Sunday, November 20, 2011

The ICC Forces You To Inhale in Surreal Reality

Breathless...........


Michael Clarke announces himself with a breath taking century....South Africa leaves you gobsmacked in being dismissed for 96.......Shane Watson curves it like Beckham with his masterful swing.......no time to regain composure as Australia is humiliated for 47....3 headed dragon of Steyn, Morkel and Philander reduces the Aussies to ashes......order restored with Smith's assured hundred as he is the invisible man....... as all eyes are on the sublimely majestic Amla, and his stroke play


2.5 days and it is 1 nil to South Africa


Still leaving you gasping for air as the 2nd Test starts


The order continues with South Africa looking the masters of the Aussies as they bat....then blink, and chaos and disorder has returned with the batsmen imitating dominos....1 by 1 by 1 they go down  collapsing with 5/25......whispers of loss of faith are heard as Australia bat......the gossip ringing in their ears as Watson and Hughes flay the regal South African attack......Steyn looks mortal, and that is a shock in itself.......then Steyn re finds his supermans cape and plunders the Aussies...........retire Ricky, retire Ricky becomes a global chorus as he walks off for a duck.....another collapse in a series of collapses ensues........ which is so very ho hum


Order restored...yet again as South Africa bat.....another Amla century making him look like a bearded Bradman for his prolificness.....an 18 year old faster than a speeding bullet gets 6 wickets offering the Aussies a chance....2nd ball Watson goes, and then 2nd over Hughes is gone.......Australia gone as the South African sharks scent the blood in the water......babe in the woods Khawaja shows some ticker.....as the chorus of retire Ricky, retire Ricky becomes we never doubted you Ricky, we never doubted you Ricky.........Khawaja looks a babe again as he is made to look silly and usurped by a Tahir googly


Game on a knifes edge as Aussies need 168 with 7 wickets left..........


A quick crystal ball gaze sees a last day that is like Back to the Future of Brian Lara's epic 153 from 1999.........


Aussie wickets tumble, as Ponting stands firm.........150/4...155/5...161/6...180/7....Steyn is a wrecking ball and the hordes are celebrating on the grassy hill of the iconic Bullring......Ponting brings up a century as it is 220/8.....90 to get...he attacks morphing into the Punta from the past...dominating the attack giving the South Africans cold sweats.......270/9 as Cummings goes....light starts to become an issue as the umpires meet to discuss....


They couldn't walk off.......could they??????????????????/


Sanity prevails as we go on in near darkness with Steyn& the pace Co cooling the jets in the dark confines of the ground....Smith bowls in tandem with Tahir........and then Rudolph partners the leggie......nails bitten off as there is 10 to get........Ponting 180*.........184 as he flays a boundary off Tahir.........


Then the journeyman bowler throws one up with 6 left to get........Ponting dances down and hits it high into the darkness.......is it 6 or is it going to be caught??????????


The giant Morkel is under it........the crowd is going absolutely apeshit gonzo........Huge hands envelope the ball, and then some how it slips out, hits Morne on the head and bounces over the boundary for a 6..........


Ponting is chaired off, as Australia win..........


The South African fans are in shock, and vowing revenge


The Aussie fans are in hysterical disbelief, and extolling the merits of momentum and a series win in the third Test.........


Then reality hits like a shovel in your face......


No decider.........frustrating deadlock........


Which is a bit like looking forward to dessert of a three course feast, and then nothing comes out...


Instead, South African Test fans get to 'look forward' to three Tests against Sri Lanka, and Australian fans get the 'joy' of 2 against New Zealand............


Making us all realise that in their competence in scheduling Test Cricket-the ICC are about as competent as a pig farmer that couldn't manage to get his pigs muddied



2 comments:

  1. Say your piece here
    https://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/testingtimes#f3d8a8b55

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  2. What a match. This series certainly deserves more than 2 tests.

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