Sunday, September 30, 2012

Australia versus South Africa- The Clash of The Great Southern Lands

A tantalising clash is on the cards between the pre Tournament favourite South Africa, who with a loss her would be bundled out and the Shane Watson fuelled Aussie line up that has looked very impressive throughout. The added extra of these two having  soap opera like history as real rivals sets this match up to be a potential classic

Likely Teams

Australia:

The Aussies basically ripped India new corn shoots the other day meaning their is no reason to make change in this match. Though with the struggles that Pakistan's spinners exposed in many of the South African batsmen the inclusion of Xavier Doherty maybe at the expense of Cam White would be a good tactical move.

Watson, Warner, M Hussey, Bailey, Maxwell, Christian, Wade, Starc, Cummins,Doherty, Hogg


South Africa

The South African's are still as a collective scratching their heads about how they lost the previous game to Pakistan. Predictably the 'Chokers' tag has been given as the reasoning, but I think it was just a case of the type of miracles that can happen in the the T20 game. The Selectors might go to school on what brought the Team to a seemingly unassailable position and then what upended that near certainty with a gut wrenching loss. Most notably the threat that all the spinners showed on a slow low pitch that supported spin compared with the flaying that the medium pacers got to allow Pakistan back into the game.

Keeping this in mind, it would be an interesting selection to drop either Richard Levi or Albie Morkel and include the leg spinning all rounder FAF Du Plessis. Leaving the Team as follows


Levi, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers, Duminy, Du Plessis, Berhadien,Petersen, Botha, Steyn, Morkel

The Keys to Winning

Lol........how big is the target on the T20 Phenom Shane Watson going into this match?

A man that has ripped the Tournament apart averaging 82 with the bat with a strike rate of 170.83 and then averaged 11.12 with the ball in hand


You do not have to be Einstein to know that he holds the key for the Aussies and indeed maybe the destiny of this match in his hands.

This match will represent his biggest test with the bat against two vindicated A Grade strike bowlers in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. In particular Steyn, you just get the feeling that he will be primed to the max for the clash with Watson.

Must see watching!


If they get Watson early, it changes the complexion of the game with it exposing the rest of the Aussie batsmen who have rarely batted so far in the Tournament and most outside of Mike Hussey and Dave Warner having questions against their names.

Especially against the host of South Africa spinners who were supported by the helpful pitch in the previous match but were all excellent. Another day in the sun and this pitch promises to be an even softer bed for the spinners to rest in.

Conversely, if Watson gets away, my word does Australia's batting look lethal.

Away from the hysteria over the Aussie Adonis Shane Watson, the South Africans need to start clicking in their batting. Which on paper looks fabulous, but has spluttered for the most part in this World Cup.

The opening partnership of Hashim Amla and Richard Levi has looked as dysfunctional as an episode of THe Simpsons. With Levi aside from a cameo against minnows Zimbabwe looking all at sea so far in this Tournament

In this cut throat match where a loss would see them eliminated it might be very wise for South Africa to maybe open with Devilliers and Amla and revert Levi to either a swing man depending on the games situation or out of the Team completely.


In the face of this move hopefully it will provide the impetus for a better start by the openers that will set up a more accomplished showing by South Africa with the bat. 

Prediction

It will be a tight tough game, but I just think Australia will win it due to them showing great comfort in the spin friendly confines

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