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    April 23, 2007

    May the sledging begin ...

    If there's an Australia v South Africa game coming up, it is fairly obvious that Aussies will bleat on about South Africa being chokers while South Africa will deny it and claim that they've moved on.

    Surprisingly, for someone who (blame it on the ghost-writer!) has a history of being a loose cannon (See 'Sack Ganguly', 'We need stronger opposition', 'Stuart MacGill is the 2nd best spinner', 'Stuart MacGill is the 3rd best spinner' and 'Stop the stereo-typing, Sunny!'), Mark Waugh has made a fair amount of sense with his latest column in the Sun-Herald on this choking issue, and a few others.
    Plenty of people are dismissing Australia's World Cup semi-final opponents South Africa as little or no threat to our title hopes because they're a team of "chokers" who crumble when the screws are turned.

    Believe that at your peril.
    Then again, there maybe a choking issue there. At least, the stats say so. South Africa haven't beaten Australia in a World Cup game for 4 tournaments so far. If the scene was even in the 1990s (19-19 & 1 tie, that game), it becomes very lopsided in this decade (16-9, despite South Africa winning twice in a series)

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