South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20, Durban March 12, 2014

Hodge blows take Australia home

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Australia 81 for 5 (Warner 40, Hodge 21*, Duminy 2-5) beat South Africa 80 for 1 (De Kock 41*, du Plessis 27*) by five wickets
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Brad Hodge clubbed the third and fourth deliveries of the last over over deep midwicket to haul Australia home in a seven-over shootout against South Africa in Durban. Steady rain had threatened successive washouts in the series but relented to allow a sizeable crowd some action.

Australia needed 15 going into the final over and Wayne Parnell conceded only a run each off the first two deliveries, but Hodge was to seal it with two balls to spare, the couple of sixes followed by one called wide for height.

David Warner was South Africa's tormentor again at the start of the chase, as he and Aaron Finch took 21 off Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first over. Warner then hit debutant Beuran Hendricks for three successive boundaries in the third over as Australia surged to 44 for 1 in three overs.

South Africa hit back with four strikes in the next three, including Warner, caught in front for 40 off 16 missing a switch-hit against JP Duminy, whose only over went for five and produced two wickets. Momentum had changed sides numerous times in the game, and South Africa seemed to have achieved the final swing in their favour, but Hodge wasn't done yet.

South Africa had plodded to 11 for 1 in three overs after being asked to bat, but Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis took 69 off the final four, swinging and connecting six sixes between them, including successive ones off Dan Christian and Mitchell Starc.

The third and final game is scheduled for Friday at Centurion.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 14, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    to many people reading so much into so little. Several teams can win the T20 world cup because in the end if one batsman absolutely goes off whether its a Chris Gayle, AB Devilliers, Hales, Mccullum, Watson, Kohli they could win it. I suggest they play for the 6 most likely teams to win the world cup. So many predictions made on an unpredictable game.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Given the tremendous success of 7-overs-a-side, why can't we scrap test cricket, ODIs and all that stuff and play 10-overs-a-side games !! ( I am @Cpt.Meanster in disguise )

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 14, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @ dunger.bob on (March 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT) Just out of curiosity I looked up Australia's record against Bangladesh, as far as I can find, 4 tests for 4 victories 3 x an innings, ODI's played 19 for 18 victories the only loss was in Cardiff, T20's Australia are 2 for 2.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Jagger, you are right - just a miss, that.

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | March 13, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    PrasPunter on (March 13, 2014, 7:05 GMT) - you mean fearsome, I think. Not dreadful, that's the opposite.

  • POSTED BY happy_proteas on | March 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    no probs FAF... next time u would be right on your money... no matter if you loose the next match even but please... put a show and give us our first major title... the colts have done it ... now its your turn... please do not play farhan behredein...

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Definately its poor captiancy from faf.no doubt about class of amla.but miller & decock should have the right choice.aboot should ball 6th over instead of hendricks.it was a major mistake.

  • POSTED BY Unomaas on | March 13, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    That was just bad/inexperienced captaincy by Faf. It felt more like Faf was playing to a plan rather than the situation.

    Amla should not have opened. Sure, Amla is destructive but Amla is not innovative enough to force a situation where he can manufacture shots from nothing. Miller or Faf would have been a better option to open.

    Lopsy was bad! But then again, Warner is in the form of his life so I'm not going to be too critical this time around. Hendricks should not have gotten a second over. The man is on debut...he was not the man for the job. That job should have been given to Abbott. I would have even considered letting JP bowl a second overs as all the boundary shots were being generated off pace bowling.

    I think I will reserve final judgement on this Protea's team until the conclusion of the second T20.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 13, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    It was just bad captaincy from south Africa. They could wun the game easy. They shouldn't put amla in t20.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | March 13, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    No consideration is given to the paying public. That said, there should be no such thing as a 5-over match, 7-over match,etc. When I pay my money to see a short form of the game, namely, a 20/20 game, I want to see a 20/ 20 game. The game is played in the night, so what is the excuse. Do they reimburse everyone 13/20 of the fees when a game is reduced to 7 overs? A 7-over game is a travesty.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 14, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    to many people reading so much into so little. Several teams can win the T20 world cup because in the end if one batsman absolutely goes off whether its a Chris Gayle, AB Devilliers, Hales, Mccullum, Watson, Kohli they could win it. I suggest they play for the 6 most likely teams to win the world cup. So many predictions made on an unpredictable game.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Given the tremendous success of 7-overs-a-side, why can't we scrap test cricket, ODIs and all that stuff and play 10-overs-a-side games !! ( I am @Cpt.Meanster in disguise )

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 14, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @ dunger.bob on (March 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT) Just out of curiosity I looked up Australia's record against Bangladesh, as far as I can find, 4 tests for 4 victories 3 x an innings, ODI's played 19 for 18 victories the only loss was in Cardiff, T20's Australia are 2 for 2.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Jagger, you are right - just a miss, that.

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | March 13, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    PrasPunter on (March 13, 2014, 7:05 GMT) - you mean fearsome, I think. Not dreadful, that's the opposite.

  • POSTED BY happy_proteas on | March 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    no probs FAF... next time u would be right on your money... no matter if you loose the next match even but please... put a show and give us our first major title... the colts have done it ... now its your turn... please do not play farhan behredein...

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Definately its poor captiancy from faf.no doubt about class of amla.but miller & decock should have the right choice.aboot should ball 6th over instead of hendricks.it was a major mistake.

  • POSTED BY Unomaas on | March 13, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    That was just bad/inexperienced captaincy by Faf. It felt more like Faf was playing to a plan rather than the situation.

    Amla should not have opened. Sure, Amla is destructive but Amla is not innovative enough to force a situation where he can manufacture shots from nothing. Miller or Faf would have been a better option to open.

    Lopsy was bad! But then again, Warner is in the form of his life so I'm not going to be too critical this time around. Hendricks should not have gotten a second over. The man is on debut...he was not the man for the job. That job should have been given to Abbott. I would have even considered letting JP bowl a second overs as all the boundary shots were being generated off pace bowling.

    I think I will reserve final judgement on this Protea's team until the conclusion of the second T20.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 13, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    It was just bad captaincy from south Africa. They could wun the game easy. They shouldn't put amla in t20.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | March 13, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    No consideration is given to the paying public. That said, there should be no such thing as a 5-over match, 7-over match,etc. When I pay my money to see a short form of the game, namely, a 20/20 game, I want to see a 20/ 20 game. The game is played in the night, so what is the excuse. Do they reimburse everyone 13/20 of the fees when a game is reduced to 7 overs? A 7-over game is a travesty.

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | March 13, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Where is Cameron White? What a sick joke the selectors are playing.

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | March 13, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Amla is actually brilliant in the first 6 overs in t20 , so i don't know what's with the critism that he can't play t20 ... Did pretty well in the ram slam t20 tournament for the cape cobras

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    The first thing I'd like to say is that I can't believe there's 120+ comments on a 7 over match! Anyway, going with the flow. @ JoshFromJamRock: I can see you've put a lot of effort into that but I think if it did happen it would only be in a semi, not the final. Both in grp. 2 I think. @BrisVegan: Totally agree mate. It gives more players exposure to the selectors and public. Like Warner. I predict bigger things for Berendorf from the scorchers. Another very good left arm quick coming from the west. @ rickyvoncanterbury : re the Indian spinner question. That's something that's crossed my mind as well. It's not so much the sub-continent but more India where we really struggle. I have to admit I haven't looked into our record in Bangladesh.

    As for the world cup, wait till they get a load of Muirhead. That boy can spin it 10 miles. If he can keep his head and shows the same maturity that's got him to this point, he's going to be big.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 13, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    What is amla doing in t20 I wonder what cricketing brain south african selectors have.miller and a.morkel didnt faced single delivery amazing cricket by africa.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    In hindsight it is easy to point out that de Kock and Miller should have opened, with Albie and Faf following in a 7-over match. Amla can be pretty destructive when he gets in, but it should have been left to the hard-hitting guys down the order.

    Also, I know Tsotsobe is better than he bowled last night and Parnell faced up against bowling the last over, but I'm sure SA could have bowled better. Full and wide with a few fielders on the off-side, at least bowl according to a gameplan. Because I certainly didn't see a plan in place to limit the options for the Aussie batsmen! Tsotsobe just ran in and bowled 135km/h gifts

  • POSTED BY Ali_Chaudhary on | March 13, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    One wonders why this Hodge was kept outside Aussie Team? The greatest finisher. I think Ponting didnt like him. An aussy newspaper mentioned this last year when he finished sum games masterly for Rajhastan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 13, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Yes and Tsotsobe really bowled like shit, that 21 one runs in the first over cost us the game, I dearly hope they don't bowl him much in the WC, he is really slow..... and hopeless as a batsman.... Compare his over to Abbot`s over, a huge difference in speed line and length, I don't want to be there when Gayle hits his slow balls into the orbit!!! Really!!

  • POSTED BY v8v8v8 on | March 13, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Ok, a 7 over game is a absolute gamble - Though I'm wondering what was Faf & coaching staff were thinking, when Hendricks came back to bowl instead of Abbott? Certainly you'd think Abbott, on his home ground and bowling his first over over so economically would get the nod. Same for Lopsy opening up instead of the pace of Parnell. Even bowling Duminy 3rd & 5th overs would have been a better bet than Lopsy after Hogg was clearly so effective. We can hope AB's return will bring some hard earned experience to the on field decisions.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 13, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Footballers never say "that's no goal sir, I was offside" they leave it for the adjudicators, but we expect different in cricket?

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | March 13, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @ Pavinasen:- Mate, it's always been the Australian view that it's the umpire's job, though I've always been a walker. Most Australians cringed when the whole Stuart Broad not walking became such a big thing, played up by tabloid journalists who can't have played a serious game in their lives. No serious Australian cricketer expects it, the rationale being that you get good and bad decisions given against you. Sometimes you get given out when you're not and sometimes you get a break go your way. It's nothing new, I'm pretty sure W.G. Grace wasn't a walker.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic on | March 13, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @stormer 1980 Maxwell can bat. I am sure most of our Indian friends who have seen him play would also agree. You do not reverse sweep like he does with no ability. He plays a high risk game so sometimes he works and sometimes he doesn't. There is no doubt about it that he is given a licence to take risks by the captain & coach. After the success of the Warner experiment, he will be regularly playing tests within the next two years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    surely the t20 is a three horse race between the mighty west indies , australia and south africa because of their big hitting players west have gayle,dwayne smith and Marlon Samuels,Aus have Finch ,Warner and Bailley and SA have Faf ,Miller and Devilliers

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    wheres steven smith? Is he rested ? is he in the squad for T20WC?

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    If you have 42 balls to play, and you give nine of them to Amla and none of them to Miller, you get a similar result.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | March 13, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    I've come to conclude that T20 is like a good Sunday league. Great for young up and comers to learn, great for hardened veterans to prove to the youngen's they have plenty to learn, and the numbers can be made up with those good but not good enough to not have to play Sunday League to prove anything. Warner is the punk who drops back a grade for a savage hit.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 13, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    This was a game to keep the spectators happy, and that's how you have to look at it. I can understand some Saffa fans' annoyance. The team batting second has a huge advantage. Still, SA posted a decent total. But AUS does have a very powerful batting lineup there. The comments that they rely too much on one or two players, or 40 year olds, are just dumb. Plenty of options there. So Warner and Hodge got runs today. Next time it will be Finch and Watson. Or Maxwell and Falkner. Or Bailey and Johnson...

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | March 13, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    During the test series australian batsmen also didnt walked,there was no issue ,why should there be now with faf,

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 13, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    A win in possibly the most artificial game they'll play for a while. Yay. Got it recorded, i'll probably watch it because some have said it's entertaining, but those are the same who actually rate T20s, so probably not. If you've seen the highlights, you've seen it all...

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 13, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Geeze I forgot Bailey, White, Finch, Bird. NO, that squad has no chance.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 13, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Aussie 11.... Warner, Watson, Lynn, Hodge, Smith, Haddin, Faulkner, O Keefe, Hogg, Johnson, Harris.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | March 13, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    At first I did not hear the nick and was wondering what the commentators were talking about.On watching the replay there was a huge deviation when the ball past the bat.Strangely the aussies did not appeal,and Faf did not walk.He must have felt very embarrased when he watched the replay.Can someone give me their views,should the batsman walk or its the empires job to signal out.

  • POSTED BY vimal03 on | March 13, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Despite the win we can observe that Aussies can't even play duminy. So it is quite obvious they will fail against quality spin attack. Without two big guns SF showed better performance than Australia but last two overs cost the game. The biggest plus point for ausstralia is that they have a person called B Hodge. Aussie team has to use him wisely as he is the only good player against spin and pace.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | March 13, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Looks like the aussies have the jinx over SA,Lets hope for SA's sake they don't meet in the semis or finals of the T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 13, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @stormer1980, I agree. If Warner, Hodge, Hogg, and Starc didn't play (ie they play with only 7 men) and if SA batted and bowled better, the Proteas would have won easily. These Aussies just rely on luck.

  • POSTED BY JohnMR on | March 13, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @ Philly, well then the Captain has his answer. They were rubbish. And the pressure got to them.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | March 13, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    t20 11 for aus.1.warner.2.finch.3.watson.4.white.5.berly.6.hodge.7.haddin.8.hogg.9.fulkner.10.stac.11.jhonson.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Guys, I know that seven overs per side looks silly, but it was not to upset the spectators. The match was scheduled to start at 2.30 PM (Germany), which actually happened around 7.00 PM in my place. Those people did wait for a very long time to see some action. At the end of the day, it mattered a lot! #BeCool

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 13, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    I get a little confused when people say Australia cannot win the T20 world cup batting down to number 10 because the pitches will spin, well only 10 of the 120 balls will get wickets but 20 balls will go for 6 and 15 will go for 4 that's only 35 balls out of 120 and that's 180 for 10 if that is not good enough well that's life.

  • POSTED BY mirandola on | March 13, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    A dry-run for 'high fives', the future shape of cricket (played indoors with an outsize tennis racket against slow lobs, every hit to count as four, no bowleds, lbws or caught .,,) We have a brave new world of Criggit to look forward to!

  • POSTED BY Protears on | March 13, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    The positives of this is De Kock and Du Plessis were constructing a good innings, over 20 overs may have made a formidable score. Quinton De Kock showing continued and consistent ball striking ability despite his deminutive stature is a very promising attribute across all formats.

    Kyle Abbott bowling the right areas showing some serious promise and JP Duminy is perhaps a little better than a dibble dabble part timer and should not be treated as one.

    My concerns, Amla at the top if he doesn't fire he can halt an innings while not sold on Tsotsobe or Phangiso as the right players, Parnell verdict is still out.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 13, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @stormer1980 , i thought in the end all it mattered , and it is true with every game, was who ended up winning rather than who played. I can keep adding a thousand ifs and "but"s, but you know what, what didn't happen really wouldn't matter. The one that happened counts !! Going by your argument, I can as well say, had it not rained for several years, oceans wouldn't have been there on the face of earth.

  • POSTED BY JimmySA on | March 13, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Haha 7 overs a side. Rather not have a game. (Even if SA won I would have the same opinion) Or at least only use 5 players, 3 batsman and 2 bowlers to make it a lil more interesting so teams can actually get bowled out uuuum. Whats the point

  • POSTED BY Protears on | March 13, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @JohnMR - I don't dispute Amla's ability to play the game, I did say his role is what Kallis's is in the IPL to build around. That said he has struggled at International T20 to score lately and that is why I don't think its a game that suits him.

  • POSTED BY stormer1980 on | March 13, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Some good signs there for SA and not so good for Aus , Aus only threatening due to bad bowling not good batting ... and having to rely on 40yr olds ? not good! SA is doing the right thing , playign the youngsters , giving them a shot before the tournament , Steyn and Morkel will probably be first choice at the tournament but we need to know if we can rely on the back ups As for Batsmen , we didnt look to bad either , with De Villiers coming in as well I think without Warner , Aus would've been in a whole lot of trouble , kudo's for still winning though !! Mitchell Starc is a monster and with Johnson coming back that department looks good ... !!! Glen Maxwell is very very over rated

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 13, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury , indian spinners are made to look dreadful by preparing "appropriate" wickets.

  • POSTED BY Zama7 on | March 13, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Really enjoyed the game, good entertainment but a lottery at that. I think AB should captain all the formats he is ready and Faf well I am baffled by many of his decisions. Firstly why not open with De Cock and Miller, with Albie or Faf at 3? Secondly why did faf not walk after that edge, come one he almost broke his neck looking back to see if the catch was taken then he just stands there? Come on Sportsmanship, a captain should lead by example. Abbott was not bowled the last 2 overs as he is not part of T20 World Cup squad which is kind of fair but momentum is also important I would have bowled him an gone for the win. Hendricks first game always going to be tough but he was bought for a large amount in the IPL I would have bowled him the last over instead of parnell. I think parnell has potential but he is so erratic I don't think I have seen him bowl a solid last over yet they always bowl him at the death????? WHY??? Think when Ab, Steyn and Morne are back the team will do beter!!

  • POSTED BY Philly on | March 13, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Re - Why did Abbott not bowl a 2nd over. He is NOT in the World Cup squad, and the captain wanted to see how Hendricks and Parnell performed under pressure, in preparation for the event.

  • POSTED BY Ragav999 on | March 13, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury : Indian batsmen are very good in Indian pitches in Tests leading to scoreboard pressure on Australian teams. Indian spinners exploit this advantage and win Tests on flat and spinning tracks. SL and Pak batting lineups are weaker compared to Indians and cannot do the same. It does not help that Aussies arrived in India without their key players like Hussey and Ponting last time and they always play at full strength against SL and Pak. The rub of the green tends to go the way of the Indian team be it injuries to key players like Bollinger in Mohali Test which India won by 1 wicket or retirements or absence of key players.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | March 13, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Really, how does 7 overs per innings constitute a game of international cricket? This format is a joke, it's a load of nonsense.

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | March 13, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    7 overs? The kid's tourney in my locality has a minimum of 8 overs per side. This is a complete farce. They could have played tug of war instead, which would have at least been a real test of physical strength...

  • POSTED BY JohnMR on | March 13, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @Protears. Hashim was the 4th highest runscorer in the domestic Ram Slam T20 comp. And he only played 8 games as opposed to most everyone elses 9 or 10 games. He also had the second highest strike rate, second only to Dave Miller. So Im not sure where you were over that series but the guy can smash when he wants to and is the perfect opening batsman to partner the dangerous De Kock.

    What is more worrying is why Abbott only bowled 1 over. They gave a debutant, Hendricks, who had already gone for plenty in his first over another go and he got smashed and bowled wides etc. Unbelievable! Abbot went for 5 and took a wicket and was the only bowler who really looked dangerous against Warner.

    As for Tsotsobe, the sooner he goes the better. 3 left arm seamers in one team?! Purely a political choice.

  • POSTED BY FranciscoQuadros on | March 13, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Hodgey is one of the most underrated talents to emerge out of Australia. So unfortunate for him that during his peak years the Australian team boasted of Pontings, Husseys, Clarkes, Symonds, Martyns and he was never considered for selection. Even though he is touching 40 years of age, he is still in his prime and selecting him for the WCT20 was a brilliant move by the Oz..!! To me, he is the most complete T20 player. One of the most versatile players and the experience he posses is invaluable... Happy he's part of the RR team this IPL too..

  • POSTED BY Cready on | March 13, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    I think that SA's strategy in T20 and probably in ODI is usually just wrong. You need to start with a good run rate, get quick runs on the board early. Of course a 7 over match can be won by anyone, it doesn't show much, but the point remains, the only reason why those slow middle orders for Australia didn't kill them was because they started with a blaze. On the bowling side, I think Faf's decision to bowl Hendrick in the 6th was poor, why not bowl Abbott and the Parny, they were the most economical. Even Duminy would have been a better choice than Hendricks there, I believe. But, not taking anything from Aus, that Warner is one amazing hitter with the ball in all formats, great player!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 13, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    One question I have, are Indian spinners better than all other nations spinners? Australia have a fair to good record against Pakistan and Sri Lanka but a poor record against India in India, why is it so ?

  • POSTED BY Protears on | March 13, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I personally didn't realize that Hash was in the team, for me the only thing I can think of is that he is the player you build an innings around like Bangalore and Kolkata did with Kallis. That being said Hashim Amla is a great test match batsmen and ODI batsmen, T20 does not suit him all that much. I would rather go with someone like Bavuma or just open with AB and De Kock.

    Bowling wise in 7 overs its a tee up fest its like a baseball version of home run derby. Though to be frank, Aaron Phangiso hasn't played well for some time and is selected over Simon Harmer and Dane Piedt on colour. When are those two ever going to get a chance, both Piedt and Harmer are very much like Botha was, a thinking bowler.

    I think they will surprise in the WC.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 13, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    20 overs and you can see a small part of a cricketers skill, 7 overs is like watching my mates play. so a bowlers SPELL consists of... the warm up ball, the short ball, the suck em in ball, the wicket ball and 2 sixers thrown in, now that's entertainment. hope the final of the world cup is 5 overs each, that should get the world to take notice of cricket yyyaaaawwwnnnn.

  • POSTED BY USAMAAJMAL678 on | March 13, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    i think australian fans are getting carried away here...no denying they have some big hitters and i would any day bet on them winning the t20 world cup if it was being played in southafrica,england ,australia or newzealand...but take a look at yestardays match even in non spin friendly conditions they struggled to get away a mediocre spinner like dumminy and in bangladesh on those low slow spinning tracks they will be bombarded with spinners..they are in a group having india and pakistan that are packed with spinners and they might be bowling atleast 14-15 overs out of 20 by the spinners so that will be a hugely difficult task fr the batsman...and similarly all of australian pacers are tall hit the deck hard bowlers and they will be ordainary on those bangla pitches..they only have one quality spinner in hogg..so for me it will be tough for aussies to even advance from group stage let alone winning the world t20...

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 13, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    How Christian makes it to the team is WAY BEYOND me !! Not even an average trundler. Gets carted whenever he bowls . Can't even buy a run when he bats !! Big surprise !!

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | March 13, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    When a ODI is shortened due to Rain it can be minimum of 20 overs, so by the same logic a T20 match should be of minimum 8 (40% of normal) and moreover it can be at least 50%(10 overs each) to have some feeling like a proper Match....Less than that is only a Lottery not a Match...

  • POSTED BY Wildawg on | March 13, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    One cannot take too much from a 7over blitz, but that been said, SA's squad, team, & captaincy baffles me! This is not a combo that will win trophies! End.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | March 13, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    @ Jagger:- Mate, your use of that adjective is superfluous. All his predictions are duds.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | March 13, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    OMG..Aus batting lineup looks scary :P

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 13, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Hope final of coming t20 wc is not 'settled' by a 7 over dash for any reason.A travesty if winner crickets biggest showpiece-aft. Ashes-is decided such.Better share it than deny standout team by game of chance.Like Aus were v Eng in t20 wc in WI in 2010.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Nothing to say. Great revenge by Hodge to the australian selectors. But warner should have been selected MOM for his 40 from 16.

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | March 13, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    @ DragonCricketer on (March 13, 2014, 1:53 GMT) - IF the dog hadn't have stopped to scratch himself he would've caught the rabbit. History shows the winner, not what if Finch had made 50 off 15 balls.

    @ Capt.Meanster - Any more dud predictions from you?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 13, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    I think this Aussie team can easyli win the icc t20 2014.

  • POSTED BY Bigbanger666 on | March 13, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Really chuffed to see Hogg and Hodge playing again. Both guns and exciting to watch. Looking forward to see them both ripping it up.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @ moshec well have you not considered NZ ? With Cory Anderson , Brendon MacCullum , Gutpill etc. I think NZ has a pretty good team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    7 overs ??? I barely watch T20 at best of times but this is just weird.. Waste of time , should have come back the next day.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | March 13, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    The teams should get together at training and play a 20 over game as a warm up, no need to sell tickets just play a match not that hard…..

  • POSTED BY TheCricketeer on | March 13, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Well... I know it was just 7 overs, but I dont get SA. The reality is this scenario could crop up in Bangladesh and I would hope they would have used last nights match to replicate plans for such a scenario. How they would ever bat Amla and Du Plessis (granted he did ok) ahead of Morkel or Miller in a 7 over match is beyond me. Then to throw the ball to Hendriks after Abbot, Parnell and Duminy got us back in the game.... dont get me wrong - I like the guy - but there is more value in developing a winning habit then giving the youngster an over in that spot.

    People will say it was just 7 overs... its a warmup... its meaningless....Champion teams win games. Learning to win and developing that habit is critical no matter the scenario but even more so going into a world cup. South Africa fall short in these events all the time due to no clarity in their thinking. In the hustle and bustle of limited over cricket they make too many bad decisions and last night showed nothing has changed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    @Chris_P - I couldn't agree more. I'm glad we (the Aussies) won, but it really does feel a bit hollow.

  • POSTED BY FighterKallis on | March 13, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Poor thinking from faf and team thinktank. why would u send amla to open if ur having miller albie in a 7 over match ,he is not in form . secondly duminy should be given 2 overs and last over should be bowled by abott. mind it ur going to play in bangladesh . tahir and duminy is a must MY TEAM : Decock, amla, devillers, faf, duminy, miller, albie, steyn, morkel,abott,tahir/phangiso

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    A 7 over-a-side international? can't believe this is actually happening! Anyway well played Hodge.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    They could have flipped a coin and whoever won the toss won the game. A bit like junior footy, where when the opposition team didn't have enough players turn up you played a practice match with both clubs combined. The other team forfeited, but you still had a practice run. Having a result after 7 overs is really stupid.

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Disagree that 50 over cricket should be called World Cup Just call it 50 over international tournament World champions are test team at top Sad there is no way to lay a final so overall points system is fine. Anyone who considers 20/20 with more than a pinch of salt needs brains read .Play it if needed but don't let any rest players play

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | March 13, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Why have a 7 over game? Why can't such games be rescheduled? I don't see a winner here. I see losers. Might as well play gully cricket.

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer on | March 13, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    SA could have won this if they had got Hodge out quickly. They were on a roll.

  • POSTED BY Justin_Tense on | March 13, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    Let's think about this logically in regards to any form of cricket (Test/ODI/Twenty20), what position would you rather be in after 7 overs;

    5/82 or 1/80?

    I'm the biggest Australian fan but this game was just a farce...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 13, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    I think running match for 7 overs is not appropriate In 7 overs side batting second will have advantage. It is very difficult to bowl out in 7 overs what ever may be the bowling strength . In fact SA bowled very well and only couple of hits changed the match. Need to play really 20 overs to decide.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 13, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    I really don't like these 7 overs a side games. They should call it off, instead of playing 7 over side game. I felt like watching a street cricket match. I hope we will a chance to Tahir or phangcio a chance in the next game.

  • POSTED BY SixSmasher on | March 13, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Great to see a 39 year old being the match winner (Hodge) and a 43 year old in the side (Hogg). Great game to watch as a neutral. England should look at this result and take note. They've dumped Pietersen at 33 years of age claiming he's past it. They are reluctant to pick players over the age of 30 that aren't already considering to be senior players.

    It's great to see teams turn up with their best eleven regardless of age rather than being obsessed with building a team for 2,3,4 5 years time.

  • POSTED BY krishmar1 on | March 13, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Brad Hodge is such a wonderful player in all the 3 formats of the game. It's a shame CA didn't pick him more often in the longer version and unjustifiably truncated his test career even though he averaged more than 55 in just 6 test matches including a double ton at Perth against SA!

  • POSTED BY irmark on | March 13, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    @moshec

    I am an An Austrlian But I have NO IDEA how you could possibly think that Pakistan and Sri Lanka could not wint the T20 cup.

    Unfortunately even India could win (but i hope they lose)

  • POSTED BY Rik_Forest on | March 13, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    @chris P. Both teams want T20 centre wicket practice, both want to experience pressure as givers and takers, try things out. 14 overs is better than 0. If anything Australia, chasing, had the better 'practice' of a xx runs in xx overs scenario. While the audience would have been considered, players would have appreciated the run, too. As NOT a fan of T20 I thought the sawdust appropriately symbolic...

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | March 13, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    thinking amla as a t20 material is a fun. Expected.

  • POSTED BY jrg_from_oz on | March 13, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    An absolute travesty. This isn'r cricket in any form.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 13, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    We should have a new cricket format called DWcricket.

  • POSTED BY AussiePhoenix on | March 13, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    @ moshec I think SL should also be counted in your list. I agree 7 overs does seem a bit ridiculous, but both teams knew what they were in for. SA took 3 overs to get to 11, only lost 1 wicket. What's the point in having batters unused after 7 overs? Oz showed the way, get runs or get out. HODGE is definitely going to the World Cup now - champion.

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | March 13, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    @Chris_P - Sickly reading your post. You can undermine the 7 overs a side, but don't meekly apologise for the win. South Africa wouldn't have if they won.

    @Cpt.Meanster (as I know you'll be around) - I refer to your mocking comments concerning Brad Hodge and Brad Hogg, in particular their ages. Hogg went for 5 runs in his 1 over, and Brad Hodge won us the game.

    It says more about your side that these 'old has beens' ultimately won the game for us. We pick the best players per format, to mock their age is prejudice and also, in this case, inaccurate.

    And Brad Hogg bowls at around 17 in Big Bash (at around 6.5 per over) - what kind of system would it be if we ignored the fact he was our best t20 spinner simply because of his age? That's transgressive and ageist.

    Speaking of bare spin cupboards - JP Duminy is your country's best spinner. People in glass houses. Furthermore - look up S O'Keefe and F Ahmed (FC & t20 formats) and CJ Boyce, M Beer and JM Muirhead as t20 guns. Ignorance.

  • POSTED BY Dave1970 on | March 13, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    Honestly what is the point of a seven over match? Might as well just have a super over and see who gets the most runs off one over. My opinion is not having a go at the skill of players which both Hogg and Hodge stood out to show what skills they have, just the diminishing respect for cricket battles.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 12, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Scrappy performance from the boys. Though we still won, plenty of room for improvement.

  • POSTED BY caldruid on | March 12, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Why are the organizers so desperate to have played a 7-over T20 game ? 7 overs ? what next ? a 1 over T20 game ? a 1 ball T20 game ? The T20 format has made a complete mockery of cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Surely South Africa have no hopes of winning the t20 World Cup with death bowling like that. And Hendricks? Nowhere near the quality needed.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic on | March 12, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Once James Faulkner is fit & Mitch Johnson is rested, we will probably have our most balanced 20/20 side ever. Our best side for Bangladesh is Warner, Finch, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey, Hodge, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Hogg. With the exception of Starc who has a test match 99, the remaining order all have scored centuries in first class cricket. I am also confident with our bowlers. Starc and Faulkner are death specialists. Johnson will open the bowling and bowl near the death, whilst Hogg, Watson and Maxwell will bowl the middle overs. Although the conditions will suit sub continental teams, I do believe that we will prove to be more than competitive. Anyone can beat anyone in 20/20, whoever win's it will need a bit of luck.

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | March 12, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @moshec - guess you didn't watch the Asia Cup matches held in Bangladesh, and you have only followed the channels covering SA v Aus & WI v Eng and prior to that the Ashes. Im sure Sri Lanka, Pakistan & India would have a whole lot to say when the tournament starts!

  • POSTED BY 11kgm on | March 12, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    No White, very sad after his run against England. Provides great leadership to the side. Hope we see Faulks in soon of Christian he is hopeless. Get Faulks into the team and we will have a chance to win the tornament. Maybe Watto/Maxy for White get the inform lad in

  • POSTED BY victortrumpet on | March 12, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    @moshec, it wouldn't be wise to discount SL and Pakistan in this format, and SA just don't seem to be a tournament winning team...Great to see Hodge book himself a starting berth in Bangladesh, he should have played more Tests for Australia and would have, but for the jealousy he inspired in Ponting's boys club. Pity White didn't start, but it's a hard team to get into. I'm not convinced that Warner, Finch and Watto are the best first three batsmen - something about balance - they're too much alike...

  • POSTED BY Sir_Francis on | March 12, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    if 7/7 is better than 20/20 why not a 1 ball match.

    You have one ball to score. Imagine the stress and excitement and a whole tournament can be over with by lunch.

    Apart from touch footy is there anything more meaningless in sport than 20/20? Where is the context?, the contest?

    It's slightly better than backyard or beach cricket. Astonishes me that anyone would like it after watching a few games.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    so much rain spoiling for the T20, but i would rather spoil the T20 then the test matches, now that was a series, i think 7/7 is stupid even tho it was a good result for the Aussies, lets hope the rain stays away for the next game

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | March 12, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    very short game but FAF should not have called PARNELL in the last over ....he can not handle the pressure in such condition ....thanks FAF a lots for given A Golden Chance to B.HENDRICKS.....Good luck

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    What's next? One-hand one-bounce dismissals? T-20 is already a joke but to decide an international in just seven overs is a disgrace. I'm an Australian supporter but this is not cricket. The only way for T20 to gain some credibility is to use some of the rules in indoor cricket ie. a batting team loses runs for each dismissal. That way wickets become important. Currently it's a game of all reward for no risk.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | March 12, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Whats the point playing only a 7 over game

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | March 12, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    @Jimmyrob83 - nice attempt at propaganda. The reality is, T20 is a lottery, T7 completely insane.

  • POSTED BY MrKricket on | March 12, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Don't forget the "old man" Brad Hogg bowled his one over for only 5 runs. Life in the old boy yet. An amazingly fit guy - he was the fittest in the Aus team in his day. Be great to see him do well at the T20 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY bren19 on | March 12, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Imagine a man of the match award going to a bloke who faced 8 balls for the match!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Looks like warner smashed in this match. Good job, aussies.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | March 12, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    Perhaps one of the most pointless games of international cricket ever. Seriously, what was the point? "Rescheduling" is clearly an unknown word to cricketing powers.

  • POSTED BY bobbo2 on | March 12, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Not a fan of reduced T20 games. 7 overs is nonsense. If they can't play a minimum of 15 overs a side the game should be abandoned.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Now where as those naysayers who think that AUS team are too old, and our spin stocks so low we have to play a 43-year-old? Hogg is still playing (well) because few can still pick his wrong'un - even after all these years.

  • POSTED BY rust01 on | March 12, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Agree that 7 overs is too short. Should be a minimum of10. De kok put up a good stiff fight and good that he didn't go out prematurely.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    I don't think a win in a 7 over game, can truly be regarded as a win. The only reason they allow these shortened games to go ahead is for the spectators and because of the money, it's all about money in the end.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    OK lets admit this 7 over game was entertaining and glad that the crowd that came to watch at least got to see a game. But let's be honest anyone of the two teams could have won in a seven over game. One bad over with the ball turns everything around, two or three big shots turns everything for the batting side. You cannot say that Australia were better than SA on this day, not with only seven overs per team.

  • POSTED BY BrisVegan on | March 12, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    Warner - T20 created him, now he's arguably the first batsman picked in the Aussie Test side. Switches gears so quickly.. he's in great form right now. If he carries this form through the World T20, who knows.. matches will be won off his blade alone.

    Can anyone name another Test star who made a name for themselves in T20 first? I think he's shown some amazing adaptability and mental fortitude to adapt to the long form and learning to curb his natural ambition to hit every ball out of the park.

    Maybe T20 won't kill Test cricket after all; it may in fact be ushering in a new era of T20-groomed batting which will change the face of Test matches forever. These batsmen might not be pretty to watch in the "classic" sense (no more Mark Waugh or Tendulkar cover drives) but we may see more records tumble and we might get more followers of Test cricket. Not all doom and gloom, perhaps. Perhaps..

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | March 12, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    no sense in doing a match out of 7/7... Atleast there should be a wicket count cap.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    @Crishna - If u know how to post a comment on cricinfo please know how to check the lines of the team. He was playing; though he dint feature in batting and bowling. And good that he dint bowl. Aus would have won anyways with the start they got.

    Duminy should have bowled another over. Aus were not able to pick his slow bowling.

    @moshec; None of these three sides will win. I can bet one of the sub continent side will only win. While SA will struggle to reach semis also. Hitting on spinning tracks is beyond SA batsman. They can only prode and bore people and thats why have been successful as a test team. They are no more interesting to watch except for Steyn nd ABD.

    Pak, Ind & SL are red hot favourites.

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | March 12, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Good Win. By the way I did some research on the top 8 teams

    West Indies

    *Big Hitters (by order of strength): Gayle>Smith>Sammy>Russell> The rest *Economy Bowlers (by effectiveness): Narine>Badree>Santokie

    Australia

    *Hitters: Watson>Hodge>Warner>Bailey>Finch>Maxwell>Faulkner *Bowlers: Hogg>Starc>Johnson

    Sri Lanka

    *Hitters: Perera>Matthews>Dilsan>Sangakkara *Bowlers: Malinga>Mendis>Senanayake

    India

    *Hitters: Kohli>Dhoni>Dhawan>Yuvraj>Raina *Bowlers: Ashwin>Jajeda>Mishra>Shami

    Pakistan

    *Hitters: Afridi>Akmal>Hafeez>Misbah *Bowlers: Ajmal>Hafeez>Afridi>Gul

    New Zealand

    *Hitters: Anderson>BMac>Taylor>Guptill *Bowlers: They're all pretty much effective especially NMac

    England

    *Hitters: Buttler>Morgan>Hales>Lumb>Bresnan (lol yes) *Bowlers: Bopara>Tredwell

    South Africa

    *Hitters: AB>Miller>Faf>Duminy>De Kock>Albie *Bowlers: Steyn>Duminy(yes)>Albie

    ***Aussies = Best Batting ***Windies = Best Bowling

    If WI batting holds up (bowling for Aussies) they will win.

    Your thoughts????

  • POSTED BY bren19 on | March 12, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    What a joke - 7 overs? Seriously they need to look at this format of the game. 20 overs is short enough. It either rains and you play nothing or it doesn't and you play the full match.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 12, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Is this a world record for the shortest game ever played at international level?

  • POSTED BY Nicholas_Brown on | March 12, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @ wapuser I am not sure I agree... whenever i have been utterly adsorbed with cricket it has been during a test match, when an intense psychological battle develops between bowler and batter, when not a run has been scored in 6 overs yet the batter comes out victor, or when a batter is knocking it around freely and a bowler comes in and bowls maiden after maiden. THATS the beauty of cricket! I enjoy watching a hilarious 7 over knock around, but usually in the back garden, not in a fully fledged international matches. I am not a 20/20 snob. Far from it. But after witnessing the recent SA AUS test series, i am worried the Test format will start suffering to this much lesser version of the beautiful game.

  • POSTED BY Nicholas_Brown on | March 12, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    No no, the future of cricket is 1 over, no 1 ball! I am being facetious. 7 overs is pathetic! I understand the need to honor the paying public who came to watch. I would want to see some cricket if I was there as well. But to reduce the cricket to 7 overs is pathetic...there were many times in the recent SA vs AUS test match series where not a run was made for MORE than 7 overs, and it was the best, most intense, most absorbing cricket I have ever seen. And I am and Australian happy to see a "win"!

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    The second T20 between the Aussies & Proteas was as good as abandoned due to incessant rain & inclement weather, but at around 12.00 midnight [IST], it was resumed as curtailed match as 7 over each Team and the game was not bereft of any run feast. Though De Cock having entertained the crowd with their 41* unbeaten cameo and Warner being equally aggressive score with 40 runs was second to none. The Proteas had scored 80 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket.

    The struggling of Amla against Mitchel Starc and Coulter nile in the initial one & half overs, scoring a paltry 6 odd runs,when they batted first, was the game changer. The new SA find in De Cock in the previous Under 19 World CupTournament showed his unique class with his hard hitting from the word go. Duminey's 2 wicket for 5 runs in 1 over, did come to Proteas' rescue. Though there were many deserving contenders for the Man of the Match, ultimately the old war horse in Brad Hodge was bestowed preferred, for his 8 ball 21runs !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 12, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Hodge showed his experience.. once again good selrction policies of aussies.. warner was brllliant. why faulkner not in team

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 12, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Australia's captain, George Bailey, just described David Warner as being "in good head space"... Never a truer word was said. Warner literally has nothing between his ears. (But all the same, well played Australia and D. Warner).

  • POSTED BY Back-Foot-Cringe on | March 12, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    @Chris_P - Mate, give a thought for the crowd who paid good $$ & waited through the rain. And the players too, for whom a precious little action on the field is better than sitting on their bums in the locker room doing nothing at all. Like Hadds said afterward, it was hardly a worthy warm-up of the skills for next week but it WAS a good opportunity to be under real game-time stress & then respond positively for a win.

    Maybe you "don't feel good" & are "embarrassed with the 'win'" but you'd be in a tiny minority. After all, it was no one's fault but the weather's.

    I reckon most people were thoroughly entertained by the spectacle, however brief, especially to witness Warner belt a blinder like that, & then to see Grandpa Hodge fittingly seal the win after successive sixes in the death. Good on him.

    You just take what the weather dishes out & make the most of it.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | March 12, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Appreciate the enthusiasm @Chris_P but outside of 1 tournament T20 internationals are simply exhibition games don't you think? As for reserve days TV programmers probably don't like the hassle, you don't generally take out insurance on a candy bar. The T20 'product' competes in a market that plays on in rain, 7 overs meant tv viewers & the crowd got their slam bam, they care not for subtlties and probably appreciated removal of those dull overs 7-15. Jokes aside I'm certain both teams wanted any practice they could get pre-WC, just lucky no-one injured themselves in the damp footing though really.

  • POSTED BY line.and.length on | March 12, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    @Chris_P..... well said mate, it does highlight the nonsensical nature of 20/20.... on the other hand, well done Warner, Hogg and Hodge... whereas Watson continues to be a liability to us in all formats, stay in the IPL buddy, so glad we have Faulkner now.... and lastly, test cricket was definitely for you Hodgy, I wonder how many test matches you would have won for us, the selectors so got it wrong not selecting you. I have no doubt Hodge would've been a far better test number 3 than Watson

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 12, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    @moshec: Remember World T20 is in Asia where playing spin bowling will be a real test for non Asian teams. More over South Africa have never won a World Cup or World T20.

  • POSTED BY xmantra23 on | March 12, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    I thought what could we possibly get in 7 overs. My Oh My how interesting it turned out to be. Absolutely entertaining.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 12, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    I know its only a 7 over match (which is a joke) as you see great batsman like Amla and Watson heaving embarrassingly at the ball but wow - I am so disappointed in the captaincy decisions of Faff.

    7 over game and you open with Amla, smacks on nativity and lack of judgement. He is a stroke maker, not a slogger. De Kocks opening partner should have been Miller or A.Morkel. Then he opens the SA bowling with our weakest bowler - Tstobobe against arguably the best T20 opening pair in Finch and Warner...Then makes a debutant who had a shocking first over bowl another over, while Abbott watches this unfold in-front of him having taken a wicket and gone for only 5 in an over. Finally, he bowls Parnell at the death, everyone in world cricket knows Parnell is inconsistent. The rest is history.

    I know its only 7 overs and I don't want to sound over critical but these are very basic errors in judgement he has made and doesn't bode well in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    @Chris_P there is a world cup on in less than one month. It was entertaining for those in the crowd who showed up and allowed the teams valuable practice. Whether it should be recorded as an official match or not is another question but there were other purposes other than being desperate for a result

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Hodge showing he has this format mastered, as everyone else was panicking and jumping about he simply stands and delivers, once again our selectors going back to experience pays out.

    @Chris_P, it is what it is mate, could be worse, could have been five overs!

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | March 12, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    7 overs or not it was fun,aussies has a strong batting line up,warner just keeps on scoring runs against us,de kock were brilliant,

  • POSTED BY moshec on | March 12, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    After watching the cricket over the last few weeks, surely only 3 teams can be serious contenders to win the upcoming world t20. Cant see any side other than AUS, SA & WI winning. They all have such batting fire-power and decent bowlers to back them up. Hoping for an exciting tourney.

  • POSTED BY Jimmyrob83 on | March 12, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Australia played poorly and still won. That has to be a concern for South Africa.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 12, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    The beauty of cricket is that it has 3 formats .All three should certainly be preserved .Test is the ultimate form for any player .If he can play tests most likely he can play all formats especially nowadays. T20 is not slam bash cricket anymore .Proper cricketing shots are prominent .Bowlers I feel are at a disadvantage but then you have to be smart as a bowler. Talent is not the only thing its ability to bowl smartly .T20 is loved all over the world both international as well as domestic leagues .It is thoroughly entertaining and whatever you say much popular and more viable for the audience to watch then both tests and ODIs (Perhaps in Aus and eng test is more popular). Finally Odis is the perfect format for the world cup.T20 is too short .Test a bit too long. ICC has to keep a balance between these formats.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 12, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    I am writing this as Australia won, otherwise it would be viewed as sour grapes. Seriously, how can a 7 over match constitute a game? Are we that desperate for a result? I am embarrassed with the "win" I don't feel good about it, I feel sorry for the Sth African supporters. What's wrong with reserve days or a no result. 7 overs!!! I thought we had developed & evolved as a human race.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    7/7. this is better that T20. future of cricket is just 7 overs.

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | March 12, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    What a Fantastic Finish . High Drama , It was a Treat to watch as a Neutral . Hodge is one of the very best Finishers in T-20 Cricket and he proved it again .

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Why is ab not playing today? Hope he is not injured

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  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Why is ab not playing today? Hope he is not injured

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | March 12, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    What a Fantastic Finish . High Drama , It was a Treat to watch as a Neutral . Hodge is one of the very best Finishers in T-20 Cricket and he proved it again .

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    7/7. this is better that T20. future of cricket is just 7 overs.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 12, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    I am writing this as Australia won, otherwise it would be viewed as sour grapes. Seriously, how can a 7 over match constitute a game? Are we that desperate for a result? I am embarrassed with the "win" I don't feel good about it, I feel sorry for the Sth African supporters. What's wrong with reserve days or a no result. 7 overs!!! I thought we had developed & evolved as a human race.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 12, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    The beauty of cricket is that it has 3 formats .All three should certainly be preserved .Test is the ultimate form for any player .If he can play tests most likely he can play all formats especially nowadays. T20 is not slam bash cricket anymore .Proper cricketing shots are prominent .Bowlers I feel are at a disadvantage but then you have to be smart as a bowler. Talent is not the only thing its ability to bowl smartly .T20 is loved all over the world both international as well as domestic leagues .It is thoroughly entertaining and whatever you say much popular and more viable for the audience to watch then both tests and ODIs (Perhaps in Aus and eng test is more popular). Finally Odis is the perfect format for the world cup.T20 is too short .Test a bit too long. ICC has to keep a balance between these formats.

  • POSTED BY Jimmyrob83 on | March 12, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Australia played poorly and still won. That has to be a concern for South Africa.

  • POSTED BY moshec on | March 12, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    After watching the cricket over the last few weeks, surely only 3 teams can be serious contenders to win the upcoming world t20. Cant see any side other than AUS, SA & WI winning. They all have such batting fire-power and decent bowlers to back them up. Hoping for an exciting tourney.

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | March 12, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    7 overs or not it was fun,aussies has a strong batting line up,warner just keeps on scoring runs against us,de kock were brilliant,

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Hodge showing he has this format mastered, as everyone else was panicking and jumping about he simply stands and delivers, once again our selectors going back to experience pays out.

    @Chris_P, it is what it is mate, could be worse, could have been five overs!

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    @Chris_P there is a world cup on in less than one month. It was entertaining for those in the crowd who showed up and allowed the teams valuable practice. Whether it should be recorded as an official match or not is another question but there were other purposes other than being desperate for a result