SA vs Aus game
from an SA perspective... I have to say that Australia outplayed us.
In SA I've had discussions with several people. And to me the best explanation is:
- Australia batted about 30 runs better than SA.
- Australia bowled/fielded about 53 runs better.
South Africa matched, and in fact bettered the Gilcrest/Hayden partnership. So it nullifies that. But compare Pollock with Bracken (or any of the Aussie bowlers with more than 2 overs bowled), and you'll quickly see where SA lost it. Two bowlers went for 80+.
SA dropped catches (1 easy, couple hard ones). SA missed the stumps. Australia caught well, and when everything looked lost, they hit the stumps from a mile away (the turning point).
But the positives...
- SA had a great opening partnership.
- Smith showed some real captaining with his field placings at the end. It was 60% successful, but it shows he is thinking on the pitch.
Not much else. Hopefully the pitch in Guyana has something in it, then the one and half dimensional attack is a little better.
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