Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 1 - Trying not to lose

I was aghast at seeing Friedel de Wet in the starting 11 this morning. And I never get aghast! I hope he's been magical in the nets - I'm talking bowling deliveries that blink out to another dimension as the batsman looks set to play his shot, only to then reappear INSIDE the middle stump - because the only other possible reason for his selection is that he blew the entire team and coaching staff.

With Friedel in the side, Kallis not able to bowl, a long tail and the team having not played test cricket since the start of the year, one would have thought England would really want to nail home a 1-0 lead.

Instead they also chose only 4 bowlers, which is even more of a puzzler considering the batting qualities of Broad, Prior and Swann.

Thanks to Kallis (You're welcome, Anon) SA have a good foundation to build on, but the draw is still looking like the most likely destination. I guess both teams would be thrilled with that.


Lou on December 16, 2009 at 10:45 PM said...

They chose four bowlers, then put SA in.

Strauss' luck is coming to an end.

Dan on December 17, 2009 at 1:30 AM said...

Uneven bounce on Day 1 and you think a draw is the most likely result? I hope you're right because we have to bat last on that wicket!

Completely agree with your point about us picking only 4 bowlers. Anderson isn't 100% and now Onions has picked up an injury. Luckily, Collingwood and Trott looked really dangerous, bowled some real jaffas they did. *cough*

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