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Old 12th September 2007, 00:50   #301
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Yes it is a surprise.

I'm not a transient, flirt; haven't deserted VDW. Morkel has caught my eye though and I do like him as a bowler as well. With his height he should be able to extract height from hard wickets. If he's well coached he could develop a number of strings to his bow. And I believe he's a hard hitting batsman as well. Both he and the philandering one might between them compensate for the great Pollock's retirement. If AB can develop consistency he's another great talent for the future.
well you'll be happy both of them did fairly well yesterday.
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Old 12th September 2007, 07:09   #302
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well you'll be happy both of them did fairly well yesterday.

Yes I am, in the context of a hitfest style of cricket they contained quite well. And they weren't even required with the bat.

Well done Spunks

And to Slop, well done Proteas.
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Tough first day for SA 'A'.
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Old 13th September 2007, 14:25   #304
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Your attack looks light on. Steyn didn't play; surprised you didn't have Harris. But their bats didn't exactly play at lightning pace.
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Old 13th September 2007, 14:29   #305
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Your attack looks light on. Steyn didn't play; surprised you didn't have Harris. But their bats didn't exactly play at lightning pace.
Four an over is lightning enough.

SA A seem to be suffering as Aus A have done, with several of the youngsters on 20/20 duty
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the future is looking very birght!!
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Their opening bowlers have gone for 5 and 6 an over. Might just be a flat pitch?
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Old 15th September 2007, 10:34   #308
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Your attack looks light on. Steyn didn't play; surprised you didn't have Harris. But their bats didn't exactly play at lightning pace.
Indeed it does. 2 seamers and 3 all-rounders doesn't make for a great attack.

Steyn is in the 15 (along with Abdullah) and those 2 will bring some much needed bite back to the attack if they're brought in. No idea where Harrow is.

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the future is looking very birght!!
Why are they persisting with Justin O as a spinner?! Most of our A-team are away at the 2020 but this is still pretty poor. Surprised to see Thami there in place of Kuhn.
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Might just be a flat pitch?
where is laugh emoticon when you need it...
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Why are they persisting with Justin O as a spinner?! Most of our A-team are away at the 2020 but this is still pretty poor. Surprised to see Thami there in place of Kuhn.
why do they think he is a front line spinner, he hardly bowls much for the Lions!! Justin is a good top order batsmen but the selection play him in the wrong position this could ruin even someone of his immense talents.

I suppose De Wet bowled ok. Why is Coetsee there though?? his record is rank bad, surely Paul Harris could do with some internatoinal experience? We have chosen some rank average players for this tour though
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and why is Coetsee opening, he couldn't get in the lions team last year....why not open with Alviro Perterson who us actually an opener or even Drop the keeper who can't bat and pick Kuhn.

this team would be better:

Kuhn
A Peterson
Dippenaar
Van Wyk
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where is laugh emoticon when you need it...
No idea, but tell me when you find one as I'd like to use it in the Rugby Union thread
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and why is Coetsee opening, he couldn't get in the lions team last year....why not open with Alviro Perterson who us actually an opener or even Drop the keeper who can't bat and pick Kuhn.

this team would be better:

Kuhn
A Peterson
Dippenaar
Van Wyk
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Du Plessis
Thomas
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Steyn
De Wet
Lord knows. Justin O is NOT a decent spinner and yet they seem stuck on the idea of him being one. No idea about Coetsee either, presumably they want to give him a try, which I can understand, but surely Con De Lange is a better choice? Also surprised not to see Du Plessis there as he's a good young batsman and his leggies would have been useful.

Pretty much agree with that order though Thomas is Kolpak so I'd have Abdullah for him.
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Lord knows. Justin O is NOT a decent spinner and yet they seem stuck on the idea of him being one. No idea about Coetsee either, presumably they want to give him a try, which I can understand, but surely Con De Lange is a better choice? Also surprised not to see Du Plessis there as he's a good young batsman and his leggies would have been useful.

Pretty much agree with that order though Thomas is Kolpak so I'd have Abdullah for him.
i forget about Abdullah he is probably a better bowler than Thomas. I'm still a bit lost as to why Harris is not in the squad

De Lange is probably much better than Werner which is a little baffling, as for Justin O it seems that only Niel Mckenzie understands that he is a part timer at best!!!
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No idea, but tell me when you find one as I'd like to use it in the Rugby Union thread
Do I look like anything more than a casual rugby observer (who does, admittedly, know far more about the sport than he'd like to admit)?
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I think having so many of your promising youngsters in the 20/20 WC doesn't help, plus others playing county cricket; some as Kolpaks. And of course Steyn and Harris left out.
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Do I look like anything more than a casual rugby observer (who does, admittedly, know far more about the sport than he'd like to admit)?
I thought all Cambridge lads were buff 6-ft 'rugger' lads complete with clandestine initiation rituals? Or maybe I'm confusing them with the lady rowers?
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Slop, a serious, cricket-related discussion question - how would Albie stack up in the other forms of the game? I know he's previously had a few ODI's and been discarded but he appears to be improving, developing confidence and he's still relatively young/

I wouldn't be surprised if he became a regular in the one day scene but is he technically equipped to play tests? He seems to be a tidy enough fielder and is a handy bowler which means he's a package of sorts.
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To be honest I didn't follow the domestic 4-day game that closely last season and paid more attention to his younger brother's bowling. I wouldn't be surprised if Albie made an appearance in our middle order (which varies from shaky or turgid) but I think he's more of a Lance Klusener type all-rounder (hits hard, can bowl) and I don't see him playing a lot of tests. With Kallis in the team, I think we need to be selecting 4 out-and-out bowlers and 5 out-and-out batsmen rather than allrounders that are handy at both.
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