SA Tour to OZ Preview

The start of the 2012/13 cricket season is upon us, and for the Proteas, it begins with a tour down under as they take on the ever dangerous Australian team.

The last time South Africa toured to Australia saw them winning their first ever series down under, but then Australia returned the favour touring and defeating South Africa in South Africa this past season. So it’s definitely a mouth-watering contest that we are in store for, and one can only expect another tightly contested Test series, or can we?

In my humble opinion I think that quite frankly we will be too good for the Aussies, they are a depleted team, a mere shell of their former selves, and they are going up against a Proteas side that is on top of its game at the moment, recently taking over the number 1 test ranking by beating England in England, they are a team with all aspects covered, a solid opening partnership, lethal middle order, deadly strike bowlers, a more than capable spinner, and probably the best fielders in world cricket puts them in a class above Australia at the moment I feel, and it would be surprising to me if they could even manage to conjure up a single victory over this SA team.

There are a few players however that could cause trouble for the best team in the world, like Shane Watson, who is in the form of his life at the moment, and not just with one aspect of his game, but he is performing brilliantly with both bat and ball, and he could pose a huge threat to SA. Another dangerous group of players are the young fast bowlers that Australia possesses. They will be hungry and rearing to go, and it will be tough for SA to combat against their lethal attack.

South Africa do however have players to combat their opponents, and it’s what you’d expect from the number 1 team in the world, they have Kallis who is the best All-rounder in world cricket, and one of the best in crickets history. Another thing is if the groundsmen do prepare wickets friendly to their fast bowlers, then their team will also have to deal with the extra pace, and it will be coming from the number 1 test bowler in the world, Dale Steyn. So while the Aussies do have danger men, SA seem to have a better player for every player that is thrown at them by the Aussies.

So my prediction for the series:

Well I would first like to state that I am disappointed that it is only 3 matches, as I feel that when two heavyweights go into battle you should have at least 4 tests played, but sadly that’s not happening. I see South Africa being dominant throughout the series with Australia maybe managing to save one game and force a draw, but I see SA coming out comfortable winners 2-0 against the Aussies.

Matthew Nepgen

@MatthewNepgen

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