bed
    to find SA 154/4

    eish – ek weet darem nie so mooi nie . . . . .

    I do hope AB and JP pull this one through again

  9. Reply to The Brand @ 5:00 am:

    JP never looked comfortable… particularly against the spin… gone for 16…

    Ab on the other hand is looking comfortable… let’s just hope he remembers to ‘walk in’ with the bleddy bowler this time…

    I have $100 on RSA for the draw at $5.2- $1… not looking good at all… lol!

  10. Siddle bowling superbly again on this pitch… Harris painfully uncomfortable against his quicks… getting smashed all over the body…

    Storm clouds just around the corner…

  11. there are some major heroics going on in Sydney.

    Smith, broken hand and all walks in to bat after Steyn is dismissed, 8 overs remaining in the day.

  12. Aaaarghhhhhhhhh… I’ve been out grocery shopping with the old dear… and just happened to walk past an appliance store 1hr later and Ntini and Steyn were still in and I just knew Smith would come out… so we high-tailed it out there once I told the old gal their was the potential for a cheeky $520…

    Jissus those last few overs were tough!


    (but can’t help but feel we lost that rather than Aus won it… needed a few more batsman to stick around just a wee bit longer)…

  13. Ja, this side is still far from the
    “mean machine” that Clive Rice’s
    Transvaal team was in the 80’s.

    Not to mention Bachers Boks. They
    did not suffer “dead rubber syndrome”
    after going 3-0 up against the OZmob
    in 1970.
    And they had some decent batters and
    bowlers that consistently performed
    instead of flash-in-the-pan performances.

    This side has Smith, and Steyn on a good