South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20, Centurion

All-round Australia seal 2-0 triumph

The Report by Firdose Moonda

March 14, 2014

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Australia 129 for 4 (Finch 39, Tahir 2-21) beat South Africa 128 for 7 (De Kock 41, Starc 2-16) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mitchell Starc wins an lbw appeal early in the innings, South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20, Centurion, March 14, 2014
Australia's bowlers set up the win with Mitchell Starc leading the way © AFP

Australia ended their South African tour as they started it: with an emphatic win in Centurion. They overwhelmed the hosts in the longest and shortest format at the venue to claim both trophies on offer in their month-long visit and winning the T20 series by a 2-0 margin.

In conditions that offered swing and seam movement, Australia's bowlers restricted South Africa to a below-par total. Their batsmen, sans David Warner who was rested for the final game, chased it down like a team in a hurry and they are - to get to the World T20 in Bangladesh.

Australia will go there far more prepared than South Africa after a clinical performance that exposed South Africa's vulnerabilities, especially without their two pace spearheads. Neither Dale Steyn nor Morne Morkel were included in the XI as they complete their rehabilitation from hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively but even they may have found it difficult to defend this total.

South Africa fell significantly below the average first innings score at this ground of 197. That number does not take into account the sluggish nature of the surface given the unseasonal wet weather but Australia showed run scoring was not as difficult as South Africa made it look.

They were pinned down by Australia's speedy assessment of the conditions and tactical nous in exploiting it. Mitchell Starc found extra bounce immediately and hit Quinton de Kock at the end of his first over - a maiden, which set the tone for Australia's effort in the field.

Although de Kock persisted and succeeded to some extent in moving forward to Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australia drew first blood when Starc trapped Hashim Amla lbw with a full delivery that swung into him and caught him in the crease.

George Bailey introduced spin in the fourth over and Glenn Maxwell had reward almost immediately. Faf du Plessis looked to clear mid-off but Brad Hogg proved age is nothing but a number. He backpedalled and took the catch to put South Africa in trouble at 20 for 2.

That was where South Africa made a tactical error. Instead of sending in their best batsman, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy was deployed at No.4. He smoked two gorgeous boundaries before becoming the second man to give it away. Duminy picked out the man at deep cover which meant de Villiers faced pressure from the moment he walked out.

He also found a fielder, at deep square leg, which brought South Africa's finishers to the crease too early. David Miller tried to drive on the up and was caught at short cover. De Kock, who saw very little of the strike after the first six overs, was a victim of turn and Albie Morkel was yorked after striking two meaty sixes.

South Africa managed 24 runs off the last three overs. Their highest partnership was only 25 and it was always unlikely to be enough.

Even though the juggling of their batting line-up did not work, South Africa chose to do the same with their bowling. They opened with Duminy but the gamble did not pay off.

Aaron Finch took advantage of anything short or wide and after Duminy, South Africa's slew of left-arm seamers offered plenty. By the end of the fourth over, Finch had brought Australia's required run-rate down to less than a run a ball.

Finch and Cameron White posted the highest partnership in the game, 43, and the contest was all but decided there. It still required Shane Watson to anchor the rest of the chase after Finch mis-timed his slog sweep off Imran Tahir.

The legspinner was the only positive for South Africa in the field. He bowled smartly, mixing his googly with his stock delivery and tossing it up generously in search of a wicket. He even claimed a second one, that of Watson, who also got the slog sweep wrong but by then, the deal was sealed.

Watson had already taken 12 off three balls off Morkel's over and Maxwell added to the returnee's misery. Morkel's second over cost 18 runs and by then Australia only needed 26 runs off the last eight overs. They got there in three to emphasise their dominance over South Africa and leave du Plessis and Russell Domingo with questions to be answered about how they will make best use of their resources at the World T20.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 17, 2014, 2:18 GMT)

@ TheBigBoodha. Thanks for your comment. I don't think you could be mixing me up with anyone out my way. I'm unfortunately marooned in that sporting wasteland called the USA. Not many cricket supporter out this way. The only people I talk to about the cricket are - and I kid you not this is the absolute truth, even I could not make this up - Mohammed, Mohammed and Mohammed, all who work the graveyard shift at a family owned 7-11 store nearby. Sometimes I go down there at 2am just to have a live conversation about cricket.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 16, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

My apologies, Greatest-Game. Maybe I just haven't noticed the generous side of your spirit. :-) I just seem to recall a whole heap of other stuff. But maybe I'm mixing you up with somebody else out your way.

Posted by proteasfire on (March 15, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Resounding victory for Aussies. They exposed the weakness of SA in all fronts and this is an eye opener for SA to revisit their strategies ahead of World T20. Australia look very formidable and they are one of the favourites leading into the tournament. As far as SA goes, they have pretty good power hitters but they lack tactics. Players like AB, Miller and A Morkel should bat high up the order and JP Duminy should be brought down the order. The batting order should be DeKock, Faf, AB, Miller, Morkel, JP Duminy, F Behardien, W Parnell, M Morkel, D Steyn, I Tahir. Thats the best line up they have got in the list of players available. Amla is not a T20 player and SA should move on. They should pack the side with more power hitters than conservative test players. The short format is all about power hitting and SA should learn that. Otherwise they cant proceed past league matches.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 15, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

@ TheBigBoodha asked "...Can't you just occasionally say something that is generous or complimentary of another country's players or fans?"

After the Newlands test I wrote this, "What an ending. Congratulations to Australia on a well deserved win, & to Ryan Harris for his final burst of intelligent, exceptionally well directed bowling."

After the Asia cup I wrote this:"Congratulations to Sri Lanka on their win, & to both teams for providing all the world's fans a feast of exciting, adventurous and well played cricket."

Responding to Ozcricketwriter's assertion that "Brad Haddin for most of his career has stunk" I wrote "You may underestimate Haddin's keeping. In the records of Dismissals per Innings ... for 4+ tests, Haddin currently is #10, one below Gilchrist."

Is it not complimentary to defend an Aus player from criticism by an Aus fan?

These are all posts "generous or complimentary of another country's players or fans?" I make them often! Perhaps you don't read them?

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 15, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

I have been quite optomistic about Australia's chances in the T20 WC, but foolishly hadn't even looked at the group draws. Now that i have, i'm not so sure. WI, IND, PAK, AUS in one group?? Those were my semi final teams. The other group is too easy i reckon. SA, ENG, NZ, SL of which SL and NZ are should take honours and book a spot in the semi's.

The other group is anyone's game. The only saving grace i see is if PAK and WI fold early like they usually do outside of these competitions, however they have excellent T20 records. IND and AUS/PAK to make it through unless we bowl really well, we might need Johnson after all.

Posted by Zainnajam on (March 15, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Well, If South Africa is the Best side 'Wapuser', Then i think you should have Lost fighting in the Test Match, Not to give it away. I Know that '1 or 2 Series do not Decide Supremacy', But gives a Little Disappointment Doesn it not? Thats what everyone Say. Hope you Bad Luck, Which is all you South Africans Deserve after your Pathetic Way of Losing. People can take Losing lessons From You :P

Posted by creebo777 on (March 15, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

Just because smith kallis retired doesnt mean we"re done,steyn,amla,abdv still there,we"l be stronger if the selectors pick the right guys,dane piedt our spinner,van zyl opening batsman,miller at 6,de kock keeper,that team would be better then the one that was played under greame smith

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 15, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

We are the best team in the world at the moment, in all formats. Look out for another period of dominance

Posted by jb633 on (March 15, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

@dunger.bob, I agree. Personally I think conditions play a bigger role in test matches than in T20 cricket. Also pretty much most of the Aus players have played in IPL so they don't hold the same fear that they maybe did in the 90's. India can't bowl so regardless of who they chuck in there it will be irrelevant. Despite what the genius, all encompassing and omniscient Cpt.Meanster will say Aus are a very good T20 side with guys that come in at 8/9 who can win a game. I say this as an Englishman but I hate guys that can't admit when another side looks good and in the process just look ridiculous. I think Aus would least like to face Pak in the knockout phases. Ajmal et al are very difficult for batsmen from Aus/ENG/SA/NZ

Posted by Jagger on (March 15, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

wapuser on (March 15, 2014, 9:06 GMT) - Yep. Just as we said. You can't back it up.

I'll tell you why South Africa are not the best in the world at Tests: You just got beaten at home by the team ranked second. The very same rankings you speak of said we were number one - six months after Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist retired. What a load of rubbish. We accepted the stats were wrong, why can't you? India have played something like 19 games and we've played 31 or something, all things considered, how can you pick the best team out of that? How do we know South Africa or India won't lose their next 12 games in a row? Like the Oscars, it's subjective, yet what we know is you can't be number 1 anymore if you get beaten at home by the team ranked second especially since you don't play with 12 players anymore. Kallis was two players in one and he's gone.

Excuse me, but can some one please tell me what evidence they have that the batsmen picked in the Australian squad can't play spin?

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 15, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@Wapuser: We don't know how good SA are AT THIS MOMENT. They have been the best side in the world, but at the moment they are in limbo. The sides that won in AUS twice, undefeated in India etc. is non existent. An opening pair of Elgar and Petersen is not one that belongs to the top side in the world unless they improve.

We don't know where SA will go from here, but they have good cricketers and shouldn't fall too far. I don't think it will be like what AUS just went through, but the SA side was always going to go through this because a lot of their best players are of the same age.

We don't know where AUS will go from here either, but time will tell. However, at this moment in time AUS are the form team of the world.

Posted by jimmyg02 on (March 15, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

@ wapuser. Your right numbers don't lie South Africa 1 Australia 2. You are only as good as your last series..

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (March 15, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

In these kind of conditions, if Starc gets on a roll he's almost impossible to resist.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 15, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Greatest Game, given that India could only win one of a dozen games it played on its recent overseas jaunt, maybe you should reevaluate your perception that it is SA that is in free-fall.

Sadly, your mean-spirited post is typical of what you write here. Can't you just occasionally say something that is generous or complimentary of another country's players or fans?

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 15, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

As for the T20 WC, we all know that short format games are played on neutral, batsman-friendly tracks.

Except in some countries which deliberately lay down rank turners when it suits them. This only happens in one or two countries. The rest follow the protocol.

We saw the friendly batting tracks the Indians lay down for the ODI series vs Australia - all five of them pretty much the same - thus ending all lame excuses that pitches in the sub-continent are always dry and dusty.

Posted by wapuser on (March 15, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

@mervo...SA is still the best test side in the World. I donno bout others but i have not miss the last series but i think u missed the last couple of years. 1 or 2 series does not decide test supremacy, numbers dont lie check the test ranking u ll see the difference in numbers that shows the hard work and victories. Did u miss the last 2 series where SA conquered Aus in Aus? Remember Steyn did not bowl in the last test and SA still took it to the last hours in that Test match. Lets see how Aus travel? Especially in UAE and India where SA is undefeated. Well wait Aus lost in India. It will take a lot for Aus to remove SA from the top. Its possible but 1 or 2 wins are not enough. Thatsy thers a ranking system. SA still no. 1 in Test. But Aussies are better in limited overs.

Posted by ThreePIllarTales on (March 15, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

I'd love oz to win but methinks pakistan or india in bunsen burner pitches. It gives bangladesh a Team with the best spinner wins.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 15, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

So South Africa gets beaten black and blue in their own backyard once again. Pathetic performance to say the least.

Posted by line.and.length on (March 15, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

@dunger.bob.... well said mate, at their best and in normal service Oz is to cricket what Brazil is to football

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 15, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

I would not like to talk up our chances with T20. More than happy to see us winning two important test series back-to-back. WC T20 pales to insignificance compared to our victories against Eng and SA.

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 15, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Why AB still comes at No. 5 in all formats of the game, are SA serious at-least after depart of Kallis and Smith?

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

did any1 see the ranking top3 teams r sri Lanka india Pakistan in t20

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 15, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

@ Greatest_Game: It's not as bad as all that. It's just that you've been Oz'd. The Pom's caught a big dose of it, you guys have merely got a sniffle. It's kind of what we do when we're at our best. .. we sort of blow into town, blow you out the water then sail away watching the buildings still fall as we head into the sunset. ... Next time we might not be nearly as hot and things will look right with the world again.

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (March 15, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

@Robster1 So your response to SA scoring 128 runs is to strengthen the bowling lineup? I'm pretty sure that some focus on the batting is required as even with a better bowling battery 128 is still close to impossible to defend against a good T20 side like Australia.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 15, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

What an absolutely pathetic performance from SA. When the new kid is the only batsman to put on a respectable performance, and scores a third of the team's runs, it is clear that some serious questions need to be asked. Those questions need to start at the top.

What are the selectors and Russell Domingo up to? SA's legends are throwing in the towel. Kallis & Smith retired because they had simply had enough. Enough of trying to maintain a great team while CSA do their best to dismantle it. Kirsten walked away after a very surprisingly short tenure. He walked away from the pressures not of coaching, but of coaching the Proteas.

The winds of change have abruptly ripped SA cricket to it's foundations. When Smith relinquished the short format captaincy, the ODI & T20 teams nosedived. Judging by this performance they are in free fall, & the demoralized team knows it. All, except the new kid, that is. He's so new he is still playing cricket!

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 15, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Pakistan have Afridi so what Autralia have Warner,Watson,Finch,Maxwell. And yes even Bailey and Hodge can be more dangerous than Afridi on any day

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

Hope the Australian selectors have now realized by now that they need guys young at heart and not only young age! Cameroon White, Brad Hogg, Hodge, Bailey in 20/20 and Rogers/Haddin in tests are really performing.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 15, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

In the last year the Australian T20 statistics for batting is 10.12 RPO.

Batting first Australia will get 202 runs and far more on sub-continent pitches.

SA need to re-think their roster with their current teams inadequacies to have any chance in Bangladesh.

Could be some records broken in the T20 World Cup.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (March 15, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

poor show by RSA middle order and they proved as a zero team again mighty AUS. . Amla is not a t-20 player and I don't know why did SA board call A.Morkel back in the side even though in the Fast format of cricket .......Good luck

Posted by Meety on (March 15, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

Short forms - sort of who cares, BUT - I wonder if the opening over may become a turning point in Starc's career? A Left arm bowler named Mitch would be a good role model for Starc. Starc (IMO) has more skill in his bowling than MJ, & with the white ball is a far better bowler. I wonder if Starc may eventually try & ramp his speed up & bowl a bit more intimidation in the future? He isn't as fast MJ, but not far off (when fully match fit). @wapuser on (March 14, 2014, 19:02 GMT) - Oz won't be going to the world cup just to make up the numbers. There is confidence within the squad & their fielding will give them a great chance. They won't be wanting to score 5 rpo off mid-level quality spinners though! That said - this Oz squad with the likes of White & Hodge have heaps of sub-continent experience & are good against spinners. So the 20/20 Oz side has better batting credentials than the Test team v spin!

Posted by keepingtestcricketreal on (March 15, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

@Posted by Syed Ahmed Usman on (March 14, 2014, 18:47 GMT) in t-20 no team has advantage even weaker opposition have chances of surprising strong one.T-20 WC is jist going to start but no team is favourite all teams have equal chance of winning it.

No doubt Hong Kong ar in with a real chance, UAE as well real dark horse.

Posted by Robster1 on (March 15, 2014, 0:36 GMT)

Include Steyn. Morkel and Abbott in the SA team and it'd be far stronger.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 15, 2014, 0:17 GMT)

@ jb633: Nice summary. Pretty damn close to the mark I'd say. .. A lot, and I mean a lot, has been said about the fact the tourny is in Asia. The thinking seems to be that the western countries are more or less automatically out of the picture because 'we can't play spin and haven't got any spinners of our own'. Well, I'd like to think that unless we're expected to play on rank turners the pitches should be more or less neutral. It is a T20 tournament after all and as a general rule international standard T20 decks won't seam, swing, bounce or spin to any great extent. The fans want to see the ball flying around and difficult decks aren't conducive to that. I think we Aussies will at least be competitive. .. Given some luck we'll be more than that, much much more.

Posted by Jagger on (March 14, 2014, 23:59 GMT)

wapuser on (March 14, 2014, 19:02 GMT) SA maybe the best Test side... Unquote. I see where you're going with this. South Africa are useless so Australia can't take anything from beating South Africa 2-nil. You really should have saved your breath mate because you can't back up your opening statement anyway.

At the moment, the pitches are so different and the teams are so dominant at home, no one team can say it is the best in the world in Tests. If anyone can lay claim to it Australia is it because we just beat the other most likely candidate at home, and the second most likely candidate 5-nil.

Here: Australia (until recently ranked T20 7th in the world out of a possible 9 mainstream teams, and with the two best bowlers in the world currently missing through injury) wins the 2014 world T20 tournament in far-off Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan. No, it couldn't possibly happen, could it? What an amazing achievement that would be, and probably never, ever be beaten. C'mon Aussies.

Posted by Alpalcal on (March 14, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

Thinks Aussies are close to dead-cert for Bangladesh. Maybe India... SA, Eng, WI all on the wane...

Posted by MariusPontmercy94 on (March 14, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

I'm tipping Sri Lanka to just pip Australia in the final of the T20's - and this is coming from an Aussie.

Posted by burnt_cow on (March 14, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

I don't understand the hype about Pak being "best bowling attack" or "best T20 team" . Even BD showed how to take on Ajmal, Gull, Afridi. In batting Afridi completed his next 10 years quota of good performances. The clear favorites are SL. They have been in BD for a long time, their players played in Dhaka Premier league, BPL and also they have full fit team. 2nd favorite should be WI and Aus. Aus are in form of their life. Don't forget Hodge played in BPL and knows the condition very well. He along with warner, maxwell and Hogg will be the key performers. Ind need someone from top order to stand up and rely on their spin. Although they don't deserve to play in semis. Anderson and Taylor might take NZ to semis. ENG, SA doesn't have any chance here. BD if gets passed AFG in qualifier, group 2 is going to be toughest with WI, Pak, Aus, Ind & BD. But if AFG goes through it would be a much easier. group 1 is much easier with SL, NZ, SA,ENG and Zim/Ire. It's cakewalk for SL and NZ

Posted by disco_bob on (March 14, 2014, 22:47 GMT)

Bottom line: SA won a single match at home in the entire Aus/SA series. Somehow I don't think that ABdV is going to be able to carry SA hopes and dreams by himself. And with Steyn losing pace and Philander being found out, not to mention Warner showing how Morkel can be taken to the cleaners regularly, it's going to be a miserable 10 years coming up for the SAffers.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 14, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

If the World T20 was to be held in SA or AUS/NZ, then we can attest that the Aussies would probably go on to win the tournament. However, since it's held in Bangladesh, I don't think Australia or SA have any chance irrespective of the results here. One of the Asian teams will win the tournament. SL or PAK could be the likely candidates followed by India. The only non-Asian teams who could win it are WI. SA and AUS would be likely semi finalists. The rest will make up the numbers.

Posted by AussiePhoenix on (March 14, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

Love it, who can we crush next.

Posted by Mervo on (March 14, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

wapuser - SA the best test side in the world? Did you miss the last series?

Posted by Mervo on (March 14, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Poor old Faf has no more puff. A limited cricketer in any form of the game.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (March 14, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

What can be gained from this series for SA? 1) A woefully out of form Amla has nothing to contribute to the team despite his past achievements and should not go to the T20 championship. 2) Ditto for Tsotsobe. 3) Batting first in tricky conditions almost never works. 4) There is no substitute for accurate bowling - cramping up the batsmen and especially yorkers. 5) Considering the standard of pitch and playing conditions must NEVER host an ICC or IPL event. 6) SA pace bowlers are clueless against players like Warner and Hodge. Only Duminy could get Warner out - very disturbing.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 14, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

Australia are just lucky. SL is the best. One series about 4 years ago SL won 2-1, that makes SL better than Australia in all formats for all eternity. Australia are bouncy track bullies. Murali is better than Warne. Johnson is overrated, wait until he plays Pak in UAE. Blah, blah, blah.....

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

@xtrafalgarx, Quite ironic that first post of yours as it was Hoggies one good ball of the night which accounted for De Kock and pretty much put the game to bed for Aus, after that SA were never going to post a defendable score. Starc, Maxwell (with ball) and Finch were all very good for us.

Can't wait until the WT20 kicks off on sunday, really looking forward to seeing the Associates, Bang and Zim battle it out before the main event kicks off... Aus along with SL have to be the favourites you'd think. I really hope our boys can put on a show!

Posted by Pakisheikh on (March 14, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

To all those who are saying Australia is a very balanced side. Well, I dont think so ,these T20 Australian batsmen can't play spin very well and we all saw it today they were having difficulty while facing Imran Tahir who is a mediocre spinner by all means. In T20 worldcup they will be up against Ajmail, Hafeez, Ashwin, Mishra and Sunil narine who are top quality spinners in the world today in their pool. So don't be dissapointed if the australian side doesnt make it to knock.outs

Posted by jb633 on (March 14, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

At the moment it looks like the favourites for the T20 WC are Pak/WI/SL/Aus. In the second bracket there is probably India and NZ with a marginal outside bet. In the third bracket I would say ENG/SA/BD and the rest with virtually no chance. I expect Aus to take the title, especially if somebody can knock Pakistan out before they meet. I feel if Pak play ENG/AUS/NZ/SA in a semi/ final situation they will be favourites. However against Asian opposition their bowling seems to like the penetration and SL or India could do the job on them. WI need Gayle and Narine to fire but I feel their ability to collapse may cost them this time. As for SL I think their lack of a seamer outside Malinga could hurt them but if they can get runs on the board they are a great shout. Should be a good contest, but if you are English like myself, you are secretly dreading it.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Or maybe Australia are the best test side in the world and South Africa are about to spend a decade in the wilderness.

Posted by wapuser on (March 14, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

SA maybe the best Test side in the World but OZs are a better than SA in the limited overs. Infact SA are ok in ODIs but a poor side in T20s. SA players are not compatible for T20s. Aus beat a poor SA. I personally doubt either of these teams can beat SL, Pak or even Ind (poor form) in Bangladesh. In T20 SL is way ahead of SA or even Aus. One tow crushing over from Malinga or Boom Boom of inform Afridi can send anyteam packing in the tournament. For me SL are the fav to win followed by Pak n Ind. If it was played outside the Subcontinent maybe WI (t20 team) SL or Aus but its in Bangladesh. Aus played good today but SA played worse. SL is the best in T20.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

in t-20 no team has advantage even weaker opposition have chances of surprising strong one.T-20 WC is jist going to start but no team is favourite all teams have equal chance of winning it.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 14, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Aussies seems to have a well balanced team. They look threatening in every format and it won't be long before they will be on the top of the ladder. They have crushed a strong SA batting line up and now it's just a walk in the park for the Aussie batsmen. SA has to put this series behind, pull up their socks and head to BD with a positive frame of mind. They have the stars in their team, but they need more than just De Mock to shine. Cheers!

Posted by jb633 on (March 14, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

xtraflagax, I agree with you on that. They really look a poor side in this format and i can't see them competing given the conditions they are going to be facing in the WT20. It seems like they don't have a clear picture of how they want to play the game and the sides they are putting out don't look great on paper or in the middle.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

My word, that Aussie should have been named 'noses' henriques

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 14, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

@Shan Ali Gaad: SA have been a fantastic test side for a long time, but i have never liked the look of their limited overs teams. They rely a lot on their test players to play limited overs stuff and don't have enough power hitters.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Sa will win...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 14, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Hmm, nup. Hogg's not looking good at all. Too many 'hit me please' balls here, he is lucky not to be going at 10 an over because QDK keeps hitting it to fielders!

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