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Smous, rugbys now done and gone, how do you fancy your chances with the cricket against England.

After a couple of frankly very easy series against WI and NZ, England could do with a check to see how far they really have come.

Looking forward to seeing Harmison and Jones on your hard bouncy wickets.
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BB, I am worried, very worried. We just don't seem to have the bowlers with any real pace or penetration anymore. That notwithstanding our much vaunted top order batsmen have hardly come to the party lately. Kallis had a good test in the last rubber against India, but we still lost the test and the series. I am not a great Graham Smith fan, as a captain that is, he is a great bat, especially against England emoticon , but he seems helpless to change things when a match is not going our way. Pollock is an all time great, but coming to the end of his career surely and is hardly a speed merchant anymore. Hopefully Ntini and some of the young bloods will come to the party. Harmison and Jones are probably relishing the prospects of our strips.

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Now there's a turn up for the books, England beaten by the South Africa A. Certainly given our selectors food for thought.

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Plenty of cause for concern with England if the papers here are anything to go by. emoticon
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After day 2 I nearly put up a post saying that other than the occaisional destructive burst from Ntini I couldn't see how SA were going to stop England getting into a winning position both for this test and throughout the series.

Then England decided to open the door again. Butcher and Flintoff threw their wickets away. Nice to see we still no how to manage a good collapse. The scores from Giles, Jones, and Harmison ought to embarass some of their colleagues. (good job Harmisons batting is OK cause he seems to have left his bowling arm at home)

Pollock is still high class and Ntini is outstanding on occasions, but inconsistant. Like the look of Steyn and can see why Allan Donald would rate him, but he is still only learning.
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England with a few early wobbles look like they have the game, but it is not quite done yet, all those extras, esp. no balls are going to come back to haunt us. Taufel didn't have his best day today either.

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England going one up while only playing at half throttle does not bode well for us. I hear Gibbs will be back for the next test, I hope he packs his playing brain! Langeveldt is also in the squad, why he was left out of the first test the Lord alone knows. News also says Kallis will be fit to bowl, hopefully we can get one back in Durban. Strauss is a class act, now where was he born again? emoticon

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How many others have we had from SA over the years? Alan Lamb - I am sure there are plenty of them - please indulge yourself smous!
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The likes of Lamb and Hick (Zimbabwe) played for England whilst their own countries weren't involved at test level. We even let Robert Croft play, and he's Welsh!!! I think Strauss has lived back in England since he was about 2, so there's no real issue with him.

The man in the team with dodgy credentials is, I think, Geraint Jones. Did he not grow up in Australia and go through the Australian youth acadamy before playing for England. He might need ear plugs next summer.

Question only, not pushing a point, did Kepler Wessels play for Australia, then re-qualify for SA once they were allowed back into test cricket?

And Bullpen, didn't the Welsh RFU get into a mess a few years back for trying to recruit any Kiwi who could spell Cardiff?
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Whoa BigBird, not trying to take any credit, Strauss may have a very apparent South African last name, but he sounds like a pom, Lamb and Hick always sounded like their countrys of origin, where they actually grew up . . . and yes that bundle of smiles Kepler Wessels changed his spots as often as it suited him.

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