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    South Africa [382 & 104/4] defeat Australia [243 & 239] by 6 wickets in the 2nd Test

    Teams:

    South Africa (From): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungisani Ngidi, Willem Mulder, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen

    Australia (From): Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, Jon Holland, Jhye Richardson, Chadd Sayers

    To start soon but the real match to watch will be Warner vs SA !


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    Going to be an exciting match.


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    Aussies batting first, heh.

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    Wish Steyn was playing

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    vs de Cock incident spiced-up otherwise dull series.

    Hoping for cracking contest in this Test

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    Australia would be elated with these first 10 overs, as they'd be well chuffed if they go into lunch no more than 1 down. South Africa, to be honest, haven't bowled all that badly.

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    Why do people call Warner a FTB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Why do people call Warner a FTB?
    Because performed mostly in AUS and SA, not that good in Asian conditions. Did well in BD though !

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    Warner's been impeccable today, an old school test match opener's innings on a damp surface, atypical of the conventional tracks in SA and Australia. Bancroft has been good too.

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    Warner letting his bat talk for once

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    Because performed mostly in AUS and SA, not that good in Asian conditions. Did well in BD though !
    That makes him a FTB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozymandiasza View Post
    Aussies batting first, heh.
    Is that a good or bad thing?

    They're 90 without loss after the first session...


    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    That makes him a FTB?
    Well documented that AUS pitches are flat tracks .... SA conditions are similar to AUS (CSA prepares sportive tracks only for sub-continental teams) !

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    SA would have been 44/3 as of now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    Well documented that AUS pitches are flat tracks .... SA conditions are similar to AUS (CSA prepares sportive tracks only for sub-continental teams) !
    No. It is not flat for non SC teams in SA. Conditions weren't easy today. Just look at Philander "Green track bully" spells.

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    7.4-3-5-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    Well documented that AUS pitches are flat tracks .... SA conditions are similar to AUS (CSA prepares sportive tracks only for sub-continental teams) !
    Nope, try harder. Conditions were not at all easy this morning. Credit to the Australians for sticking it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    No. It is not flat for non SC teams in SA. Conditions weren't easy today. Just look at Philander "Green track bully" spells.
    Comparatively flat ... Compare the pitches dished out to India with current series !

    Elgar was almost crying to face Indian bowlers in 3rd Test

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    Well done Warner. Performed under pressure on a difficult track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Nope, try harder. Conditions were not at all easy this morning. Credit to the Australians for sticking it out.
    Generally CSA provide better pitches to AUS (fearing pace attack) than the one Ind, Pak, BD and SL get in SA.

    Agree today's pitch is harder also weather is conducive for bowlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    No. It is not flat for non SC teams in SA. Conditions weren't easy today. Just look at Philander "Green track bully" spells.
    I made my statement on overall historical behaviour of pitches to AUS and sub-continental teams prepared by CSA.

    This is a fact, many SA captains including Faf publicly accepted this, nothing wrong in it.. HOME Advantage.

    Only concern is, not to whine when faced with spinning tracks in sub-continent
    Last edited by IndianFan2018; 9th March 2018 at 10:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    I made my statement on overall historical behaviour of pitches to AUS and sub-continental teams prepared by CSA.

    This is a fact, many SA captains including Faf publicly accepted this, nothing wrong in it.. HOME Advantage.

    Only concern is, not to whine when faced with spinning tracks in sub-continent
    SA-Aus have had a lot of low scoring games in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    Comparatively flat ... Compare the pitches dished out to India with current series !

    Elgar was almost crying to face Indian bowlers in 3rd Test
    That was done to take the revenge of previous series i.e. when SA toured India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    That was done to take the revenge of previous series i.e. when SA toured India.
    Didn't went quite well 'Revenge Business' ...

    Lost one test, could have lost series as well thanks to Ind's poor selection and under preparation.

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    Khwaja is the real FTB. Warner has been class in tricky conditions.

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    Khawaja is the best AUS got for No. 3, this guy is too inconsistent for the role ..big shoes to fill though !

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    Vernon Philander so far in this match:

    10 overs, 5 maidens, 7 runs and 2 wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    Didn't went quite well 'Revenge Business' ...

    Lost one test, could have lost series as well thanks to Ind's poor selection and under preparation.
    Yes, it didnt went well. Anyways, both teams produced absolutely bowling friendly conditions. So, it is 1-1. Think that chapter can be closed now.

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    Ngidi get Warner.

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    There is something in it for the bowlers here. Graeme Smith says it will flatten out as day progresses.

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    Philander making the ball talk whenever there is something for him!

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    Khawaja ...... should be out of the Team in the next Match !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Yes, it didnt went well. Anyways, both teams produced absolutely bowling friendly conditions. So, it is 1-1. Think that chapter can be closed now.
    Yea done ... But India won 1 test in SA; last tour SA got blanked in Ind, avoided whitewash due to rain in Bangalore test (PS: I was at stadium to see whole second day rain ...it was 100th test of AB)! This humiliation in India resulted in poor pitches for recent tour !
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    Kuwaaja is quite mediocre away from home, certified home track bully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    Yea done ... But India won 1 test in SA; last tour SA got blanked in Ind, avoided whitewash due to rain in Bangalore test (PS: I was at stadium to see whole second day rain ...it was 100th test of AB)! This humiliation in India resulted in poor pitches for recent tour !
    It is true that India won with a much one-sided affair than what SA won. However, you must be aware that this SA side is a depleted one with most of their batsmen on verge of retirement while this was India's best chance to win the series. I am sure in the inside, you would have expected better results from India in the test series.

    When SA had the best team with most of their players at peak, they were much better than India away from home although slighly inferior at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    It is true that India won with a much one-sided affair than what SA won. However, you must be aware that this SA side is a depleted one with most of their batsmen on verge of retirement while this was India's best chance to win the series. I am sure in the inside, you would have expected better results from India in the test series.

    When SA had the best team with most of their players at peak, they were much better than India away from home although slighly inferior at home.
    SA was good test side, IND is good test side now 2
    ICC rankings confirm this...


    Agree on squandering golden chance to win test series in SA, thanks to coach , wish we had Kumble instead
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    Looks like SA will lose this one too.

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    Australia will again win this test match comfortably

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    SA was good test side, IND is good test side now 2
    ICC rankings confirm this...


    Agree on squandering golden chance to win test series in SA, thanks to our coach , wish we had Kumble instead
    I think India has good chance to win a series in England, although, they need to make things go right for them which didnt happened in SA in first two tests.

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    gone ..


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    Haha..Bradman GONE!

    KG gets Smith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I think India has good chance to win a series in England, although, they need to make things go right for them which didnt happened in SA in first two tests.
    India has won test series in Eng more than once before...

    Only thing to look forward in coming Eng tour is how King Kohli 2 performance this time around #JustMyOpinion

    Winning test series in SA and AUS will be ultimate challenge for all sub-continental teams

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I think India has good chance to win a series in England, although, they need to make things go right for them which didnt happened in SA in first two tests.
    As long sa they don't gift wickets to Moeen Ali they should be good. Last time everyone played like idiot trying to take him apart. He turned out one of the highest wicket taker for England

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Looks like SA will lose this one too.
    No bro, too early to predict. Let both teams complete first innings !

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    Well done kagiso.Bowling well

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    World no.1 test bowler vs world no.1 test batsman. Interesting contest ended. Although he looks off color? 25 in 55 balls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    India has won test series in Eng more than once before...

    Only thing to look forward in coming Eng tour is how King Kohli 2 performance this time around #JustMyOpinion

    Winning test series in SA and AUS will be ultimate challenge for all sub-continental teams
    It doesn't really matter how Kohli will perform. He will do well IMO and is already a great in tests as well. At the end, it is team's performance that will decide.

    Ofcourse, in this forum many will start nitpicking his stature if he performs under par.

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    His antics aside , KG is the most exciting young pacer in the world.

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    5 wickets this session. Time to all out AUS under 275. Edit!
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    Wow kagiso on fire.

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    Rabada on Fire 3 wickets in almost no time

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    Rabada is on fire!

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    Rabada :14

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    Now finish them under 250

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    Rabada deserves the no. 1 ranking back

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    Ball is swinging a lot. They have to tackle Starc and Hazlwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Ball is swinging a lot. They have to tackle Starc and Hazlwood.
    Not really. Fair to say ball is just doing something.

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    A truly fabulous session of Test cricket!

    And here is a picture which sums up the day. Seated in white in the crowd on the left of the photo is a certain Merv Hughes. And on the right, in the opposite stand, you can see the horn belonging to the marvellous brass band.

    Itís been an ambition for years for me to attend a Test at PE and hear the band. And it is a magical experience!

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    I am not saying this is the start. He is still in raging form. But that dismissal smith is what people predicted. He typically would connect such balls miraculously because of his incredible hand-eye coordination. When that diminishes that is what going to hurt SMith the more. He will think about walking across like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Ball is swinging a lot. They have to tackle Starc and Hazlwood.
    It rained most of the night and until an hour before play began. It has been cloudy all day - swing bowling conditions.

    It’s around 20 degrees, compared with around 30 at Durban. It’s cool and cloudy as opposed to steamy and warm at Durban.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    A truly fabulous session of Test cricket!

    And here is a picture which sums up the day. Seated in white in the crowd on the left of the photo is a certain Merv Hughes. And on the right, in the opposite stand, you can see the horn belonging to the marvellous brass band.

    It’s been an ambition for years for me to attend a Test at PE and hear the band. And it is a magical experience!
    Nice! Glad you're enjoying your stay. Weekend should, hopefully, bring in more of a crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianFan2018 View Post
    SA was good test side, IND is good test side now 2
    ICC rankings confirm this...


    Agree on squandering golden chance to win test series in SA, thanks to coach , wish we had Kumble instead
    Seriously?

    India’s Fake Ranking is due to a glut of Home series in the last two years.

    They have lost their most recent Test series in:

    Australia
    England
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    South Africa.

    And they lost their recent Test series in South Africa in just EIGHT DAYS!

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    Another one!

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    In real helpful conditions Australia is a terrible side. Even Micahel Clarke never had much of an answer in helpful conditions. SA has proved it time and again. As i say Rabada got another one. on a hatrick. This is called running through a side.

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    Actually Australia is on par with Bangladesh in real testing, swinging conditions. Current side.

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    Rabada to get a hatrick and show Shaheen how it's done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    A truly fabulous session of Test cricket!

    And here is a picture which sums up the day. Seated in white in the crowd on the left of the photo is a certain Merv Hughes. And on the right, in the opposite stand, you can see the horn belonging to the marvellous brass band.

    Itís been an ambition for years for me to attend a Test at PE and hear the band. And it is a magical experience!
    I see no crowd. What happened ? There was a full house when Ind played a odi here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    A truly fabulous session of Test cricket!

    And here is a picture which sums up the day. Seated in white in the crowd on the left of the photo is a certain Merv Hughes. And on the right, in the opposite stand, you can see the horn belonging to the marvellous brass band.

    It’s been an ambition for years for me to attend a Test at PE and hear the band. And it is a magical experience!

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    That's a heartbreaking picture, to be honest. As you state, it has been an absolutely enthralling day of cricket but those empty chairs tell me that modern society is long past any hope of redemption. There's no accounting for taste, I guess. I remember PE usually used to get good crowds on Fridays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    That's a heartbreaking picture, to be honest. As you state, it has been an absolutely enthralling day of cricket but those empty chairs tell me that modern society is long past any hope of redemption. There's no accounting for taste, I guess. I remember PE usually used to get good crowds on Fridays.
    Society is ruined because not everyone has the same taste in sports as you. And everyone who likes something else has bad taste. Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    Society is ruined because not everyone has the same taste in sports as you. And everyone who likes something else has bad taste. Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?
    No, society is screwed. You just have to analyze events around the world to see what's happening is simply appalling. The fact people can't appreciate test cricket is a trivial tragedy in comparison, but I have every right to express my displeasure at the state of humanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Seriously?

    India’s Fake Ranking is due to a glut of Home series in the last two years.

    They have lost their most recent Test series in:

    Australia
    England
    New Zealand
    South Africa.

    !
    And these sides put together won exactly ONE test match in India. India won more away and therefore is No.1

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    Wow kagiso way to go man

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    Aggressive kagiso well done bowl more bouncers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    I see no crowd. What happened ? There was a full house when Ind played a odi here.
    South Africa hosts ten home Tests this season, and Friday is a working and school day here.

    Plus I took the picture in the tea break, and is a day match.

    The ground only holds around 10,000 seats I reckon. Itís a bit like NZ playing at Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and the Basin in Wellington. Small boutique grounds in Made For TV fixtures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    South Africa hosts ten home Tests this season, and Friday is a working and school day here.

    Plus I took the picture in the tea break, and is a day match.

    The ground only holds around 10,000 seats I reckon. Itís a bit like NZ playing at Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and the Basin in Wellington. Small boutique grounds in Made For TV fixtures.
    India's match was on a Tuesday . You need to realize and accept the crowd pulling abilities of Indian cricket no matter where they play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    India's match was on a Tuesday . You need to realize and accept the crowd pulling abilities of Indian cricket no matter where they play.
    Because there are so damn many of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozymandiasza View Post
    Because there are so damn many of you!
    Didn't realize that Indians had chased away local population

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    Didn't realize that Indians had chased away local population


    Should be a much larger crowd tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    India's match was on a Tuesday . You need to realize and accept the crowd pulling abilities of Indian cricket no matter where they play.
    India played their Tests at Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg. They didnít play a Test here.

    Port Elizabeth is a much smaller and poorer city. (According to todayís newspaper, unemployment is 84% and HIV prevalence is 28%). There is much less of a sense of danger than there was at Durban (where I got chased down the street one block from the ground) but central PE - where the ground is - is visibly poor.

    I think on a Friday in PE either you are working or you canít afford $12 for a cricket ticket.

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    Mindless cricket from Maharaj saving a boundary off the last ball of the over which allows Paine to retain the strike as he ran three. I shudder to imagine what would have happened to Maharaj had Imran Khan or Wasim Akram been the captain in this situation.


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