Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day

Bowlers forget the McDermott mantra

Australia's bowlers were guilty of bowling short on a slower Gabba pitch and their new bowling coach's key task would be to remind them the methods that brought them success last year

Brydon Coverdale at the Gabba

November 9, 2012

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There was good news and bad news for Ali de Winter after the first day of Test cricket since he took over from Craig McDermott as Australia's bowling coach. The bad news was that Australia had completed their worst first-day bowling performance ever in a Gabba Test, by letting South Africa reach stumps at 2 for 255. The good news was that de Winter now knows he's not superfluous. His key task is to make sure the McDermott methods are not forgotten.

It is not that Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Nathan Lyon were terrible, far from it. They were just a little bit off. And against patient men like Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, a little bit off is all it takes. The attack veered from the consistency that made them so dangerous last summer against India. They still created chances - Siddle was deprived of two wickets by a no-ball and his own butterfingers - but those opportunities were notable because they were so rare.

The pitch didn't help, offering less of the zip and seam movement than first-day Gabba surfaces often provide. There was some cloud cover that provided swing when they pitched full, but too often they dropped short, denying the ball the chance to curve in the air. It wasn't as bad as Australia's bowling in the 2010-11 Ashes, but there was a similar lack of patience. Whether it was first-day nerves or rust, it needs to be rectified quickly.

Most notable was the regression of Hilfenhaus to old habits. During the Ashes he was so predictable that England's batsmen could watch the ball swing out of his hand and play it or leave it knowing there would be no surprises. He re-emerged last summer with an action reworked by de Winter and made India's batsmen play, swinging the ball late and using the crease for variation. There wasn't much of that today.

It is no coincidence that Hilfenhaus has spent most of the past six months bowling with white balls in short formats, where banging the ball in short of a length is common. He didn't get the habit out of his system in Tasmania's Sheffield Shield game last week, when he was outbowled by James Faulkner and Luke Butterworth on the kind of pitch fast men dream about.


Ricky Ponting comforts Peter Siddle after letting go of a caught and bowled chance, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day, November 9, 2012
The bowling attack veered from the consistency that made them so dangerous last summer against India © Associated Press
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Again he erred on the short side early at the Gabba. By the time he started to correct himself, the ball had lost much of its shine. There was one searing yorker that dipped in late and nearly had Alviro Petersen lbw, but it was the only time Hilfenhaus looked dangerous. There is no question that he was underdone coming in to this series. De Winter's task now is to steer him back to the good habits they discussed last year.

Not that Hilfenhaus was alone. Siddle and Pattinson both dropped short at times, and on a slow pitch with little seam movement, that was a mistake. When Pattinson pitched the ball full and allowed it to swing a little - the mantra instilled by McDermott during his year as bowling coach - he had Graeme Smith lbw. But the fact that Australia's fast bowlers didn't create a single genuine chance off the batsman's edge on a first-day Gabba pitch was as telling as the fact that Michael Hussey and Rob Quiney were bowling in tandem as stumps approached.

The only time the slips came in to play was when Lyon was bowling. His economy wasn't quite as bad that of Greece or Spain, but it was a slight worry for Michael Clarke. At least Lyon found turn and bounce and created some half-chances, including an edge off Amla that fizzed past slip, and one wicket when his flight and dip tricked Alviro Petersen into lobbing a catch to mid-on. The omitted Imran Tahir might have been watching with envy, given South Africa should be bowling last.

Of course, it's difficult to make a complete judgment until both teams have bowled. Morne Morkel's bounce might be less of a threat on this slow pitch, but it's hard to imagine Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander failing to find a solution to the surface. Get it up there, attack the stumps and give the ball a chance to swing.

It's the message de Winter should drum into his men overnight, especially with the second new ball available on Saturday morning. After a surfeit of one-day and Twenty20 cricket since he took over from McDermott, de Winter's real job has now begun.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by hoodbu on (November 10, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Siddle is one of the most overrated bowlers on the circuit, all because of one good day he experienced in Test cricket.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 10, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@ Meety. You wrote "the 1969 Saffa team would of slaughtered Sri Lanka & India on home soil & there is ample evidence that they would of smashed Oz in Saffaland too." FAIL... BIG FAIL! In 66/67 SA beat Oz 3-1, & in 69/70 Oz were whitewashed 4-0 in SA. WHITEWASHED! That's not "ample" evidence, it's irrefutable!

Oz could not take a series from SA in the 60s. As Bill Lawry said, "I played in three series against South Africa, in '64, '67 and '70, and we never beat them once." http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/539579.html

You also wrote "SA got rolled on home soil by Sri Lanka & India!" FAIL - wrong again! Sri Lanka has won 1 match in SA, & lost every series there. India has never won a series in SA, managing 1 draw in 5 series.

When you wrote "SA got bundled up for 96 by Oz," you forgot that in that match Oz was bundled up for 47, their lowest score since 1902, and lost by 8 wickets! Ooops - now there's a FAIL!

You really don't know much about cricket, do you Meety?

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (November 10, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

My personal view is if bowlers need a coach to tell them to pitch the ball up & try & hit the top of off stump on the first morning of a Brisbane Test (or any Test) then they are in the wrong game. It's all about being consistent & building pressure. Australia at the moment seem in their bowling to lack the ability to turn things around on the day. If they start badly they can't adapt. Of course this is not as bad as it was with Johnson but Siddle & Hilfenhaus have that seeming lack of flexibility. In the batting Australia always seem to have a fragility that means a collapse is around the corner. People forget that even the great Aust teams suffered bad periods and could be 100/5 but had a Gilchrist or a tailender to rescue them. Against a solid team like SA this could be fatal.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

nothing wrong with the pitch, its because the bowlers bowled long hops, short and wide and no patients, its test cricket, we need to build pressure to get good quality batsman out, Pattinson and Lyons bowled well but Hilfy back to his old style of bowling and Siddle bowling just above medium pace, i think Mc Dermott need to pay them a visit and assist them while they are in Australian shores, and im glad Glenn McGrath is commentating but would prefer him to be assistant bowling coach. De Winters failed in England ODI and so far i can see the quality of the bowling dropping rapidly. soon as we get rid of Winters and put a quality ex test bowler as a coach the better.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 10, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

Kevin Mitchell in an interview before the game said that this would be faster and bouncier than usual, when in fact the opposite was true.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 10, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

In their recent series against England, SA dominated the first game, although even then Amala scored over 200 of his runs after being dropped. England could well have won the second and third games if they'd held their catches. Australia have started off making mistakes in the field too. I don't think that there's a great deal between any of the top teams and I have said that as far back as before England became #1. I don't see SA as being a dominant team the way Australia used to be but they are far too good to be let off the hook the way England did. If Australia don't tighten up then the result will likely be the same. This series was going to be a close run thing if everyone played to their potential. No-balls and dropped catches are just giving the game away.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 10, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

Has it occurred to anyone that it would be better to move the no ball line back the width of the line so that any part of the foot on the line is good rather than needing the full width of the line to be covered. It makes no difference other than giving a better target to aim at.

Also it is nonsense that the mere presence of clouds produces instant swing conditions, the concomitance of the two has been proven to be a myth.

Posted by Marcio on (November 9, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

@randomcricketer, either you didn't watch the game, or you don't know the Gabba strip. That was by far the flattest and slowest (by Gabba standards) strip I have ever seen at the ground. Batsmen were raising their bats and leaving balls 3 inches outside off. Yes, SA batted well, but you'd have to be seriously blind not to see the nature of the wicket. There was a little bit there in the first session, but far less than usual, and the slowness of the pitch was obvious from the first couple of overs. Pointing this out has nothing to do with excuses - it's simply fact. Apparently there will be more life in it on days 3 and 4, according to some experts. I certainly hope so. I would expect Australia to get plenty of runs here as well, esp. given that SA have no spinner. At any rate, we can finally dispense with all the silly talk of the SA/AUS A game being a conspiracy - a the flat wicket deliberately prepared before exposing SA to a green top at Brisbane.

Posted by Skott on (November 9, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

The first thing Australian management should do is fine the bowlers $100 for each no ball. Do the bowls really think it will make any difference i they bowl from 15cm behind the crease? It really isn't that hard.

Posted by C.A-SA1987 on (November 9, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Posted by S.Jagernath on (November 09 2012, 19:53 PM GMT)

Really, you guys are seriously going with that train of thought? The train of thought that suggests that curators wait specifically for the sub-continental teams to arrive, and in expectation of this, they prepare greener pitches especially for them?

Firstly, without even digging the archives - These two teams played a test in CT last year (almost to the day) where we witnessed all 4 innings in one day. Aus were bowled out for 47, and we were bowled out for 90 odd i think. Methinks the track was not as flat as you would suggest.

Secondly, a pitch is as green as the batsmen make it look. The bowlers had a new-nut and somewhat overcast conditions to work with. To their favour, we could have been 4 down by now.

Thirdly, weather and time of year have a huge role to play. I dont know Aussie pitches, but i know that they (like all nations) are at the whim of the weather.

Lastly, play the game, not the pitch and stop complaining.

Posted by ARDjango on (November 9, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

Last season Ind were 210/2 or so before collapsing and then had Aus 27/4 or something before loosing their way to Pattison and Co for the rest of the series.. this first game is so important... if the lower order supports Amla and Kallis they should win this one....aussies still with a chance.. if they can get one of these two early tomorrow.... the pitch to be fair seems to be less seamer friendly perhaps..memories of steyn and philander running through the aussie line up might have led to some caution..

Posted by Meety on (November 9, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

@ Pablo123 on (November 09 2012, 15:33 PM GMT) - don't get caught up in the hype! The reality is the "all-time" great Saffa teamed got rolled on home soil by Sri Lanka & India! They also got bundled up for 96 by Oz. It is WAY to early to annoint them as being great. They have had ONE great series result in recent times against England & we are just ONE day into a 3-test series. The 1969 Saffa team would of slaughtered Sri Lanka & India on home soil & there is ample evidence that they would of smashed Oz in Saffaland too. The Saffa greats are just beeing modest when building this team up. I would still go with Donald/Pollock/Ntine of 10 (to 12) years ago, being the best pace attack the Saffas have had. I would also add, that no specialist wicket keeper is an obvious sign of inferiority within the team.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

jonesey2. You live on a different planet.

Posted by Meety on (November 9, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

@S.Jagernath on (November 09 2012, 19:53 PM GMT) - that's about the 3rd time in the last couple of days you have trotted out that garbage. Oz pitches change due to the weather - not the tourists. India got "lucky" (played very well) at the WACA about 5 yrs ago when they won on one of the slowest WACA pitches seen. This Gabba pitch is effected by the current below normal cool temperatures. == == == Good job by the Saffas today. I wonder if it was Sth Africa that "leaked" the Dossier on themselves???? If so, brilliant!

Posted by S.Jagernath on (November 9, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

@randomcricketer...You are absolutely correct.The pitches that Australia,South Africa & England play each other are just as flat as the pitches that India,Pakistan & Sri Lanka play each other on.When India tour England,Australia or S.A the pitches change drastically & are very fast & green.No batsman loves pace,last year Hilfenhaus had the pitches that allowed him to bowl at over 90mph constantly but now on this pitch,he is barely hitting 80mph.Disgraceful curatorship.

Posted by Essex_Man on (November 9, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

@Hammond on (November 09 2012, 11:43 AM GMT) - LOL!! Though those 3 would probably walk into the current Aussie XI.

And is @Rally_Windies really suggesting a comeback for Mitchell Johnson? Now that really would be funny.

Posted by PPD123 on (November 9, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Give credit where its due... the SAF batted really well. The ground out the Aus bowlers. I dont think they were particularly that short to be honest. I thought more that 80% of the balls were in the 4-6m range. Its just that the SAF played them beautifully. Ind on the other hand was extravagant in their shot making and not patient enough. This SAF team looks really awesome with strong batting, excellent bowling and wonderful fielding to back them up. I do not think the pitch is as slow as it is being made out to be. Let the SAF bowl and if the Aussie batter can handle them easily them we will see. At this time, SAF look good for 450+(given the injury to Duminy) and they should still be good enough to wrap this up given that Aus will have to bat last.

Posted by xylo on (November 9, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

IMHO, judging oneself by the India series is very flawed. The India team had no Dravid and Laxman of the past, and Sachin was just being Sachin, "enjoying the game". The only batsman to show ay class was Kohli. The same goes for batsmen as well. This series should give Aus a genuine yardstick to go by. They might not like what they find though.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Might sound like sour grapes .. but have always maintained that Siddle and Hilfenhaus are far too one-dimensional as bowlers. India was on a steady decline and didn't challenge them enough. While that might not be a bad thing if your dimension is perfected with discipline (McGrath, anyone?) - it's just that they seem unable to think beyond the obvious. They might turn around and bowl well next, but they still would be ordinary bowlers having a good day. Mitch Starc and Bollinger are better all-round pacers any day. And if Ryan Harris was fit, either Siddle or Hilfy would've been carrying drinks. Lyon's figures and form look lot worse in retrospect, thought he really bowled with some heart and tossed 'em up despite punishment. Credit where it's due: this SA batting line-up would take some beating, and Australia looked a little worse simply 'cuz they were against a top line-up!

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (November 9, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@ RandyOz Re Mike Whitney " he took you guys apart " . Really ?? You call 5 wickets in 2 matches with a SR of 93.6 something extra-special ?? Well , judging by today's performance , yes , you probably do !! Cheers !

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 9, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

With so many knowledgable cricketing brains on this article, its amazing they even bother to actually have real matches! All this after the first day of a potential 15 days of test match cricket. In the future, governing bodies should shelve the expense of actually touring and playing matches and just get CricInfo's partisan brigade of keyboard warriors to duke it out for each series from now on.....

Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (November 9, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Its just that, indian team are so over confident against these Aus bowlers, they looked lethal. Compare the likes of Mcgrath, Gillespe, Warny with these minnows, they don't look even quarter glass full. Post Ponting, hussey...Aus will look will be a one man show " THE CLARKE". Then the team looks like Zimbabwe, where the team is so much reliable on Flower brothers..ha ha. Its will be 3-0 for SA

Posted by randomcricketer on (November 9, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

This is such a hypocrisy. When a touring heavyweight bowling party visits Australia/England all of sudden the fastest pitches loose their shine,zip,seam,swing. If it had been some sub continent team with weak pace bowling unit then the same pitches would have been lightening quick. Just compare the england pitches used against India and those used against SA. Just accept the fact that Aus/eng fear SA attack more thats why made their pitches ordinary on purpose so that atleast visiting team can not use the pitches to their advantage too.

Posted by Pablo123 on (November 9, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

It must suck being a perfectly good team living in the shadow of past greats. So much chat and expectation of these Ausies, yes they are a good side, but they are going up against one of the best sides ever in this SA pack - that's not an exaggeration, even the greats back home in SA are calling this the best SA team ever - that accolade would automatically put them in the top three ever.

Don't give the current Aussies such a hard time, it's tough bowling against an almighty batting attack like this, then having to make those runs against one of the best bowling attacks ever. No shame in this effort.

Posted by Beertjie on (November 9, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Can't agree with you about the bowling, @Dashgar on (November 09 2012, 11:31 AM GMT, but endorse the rest of your post. We need to accept we're not going to be #1 until we maximize our available talent (some still maturing, like Cummins, Burns, Boyce) and look after the injured (rotate Harris and the young quicks). No quick fixes here. Steady building of true #1 team will be Pup's legacy.

Posted by sony_sr on (November 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

@rahul.singh said it. these guys were looked world class by the poor indian batsmen. real class of aus bowling will be on show in this series as well as coming ashes.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Lots of Aus chatter about luck, especially with the LBWs. I remember Tahir getting an umpire call (ball hitting off stump) DRS decision against him with Cummins batting in Jhb last year. Aus were 8 down and a handful short. No mention of luck then by the Aus guys when they won an over later! Turns and roundabouts... Aus have a chance now with Duminy out for 6 months with a messed up foot though!

Posted by Cricket4World on (November 9, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

The Aussie bowlers were getting into this old habbit of releasing the pressure in an over by dishing up one or two short and wide deliveries to go with some nice line and length. I think they need to be more patient and not look for the wicket ball every over. Line and length will produce chances. Just ask Glen McGrath.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Funny to hear the poms talking about Mike Whitney, he took you guys apart. If you want ineffectual bowling just look at Amla's triple century, the match where they managed to take 1 wicket the entire match.

Posted by MrCricket2 on (November 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Sorry ...! this bowling attack is already quite over rated so it is no Surprise..!

Posted by Riderstorm on (November 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

All I heard from McDermott during his tenure as the bowling coach were to pitch it up. The guys really put their hands up doing it for the whole of last year. I sincerely hope today was an aberration.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 9, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

I DISAGREE WITH THAT . ACTUALLY BOWLERS LIKE HILFENAUS , PATTINSON WERE ALWAYS RUBBISH . IT WAS THE VULNERABLE & AGEING INDIAN BATTING LINE UP WHICH MADE THEM LOOK INVINCIBLE . ONLY STARC & CUMMINS ARE THE REAL DEAL . it's amazing that how starc has been dropped . he is a very good bowler especially he swings the ball into the right hander .

Posted by Saffie1987 on (November 9, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Hahahah don't delude yourself Jonesy2 :-) ;-) ;-P!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (November 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

honestly...

this bowling attack that the selectors sent is mediocre.. No Cummings No Ryan Harris No Mitchel Johnson

there is no one to LEAD this attack .... and Lyons really is not up to Test Standard .....

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

It's all well and good for the commentators and pundints to say that the OZ attack wasn't as potent as it was last year against India etc etc.....Maybe mediocre was good enough against an over rated India bit just not good enough against this SA team ?? Now lets wait and see how the weak and inexperienced OZ top three (including the " legend in his own mind", Warner) and the brittle middle order do against what is DEFINITELY the best pace attack in the world. Remember 23 for 9 ??

Posted by Hammond on (November 9, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Love how my fellow countrymen delude themselves. I haven't seen such an ineffectual bowling line up since Mike Whitney, Steve Waugh and Simon O'Donnell were bowling against Viv Richards. Dire times for Australian cricket.

Posted by Chris_Howard on (November 9, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

I don't understand. Every week my kids' cricket coaches remind them to bowl full not short. How is it that Test bowlers around the world still make that mistake time and time again? And I bet if Hilf or the others came down to my kids' training, the first thing they'd say is "Keep the ball up".

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (November 9, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

ben hilfenhaus is utter rubbish

Posted by Dashgar on (November 9, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

I actually thought the bowling was excellent. Unfortunately the batting was also top class. If Siddle's caught and bowled was held and the no ball was not called, or if a few of the LBW decisions went with the bowler, then Australia could have been well ahead by the end of the day. Cricket is a game of millimetres as was shown today and no matter how well you do you must make the most of those knife edge moments. To say simply bowling fuller would have resulted in more wickets does a complete disservice to the South African batsmen who put in a masterful display of patience and skill. Is this a case of a writer looking more into the scorecard than the performance perhaps?

Posted by rahul.singh on (November 9, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

The current Australian attack were made to look much better than they are by the inept Indian team's perforamance last year.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (November 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

New ball first thing tomorrow and some good night sleep will help. Line and length - just need to get it right and keep patient. Have to also back our batsman when its our turn to bat.

Posted by Vincent49 on (November 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

CA should be very insistantly and politely ask McDermott to come back as full time bowling coach. I heard him say a couple months ago that his family and personal issues were revived and would rethink a comeback, should it arise. The evidence of his departure where very much in exhibit, day 1, first test 2012.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Really pedestrian stuff today and no real effort to try and create chances. Why didn't Clarke have a bat/pad for Kallis? His short arm pullshot definitely creates chances and did so today. Ch9 commentary mentioned that Siddle bowled for his opportunity for the catch he dropped but if this is so, why wasn't he ready for it? There was a whole lot of smiling out there today and not enough strategy. Really pedestrian and I hope we can turn it around but today really showed why we are ranked where we are in test cricket.

Posted by RD36 on (November 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Pitch it up......get Starc in for the next test.

Posted by MosesAna on (November 9, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Not enough credit being given to the SA batsmen here. Fact is that the trio of Aussie fast men is very good and they were handled well by some of the best players the world has right now. No shame in that. True that they have bowled better (barring Lyon who is honestly not good enough to be in an Aussie side). Let's see how our bowlers do before we judge to Aus bowlers too harshly, although i see Steyn and Vern doing pretty well out there.

Posted by badgingarra on (November 9, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

I concur Gilly, but I would have had Staec in for Hilfy. Easy to say in hindsight, but Starc is in real form, and is a leftie that may trouble the saffa's. Hilfy has gone backwards, too predictable! At least he can read, and will no doubt listen to the same old criticism !Sadly we keep picking him. Inverarity needs to take some of the blame for this.

Posted by Marcio on (November 9, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

yes, it wasn't as bad as the score suggests. SA did have a lot of good fortune as well, and never really got on top of the bowlers. I've also never seen a Gabba pitch like that. It was a little slow by Gabba standards and basically a batsman's paradise after the first hour. Even in the first hour there wasn't much movement off the surface. These conditions just require immense patience and self-discipline. I'm actually not too worried by the AUS performance. It's similar to the first test last year vs India, where India were 3/300 at the end of the 1st day, and AUS were extraordinarily unlucky that day, I thought. Not quite the same level of bad luck today, but they would have picked up 4-5 wickets with an even run of fortune today, and they can definitely improve a lot. Let's see if they have learned anything by the first session tomorrow with the new ball. The great thing about Siddle and Pattinson is that they will just keep going all day, which is what you need in this situation

Posted by stormy16 on (November 9, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

That was a strange Gabba wicket - is there any chance the wickets was mellowed down to negate the SA quality pace? There is too much reference to Ind last year as the yardstick - India are a poor side outside India so that is not really saying much. Any chance of accepting SA batted really well!

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Why is clarke our captain?

Wasted reviews, bad selections (especially Lyon - should have been Steve Smith), won't bat No.3 like a real Captain............the story just continues. Bring back Ricky for god's sake until some one grows into the role.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Where is Starc ? Siddle and Hilfenhaus dont look that threatening.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 9, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

not to mention they were denied two wickets by the umpires early on. so all in all they should have and on another day would have bowled them out or been close to bowling them out

Posted by Hammond on (November 9, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Scared to pitch up, too slow to pitch short. No idea basically.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 9, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

It helps when you pick the right bowlers. James Pattinson was right, but he was obvious. Mitchell Starc should have been obvious too. Doug Bollinger and Clint McKay should have been your two old hands that are in supreme form and have amazing records - no need to bring in average bowlers like Siddle and Hilfenhaus just so that you have experience. When you have Nathan Lyon in the worst form of his career - averaging over 50 in FC matches this summer - brought in in place of Mitchell Starc, who has averaged around 10 this summer, albeit only in ODI/T20s - and is currently in form one of the best bowlers in the entire world - you have a long way to come back. Once you have the right personnel, then the coach has something to start with. When you pick out of form average bowlers, you are just asking for trouble.

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

Why did McDermott joined Aussie camp when India toured.That was such a bad timing for India.Else,the result of Ind Vs Aus could've been lot closer. Who I am kidding. RSA is class apart.They make bowlers to make mistakes by being patient.I am predicting that this series would be won by SA 2-1.

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