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Offline BurntToast

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« 2008-Dec-18, 12:25 PM Reply #25 »
I think the Aussies will be pretty pumped after yesterday, was looking like it was going to be a really crap day early on, but 340+ is definitely respectable and SA will be disappointed they didn't keep them under 250 at most - they would have been thinking <200 was on the cards when they had us 3/15.

Up to the Aussie bowlers to see if they can push the advantage further.

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« 2008-Dec-18, 01:05 PM Reply #26 »
Has anything been mentioned about SA's slow over rate yesterday? They wen't 30 mins over time and still ended up one over short for the day, will be interesting to see if they get fined  ;)

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« 2008-Dec-18, 01:06 PM Reply #27 »
Agree, Australia have at least 100 more than they should have got. Australias score is good, and done quickly with 300 + on day one, especially when having been in deep trouble. The Boks lost the plot after lunch yesterday, they bowled poorly, and consistently, got carted and let Australia back into the day and the game. The Boks have some advantage that there's 4 days left on a nice track, if good enough they should be able to occupy the crease and knock up a commanding total (and lead), but their bowlers need a huge kick in the arse.

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« 2008-Dec-18, 02:09 PM Reply #28 »
Mitchell Johnsom amazes me.

He is a terrible bowler at test level but batsman seem to enjoy committing suicide against him. That shot Mackenzie played was dreadful.

I would like to see a montage of the wickets Johnson has got in India and in the New Zealand series, 3/4 of them are half trackers or half volleys,dunno how he does it.

In saying that there isnt much in this track I have loaded up on a draw. Reminds me of the wicket in Perth 4 years ago where these 2 teams had a draw and the high scores were in the 3rd and 4th innings where Hodge got 200 and then the Aussies couldnt get Jaques Rudolph out.

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« 2008-Dec-18, 02:29 PM Reply #29 »

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« 2008-Dec-18, 04:34 PM Reply #30 »
Mitchell Johnsom amazes me.

And another one wide of off stump that Smith manages to drag back onto his stumps.


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« 2008-Dec-18, 04:37 PM Reply #31 »
Anti,
Mitch is the new Botham.

Both served up some of the biggest crap ever seen but got wickets

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« 2008-Dec-18, 05:45 PM Reply #32 »
LOL - Thought of you straight away Anti when Johnson took his wicket.

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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:43 PM Reply #33 »
here is the latest photo of antitab 8.40pm EDST.





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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:43 PM Reply #34 »
A mate of mine had a big whack at less than 3.5 ducks in 1st innings.
He was devastated yesty when Ponting then Hussey went without scoring.
Now with 4 SA wickets remaining he's looking ok

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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:50 PM Reply #35 »
A mate of mine had a big whack at less than 3.5 ducks in 1st innings.
He was devastated yesty when Ponting then Hussey went without scoring.
Now with 4 SA wickets remaining he's looking ok

OL you've gone and done it now.   :biggrin:

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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:51 PM Reply #36 »
  :lol:

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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:52 PM Reply #37 »
I've got a knack haven't I?   :lol:

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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:54 PM Reply #38 »
Shit! The dunce was meant to be Antitab at 8.49   :lol:

Online wily ole dog

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« 2008-Dec-18, 07:55 PM Reply #39 »
COME ON!!!!! :thumbsup:

Great spell by MJ and haddin was fantastic

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« 2008-Dec-18, 08:16 PM Reply #40 »
Geez Antitab, you're being a bit harsh on the guy I think... he goes ok   :lol:

In all seriousness, I think he's got deceptive pace, usually up around the 150kph mark and the weird angle being a lefty is a plus - the batsmen probably think they should be targeting him and consequently play a little looser, which would be why he gets so many bad shots on bad balls... either way, that was a fantastic spell tonight though.

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« 2008-Dec-18, 08:17 PM Reply #41 »
agree.terrific evening of test cricket.
not 5mins before Johnson started his rampage,Justin Langer was on the radio saying how bad test cricket is.
looked pretty good to me. :thumbsup:

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« 2008-Dec-18, 08:30 PM Reply #42 »
Langer is a great commentator

"Australia would really love a wicket right now"

Fair dinkum

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« 2008-Dec-18, 08:33 PM Reply #43 »
Well I'm with Antitab and Wily, the guy is a pie chucker. He was rushed in to the national team, under done, as the new "fast" bowler to save Australian cricket, just like Lee was. He's now the koala bear of Australian cricket, nobody dares touch him. He's 20/80, 20% quality and 80% crap, and he keeps getting wickets with his crap balls which makes him (and his stats) look far far better than he is. I hope he can learn and improve on the job, as when he does hit a line a length he can bowl some quality stuff, but it imo just ain't consistent enough and he dishes up so much garbage, regularly.

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« 2008-Dec-18, 08:46 PM Reply #44 »
I've never been a fan of Johnson either but he seems to be improving. 

Geoff Lawson said on BSB this morning he had a lot of skills still to learn especially in terms of swinging the ball...BUT....His angle was good to claim de Villiers and Kallis.  I thought 2 of his most impressive deliveries were a couple of searing in swinging yorkers that didn't take wickets.  Also thought the slower ball to get Morkel was very intelligent bowling and whilst he was lucky to get the debutante it was an awkward rearing delivery at the body and very difficult for the batsman to deal with effectively.

One thing you can't question is his attitude as he has shown with the bat as well as the ball.

Good on 'im for today.

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« 2008-Dec-19, 06:43 AM Reply #45 »
You've sumed him up very well, 7's  emthup

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« 2008-Dec-19, 07:09 AM Reply #46 »
Johnson bowled a couple of good balls yesterday to get De Villiers and Kallis but I still have huge doubts. He didnt really break his record with 3 of his wickets were from poor balls and a 4th was given out off the elbow.

There has never been a left armer who has had long term success in test cricket who cant bring the ball back in to the right hander. Johnson relies totally on angling accross the right hander and bad shots. Until he learns to bend it back batsman will have to keep comitting suicide as much as anything else for him to get wickets.

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« 2008-Dec-19, 07:49 AM Reply #47 »
Tell me a bowler that doesn't get wickets with ordinary balls

You guys that are bagging him wouldn't be if he was family or friend.

Give the bloke a break, he's young and improving and can bat a bit also.

Once he gets his inswinger working to the right hander he'll be unplayable, take it from a fellow lefty  ;)

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« 2008-Dec-19, 07:55 AM Reply #48 »
You're right lars

and he can bat bloody well  emthup

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« 2008-Dec-19, 08:23 AM Reply #49 »
Once he gets his inswinger working to the right hander he'll be unplayable, take it from a fellow lefty  ;)

That pretty much sums it up but its a big IF.

The alternative is he doesnt learn to bend it back and he is out of the team and playing Shield cricket for WA within 18 months.


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