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Sections of the media were abuzz with news of the secret plans of the Australian team being leaked before the first Test match against South Africa. Simon Briggs, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says that the tone of the latest document is a lot different from the earlier ones that were found in the public domain.
The document feels like the work of Australia's new coach, Mickey Arthur. Given that he was South Africa's coach until two years ago, Arthur could hardly have a better understanding of their players. He is also a transparently decent man, so generous in spirit that if you nicked his car he would probably compliment you on your driving.
Malcolm Knox, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, says that the relatively inexperienced Australian side could use the series against South Africa to learn from some of the best cricketers in the world.
THEY say you only learn from the best, so for Australia this might have been the start of education week. South Africa's batsmen occupied the Gabba like the world's No.1 nation, a top order qualified to hand out cricketing lessons. Australia might end the series with 12 South African coaches, not one.
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