December 3, 2008

South Africa in Australia 2008-09

Keep the fate

Judhajit

Centuries by Mark Boucher and Brad Haddin in their last Test innings, against Bangladesh and New Zealand respectively, have set up the Australia-South Africa series perfectly as far as the glovemen go. Rob Houwing in his column on News24.com believes it is a strong mutual signal that in an expected tightly-contested encounter, both wicketkeepers realise that the winner of their own “weight of contribution to the cause” duel may just influence the overall outcome.

Whichever slots they occupy, both players act as important buffers between the batting cream and the tail of the order. The South African tail is the fluffier one, for all the wrong reasons, which only adds to the pressure on Boucher to come to the run-scoring and maybe sometimes strike-farming party in Australia.

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