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England Vs South Africa - Cricket Tour 2012

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Red Astaire, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. dave2

    dave2 Active Member

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    #1 in the world till next year.

    All England today. Bowled well and batted a wise innings.

    On to Trent Bridge.
     
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    South Africa have been very poor the last two games, but take nothing away from England.  They've done what is needed.  They deserve their #1 ranking.
     
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    Lost the #1 spot to SA and now got it back within 2 games. Kudos England!
    (see no angst ridden post here. so peaceful)
     
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    Jürgen4PM Well-Known Member

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    I thought we were going to blow that yesterday when we kept on dropping those chances at the start. That South African ODI batting line-up looks very weak when you get past Smith, Amla and AB.
     
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    England have performed well in the ODI's but England fans need to remember that we have been "enjoying" English conditions.  The bowlers in particular are likely to struggle when they get to the Sub-Continent!   :eek:
     
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    I usually fear a complete humping when we travel to the sub continent mate, but i'm a little more hopeful this time around (emphasis on the 'little'). When we played Pakistan recently our bowling department stood up very well, and really it was our batting that let us down. If we can get KP back in the mix with a point to prove, that will be a huge bonus.

    We're still the underdogs imo, but i'd suggest it might be closer than past series have tended to be.
     
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    I agree the bowlers did better than expected - particularly Jimmy Anderson.  I had feared for him because I think of him as a bowler who needs some help from the wicket.  Finn is a bowler you would expect to do well because he is that bit faster and bangs the ball in using his height.
     
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    Yeah he surprised me too, I thought he'd get smacked all over the place over there. I'd probably go in with Finn, Jimmy, Broad and Swann, although i have my doubts about 2 of them.

    I see Broad made the test team of the year again. He's been a big disappointment against the South Africans this summer, so we need him to fire up again and find some of that missing pace.

    Swann: He's going to have to play, but i'm a little worried about his form + the fact that the Indians seem to destroy the vast majority of spinners that they come up against on their patch.

    Last time i checked the Kiwi's were holding their own in the second test, so if they can do it...............................................
     
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    The thing about the Kiwis is that they are always a lot better than you are expecting them to be!  Underestimate the black caps at your peril.
     
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    I used to think that as well mate, but then i saw the West Indies pummel them ;)
     
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    ... and Kallis.  ;)
     
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    He leaves a huge hole to fill.
     
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    I don't know if they'll fill it in my lifetime ...
     
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    Yeah...probably...maybe... I was just making a quip about his weight to be honest...
     
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    Is he just being rested for this series mate?
     
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    Yah he's defo being rested.  I don't really know if it's because we took you guys too lightly, or he didn't want to play or it was Kirsten's decision.  I'd rather keep him for tests tbh - I don't think he should be playing ODIs (unless world cup) or T20 that much anymore.
     
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    Kallis has been about to give up bowling for at least the last 10 years!   :D
     
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    Most great athletes are like that ... and as he's one of the greatest all-rounders of all time, I expect he'll be talking about 'giving up bowling' a few minutes before his retirement speech!
     
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    Trott out till India tour.

    Eng are 117-5
     
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    182 all out
     

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