Test Cricket: South Africa leather Pakistan three-zip

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India 6-540 and Australia really on the end of it now. Pant on 120 and the 7th wicket partnership already worth well over one hundred.

Even part timers like Head and Khawaja are getting the ball throw to them.

Khawaja has only bowled 20 odd overs in 1st class cricket and only taken 1 wicket, and here he is bowling in a Test match.
 

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Yeah, Pant's handling of Australia last night was pretty funny. Who would have thunk it, really? This isn't something I expected.


Pakistan showed real heart this morning and have bagged a couple of wickets, including poor old de Bruyn: not a test batsman. Still, most countries would kill for South Africa's problems which are limited. South Africa currently have nobody that is "in" at the crease and Pakistan are bowling really well. There is a sniff of something here. Pakistan's lead is 25 though, so SA are on course to win the test match still.

SA 152-4

Plessis 13
Bavuma 3
 
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Two tests decided on two massive second days.

Australia got murdered by India. Pant's 159 off 189 balls and Pujara's 193 off 373 balls are just two different but equally perfect test innings and they've taken the game from Australia barring miracle. India just raped the Ozzy bowling attack, it's a real sin to see. Their lead going into day 3 is 598 :lol:

Only slightly less desperate is the Pakistani position. They had a good morning session but Captain Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock just piled on the agony. SA lead by 205 with 4 wickets remaining and there is absolutely nothing to suggest that PAK can match that in a 3rd innings haul. They are done.

There's a fascination to watching Australia have their wings pulled off though, and Kholi, the greatest player of this generation, have his absolute moment as captain.

Warner is now guaranteed a place in the test team if there was any doubt before.
 
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Man, Ali is tearing up the South African tail. He snapped Philander's leg stump literally in to two pieces, fun fast bowling, 408-0, Pakistan will be back at the crease then.

But the Pakistani body language is terrible. They're not really celebrating their team-mate's incredible spell of fast bowling and I can't imagine they're going to bring anything to batting.

Ten and eleven are at the crease for SA so we'll find out soon enough. But the SA lead is above 220. Can Pakistan get even that? Probably not. Innings loss on the cards.
 

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Fair play to Pakistan. They've squeaked their way up to a three run lead. Multiple failures and malfunctions in the top order couldn't obscure a hearty try, surmised best of all by Masood and Shafiq who managed a 100 partnership, not something Pakistan really do these days...sadly. A thrilling sixty from Azam was essentialy, by that point, hopeless but still impressive in the circumstances. You could argue that Pakistan were playing pressure free during a lost cause, and OK, but nobody wants to lose by an innings. And despite SA, and especially Steyn, straining every sinue to get there, they weren't able to do it.

Paksitan are 257-8 and lead by 3 runs. Close approaching.
 
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Well it didn't take India long to wrap up our first dig for 300. Bolstered somewhat by 42 for the last wicket between Starc and Halzelwood.

Can someone, anyone, make a century in this innings? The first by any Aussie in the series.
 

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Can someone, anyone, make a century in this innings? The first by any Aussie in the series.

This series, and the rest, Usman's century out in the UAE the only test century for the Ozzy's in an age.

Worse, they've been made to follow on in Sydney, the first time they've suffered that ignominy in decades. It's not even the fashion now. I'm sure Kohli did it in part just to rub their faces in it, although it was also the right move.

Australia will be hoping for more rain tonight. If that happened, with Usman and Harris still at the crease, it's not absolutely impossible they could stage a great escape here.

But at least one hundred wil be required.
 

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Meanwhile, out in South Africa, Pakistan have been crushed by nine wickets. Another failure from de Bruyne surely means he'll be dropped, but other than that all is rosey in the SA garden.

No clear man of the match; probably Steyn will get it for his wickets in the first innings which included both openers. Not that that is particularly impressive given the standards to which Pakistani openers are batting currently.
 
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Entire 1st session in Sydney lost due to rain.

10 wickets in 2 sessions is the equation for India. But in any case the series is theirs.
 

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:lol: right in the heart of Australian cricket. Fucking one of those cunts has a conch. Hurts bad, good play to the end by the Indians.

Next time India come to Australia they are getting it - but they got to go to India for a beasting first. Hard times for the Ozzies.
 

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"If you ask me which moment is more emotional, this one, or winning the world cup, it's this one."

"We really wanted to win a match away from home...having stuck to our task we as a team feel absolutely complete now. Not to anyone else, but to prove to ourselves, yes, we could do it."

"This is a stepping stone to inspire the next generation of test cricketers. A lot of people want the easy stuff. I think it's very important to spread the message of test cricket. As long as the purest form of the game stays alive cricket's in a healthy space. Test cricket is the most important form of the game."

 

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So this was the first time since 1883 that Australia has played a Test series of four or more matches at home, and no Australian has scored a century.

David Warner must be giggling like a schoolgirl right about now, the little cunt.

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https://www.wisden.com/series-stories/australia-india/australia-reverse-swing-woes-cricviz-feature

This is really very damning stuff:

Here are the facts, presented at first with as little comment as possible. In the first three games of their Test series against South Africa, Australia’s quicks averaged 1.37 degrees of swing between overs 40-80. In the fourth Test, after Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, and David Warner were banned for their part in the ball-tampering scandal, the corresponding figure dropped to 0.88 degrees.

OK, fair enough, we know there was cheating going on during that series, though it's a little alarming that those boys were able to get away with it without getting caught. It also throws Smith's "I don't want to know" comment in a slightly different light maybe.

However, the article goes on to show that:

Australia are getting significantly less swing with the old ball than they were, with the drop-off starting exactly when they were found to be ball-tampering. That their respective opponents got almost exactly the same amount of old-ball swing in Australia – and achieved very similar levels of old-ball swing when they faced off in England (India’s 1.216 to England’s 1.229 degrees) – suggests that the conditions haven’t changed markedly.

Which is horrific.

It will be interesting to see what Starc's reaction is to Warner coming back. Because either he knew, or he is being asked to welcome back as a team-mate a confessed cheat who was probably cheating more widely who also made him look fucking stupid. Made him look like a world beater by cheating then took it away, reducing him dramatically as a bowler:

Starc’s struggles have been the most focussed on, and he’s the bowler you’d expect to struggle most in the absence of reverse swing. Seven times Starc has averaged less than 0.6 degrees of swing between overs 40-80, and five have come in the last five Tests. In the first three games of the South Africa series – Starc didn’t play the final Test due to injury – he averaged 15.12 with the old ball. Since then he’s averaged 84 with it.

This is NOT an insignificant difference. If Starc was made out to be a world class bowler by way of systemic cheating...holy shit.

That's basically what the above article suggests.

Cricket balls are vexing objects, and you can prove anything with stats, but this is about as close to a controlled experiment as you could hope for, and nine months on from the Cape Town Test, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Australia were almost certainly ball-tampering in the months leading up to that fateful day, as well as on the day itself.
 

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https://www.wisden.com/series-stories/australia-india/australia-reverse-swing-woes-cricviz-feature

This is really very damning stuff:

Here are the facts, presented at first with as little comment as possible. In the first three games of their Test series against South Africa, Australia’s quicks averaged 1.37 degrees of swing between overs 40-80. In the fourth Test, after Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, and David Warner were banned for their part in the ball-tampering scandal, the corresponding figure dropped to 0.88 degrees.

OK, fair enough, we know there was cheating going on during that series, though it's a little alarming that those boys were able to get away with it without getting caught. It also throws Smith's "I don't want to know" comment in a slightly different light maybe.

However, the article goes on to show that:

Australia are getting significantly less swing with the old ball than they were, with the drop-off starting exactly when they were found to be ball-tampering. That their respective opponents got almost exactly the same amount of old-ball swing in Australia – and achieved very similar levels of old-ball swing when they faced off in England (India’s 1.216 to England’s 1.229 degrees) – suggests that the conditions haven’t changed markedly.

Which is horrific.

It will be interesting to see what Starc's reaction is to Warner coming back. Because either he knew, or he is being asked to welcome back as a team-mate a confessed cheat who was probably cheating more widely who also made him look fucking stupid. Made him look like a world beater by cheating then took it away, reducing him dramatically as a bowler:

Starc’s struggles have been the most focussed on, and he’s the bowler you’d expect to struggle most in the absence of reverse swing. Seven times Starc has averaged less than 0.6 degrees of swing between overs 40-80, and five have come in the last five Tests. In the first three games of the South Africa series – Starc didn’t play the final Test due to injury – he averaged 15.12 with the old ball. Since then he’s averaged 84 with it.

This is NOT an insignificant difference. If Starc was made out to be a world class bowler by way of systemic cheating...holy shit.

That's basically what the above article suggests.

Cricket balls are vexing objects, and you can prove anything with stats, but this is about as close to a controlled experiment as you could hope for, and nine months on from the Cape Town Test, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Australia were almost certainly ball-tampering in the months leading up to that fateful day, as well as on the day itself.

:hat
 

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South Africa-Pakistan III tomorrow (Friday).

Opening batsman Dean Elgar was announced as stand-in captain on Wednesday after Du Plessis was suspended for one match after SA fell short of the required over rate during their nine-wicket win in the second Test at Newlands.

Du Plessis is likely to be replaced in the batting order by this chap, Zubayr Hamza, 23:



Who will become South Africa’s 100th Test player since the country returned to international cricket in 1991. First class average is close to 50 and although you never know until you know, I' d say he's ready.

Lord knows what Pakistan are going to try. Prayer maybe? I guess they just have to hope that three of their batsmen can fire in one game and that Du Plessis (MOTM at Newlands) being absent ruins their day.

The pitch may also play a part. The Wanderers, in the SA capital, is not a well respcted pitch and in fact it may be hosting it's last test if things don't go very well in terms of the surface. The pitch is on the "watch" list.

Perhaps there will be some wildness.

Saturday and Sunday should both be cricket days though barring disastrous and sudden Pakistani collapse. Or two of them. Not impossible sadly.
 
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