Australia vs South Africa Test Series: Preview and Prediction

The Proteas are the No 1 Test side in the world at the moment after steadily building a quality squad and winning series after series, culminating in a thrilling and comprehensive victory in England earlier in the year. Job well done and all that but their place at the top of the cricket mountain of awesomeness could be short-lived should they fail to beat the Aussies in their own backyard. Tricky times ahead and no mistake.

I love Tests between these two sides. Especially when the Aussies lose. The Aussies have had the measure of the Proteas historically but are in a bit of a re-building stage with a few new comers to the side. The Proteas won the series when they last toured Australia back in 2008/2009 and for the first time in a long time go into this as favourites for back to back away series victories.

Test victories in Australia are like humble Aussie players, hard to find but pure fried awesome to see. Having said that the chance of beating SA teams seems to lift every Aussie side. Here are some reasons they could win:

Ricky Ponting: The old war-horse is now 87 37 years old but has been in fine form recently and has tasted victory over the Proteas more than any player currently in the side. If he does well it should galvanise the Aussies.

They are Australians: They eat sleep and breathe cricket, are born with pads on and (unlike the Proteas) relish the big moments and thrive in the pressure of the big occasion.

Michael Clarke: The Aussie captain was their best batsman when they toured SA last and has been at the helm though a turbulent period in Australian cricket. How he handles the big moments could well decide the outcome of the series, not to mention his partnership breaking spin bowling abilities.

Why the Proteas should have the upper hand:

Bowlers: Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Kallis. Enough said.

Hashim Amla: The man is a machine. Cool, calm and collected, Hashim simply goes about his business and is seldom rattled. His 311 not out was magical and if he gets a start the Aussies will be in for long days in the field.

Gary Kirsten: The ex Proteas player has brought a confidence and calmness to the side that was often missing under Mickey Arthur. His player management is second to none and the Proteas have improved with every Test played with him at the helm.

Pity we have to wake up at sparrow’s fart to catch the action but it will totes be worth it. Interestingly the News Limited newspapers in Australia recently published what is claimed to be a ‘dossier’ on the SA danger men. Nice one guys. Motivation… check.

This will be a classic series full of skill, precision, sledging, passion, more sledging and excellent cricket. The first Test starts tomorrow morning at 2:00am in Woolloongabba (yes, that is actually the name), Brisbane with the next Test in Adelaide on the the 22nd and the last Test in Perth on the 30th of November.

Aussies vs Proteas Prediction: The Proteas will win the series 2-1.

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on November 8, 2012.

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