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Old 9th March 2018, 11:22   #181
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Warner gone for a pretty little 63. Nice ball from Ngidi.
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Old 9th March 2018, 11:55   #182
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On a sidenote why is Vernon Philander nicknamed Big Vern?
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Old 9th March 2018, 12:12   #183
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On a sidenote why is Vernon Philander nicknamed Big Vern?
His name is Vernon, and he's never been particularly lithe. At Sussex last year he was rather chunky, though it didn't stop him bowling well for S.A.
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Old 9th March 2018, 12:14   #184
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Usman Khawaja departs. His average at home is nearly 60. His average when he departs Australia is a paltry 24. It has been noticeable before this series and he's just nicked off to Philander.

However this brings Smith to the crease to join Warner who has been excellent. Obviously the key moments coming up now.
As ive been saying, Khawajas a pretender, lacks ticka and is very unAustralian, hes gotta go.
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Old 9th March 2018, 12:23   #185
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His name is Vernon, and he's never been particularly lithe. At Sussex last year he was rather chunky, though it didn't stop him bowling well for S.A.
I guessed that was it but never really noticed him being that chunky!

Stupid review from SA, looked like it him a mile outside the line in real time.
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Old 9th March 2018, 12:28   #186
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That's harsh.

Morkel has probably been South Africa's best bowler over the last year or two, yes he doesn't bowl a natural wicket taking line - although he's improved that in the last few years - but he does make batsmen feel uncomfortable and has been an excellent foil for the likes of Rabada and Steyn over the years. Without him Steyn for my money wouldn't have the amount of wickets that he has. For what it's worth i wouldn't have gone with this attack, given that between them Rabada and Ngidi will give away too many freebies.
I don't mean to be harsh on the fellow, and you probably know much more about his bowling than I do. He takes 3.5 wicket per test on average (Rabada 4.6, Maharaj 3.88, Philander 3.75, Ngidi 4.5 sample size alert). However, I am as sceptical about the argument that he takes wickets at the other end as I would be whenever it is made about any bowler. I think what people mean when they make that argument is that they know the bowler is underperforming in terms of the wickets column. In that respect it is a dead giveaway. Morkel's pretty good, but I can certainly see why they would want to get Ngidi into the team.
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Old 9th March 2018, 12:50   #187
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Australia had a much less productive session but Rabada certainly fired up.
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Old 9th March 2018, 12:50   #188
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Anyway, things have escalated fast here and SA now well on top......Rabada turning this on its head.

170-6 at tea with all specialist batsmen gone.
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Old 9th March 2018, 13:02   #189
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Well done SA, outstanding Rabada.

Good aggressive cricket from SA, credit to them, we're in big trouble here.
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Old 9th March 2018, 13:06   #190
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Well done SA, outstanding Rabada.

Good aggressive cricket from SA, credit to them, we're in big trouble here.
Unless SA collapse in a heap with the bat.

Rabada's spell has been truly awesome though, not the run of the mill awesome that teens apply to everything.
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Old 9th March 2018, 14:24   #191
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Handy last wicket partnership maybe putting Australia back on top especially bearing in mind how brittle the SA batting is.
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Old 9th March 2018, 14:31   #192
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Handy last wicket partnership maybe putting Australia back on top especially bearing in mind how brittle the SA batting is.
I'm minded to think it isn't that bad a score given both SA's batting and the fact that they largely bowled junk in the morning session.
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Old 9th March 2018, 15:59   #193
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Definitely getting to see the top two bowling attacks in the world going head to head this series. Been a blast so far!

Haven't got to watch any of today's play but it seems the discipline of Maharaj and Philander was crucial earlier on in stopping Australia getting away before Rabada and Ngidi took the wickets. Quite amusing to see Rabada in as a nwm with 17 runs from 14 balls; one wonders both if he is playing to instruction and also whether going hard might prove the best way to play if the pitch is doing a bit (and the bowling is strong).
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Old 9th March 2018, 19:23   #194
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Rabada could be in bother for nudging Smith as he walked off after he got him out. He has quite a few demerit points already and if found guilty could miss the rest of the series.
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Old 10th March 2018, 03:21   #195
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Rabada could be in bother for nudging Smith as he walked off after he got him out. He has quite a few demerit points already and if found guilty could miss the rest of the series.
Would be a shame. Angry fast bowlers giving send off's to batsman is one of best parts of cricket and the emotion is entirely justified. I'd like them to be more lenient in this area, unless it's Kohli who screams and hollers even when it's the number XI getting dismissed, it's utterly petulant.

I see the CSA officials have covered themselves in glory yet again. But it's Warner, so it's okay to publicly humiliate his wife.
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Staffers 54-1. Few more in. About 600. I don't buy these excuses for low crowds at test cricket. We expect instant entertainment now. No patience and it reflects on society. Sure there should be changes to make test cricket more meaningful, like 2 leagues etc..gimmicks even..but the pathetic attendance's say more about the country and the people than it does about test cricket..which is still a great day out.
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Old 10th March 2018, 08:34   #197
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Staffers 54-1. Few more in. About 600. I don't buy these excuses for low crowds at test cricket. We expect instant entertainment now. No patience and it reflects on society. Sure there should be changes to make test cricket more meaningful, like 2 leagues etc..gimmicks even..but the pathetic attendance's say more about the country and the people than it does about test cricket..which is still a great day out.
Maybe they’re all staying away to avoid the brass band?
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Maybe they’re all staying away to avoid the brass band?
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I don't mean to be harsh on the fellow, and you probably know much more about his bowling than I do. He takes 3.5 wicket per test on average (Rabada 4.6, Maharaj 3.88, Philander 3.75, Ngidi 4.5 sample size alert). However, I am as sceptical about the argument that he takes wickets at the other end as I would be whenever it is made about any bowler. I think what people mean when they make that argument is that they know the bowler is underperforming in terms of the wickets column. In that respect it is a dead giveaway. Morkel's pretty good, but I can certainly see why they would want to get Ngidi into the team.
Morkel's wickets per Test is somewhat improved on that though if you look at just data of the last few years, where he's really stepped up his game in the absense of Steyn. Morkel had a role in the attack which over the years he performed very well and i still stand by the point he was a perfect foil for Steyn over a number of years. Anyhow witb Rabada done for the series he might yet get another chance.
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Staffers 54-1. Few more in. About 600. I don't buy these excuses for low crowds at test cricket. We expect instant entertainment now. No patience and it reflects on society. Sure there should be changes to make test cricket more meaningful, like 2 leagues etc..gimmicks even..but the pathetic attendance's say more about the country and the people than it does about test cricket..which is still a great day out.
And who are you to say whether that attitude is right or wrong? In your opinion its a great dayout and whilst i agree with you, i don't agree with lambasting a group of peoole for enjoying something else.
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