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England vs South Africa 1st test preview


As the South Africans LOOK TO GAIN TOP SPOT on the world rankings one could be forgiven for thinking they are up against the blind school.
England seemed to be mucking about in the lead up to the most anticipated series of the year. South Africa, like England, also have a renowned pace attack and Strauss confirmed he was expecting a tough time.

“South Africa have a bowling line-up as good as anyone in the world and that’s a good challenge for us,” he said. Strauss is looking forward to playing against his fellow country men and enjoys the opportunity to chat in the local dialect something frowned upon in the dressing room when KP, Trotters, Prior and himself get going. The lads think we mocking them he insinuated when probed.

England (possible) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

South Africa (possible) 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 Jacques Rudolph, 7 JP Duminy, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir

The weather forecast is perfect English Summer weather – bet on a draw as we likely to lose vast amounts of time to the weather. 

It will be an interesting struggleand the players to watch are: 

Vernon Philander - averaging just 13 and some change in tests, already collected 50 wickets he is a danger man. 

Alistair Cook – Run machine and no signs of letting up, he will be seen as the corner stone of the top order

Matt Prior/John Trott – Keen to stick it to the Saffas these lads will be fighting with all they have to ensure Smithers and the boys know they made the right decision. 

Dale Steyn – Arguably the best bowler in the world, hasnt got much of a chance to pick up wickets as Vernon mops up the top order like its the tail.

Biggest disappointment: KP – lots of turmoil in the mans life as he resigns from the short format then changes his mind. The weather conditions and the SA bowlers will be too much for him to trouble the scorers in both innings. Will be lucky to make 25 in both innings combined.


Result: Draw

Sri Lanka thrash England – SA to top the rankings?

Despite a heroic final innings total of 264, England were bambooooozellled by Herath who spun a web around the English taking 6 for 97 in 38 overs. A fine effort by the boy who seems to be following in the twinkling footsteps of the great Murali.

An outstanding effort by South African born Jonathan Trott who managed 112, a fine effort by the man who is one of many England players who learnt his trade in South Africa but like so many other rejects, couldn’t make the cut and barge his way into a very strong Proteas squasd, and so opted to join the SA ‘B’ side, which has a few locals in it to make up the ‘quota’ of English born players to make sure they can technically call it the English cricket team.

England are on a slippery slide after getting dominated by Pakistan (who also spun a massive web around the English batting line-up) and now losing to Sri Lanka, are set to lose their number 1 test ranking to South Africa in a few weeks, with South Africa on a very good run of form, comprehensively beating New Zealand away from home in the recent test, one day and T20 series.

South Africa are looking forward to the upcoming test match series in England, with test match captain Graeme Smith quoted as saying “It will be nice to see some of the boys again. Its almost like playing a domestic match back in SA, so our boys will feel right at home, its the only place where we go on tour and cant speak about on-field tactics in Afrikaans.”

Just a reminder, if England lose the next test match against Sri Lanka, they will slip to 2nd place in the world rankings, with South Africa, who are on a great run of form, taking their rightful place at the top of the world rankings and we can finally have a team there who is actually winning.

Jon-Jon Smuts Hits 150

I have mentioned Jon Jon Smuts previously on here about Jon-Jon. I am sure his classmates will tell you he is destined for greater things, after breaking the school record for the amount of runs scored for the first team. To recap, Jon-Jon’s statistics include:
-played 80 matches for the Graeme College 1st team
-represented E.P. U18 team for 3 years i.e. 2004, 2005 and captain in 2006
-scored 4220 runs at an average of 57,8 runs per innings
-scored 14 centuries. His highest was 190 runs (see detail below)
-took 141 wickets at an average per wicket of 19.4 runs

Smuts, reached 150 today, his second hundred in the supersport series, which was curiosly curtailed by a declaration on 315/3 some 76 runs BEHIND the Eagles total. After this knock Jon-Jon should keep a regular place in the squad, however he has performed well in the lower tier the CSA provincial challenge this year.

Keep an eye on Jon-Jon and his younger brother Kelly Smuts

Standard Bank Pro20 Fixtures 2009 – the Kaboom Tour

The warriors kicked off with a massive victory against the titans and the Kaboom award if there is suck an award must have gone to Davey Jacobs who hit 6 sixes of which 5 were in a row!!!!  

January 2009

21 Chevrolet Warriors vs Nashua Titans – Warriors won by 81 runs

23 Nashua Cape Cobras vs Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 6pm
23 Gestetner Diamond Eagles v Nashua Dolphins Pro20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 6pm
25 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2.30pm
25 Nashua Titans vs Nashua Dolphins Pro20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 2.30pm
28 Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley 6pm
30 Nashua Dolphins vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 Sahara Stadium Kindsmead, Durban 6pm
30 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Nashua Titans Pro20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 6pm

February 2009

1 Nashua Cape Cobras vs Nashua Titans Pro20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 2.30pm
1 Chevrolet Warriors vs Nashua Dolphins Pro20 Buffalo Park, East London 2.30pm
4 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 6pm
6 Chevrolet Warriors vs bizhub Highveld Lions Pro20 Sahara Oval St George’s, Port Elizabeth 6pm
6 Nashua Titans vs Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 6pm
8 Nashua Dolphins vs bizhub Highveld Lions Pro20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 2.30pm
8 Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 2.30pm
13 SF Round 1 vs SF Round 1 Pro20 TBA 6pm
14 SF Round 1 vs SF Round 1 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 2.30pm
15 SF Round 2 vs SF Round 2 Pro20 TBA 2.30pm
16 SF Round 2 vs SF Round 2 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 6pm
18 SF Round 3 vs SF Round 3 Pro20 TBA – if required 6pm
19 SF Round 3 vs SF Round 3 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 6pm
20 Final vs Final Pro20 TBA 6pm
21 Final vs Final Pro20 (Reserve Day) 2.30pm

SA vs India 2nd Test Day 1

India were dismissed for 76 in the shortest ever innings on the subcontinent. It took just 20 overs to complete the rot with Steyn picking up 5/23. Ntini grabbed 3/18 and Morkel claimed 2 wickets. In under 15 overs SA were in the lead. Currently they are 147 runs in the lead with 4 wickets down. Things are not going India’s way and it will take a miracle for them to come back in this match.