South Africa in Australia 2012-13

Leaked dossier reveals Australia's tactics

Brydon Coverdale in Brisbane

November 7, 2012

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Hashim Amla prepares to reverse-sweep, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, November 19, 2011
Hashim Amla was the leading run scorer in last year's Test series between the two sides © AFP
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Australia will target Hashim Amla with verbal aggression and engage him in a "psychological war", according to a dossier of team game-plans published in News Ltd newspapers in Australia. The papers claimed that the leaked document contained Australia's "secret" plans to combat each of South Africa's players, and including peppering Jacques Kallis with bouncers and going after the legspinner Imran Tahir.

However, it is the plan to use verbal tactics against Amla in an effort to break his concentration that will create the biggest stir. The document also mentions Australia's intent to send down plenty of short balls to Amla, who is the No.2 batsman in the world on the ICC Test rankings, and was one of South Africa's strongest performers in the two-match series against Australia last year. He led the run tally with 239 at 59.75 and made two of only four centuries in the series.

Earlier on Wednesday, before the plans were published, Ricky Ponting was asked in Brisbane about whether sledging should be expected in the series, which begins at the Gabba on Friday. Ponting said Australia had no preconceived plans to sledge, but he conceded that in the heat of the battle for the No.1 Test ranking, things might get verbal at some point.

"Whenever South Africa and Australia play the rivalry and the way we go about our cricket is very similar," Ponting said. "I expect it to be good, hard tough Test match cricket. Whether that means there's words spoken or not, I don't know. That's stuff that happens in the heat of the battle. We've got no preconceived ideas about going out there and sledging or talking. We'll hopefully do the talking with bat and ball."

This will be the first series between the sides in which Australia will have the advantage of having as their mentor Mickey Arthur, the former South Africa coach who has worked with most of Graeme Smith's squad in the past. Ponting said Arthur had been useful in devising plans against the South Africans, including how a powerful attack led by Dale Steyn would attack Australia's batsman, and how best to rattle South Africa's top order.

"We've done our homework on all of their players," Ponting said. "We've got very specific plans with the way we're going to bowl to a lot of their batsmen. As a batting group we've spoken long and hard about the way their bowlers will bowl to us as well. It's nice to know that stuff and a bit of inside information from the coach on how their bowlers will probably try to bowl to us as well is good.

"We've got some areas for their batsmen that we're going to target. Our young quicks are dying to get out there and have a crack at some of their top-order players. You can expect some fireworks. Some of their top order can expect a lot of short balls as well, that's an area that we think we can really attack them. All in all our preparation so far has been good."

The dossier printed in Thursday's newspapers also suggests the Australians will aim to trap Graeme Smith on the crease and dismiss him lbw, and test Vernon Philander's endurance and his ability to come back for third and fourth spells. As well as attacking what it calls an "impatient" Tahir, the file encourages batsmen to go hard at Morne Morkel.

The publication of the plans was reminiscent of an incident in 2000 when a dossier compiled by then-coach John Buchanan was leaked on a tour of New Zealand.

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Posted by Andross on (November 9, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

@Rajan Nagarajan I think the key in what you said is that other teams can sledge just as well as Australia. So it really makes no difference if teams do it or not. Personally I don't think that 'talk' is a bad thing as long as it stays 'in fun' and doesn't become purely insulting. As for the dossier, lets face it it's going to make no difference, just because you know you're gunna have bouncers bowled you doesn't mean you can play them any better. Besides, most of the time, you're better off (Gasp, shock horror) bowling at the top of off. :D

Posted by Sanawana on (November 8, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Two important series kicking in with two desperate sides who would do anything to win a match because they feel they are going down a spiral; Aussies using media tactics and India not providing fair chance for England to prepare.

Posted by cricket0007 on (November 8, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

media tactics... whenever any team visits australia they are put under pressure by such things... they try to gain psychological advantage in every possible way and i bet proteas knew such things will happen and are fully prepared for it .. though its a shame that the aussie side isn't the strongest side any more with a lot of young players coming in, so the impact of such media tactics would also be reduced to some extent.. any way it would be a cracker of a series and i hope they choose the best umpires for these games to keep the games free of bad decisions

Posted by Strewth on (November 8, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

rumor going around that an aussie batsman has sent private texts to sa players with secret inside information on how to get clarke out

seems the secret is that you have to bowl good line and length aiming for the top of off stump

aggghhhhh what have i done? now everyone knows

sob sob sob

Posted by Andross on (November 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

@Rajan Nagarajan I think the key in what you said is that other teams can sledge just as well as Australia. So it really makes no difference if teams do it or not. Personally I don't think that 'talk' is a bad thing as long as it stays 'in fun' and doesn't become purely insulting. As for the dossier, lets face it it's going to make no difference, just because you know you're gunna have bouncers bowled you doesn't mean you can play them any better. Besides, most of the time, you're better off (Gasp, shock horror) bowling at the top of off. :D

Posted by sharidas on (November 8, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

As usual, the hype flies ahaed of a series. Every team comes with plans on how to bowl at the opposition batsmen's weaknesses and every batsman prepares to face the bowler by studying the tactics, which are now abundantly available on videos.Cricket being a game of mistakes there will be mistakes from all departments. As Ponting said, the game will be played hard and there could be a lot of things happening on the field. Whoever can handle the pressure will come up trumps.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

isn't this a tactical move? to already let those players know that the aussies will be after them? first strike?

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 8, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Sledging is a double edged sword. Without backup of play on the field will be just a joke. Ask Mitch and Siddle knows it even further. A bowler who beats batsman and sends out expletives if goes for two boundaries in the next few balls will lose the battle. And it will push the batsman into a comfort zone. Better to stay cool and concentrate only on the things you need to do to win and stop these nonsense stuffs.

Posted by anver777 on (November 8, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Now Amla is an experience enough & a senior member for SA, so I'm sure he will tackle these situations (sledging) with his heavy scoring bat in the series !!!!! Aus is all out & using every tactics to win this battle...... but don't underestimate Proteas, they too can come hard at you with their masterful tactics !!!!

Posted by Meety on (November 8, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

@thenoostar on (November 08 2012, 02:38 AM GMT) yep, it's almost as funny as the real "leaked" dossier!

Posted by joseyesu on (November 8, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

I don't agree with this "We've got no preconceived ideas about going out there and sledging or talking"

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Not leaked, released by the Australian side on purpose to gain some form of upper hand before the start of the series. I don't think there is anything wrong in employing such tactics though. It just highlights how important this test series is to the Australian side, as they try to reclaim the top spot in test cricket. It also makes the game more interesting to the fans, who have more incentives to follow the match. Glad that test cricket is finally here and being played among top quality sides. Good luck.

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 8, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

A lot of self-righteous comments... Name a mens team that doesn't have players that sledge - you wont find one... As for the 'secret' team dossier - that could have been written 50 years ago by any team with decent seamers - just change the names... The only reason CA 'accidently' dropped it at a reporters feet is as a bit of a gee-up before the Test starts as ticket sales were a bit slow - I doubt that the Saffa's wouldn't even blink at this report...

Posted by thenoostar on (November 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

@meety Funny line on Quinny. You would think Australia would do something about these dossier leaks.This are just part of the Australian test build up. Like McGrath calling out the oppositions best batsman and Warnes new mystery ball that looks remarkably like a legbreak. Looking forward to the series..

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 8, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

One thing that Australia should keep in mind is that Amla made the vast majority of his runs in the recent series against England after being dropped. If I'm not mistaken, had England taken their chances then Amla wouldn't have passed 50. To Amla's great credit, he made England pay dearly for those mistakes. The lesson to learn is that he is not invincible and is as likely as anyone else to offer chances early in his innings. If and when he does, you had better take them because, once he's settled, he is nigh on invincible.

Posted by landonius on (November 8, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

As far as sledging goes, it is a part of cricket, if a player doesn't handle it very well, he WILL be sledged, guaranteed. If this is a problem for the player then maybe they should go back to domestic or grade cricket. All teams use psychological tactics if they think it will work against an opponent, just search youtube for examples. I don't really see why it's an issue for some people anymore.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

The best way to win a test match is to play quality cricket and not sledging or attacking with verbal abuses. Please come to the reality. Sledging worked for Aussis once upon a time and not any more. Other teams can equally do it to them. Please grow up Australia. The time has come for you to prove that you are superior in cricket. So, play for your pride and prove it to the world that you still have a great team that the world is envy about it. So, please play quality cricket and prove your credentials.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Shock news! Aussies plan to sledge!! Quelle surprise!!! Whatever next? The sun sets and comes back up in the morning? Aussies sledging, tch tch, what has the game come to? I'll bet that will be a right surprise to the Saffies, they won't be expecting that one. A dossier planned by one of those great thinkers, a Saffie! That should do the trick.

Posted by crh8971 on (November 8, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

@V-Man I would call the attack that contains Anderson, Broad, Finn and Bresnan as inferior to both the Australian and South African teams. The stats over the past two years back this up as England is the third rated pace attack with higher a average and strike rate than the other two teams. The view of the Australian attack I think is clouded by the history of Hillfy and Siddle who for until the last two years has struggled to dominate at test level but are probably the two most improved bowlers in world cricket. Since Feb 2011 Hillfy has 37 wickets at 18 from 7 tests and Siddle has 43 from 10 tests at 24. Pattinson, who is shaping up as the best pace bowler we have produced since McGrath, has taken 26 wickets at 19 in his first 6 tests. Altogether a strong attack. The South African attack, Steyn and Philander in particular, is outstanding and will be a huge test for the Aussies.

Posted by jezzastyles on (November 8, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

@terrifyingwarriors - that's OK, you may get your wish. Nowadays, most international sporting teams talk a lot of crap, on and off the field, so your criticism seems a little biased. As per @sawifan comment below, most teams have at least one character who will consistently sledge the opposition. AUS is always poprtrayed as the villian - sometimes rightly so, but not always. I'm looking forward to an hopefully competitive series - which will probably be won by the Proteas. PS - I wouldn't mind seeing the 'old enemy' win in IND either.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

now surely another tripple century for Amla is very near in reply to sledging....and of course i have heard that Kallis is practising serious hook and pull shot against the likes of styen and co. Aussie young quick will be thrashed

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

haha got to love the banter. Good luck to both sides

Posted by crh8971 on (November 8, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

I think this story and the response to it could form the definition of "storm in a teacup". The Aussies might sledge a little, well which international team doesn't? They are going to bowl short? Well they don't really have the bowlers to do that as a strategy. Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson have all achieved their best results when they pitch it up and let the ball move a little with either seem or swing. One of the reasons Steyn has been the standout bowler of the last five years is that he bowls fast and full, only using the short stuff from time to time. If the Aussies are to win this series they will need to bat at least as well as they did against the Indians and Pattinson will need to take at least 18 wickets.

Posted by Babu22 on (November 8, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

I think the best strategy of sledging Aussies can use is to not sledge at all. Just don't talk to the opposition batsmen on the field at all. I am sure SA, after preparing well to receive some verbals, would be shocked by the silence and lose the game. Try this one and this will surely work. That said, IMO this dossier thing is just a planted story, and Aussies will do what they need to, i.e. try to bat and bowl well. I said "try". Go Aussie.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

South Africa stay nice and quiet, just like before the England series.

Posted by jezzastyles on (November 8, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

Amla is a much matured batsmen at the peak of his form - I doubt that sledging will have any effect on him, and I don't want to see an enthralling series marred by allegations of 'unwarranted' sledging. If the bowler has a bit of a niggle at the batsmen, that's all and good, but I hate it when the slips cordon and in-fielders begin with the theatrics. Clarke just needs to lay down the law and CA should not be encouraging negative behaviour. What happened to the 'gentlemans' game? I'll be very happy to see AUS draw the series - this is a very strong Proteas outfit who'll be eager to consolidate the #1 ranking they recently earned. @V-Man: I'd say the AUS attack is full of potential but very inexperienced, whereas the attack you mentioned is somewhat over-rated (judging by their last series vs. SA), but Anderson and Finn are quality regardless of the opposition.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

Very wicked tactics indeed, how can you bowl short to an old man? Don't they understand that a person's eyesight deteriorates with age? And of course they go and target the temperamental Hashim Amla with some provocative comments, probably hoping to start a fist fight so that Amla can get banned.

Who thinks Mickey Arthur is not doing this with tongue in cheek? He's making a joke out of the fact that he's supposed to give special advice on each SA player, having worked with them for a long time. "Aussie secret tactics revealed!" lol

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 8, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

all the rubbish aside - been lots of "rubbish" in recent encounters between these 2 sides. Clarke scoring 151 on a pitch where 19 wickets fell for a very lucky to be 90 same day ? Mitchell Johnson bowling the 2 best spells of fast bowling (Perth & Durban) seen in years. Hughes scoring 2 centuries in a game while flinching ! Duminy mastering short bowling to win the last 2 games in a row Sth Africa won. Marcus North scoring a Test century on debut....... "Ronald"McDonald being a matchwinner .... the list goes on and on............ ANYTHING is possible !!!!

Ecpect Rudolph to me man of series !!!! lmao

Posted by othello22 on (November 8, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

Meh, tell us something we don't know. Aussies will sledge, Saffas will sledge back, so what? I laugh at everyone getting all offended over this, cricket is a man's game. Can't take it? Go play netball. In truth, my biggest concern here is the folly of Australia's supposed "plans" - For starters, Amla is monk-like and you will not break his concentration with sledging. Doomed to fail. Sending lots of short balls down will only undermine all the progress that has been made in the past year. Didn't we knock India over last year by pitching it up and swinging the ball? I fear that now McDermott has gone, the Aussies will go back to bowling this back of a length rubbish that England destroyed two years ago. I can only hope this whole thing is just some sort of mind game by the Aussies to get SA expecting one thing only to be given another.

Posted by MinusZero on (November 8, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

I regard sledging as cheating and childish. It should be rubbed out of the game. Most other sports have rules against this sort of thing

Posted by dylland on (November 8, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

bit of agression never hurt anyone lads!, this series will be very interesting to watch. hope the young aussie attack fires up

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

First time they have a microphone (stump or otherwise) for sledging will be the last time they'll have a mic around. Sledging wouldn't survive an hour on live television.

Posted by Meety on (November 8, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

Also - judging by the file pic - Oz have sledged Amla before & he lost it! LOL!

Posted by Meety on (November 8, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

BTW - a "shock" secret dossier from the Protea camp has been leaked revealing that the Saffas will be looking to get Quinney out cheaply! They will target him with wicket taking deliveries & MIGHT even remind him he is on debut & MIGHT even allude to whether he really should even be a Test cricketer! I BET Quinney won't expect this! Hopefully he is now warned!

Posted by Meety on (November 8, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

Cracks me up - everything that is old is new again - looks like Arthurs is doing a Buchannan! As if Amla (a Saffa) has never been sledged in domestic cricket! I really don't think there are many Saffas who've played Test cricket - that couldn't handle sledging. I seriously doubt this will be the first time! It is brilliant mind games - he goes out expecting chatter - cops silence & is waiting for the next chip & gets out! Get him expecting the short ball that never comes. @Aneesh Raikondalia on (November 07 2012, 18:29 PM GMT) - spot on. It would of been even funnier if this was the 1st of April!

Posted by Marcio on (November 8, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Oh, and the other great 'evil' in the 'report'- bowling bouncers to Kallis! Oh, please! Again, this is international cricket. You get two bouncers an over. The WI team of the 80s - the team so many here revere for their sportsmanship - often bowled 4-5 or bouncers an over. And golly gosh, they didn't start pitching it up and bowling half volleys if a batsman was over 35 years of age, just because they were worried he might get hurt!

Posted by 1983naps on (November 8, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

I think it's a sad day when sledging is a SIGNIFICANT part of strategy,but then when one's resources are very limited you go with your strong point.Funny though West Indians very seldom do, even though we've been whipped so often in the last decade plus. I hope the S.Africans respond appropriately both verbally and performance wise,I will be up watching!

Posted by terrifyingwarriors on (November 8, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

haha!! I live how Aus and Eng talk lota crap, like they say, empty vessels make more sound. I hope India and SA trash Eng & Aus.

Posted by sawifan on (November 8, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

Why is everyone knocking Punter about this? It clearly states that Arthur helped implement this due to his intimate knowledge of team SAF. Punter was just responding to the media in an INTERVIEW!!! You know, as people are supposed too! And to all these people saying team AUS lack integrity blah, blah, blah, these 2 teams have always sledged each other. They play hard, but fair. It IS part of cricket whether you like it or not. It wasn't until team IND started playing hard under Ganguly did they start having greater success; it wasn't until team ENG started actually winning tests again did they dare start talking; Sangakkara is well known as one of the games biggest talkers; the Kiwi lads always love a bit of a chirp; the list goes on. ALL teams sledge, the Aussies are just an easy target to criticize on this matter. You can be sure as hell that G. Smith et al. will be talking there heads off to the Aussie top 3 when they walk out, regardless of this leaked dossier.

Posted by V-Man_ on (November 7, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

"I don't see their batting line-up being any stronger than India's was last year and the attack we put out then will be very similar to what we put out [here] in conditions we know very well." a comment made by Pointing in the local paper. Kepp in mind, Smith, Amla, A.B. de Villiers, Kallis and Alviro Pietersen are among the top 10 runscorers this calendar year. Australia's high class pace attack includes siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, mitch starc and pattinson. If that is high class what would you call an attack that has Anderson, Broad, Finn and Bresnan.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

The "leak" appeared to have occured more by design than chance. These are typical Aussie tactics before an important series. I hope this turns out to be a great series involving just the bat and the ball (as Ponting himself supposedly intends to do!!). While the onfield histrionics can make the game sporadically excitable, we are better off without these elements in the larger interest of the game. All we want is a hard fought battle.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

@xylo The plan for Mitchell Johnson is the same as it's been for the past year and a half... don't let him in the test team.

Posted by Marcio on (November 7, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

A smug sense of moral superiority is hardly better than any sledging. Why focus on this aspect of the so-called 'leaked' report? Since when is it unusual to try to get inside an opponent's head? This is professional sport. This goes on in every single professional game in the world. Period. There are not even any precise details about how this mental targetting might be done in this 'report'! Do you think there are going to be secret messages and communications passed on that will not be seen or heard by the umpires, TV cameras and mics? When was the last time an Australian player was fined for making insulting remarks or going too far with the mental side of the game? It is so rare it isn't even worth discussing. All this tactic means is an aggressive approach on the field with the odd bit of banter - read "nothing new". With modern technology anything else is impossible. But if you want "nice" go and watch lawn bowls or watch a Hugh Grant chic flick.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 7, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

Yeah, we'll see how much they're talking it up when the score reads SA 490/1

Posted by hmmmmm... on (November 7, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

secret dossier? This came from a very high calibre paper of course! Every professional team has a plan and a set of tactics for their opponents - in any sport - I know journalists love teh simplicity of this idea of an evil plan but I doubt it's as simple as an A4 page with a "Top Secret" watermark across it, with bowl short to Amla, talk a lot etc listed in point form! In reality, the team would be having daily meetings with video footage that has been picked apart to look at areas of weakness/strength and particular tendencies that might be targeted.

Posted by AbrahamBenjamin on (November 7, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

It is evident that a lot of the people leaving comments haven't actually played a game of cricket in their lives. From what I've read, the only quote about Amla from the dossier says "play a bit of a psychological war" with Amla. The word "sledging" is just part of the journalist's poetic license. Nowhere does it say that they are going to attack his race, religion etc. If they can find a way of getting in his head and causing a false shot, good luck to them. But I agree with the majority of posters who say it won't work. Banter has been part of the game since its creation and if people are suggesting it ceases they are kidding themselves. Bring on the series!!

Posted by bobagorof on (November 7, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Oh no! The South African team would never have thought that Australia would bowl a lot of short balls, particularly as Ponting said they would bowl a lot of short balls. This leaked dossier has just handed them the series!

I'm actually a little disappointed, if it turns out to be true. All the work McDermott did as bowling coach to improve the team's fortunes by pitching the ball up, wasted - undone by the love of 'chin music'. The best way to intimidate a batsman is to just get him out.

Posted by MetallicFrost1024 on (November 7, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

So instead of targeting areas to bowl to Amla to bore him into playing a rash shot, they are going to sledge him as their tactic? Not sure that they realize Amla feeds on it. The more sledging and the tougher it gets the more he knuckles down and bats all day.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (November 7, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Leaked on purpose a bit like the KP texting thing, merely gamesmanship. Sledging although hardly honourable has been part and parcel of the game for a long time and all teams use it except England who are morally above the rest.

Posted by Wharfeseamer on (November 7, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

So, the same strategies Oz have employed in every series since about 1965 then. Some sharp tactical thinkers in Cricket Australia obviously.

Posted by xylo on (November 7, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Cool. So, what is the plan for Mitchell Johnson? Bowl somewhere on the pitch?

Posted by GrindAR on (November 7, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

Probably aussies might need longer/frequent tea breaks to take care their throats, as the new sledgers need some on-field practice/exposure. Good for them to cultivate their actual winning weapon. Probably we need to recommend ICC to include sledge play rules to allow the sledging for certain segment of time in test cricket (like power play in shorter form). So, they can officially sledge and win, as none else can score 10% of aussie's score:-) Wait, that sounds like more entertaining test cricket, when the sledging is telecasted live. It truely test "Gentleman" ness character of a player (How gentle he can be when listening stream of sledges). Receiver score on every incident as 1 run for each originating sledge. Ok, this rule might hurt aussies as their winning target might be huge than the runs scored over balls. They can come up with a different plan then ???

Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (November 7, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Steyn is perhaps the only South African that I can imagine will respond to the Australian verbals. And if they rub him the wrong way it won't end pretty.

Posted by Hippiantor on (November 7, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Nothing wrong with a bit a chat as long as it's not personal abuse

Posted by PFEL on (November 7, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

lol "leaked" . . . love the mind games

Posted by Artiebees on (November 7, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

This puts Emphasis on the value of Amla. Assuming this dossier is legitimate as is the information, then it just goes to show that evidently we couldn't find any way to efficiently dismiss him 6 times over these coming tests.

Either way I feel this is going to cause alot of controversy given of all the players they chose Amla as the primary target for sledging.

Posted by __PK on (November 7, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Varun Akavoor - since when are bouncers defensive? And that won't be a defensive tactic. No Australian side would be stupid enough to waste a Gabba pitch by bowling too many bouncers.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 7, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Leaked on purpose? I wonder.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

How about trying to play good cricket instead? Or is that beyond the Aussies?

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

I Think All And All This Will Be The Memorable Series In The Year 2012 For All Cricketing Fans All Around The World

Posted by wapp on (November 7, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

SA will speak with it's talent in this series and Aus will do well to keep up. It's funny how little difference there is between comments here and what those who made them assume the Aus team will say to Amla. So petty to assume sledging is limited to being an Aus tactic and that it will be disgraceful and personally based of Amla. He will weather it better than anyone.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

It does not what they do to Kallis, but they will cursed if they sledge Amla. Watch out

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

lol the aussies r scared of the mighty amla.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

The Australians are going to play aggressively - i am sure the South African's are stunned by this unusual tactic. Utterly blind sided!

Posted by pritpalpabla on (November 7, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

That's what Aus did in the past... So I am not surprised by this.

Posted by avmd on (November 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Everything is fair in love, war and hard fought test cricket. Tired of watching meaningless t20 cricket, can't wait to see some real stuff. Alma can handle all kind of attack, even verbal.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

If they are gonna send down short balls to Amla and Kallis, it is really gonna backfire them...this means they are already on a defensive mindset..Attacking a spinner is always a good option rather than being defensive...I don't think sledging Amla will yield them any kind of positive results...ABD really has to find some form in this series....Australian batting is a bit fragile.. apart from the Clarke, all their other batsmen are a bit fragile against quality bowling at the moment...Waiting to for an exciting test series...

Posted by Brightonbumpkin on (November 7, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Absolute nonsense. I bet Punter didn't say that. What he really said was, "Aww, whenever South Africa and Australia play..." and "Aww, we've done our homework on all of their players..." This whole thing makes me chuckle - We (England) used to have our silly psychological dossiers leaked before being spanked by Australia inside of three days back in the dark old 90s. The shoe is on the other foot now. Come on SA! England Fan.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

I like the idea of attacking Morkel and Tahir, as both can be loose bowlers, being patient to Philander is also a good idea, as his first spell seems to be his most effective. But after all the success the bowlers had bowling full and swinging it last summer I'm bemused that they want to bowl short to Amla and Kallis.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (November 7, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Nothing to see here. Are any of the 'plans' other than basic strategies for well known players? Which the players themselves will be well aware of. Presumably the sledging bit was thrown in so that fans of other countries can get an attack of the vapours and cry their eyes out with their heads buried in their petticoats about how cricket would be such a sweet game without those beastly Australians saying all those rude words. Good grief.

Posted by ozwriter on (November 7, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

just confirm's amla's position as one of the best batsmen in the world and mickey knows it and thinks it might be difficult getting him out with cricket skills alone

Posted by Digimont on (November 7, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

I've looked for evidence of the existence of this dossier. nobody has actually printed it word for word. News Ltd paraphrased it and every other lazy news network copied their text.

Are you a thinking individual? Does this thing actually exist and can it be proven to come from the Australian camp. It could easily be made up by the newspaper to sell some product ahead of the test series. If so, it has certainly avhieved what it set out to do, raise interest in countries other than the two participating.

Next, the detail: there is nothing in the "dossier" that is rocket science. Smith shuffles across his crease, Kallis' reflexes are slowing and Amla has been prone to losing (not loosing, learn to spell people!) his cool. The "plans" for Philander and basic plans for ANY fast bowler - test their stamina, particularly early on in a test series.

Everyone: stop and THINK! If real, it would only be leaked on purpose, so anyone that has reacted to this has been manipulated. But is it real?

Posted by ozwriter on (November 7, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

i'm from australia; and i am ashamed of this rubbish. since mickey arthur's arrival our team has only deteriorated with poor selections and well-rehearsed excuses and spin.

amla is the best batsman in the world at the moment. His 'weakness' is he is not showy, he is humble, likeable, and patient. if you can't win with your cricket skills, you shouldn't be no. 1. this dossier brings into questions the core integrity of this unit and irresponsible folk must be held accountable.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

The cat is out! Whats even more stupid is their need to put these tactics on paper :-)

Posted by wibblewibble on (November 7, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

Got to love the aussie mentality. Amla won't get psyched out by sub-standard sledging. The aussie sledging on the last ashes tour was particularly bad - as in "poor", "ineffective" and "often illogical", see Mitch Johnson to Jimmy Anderson "Why aint you chirping now, cant get a wicket?", Anderson replies by bowling his team mate, centre peg out the ground.

Posted by Wasim_Wasamadroota on (November 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Lighten up everyone, take a chill pill. From backyard cricket to national level this is the way Aussies play, we would sledge our grand mother if it meant getting under her skin. It is nothing personal, just a bit of banter which makes the long hours in the field more bearable. Hundreds of park cricket games are played each week with all sorts of sledging going on and you don't hear a word of protest or sooking because it is what we enjoy about ourselves, the fact we can can give and take in good humour. Unfortunately at international level the skin grows thinner.

Posted by jonesy.2 on (November 7, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

i just hope we can beat SA with the team we have. looking at both teams we are only better then them in one position and i am not naming him or it will let the cat out of the bag. hehe.

Posted by mak102480 on (November 7, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Nice going aussies...this is 2012 not pre 2008. You are not no. 1 anymore. You are going to debut a batsman who avg's 37 in first class cricket...steyn and morkel must be licking their chops. And the Indian spinners can't wait for you all to show up in India next year.

Posted by hoodbu on (November 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

Big deal. So what? Nothing new in such reports. A dossier saying Australia would shake hands with opposition on the field and sing songs of their praise would be a big shock, not this.

Everybody knows Amla is in the form of his life. Including Amla. Everybody knows Australia loves to target key players. Including Amla. Where's the surprise again?

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 7, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

the last ashes tour to the uk . langer made an assement on the england players that he had picked up on his county stint with somerset. we all know the history on what happened then. so what does this leaked item tell us the aussies are going to churp well whats new there, most know they are the gabbiest on the international circuit, their players always have something to say, which is normally wrong.

Posted by Aussie_Vinnie on (November 7, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

This dossier wont work. The Aussies just need to keep reminding the Saffas that they are the favorites and just sit back and watch them fall apart under the pressure.

Posted by jayray999 on (November 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Another leaked dossier. Wonder whose dossier it is and who it refers to: Neutralize their lead spinner, the only player in their team who dares to retort when we sledge him, by getting him disqualified.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Was the report deliberately leaked?

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

why would an australian newspaper publish australian tactics unless their fake or a diversion to confuse the South African team. although i must admit the inf sounds convincing considering aussie players nature

Posted by John1234568 on (November 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Sledging Amla will fail, he is the master of concentration.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 7, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Did they use similar tactics against Eng in Ashes series?. It could backfire. Grame smith is more louder than ponting.Sorry no takers for this article

Posted by PadMarley on (November 7, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Stating the obvious! tell us something that we dont know ..

Posted by PratUSA on (November 7, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Don't think these leaks matter at all. Australia will still go ahead with their plans and it will create same sort of challenge for opposition that it would have otherwise. Just because they know it batsmen or bowlers won't be able to change too much about their perceived weakness by the opposition between now and Friday. What will happen on field has little to do with these plans - secret or not.

Posted by zoot on (November 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

I sincerely hope the Aussies don't mean the type of stuff that Dean Jones came out with a few years ago.

Posted by djdrastic on (November 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Good luck to the Aus , trying to get under Amla's skin.I'm pretty sure they will find out it's a pretty futile job that.Oh yeah and taking Steyn head on . I guess the OZ batsmen will have to find out the hard way what happens when you take on a 145+ quick with excellent control , swing and has severe case of bloodlust.

Rest of the things , are pretty much things every international bowler or batsmen worth his salt knows about the SA team.Graeme gets bowled or chops onto his stumps a lot,Kallis' feet are pretty planted early on and likes to hook early on,Imran tries too many variations,Morne leaks tons of runs , Duminy is poor against the short stuff or high class fingerspin,AB is vulnerable to balls just a smudge outside offstump.

It's one thing to know these things , it's another thing entirely to actually pull them off.

Good Luck OZ Hopefully it will not be such a one sided affair like the England tour was.

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (November 7, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Australia is starting at a disadvantage here. They are over analysing the game. The terms "specific plans" and "spoken hard" are likely to backfire. How would you respond when the specific plans don't go your way. If Amla withstands the first two hours of your verbal assault then you are in for a long series.

And finally don't underestimate Gary Kirsten. He will grind his way to victory if that's what's needed.

Posted by Khaedu on (November 7, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

There fades away the respect I had for Aussies.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (November 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I love to watch cricket when sledging back-fires ....

watching a sedate batsman open up and just hit 3 sixes in an over out of the blue always lightens up a test match .....

Posted by keecha on (November 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Really feel bad that Indians allowed Ponting to score heavily during their visit. Else he has nothing to talk about. Steyn and Amla have quality at their core and are unshakeable by whatever verbal tactics that is planned and I need not say a thing about the legendary Kallis.

Posted by SICHO on (November 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Australia are just too scared of Hashim Amla in such a way that they will do anything to see back of him. What a shame.

Posted by EngineerKhan on (November 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Shame on Australians...I dont mind them attacking Tahir but barrage of short balls to Kallis, 37 and verbal attack at Amla - the nicest person on Cricket field is clearly Blasphemy of game. Another reason why everyone cherished West Indies WT20 victory including Sri Lankan fans and everyone was jubiliant to see West Indies knocking Aussies down in semi-final

Posted by Caino94 on (November 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

IM AN AUSTRALIAN and i think this is disgusting and stupid by our team to first of all verbally abuse arguably the best batsmen in the game at the moment and to pepper kallis with bouncers, why oh why is it every year just a couple of days before the first test we say something arrogant and stupid like this....I can just see a repeat of the 2010-11 ashes, sa will dominate us if we dont stop talking the talk and actually performing! Play proper good cricket!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

..planning...planning...planning...they also have a plan and that one has not leaked...suckers

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

This shows that a test nation like Australia sinks so low I guess the feeling of loosing so much does not jive with them. Shame on you Ausssiess. India was right to refuse to play during their tour of Australia.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

It seems that "the descendants of human serpents"(Ben Franklin) are going to resort to DNA. I witnessed this in the 50s with Lindwall and Miller and also,later but thw West Indies "quicks" were lethal and it dropped off. I hope it does not become treligious or racial as it can easily tip that way. Play the game hard but with integrity. Enough of this "gutter" game

Posted by Vnott on (November 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

How can something like this get leaked?

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

The Australian camp must be in pretty poor spirits if they've already conceded that they can't win legitimately and now need to resort to sledging.

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 7, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

India doesn't play by Spirit of Game because of not allowing spinner in practice match against eng they said, mystery spin is against the Spirit of Cricket they said, Sledging is our game tactics against apposition's best batsman they never said.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

I remember another 'classy' Aussie, Dean Jones, targeting Amla with verbal aggression. Didn't work out too well for him.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (November 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Good then SA knows now what to expect from Aus... or Aus have plan B?

Posted by 402_Navata_Complex on (November 7, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

First of all, let me make it clear that I like the fact that Australians work very hard at their cricket.

The entire world knows that Australian cricketers sledge, a lot more than some of the players from other cricketing nations do. But to actually have this as a well-documented plan against opposition does not speak very highly of the way Australians play their cricket. All of this, in a "gentleman's game".

Posted by jackthelad on (November 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Which 'quicks' are these, Ricky? Without Lee and Cummins, Australia hasn't got a single genuine fast bowler - Starc can be quick at times but he's not quick enough to trouble world-class batsmen; Pattinson is quickish but needs experience; Hilfenhaus is a trundler whose good figures in recent series are frankly mystifying. In fact, for all the talk about 'new beginnings' etc, Australia's bowling attack now is as weak as it has been for the past three or four years. They have class batsmen, home advantage and the present 'queerish' pitches being produced for Shield grounds in their favour, but they are not a match for South Africa in any department, and over a series quality counts.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

What they are going to do about SA's spearhead "Steyn" ?

Posted by onebump on (November 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Integrity eh?

Hmmm.......

Posted by mrmonty on (November 7, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Oh, please. These have become so inane. What's new? They will try to win, too!

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (November 7, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Same old tactics, it won't work against them...

Posted by Snyper.Doc on (November 7, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Somethings never change. Australian media backing their team to gain some early psychological points. These guys need to simply grow up!! I am guessing CA has some kind of deal with lame tabloids (the rest aren't very different) before the summer of cricket begins. Here's hoping Steyn and Co to be a handful. It will be wise if CA doesn't tamper it's pitches so much so that they get a result similar to India's. Might simply backfire and Warner could struggle.. Jeez Grow the fudge Up!

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (November 7, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

N. Sundararajan from Chennai --- how shameful ! Coming from Australians, who have absolute double standards on everything -- underarm bowling, "taking the fielder's words for a catch, 'walking', 'mental disintegration', pre-tour verbal targeting, and what not ! --- this is not surprising--the leakage is surprising ! What is the ICC going to do about this? Is this how the coaches betray their own country for the sake of money from another country for a few years' engagement?

Posted by hris on (November 7, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

hmm.. oh i love this team :)

Posted by sirvivfan on (November 7, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Verbally abuse Amla is that the best thing Aussies can come up with! Nothing has changed here. They tried it on Viv, Ambrose etc before. Hope the result is the same. Perhaps they will get help from Dean jones. Come on just play cricket and stop all this nonsense!

Posted by aby_prasad on (November 7, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

it is already known that contrary to ponting's statement that there are no pre conceived plans for sledging (ofcourse he would say that in public) aus do have a history of such plans. If you check 'merv hughes recalls javed miandad sledge' on youtube and such, and during the interview, the aussies did admit to plans on sledging being made before the match. Also nothing wrong in that if it doesnt get out of hand, its all part of the game. But also, i didnt know amla was weak with short balls or kallis with bouncers. Above all, i wonder how australian newspapers make this public hurting their own image. Media whether in india or aus, my god are they vicious!

Posted by sam_m on (November 7, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Is this real life? Usually we see the keeper's helmet lying behind the wickets but this time around we will see a huge binder with secret strategies.

Oh and Michael Clarke will be fined for slow over-rate because of taking repeated breaks to consult the binder.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Leaked = Sent out on purpose as a part of 'Mental Disintegration'

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Knowing Gary Kirsten he would have definitely devised a strategy to combat all these. Ponting instead of speaking about South Africans should carefully study his game and if his preparations are playing for Tasmania, then he is sadly mistaken. She should concentrate that his career will be decided in SIX innings and more so in those SIX deliveries. According to me we will see Ponting's Last Test Series ( may be with Sri Lanka later ) but days are numbered, hence he should concentrate and allow players like Siddle and Clarke to do this kind of Pre-Series discussions and concentrate.

Posted by vind_2801 on (November 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

australia has lost its credibility ..... this kind of behavior is beyond the spirit of sportsmanship and the CA should be De-recognised ....now i can tell that harbajan did not create any trouble with my head held high .... he should not play cricket and ICC should take strict action against CA and its players ...this is same as fixing or cheating ..

Posted by Sal76 on (November 7, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

No surprises. Aussies are known for their sledging. Even when they had some of the world's best talent, their main weapon was sledging. I wish the Aussies would stay away from sledging and focus on cricket. They can be a treat to watch if they do that. But Alas, if that were the case, they wouldn't be Australians, would they mate? Good luck to both teams. I believe this would be a tough hard fought series and I am leaning a bit towards SA as I think SA would also have done their homework. I even think releasing the dossier to the press may also be an underhanded tactic by Aus. I really think SA are mentally tougher than the Aussies perceive them to be. Time will tell.

Posted by Shunter on (November 7, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Well lets face it, at this point all the neutrals would like to see Amla get a double hundred each time he bats. He at least can conduct himself with dignity. Not something the aussie team have a great track record doing.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

well, nothing changes ... south african team knows whats coming at them ... and australia once tried to unsettle lara with words ... it resulted in a double century and a century ... so best of luck with that! its hashim amla we are talking about, not some kid like virat kohli

Posted by Arrow011 on (November 7, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Australian game plan would have been leaked by Mickey Arthur playing mickey

Posted by maddy20 on (November 7, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Who needs a "leaked document" to know this. It has been a policy of the Australian teams to engage opposition teams with un-sportsman like behavior on the field! It is exactly why, while I hold their skill level in high regard, I never have any admiration of any sort for them. Regardless, SA will thrash Aus. No question about it!

Posted by jb633 on (November 7, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

OMG this is possibly the least revealing and boring article I have ever read. So it is Australia's big secret that they are going to look to get Smith LBW ( it is not like anyone else has tried this before) and it is an absolute revelation that the Aussies are going to target the oppoisitions best bat verbally (have been doing this for years). And who would have ever thought that they are going to target SA's worst bowler, Tahir and the second most erratic (Morkel). Sometimes I really do feel the press write too much and most of it is rubbish. Please can we have more articles with insights into why things in cricket happen etc reverse swing and such. This is not news.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Way to go Aussies! I am so proud of you. When was the last time you beat somebody by just playing better cricket? Show some respect for the opposition instead of abusing their best players! And when you get it back, you behave like crybabies (I will tell to teacher). We might have repeats of Lehmann's comments against Lankans and Dean Jones' against Amla. ICC, are you keeping a close enough eye on things? If Haddin was in the frame of things, they might have got a couple of "bowled" decisions by knocking off the bail with the gloves too. So much for sportsman spirit. RIP gentleman's game!!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

south africa will choke as usual and the great aussies will take advantage and destroy them.

Posted by PPD123 on (November 7, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Nothing which is out of the ordinary is mentioned in the dossier. An average cricket fan who has been following cricket for the last 3-4 years would be able to put that together.I will come down to execution. All this talk will count for nothing. Its a game between bat and ball, and whoever executes their plans well will have the upper hand. Cant imagin peppering Kallis with short stuff or Amla with verbals is going to have ANY impact. Infact to the contrary, it could just increase their resolve to score and score real BIG....

Posted by njr1330 on (November 7, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Don't call it 'Sledging', don't call it 'verbals', don't call it 'mental disintegration'... call it dishonest cheating, because that's what it is. Every time something is said, Amla should back away and wait 30 seconds...they'd soon get fed up. Anyway, if there's one player in the world, who is not going to lose his concentration, it's Hashim Amla ... you might as well try to get Ghandi to punch you in the mouth!

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (November 7, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

If this is true, very bad tactic by Australia, means they have accepted that they can't defeat Amla in the game so deciding to go for verbal aggression! :(

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 7, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

What a pathetic strategy by australians!!that too against the perfect gentleman of cricket HASHIM AMLA.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Whats wrong with targetting Amla verbally?! Its well within the confines of ethics. Yes the Doosra however does qualify for unethical behavior on the cricket field.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (November 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

If in doubt, just talk crap... erm, ok.

Posted by spas on (November 7, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

When South Africa visited England, Kevin Pietersen's career was nearly finished. it led to South African win. I wonder what will happen in this tour. hope Aussies will be prepared for these tactics.

Posted by Bluntman on (November 7, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Leave it to the aussies to have a formal plan for verbally abusing someone.

Posted by Highflyer_GP on (November 7, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

This is seriously childish. "If we can't get him out fair and square, then we'll have a go at him on a personal level".

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 7, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Well, looks like another victory for the 'pulling tactics out of a hat' method of trying to dismiss batsmen.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Amla is as Mr cool.. He is as cool as a cucumber.. You Aussies may become mad trying to sledge him.. And whatever you people do, he will score centuries!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 7, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

I think sports should just be sports. Sledging has no place in cricket. It's the political equivalent of bickering and trash talking. If a team wants to win then they need to keep quiet and do it with bat, ball and fielding. Australians have this bad habit most of the time. Well, now it isn't much of a secret is it ? SA could care less. Most teams who come to Australia end up eating some 'sledge pie' at some point or another. This to me is no surprise. The Aussies should also remember that when they travel to another country, they shouldn't expect any different reception. The Indians are one of the few teams who give it to them big time.

Posted by Aspraso on (November 7, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Oh these Ozzies -- this is not the 1st time their tactics have "leaked" -- when are they going to learn that the other test nations are quite wise by now to their mind games. Steve Waugh & Ponting had used 'fair catches' tactics for too long -- now no self-respecting captain accept such an offer from them any more.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Poor aussies have to try all kind of tactics to try and win a game. And still gonna end up getting beat! can never get amla his mental is too strong for such petty remarks. Sledging him will just make him fight harder and hook every short ball!!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Why would they ever put such things on paper?

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

If the strategy is to break a batsman's concentration then that batsman has the right to speak to the umpires who NEED TO step in immediately an issue warnings to the protagonists. Using methods akin to cheating should not be tolerated!

Is the appointed referee being made aware of this strategy!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 7, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Sums up the way Aussies play cricket, compared to say, England. Apologists will tell us that it's never been a "Gentleman's Game". Well, pre-conceived plans to sledge - read, insult and offend - is not cricket.

This is the same country that's now complaining that Tendulkar shouldn't have received a prestigious award from the Australian Govt. I'm assuming that the Aussie Govt is more mature than its cricketers and their respective board, CA.

Posted by mgr125128 on (November 7, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Australia probably resorting to tried and tested techniques. May work or may backfire. But is this is spirit of cricket?

Posted by roarster on (November 7, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Have the Aussies ever compiled a dossier which wasn't leaked? As soon as the word dossier gets bandied about in the change rooms it's surely only a matter of time before it gets slipped under the wrong hotel door, left on the wrong train or shared with the wrong national publication. I wouldn't mind so much, but they do not come with a cautionary caveats "BEWARE THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE GLARINGLY OBVIOUS, ONE SIZE FITS ALL, UNORIGINAL INSIGHTS"

Posted by kabe_ag7 on (November 7, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

The Australians have mastered the art of sledging. Some players have the license to do it openly. The rest do it with hands on their mouths while standing in huddles, so that cameras can't pick on them. Any reaction to these provocations is then duly picked up by the jingoist newspapers as the evidence of poor behaviour etc, while the home team gets a free pass. And Amla? Good luck trying to provoke him.

Posted by Unomaas on (November 7, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Now that just threw a spanner in the works! Fair dinkum I say! This series has now reached fever pitch! I think many people would feel an initial rhiteous indignation feeling but all things being even, the SA team most probably prepared a similar dossier on Aus players! I suppose what makes the Aus dossier more intimidating is that Mickey Aurthur could tip the balence with his inside info. All is fair in love and war! Gonna love watching the "Amla psychological war". Here's a challenge for the australians...how about first getting Amla to physically sweat before trying advanced warfare :P. That dude is just gonna look at you patiently and make sure to pray for your warped sledging soul come next friday at mosque :P.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 7, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Always look to the aussies for upholding the spirit of the game!!

Posted by eyballfallenout on (November 7, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

dam those cricileaks........ Julian you have gone to far now

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 7, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Once again Punto doing lots of talking but isnt the captain, I suppose its best to get in the limelight just before you play your last test series.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

New Ltd are traitors. The Murdoch's should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

haha, I don't think Amla is too fussed about the ""psychological war", He dealt with him being called a terrorist quite well.

Posted by JustOUT on (November 7, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

haha... Wat a joke... verbal barrage against Amla to break his concentration.. haha. Amla is as cool as a cucumber. I hope Aussies don't lose their concentration by seeing Amla's coolness. C'mon SA show them your power.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Lol, this is all part of Australia's strategy to upset the opposition. It occurred in NZ some years ago, when documents supposedly got released in the media, which indicated how certain players were going to get targeted. A lot of times it actually works because the targeted player fails to deliver under pressure. Personally, I don't think there is anything wrong in employing such tactics to unsettle the opposition. It makes the game more interesting and gives it more extra zing. Anyway, it should be a great series. Love test cricket. Good luck to both sides.

Posted by Pablo123 on (November 7, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

What rubbish. I'm sure the Assies and the Saffas are laughing at this. Cricket is cricket and you play each ball on merit. Targeting one area will only result in failure.

Posted by John1234568 on (November 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

haha targeting amla with "psychological warfare", good luck with that.

Posted by ProteaMan on (November 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

You don't expect less from the Oz. The Proteas are up to it in a great way. They won't be put off by a lot of buffoons

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

So Wiki Leaks has also affected Australian Newspapers too :P

Posted by bouncedout on (November 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Ponting talks as if Aus are the only team to make plans before a test series.

Wake up Ricky all teams do it. This is evidenced by the way England have dismantled Australia both home and away in recent years.

I'm sure Amla is really worried about what might be said to him by players who are not fit to lace his boots.

Posted by bliksempie on (November 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

They plan to verbally attack the most serene batsman in world cricket? Okay then, let's see how that works for them. Personally, I don't even think Amla can hear anything when he bats. I know most batsmen don't like to talk about how they've been sledged by the Aussies - I don't think Amla will even know. He'd have to watch the highlights after the day's play to even find out if he'd been sledged or not.

Posted by samudralakiku on (November 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Nothing new to Aussies. They let their mouth's talk when their bowling and batting cannot talk as much. That is why they always select some big mouths for their sledging abilities, more than the true cricketing abilities.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Let the games begin! I think Amla is probably too cool a customer to let a bit of chatter get to him, but you never know I suppose!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

They can sledge Amla all they want, and he will just keep batting and batting and batting. His powers of concentration are amazing and if I were Australia, I would find something more concrete then sledging to dislodge Amla. I do believe going after Tahir is a good strategy, especially since he is not a prodigious turner of the ball and it is his googly which in fact causes the most damage. I am all up for sledging, it happens in the spur of the moment, but "planned sledging" before walking into the field is total rubbish. Concentrate on the bloody cricket and not on how to ignite verbal duels.

Posted by Sobhan_Sachinfan on (November 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

The mind game begins!! The hard and tough cricket is about to begin. two good teams are fighting with ALL POSSIBLE weapons. Go on!!!

Posted by zavahir on (November 7, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Last week there was an article on Australian and about its Integrity. Now the cat is out lol!

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