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Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Other Sport: Pressure on Ponting

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The knives are seemingly already out for Ponting and his team after they failed to secure a win on the last day of the first test. Questions are being asked whether Ponting left the declaration too late. Ponting and the Australian team will be under tremendous pressure come Melbourne to save what has already been a disappointing year for the Australian public in both rugby and cricket.

Perth - Jacques Rudolph's unbeaten century from an entire day at the crease saved South Africa in the first cricket Test, enabling the Proteas to draw Australia after being set a world-record run chase of 491 runs to win.

Rudolph, who resumed at 18 not out Tuesday morning, survived all three sessions to post 102 and turn what looked like a certain loss into a morale-boosting draw ahead of the second Test on December 26 in Melbourne and the third starting January 2 in Sydney.

At stumps on Tuesday, South Africa were 287 for five wickets, losing just three wickets on the final day. Australia scored 258 and 528-8 declared in its innings, including Brad Hodge's 203 not out, while South Africa scored 296 in its first innings.

"I think it was a very strong performance," said South African captain Graeme Smith. "The top six we had is very young in terms of age and games and to go up against some of the best bowlers in the world and to play the way we did today showed a lot of character."

Smith said Hodge's push towards a double century in Australia's second innings had caused problems for Ponting.

A bit of a predicament

"I think he got himself in a bit of a predicament though when he pushed on a bit and Hodge got close to 200," Smith said. "Certainly he gave us no option of chasing down the target.

"Having a day and a session to chase 500 (491 to win) doesn't give you a lot of options to go and win a game."

Ponting defended his bowlers, and his decision to bat on in Australia's second innings.

"One hundred and 26 overs, we thought that was going to be plenty of time," Ponting said. "The attack I thought did a pretty good job in the conditions we had. The wicket was incredibly flat, especially for the fast bowlers."

He also defended his decision to allow his side to bat on until an early tea was taken on the fourth day.

"That wasn't ever a motivating factor," Ponting said of Hodge's pursuit of a double century.

"We were actually going to pull out a bit before that and then he got a bit of a move on."
wpw is gibbs' bunny...

this from a plonker that critted lara saying emotion comes second next to what is important for the team...after lara shattered haydens record a couple of months after he broke it...


Yeah, Terry Alderman said this morning already if Australia failed today the knives would be out. Even said he'd be at the press conference for ABC to ask some pointed questions and was especially inulting about the Lara thing.

Must say that the Lara thing was probably more of sour grapes than anything else.
There's also the opinion that if you cannot bowl out a side in four sessions you don't deserve to win.  

the commentator mentioned it was the first time since 1998 or something that australia could not manage to bowl a side out on the last day with warne in the team - and guess who that team was!!!!

i wish we could give these Aussies a pakslae, then their sport is really in a mess.

Has anyone read or seen last weeks story on the news in SA? The whole camp steelwool thing in Aussieland? If that was us the whole world would be mocking us. What is wrong with our journalists? They need to give it to these Fluffy Bunnies...

rasputin broke the story here before it was on IOL!!!!

I'm shocked!!!!

That was a scoop for us!

They were still trying to interview people on CNN and Ras had broken it here already!!!


That's a bit harsh boet, although if you can't bowl a side out on Day 5, you are not a deserving winner.

ja PA

That was Jacques Kallis coming to the party and the invention of his name the Aussies gave him as a nick that's apparently stuck.


Apparently on the 5th morning the Aussies came out having gotten Gary Kirsten with the last ball of the previous evening - I remember that because the Aussies set a trap and Gary fell for it -

So next morning Kallis came in to face the Aussies at their venomous best with the sledging (before the Poms at ICC decided it wasn't cricket to sledge) and called Kallis all sorts of names and trying to get a rise out of him. They couldn't even get him to acknowledge they were on the field with him. So Steve Waugh says after about two housr Ricky POnting says

"Aw just ignore the c*nt. He's in a bubble. He can't hear us"
ja guys, i know we had the story here on this site. what im asking is why the SA media hasnt picked it up or said anything about it. the assies are always giving it to us and it is time they get some of their own medicine.  
cause they are stupid????

you should know by now we are the nice guys in the world
Ja and as Ali Bacher used to say

Nice guys finish last....

He was one mean skipper in that last Aussie tour before isolation

couple of sissies running our game now-probably all from WP

Who are they?

Ali Bacher was the last good one. And he was a tried tested hardened and absolute Joburger.

Percy Sohn was a CT contribution remember....

So dronk at the CWC 2003 opening that he took off his trousers in front of all the VIP's

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