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Bitchin’ Pitches

December 23, 2010

Something happened in the first test between India and South Africa; Cricket’s Blogosphere and Twitterverse lost the joke about Kallis never having scored a test double century forever. I’ll surely miss it.

The South Africans handed us our asses in the first test, they liked it so much that they’re going for seconds. Here’s another pitch straight from hell. This is the mise-en-scène of Suresh Raina’s nightmares.

The pitch at Kingsmead, Durban. India vs South Africa, 2nd Test

Bring back Andre Nel. Or jellybeans. Or whatever motivates Ishant Sharma.

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Two years of mostly losing after fifteen years of winning nearly everything isn’t sitting well with the Aussies. So they’re making sure their winning momentum from Perth counts. Ponting’s pissed at people picking on him and the rest of the bunch’ll be damned if they don’t reclaim the urn on home soil. With Johnson having found his radar in Perth, they’re going for the kill in Melbourne.

Pitch at the MCG for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England. Fourth test of the 2010-11 Ashes. Photo credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images

It’ll help Australia’s pace attack, it may help England’s too but most importantly it’ll nullify the threat posed by Graeme Swann. Or will it?

I can’t wait for Boxing Day.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 6:36 pm

    Ricky ponting needs to be in SA team for Ishant to get motibvated i guess…but its going to be more of a test for batsmen. we lost the first match becaus eof the first innings batting. Whatever said and done about bowling being inept, u will agree its the batting that has let us down.

    • December 23, 2010 7:11 pm

      They fucked up majorly in the first innings but then most of the batsmen recovered in the second innings so I’m hoping that continues at Durban. That insipid bowling though compounded the batting failure. And the rate SA scored at!
      So I think Zak’s the make or break man for us at Kingsmead, assuming the batsmen don’t fail again.

  2. knowledge_eater permalink
    December 23, 2010 9:30 pm

    They are going to cut more grass before match starts, let’s hope they don’t play Raina. I don’t want him to go in shell.

    • December 23, 2010 9:43 pm

      They should, could backfire on them if Zak finds his rhythm right away. It’d be nice if Pujara came good but it’d be better if Raina did well. But I think he’s had enough of a run till now.

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