The Heavy Ball

That Australian dossier on South Africa in full

Wondering what insights and strategy the precious document contains? Wonder no more

Alan Tyers
Hashim Amla: due a run of poor scores on account of having made a triple-century this year  •  Getty Images

Hashim Amla: due a run of poor scores on account of having made a triple-century this year  •  Getty Images

The top brains in Australian cricket have pulled off yet another magnificent espionage and intelligence-gathering coup, compiling a "dossier" on their South African opponents that will shock and stun cricket fans around the world. Here are some of the explosive highlights of this radical document.
Graeme Smith
Is the captain of the Test match side. But interestingly, not of the one-day side. We should look out for him making decisions and being in charge during the Tests but not so much in the ODIs. Likes to hit the ball. May be vulnerable to 95mph inswinging yorker.
Alviro Petersen
Is a Test opening batsman. Look to get him out bowled, caught or lbw. Finds batting harder against good bowling. Might not enjoy being repeatedly hit in the mouth by bumpers.
Jacques Kallis
A simply outstanding allrounder. This means he is outstanding at batting and also outstanding at bowling. His fielding is also outstanding. Vital to stop him scoring too many runs or taking a lot of wickets. May find it less easy to score off 105mph legcutters.
Hashim Amla
A quality individual as well as a quality player. Doesn't drink alcohol, so might be mentally weak.
AB de Villiers
Very talented batsman who likes to hit the ball but cannot score runs if he is not hitting the ball. We should look to bowl balls that he does not hit. Also wicketkeeps but has not, as yet, been able to keep wicket while batting. Look to exploit this weakness in his game.
Jacques Rudolph
Has same first name as Jacques Kallis but is not as outstanding. Does not like to hit ball.
JP Duminy
One of those players who makes you go "Aw, strewth why has he not got a proper fair-dinkum first name instead of just initials?" Can hit the ball on both off side and leg side. Ways to get him out could include caught, bowled, leg before wicket (lbw), run out, stumped, hit-wicket , handled the ball, hit the ball twice, obstructing the field and timed out.
Dale Steyn
Fast bowler. Can bowl it very fast. Is right-handed. Reports suggest he can swing ball and bowl bouncers. Is less tall than widely assumed. Obvious weakness is his batting.
Morne Morkel
Fast bowler. Can bowl it very fast. Is right-handed. Interestingly, is taller than Dale Steyn. Nickname is Big Morne Morkel because he is big and his name is Morne Morkel. May not get wickets if we can avoid getting out to him.
Vernon Philander
Another fast bowler, although not as fast as Big Morne Morkel and Less Big Than You Might Assume Dale Steyn. Enjoys taking wickets. Keep him bowling without taking wickets. He may not enjoy bowling as much if he is bowling and not taking any wickets.
Imran Tahir
Total no-hoper who we should crush physically, mentally and cricketingly.