November 11, 2011

'Yes, it's Australia and not Austria'

ESPNcricinfo staff
It was a day for bewilderment, tut-tutting and plenty of jokes

"No Test cricket on the weekend for the Capetonians, they will have to head for the beach!"
Former South African fast bowler Shaun Pollock must be itching to have a bowl at Newlands. But he's stuck tweeting about it

"It's amazing that I completed my batting and fielding in two days and it rained. That must be some sort of record."
South Africa's opening batsman Jacques Rudolph gets an unforgettable welcome back to Test cricket after five years

"I went to bed having watched the first session with South Africa 1 for 49 at lunch. When my phone buzzed it said Australia 7 for 21… By the time I got to the TV to check it all out for myself I just saw Shaun Marsh become [Vernon] Philander's fifth wicket and all of a sudden they were 21 for nine. I was trying to work out what had happened because for a moment I thought I'd missed a whole day of my life. "
A blow-by-blow account of Mark Taylor's disturbed night

"And it looks like I've slept through another amazing day of cricket... 47. Good try, we still own the record. Oh... that's not a good one. "
Iain O'Brien, the New Zealand fast bowler, manages to make fun of the Aussies while being self-deprecatory

"I feel sorry for the groundsman because of course questions will be asked. Yet people are not being peppered [on the body] and the bounce is not a special problem [from a consistency point of view]."
Could there be an ICC enquiry into the Newlands pitch? Former South Africa bowler Craig Matthews makes an early argument on behalf of the curator, Evan Flint

"Australia Test Team are 9 wickets for 21 runs. Yes, it's Australia and not Austria v Sth Africa."
Bryce McGain, former Australia legspinner, would like to make sure there are no misunderstandings

"Batsmen aren't exposed to quality fast bowling a lot, so their game is not equipped mentally as well as technically to cope with good fast bowling when they see it."
Mark Waugh, the former Australia batsman, thinks it's an experience thing

"The talked-about two-match Test series has just turned into one and half."
Tom Moody the former Australia bowler, gives another reason why Test series should be longer

"No pitch in the world is a 21 for 9 pitch."
Commentator Harsha Bhogle concurs

"... given the freakish course of this exciting Test match, the Western Province Cricket Association has decided to allow the loyal cricket supporters ... to use tickets for Saturday and Sunday today, or alternatively for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras versus Nashua Titans 50 over One-Day Cup match next Friday 18 November."
Other cricket boards could learn a thing or two from the benevolent Western Province Cricket Association

"HOLY MOLY... Is the wicket that bad?"
Kevin Pietersen is shocked

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  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Mark Taylor, we all thought we had missed a day in our lives! How can administrators allow a series of only two tests? Look forward to the second test.

  • Michael on November 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Can't belive the total in the innings but love some of the quotes featured.

  • sunil on November 12, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Being an Indian I really hate to read comments about ponting. He is not the only culprit here and I fail to understand that ponting is getting thrashed and blamed for the whole match; what happened to rest of the team, why don't oz accept the defeat as a team and an excellent bowling effort from SA. I am not an OZ supporter but hate to see people blaming ponting and Johnson only. It seems like people who comment here are people who have never carried a cricket bat in there life and just make comments like these. Ponting is a great player and will retire when he wants to. I remember those days when people did exactly the same thing to Saurav Ganguly, it seems like ponting is sailing the same boat as ganguly. I hope people understands that cricket is bread and butter for ponting. People retire at 65 but cricketers mostly retires around 34-37; just think you make a mistake at work and if you get fired how will you feel?

  • bull on November 12, 2011, 17:13 GMT


  • Amol on November 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @thalib Jafar: ("Even an opening batsman can take 5 wickets of SA"). Yeah, the same opening batman who could NOT even score 10 runs or last 20 balls combined in 2 innings in spite of being given the opportunity to play 2 whole team innings.

  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Where are the terms:

    1. "Mental tougness" ??????? 2. "Advanced Coaching Techniques"????? 3. "Days long Practice sessions"??????


    Is Cricket by chance? or ?????

  • jake on November 12, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    To the aussinator whatever that means, as an australian supporter, i'm not in distress at all. What comes around goes around. All the years that australia thrashed all comers couldn't last forever, but I enjoyed every minute of it !!!! To all the aussie haters, please get the chips off your shoulders. Your comments about australia say more about you than about us.

  • I.A. on November 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    why are comments based on end result,its so easy to speak after the event. when Aus dismissed SA for 98 and took a substantial lead , lot of comments read Australia back on track as a test team n all that. but now after being dismissed for 47 and loosing test match they need complete overhaul. 3 men are not responsible for this debacle (no iam not huge Ricky, mitchel or haddin fan). As a neutral from India , this is one of the best test match I watched in long time. I just wish SA had lost 5 more wickets to win the game .would have made it all the more interesting. Test Cricket Zindabad!!All hail Test Cricket!!

  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I was actually looking forward to the Aussies being bundled out for 21...That would have been their lowest score ever by miles.

  • Randolph on November 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    This is our lowest point in my lifetime, and we are still the second best team in the world. We can only go up from here though.

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