South Africa dish it up to the Australian Cricketers
With the Australian Cricket Team struggling to avoid a 3:0 test match whitewash by the South Africans – for the first time in history on Australian soil – international cricket fans will be looking forward to a season of new possibilities. With the World Cup series starting again in 2009, India hosting a raft of 20/20 games and Australia defending the Ashes against England, it will be a battle royal between South Africa and India for the No 1 ranking in the world.
Michael Clarke shines
South Africa finally broke a fantastic seventh wicket partnership of 142 between Michael Clarke (c&b Duminy 138) and Mitchell Johnson (64) in this third test at the SGC. This stand has been a bright and shining light in the face of Ricky Ponting’s “Golden Duck” in the second innings, Brett Lee’s injuries and Andrew (Roy) Symonds bad knee could not have come at a worse time for the Aussies. The Australian Captain’s criticism of the WACA pitch after the second test did not add much glory to the Australian’s game, either. The loss of Smith with a broken finger will hamper South Africa on the last day of play
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