Finally, there was another good encounter on the cards, when South Africa took to the tour of Australia, which was, to a small extent in a threat of being called off, for silly reasons. The tour was in a doubt of whether or not to, when South African team members wanted to stay at home during Boxing Day on 26th on December. However, things didn't go too far in this regard. And finally, thanks that the first test between South Africa and Australia took off smoothly. And as expected by most of us, Australia did take an upper hand in this test in the first innings. But, things are not yet over. Needless to say, with three more days to go, it would not be wise to call someone off so soon.
However, Australia did make an impact by recharging themselves after the loss of three quick wickets. Thanks to some decent batting by Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke, and Simon Katich- who held the innings together with them. But, still one should not forget the role played by the pitch and the depth in the all round capeabilities of the South African team. For, South Africa are the olny team in the world to have won a test series outside home in 2008. They beat India in the second test during their Indian tour, and then defeated England 2-1 in the latter part of the Nat West series.
No other team in this year has done in. Not even Australia. So, considering either of them as underdogs would be just stupid. Both of them are here to showcast their talent. Neither cann history, nor can the current form of the players can allow predictions to have its say. Had it been some three years ago, when South Africa had toured Australia the same season, things were different. No team in the world could match with the powerss of the Aussies.But, not anymore. Australia are just a normal team like some others for example South Africa, India and Sri Lanka. The time when they used to dictate the opposition is gone.
For a bowler in Brett Lee is no different from Makhaya Ntini or Zaheer Khan or Chaminda Vass.Australian spinners Jason Kreza & Camooron White are no match for Harbhajan Singh & Shane Warne. Nor are Haddin & Clarke superoir to Greame Smith, Virender Sehwag or Kumara Sangakkara in the present line up. With all these facts in front of us, it should be surprising for any one of us if Australia end up losing the series to South Africa. However, an Australian win would not raise any eyebrows..I'm sure and confident. In fact, if Australia white wash South Africa, it would be really amazing, bcoz, someone had predicted a whitewash for Australia, an Australian bowling legend..Who?..Yes..it is Glenn McGrath. And imagine the opposite of it happening???