Did South Africa only reach the target because no-one thought they would get it? I test cricket there are two options; the draw or the win, the one to choose is almost always obvious.
In the recent game they had to go for the win and they got it. This could spill over into test cricket by allowing more teams to believe that 400+ totals are achievable, although i doubt it as the pressure is more intense.
What i am suprised about is that South Africa still won even as they approached the target. I still believe they have a choke (although i'm now the only one) and i think that this will show in the test series with Smith's batting.
Fair call that. The option of a "draw" was non-existent. Plus it was the deciding match of the series. South Africa basically had no other option. Interestingly enough, WI also had to do something special to avoid the 4-0 cleanup against Australia. So teams need to be pushed to a corner to respond ...
In test cricket, I'm sure that if a team chasing 400 gets to 350 with 6 overs and 3 wkts in hand, the opponents will push the fielders to the boundary. Except that Flintoff panicked a lot earlier at Nagpur.
I'm not sure about South Africa's ability to dole out similar punishment in test cricket. I know there's no McGrath, but there is Warne!
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