Cape Town – Australians are usually a pretty bullish lot but
even their own public appear to have lost faith now in the ability of the Baggy
Greens to win the Test series against South Africa at Newlands from Saturday.
Such was the pummelling Michael Clarke’s side received in
the second encounter at St George’s Park, levelling matters at 1-1, that
positive sentiment has dipped appreciably Down Under.
A poll in major Aussie newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald asked readers the following
question in the wake of the Port Elizabeth result: “What will be the result of
the third Test in Cape Town?”
Some 3,720 people had responded at the time of writing.
Three options were given for reply and the first – “South
Africa will win: momentum is on their side” – received as much as 65 percent of
The next – “Australia will win: they can come back in the
decider” – earned only 22 percent, whilst the third (“Draw: the series will end
in a stalemate”) got 13 percent of backing.
The last result seems reasonably unlikely, given that four
Tests in a row at Newlands have all produced decisive outcomes, with the
Proteas winning each time.
A stalemate was last registered between South Africa and
India in January 2011.
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