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m0nty

I see Ponting did win the toss, and yes it bloody well does matter. Half the game, these days.

m0nty

I also see Smiff is persisting with not placing a third man. Katich thinks it's Christmas. Helps that the bowlers aren't doing much.

Tony T

Agree about the toss. I was playing devil's advocate, well, slightly impish child advocate, anyway, and answering with an open ended rhetorical statement.

As we mentioned during the Indian series, if you win the toss and can post a reasonable to good score, you pretty much dictate the game, give or take the odd aberration such as the WACA and the MCG.

I would love to see our win/loss ratio for when we bat first against when be bowl first. Or maybe I wouldn't. It could be an ugly set of numbers.

m0nty

0-102. Breathe Tone, breathe.

m0nty

0/119 at lunch. Chanceless as far as I saw. Pitch looks like a road at this early stage, even with 85% humidity, though that may just be some poor bowling by the Varks.

Tony T

Gaaaasssssssspppppp.

That's better.

Been holding my breath, watching the cricket, watching the b-ball, doing the laundry, wondering if this first session is a joke.

0/119 at lunch.

Better than 3/70.

m0nty

A third of both Hughes' and Katich's scores are from boundaries behind square on the off, where Smiff gave his bowlers no cover at all on the rope all session. Homework has definitely not been done on that one.

m0nty

Another wasted referral on an elbee where the deviation after hitting the bat was about 20 degrees. Smiff having a barry.

Russ

Good opening session, missed most of it, but we always play better when I don't watch.

What's everyone's take on Hughes? Is he better mentally, technically or aesthetically than Jaques. There seems to be something a little Slater-ish about his batting (century in his second test, the audacious strokes and intent), but more brutal, less classy, and well, I'm not sure about his head yet.

Tony

Killer fact! 0/183 is better than 3/70.

Tony

Definitely a cross between Slater and Jaques. He has the slaps of the Slatts (although he has a more disciplined right elbow) and the footwork of Hungry (although he has the ability to skip around the pitch when he wants to). He'll want to tighten things up, but time is on his side, which means if he loses form like young batsmen usually do, he can afford to be dropped.

Tony

Hughes finally out to SGW off Fat Jack.

1/184.

Hope that doesn't prompt a collapse, like Ponting's dismissal did on Sunday.

m0nty

The way Huss is going, he'd better beware of an all-Sydney-resident top five of Hughes, Jaques, Ponting, Katich and Clarke.

Tony
Kallis to Hughes, OUT, Hughes' fun and frolic comes to an end! Kallis teases him with a short and wide delivery outside off, Hughes chases it and goes for the cut but he fails to get the elevation, McKenzie at gully takes a sharp catch falling to his right

Fun and frolic? Sounds like the Crooky bloke reckons Hughes is a bit of a lucky slogger, or a tailender.

m0nty

Haha, Varks lose their second referral at one-fer. They only have themselves to blame. Or Smith. They have Smith to blame.

Russ
That was a very entertaining knock and Hughes should be proud of himself

Or a kid having a lark.

m0nty

Ricky, Ricky, Ricky. Don't get out to that Harris tosser. That was a buttersoft wicket.

Russ

Ponting, you daft twat. Exactly for what possible reason would you think it is a good idea to bat like f'n Clarke.

Tony

Any chance our boys will stop getting out to pie-chucker Harris? He's like Pat Symcox: an irritating c**t who's ability to get wickets seems to have rock all to do with his bowling, and much more to do with his ability to get under the skin of our batsmen.

Russ

Another good session. However, I'll be annoyed if we are 5 or 6 down at stumps from the sort of sloppy play Ponting showed before tea. Two hours of patient accumulation will be just fine.

m0nty

Good referral! Geez, lucky Katich talked Huss into that.

Russ

Good knock from kat, now I'm off to bed.

m0nty

If Clarke survives until stumps, my gast shall be flabbered.

m0nty

Yep, 11 balls and Clarke is gorn. Does it count as SGW if you miss a straight one? Harris the karnt strikes again.

SaggyGreen

Unflabber yourself.

m0nty

I am suitably flabby.

m0nty

4/303 at close of play. Excellent non-playing of shots by Huss and North at the end there, preserving the advantage. Hopefully we can apply Rule .303 tomorrow to kill the game off.

The Mongrel

m0nty - you beat me to Rule .303.

Here's another quote that might apply to the Aussie cricket team:
Harry Morant: There is an epitaph I'd like: Matthew 10:36.
Major Thomas: Matthew 10:36?
Minister: "And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."

nick

Just a thought. A little birdie told me that at the WACA test, Katich was sitting far far away from the leadership group of Ponting and Clarke. Mark Nicholas dropped into the commentary the little snippet (last night), that Katich had no chance of bowling under Ponting, and we've seen that Katich doesn't get a bowl under Clarke either. Much is being made of Harris getting two top order wickets on the first day. Australia has three 'spin options' in this match - Katich, Clarke and North. Their records are below.

Katich
Tests 13 wickets at 36.84, econ 3.71, SR 59.4, bb 6/65
First Class 87 at 38.08, econ 3.61, SR 63.2, bb 7/130

Clarke
T 18 at 37.77, econ 2.87, sr 78.8, bb 6/9
FC 29 at 46.65, econ 3.15, sr 88.8, bb 6/9

North
T 1 at 56, econ 4.00, sr 84, bb 1/29
FC 97 at 42.7, econ 3.13, sr 81.8, bb 6/69

Harris
T 60 @ 33.66, econ 33.66, SR 73.4, bb 5/73
FC 280 @ 30.12, econ 2.72, sr 66.2, bb 7/94

Wouldn't you give Katich a bowl?

Russ

This referral problem of deciding where exactly a ball "lands" is, as usual a cock-up. What is wrong with saying, "some part of the ball must land in line" and then, as with the tennis, only compare the part of the ball that actually bounced (that is, the golf ball sized area that would leave a mark on the pitch at the centre of the ball). And in the case of lbws, that part of the ball that would actually hit the batsman, meaning the edge. Why confuse the commentators/viewers with 50% here and all of the ball there.

Good start, by the by, boring start, but that's kind of what we want.

Russ

There is a severe lack of referrals as well. At the tennis they get 3 each per set. Every team is running out of them after 30-40 overs (bowling side probably moreso), and then we are back to normal. They do slow the game down, but surely a one new referral per session (plus one with the new ball, perhaps), isn't too many?

Russ

When did Hussey start looking so uncomfortable against pace? Most of the dismissals I can recall over his extended form slump have been edged to slip, but he's looked terrible this morning.

And now he's out, comprehensively bowled. Ugly Hussey, very ugly.

Brett Pee

Still confident of big score. Whisper it silently- but i reckon we are back. I even harboured a few negative thoughts on The Ashes, but looking at the weak pommie bowling attack i am now supremely confident. This is real test cricket.

Russ

I'm not so confident the score will be big now North is out. I'll take anything over 400 the way South Africa have bowled this morning. The good news is the pitch is giving a bit, so anything over 400 won't be too bad.

m0nty

I blame Brett Pee for that North wicket. Pull your head in, son.

nick

Brett! You've mozzed Marcus - out and average under 50 in one fell swoop. 8-(

Russ

Shit shot from Haddin, both because it was shit, and because we needed a lot more at 6/348.

m0nty

Brett Pee just dropped the mace. >:(

Russ

Brett, what have you done? You've gone and dudded Johnson as well.

No referral? What, is there a better bat waiting in the shed I don't know about? Bloody hell, you could have your stumps leveled at 8 down and it is still worth referring it.

Russ

Good start from Hussey and North, but we lost the plot at the end of the session. It is still a halfway decent score if we bowl well, but the lessons from home haven't been fully learnt yet. You cannot let South Africa have a sniff, they are a quality side, and they can hurt you. Having got to 180 without loss, this has been a piss-poor effort from Ponting on down.

m0nty

Five out all out. That was shocking.

Bruce

FFS! That was a terrible session with some crap tacked on at the edge of the next.

Haddin slaps a lot of pull shots straight at a fielder.

m0nty

Five wickets for four runs in 16 balls. Our tail is between our legs.

m0nty

That will help though, onya Studsy!

Tony T

Jesus. Just saw the score. Five out, all out's right.

And now SA have lost a wicket in the first over, but it's only McKenzie.

Russ

Studs, 2 for none, assuming it's out. Never get a bowler with batting pretensions out for not many.

m0nty

Piss off W. G. T. Terrorist, that's gorn! Studsy looking like Alderman. Varks burn another referral.

m0nty

The local Foxtel bloke summed it up beautifully: "Nought nought wow."

m0nty

Seven wickets from 21 balls. The pitch has suddenly turned into a monster!

m0nty

Studsy smacks one on Smith's right pinky and it's blown up like a balloon.

Hilfy looked like all he needs is an offcutter/inswinger. His deliveries are keeping low and swinging, perfect elbee candidates if he can get the lines right.

Tony T

Can't believe the Varks called for a referral on WGTT. Out, bang to rights, thy name is Plumb

Russ

Smiddy needs to drink more milk, every time he cops one his bones shatter.

Tony T

Calcium, Smiffy.

If that doesn't work, consult your physician.

Tony T

2/3, quite possibly 3/3.

You know that WWI footage of the enormous explosion at the Somme? Well, that's this pitch.

The 12th man better go grab the gas masks.

m0nty

Studsy gets through Smith's glove just like liquid gets through this chalk.

Brett Pee

They are on the run now !! Never underestimate the power of Brett Pee !! Guesstimates of the saffers score anyone ??

m0nty

What a beautiful offcutter by Hilfy, got him. You could tell Hilfy was playing for it because he had that Alderman-style angle of his run up into the stump-to-stump line where he was practically delivering the ball with his right hand over off stump.

Tony T

And now AB is out!!!!!

Someone, somewhere get the bloke who prepared this exploding turf and have him on duty at every one day international ever scheduled.

Russ

Hilfy, just as I was about to write that I hope he gets a few, deserves a few, needs a few... AB plumb as you like.

I like the way batsmen look at their partner to see if it is worth referring. And the half-sorry, half-glum look they give in return. It reminds me of giving a team-mate out in the lower grades.

Dive Haddin, ya muppet.

m0nty

Eight wickets for ten runs from North's wicket to de Villiers'. You'd be hard pressed to find better numbers than that.

Russ

Here's a question. When was the last time Australia had a fourth slip in. They used to be pretty common, standard even, but I honestly can't recall one in the past decade. We've mostly played straight seamers (McGrath, Clark, Reiffel, Gillespie) who preferred a mid-on for the one to come back. Lee was probably always too loose. And in any case, scoring is higher, pitches generally flatter.

I'd like to see a return, there are always so many runs going through there, not to mention the intimidatory factor you get indicating to a batsman that you don't think they can score in front of the wicket.

Tony T

It's almost as if the batsman at the NS end is saying "Don't be a selfish c**t. Fvck off out of here."

Nicholas: "The Aussies are like killer bees."

m0nty

The Croquetinfo commenters are making the point, as they did yesterday, that Australia's depth is far better than anyone else's. I don't know about that. I think this is mostly Johnson, exploiting some favourable bowling conditions allowed to us by two good tosses to win.

Matchwell reporting that Smith's got a broken bone in his finger and went to hospital for X-rays. At least he's got a match for the one on the other side now.

Tony T

Time for Sizzler to JP.

m0nty

I blame this fightback from 3/2 on Brett Pee. Ban him, TT!

Russ

Well called Tony, the intensity is dropping a tad. Siddle will ramp it up again.

It's strange, after JP's first test innings, out (sort of) fending at a short delivery, you'd think this problem with short pitch stuff would have come up a few times in the 200 odd runs he scored in his next two digs.

Tony T

Smiffy has had a broken hand, a broken finger and a rooted elbow. What's the bet Brett "Killer" Pee said "Gee, you're looking good" in Perth.

Russ

That moisture that was around this morning will be dissipating rapidly given the clear sky. Given the ball is also ageing, I give us another hour or so (maybe less) to pick up wickets. After that we'll need to grind them down. This pitch is cracking a little, but I doubt it will stay lively.

m0nty

Clark would chop on this pitch, the Aussies would be batting a second time already. Hopefully Ronnie won't be the weak link.

Tony T

A text arrives: "You can see Boiled's head from the moon."

m0nty

Auntie reporting Smith has broken both knuckles of his right pinky finger and is out of the match.

Tony T

Fvck, I hate fours to third man.

Meanwhile... some bloke on Croquet just compared Johnson to Sreesath:

I remember Sreesanth being celebrated when he won a test match for us in SA. Where is he now? So Johnson and Co. have a long way to go .."
Tony T

Out of this match, and probably the next, too.

Interesting that High Veldt Coward seems to have become one of the ABC heavy-hitters. Must be his familiarity with all things "strord'nary" by way of foreign customs and place names.

Russ

I do wonder what Siddle is thinking to himself as he walks back. He normally has this furrowed brow, as if deep in thought. Except when he hits the batsman, then he has a furrowed brow and a big smile.

Tony T

Why is there a rescheduled tea break?

m0nty

Studsy the Destroyer, good call by Matchwell.

Tony T

Hot spot on the chin is a novel look, a bit Dalek.

Tony T

Peter North takes precisely 32 seconds per over.

m0nty

AGB commenters, stand up and applaud that spell by Studsy. Best spell of aggressive fast bowling since Binga's first test.

Tony T

Boucher yorked neck AND crop.

Studsy you... well, this text says it all: "Running out of superlatives."

Tony T

And it's goodnight from me.

Hangover Black

That session will live long in the memory banks. Great Test cricket. Wasn't a bad spell by Sizzler, either.

Russ

McDonald, you ripper! Big wicket to finally get rid of Harris, then fat Jack as well.

Russ

I tell you what. JP is only a few boundaries and some red ink from taking the oldest record in the books.

McDonald again! He's a handful on this pitch.

skepticlawyer

His batting may not be up to much, but he's tall and awkward and gives nothing away.

And what record is that?

nick

Highest percentage of runs scored in an innings I would guess. Michael Slater and Schwag have come close...but JP might get the cigar.

The Don has risen

The Aardvarks bowled badly in the first test that had conditions which meant they should have won.

I am mystified how they could bowl the same tripe again on the First day.

It could well be this will cost them the cost as it did in the First test.

can we get rid of referrals.

How can the Third Umpire over-rule the Umpire in the middle on LBWs UNLESS it has hit the bat.

How come the Aardvarks can come up with decent wickets and no-one can at present

Russ

Correct nick, though just after I wrote that Steyn nicked a couple of boundaries, so the chance has probably gone (hopefully too, from an Australian point of view).

Entertaining day yesterday. Redemption for throwing the Melbourne test away awaits. If they can do the job.

Tony T.

With Melbourne in mind - naturally - I'm a bit worried JP, Steyn and Ntini might cobble together some reasonable runs. Love to get SA out quick stix.

Tony T

Steyn and Ntini gone in the first over to Siddle.

All out 138.

Now that was quick stix!

Well bowled, Wanker.

m0nty

Punter certainly has his hand on it now, Tone. The mace, that is.

nick

Siddle? Wanker?

Tony T

The SA crowd were chanting "Siddle's a wanker."

m0nty

McKay & Teeny is going crazy with Xhosa war cries out there.

Russ

South Africa haven't really worked out this whole referral thing have they? Maybe they've been unlucky a few times, maybe we haven't been much better, but most of them are wasted.

Good session so far though, much better than Melbourne.

Russ

oops, sorry 'bout that. Hughes grounds his shadow to survive.

Tony T

Good sesh by the good guys.

1/305.

Pitch seems to be playing alright, at least for those balls that I saw around my enormous roast dinner, so it's no time for any NGASAEB shenanigans.

Tony T

I speak Xhosa. What M&T actually said was "They don't like an assegai up 'em."

m0nty

Then again, who does?

Tony T

That's just what Kallis said to Boucher.

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