New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Test, Wellington, 1st day March 23, 2012

South Africa solid on stop-start day

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South Africa 136 for 2 (Amla 63, Petersen 44*, Duminy 23*) v New Zealand
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A fluent 63 from Hashim Amla eased South Africa to 136 for 2 at stumps, after a wet outfield in the morning and poor light late in the day only allowed 42 overs to be bowled. Ross Taylor chose to field on a green surface expected to seam, but although Graeme Smith was removed by one that jagged off the pitch, New Zealand struggled to achieve pronounced movement for extended periods, with spinner Daniel Vettori called on to contribute more than a quarter of the hosts' overs. Alviro Petersen played a restrained knock to end the day in sight of his first half-century of the series, while JP Duminy, who replaced an injured Jacques Kallis, was unbeaten on 23.

Amla was gifted a leg-glance to the fine-leg fence to ease him into his innings, but it wasn't long before the offside repertoire was humming happily as well. A back-foot stroke through the covers was more unwound, than punched or played, while two cuts either side of point disappeared to the boundary before the fielder had budged, much less moved, to intercept the shot. He was beaten soundly twice on the inside edge, but didn't allow either ball to dent his positivity, dispatching Dean Brownlie for three commanding boundaries in the same over he went past 50.

But the languid nature of Amla's strokeplay was increasingly matched by the slowness of his movement in the middle - perhaps hampered by a ball he'd edged onto his groin early on - and he perished playing an uncharacteristically flat-footed pull off Mark Gillespie soon after tea.

Alviro Petersen was reserved in comparison, often finding sprightly fielders when he played full-blooded shots, but content to defend nonetheless. He had struggled with the ball that came into him, falling to it thrice in four innings so far in the series, but navigated Chris Martin's inswingers with more poise on this occasion, dabbing it straight against the early movement. He charged Daniel Vettori to loft him over the ropes before leaning back to blast him through square leg as tea approached, but they were rare shows of violence in a dour display.

New Zealand had started well through Martin and Doug Bracewell, but waned in threat as the movement steadily gave out despite their discipline. Gillespie could find neither the direction nor the pace that decimated South Africa's middle order in the first innings in Hamilton, and was lucky to claim Amla with a short, wide ball. That wicket breathed some edge into the New Zealand attack in the nine overs after tea, but Duminy only helped himself to some quick runs into the vacant outfield with the bowlers attacking.

Early in the day's play, New Zealand's first wicket was marred somewhat by controversy. Martin beat Smith's outside edge repeatedly with movement in the air and off the pitch, but it was the other edge that brought the batsman's demise, even though Smith felt he had not made contact. Aleem Dar and New Zealand were convinced ball brushed the willow when Bracewell brought one in past Smith's cover drive, but despite a review from the batsman, and Hot Spot showing nothing, Dar's decision was upheld.

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  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | March 23, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    I like NZ very much, but it is not a good place to play cricket. Most of the games played here are interrupted at different times because of rain. It is better if they start building indoor stadiums.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Really feel that the first 20 overs of the next session will be vital for the outcome of this test. Also it's not winter in Wellington its just always a bit murky down in the capital

  • POSTED BY brittop on | March 23, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @Jason Superjase du Toit & @Blake Tindale cannot agree on whether Smith edged it or not. This presumably after watching umpteen TV replays, so it can't be obvious one way or the other. As for DRS, it's working how it should - the umpires make the decision and use technology to assist them. I don't imagine hotspot is 100% accurate (not very much is is!) nor claimed to be.

  • POSTED BY SteelBeatle on | March 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    One questoion - how in hell's name does Doctrove stay on the umpires list? He is truly awful!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Ok, let's get a few facts clear. All the kiwi commentators say Smith was not out, these guys are ex professionals. Ball was miles from the bat and not hotspot mark. Technology is not to blame here, outrageous human error is at fault. Don't get me started on Amla's no ball dismissal. The point is that DRS has been fantastic for righting all the wrongs and I don't want to be like the Indian cricket administrators and live in the stone age by not using it. Remember the Oz vs SA test series, so many bad decisions where rightly changed. Nevertheless it will be a cracking test match to come and Doctrove, you've got some questions to answer!

    PS. Is it winter in NZ?

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Regarding the criticism of Philander, I was at one time a detractor too! But in all honesty, this guy has grown tremendously! Makes bowling look easy now! Good run up;bowls wicket to wicket; nice upright seam; delivers ball from high up with straight arm; often hits the 'spot of uncertainty'; physically strong. These attributes will only stand him in good stead, whether in seaming conditions or the subcontinent! All I can, with Philander's approach to bowling as it is now, he'll be taking lots of wickets! So this notion that he'll be taken apart on the subcontinent is a figment of the imagination! Let's give Philander his due! I as an ex-detractor personally wish Philander well! I just cannot wait to see a fine-tuned Marchand de Lange who I think is gonna dent many a helmet, even on the subcontinent!

  • POSTED BY TsoroM on | March 23, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    I guess Lady Luck was just not on SA's side today, because the two "out" decisions could as easily have not been given in any other day. Good batting from the the lads especially Smith and Amla so far in the series...

    I guess people can critise Smith's technique as much as they like, but it gets the job done...Leading run scorer in this series so far and just nailed 8000 test runs, the second highest test run getter for SA after Kallis... still at an ave of around 50... so I say let the man play cricket the best way he knows how. It works for him and honestly our country's cricket more often than not... and sure he's working on the flaws...

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @blake. the sound came when the ball was nowhere near the bat. hotspot showed no touch. the ball deviated not one bit. at no point can the bat be seen to be touching the ball. how that can be given out, i don't know.

    amla's decision just as boggling. bowler's foot clearly touching the return crease and yet a noball is not given?

    doctrove needs a pair of glasses.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Graeme Smith was not out!!!!! we do not see any kind of edge on the bat..... he was given out on the basis of sound of a nick!!! If sound has to be taken as a medium of DRS why technologies like hotspot was introduced in cricket???????

  • POSTED BY justtogood on | March 23, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @GSRI - SA's attack going to be smacked all over the park??? what like the last game???....hate to break the news to you but SA HAVE the best attck in the world FACT and not sure who you support INDIA or SL but neither especially INDIA are worth commenting on at the moment. Its amazing how much hate there is for just good players such as PHILANDER, GIVE CREDIT WHEN DUE, HE WILL RIP THROUGH YOUR TEAM ON CURRENT FORM!!!!

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | March 23, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    I like NZ very much, but it is not a good place to play cricket. Most of the games played here are interrupted at different times because of rain. It is better if they start building indoor stadiums.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Really feel that the first 20 overs of the next session will be vital for the outcome of this test. Also it's not winter in Wellington its just always a bit murky down in the capital

  • POSTED BY brittop on | March 23, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @Jason Superjase du Toit & @Blake Tindale cannot agree on whether Smith edged it or not. This presumably after watching umpteen TV replays, so it can't be obvious one way or the other. As for DRS, it's working how it should - the umpires make the decision and use technology to assist them. I don't imagine hotspot is 100% accurate (not very much is is!) nor claimed to be.

  • POSTED BY SteelBeatle on | March 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    One questoion - how in hell's name does Doctrove stay on the umpires list? He is truly awful!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Ok, let's get a few facts clear. All the kiwi commentators say Smith was not out, these guys are ex professionals. Ball was miles from the bat and not hotspot mark. Technology is not to blame here, outrageous human error is at fault. Don't get me started on Amla's no ball dismissal. The point is that DRS has been fantastic for righting all the wrongs and I don't want to be like the Indian cricket administrators and live in the stone age by not using it. Remember the Oz vs SA test series, so many bad decisions where rightly changed. Nevertheless it will be a cracking test match to come and Doctrove, you've got some questions to answer!

    PS. Is it winter in NZ?

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Regarding the criticism of Philander, I was at one time a detractor too! But in all honesty, this guy has grown tremendously! Makes bowling look easy now! Good run up;bowls wicket to wicket; nice upright seam; delivers ball from high up with straight arm; often hits the 'spot of uncertainty'; physically strong. These attributes will only stand him in good stead, whether in seaming conditions or the subcontinent! All I can, with Philander's approach to bowling as it is now, he'll be taking lots of wickets! So this notion that he'll be taken apart on the subcontinent is a figment of the imagination! Let's give Philander his due! I as an ex-detractor personally wish Philander well! I just cannot wait to see a fine-tuned Marchand de Lange who I think is gonna dent many a helmet, even on the subcontinent!

  • POSTED BY TsoroM on | March 23, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    I guess Lady Luck was just not on SA's side today, because the two "out" decisions could as easily have not been given in any other day. Good batting from the the lads especially Smith and Amla so far in the series...

    I guess people can critise Smith's technique as much as they like, but it gets the job done...Leading run scorer in this series so far and just nailed 8000 test runs, the second highest test run getter for SA after Kallis... still at an ave of around 50... so I say let the man play cricket the best way he knows how. It works for him and honestly our country's cricket more often than not... and sure he's working on the flaws...

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @blake. the sound came when the ball was nowhere near the bat. hotspot showed no touch. the ball deviated not one bit. at no point can the bat be seen to be touching the ball. how that can be given out, i don't know.

    amla's decision just as boggling. bowler's foot clearly touching the return crease and yet a noball is not given?

    doctrove needs a pair of glasses.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Graeme Smith was not out!!!!! we do not see any kind of edge on the bat..... he was given out on the basis of sound of a nick!!! If sound has to be taken as a medium of DRS why technologies like hotspot was introduced in cricket???????

  • POSTED BY justtogood on | March 23, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @GSRI - SA's attack going to be smacked all over the park??? what like the last game???....hate to break the news to you but SA HAVE the best attck in the world FACT and not sure who you support INDIA or SL but neither especially INDIA are worth commenting on at the moment. Its amazing how much hate there is for just good players such as PHILANDER, GIVE CREDIT WHEN DUE, HE WILL RIP THROUGH YOUR TEAM ON CURRENT FORM!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Lets put the bickering over one dismissal aside and hope for a good test match,weather permitting. Good to see WA kiwi boy luke ronchi hit a quick hundred for wellington. He must be in the team to go to the west indies along with fellow WA boy brownlie. If only australia had a good kiwi opener and a fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | March 23, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I get it that to prove Smith not out, there should be evidence. However, why have Hot Spot, if it shows no nick, yet stick with the Out. Surely lack of proof of contact IS evidence? That is what Hot Spot is supposed to do. Show the nick or not. So if there is not a 'mark', then surely he missed it. After Smith's good performances so far, maybe the umpires where trying to even the odds a bit. Then Amla's wicket...... Funny how people will knock smiths batting when he goes early (notwithstanding the mistake) yet those are the same people who will not praise him for the 50's and 100's.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    They use the technology to find conclusive proof that the decision is incorrect. If conclusive proof is not found the umpires decision stands. The umpires still makes the primary decision.

    The ball made a noise exactly (with the technology available) when the ball passed the bat, no gap can be seen between the ball and bat and the ball looked to deviate. Therefore there is not enough proof that the decision is wrong.

    Had it been given out then it would have stayed out, as there is not enough proof that he is out, as hot spot did not show contact with the bat.

    The point of the technology is remove cleary incorrect decisions!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    this desperate attempt to support NZ is ridiculous. there's nothing wrong with the drs, even the naked eye could spot that the ball was nowhere near the bat, let alone the hotspot. unlucky to Smith and no comment about Amla's dismissal. SA could have ended the day without any loss of wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    "A fluent 63 from Hashim Amla..." Isn't 'fluent' and "Amla' one and the same? He is one of the most aesthetic batsmen of our times. Often reminds me of Mark Waugh. The styles and positions differ but the elegance and fluidity is the same.

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | March 23, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    "despite a review from the batsman, and Hot Spot showing nothing, Dar's decision was upheld. "...CI Report........

    it's still very very discretionary

    in fact DRS should be renamed Discretionary Result System :)

  • POSTED BY stone-mason on | March 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    It's true that the weather is pushing to have greater contribution then the skill levels at play, however, any good team should also not only play the opposing team but the conditions too. Permitting we dont suffer a complete wash-out, SA should apply themselves well enough to allow them to up the scoring rate ensuring max exposure to dismiss The Ferns twice should we succeed a handsome 1st Inn total. It's also within this approach where NZ could grab an advantage by exploiting uncalculated attempts to incrwase the scoring. I think NZ have had some levels of success in this series. I dont recall SA being able ourslves as was the case during home series' prior to our tour to Long-Cloud Valley. They just dont seem to contiually apply the pressure points they identified to develop pressure situations. So in the least, Cudos to the Kiwi's for not allowing us to obliterate them, which I thought we easily would but couldnt thus far.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | March 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @G.Sri.... sorry mate, the pitch in the previous Test match was dubbed 'flat' by every single commentator and the SA bowling attack, Philander in particular, cleaned up the Kiwi batters in quick time. Green track bullies? So why do they have the best away record of anyone in recent times, including the sub-continent?

  • POSTED BY Sandshoe-Crusher on | March 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Its is clear from these comments that people just don't understand how this technology is being applied. In order to overturn the decision the technology, needs to provide overwhelming evidence that it was wrong....The umpire based on what he heard and saw gave Smith out, the technology was inconclusive hence the decision stands. If the umpire had given him not out that decision would not have been reversed either. Working as intended!

  • POSTED BY TheCricketeer on | March 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    I think G.Sri is going to still learn a little about Verno Philander over the years....

    As for referring to Dale Steyn as a flat track bully - well - anyone who has followed Steyns career will know he has produced many of his best spells on wickets where everyone else was watching the ball travel to the boundary. He is anything but a new ball, green wicket exponent! And he continues to develop. He started off as a really quick away swing bowler. Then he added a couple of variations where he gets the ball to come back off the seam. Lately he seems to be getting better and better at the old Waqar / Wasim reversing toe breaker. He continues to get better and his only weakness is he seems to bowl his worst early on in games and innings when conditions are in fact optimal for him.

    G.Sri needs to watch some more cricket.

  • POSTED BY StueySaffa on | March 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    As a South African, I am of course diasppointed to see Smith being caught behind but the DRS is there to put right the howlers.

    In this case, like when an LBW is referred, when there is no obvious contradicting evidence they should stick to the original decision.

    Unlucky for Smith, but as Puzzle99 rightly puts it, Smith should stop playing so far from his body - his losing wickets in this way is now beyond boring; a rule rather than the exception. When he gets it right though, as he did in the 1st test in Dunedin, he is one of the best there is.

  • POSTED BY ADienst on | March 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @Veli I'm with youall the way. @puzzle 99. Why are you playing the man and not the ball (to borrow a rugby phrase)? The simple point is that there was no evidence to support his dismissal. Whatever happened to giving batsman benefit of the doubt?

    As for Amla's dismissal - fair enough, he played a loose shot and should have been out, but there is a little law called a no-ball, and Gillespie's foot cut the side crease, quite clearly

    I see two possible explanations: 1. Doctrove doesn't like DRS so he's going out of his way to get wrong decisions 2. Doctrove has decided that NZ need help, so he's going to take all decisions in NZ favour

    Biff, don't bother to ask for reviews; even if they support your claim, they'll be ignored. Watch out for the Kiwi batsman being bowled ad asking for a review! We know that Doctrove will find a way to give him not out

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | March 23, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @Nathan74: I find your argument rather interesting. You state DRS should be resisted until all possible errors are eliminated yet in the next breath you argue that the Indians state that mistakes by umpires are part and parcel of the game. Why are DRS "mistakes" not also accepted in the same light? Although again here it was the human that made the error not DRS.

    DRS has become more controversial? I am yet to hear of anyone writing a song about DRS but we had one about Daryl Hair here in SA many years back after a test match riddled with controversial decisions!

    Cricket has become predominantly a TV sport. When we all used to sit at the ground and watch, the odd mistake was happily accepted as those at the ground had no idea it was a mistake. Now that the majority of viewers are watching TV and seeing slo-mo replays, and the like, it is only right that this technology is used to improve decision.

  • POSTED BY stone-mason on | March 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @G.Sri - Doing the same thing over & over again and continually getting hurt is stupid, but doing the same thing over & over again and expecting a different result? well, that's insanity. Exactly what you detractors and critics of the SAFFAS are. why get on this global platform where people are allowed through cricino to sit & chat as if all together about a game played on another end of the globe as if in our presence where all you seem to articulate is your dispise and ill-feelings towards SA. we happen to live in the land of green-tracks hence our capacity to handle them and execute our practiced skill very well. However, should the hosts of our travels prepare one, which this is clearly not, do we then need to pretend that we are not great exponents of the prepared conditions? I think not. Raise opinion, and pass comments on the play as oppose to praying for our demise. I could full well start commenting on Indian supporters detracting but willnot as you dont represent your nation?

  • POSTED BY Nathan74 on | March 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Are the Indians right in resisting the use of DRS. Umpires make mistakes. But as the Indians say it is part of the game. You lose some gain some. DRS has become more controversial and may be they should get rid of it until they can perfect it.

  • POSTED BY veli2012 on | March 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    It is absolutely ridiculous, hot spot shows nothing, ball did deviate after so called "contact" , sound was made before the ball even got to Smith but still given out after review… Amla given out even thou the bowler broke the line, that's after the 3rd umpire had it checked, must I remind you there has been a few of this decision on this tour already.

  • POSTED BY Wexfordwonder on | March 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    It is not the technology that is controversial it seems but the people. Why use the technology if you are not going to believe it? No hotspot and yet he is given out? What is the point of hotspot? May as well leave it out altogether.

  • POSTED BY puzzle99 on | March 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Maybe Smith should stop driving so far from his body and he wouldnt be put in that kind of position. His form of dissmissles are realy getting old now.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | March 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    It was a flat wicket, i'm really surprised NZ elected to bowl. Sure, a little grass covering would have tempted Taylor. But if the wicket remain flat, i expect the green track bullies of SA to be hammered all over the park. Particularly, Philander could travel the distance.

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    The frustrating thing is that it is often not DRS itself that is "controversial" but the human interpretation thereof. There should be no interpretation when it comes to DRS. They are not using snickometer in this series as far as I am aware (and I'm not a fan of it as a noise could come from the batsmen's shoes or the wicket keeper) so the review should have been based solely on the hotspot. If there was no hotspot and replays showed no clear snick then how can it be given out?

    Absolute worst case scenario SA should not have lost a review.

    To rub salt in the wounds, and I did not see this one myself but am seeing lots of talk from reputable ex players on twitter, the second decision may also have been dodgy!? Apparently the bowlers foot broke the return crease so it should have been a no ball. Anyone confirm this?

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Weather is really frustrating the match. NZ call it has summer, but the rain really spoils the test matches there. If SA won the toss and bowl first, they would hv ripped NZ by EOD.

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | March 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    The frustrating thing is that it is often not DRS itself that is "controversial" but the human interpretation thereof. There should be no interpretation when it comes to DRS. They are not using snickometer in this series as far as I am aware (and I'm not a fan of it as a noise could come from the batsmen's shoes or the wicket keeper) so the review should have been based solely on the hotspot. If there was no hotspot and replays showed no clear snick then how can it be given out?

    Absolute worst case scenario SA should not have lost a review.

    To rub salt in the wounds, and I did not see this one myself but am seeing lots of talk from reputable ex players on twitter, the second decision may also have been dodgy!? Apparently the bowlers foot broke the return crease so it should have been a no ball. Anyone confirm this?

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Ridiculous, the technology isn't the problem, Doctrove will need to answer some questions about this one!

  • POSTED BY Loyd4148 on | March 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Bloody DRS AGAIN!! Smith must be furious with this but the boys will out strong and fighting. Glad to see JP amongst the thick of things and judging by the way he's going, a century from him is not far off

  • POSTED BY gtt71 on | March 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Alarming to have Deane Brownlie on during the 1st morning of the test. Not Taylors best morning

  • POSTED BY Mr.Biff on | March 23, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Again THE DRS in contoversial!!!!!!! Hot spot didn' pick anything in the Grame Smith's review..... but they given him OUT!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | March 23, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Here we go. SA 500+, NZ bowled out twice cheaply between rain showers. Or maybe the gods will smile on us and the heavens will open. Man I miss Zimbabwe touring, so much! The occasional thrashing is OK to bear, but this is getting ridiculous. Its so predictable what is going to happen, that you begin to wonder what the point is.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    I sense a mauling of NZ by the most destructive pace attack in the world, at the moment.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    I sense a mauling of NZ by the most destructive pace attack in the world, at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | March 23, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Here we go. SA 500+, NZ bowled out twice cheaply between rain showers. Or maybe the gods will smile on us and the heavens will open. Man I miss Zimbabwe touring, so much! The occasional thrashing is OK to bear, but this is getting ridiculous. Its so predictable what is going to happen, that you begin to wonder what the point is.

  • POSTED BY Mr.Biff on | March 23, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Again THE DRS in contoversial!!!!!!! Hot spot didn' pick anything in the Grame Smith's review..... but they given him OUT!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY gtt71 on | March 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Alarming to have Deane Brownlie on during the 1st morning of the test. Not Taylors best morning

  • POSTED BY Loyd4148 on | March 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Bloody DRS AGAIN!! Smith must be furious with this but the boys will out strong and fighting. Glad to see JP amongst the thick of things and judging by the way he's going, a century from him is not far off

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Ridiculous, the technology isn't the problem, Doctrove will need to answer some questions about this one!

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | March 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    The frustrating thing is that it is often not DRS itself that is "controversial" but the human interpretation thereof. There should be no interpretation when it comes to DRS. They are not using snickometer in this series as far as I am aware (and I'm not a fan of it as a noise could come from the batsmen's shoes or the wicket keeper) so the review should have been based solely on the hotspot. If there was no hotspot and replays showed no clear snick then how can it be given out?

    Absolute worst case scenario SA should not have lost a review.

    To rub salt in the wounds, and I did not see this one myself but am seeing lots of talk from reputable ex players on twitter, the second decision may also have been dodgy!? Apparently the bowlers foot broke the return crease so it should have been a no ball. Anyone confirm this?

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Weather is really frustrating the match. NZ call it has summer, but the rain really spoils the test matches there. If SA won the toss and bowl first, they would hv ripped NZ by EOD.

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    The frustrating thing is that it is often not DRS itself that is "controversial" but the human interpretation thereof. There should be no interpretation when it comes to DRS. They are not using snickometer in this series as far as I am aware (and I'm not a fan of it as a noise could come from the batsmen's shoes or the wicket keeper) so the review should have been based solely on the hotspot. If there was no hotspot and replays showed no clear snick then how can it be given out?

    Absolute worst case scenario SA should not have lost a review.

    To rub salt in the wounds, and I did not see this one myself but am seeing lots of talk from reputable ex players on twitter, the second decision may also have been dodgy!? Apparently the bowlers foot broke the return crease so it should have been a no ball. Anyone confirm this?

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | March 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    It was a flat wicket, i'm really surprised NZ elected to bowl. Sure, a little grass covering would have tempted Taylor. But if the wicket remain flat, i expect the green track bullies of SA to be hammered all over the park. Particularly, Philander could travel the distance.