South Africa v Australia, 1st Twenty20, Cape Town October 13, 2011

Watson helps Australia win T20 opener

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Australia 147 for 5 (Watson 52) beat South Africa 146 for 7 (Duminy 67, Cummins 3-25) by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A powerful half-century from Shane Watson helped Australia make an encouraging start to their tour of South Africa as they won the opening Twenty20 in Cape Town by five wickets. The teenage debutant Patrick Cummins collected three wickets as South Africa reached 146 for 7, led by a solid innings from JP Duminy, and the target wasn't enough to prevent Australia from turning around their recent poor T20 form.

Although Australia's chase was on track for most of the innings, a couple of good late overs from Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe gave South Africa a sniff in the dying stages. Australia needed six from the final over, bowler by Rusty Theron, and a single from Matthew Wade was followed by a square-driven boundary and a single from Steven Smith to get Australia home with three balls to spare, their second win from their past nine T20s.

It was also their second win under the captaincy of Cameron White, who took over from Michael Clarke in January. White made a valuable contribution of 28 from 22 deliveries to keep Australia's chase ticking along, and David Hussey's 25 was also important, until he skied a slower ball from Tsotsobe in the second last over.

Earlier in the over, Hussey had slammed Tsotsobe straight back over his head for an enormous six that all but ensured Australia's victory. Two balls prior he had been dropped by Johan Botha at backward point, one of two spilled chances by Botha, who also gave White a reprieve at cover.

Theron wasn't the only South African who could be called rusty, which perhaps was understandable given they had not played an international match since they exited the World Cup in March. The most important of three missed chances in the field came in the second over when Graeme Smith put down Watson at slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

Watson was on 2 at the time and he certainly made the South Africans pay. He used his muscle to pull Tsotsobe for six but he also played some classical strokes, including a perfect straight drive for four off Theron, who went for 42 from his three and a half overs. Watson brought up his half-century from his 34th delivery and although he fell soon after, from a leading edge caught at cover off Morkel for 52, he had done enough to set Australia on the path to victory.

The chase had started poorly for Australia when David Warner, fresh from a pair of centuries in his final two Champions League innings, was run out without scoring in the first over. Warner mistimed a pull and took off for a single but was caught short at the bowler's end by a wonderful direct hit form Morkel at backward square leg.

Watson and Shaun Marsh (25) then combined for an 82-run stand that more than steadied the Australians, who had worked hard in the field to ensure a gettable target. Only twice before had Australia chased down bigger totals to win T20 internationals, and the target could have been greater but for a triple-wicket over in the 19th of the innings from Cummins.

At 18, Cummins became Australia's second-youngest debutant of all time in any format, but he showed plenty of poise to finish with 3 for 25 from his four overs. He collected the important wicket of Duminy, who on 67 failed to negotiate the slower ball from Cummins and skied a catch to Watson at cover.

Cummins was soon on a hat-trick when he had David Miller (20) caught at long-off trying to clear the rope, and while the hat-trick ball was clipped for four through square leg by Botha, Cummins struck again later in the over. Again it was the slower ball that worked for Cummins, who had Botha caught at cover, and when Watson bowled Robin Peterson in the final over, Australia's bowlers had done well to keep the target from ballooning.

Earlier, Duminy had spent some time getting himself in, and was soon striking the ball cleanly and finding the middle of the bat. He welcomed the left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe with a six over long-on first ball, and took to the offerings of another of Australia's debutants, James Pattinson, who ended up with 1 for 32.

Pattinson's final over leaked 19 runs as Duminy crunched him for a four through midwicket and then launched a pair of sixes over midwicket and deep cover. Duminy had support from two of the newer members of South Africa's batting order, in a 58-run partnership with Colin Ingram that was followed by a 65-run stand with Miller.

Miller had come to the crease after the departure of Ingram for 33 off 28 deliveries, when he was deceived by the slower ball from Pattinson and lofted the ball to Cummins at deep cover. Ingram had scored at a decent rate, driving square through point when given width and clipping through leg when the bowlers overcorrected.

He lifted David Hussey over long-on for six, just clearing the rope when Warner jumped and got a hand to the ball but failed to cling on to what would have been a brilliant catch. Warner had already done something wonderful in the field, with an excellent throw from the deep having caught the stand-in captain Hashim Amla short for 4.

Amla was coming back for a third run but couldn't beat the accurate throw from Warner, who had run back at deep midwicket to save the boundary. Another of Australia's four debutants, the wicketkeeper Wade, collected Warner's return and whipped the bails off quickly to leave South Africa in trouble at 10 for 2 in the third over.

Their problems had started in the first over when Smith looked rusty in South Africa's first international match since the World Cup in March. No runs came off the bat in the first over, which ended with Smith dragging the ball on from well outside off to hand Doug Bollinger, remarkably playing his first T20 international, his first wicket in the format.

Australia were on top, and South Africa never quite recovered from the early losses.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on October 16, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @hyclass - the thing with Waugh v Langar is, that Langar actually use to belt attacks at the start of the innings & often would outscore Hayden early on, once the field spread he'd slow down. Waugh played a lot of cricket against strong W Indies sides, & scoring was never easy, but the way Waugh would glance thru the on-side or thru the covers was worth the price of admission, Langar was more effective, but I'd never pay to see him play. At the moment Punter has an average similar to Greg Chappell, Punter probably even has a better S/R (should do), but I would rather watch a Chappell masterclass ton than a Punter ton, (& I'm a Punter fan), statistics lean to Punter as being the better batsmen, for mine Greg Chappell is the 2nd best Ozzy batsmen ever, then Border, (he was an ugly duckling in comparison), then Punter.

  • hyclass on October 15, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    @davidallan...theres no question that Warner is playing better but your observation is a completely reasonable one,although his mode of dismissal hardly lends itself to judgement on his batting form.My particular caveat on Warner,is that none of his success has come on wickets with bounce,pace,or seam movement.The recent push for Warner to be considered for Tests & ODI doesnt take into account that before he played his 3 1st class innings in Zimbabwe for 1 x 100 & 1 x 50,his 1st class average was 36.90 for NSW.His List A average is still only 28.I welcome his improved form but believe a great deal more good would accrue,both for Warner & those who want to see him prosper,if he demonstrated the same quality of form over an entire Shield season.The great advantage of Shield is the diversity of wickets that encourage a more rounded game & are a superior proving ground.Warner hasnt been good enough until recently to command a NSW place & he averaged only 18 in 7 List A games last season.

  • on October 15, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Awesome play by Watson!!!

  • SuperSharky on October 15, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Jacques Rudolph should have been South Africas lefthand-opener and captain, long before Graeme Smith. Just a pity for that political debacle that happened Australia with Percy Sonn before they replaced Shaun Pollock as captain.

  • veerakannadiga on October 15, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Guyz, watch out for Cummins. He is the next big thing. I saw him bowl on flat wickets in India (CL20). The guy was bowling fireballs. This young fellow is very good.

  • SuperSharky on October 15, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    SA Proteas and their personal problems always have controversial team choices. Seems like they never ever wants to pick their best XI for an occasion. Did the selectors watch CLT20?? Have they learned from their mistakes the last World Cup?? It doesn't seem so. Where are Gibbs and Albie Morkel (SA's T20 & Limited Overs specialist). And why is Graeme Smith still playing Limited Overs? He should concentrate on Unlimited Overs. The South African arrogance, again, shines thru. After The Wallabies have crushed The Springboks out of The Rugby World Cup, I thought it was payback time for South Africa on home soil. Not to be. Shane Watson looks like he will be the next Jacques Kallis.

  • RandyOZ on October 15, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @hyclass, very well put and I could not agree more. Aussies hate being clamped down and hopefully now we can unleash natural talent (even if unorthodox) and dominate once again.

  • on October 14, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    SA don't seem to take the pre-50 over T20 matches seriously. Its either you go in with your best team or you go in with a team of up and coming youngsters. SA did neither. You just have to have a "bowler destroyer" up front. And that person has to be given free reign and has to be guaranteed a place in the team regardless of runs scored. That's high risk cricket, and that's T20 cricket. For the life of me cannot understand why Herschelle Gibbs gets overlooked every time. We need him to open the batting! Amla not suited for T20 and not suited for captaincy either. He's not intimidating at all, and he's not "in your face" and chirpy. You need to have some degree of arrogance to lead a team. Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Andrew Strauss. All good examples. Van Wyk had to play in place of Heino. And we need to find a new finisher. Miller is supposed to be the guy, but it didn't look like it yesterday. Albie has also lost a bit of "Klusener-ness". Go level the series boys!

  • Gordo85 on October 14, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    It looks like it will be a drawn twenty/20 series at 1-1 all. From what I have seen Smith is still facing the same problems he did before he got injured. In all seriousness I don't know that he will make the Test squad. However of course if he does turn it around and start making some runs in the shortest form of the game and the 50 over game by all means retain him in the test squad.

  • bestbuddy on October 14, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    No surprise in the result here - SA picked a t20 side without a single player capable of taking apart the opposition bowling, left out their best spinner (Tahir) from the squad altogether, picked a couple of "quicks" (sic) that were totally out of form in Tsotsobe and theron and were captained by a player not good enough to hold his place in the lineup (as good as amla is in other forms, he has done nothing in any form of t20) and who had never captained in this form of the game before. Expect the same result in the next game if SA dont make changes

  • Meety on October 16, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @hyclass - the thing with Waugh v Langar is, that Langar actually use to belt attacks at the start of the innings & often would outscore Hayden early on, once the field spread he'd slow down. Waugh played a lot of cricket against strong W Indies sides, & scoring was never easy, but the way Waugh would glance thru the on-side or thru the covers was worth the price of admission, Langar was more effective, but I'd never pay to see him play. At the moment Punter has an average similar to Greg Chappell, Punter probably even has a better S/R (should do), but I would rather watch a Chappell masterclass ton than a Punter ton, (& I'm a Punter fan), statistics lean to Punter as being the better batsmen, for mine Greg Chappell is the 2nd best Ozzy batsmen ever, then Border, (he was an ugly duckling in comparison), then Punter.

  • hyclass on October 15, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    @davidallan...theres no question that Warner is playing better but your observation is a completely reasonable one,although his mode of dismissal hardly lends itself to judgement on his batting form.My particular caveat on Warner,is that none of his success has come on wickets with bounce,pace,or seam movement.The recent push for Warner to be considered for Tests & ODI doesnt take into account that before he played his 3 1st class innings in Zimbabwe for 1 x 100 & 1 x 50,his 1st class average was 36.90 for NSW.His List A average is still only 28.I welcome his improved form but believe a great deal more good would accrue,both for Warner & those who want to see him prosper,if he demonstrated the same quality of form over an entire Shield season.The great advantage of Shield is the diversity of wickets that encourage a more rounded game & are a superior proving ground.Warner hasnt been good enough until recently to command a NSW place & he averaged only 18 in 7 List A games last season.

  • on October 15, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Awesome play by Watson!!!

  • SuperSharky on October 15, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Jacques Rudolph should have been South Africas lefthand-opener and captain, long before Graeme Smith. Just a pity for that political debacle that happened Australia with Percy Sonn before they replaced Shaun Pollock as captain.

  • veerakannadiga on October 15, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Guyz, watch out for Cummins. He is the next big thing. I saw him bowl on flat wickets in India (CL20). The guy was bowling fireballs. This young fellow is very good.

  • SuperSharky on October 15, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    SA Proteas and their personal problems always have controversial team choices. Seems like they never ever wants to pick their best XI for an occasion. Did the selectors watch CLT20?? Have they learned from their mistakes the last World Cup?? It doesn't seem so. Where are Gibbs and Albie Morkel (SA's T20 & Limited Overs specialist). And why is Graeme Smith still playing Limited Overs? He should concentrate on Unlimited Overs. The South African arrogance, again, shines thru. After The Wallabies have crushed The Springboks out of The Rugby World Cup, I thought it was payback time for South Africa on home soil. Not to be. Shane Watson looks like he will be the next Jacques Kallis.

  • RandyOZ on October 15, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @hyclass, very well put and I could not agree more. Aussies hate being clamped down and hopefully now we can unleash natural talent (even if unorthodox) and dominate once again.

  • on October 14, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    SA don't seem to take the pre-50 over T20 matches seriously. Its either you go in with your best team or you go in with a team of up and coming youngsters. SA did neither. You just have to have a "bowler destroyer" up front. And that person has to be given free reign and has to be guaranteed a place in the team regardless of runs scored. That's high risk cricket, and that's T20 cricket. For the life of me cannot understand why Herschelle Gibbs gets overlooked every time. We need him to open the batting! Amla not suited for T20 and not suited for captaincy either. He's not intimidating at all, and he's not "in your face" and chirpy. You need to have some degree of arrogance to lead a team. Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Andrew Strauss. All good examples. Van Wyk had to play in place of Heino. And we need to find a new finisher. Miller is supposed to be the guy, but it didn't look like it yesterday. Albie has also lost a bit of "Klusener-ness". Go level the series boys!

  • Gordo85 on October 14, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    It looks like it will be a drawn twenty/20 series at 1-1 all. From what I have seen Smith is still facing the same problems he did before he got injured. In all seriousness I don't know that he will make the Test squad. However of course if he does turn it around and start making some runs in the shortest form of the game and the 50 over game by all means retain him in the test squad.

  • bestbuddy on October 14, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    No surprise in the result here - SA picked a t20 side without a single player capable of taking apart the opposition bowling, left out their best spinner (Tahir) from the squad altogether, picked a couple of "quicks" (sic) that were totally out of form in Tsotsobe and theron and were captained by a player not good enough to hold his place in the lineup (as good as amla is in other forms, he has done nothing in any form of t20) and who had never captained in this form of the game before. Expect the same result in the next game if SA dont make changes

  • hyclass on October 14, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @No_Excuses.Youre correct,but I think the trend to observing strike rates goes some way to addressing issues of speculation.Fascinating with the aid of technology,to compare perceptions of players with their actual results.Both Watson & Mark Waugh are deemed to be exciting stroke players,while Katich & Langer were viewed as dour & gritty.Yet Watsons strike rate of 50 is only 1 ahead of Katiches S/R of 49.Mark Waughs strike rate of 52 is 2 behind Langers S/R of 54 and 8 behind Matthew haydens S/R of 60.As for Hadlee and Lillee,they were great players but the record shows Hadlee taking a wicket every 50.8 balls vs Lillees 52 balls.Measure for measure,I deem strike rate to be the final arbitor.Muralis S/R was 55.Theres a Mark Nicholas interview where Murali seeks to dispel doubts about his action,by running through his repertoire.Late in the video,3 Test match wickets are shown with a wide angle camera that tell a compellingly different story.I will always question his legitimacy.

  • davidallan on October 14, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    One again for country WARNER failed and WATSON successful, any comment boyz

  • hyclass on October 14, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @RandyOz...our stocks have often been brilliant but without national selection,have been unable to express it.Imagine the results if ,O'Keefe,Rogers,David Hussey,Cosgrove,Hodge and Stuart Clark,had gotten the games their records deserved.Im also pretty sure that we lost 2 x T20I and 2 x ODI in SL. It was 4 games all at the end of the tour.What I liked about that tour,is that Nielsen stepped down.It had the effect of releasing the batting of both Clarke and Hughes in a way that hasnt been seen for years.I think Clarke brings alot to the captaincy and has more character than he is given credit for.Its also possible Ponting will return to his better days.Hes coming off 33 and 87 for Tasmania v WA and has shown consistency all along without endurance or domination which were his trademarks. I think the current Test squad is owed some latitude over the Nielsen and Hilditch years.More settled selection policies,better coaching,better team physios and better planning will change everything.

  • peterchad on October 14, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Jeepers but it is a long time since I witnessed a SA side with such a weak bowling attack....come on guys Rusty Theron is a plonker and Robbie Peterson is long past his sell by date,this is not India, he wont get any assitance from the pitch so is going to be exposed as rather ordinary, and get smashed over the boundary by quality players such as Watson and Warner etc, rather bowl JP for 4 overs and strenghten the batting...Jacques Rudolph should be in the squad, and should be playing, Biff had a shocker.A duck, a dropped catch and some very ordinary fielding on the boundary..... And do we not have a wicket keeper that can smash the ball, Heino Kuhn is so completely unsuited to 20/20 cricket that is is laughable that he is picked....no big hitter down the order and no quality death bowlers, so not surprising the result.Seems like nothing has changed in SA cricket since the World Cup, here we go again........

  • No_Excuses on October 14, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Interesting point Hyclass. The lack of quality support can go either way - it can leave you Murali style with an opportunity to pick up all the wickets as none of your team mates are doing much damage. Style has an impact on one's "greatness". Kallis is statistically superior to Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara etc but most would regard Tendulkar as the best batsman. Likewise Andy Flower has a better record than Gilchrist but everyone talks up Gilchrist. Lillee was a flamboyant tearaway whereas Hadlee, though sharp, was more tradesman like in his approach.

  • hyclass on October 14, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    @Marcio...I enjoy reading your blogs.Theres alot of intelligence to them.@No_Excuses.Cummins is young and quick...really the equivalent at this point of a bowling machine without the skill of a Waqar Younis...He has alot of developing to do and Shield is the place to do it.I agree with your assessment of Englands handling of their bowlers.Theres no question its been excellent and put them where they are.@AidanFX...everyone enjoys the romantic notion that they were there to witness the birth of a great player.I dont think the selection malaise has been confined to youth or age.It has simply been mindlessly erratic and predominantly ignored form.If we can return to a stable and consistent selection process that sets standards so that everyone is aware of where to aim to aspire to national selection,then the whole process will right itself.@straight_drive4.Spot on.Ponting was 20 when he debuted.With Cummins,lets see how he handles a couple of long hot Shield summers.Then we will know more

  • iamsuperman on October 14, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Great start for Australia. We will win this series T20 2-0, ODI 3-0, Test 2-0

  • AidanFX on October 14, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @ Meety - The guy is not quite ready for Tests, maybe a couple yrs if he does well at Shield level and plays most available games until now and then. There is a romantic side of me that would like some of these guys to start young and have long careers (ala McGrath, Waugh twins, Warne, Ponting) the Aus selectors have other than those guys have tended to shun younger players and wait till they are 28/31 age bracket. The selectors need to prioritise selecting players on consistent form but I do also hope they don't show the same disdain for younger players that they have been showing the past decade. Cummins is suited for this format not yet ready for tests.

  • No_Excuses on October 14, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Cummins looks like a prospect but we (Aust) shouldn't be expecting too much from him or overbowling him at this stage. We should be giving him a taste and then sending him home for strengthening and on the job training with NSW. The Poms have managed their young bowlers well in recent times and as a result have a complement of 6-8 handy seamers who can step up when needed.

  • hyclass on October 14, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Im interested in the idea being presented here,that Lillee was better than Hadlee. Hadlee has more wickets(431-355),a better strike rate (50.8-52) and a better average(22.29-23.92) and bowled without quality support for the majority of his career.He retired from Test cricket after 1990 in England in which he took 16 wickets at 24 from a rain interrupted series-he only bowled in 4 completed innings.During the 3rd Test,his last,he took 8 for 150 from 59 overs and 5 for 53 in his last innings.He turned 39 during that Test.As for extra pace being the panacea,read Troy Cooleys story on cricnfo.Cricket is littered with bowlers who were fast but ineffective.Duncan Spencer was rated by Viv Richards as the fastest bowler he ever faced.Denis Hickey was another that rose and then vanished.Devon Malcolm was as fast as anyone going around,but averaged 37 in Tests at a S/R of 66.Interestingly,despite the plethora of coaches,he was almost retired before it was discovered that he was nearly blind.

  • straight_drive4 on October 14, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    im with meety - great talent but give him a good couple years at shield level. assuming he has 2 massive seasons and takes heaps of wickets, he can still come into the side at 20 years old and end up becoming one of those superstars that started "young". im pretty sure ponting was 20 when he made his debut.

  • azmaftab on October 14, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    I just can't understand kepler wessels! If any other team had put up such a performance in the field he would be all over them citing historical incapabilities in certain departments as a reason for the poor show but when SA does it, it's just that they are rusty! He has got to be the most biased commentator I've ever come across! The truth is Australia played much better than SA. it's that simple!

  • landl47 on October 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Quite an interesting game for a T20I, but it didn't have much to do with cricket. The two batsmen I wanted to see, Warner and Amla, were run out before getting going. Cummins got 3 wickets, but they were all in the slog-at-everything 19th over and before than he'd been all over the place. I agree with Meety, he needs to learn to bowl, not just run up and sling it down. I think he's got great potential, but he's a fair way from being a test bowler yet. SA showed they really don't have much depth; with Kallis and De Villiers out and Smith and Amla failing they never looked like getting enough runs. Well done Aus, now get the second T20I out of the way and then let's see some cricket.

  • ajayrcs on October 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    The best thing about this match was Wastson scored runs and Showed Country comes first. He was pretty flop in champions league. Great Lesson for Gayle and others.

  • Marcio on October 14, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Good to see the boys get up for a win. These games don't mean that much though. In the recent SL tour Australia lost the two T20s, then were dominant on the ODIs and tests, just as I predicted. It may turn out the reverse in this tour, as SA will get better as the format lengthens. Both sides have a lot of improvement in them from this performance. Frustrating to see Warner run out without scoring, though. He's one guy who is good to watch. The good thing for AUS is they also have Watson, who can be equally explosive. Cameron White was looking good too, which is a nice change from the World Cup where he looked out of his depth. Steve Smith is coming good again. He is well suited to the shorter versions of the game. Stop bagging him!

  • Dashgar on October 14, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Good win by the boys. Cameron White answering some critics with a good performers as captain and with the bat. Would like to see Mitch Marsh and Aaron Finch get a game, maybe for Shaun and Smith, although I doubt they'll change a winning team.

  • AidanFX on October 14, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    @ Malay - Are we supposed to take your comment seriously? I am not joking when I say this is, what you have just said is the most ridiculous comment I have read on this site. ...Anyway - Solid win, not assuming it has much baring on the other format games but it is clear to me the way Aus managed to tie SA down for around 6 for most of the innings till it floated just above 7 says to me they well well roganised and ready. Also good they got late wickets, the lack of them could have been an issue but prop reflected their overall discipline. I guess on the other hand SA will be disappointed they were not able to dictate terms a little more. Duminy had very a solid match.

  • jmcilhinney on October 14, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Another proof of the old adage "catches win matches" or, in this case, "dropped catches lose matches". I'd say that, had SA held their catches, they would have won this game. Still, if you can't execute one of the fundamentals of the game, you don't deserve to win. Also, the batsmen being dropped still have to capitalise, which Watson, in particular, did. Sounds like Aust bowled and fielded pretty well at the start and end of the SA innings too, which also proved to be crucial, given that the game was won with 3 balls to spare.

  • zenboomerang on October 14, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    @Meety... I agree with Boycott on young players & experience... If they are performing well now get them into as many top level games as possible... the experience gained far outways any experience supposedly gained from playing lower levels of cricket... if he's got it, he's got it... if not then give him more time... the best players started young... Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Lillee, Tommo, McGrath, Warne... Boycott said the only reason Lillee was slightly better than Hadlee was his extra pace... Cummins has that extra pace...

  • on October 14, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    I don't think this can be called a hiding, a win yes but not a hiding.

  • Meety on October 14, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    @RandyOZ - yep Cummins was good. I don't want him pushed into the Test team yet. A lot of people were questioning (& rightly), why someone with nearly zero experience gets a gig ahead of other more credentialled performers? The reasons are a) he is talented beyond his years (subjective) AND b) bowls faster than 99% of fast bowlers AND theoretically should get faster (providing no injuries over the next 5 years). Variety is the spice of life in short forms, Oz proved it with having "enforcers" like Lee & Tait in 50over format, & had a good run with Tait, Nannes & MJ in T20s. The proof will in the pudding will be if he go back & play Shield cricket & improve his FC stats. I still have plenty of other bowlers ahead of him for a Test debut!

  • popcorn on October 14, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    This is JUST the start Australia wanted for the Tour. Keep up the momentum,Bear Cameron White,win the second T20, and the next six T20 games. Excellent preparation to take the elusive T20 world Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

  • RandyOZ on October 13, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Seriously how impressive is Cummins? Our young stocks are brilliant at the moment. We can't do anything but win!

  • Number_5 on October 13, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    What a great game to start the tour. Pity it will be so short. Id much rather see more games between these two teams than some mickey mouse champions league tournament that sees international players playing for their adopted teams. Don't get me wrong we saw some great cricket but surely fully fledged internationals should get precedence over the champions league...

  • on October 13, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    The match was unfair, SA had to play against 12 players with themselves having only 10. Smith did everything possible to defeat SA. MOM - Graeme Smith

  • on October 13, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Now whoz been welcomed with a "pretty good hiding??" Eat your words SuperSport!!!

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  • on October 13, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Now whoz been welcomed with a "pretty good hiding??" Eat your words SuperSport!!!

  • on October 13, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    The match was unfair, SA had to play against 12 players with themselves having only 10. Smith did everything possible to defeat SA. MOM - Graeme Smith

  • Number_5 on October 13, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    What a great game to start the tour. Pity it will be so short. Id much rather see more games between these two teams than some mickey mouse champions league tournament that sees international players playing for their adopted teams. Don't get me wrong we saw some great cricket but surely fully fledged internationals should get precedence over the champions league...

  • RandyOZ on October 13, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Seriously how impressive is Cummins? Our young stocks are brilliant at the moment. We can't do anything but win!

  • popcorn on October 14, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    This is JUST the start Australia wanted for the Tour. Keep up the momentum,Bear Cameron White,win the second T20, and the next six T20 games. Excellent preparation to take the elusive T20 world Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

  • Meety on October 14, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    @RandyOZ - yep Cummins was good. I don't want him pushed into the Test team yet. A lot of people were questioning (& rightly), why someone with nearly zero experience gets a gig ahead of other more credentialled performers? The reasons are a) he is talented beyond his years (subjective) AND b) bowls faster than 99% of fast bowlers AND theoretically should get faster (providing no injuries over the next 5 years). Variety is the spice of life in short forms, Oz proved it with having "enforcers" like Lee & Tait in 50over format, & had a good run with Tait, Nannes & MJ in T20s. The proof will in the pudding will be if he go back & play Shield cricket & improve his FC stats. I still have plenty of other bowlers ahead of him for a Test debut!

  • on October 14, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    I don't think this can be called a hiding, a win yes but not a hiding.

  • zenboomerang on October 14, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    @Meety... I agree with Boycott on young players & experience... If they are performing well now get them into as many top level games as possible... the experience gained far outways any experience supposedly gained from playing lower levels of cricket... if he's got it, he's got it... if not then give him more time... the best players started young... Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Lillee, Tommo, McGrath, Warne... Boycott said the only reason Lillee was slightly better than Hadlee was his extra pace... Cummins has that extra pace...

  • jmcilhinney on October 14, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Another proof of the old adage "catches win matches" or, in this case, "dropped catches lose matches". I'd say that, had SA held their catches, they would have won this game. Still, if you can't execute one of the fundamentals of the game, you don't deserve to win. Also, the batsmen being dropped still have to capitalise, which Watson, in particular, did. Sounds like Aust bowled and fielded pretty well at the start and end of the SA innings too, which also proved to be crucial, given that the game was won with 3 balls to spare.

  • AidanFX on October 14, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    @ Malay - Are we supposed to take your comment seriously? I am not joking when I say this is, what you have just said is the most ridiculous comment I have read on this site. ...Anyway - Solid win, not assuming it has much baring on the other format games but it is clear to me the way Aus managed to tie SA down for around 6 for most of the innings till it floated just above 7 says to me they well well roganised and ready. Also good they got late wickets, the lack of them could have been an issue but prop reflected their overall discipline. I guess on the other hand SA will be disappointed they were not able to dictate terms a little more. Duminy had very a solid match.