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    March 04, 2006

    Are you Zimbabwe in disguise?

    I'm fairly sure the crowd at Newlands was chanting this today. Chasing South Africa's fairly good total of 289, Australia were all out for 93. Makhaya Ntini took 6/22. Australia were without Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds (and of course McGrath), but that is hardly any sort of excuse for such a defeat.

    It is the fourth lowest total in their proud history and the lowest total by a team not named Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or West Indies, since England were shot out for 88 by Sri Lanka in 2003.

    Mind you, this was the same side which lost at Cardiff to Bangladesh.

    I actually wanted to title this post 'Are you Bangladesh in disguise?', but then realized that Bangladesh did quite ok last week.

    Graeme Smith & co. sure are having some sweet revenge!
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:00 AM |
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    weren't this the the team which had bench load of players who can any moment replace the senior guys and perform. This performance more or less gives credibility to sobers recent statement.

    By Anonymous Anonymous (04-Mar-2006, 12:40:00 PM)  

    anon: Hehe, I won't link up the two, but 93 all out is pathetic. Of course, Aus could come back to win 3-2!

    By Blogger Jagadish (05-Mar-2006, 9:07:00 AM)  

    So the "statistic" you claiming is that this is the fourth lowest total, in just 3 years??

    Of all those quoted sides, and "Anonymous" criticising the Aussie "bench players" - how many came back to completely outplay the opposition just two days later!!

    Dream on...Australia will stay number one of a long time yet...

    By Anonymous OX (06-Mar-2006, 4:05:00 AM)  

    Ox: It was meant to be in good humour. No one questioned Australia's #1 spot. They lose so little, it is a shock when they do. But 93 all out is still pathetic. Australia's come back in game 3 merely reinforces the view that Ponting is like 5 times better than the rest of the Australian batsmen :) Mind you, I did say that it was likely that Aus would come back to win 3-2!

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