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Cullinan: Never count South Africa out

Daryl Cullinan analyses the third day, on which Australia's bowlers tightened the visitors' grip on the game

Host: Raunak Kapoor

March 3, 2014

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

Clarke should score runs fast and declare with 500 lead the match is in the pocket of kangaroos

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 4, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Agree, AndyDee. Those comments are rather optimistic. SA are long odds to draw this, and a win is almost impossible. If they don't get Warner out in the first hour, all chance of a win is gone. It's that simple.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 4, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

ScottStevo was clearly being sarcastic. Cullinan may never live that comment down! ("both teams would be a happy for a draw" - with Australia 500 runs ahead and three days to play!)

Posted by Ally323 on (March 4, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

yes. Aus are 234 runs ahead - if that was enough they would not be batting right now. Is 300 enough? 400? we will see what Michael Clarke thinks is enough - whatever the number - that will give you an indication of the amount of respect he has for the number 1 team.

you have got to think that if he declares at lets say 350 - is there enough time to bowl SA out? if at 300 - is that enough runs to defend in case Smith makes a ton and AB and AMLA each makes 50. afterall they are number 1 and number 2 batsmen and very capable.

Clarke knows this first hand from last years tour of SA in Aus, where the Proteas drew the match when it was near impossible for them to draw in the Adelaide test.

Smith has retired and would want to go out on a high, he has nothing to lose. If SA`s first 2 wickets dont fall in less than 100 runs - the Proteas will be wanting a win. if they do, they will be playing for a draw.

Either way, I see a nailbiting finish.

Posted by AndyDee on (March 4, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

To the last two comments, have you guys seen the score? One of you seems certain of a draw and the other gives South Africa a hope yet they are miserably behind with a heap of time left, NEWS FLASH...THEY HAVE NO HOPE. If Australia declared with this lead right now off 200 odd then it would be game on on this deteriorating wicket, as soon as that lead gets to 300-350 it's no chance for SA. Yes I have heard of previous comebacks against an Aussie team a couple of years ago that was in rebuild mode and devoid of confidence, but this Aussie team is full of venom and mongrel, they will crush SA easily in this match. It may be a draw, but that will only happen if it rains, if Australia is given two full days, then the job will be done with time to spare. Johnson has destroyed England and all the SA batsman are scared of his brutality, except for Devilliers. If SA can get a draw out of this then hats to them, but their efforts will be in vain and inevitable.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

South Africa must not forget they bowled out Aus for 48 in this very same ground to win the test match after conceeding 180 runs lead. I still think if steyn can come back and bowl and philander gets some movement, its curtains to Australia.

Posted by Ally323 on (March 4, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Its a draw. As much as you think Clarke wants a win badly. Smith wants a win or a draw.

Dont be surprised if Aus declare with 400 runs on the board and 1 and a half days to go - and then Smith, Amla, AB and Peterson all of a sudden find their groove and it will be game over.

Of course if SA lose 2 wickets under a hundred - a draw is on the cards.

Clarke has to get his timing and declare score correct to win this and on top of that his bowlers have got to fire on all cylinders...again.

now...can they do it again.....will AB and AMLA, no 1 and No 2 fail twice in a row...? i doubt it. they are hungry too.....

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (March 4, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

Clarke will want a win and will not be satisfied with anything else.

Smith will be satisfied to get to double figures.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

Looks like SA are going down.

Posted by JOHNCSPACE on (March 4, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

One captain has ben played into retirement...and the other " name sake" is grooming to be the next Captain of Australia...having said that, agree this looks like a draw....but not both Captains...just one with formidable "drawing" strength.

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