South Africa in Australia 2012-13 November 28, 2012

Steyn charges himself up for decider

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When Dale Steyn shows signs of irritability, the opposition should start worrying. The last time Steyn looked really angry, he returned from an ordinary day in the field to take two wickets in two overs and spark an England collapse that later proved to be series-defining.

In Perth, he will turn up after "two Tests where I have not done too well," and the bristle has begun. "Why would I want to come to Australia and be below average or average? You always want to come here and take five-fors," Steyn said. "Just like as a batter you want to come here and score hundreds under immense pressure against one of the best teams in one of the most difficult places to tour in the world. Hopefully I can have a fantastic game in this one."

On average, Steyn has taken just under five wickets a Test in the 59 he has played. In Brisbane, he claimed only one of the five the South African attack managed in total. In Adelaide, he got closer with four scalps and thought he bowled a lot better. Although there was no swing, Steyn had better control and a touch more pace but he stopped short of spitting fire.

The smouldering mood he was in at the SCG late on the last day of the tour match has yet to ignite, though. There, he sent down one of his fastest spells in Jacques Rudolph's recent memory and it may take a real pressure-cooker of a situation before he explodes again.

Something like Perth. Being the Test that will decide the series, Australia coach Mickey Arthur expects that Steyn will be readying for the big occasion and the man himself confirmed that. "There is a bit more want, a bit more need and that extra push. I know I will probably have a couple days off after this and I will do everything I can to get a result and to get the wickets South Africa need in this match."

But he won't be able to do it alone. Steyn emphasised the rest of the attack will have to keep adding to the incremental progress they made from Brisbane to Adelaide so that they bring the full package to Perth. "It's going to take everything out of everyone to win it," he said.

Although it is Steyn who has become Graeme Smith's go-to man, in the same way Peter Siddle is Michael Clarke's, he maintains he is not the only one with the tools to do the job. His reputation, according to him, was built only on been given the opportunity to dust off the tool box more than most and knowing how to use them well. "I don't think I am the best bowler in the world and I am not the most skilful," he said. "I am just fortunate enough to play every game for South Africa, I bowl a lot of overs for South Africa and I am able to take wickets when we need them.

"Hopefully I can take wickets in this game. That's what I am employed to do and that's what I love doing. It comes down to one last game and it's going to be a team contribution to winning this series. It's not going to be just me standing up and taking seven or five wickets. Morne Morkel took eight in the last game. We will need a massive contribution from all of our bowlers."

One of the regular members of the attack who will not be able to contribute in any way is Jacques Kallis. While the physiotherapist is racing against the clock to get Kallis fit to bat, he has been ruled out from bowling in Perth and will leave a significant gap. "He is massive for us," Steyn said. "Everyone can see he has been batting really well. But he can also hold up an end, he can take wickets, he is a valuable asset to this unit. An injury likes this puts a massive emphasis on what a great cricketer he really is and what a massive contribution he makes to the side. If he just misses one game, it's massive but the day he retires, it's going to be a whole different story."

Even without him, South Africa showed some glimpses of the attack that are known as the best in the world. "When we picked up the last five wickets in Adelaide for not many runs is pretty much how I know this attack can bowl and hopefully if we can string it together properly here in Perth, which is just around the corner for us, we could go home 1-nil."

With that in mind, Steyn extended his bullishness to the whole team. South Africa need only a draw to keep their Test mace but Steyn warned that they are still aiming for the Australian jugular. "We want to win the series. We didn't come down to Australia to draw. We've played below what we are capable of but Australia have thrown everything they can at us and they still haven't beaten us. If we can play to what our potential is, I think we will go home 1-nil."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on November 29, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Rain, injuries, age, excuses excuses. The character of a team is measured amongst other factors by how you react to unexpected problems. a few months down the line statistics will say two tests drawn at home or rather two tests drawn away from home. Which team do you praise then? there are many "if" that seem to be the premises for debate. What if Ponting was on form. What if Philander was bowling, What if Barry Richards was still part of the team or Shane Warne or Allan Donald had not aged. Point is the match was played with all those ifs. The home team always has a home ground advantage and should win. a mommoth score resulting in a draw is as effective as throwing 200 punches in a round of boxing and still getting a draw. When everyone was hyped up about the OZ 1st innings &celebrating an OZ win, i said a draw would be so easy. it was. OZ the number 1 team, disregard the official ratings and make yours the official ones cos you are ans Oz supporter same as Steyn's 3yr old rankings

  • Mitcher on November 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    CANNOT WAIT for this one. I'm torn on Steyn as an Australian fan as I'd love to see him in full flight at the WACA, but fear what that might mean for my team. I have a sneaking suspicion/fear the Saffers are going to run away with this one but the Aussies have surprised me (and many other naysayers) all series so let's hope for a cracker. If the pitch has venom this one will be decided by one or two batsmen willing to stand up to the barrage and turn the game on its head.

  • wellrounded87 on November 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @floorwalker Pattinson might not be ranked very high but that is simply because he is inexperienced. He is a very very good fast bowler and i can see him climbing the rankings very quickly if he can stay fit for a prolonged period of time.

    Not only that we didn't have any real all rounders because of the Selection Panels blunderous decision to pick Quiney in placement of watson. So Pattinson's impact on this game would have been huge in 2 different ways. First he's a very aggressive pace bowler, the kind you need when a team has shut up shop and trying to block their way to a draw. Second he reduces the work loads of the other two pace bowlers alowing them to put more quality into their bowling.

    Philander was replaced by Kleinveldt so you weren't missing a bowler, maybe some quality but you still had that option. Losing Kallis was big but not the be all and end all. SA needs a decent spinner Tahir was garbage and basically set up the test for Australia

  • mikey76 on November 29, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Gotta love Jonesy and Randy, the comedy value is immense. If this current Australia side ever gets to no.1 it will be a travesty. Two good batsman and an injury list as long as your arm. A third rate spinner and a wicketkeeper who makes MS Dhoni look assured. The rankings are at the moment a pretty fair reflection on where everybody is at the moment. It wasn't that long ago that Australia were getting thumped in the ashes, losing at home to NZ and getting bowled out for 90 odd.

  • floorwalker007 on November 29, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    There is a lot of talk about SA's number one pace attack. Let's be honest the attack failed in the first test, but to draw any conclusions from the second test is ridiculous. A bowling unit hunts in packs as rightly stated by Steyn. It takes both bowlers to build up pressure.

    So far cricinfo has been dissapointing. There has been a lot of talk that an extra bowler in the second test could have won it for Aus. The said bowler is ranked in the 30's two or 3 positions above Kallis. SA lost Philander who is ranked second (doesn't just 'happen'). At the rate Philander is taking wickets I'm not sure how anyone overlooks that. In a breathe SA lost an effective opening pair Steyn/Philander and a more than useful bowler in Kallis. That I believe was the difference in the second test. The short lived success of Kallis on the first day also indicates that Philander would have brought plenty to the game.

    Anyway not to harp on...all I'm saying is that you can't criticize half a bowling attack.

  • SurlyCynic on November 29, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Funny to see comments about 'arrogant South Africans'' from the country whose papers celebrated the win after day 4 in ADelaide!

  • Biggus on November 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @Bollo-I have a nasty feeling that Steyn's going to wake up in Perth and give us a real going over, he just has to fire soon and the Aussie batting line-up still looks less than completely solid. If Morkel gets his length right in Perth he'll be a real handful too. Things can get out of hand in a real hurry at the WACA and it will be important which side is really psyched up to perform from the start.

  • Marcio on November 29, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    No doubt Steyn is the best bowler on both teams. Also no doubt Australia has a better balanced attack overall, at least to date. There is this issue of repeating "when we play our best we will win", and AUS can't get any better" which seems to be an oft-stated belief in certain parts. I don't think this is a good way to approach cricket matches. Perhaps we should consider the possibility that Australia too have a decent side, and will be fired up for a win! Plenty of players have room for improvement: Imagine if Warner, Ponting & Watson were at their best! At the very least, this series has shown that the gap between the sides is not the huge one some media pundits and fans have crowed about. Regardless of the result in the third test, Australia will win plenty of test matches in the near future if they keep playing the kind of cricket we have seen so far in this series. Good luck to both teams.

  • Bollo on November 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Biggus - the most measured comment of the day, pretty much mirrored my thoughts. Should be a fascinating match; Morkel has been the pick of the bowlers so far, with Siddle and Pattinson not far behind. Lyon has also been solid. Steyn has been pretty disappointing, and Philander is yet to take a wicket on tour. I think leaving out Siddle and Hilfenhaus is a good move by Aus - very tough decision obviously, but I think this one could go the distance as well.

    Johnson and Watson have a huge role to play as do SAf`s 3rd/4th bowlers. Kallis? - big decision. Should be a thrilling finale. Hope we see a result, and a match to remember...and a ton to Punter. Honour is due.

  • on November 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Protease should gift victory to Aussies. A great career deserves a victory in his last test match.

  • on November 29, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Rain, injuries, age, excuses excuses. The character of a team is measured amongst other factors by how you react to unexpected problems. a few months down the line statistics will say two tests drawn at home or rather two tests drawn away from home. Which team do you praise then? there are many "if" that seem to be the premises for debate. What if Ponting was on form. What if Philander was bowling, What if Barry Richards was still part of the team or Shane Warne or Allan Donald had not aged. Point is the match was played with all those ifs. The home team always has a home ground advantage and should win. a mommoth score resulting in a draw is as effective as throwing 200 punches in a round of boxing and still getting a draw. When everyone was hyped up about the OZ 1st innings &celebrating an OZ win, i said a draw would be so easy. it was. OZ the number 1 team, disregard the official ratings and make yours the official ones cos you are ans Oz supporter same as Steyn's 3yr old rankings

  • Mitcher on November 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    CANNOT WAIT for this one. I'm torn on Steyn as an Australian fan as I'd love to see him in full flight at the WACA, but fear what that might mean for my team. I have a sneaking suspicion/fear the Saffers are going to run away with this one but the Aussies have surprised me (and many other naysayers) all series so let's hope for a cracker. If the pitch has venom this one will be decided by one or two batsmen willing to stand up to the barrage and turn the game on its head.

  • wellrounded87 on November 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @floorwalker Pattinson might not be ranked very high but that is simply because he is inexperienced. He is a very very good fast bowler and i can see him climbing the rankings very quickly if he can stay fit for a prolonged period of time.

    Not only that we didn't have any real all rounders because of the Selection Panels blunderous decision to pick Quiney in placement of watson. So Pattinson's impact on this game would have been huge in 2 different ways. First he's a very aggressive pace bowler, the kind you need when a team has shut up shop and trying to block their way to a draw. Second he reduces the work loads of the other two pace bowlers alowing them to put more quality into their bowling.

    Philander was replaced by Kleinveldt so you weren't missing a bowler, maybe some quality but you still had that option. Losing Kallis was big but not the be all and end all. SA needs a decent spinner Tahir was garbage and basically set up the test for Australia

  • mikey76 on November 29, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Gotta love Jonesy and Randy, the comedy value is immense. If this current Australia side ever gets to no.1 it will be a travesty. Two good batsman and an injury list as long as your arm. A third rate spinner and a wicketkeeper who makes MS Dhoni look assured. The rankings are at the moment a pretty fair reflection on where everybody is at the moment. It wasn't that long ago that Australia were getting thumped in the ashes, losing at home to NZ and getting bowled out for 90 odd.

  • floorwalker007 on November 29, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    There is a lot of talk about SA's number one pace attack. Let's be honest the attack failed in the first test, but to draw any conclusions from the second test is ridiculous. A bowling unit hunts in packs as rightly stated by Steyn. It takes both bowlers to build up pressure.

    So far cricinfo has been dissapointing. There has been a lot of talk that an extra bowler in the second test could have won it for Aus. The said bowler is ranked in the 30's two or 3 positions above Kallis. SA lost Philander who is ranked second (doesn't just 'happen'). At the rate Philander is taking wickets I'm not sure how anyone overlooks that. In a breathe SA lost an effective opening pair Steyn/Philander and a more than useful bowler in Kallis. That I believe was the difference in the second test. The short lived success of Kallis on the first day also indicates that Philander would have brought plenty to the game.

    Anyway not to harp on...all I'm saying is that you can't criticize half a bowling attack.

  • SurlyCynic on November 29, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Funny to see comments about 'arrogant South Africans'' from the country whose papers celebrated the win after day 4 in ADelaide!

  • Biggus on November 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @Bollo-I have a nasty feeling that Steyn's going to wake up in Perth and give us a real going over, he just has to fire soon and the Aussie batting line-up still looks less than completely solid. If Morkel gets his length right in Perth he'll be a real handful too. Things can get out of hand in a real hurry at the WACA and it will be important which side is really psyched up to perform from the start.

  • Marcio on November 29, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    No doubt Steyn is the best bowler on both teams. Also no doubt Australia has a better balanced attack overall, at least to date. There is this issue of repeating "when we play our best we will win", and AUS can't get any better" which seems to be an oft-stated belief in certain parts. I don't think this is a good way to approach cricket matches. Perhaps we should consider the possibility that Australia too have a decent side, and will be fired up for a win! Plenty of players have room for improvement: Imagine if Warner, Ponting & Watson were at their best! At the very least, this series has shown that the gap between the sides is not the huge one some media pundits and fans have crowed about. Regardless of the result in the third test, Australia will win plenty of test matches in the near future if they keep playing the kind of cricket we have seen so far in this series. Good luck to both teams.

  • Bollo on November 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Biggus - the most measured comment of the day, pretty much mirrored my thoughts. Should be a fascinating match; Morkel has been the pick of the bowlers so far, with Siddle and Pattinson not far behind. Lyon has also been solid. Steyn has been pretty disappointing, and Philander is yet to take a wicket on tour. I think leaving out Siddle and Hilfenhaus is a good move by Aus - very tough decision obviously, but I think this one could go the distance as well.

    Johnson and Watson have a huge role to play as do SAf`s 3rd/4th bowlers. Kallis? - big decision. Should be a thrilling finale. Hope we see a result, and a match to remember...and a ton to Punter. Honour is due.

  • on November 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Protease should gift victory to Aussies. A great career deserves a victory in his last test match.

  • on November 29, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Yep lot of the comments here are a bit of over-reaction ...Steyn admitted he has not been at his best and he hopes to have a game..It is 0-0 and rightfully so..Lets look at facts

    1) The first game could have panned out differently had it not rained. Aus finished stronger but the result was a draw. fact

    2) The second game was played on a placid wicket where Clarkey and Warner demolarised the bowling unit but Faf played a great knock to rescue the game

    You could say SA were on the back foot at the end of the game but you could also argue that Aus should have finished them off..6 wickets were required and they had 90 overs to do it

    Perth is a completly different beast altogether..different 11 from both sides and pitch well we know how the WACA..So forget abt the last two games , this is the decided..winner takes all

  • BG4cricket on November 29, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I think the Aussies will find this a very tough assignment. They have had the better of the 2 tests arguably but there were still signs to be concerned about, namely the lack of top order starts (best about 3/70 odd) and an inability to get wickets (although the supposed no 1 attack have fared no better). I am flabbergasted they have left Hilfy and Sids out and can potentially go in with a completely new attack if they leave out Lyon including 2 debutants, a guy with 4 tests and if course the enigmatic Johnson. It is unbelieveable for the decider when they aren't injured but just tired - dont see SA leaving Steyn or Morkel out on such spurious grounds. The sooner Pat Howard goes the better - it isn't rugby and cricketers need to play - England's bowlers have all bowled significantly more this year and somehow they still seem to be able to stay on the park and contribute.

  • on November 29, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    The normal over reaction to what a player says, it wouldn't be the first or the last time a number 1 team goes into a decider all square having under performed and have a chance to steal the series.

    The team to take 20 wickets will be deserving of winning.

  • disco_bob on November 29, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Neither team look like a number one team. The best result in Perth would be a draw so the incumbents keep their rank by default. If we couldn't win in a day and a half with 4 down, then that says it all. We are still building and it's going well, we'll get there soon.

  • Nuristani on November 29, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Steyn has been a wonderfull bowler for South Africa. And i am sure he will make a big diffrencene in coming up test against Austrailia. Austrailians should be worried now. Becouse it is steyn who is charging himself up.

  • on November 29, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    To all those who keep saying Australia are performing at their peak, and SA are performing below average, you have to be kidding. Siddle, Hilfy and Pattinson aren't our first choice attack, more likely Cummins, Pattinson and Siddle. We are also performing underwhelmingly with the bat, except Huss and Pup, if Ponting fires, you'll see a different Aussie side. Ponting deserves respect. SA definetely below best, but why can't any of you give Australia credit for that? Why are they below their best if not for coming up against quality opposition? I give SA full credit for their gritty performance in Adelaide to save the test, but you SA supporters are pretty arrogant for a side at 0-0 after two tests, and in which Australia has dominated large portions. Lets face it, you all predicted 3-0 SA, and it burns a little that Australia are making a cracking contest of it. Enjoy the battle between two great cricket sides, and enjoy Kallis and Ponting, two of the best ever, before they retire

  • dalboy12 on November 29, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    If you judged countries by who had the best 8 quick bowlers - then Aussie would win hands down, they have a heap of depth at the moment. But reality is you only play 3/4 in each test and I would personally pick Steyn first everytime. I hope he plays a big one in Perth. Going to be a great test -especially after the black caps polish of a win tonight - lead by another bowler at the top of his game at the moment in Southee. Loving the test cricket, and loving the fact that the teams are all quite close at the moment - Aussies, SA and England are right up there, with Pakistan an underrated team considering they never get to play at home, India will always be a threat at home, even as they work through a changing of the guard. Then just behind is WI, Sri Lanka and NZ who are still all competitive. All makes for great cricket. Difference between top group and lower group of teams is the ability to complete over all 5 days.

  • No_1_again on November 29, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    I don't know what is the hype about Steyn. He and Phil in the series so far are mediocre bowlers, I would be worrying about Morkel than them. If SA fans think Steyn will do well here I can say the same for Punter and Watto. Our secret bowling weapon will be released in Perth. Go Aussie, get the spot where you belong in the world of cricket.

  • Adams2334 on November 29, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Both sides are dead even, however the Aussies have outplayed South Africa this series. Incredibly arrogant from Steyn, considering that South Africa could very well have been 2-0 down had they not been saved by the rain in Brisbane and an incredible innings from Du Plessis in Adelaide. Let's not forget the last series between these two countries ended in a stalemate in South Africa

  • Biggus on November 29, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    All this commenting is just throwing dust into the wind. Anything could happen in Perth. It's been an intriguing series thus far and it would be a shame for we mere fans to lapse into finger pointing and woulda/shoulda/coulda hypothetical speculations. Both team's strengths and weaknesses have been on display and the result has been gripping viewing. What more could you want, as cricket fan per se as opposed to a flag-waver for either team? We Aussies could argue that we've had the better of the contest so far but the Saffers have been good enough to deny us a result, much to their credit. Perth should be most interesting.

  • on November 29, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    "We want to win the series. We didn't come down to Australia to draw. We've played below what we are capable of but Australia have thrown everything they can at us and they still haven't beaten us. If we can play to what our potential is, I think we will go home 1-nil." If SA did not come here to draw why did they not even attempt to chase a 100 runs a session and instead give us the most boring day of cricket I have ever seen. It would have been a better outcome for the game if they made an effort to chase the runs win, draw or lose.

  • Patchmaster on November 28, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Patterson is a medium pacer who lacks the ability to frighten the opposition - together with his medium pacers friends of Siddle and Hilfanhaus, the Aussie attack has never looked so 'medium'.

  • mansman on November 28, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    "The last time Steyn looked really angry, he returned from an ordinary day in the field to take two wickets in two overs and spark an England collapse that later proved to be series-defining. " Hyped up statement. The fact is he has looked mediocre in Aus (even in the warm-up game) so far. I bet he has been irritated during this tour, but nothing has come of it. Indeed last time Aus toured SA, SA needed 2 wickets to get into the tail and seal a victory. Steyn couldnt provide the breakthrough and SA lost. Expect the same - 3-145 for Steyn in the Perth match.

  • RobTay14 on November 28, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    SA weren't lucky in the first test, they still could have got a big enough lead to possibly bowl Australia out and win it themselves. As the commentators always like to say, this series is "perfectly poised".

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 28, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Raining heavily in perth on Thursday. Nevertheless Morkel will smash the weak aussie team on the WACA pitch.

  • SnowSnake on November 28, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Steyn is Ponting of SA whose off field talk is lofty and on field performance is poor.

  • Alexk400 on November 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    I come to conclusion that Steyn is one dimensional bowler. He is furious and speed machine in swinging condition against right handers. he is pure terror in that respect. It is beauty to watch when he bowls to right handers. He is literally ineffective against left handers. I am really disappointed in him not get rid of michael clarke with bouncer. SA should never select Tahir again. I think he has all the skills but he do not have the luck. He is just unlucky dude i think. he might be good in club cricket. SA never able to build pressure because of tahir. Also who the fk picked jogger kleinveldt? Unbelievable selection. What SA needed is one 90mph fast bowler to complement instead they found this mohinder amarnath style jogger. SA knows how to losen up pressure. They can't hold pressure like Aussie does. Aussies do not have that much talent but they have the motivation to fight. SA lacks...fight. May be bad coaching? Kirsten was good for india not good for SA.

  • hhillbumper on November 28, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Jonesey2- You are a true legend mate.i like the fact that no matter what happens Aussies are always the worlds best come what may.I respect your opinions but mate you lot are going to take a beating next year.You have two batsmen and one of them is older than the hills. Good luck with that mate.Your spinner is crap and your fast bowlers are fast only in the speed they get injured. As for your keeper he couldn't catch a dose in a whore house.

    Yep best team ever

  • Major_Hammad on November 28, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Legend Dale Steyn Continuous No.1 Test Bowler since 12 July 2009 (Over 3+ Years and 140 Total Tests) in ICC Test Bowling Ranking.

  • Major_Hammad on November 28, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    ODI's, T20's No.1 Position Batting, Bowling Ranking and Test No.1 Batting Ranking change almost after every match or series but Test No.1 Bowling Ranking is same from 3+ years, why???? Because Legend Dale Steyn occupy No.1 Test Bowling Ranking from 3+ Years. Dale Steyn Continuous No.1 Test Bowler since 12 July 2009 (Over 3+ Years and 140 Total Tests).

  • Major_Hammad on November 28, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Legend Dale Steyn Continuous No.1 Test Bowler since 12 July 2009 (Over 3+ Years and 140 Total Tests) and in Overall No. 17 (902 Rating Points) in All Time Test Bowling Ranking, No Other Current Playing Bowler in even Top 43 in Overall All Time Ranking.

  • SICHO on November 28, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    What's domination without winning? That is simply pointless. Couldn't win when we were a batsman(+ spinner) short, couldn't win when Kallis could barely take a single. In fact Australia haven't been dominant, only Clarke and Hussey could say were. As usual Marcio will be whinning and jonesy2......... Oh dear. Siddle over Steyn? Really? Siddle could perfectly fit the Indian bowling line-up together with Khan because he only takes wickets when batsmen are tired and will have more time to hustle in the sub-continent pitches. I'd rather have a collapse of 60-2 to 180 all rather than 350-4 to 430 all out. Besides what were the Aussie curators thinking with those kind of pitches? I guess they could learn a thing or two from ours(SA).

  • Greatest_Game on November 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Jonesy Jonesy Jonesy - I truly wish that you were the Aussie selector. Really, I do. (Except for all the whining we'd get from Marcio & Randy of course.) Selecting Pattinson over Steyn would be a masterstroke. Oz would never win a match, the Poms would lose their whipping boy, & we would no longer have to be subjected to Ian Chappel's obnoxious bloviating!

    Pattinson just keeps breaking down! Foot stress after 2 tests against India. Back strain after 1 test in the West Indies. He couldn't last 2 tests against SA, which may well have cost Oz the test & potentially the series. He's talented, & bats well too, (should have batted at no. 3) but he's a walking liability. His body just can't handle the weight of that big mouth he has on him. Notice how he only lasted a few overs in Adelaide? He was carrying that side strain from Brisbane, where he got the injury during his screaming temper tantrums at Smith. Literally bust a gut I reckon. Yep - pick him before Steyn - a great strategy!

  • Proteatensious on November 28, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    I'm a firm South African supporter , but to say South Africa have not been dominated is absurd. They came in as no.1, many would say favorites , against an extremely talented team that has been under performing . You can't claim South Africa has been even using the fact that they have avoided defeat as an argument .

    Never the less SA have shown they are pretty good , but I think it's becoming clear that this team may be the no.1 at the moment but the differences now are so small it hardly matters other than they hype it creates , as well s the tag. Clear problems in our team that I think need to be addressed,

    1. You the worlds best batsmen mad him captain and keeper at the same time , now we have a mediocre player . 2. Stop this work the in nonsense , play de kok , de villiers will come back and we have a keeper who bats at 3 in domestic level to came in a bit lower down the order at his young age . None of the keepers have the batting ability to strengthen the team, lets mould

  • on November 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Peteren, Smith, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, du Plessis, Elgar, Peterson, Philander, Steyn, Morkel. 20 overs each from the 3 pacemen, 25 from the spinner and Elgar and du Plessis to provide the extra 5 - 10 overs per day. We have enough bowling options with this super heavy batting line-up.

  • hris on November 28, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    This number 1 SA team is surviving against 'this' oz team. On the contrary when Oz were the number one team in the world, they humiliated SA home and away for years.

  • thebarmyarmy on November 28, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I predicted a 3-0 win to South Africa. Looks like Im gonna have to settle for a 1-0 win to South Africa instead.

  • on November 28, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    @jonesy2: Pattinson is the best bowler in the world?!! :D OMG! ur jokes doesn even qualify as a bad joke .. a bowler who cant even play 3 test in a row is the best bowler!! HAHAHAH .. and as for siddle...i would love to have him in my team .... but right after i put STEYN and anderson's name 1st! @marcio: if aussies can GET better ... so can SA .. they have played only 50% of their capacity ... warner's form wont last in perth, watto is still a burden in tests .. i am backing punter to get some runs in this test but not hussey ... and as for SA, amla and de villiers are due a century .... so even stevens ... if SA can bring forth the form of the england tour, its 70-30 for SA

  • LBcricket82 on November 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Lets be honest, this is the worst Aus side probably in the history of Aus cricket. They rely on two people Clarke and Hussey. Their bowling is probably one of the worst outfits in the world at the moment... I don't think any of their bowlers would fit into any of the SA, England or Pakistan teams. The only reason Aus seem to be competitve in this series is because they have made the flattest pitches anyone has ever seen in Australia (ever) and the fact that SA have been at their worst form in 3 years. Aus have 1 batsman in the top 10, SA have 4. Aus have 1 bowler in the top 10 SA have 3 - It should be a walkover, but when you prepare pitches that are flat you are going to even the contest out a bit.

  • shalinn on November 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Dale Steyn is meant to be a fast bowler. He averages in the mid to high 130 km/hr. that is not fast caliber. I like him but He does not put his back into it. He is chosen as a fast bowler. He should be averaging 145-150km/hr. Allan Donald gets upset due to this fact...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Should-'av, could-'av, would-'av... I think both teams have played very well, and have had their equal share of misfortunes. Several players like Steyn have so far failed to get in on the action and are simply missing the limelight. The big questions in the next game(s) will be: if the Mr Reliables like Clarke, Hussey, Morkel, Faf, Kallis etc. fail, can the others stand up and be counted?

  • Highflyer_GP on November 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @Marcio: some may argue that the loss of Philander and Kallis saved Australia from defeat. Time to stop using Pattinson's injury as an excuse for Australia's inability to win from the position they were in. Too many ifs and buts, yet the scoreline still reads 0-0.

  • Highflyer_GP on November 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @Slysta: It's not exactly like Ausitralia have faced SA's best, having been plagued with injuries and having to basically field 10 men in both games. 9 if you count Tahir in the second. Australia picks up one injury in Pattinson and suddenly it's being used as an excuse here.

  • Vleis on November 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @ Marcio: yawn, the last time SA and Oz met in Perth, the former scored 414 in the 4th innings to win the test and batted at a quicker rate than Oz did in the 3rd innings of said test. Nothing slow and laborious about the highest run chase in a live rubber of all time...but don't let that stop you from being bitter about the fact that SA is currently #1.

  • Marcio on November 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    It's not difficult to see why SA is underperforming, and it is spelled out right here in this article, Steyn's comments, much of the SA media talk, and the comments of the SA posters. I'm not going to state it outright, as it seems that any attempt at correcting this misperception simply generates aggression. But here's a hint. It is the very same thing I pointed out before the first test, after reading articles like this one and the comments by posters. 3 games into the tour and so my observation about this mentality has been spot on. Finally, the problem could at least be addressed if the team and media returned to the attitude they had before the England series. There has been a definite shift. It's just that SA fans, media and players are too close to the problem to see it - yet. I'm not in any way suggesting SA can't win the 3rd test. But performances will continue to slide over the long run if this mindset continues.

  • on November 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    if we had a mental block then we never would have won the series against australia in 2008 2-1. and regarding some comments. we also lost jp in the 1st match after the team was announced and played with 10 batsmen . again in the 2nd test in the beginning philander was injured and then kallis was out of bowling after he got 2 quick wickets, he still batted brilliantly with a hamstring and without a runner. and our debutant du plessis spent 7 hours and 46 minutes on the adelaide pitch to save the match for us. and we are playing i australia. if you ask me we have played some brilliant cricket under all the circumstances so far. any other team under such circumstances wud have been 0-2 down already but not us, again proves why we are the no 1 side. waca bring it on

  • brusselslion on November 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I often pop over to the Aussie threads in the hope that @Jonesy2 has posted something as he never disappoints. Following such gems as Lyon - 3rd best spinner in the world; Hilfenhaus - top 5 bowler; Hughes (yes, that Hughes!) - destined to become a great Test batsman, we now have another cracker (the best yet?): Siddle - world's best bowler. Now you can't fault the bloke's heart but (one of the) world's best? Give me a break.

    On a serious note, Clarke seems to be something else at the moment; hope his form deserts him before next year's Ashes. What I don't understand is the Aussies' reluctance to play Watson. Surely, he's worth his place as a batsman only (let alone at an all-rounder)?

  • Shaun742 on November 28, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    @jonesy I'm a SA supporter, so I tend to be a bit bias towards them, but let's be real, apart from Clarke and Hussey, which of the Aus batsman has really dominated? The pitches have been exceptionally flat, which resulted in a heavy workload for the seamers which did come back to bite Aus in the 4th innings at Adelaide. SA played the 1st test with 10 men (Losing Duminy) and for the 2nd test we lost a premium bowler before the game and were further dented with Kallis not being able to bowl or bat properly. It seems that Aus supporters have been going on about losing Pattinson, yet so quickly they forget about SA being short of players. Who knows what's going to happen in Perth? If the pitch is evenly prepared, it should be a cracker for cricket, but I'd like to see what the Aussies do should Clarke and/or Hussey fail. And you don't get to be number 1 in the world without doing something to deserve it...just as Clarke deserves respect for being top batsman, Steyn deserves it for bowling.

  • on November 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    The Australian team at the moment seem to be a bunch of journeyman, with the exception of Michael Clarke. Peter Siddle reminds me of a good club bowler and has no where near the class of Steyn or Morkel. They have had one batsmen score almost 40 percent of their runs. This is not the Australian Side of Old. Watch South Africa obliterate Australia in this test. When South Africa fires , australia is going burn

  • on November 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @jonesy, Mate do you always talk like this? I mean things that do not make sense. Let me tell you: Siddle+Hilfenhaus+Pattinson<Steyn. Together the three have taken 255 wickets in 67 test matches at 28.41 runs apiece as against Steyn's 292 wickets in 59 matches at 23.98 runs per wicket. Further the striking prowess of Steyn is 42.20 against your much self-celebrated triumvirate that collectively strike after every 57.50 balls. Clearly, all three of together do not show a candle to a bowler like Steyn, let alone any single of them. Start talking sense man, and it comes from a neutral cricket lover from India.

  • Marcio on November 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @Simoc, "Oz have put their best foot forward and it hasn't been enough", even you know the truth is vastly differerent, and that only the loss of Pattinson saved SA from a huge defeat in the 2nd test. AUS can clearly get better. The return of Watson will improve both batting and bowling vastly, and odds are Ponting will get runs. He's still damn good, and won't miss out for long. One thing this series has really shown, is that SA just don't have any batsmen to match the firepower of guys like Warner, Clarke, and Watson now he's back. Even if you subtract SA's last slow innings, AUS have been scorong at 2-3 runs an over faster, and that makes a huge difference to setting up winning positions in games. Of course SA can win, but it will probably be a slow, laborious walk to victory if it happens. Good luck to both teams!

  • chugster on November 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Jonesy2 - i have read a few of your posts and clearly you are a stauch aussie fan! I have to say your opinions are interesting at best.Pattinson is a fine prospect and siddle a real workhorse but the rest of your attack is laughable right now.Perth will prove nothing as its a real home advantage pitch.Steyn is far far better that anything you have and demands respect.SA are clearly not at full whack so this is a great chance for Aus but if Clarke and hussey dont score it could get ugly for your boys. I hope SA win and win big but any win will do.I look forward to the Ashes when you find out just how poor Australia's batting is.Your much vaunted bowling attack will have to bowl England out for 50 in every test to get the urn back! I really do enjoy your comments , they always cheer me up!

  • Major_Hammad on November 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Dale Steyn will get 10 Wickets-Haul in Perth and also expecting Big Hundreds by Amla and Devillers. South Africa No.1 Test Team......

  • ZiggyMarley on November 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Contrary to common belief, the day's rain at Perth massively benefited Australia. SA were 255 / 2 and Oz bowlers would have had just 14 hours to freshen up to attack Amla and Kallis in full flight. As it were, they had an extra 24 hours and Amla and Kallis had to try to get their eye back in. Of the SA batsmen dismissed on Day 3, how many were out due to good bowling? If Amla had reviewed, he would have stayed. De Villiers and Rudolph both played attacking strokes to up the ante and Duminy was injured. In Adelaide, Tahir vs. Lyon was basically the only difference between the sides and the subsequent scoreboard pressure created by Tahir's gross ineptitude. Australians have developed a heightened sense of their ability due to one player being in imperious form (Clarke) and one South African being basically village level horrific (Tahir).

  • SICHO on November 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Whats domination without winning? You dominate to win, now thats special. You dominate to draw, you didn't do anything because you didn't win. In other words you weren't dominant enough that's why you didn't win. Besides what were the Aussie curators expecting with those kind of pitches? See here in SA we aren't scared of any opposition. Our strength is fast bowling and the curators will do anything to support that strength, even if it means producing greentops (i.e. Newlands 2011 vs Aus). We don't care about the opposition or frightened by their fast bowlers.

  • on November 28, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    You guys seem to forget... who was actually in a spot of bother when the rain interrupted the first test? It wasn't South Africa. Had that day not rained... SA would have maintained their ascendancy and cleared the aussie tail.

    Luckily for Aus, the rained out day provided a bit of a breather and they were able to mentally prepare for the remainder of the test.

    And how many times have SA come from such dire positions to salvage draws? As far as I can recall, the aussies haven't been able to clutch a draw from the jaws of defeat for ages.

    And you think they are the number one team?

    How many teams can dominate... with half the team scoring hundreds and double-hundreds... and not even win a game? Not many when you are up against a team that hasn't lost a series away from home since 2006.

  • on November 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    what ever you ausies think do not count as the scoreline is still 0-0. Saved bt rain? thats what you say. SA could have gone on batting for the whole 2nd day and scored more than the 450 they got, but lost wickets to score faster and when you lose wickets you don't score faster. Jonesy 2 do you really believe what you are saying, The only reason you still in this series is clarke. He's been the difference. You can put your faith in Johnson. Can he find the pitch these days?

  • Dce1 on November 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Jonesy ... are you even a serious mate??? I think The Aussies bowling attack was pathetic and I am glad the selectors saw it that way. I mean come-on!!!! a day and a half and they still can't bowl out the South africans. That is what make SA no. 1 and Aus no 2. Pure gritt and mental strength saved the test. It showed the SA batman mental power and Aust weakness i.e bowling. If you can't bowl a team out then you don't deserve to win ...simple! If in Adelaide... had the roles been reversed and the Aussies had to bat to save the test... SA bowling would have closed the deal with at least 2 sessions to spare.. even with bowling injuries. SA bowling is a class act and Aus have realised they need more than a Siddle +hilfenhaus to stop a SA victory becoz the conditions in Perth favour SA more than they do Aus unlike in Brisbane or Adelaide.

  • on November 28, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @ Slysta - I am not sure about this so called "Australian Domination"? They dominated some days we (SA) dominated some, I can understand domination during a test but once the test is drawn I battle to see Australian Domination. If they dominated then it wouldn't be nil nil after two tests. Day one of the second test was undeniably a record breaking day for Australia and day 5 was undeniably a record breaking day for SA. Day two was perhaps SA's day, Aus got skittled in the morning and we did OK to the close and similarly day four was perhaps Aus's day but day 3 was honours even. The way I see it the test was a draw in all senses of the word, enough of the Australian Domination talk. In my own humble opinion test cricket, when touring, is as much about not losing as it is about winning. If you are so dominant, WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SurlyCynic on November 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Slysta: Yes we're all loving the Aussie 'domination', 0-0 is a dominant scoreline at home against a team wracked by injury. Don't worry, you can always look at the statistics to feel better. Sooner or later Clarke's luck will run out, and those balls lobbed into the leg side will find a fielder or Morkel will shatter the stumps. Then where will Aussie batting be? Hope the last pitch is a bit more lively so we can see the real SA pace attack.

  • on November 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Can say Proteas have struggled and are lucky / saved by the rain, whatever.

    The truth is in the first test they had 10 men, lost their spinning option. Second test they lost 25% of their bowling attack after he took two overs. Plus he batted at 50%.

    So Proteas 10 men, againt Aus 11 and then 10.5 because the Pattinson is only a bowler, Kallis is both. Thus Proteas were signifcantly undermanned in BOTH tests, did not really play so well and YETSTILL could not be beaten.

    I am looking forward to 11 vs 11 and Proteas will take that one.

    Last comment Aus "success" has been riding Pups purple patch, and we all know this will not last. When Pup and Mr Crciekt do not score, what will Australia do then? Just saying.

  • edgie on November 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Faraz Rizvi, find ways to loose? Which SA team have you been watching, hopefully not our (pathetic) soccer team. This proteas side as been equal to the Aussies for some time now re tests. The last two should be an indication that they are not finding ways to loose against. on the contrary, they have been finding ways to survive and thrive.

  • TJP1000 on November 28, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - You Aussies are amazing. Steyn is most arguably one of the best bowlers ever! Siddle and Pattinson are good and I commend their character, especially Siddle, but seriously, they cannot even dream of touching Steyn at this stage. I wonder when last a touring side was expected to beat Australia at home, that in itself confirms the supremecy of the SA team. I think Perth will be a cracker and any result is possible. Beating Australia at home is a rare feat. Beating them at home two series in a row is surely unheard of!!

  • Mrbalas on November 28, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Jonesy2, Steyn is not showing any disrespect to Australia, he just wants to win game and knows if SA are at 100% there is a good chancet that will happen, do you want him to say Aus are the best and we dont stand a chance!!. Patt is a great bowler but surely he first has to get to the number one ranking before he is considered the worlds best, surely Aus also have to go to no 1 in the rankings to be considered the best team as you suggest, three SA bowlers in the top 10 and 2 Aus, 3 SA batsmen in top ten and 1 Aus, of course we respect Australian cricket as does steyn, this is where he wants to win more than anywhere else but should he be be in awe of Aus who havent been number 1 for 3 years, im sure they will come good but all Aus bats need to make runs not only 2 batsmen, if philander is back oz to struggle, will be a another enthrawling game im sure, enjoy.

  • on November 28, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @jonesy2 The worlds best fast bowler(for the last few years) is the one whos interviewed in this article. That pattinson youre talking about isnt even in the top 30. As for the aussies, theyve thrown everything at SA including the kitchen sink and yet they havent managed to secure a win. Australia are currently performing at their peak, SA are(i hate to admit) ordinary. If SA were to play at their peak i hate to imagine the destruction they will cause...

  • Slysta on November 28, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Nonsense, really. Who says South Africa has weathered Australia's best? A full day of rain probably saved the Proteas from defeat in Brisbane, and the absence of a front-line paceman was pivotal to their survival in Adelaide. How will they go in Perth against a full line-up, if the weather doesn't intervene?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm sure South Africa are capable of winning in Perth; they are supposed to be the number 1 team, after all. It would be good to see some decent cricket from them, because the Australian domination thus far has been monotonous, much as it was against India last summer...

  • on November 28, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - the SA bowling attack has THREE bowlers in the top 10 of the ICC bowling rankings. Steyn is number 1. You say you would have SIDDLE and PATTINSON over him?!!!! Are you actually being serious? I'll admit that Siddle put in a heroic performance in Adelaide, but he is half the bowler Steyn is, if he's lucky. Australia have the best attack, you say. Lyon is nothing more than a regulation offspinner and Hilfenhaus is a medium-pace club bowler that wouldn't make an SA provincial side. Johnson is inconsistent and Starc is yet to prove himself at test level.

  • tinkertinker on November 28, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    They didn't come to aus to draw yet they have played with no intent with the bat all series.

    The aussi have struggled to close things out but lets face it SA have been awful so far, the worlds best bowling attack has been treated like park bowlers.

  • KunzMan on November 28, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @jonesy mate you caught my attention in your first post when u said this article is a joke. But as I read on, your comment seemed to be the one to beat in being funny

  • on November 28, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Wish SA best of luck, they always had the talent to beat Australia but somehow find ways to loose, its probably a mental block.

  • SurlyCynic on November 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Hopefully this will finally be a decent pitch and we'll see the best from the bowlers. Clarke can't keep having so much luck, with skied balls falling between fielders and balls shaving the stumps. And when he fails it's not as though the likes of Ponting can rescue Aus. Aus have tried everything and the series is still 0-0, time for the rightful winners to up their game.

  • nthuq on November 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    What a legend this fellow is. But as an Aussie, I'll be hoping he stays with his current form and makes up for it against New Zealand, hehe. @guptahitesh4u, our number 3 is nonexistent, our openers is fallible to get out after making starts, Ponting is dancing to SA's tune, Wade is under the pump a bit both with the gloves and with the bat, our allrounder was unavailable until now, and our most in form bowler missed most of the last test with the bat! We'll see what happens. Should be a cracker of a game.

  • 5_day_tragic on November 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    You can talk about it all you like, claim that there is some kind of victory in not losing so far....but in the end, the best team will win this series and they will deserve it. Could be either team. I believe Morkel is a very serious threat in Perth. More worried about him than Steyn.

  • on November 28, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Come on jonesy2. Siddle & Pattinson better than Steyn (No 1 bowler in the world)

    Of course Aus have the edge since it is at home. Kallis' injury will hurt but we will see.

    If Steyn, Morkel and Philander deliver then SA have a very good chance If Steyn doesnt improve then we have an issue

  • jonesy2 on November 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    would be very surprised if kallis plays aswell and even if he does he wont be anything for australia to worry about the guy tore his hamstring and batting on the WACA aint batting on adelaide oval. imagine how poor south africa would be withour kallis and he will have to retire soon. and as for the south africans being known as the best bowling attack in the world dont make me laugh australia have proven time and time again that they are the best i admit steyn is an awesome bowler when he is up and going but you would pick siddle over him everytime not to mention pattinson

  • Simoc on November 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I tend to agree. Oz have put their best foot forward and it hasn't been enough. But if (a big if) Mitchell Johnson switches on for a spell or two he will shake things up. Its hard to see Hilfenhaus or Siddle running through this SA batting. The problem for Oz is the batters have done so well; can they keep it up.

  • jonesy2 on November 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    i like steyn but this article is a joke and he is being incredibly disrespectful to the worlds best team. australia have smashed south africa as much as a team can dominate in cricket. the two draws were from rain on day 2 at the gabba and the worlds best fast bowler not being able to bowl in the second innings in adelaide. i will be surprised if steyn can get through his first spell in perth but i want him to play because i want australia to beat a full strength proteas side. if both teams play their best i cant see south africa winning in perth not if mitchell johnson and mitchell starc both play and play at their best south africa have no bowlers other than steyn that can threaten.

  • satish619chandar on November 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Clarke - What a mannnn.. One opener always failed, No matter who plays at 3 gets out and Punter is certainly not a dependable one. Clarke himself had setup games almost everytime with company of Mike Hussey most times and with whoever available and won the games. My mind says "Win it for Clarke Aussies". He deserves it. At the sametime, SA too deserve it for Faf, ABD and co's unimaginable recovery last game. Two deserving teams at it to win. One will be disappointed for sure..

  • on November 28, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Expect steyn to burst and take a massive victory, they are deserving.

  • mav_nitb on November 28, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    GO GO Dale Steyn we all know what a fighter he is and expect him to scalp more than a few aussies in the next match which is surely going to be a cracker of a decider to an enthralling series.

  • guptahitesh4u on November 28, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    well the last paragraph summarizes this series so far...Australia were at their best against SA and SA are yet to play as per their potential...If they reach their peak in the last match, the result is pretty much predictable!

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  • guptahitesh4u on November 28, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    well the last paragraph summarizes this series so far...Australia were at their best against SA and SA are yet to play as per their potential...If they reach their peak in the last match, the result is pretty much predictable!

  • mav_nitb on November 28, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    GO GO Dale Steyn we all know what a fighter he is and expect him to scalp more than a few aussies in the next match which is surely going to be a cracker of a decider to an enthralling series.

  • on November 28, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Expect steyn to burst and take a massive victory, they are deserving.

  • satish619chandar on November 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Clarke - What a mannnn.. One opener always failed, No matter who plays at 3 gets out and Punter is certainly not a dependable one. Clarke himself had setup games almost everytime with company of Mike Hussey most times and with whoever available and won the games. My mind says "Win it for Clarke Aussies". He deserves it. At the sametime, SA too deserve it for Faf, ABD and co's unimaginable recovery last game. Two deserving teams at it to win. One will be disappointed for sure..

  • jonesy2 on November 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    i like steyn but this article is a joke and he is being incredibly disrespectful to the worlds best team. australia have smashed south africa as much as a team can dominate in cricket. the two draws were from rain on day 2 at the gabba and the worlds best fast bowler not being able to bowl in the second innings in adelaide. i will be surprised if steyn can get through his first spell in perth but i want him to play because i want australia to beat a full strength proteas side. if both teams play their best i cant see south africa winning in perth not if mitchell johnson and mitchell starc both play and play at their best south africa have no bowlers other than steyn that can threaten.

  • Simoc on November 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I tend to agree. Oz have put their best foot forward and it hasn't been enough. But if (a big if) Mitchell Johnson switches on for a spell or two he will shake things up. Its hard to see Hilfenhaus or Siddle running through this SA batting. The problem for Oz is the batters have done so well; can they keep it up.

  • jonesy2 on November 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    would be very surprised if kallis plays aswell and even if he does he wont be anything for australia to worry about the guy tore his hamstring and batting on the WACA aint batting on adelaide oval. imagine how poor south africa would be withour kallis and he will have to retire soon. and as for the south africans being known as the best bowling attack in the world dont make me laugh australia have proven time and time again that they are the best i admit steyn is an awesome bowler when he is up and going but you would pick siddle over him everytime not to mention pattinson

  • on November 28, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Come on jonesy2. Siddle & Pattinson better than Steyn (No 1 bowler in the world)

    Of course Aus have the edge since it is at home. Kallis' injury will hurt but we will see.

    If Steyn, Morkel and Philander deliver then SA have a very good chance If Steyn doesnt improve then we have an issue

  • 5_day_tragic on November 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    You can talk about it all you like, claim that there is some kind of victory in not losing so far....but in the end, the best team will win this series and they will deserve it. Could be either team. I believe Morkel is a very serious threat in Perth. More worried about him than Steyn.

  • nthuq on November 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    What a legend this fellow is. But as an Aussie, I'll be hoping he stays with his current form and makes up for it against New Zealand, hehe. @guptahitesh4u, our number 3 is nonexistent, our openers is fallible to get out after making starts, Ponting is dancing to SA's tune, Wade is under the pump a bit both with the gloves and with the bat, our allrounder was unavailable until now, and our most in form bowler missed most of the last test with the bat! We'll see what happens. Should be a cracker of a game.