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Cullinan: Australia the smartest thinkers in the game

Daryll Cullinan on South Africa's inconsistency, and the factors that made Australia the dominant side in an exciting Test series

Host: Raunak Kapoor / Expert: Daryll Cullinan

March 5, 2014

Posted by gibbs.175 on (March 7, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

Yes ! Morkel should play more domestic cricket to get his line -length back ( wicket -taking power )And he will have to accept it "he is responsible for this lose .In the absence of Dale STYNE He must come on the front to create a great amount of pressure .Othewise home is batter for him......Good luck RSA .....

Posted by tinkertinker on (March 6, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

The aussies just play a brand of cricket nobody else will dare to try.

All out aggression, so many fearful safety first skippers like dhoni mathews smith around at least the aussies play without fear.

They aren't without flaws but at least they are trying to get people to watch test cricket, the rest don't seem to care how good the game is to watch.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

The smartest thinkers. I do appreciate Australians. Ryan Harris goes under the knife for knee surgery after this series - he does not know what the future holds. He may play Test cricket again, but at 34 there are no guarantees. Whatever happens, he has delivered one of the great triumphs in Australia's recent Test history, bowling the team to a series victory over South Africa, the world's No.1-ranked side, when it seemed almost inevitable that Graeme Smith would be farewelled by his men with a fighting, fitting draw.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Suggest that Morkel should not be dropped, he is, like Johnson, a fearsome bowler. Johnson has largely learnt (although he sometimes forgets still) that after you scare the hell out of them or attack their body, you then go for the wicket. He's largely done this in the last 2 series. Morkel was not the best bowler, because he lost the battle to Clarke, who took every blow but still scored a big century. AB knows how this works too, as in the first test when he was the only SA batsman who was able to tough it out against MJ. So Morne just needs to bowl at the wicket as well as the body.

Posted by Biggus on (March 6, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

The smartest thinkers eh? Who would have thunk it! Perhaps he means that when he said after day two both captains would settle for a draw we didn't agree. If that makes us the smartest thinkers I'm flattered but isn't winning the whole idea?

Posted by pat_one_back on (March 6, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Clearly you only read stats and didn't see a ball bowled @Singh1699, Morkel was the pick of the bowlers, his figures don't do him justice, Philander on the other hand is a more impressive batsmen than bowler, likewise Abbott. If Abbott is cleaning up in domestic it's against weak batting or because of the doctoring of test pitches as he showed nothing of interest in this test.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Singh, you seem to be yet another person who has failed to learn from what happened to England in the recent Ashes series. If management and the team fail to acknowledge that they were beaten by a better side, then you are going to start dropping players who do not need to lose their spots. Rather, they have more to learn. Getting fresh faces in all the time is a patch solution looking for a miracle. Australia dominated because their players were confident, but grounded, and they were more aggressive at all times. South Africa needs to analyse and learn from this series and get the best out of the players they have. Dropping everyone who had a bad game or couple sends a poor message and takes confidence away from players. Players need to know that their country backs them to perform, even in darker times such as these.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 6, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Clarke's captaincy has been amazing. The kind of plan and field placing he uses is a lesson for defensive captains.Even in the 0-3 loss against England his captaincy was tactically superb

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (March 6, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

Yes ,they are smarter but If SA has bowlers like Morne Morkel . Any batsman score good runs on the board .Can someone show the door to Morkel .....Must be dropped .....

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