Bouncing Back with Imran Tahir and South Africa

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Bouncing BackTest cricket is a funny game. One minute you can be humiliated by a team who only a month prior suffered defeat at the hands of a minnow like Zimbabwe. The next minute you can give that same team one of the beatings of their life. South Africa look like bouncing back against Pakistan in the 2nd Test having registered a lead of more than 300 at the end of day 2.

Graeme Smith is no longer rusty with a double ton and AB De Villers has a ton too.

What makes this feat even more impressive, is they’ve done it all without the best batsman in the world Hashim Amla. He’s absent to support his wife who is about to give birth.

Speaking of bouncing back. Remember Imran Tahir. He was once the answer to South Africa’s spinning dilemmas. Then after recording figures of 37-1-260-0 in Adelaidehe, he look destined to never play a test again . Well, he’s bounced back too. South Africa bowled Pakistan out for 99 on day 1 and Tahir recorded his first ever five for in Test with figures of 5 for 32 off 13 overs.

You can see some footage below.


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Pakistan teach Australia a thing or two about selection

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During the summer, it seemed like the Australian selectors were picking their batting order blindfolded. A quick look at day 2 of the Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Test illustrates how this fickle policy can actually pay off.

Pakistan fielded their 6th different opening partnership in 7 Tests. Having dismissed South Africa for 249 in their first innings, Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor repaid the faith showed in them by both recording fifties and scoring Pakistan’s 1st century opening partnership stand in 22 innings.

The beauty of Pakistan as always is they can capitulate to a minnow like Zimbabwe one week, and then give world beaters like South Africa a massive fright the next. Keep an eye on Abu Dhabi. Should Pakistan record a decent first innings lead, South Africa will have to contend with the most dangerous spinner in the world to preserve their record at #1.

 


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Hashim Amla’s 20th: Century Making Serenity

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There is a two Test match series (if two counts as a series!) going on in the Middle East between Pakistan and South Africa. Pakistan are doing rather well having dismissed South Africa for 249.

Had it not been for Hashim Amla (118), things could have been much worse. In our eyes Amla  is not only the finest beard in cricket but the only batsmen in the world to reach enlightenment. His batting should be used in a guided meditation course. This century brought up his 20th and the speed with which he’s got there is staggering.

Alternative Cricket did some quick research on the number of Tests to reach 20 centuries…

Bradman: 35 Tests
Gavaskar: 50
Hayden: 55
Sobers: 69
Tendulkar: 69
HASHIM AMLA: 71

In the past 3 years Amla has been nothing short of a century making machine. Since January 2010, Amla is averaging 72.08. He has scored 3316 runs and made 13 centuries in the space of only 32 Test matches. Amla, at the age of 30, will no doubt be on the list of all time century makers in Tests, you just wish South Africa played more matches.

 

 

 


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Wade officially first choice as Australia announce 12 man Test squad for South Africa

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National Selector John Inverarity commented today on Australia’s selection for the first test in Brisbane which begins on November 9th.

“The 12 man squad for the first Vodafone Test against South Africa is as many have predicted.

“Most discussion centred on the wicket-keeping role with both Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin presenting a strong and compelling case for inclusion.

“Matthew came into the Australian ODI team in February and has since acquitted himself especially well.

“Matthew and Brad both went to the West Indies; Matthew as our preferred ODI and T20 player and Brad as our incumbent and preferred Test match ‘keeper. As is widely known Brad returned to Australia early in the tour due to family circumstances and as a consequence Matthew was our Test ‘keeper for the three Test matches.

“He kept and batted very well and made a match-defining brilliant century in the second innings of the Third and final Test against West Indies.

“Since then he has played and gained valuable experience in England, the UAE and Sri Lanka. As a young player, getting better by the month, he is thoroughly deserving of his retention.

“While Matthew has been retained as the Test ‘keeper, Brad remains a player of significant interest.

“The last Test match that Australia played, the Third Test in the West Indies last April, included Ryan Harris. Ryan is continuing his rehabilitation from injury and is unavailable.

“Peter Siddle and James Pattinson have recovered especially well from the injuries that rendered them unavailable for that last Test in West Indies. In fact, they have been enjoying an ideal preparation for the first Vodafone Test in Brisbane having played in three Bupa Sheffield Shield games with another one to come later this week.

“The squad will assemble in Brisbane on Monday and will have three days of intensive preparation together to be ready for the beginning of this long awaited series starting on 9 November,” Inverarity said.

The Australian squad for the first Vodafone Test is:

State

Age

Michael Clarke (c) NSW

31

Shane Watson (vc) NSW

31

Ed Cowan TAS

30

Ben Hilfenhaus TAS

29

Mike Hussey WA

37

Nathan Lyon SA

24

James Pattinson VIC

22

Ricky Ponting TAS

37

Peter Siddle VIC

27

Mitchell Starc NSW

22

Matthew Wade VIC

24

David Warner NSW

26


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One Hand One Bounce Weekly Cricket Podcast 80: South Africa number 1

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Audio, 21st August 2012: 35 minutes

DAVID SIDDALL, PUNTER STEVE and JONATHAN HOWCROFT discuss South Africa’s number 1 status and attempt to walk around inside Kevin Pietersen’s brain. ANT SIMS joins us to discuss the rise of the nearly men of world cricket. Plus we dish out those coveted weekly awards.

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Further Reading

- Follow Ant Sim’s coverage of England vs South Africa on Daily Maverick

- Australia, two wins away from greatness, by Jonathan  Howcroft

- South Africa seal number one spot by Ant Sims

- Follow Ant on Twitter

 

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World Cricket Watch has assembled a crackpot team in the desperate hope of creating the greatest cricket podcast on the web. When we first came up with the idea for the show it was based on the notion that great podcasts rely on great conversations, and that cricket, more than any other sport, provides the perfect backdrop for conversation that can reach beyond the specificities of sport to culture and society. We all know that the best cricket writing is also a great way of finding out about the particularities of a given time or place, and we hoped that a podcast could do the same.


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Interview with Ant Sims: South Africa Flog Lackluster England

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Audio, 24th July 2012: 14 minutes

South African cricket journalist ANT SIMS revels in South Africa’s absolute flogging on England by an innings and 12 runs.

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Further Reading

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- South Africa break The Oval’s Voodoo

- Follow Ant on Twitter

 

 


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One Hand One Bounce Weekly Cricket Podcast 79

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Audio, 24th July 2012: 32 minutes

DAVID SIDDALL and PUNTER STEVE are joined on the line by South African journalist ANT SIMS to discuss one of the biggest floggings in Test cricket history. Plus we ponder Chris Gayle’s long awaited Test cricket return and how good Virat Kohli is after he hits his 4th century in 5 games.

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Further Reading

- Follow Ant Sim’s coverage of England vs South Africa on Daily Maverick

- South Africa break The Oval’s Voodoo

- Follow Ant on Twitter

 

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About One Hand One Bounce

World Cricket Watch has assembled a crackpot team in the desperate hope of creating the greatest cricket podcast on the web. When we first came up with the idea for the show it was based on the notion that great podcasts rely on great conversations, and that cricket, more than any other sport, provides the perfect backdrop for conversation that can reach beyond the specificities of sport to culture and society. We all know that the best cricket writing is also a great way of finding out about the particularities of a given time or place, and we hoped that a podcast could do the same.


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One Hand One Bounce Weekly Cricket Podcast 78

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Audio, 16th July 2012: 39 minutes

DAVID SIDDALL and MURRAY MIDDLETON  analyse the careers of recent retirees Brett Lee and Mark Boucher. We preview the Oval test between England and South Africa. Plus who will receive the weekly cricket awards?

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Special Thanks to this week’s podcast hero of the week – CHRIS APPLE.

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World Cricket Watch has assembled a crackpot team in the desperate hope of creating the greatest cricket podcast on the web. When we first came up with the idea for the show it was based on the notion that great podcasts rely on great conversations, and that cricket, more than any other sport, provides the perfect backdrop for conversation that can reach beyond the specificities of sport to culture and society. We all know that the best cricket writing is also a great way of finding out about the particularities of a given time or place, and we hoped that a podcast could do the same.


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One Hand One Bounce Weekly Cricket Podcast 77

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Audio, 10th July 2012: 35 minutes

DAVID SIDDALL and JONATHAN HOWCROFT discuss what went wrong for Australia and preview England’s heavyweight clash with South Africa as they battle it out for #1 spot in the Test rankings. Plus look out for Jonathan Trott’s ‘Britishness’ and those acclaimed weekly awards.

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About One Hand One Bounce

World Cricket Watch has assembled a crackpot team in the desperate hope of creating the greatest cricket podcast on the web. When we first came up with the idea for the show it was based on the notion that great podcasts rely on great conversations, and that cricket, more than any other sport, provides the perfect backdrop for conversation that can reach beyond the specificities of sport to culture and society. We all know that the best cricket writing is also a great way of finding out about the particularities of a given time or place, and we hoped that a podcast could do the same.


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Twenty20 World Cup Preview: Groups C and D

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In the next installment of collaboration with All Out Cricket, Chris Knight moves on to preview groups C and D of the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup which commences in Sri Lanka in September. Will Malinga be the bowler of the tournament? Could South Africa get rid of their chokers tag? Just how dangerous are Pakistan? Here’s how things are shaping up… [Read more...]


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