Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Player Ratings, Australia versus South Africa, 2nd Test , Adelaide

An inch is as good as a mile they say with this being the reality as Australia fell agonisingly short of defeating South Africa in the Adelaide 2nd Test. A Draw that was compelling to the end with South Africa showing remarkable skill, resilience and balls to escape from a near certain dead to rites situation.

Truth be told, it had us all in awe of South Africa, but it also raised questions about how Australia allowed a draw when they had the tourist reduced to rubble at 44/4 after 21 overs. Only to see them last another 127 overs to save the match


The Aussies were big hearted, determined, disciplined and all the adjectives you can attach to indicate respect, but at crunch time they just lacked that match winner to push for what should have been a certain victory. In their defence, they were robbed of the services of their main strike weapon in James Pattinson through injury. With his absence exposing the rest of the attack as being an excellent support cast but unable to step up to take the leading role outside of Peter Siddle who was super human. 

Player Ratings

Dave Warner

Hit an explosive century in the 1st innings to set up the match beautifully for the Aussies and then showed within the match that his leg spin bowling has great potential. People keep raising doubts over his Test potential, but he keeps showing why he should be a near certainty in the side with him adding a Virender Sehwag type match winning X Factor

Rating- 8/10

Good match from the big hearted Warner

Ed Cowan

Cowan had an excellent game in the 1st Test, but was somewhat average in this game. He was undone by swing in both innings with him being comprehensibly bowled in the second innings by an absolute jaffer from Kleinveldt

Rating- 4/10

Struggled in this match

Rob Quiney

A Pair and back to State Cricket for the bloke that all of Australia wanted to succeed. His selecting smacked of desperation with it under lining the lack of depth in Test standard batting in Australia at present

Rating- 0

Quiney gets to tell his Grand kids when he is old and grey how he played for Australia in one of the most compelling matches seen at the Adelaide Oval

Do you think he might leave out the fact he got a 'Pair' as he recalls the Tale of the match?

Ricky Ponting 

Father Time is tapping you on the shoulder Punta telling you to go before you completely embarrass yourself and crap on your legacy

Rating- 0/10

Should have retired after the Ashes

Michael Clarke

Hit one of the most breath taking innings one could see with his near run a ball 230 in the first innings of this match. Which again paid homage to his rise to being the best batsman in the Test game since taking over the Test Captaincy

Rating- 10/10

Super Human at present

Mike Hussey

Mr Cricket has been just that with him playing two match defining knocks with the bat in this game. His half century in the 2nd innings was arguably more crucial than his free flowing century in the 1st with him scoring it under pressure and guaranteed that Australia got to what should have been a match winning lead.

Rating- 9/10

Very impressing match from the evergreen Veteran

Matthew Wade

I am not completely sold on Wade with him looking adequate with bat in hand, but non too clever behind the stumps with him missing some crucial chances in this match that could have ensured victory

Rating- 5/10

A glove man first and foremost needs to be impeccable behind the stumps with the jury still out over Wade on this point.

James Pattinson

Only bowled 9.1 overs until he was outed from the bowling attack with a side strain which probably cost Australia the match. Despite his injury, he still made some telling contributions with the bat

Rating- 5/10

Huge loss in this Match

Peter Siddle 

The lad proved himself to be a True Victorian, not some girly type from the other 'lesser' States....

Huge display of skill and courage from the big hearted quick with him nearly commandeering a victory for the ages for the Aussies

It will be interesting to see if all this Meterosexual New Age Crap about rotation of bowlers comes true in the Perth game in regards to Siddle....

All talk....you think?

Rating- 10/10

Awesome by Siddle

Ben Hilfenhaus

Another big hearted trier that is a perfect back up bowler to the strike men. Shown indelibly in the 2nd innings with Pattinson down and Australia needing a hero with Hilfenhaus coming up way short.

Rating- 5/10

Needed to do more

Nathan Lyon

Heroic and at times showed real pedigree with his skill

But one over defined him

The 2nd last over of the match with Australia needing 2 wickets to win and Lyon choosing to rush through his over to give Peter Siddle a chance to win the match.

Rather than show belief in himself, and think this is my big chance to fully show to the Aussie public that I am the real deal rather than some peripheral figure

Rating- 6/10

Harsh rating for such a big hearted display, but that over is why I marked him down

Looking Forward 

So a third Test in Perth starting Friday with the winner taking all....

It will be interesting to see how the Aussie recover from this match from not just a physical sense, but more crucially a mental regard. With them all knowing that the Adelaide Test was the one that got away.

The Squad for the 3rd Test welcomes back Shane Watson at the expense of Rob Quiney, but then makes you feel the need to have your head in your hands if your an observer of Australian Cricket. The inclusion of Mitchell Johnson, despite him doing sweet FA in First Class Cricket this year defied belief and matched by Josh Hazelwood being selected on the back of him averaging close to 50 in the Shield this year

Made you think Security let the King of the Morons Andrew Hilditch back in the building to help with selections...

As well as feeling sorry for consistently excellent performers like Luke Butterworth, Jackson Bird and Ben Cutting to name but 3 far more deserving candidates.

Going on the names Selected, this would be my Aussie 11

Cowan, Warner, Clarke, Ponting, Watson, Hussey, Wade, Starc, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Lyon

But you know, that Australia will present RSA an early Christmas present by including Mitchell Johnson...........

South Africa 

The team getting a draw from where the were in this match must go down as one of the most remarkable saves in Test Cricket. Faf Du Plessis was truly extraordinary and King Kallis gave you chicken skin with his courage, despite obvious injury

Getting out of this game could be the inspiration to finally play to their potential in Perth

Player Ratings

Graeme Smith

Scored a classy 122 in the 1st innings followed by a duck in the 2nd innings.

So it was a 50/50 type match for the RSA skipper with him so needed in the 2nd innings with a backs to the wall fight for survival on

Rating- 5/10

Needed to do more in the 2nd innings

Alviro Petersen 

Looked real class in both innings, but inexplicable threw his wicket away in the 1st innings when it seemed apparent no one would get him out. He sacrificed his knock in the 1st Test too with him set for another big score. With both lapses tending to indicate that his temperament in regards to his concentration is not at a level it should be

Rating- 6/10 

Looks a Bees dick away from playing a match defining innings

Hashim Amla 

A lauded player of Spin Bowling as seen in his obliteration in India a few years back but got out to the part time offerings of Dave Warner in the 1st and then to Nathan Lyon innocuous spin in the 2nd

Makes no sense at all

Rating- 3/10 

Sub Standard by such a high quality batsman

Jacques Kallis 

Amazing by Kallis from a courage and skill point of view after being injured

But this was a what might have been type game for King Jacques

With him hooping the ball with masterful swing in the 1st and looking like he was going to getting a swag of wickets with him making all the Aussie batsmen struggle only to break down.

Which flipped the Test like a coin

Rating- 10/10

There is only one King


Played a decisive role in saving the match in the second innings in partnership with Du Plessis

Outside of this he has looked like Little Boy Lost all series long with him struggling behind the stumps and looking a shadow of the cavalier batsmen we have grown to love.

His fans will give the excuse of the pressure of him having to keep for his batting woes, which has merit, but he simply should be doing more

Rating- 5/10

Perth offers him redemption

Faf Du Plessis

Amazing with him scoring one of the best match saving knocks in the games history to go with his very accomplished 78 from the first innings in his debut match!


A mark for every ball he faced to save the match for RSA

Jacques Rudolph 

Terrible, and should be dropped

Rating- 0/10

Bbye Birdie

Dale Steyn 

Has been average all series going on what we expect from the man known as 'The Steyn Remover', and he was pretty much the same in this Match

Makes me question whether he is carrying an injury for he looks a shadow of his former destructive self

Rating- 3/10

Not good enough from one as talented as Steyn

Rory Kleinveldt

Looked way out of his depth in the first innings, but then made us be wide eyed in the 2nd with his incisive swing bowling

Which made you think that when he puts it together he is indeed a very capable Test bowler

But would that glimpse fill you with enough faith to select him for Perth in the hope he displays that side of him?

Rating- 4/10 

Rubbish in the first, but looked very able in the second

Morne Morkel

Best bowler in the series by a mile, and will be a nightmare on a Perth pitch that will assist his rearing bounce

Rating- 8/10


Imran Tahir

And the inaugural Bryce McGain Award for Bowling toiletry goes to Imran Tahir!!!!!!!!

Rating- -260/10

I never thought I would see one worse than Bryce McGain, but Tahir is the Man!

Looking Forward 

The biggest poser for the deciding Test is the fitness of King Kallis and whether to risk him in such a huge game

Bit of a DUMB question for you know Kallis will play even if he is on one leg and probably be more able than the rest of the players in the game.

Which leaves the only question being the rest of the line up with Vernon Philander likely to be fit.

This would be my 11

Petersen, Smith, Amla, Kallis, Du Plessis, De Villiers, Tsolekile, McClaren, Philander, Steyn, Morkel

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