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Smith angered by England loss

2011-03-06 16:21

Chennai - South Africa captain Graeme Smith was aggrieved on Sunday after a contentious umpire decision review led to his dismissal against England and started his team's slide to defeat.

TV umpire Asoka de Silva took about five minutes to decide that Smith had gloved a delivery by Graeme Swann to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, overturning the on-field umpire's call and adjudging the South Africa captain out on Sunday.

The incident was the first of two in the Group B game to show what critics say are the inadequacies of the umpire decision review system, which the International Cricket Council has said should only be used to overturn obvious errors.

Smith declined to elaborate upon his clear unhappiness at the dismissal, saying that it was not appropriate to discuss it publicly. His England counterpart backed the decision - if not the manner in which it was reached.

"We were absolutely happy because we were absolutely certain that he gloved the ball," Andrew Strauss said. "I was fielding at slip and there was a sound. In that sense, it was the right decision."

Smith joins the ranks of those unhappy at what has been seen by many players and officials as the imperfect implementation of the review system. Without so-called hotspot technology to show whether the ball has made contact with a player's bat, the TV umpire can be left to make a judgment call that can be as contentious as that made in a split second by his on-field counterpart.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has long been skeptical of the system, which makes use of technology paid for by broadcasters and must be assented to by both teams for use in bilateral series.

India was angered when England's Ian Bell was given not out in the team's memorable tie last week.

England benefited again from the system with Smith's dismissal but was disadvantaged by it later in the same innings.

Sri Lanka's De Silva took almost as long as he did with his earlier decision on Smith to overturn Simon Taufel's ruling that JP Duminy had been caught behind. Replays again showed it was an extremely narrow call that, according to the ICC, should be left to the on-field umpire.

South Africa batsman Jacques Kallis showed best how to avoid such controversy on Sunday when Stuart Broad drew him into an outside edge to Prior. It was unclear whether the ball had carried to the wicketkeeper but, sportingly, Kallis paused only to ask Prior if he had grasped the low catch cleanly.

Ultimately, Smith's ire may simply have been aroused by his team losing a match it was in a strong position to win.

Smith's exit for 22 was the first of three wickets to fall for the addition of 19 runs, but his team rallied to 124 without further loss before a slow and final collapse over 16 overs.

"It's obviously disappointing not to get over the line," Smith said. "There are a lot of batters' days in one-day cricket; I suppose this was a bowlers' day. It wasn't easy to bat on.

"I thought 170 was a good total for us to chase. But unfortunately we weren't good enough today."

AP

Comments
  • McFreak - 2011-03-06 16:34

    Not watching this crap again! Better to go and watch the hadeedahs catch insects...at least they succeed!!!!

      Nesomaniac - 2011-03-06 19:09

      You so right. If Smith can't live with the result he must go join the hahdeedahs - at least they seem to be able to find worms from my concrete lawn!

      darren - 2011-03-06 23:47

      too late for me i'm afraid flying out on wednesday to nagpur for the indian game

      Foxx - 2011-03-07 09:27

      To nerve raking for me. I am going to watch paint dry.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-03-07 20:50

      Hadeda is how you spell it, just for interests sake.

  • Jakestefer - 2011-03-06 16:49

    "We were absolutely happy because we were absolutely certain that he gloved the ball" Yeah Right! About as absolutely certain as England were with their 15 other ridiculous appeals that werent given out

      Ingwe - 2011-03-06 17:37

      Just following Tahir's example

      Broombastic - 2011-03-07 10:57

      Seemed pretty obvious to me that it had brushed his glove. Smith knew it, so what's he so upset about? I 'm sure he wouldn't have been upset if it was Strause that went out in the same manner.

  • Garry - 2011-03-06 16:55

    Stop crying Graham, YOU WERE OUT FAIR AND SQUARE. What I cannot understand is that a team that is absolutely brimming with talent , that gave a breathtaking bowling and fielding display, CHOKED when it came to the batting. It was a mediocre total to make, but as in the past the moment was too big.

      brinjal - 2011-03-06 18:59

      Bookies, bookies........... crooked game this cricket ;-)

      Brewster - 2011-03-07 08:55

      Brinjal, as much as I hate hiding behind the clichè of "bookies", I just cannot help but to agree with you. I smell a rat! Of course I will admit that I could be wrong, but I cannot help it, not with all the happenings lately in India and surrounds. We had them floored, and it would probably have been the end of Englands campaign. England did'nt win this game, we lost it!

      CAD59 - 2011-03-07 09:35

      Brinjal, i think you hit the nail on the head. watching the last 16 overs , I didn't see any batsmen even looking like they wanted to make runs. M van Wyk can hit a quick fire 50 in no time at all, ( 20-20 against India in Durban), and suddenly can't bat to save his life??? Oh, before you lot crucify me, i know the difference between an ODI and 20 - 20. The loss was on the cards to keep England in the final 4. Befy is a STRONG captain, he can wrestle defeat from the jaws of victory at the drop of a hat, that takes some doing.

      myjdjames - 2011-03-07 09:52

      @Brewster The ICC have officially ruled out investigating SA's performance, claiming that 'they always choke like this'

  • Ragged-Tooth - 2011-03-06 16:59

    yawn, yet another protea (more like kakiebos) wc. It's really getting old now.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-06 17:00

    Did you expect win, muppet?

  • Slapper - 2011-03-06 17:00

    Of Course you are Angry Biff, but not as angry as me. Why don't you officially join Strauss, Trott and Peterson? You seem to have been making a present to them today.

      mikegd - 2011-03-06 21:52

      No thanks. We are happy with the ones who wanted to leave. you can keep him! Think you've got your P(i)etersons mixed up! But we'll take the one that you mention!

  • Juggernaut - 2011-03-06 17:04

    Chokers, chokers, choke, chok, cho, ch, c,.............................

  • Alan - 2011-03-06 17:06

    SA lost fair and square! Stop complaining and looking for excuses for a poor batting performance. It pains me to say but England were the better side on the day.

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-06 19:14

      England most certainly were NOT the better side on the day! SA was BUT......we choked!

      Zandi - 2011-03-07 08:39

      I agree Alan, our batting let us down.

  • Perfume - 2011-03-06 17:10

    Does Graeme know how angry I am....did you guys even want to play today...I still get angry when I say "6 bloody runs, we lost by 6 bloody runs" this game was ours, but you all chose to cruise!!!!!!!

      Wessel - 2011-03-06 18:07

      All of us is angry but that wont help.Maybe that is a wake up call.Let stand with our players.We must not be like other teams fans.I also was very very bebliksem but it wont bring back a win.Go PROTEAS win this one for the fans and not for you.We stil got the best team in the world cup.

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-06 19:16

      I was SO SO tense [almost took a calmative!] and SO worried that EXACTLY what happened would happen!! Why? Because they've done it to us before! We love you guys Graeme but dont do this to us!

  • derkus - 2011-03-06 17:12

    you were out you wanker

  • jay - 2011-03-06 17:15

    Better choke now than later. What happened to our middle order? Dismal performance. Hopefully a wake-up call. The loss may have come in time....

      Deon - 2011-03-08 03:37

      What about now and later

  • vicj - 2011-03-06 17:16

    Thanks for super rugby. Go Sharks.

  • Kevin - 2011-03-06 17:17

    In India if you win the toss you bat, and 95% of the time you win the match. England won the toss and batted first and had the best of the substandard wicket. The wicket was so under prepared that Robin Petersen who in SA can't spin the ball much, looked like a world beater. Imran Tahir and Graeme Swan were turning the ball square as was Kevin Pietersen (He actually gave up as a spin bowler because his career was going nowhere). If we want to do better then we must win the toss.

      mikegd - 2011-03-06 22:02

      Better get a better "tosser"!

      GT - 2011-03-07 09:08

      Mike - we have the best tosser, no question about it. In fact I hear that in a tossing tournament, he came first.

  • Brendon - 2011-03-06 17:19

    Glad we lost today, we can also lose against India, as long as we beat the minnows. Ive seen too many tournaments where we cruise through the group stages and bow out in a knockout. The Proteas will peak at the right time. To all the detractors, grow up, you ignorant whinging fart bags!

      Charl Maingard - 2011-03-06 17:27

      I second that Brendon! At last some one that has sense AND who can talk it. I'd like to hear what the other idiots will say when we take this WC.

      snackpaz - 2011-03-06 17:35

      well said brendon. this is actually a good thing..it balances the group out a little bit and brings us down to earth. we will proceed to the semis not being over-confident. i'm just hoping kallis grabs some form soon!

      kevin.vandyk - 2011-03-06 17:40

      Yes thats how Australia have won all their world cups ... no momentum needed at all. Just have to win beat the minnows. Send your CV to Andrew Hudson, seems yours and his credentials as a selector are about on par.

      John - 2011-03-06 17:56

      Thank you Brendon. I am sick of all the stupid comments people post on these sites. It is a game and we all have our bad days and good days. We can't win every game. Good luck with the rest of the World Cup Proteas!!

      darkwing - 2011-03-06 18:08

      Oh please, so you want to beat the minnows only and expect them to peak against Australia? If they couldn't take the pressure in this game how the hell do you expect them to do so when it really matters? Weak minds.

      rileyfree97 - 2011-03-06 18:16

      Good stuff!!! Keep supporting the Proteas!!!!!!!! :)

      WhoGivesAshi - 2011-03-07 08:39

      The Proteas will choke at the right time, everytime. I will bet against them every single game, they mad me some good money yesterday.

      Zandi - 2011-03-07 08:43

      Go Brendon, couldn't agree with you more. It's one loss and we are being branded chokers again. I mean really! We have a good team, we shouldn't give up on them now. South African suppoters can be way to harsh sometimes. Did we make a few mistakes yesterday, yes but that doesn't mean we suck all of a sudden. As Brendon said, GROW UP!

      Shino - 2011-03-07 11:08

      I fully agree Brendon. We still in this world cup :) (1 Loss = Hiccup, 2 Losses = Chokers, 3 Losses = Wankers)

  • Tc - 2011-03-06 17:19

    Despite Smith trying to draw attention from their..uh ..well ..ch/losing, that was dismal batting by the bloody lot of them!

  • Hilton - 2011-03-06 17:20

    I predicted this loss, but was told I am negative and that this would be a walk in the park game for SA. Guess I was right. What now?

      Met Uysh! - 2011-03-07 09:54

      What now? Since you are so good at predicting, you tell us?

      Broombastic - 2011-03-07 11:00

      You probably predict a loss for EVERY game. You're still wrong most of the time...

  • Alan - 2011-03-06 17:22

    Can you imagine the allegations if Hansie were still in the team? Or if we were playing Pakistan, not England?

  • S - 2011-03-06 17:22

    The Proteas just showed again that they cannot handle the heat. Very dissapointing. Are we never going to stop choking.

  • Dan - 2011-03-06 17:22

    CHOCKERS, CHOCKERS, CHOCKERS - AGAIN, AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! Nobody should ever try and convince me otherwise. When we had 3 wickets down, I already knew we are going to chocke and didn't watch a ball further. The Proteas should have walked this one comfortably even if it was for 6 or 7 wickets down, but they chocked again. How we missed a Mark Boucher today - someone who is prepared to fight. We only needed one guy to stick around.

      snackpaz - 2011-03-06 17:36

      it's 'chokers', actually.

      Wolff - 2011-03-06 18:48

      @snackpaz hahahaha give the guy a break, he is so the moer in!

  • Naas - 2011-03-06 17:23

    If Smith did the right thing and walked none of this contoversy would happen. If you are out and stand you are cheating. He knew very well that he was out. What exactly is smith complaining about? That it took 5 minutes to show that he cheated? Naas

      TheDuck - 2011-03-06 18:08

      It was not convincing at all. Why don't they use Hot Spot?

      Allin - 2011-03-06 22:17

      You moron, it is the UMPIRE's job to give him out. If he's not out he isn't allowed to stay if the umpire has given him out.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-03-07 09:55

      Not sure if Smith could feel it, it was clearly the most sligthes of touches on the edge of his thumb part of the glove.

      Broombastic - 2011-03-07 11:02

      Met Uysh, Youv'e probably not played much cricket, he felt it for sure.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-03-07 12:44

      Broombastic...nope, just never been out gloving it. But since you are so sure you must have been quite the expert at gloving it to the keeper.

  • Jakestefer - 2011-03-06 17:23

    To all of the idiots calling SA chokers: We lost one game! Im sure we'll be able to bounce back from such a close game. It was a difficult pitch for batting which is clear after England made only 171, this after they got 296, 327 and 338 in previous games. We slipped up but that doesnt make them chokers!! As for the people critisising Smith: He is actually not the one complaining about this('smith declined to elaborate'), the person who wrote the article is. Besides, i would worry if the captain of the team I support was not aggrieved by losing his wicket. The rules of the review system have been clear so far. If an on field 'not out' call for lbw is shown to only clip the stumps it is given 'not out'. Similarly, this was also not an obvious mistake but very marginal. So even though it is definately out it is still controversial.

      kevin.vandyk - 2011-03-06 17:37

      I'm the idiot prepared to say that Boucher and Albie Morkel's experience in that team would have clinched the game. We choke because anyone involved in selecting are idiots.

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-03-06 20:30

      Boucher needed 1 run in 2003 to take us through to Super Six stage but chose to block the ball instead. That's cool under pressure if ever there was.

      mikegd - 2011-03-06 22:19

      Smith was aggrieved at losing his wicket, but moreso because he was found out for cheating. A batsman knows full well when a ball hits his glove. He was given out and out he went.

      scheepjg - 2011-03-08 07:50

      @Jakestefer - Agree 100%, one loss and we brand them CHOKERS, bs we lost a game. I say rather know than in the knockout stages. . .

  • Dan - 2011-03-06 17:27

    What was bad, was the way in which we lost our wickets. Almost all of them showed signs of severe choking. A couple of good balls from England, but most was as if the guys just simply choked. I'm sorry, but there is no other way to describe it. I'm sure they are so afraid of choking again that the thought is constantly on their minds, hence they choke.

  • Jack - 2011-03-06 17:29

    Let us face it Graham Straus is just a 10 times better captain!

      V. Zela - 2011-03-06 20:24

      Who is Graham Straus

      mikegd - 2011-03-06 22:23

      Whatever his name, certainly a better captain on the day. But tomorrow is another day, so move forward

      byronsmith77 - 2011-03-06 23:14

      Andrew Smith's daughter...

  • kevin.vandyk - 2011-03-06 17:31

    blah f@ckin blah ... perhaps Smithie and retard Hudson shouldn't have left players with experience, indian experience, experience holding a tail together, experience getting runs when it matters BEHIND in SA. Could Albie Morkel (CHENNAI Super Kings 3 seasons, EXPERIENCED Protea) and Mark Boucher (BANGALORE Royal Challengers 3 seasons, most experienced Protea keeper) have made a difference rather than the umpir gave me a bd decision boo hoo!

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-03-06 17:36

    To that idiot who says that the team should be made up of Coloured players:- I would be termed as racist if I had said that the team should be made up of White players. For someone who has for many years stood up for the rights of previously disadvantaged players in sport, I find this offensive. This is supposed to be a democratic country and teams should be picked on merit and NOT according to the colour of their skin. I am angry that we lost and am even angrier at your narrow-minded comment! You must be from that very insular town called Cape Town!

      No Good - 2011-03-06 18:06

      True dave. Capetonians jus make other people's lives feel k*k

      louis botha - 2011-03-06 18:53

      I agree keep racism out of sports .

      mikegd - 2011-03-06 22:30

      Better to ignore comments like that. The "idiot" probably enjoys winding you up

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-06 17:37

    Smith you arrogant idiot. Accept the mantle of CHOKERS. You and Kallis have contributed f@@k all at the CWC. Living on your reputations? Stop blaming others for you lack of ability, you twit, I will from now on support any team that plays against the Proteas. What about your poor decision to bring on the seamers when England were 15/3. Were you paid by the bookis to throw this one?

      Andrez - 2011-03-07 09:26

      As long as Biffie is the captain I will not support the Proteas EVER !!!

  • jackilee - 2011-03-06 17:39

    Gees, people can be so negative and pathetic! It's SPORT people! One team wins and the other loses - that's what happens and what happened!! They didn't lose by 106 runs - they lost by 6 runs! Does anyone honestly think that SA or anyone for that matter goes out there with the idea of losing! They do their best! A batsman going out doesn't mean he's a bad batsman! He's there for his country and is top class! It means brilliant bowling, fielding or maybe even an unlucky pitch!! PROTEAS you guys are fantastic and good luck in the rest of your games! As I tell my son who is 9 and a sport fanatic himself! As long as you do your best - you can do no better! And a better team or oponent on the day or in that match may make you look like a "choker" or "loser" - you're NoT! And give poor Graeme Smith a break! We should be "backing" our boys in good and bad times! It's call SUPPORTERS not CRITICIZERS!!!

      kevin.vandyk - 2011-03-06 17:46

      What would you say to Boucher and Albie Morkel if they were your sons who could have won the game today because they SHOULD be in the team on experience, ability, and proven success. Go hug a tree if you want to feel good, i wan't results.

      stevemeister2011 - 2011-03-06 18:01

      Way too many criticizers in this country. Next when they beat India they will be the best thing since sliced bread. Any team can lose, grow up people.

      Alan.G.N.McKenzie - 2011-03-06 18:08

      Well said @jackilee. Sportsmanship both on and off the field has gone to the dogs. Being a sportsman implies you play by and to the rules. When you are out, you walk. If you are given out and don't agree with the decision, use the refferal system if there is a one and accept the decision. Everyone involved with the game are human: the players, the umpires, the grounds staff, the camera men, the drinks carriers and the technicians. The tools are only as good as the people that devlop them and use them. When you lose, you congratulate the opposing team: when you win, you commiserate with the opposing team: when you draw or tie, both teams should congratulate each other. Then get together with the opposition and rejoice in life, in being able to participate in the game and with the pople that you have met and the new friendships that can occur. Soiuth Africa, play your best, be sportsman and make us proud. Best of luck for the rest of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

      rileyfree97 - 2011-03-06 18:08

      Well said jackilee!!!!! Lets be positive and get behind our team,people!!!! :)

      goyougoodthing - 2011-03-06 18:10

      Backing a loser is silly. 'As long as you played your best' works on 9 year olds sure, children play for fun. Pro sport is something else entirely. Stop making excuses.

      kevin.vandyk - 2011-03-06 18:19

      Sorry people, but how many games do teams that win the world cup, actually lose in the build up? I don't recall Aus losing too many games in the years taht they took the world cup. Are we there to win the world cup as i was under the impression or are we there to spread the feel good experience as you are all implying. What are you paid to do in your jobs, get a result, or make your colleagues day?

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-03-06 20:56

      Kevin has a crush on Albie and Boucher. How sweet.

      Zandi - 2011-03-07 08:47

      Go jackilee!

      Albo - 2011-03-07 09:09

      @jackilee - thank-you!!!!! @Kevin, it was one loss - support AUS then if you think they so f***ing great!!

      Bhafo - 2011-03-07 12:18

      LOL @ Albo. I agree with you.

      brigadier - 2011-03-07 13:38

      @Proteas: I hope you guys got that. Kevin.vandyk WANTS RESULTS so you better pull yourselves together lest we have more of his toys flung at us. @kevin. Relax! No need to attack the handful of people who arent as pessimistic as yourself. And what on earth does albie and boucher's parents have to do with this. What a drama-queen! Well said jackilee. Lets support the proteas all the way, even through the hiccups

  • flicknife - 2011-03-06 17:39

    Graeme SMith was only consolidating his batting average. Why take Peterson off when he is taking wickets, would the score not looked better if it read England 25 for 6 with Petersen completing his spell on the trot. @Brendon yes youa re right the proteas will peak against Zambia soon. I have a good ENT specialist when they get home. It is called fire Biff and Andrew Hudson.

  • chris.g.firman - 2011-03-06 17:39

    Smith is an embarrassing disgrace. He was given out and that's that - what is his problem? AB's refusal to walk after he was bowled was even more ridiculous. The middle / lower order looks very suspect these days - who decided to leave Boucher at home? Chokers.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-06 17:40

    One wicket does not make a team loose, given the position SA were in at the time Baby Smith. You boys choked, like you always do in the pressure cooker Graeme. SA were 63-0, only needing another 109 with TEN wickets standing. And they still loose?????????????? Time to go Smith............

  • chris.g.firman - 2011-03-06 17:42

    Smith is an embarrassing disgrace. He was given out and that's that - what is his problem? AB's refusal to walk after he was bowled was even more ridiculous. The middle / lower order looks very suspect these days - who decided to leave Boucher at home? Chokers.

  • CharVal@24.com - 2011-03-06 17:43

    It is International sport but at the end of the day it's still just a game. Somebody has to lose and today was not our's to win for whatever reason. It's not like somebody has been raped or killed!

  • Robynsky - 2011-03-06 17:52

    Poor performance, and now a poor argument...... move on please.

  • Greg - 2011-03-06 17:53

    I think the Proteas were paid to throw this game. The ICC should investigate this unusual defeat.

      chris.g.firman - 2011-03-06 18:21

      Unfortunately, its not in any way unusual that they choked in this way.

  • Selwyn - 2011-03-06 17:59

    Smith let his batsman down by not taking the powerplay when they reached 120. It wouldve given AB, FAF & JP more freedom to play their natural games.

      BlackSwan - 2011-03-06 18:11

      They couldn't even play their unnatural games (whatever that might be)

      pop101 - 2011-03-06 21:18

      Nope, would not have mattered. England were permanently attacking - there players were already in power play "formation". We needed less then a run a ball (three per over required), hence singles should have been the order of the day.

      pop101 - 2011-03-06 21:22

      *their

  • Jason - 2011-03-06 18:00

    B.M.T separates the winners from the losers!

      No Good - 2011-03-06 18:38

      what is bmt?

      pop101 - 2011-03-06 23:42

      That Temperament you need to win Big Matches.

  • Raymond - 2011-03-06 18:03

    AB was unlucky. But Duminy & Peterson didn't do SA proud, did they touch the ball at all during their knock? Kallis's shot was useless. The umpires are useless. And the ground conditions were useless. Who wins from this farce of cricket? The bookies maybe?

      chris.g.firman - 2011-03-06 18:23

      What did the umpires get wrong? Why were the ground conditions useless? The only things that were useless today were our middle and lower order, and our clueless Captain.

      Freakfloyd - 2011-03-06 22:28

      Raymond, nevermind what Peterson did with the bat, his bowling was the best, Methink, you have something against players of colour. Look at our all white skiiper, useless bastard, And WHITE!!!!!

      Met Uysh! - 2011-03-07 12:46

      Kallis and Smith was useless and Duminy was just his normal self.

  • djg - 2011-03-06 18:06

    Hey Nice Guy......what shack did u crawl out from....."more coloureds"????...and what did they contribute today?...zilch...suppose full of boom

  • BlackSwan - 2011-03-06 18:07

    Biff, you are correct to be angry - but only at yourself. You and your team disgraced us today

  • Colin - 2011-03-06 18:09

    Go Liverpool!! ManU!!!!! I'M all choked up!........ Come back Torres and be part of a BIG club again!!

      Oupa1 - 2011-03-06 18:17

      A bit lost aren't you?

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-03-06 18:10

    The Proteas new team song, (with apologies to Chubby Checker) LET'S CHOKE AGAIN LIKE WE DID LAST SUMMER, LET'S CHOKE AGAIN LIKE WE DID LAST YEAR! DO YOU REMEMBER HOW WE CHOKED LAST SEASON? LET'S CHOKE AGAIN, CHOKING TIME IS HERE! WHA WHA

      BlackSwan - 2011-03-06 18:12

      Where is the "like" button?

      Stephen - 2011-03-06 18:34

      Good one

      Wolff - 2011-03-06 18:50

      Brilliant, I am going to copy this to my Facebook profile if you don't mind!

      Freakfloyd - 2011-03-06 20:00

      Just posted your new song to my fb, thanks, its real good.

      Be-Bold - 2011-03-07 09:23

      Brilliant! - Will copy if you dont mind.

      Jonathan - 2011-03-07 15:05

      I am disappointed... That is probably the least original comment here! Yet strangely, everyone thinks that it is brilliant because you change one word for another! Yes, we have a creative genius on our hands! My goodness!

      Zion - 2011-03-07 16:04

      Was it Cliff Richard or Chubby Checker? I was only 10 or 11

  • Richard - 2011-03-06 18:14

    Smith does not have the brains to be captain. He's also a choker.

      Jacques - 2011-03-06 22:14

      That is our main problem, Smith is not a good captain - never was. How many times does he still have to prove that he can not get an excellent team to win when it really matters. Get rid of the guy. One way or other I am paying part of his income and I am fed with the guy. Give him some Dehi food so that he can come home with a sore belly.

  • Oupa1 - 2011-03-06 18:15

    Bring Boucher back we've got no middle order batsman!

  • ODIDDUMMS - 2011-03-06 18:22

    boo hooo! England made a pathetic score! but guess what they played to win!! what a dismal effort by SA. CAN I JOIN THE TEAM? I wont be any worse.

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-03-06 18:22

    The replay looked like he gloved it.

      chris.g.firman - 2011-03-06 18:26

      He did. And he was given out. Difficult to know what his problem is. The man is an unsporting imbecile.

      BigD - 2011-03-07 05:29

      on the replay I could see the glove move. what is biff moaning about. The luck has run with proteas till this game. Also, the middle order has had no game time. Now when needed they were found wanting.

  • JohnInsa - 2011-03-06 18:32

    I am so fed up with year after year, world cup after world cup listening to lame excuses from the SA commentators, the so called captain, the players and the coach. There is always an excuse and in this game there can be NO excuses!!!!! A team who is confident, a team who has their whole country behind them and they cant even chase 170 odd. Pathetic and Smith we the protea's fans don't want to hear anything else from you, other than your resignation as soon as the World Cup has finished, so we don't have to watch you picking your nose at slip or making crass aggressive comments or fielding excuses for poor performances. Goodbye Smithy nice knowing you, now go pick your nose in your living room with your feet up!!!!!! We have had enough!!!!!!!!!

      CAD59 - 2011-03-07 14:22

      Beefy is so f@#$ing stupid that he doesn't know that if the ball is gloved and caught it's OUT or he's just a downright cheat, period. Picking his nose has a double function: rearranging the two brain cells when they drift too far appart and providing on field sustenance. I'm willing to bet that the result was decided BEFORE the match to keep England in the final 4.

      Ingwe - 2011-03-07 18:36

      CAD59 then you would lose you bet

  • Stephen - 2011-03-06 18:32

    you should be upset fat boy.......because we your fans are highly pissed off, thanks for ruining another Sunday and work wek ahead.

  • ODIDDUMMS - 2011-03-06 18:32

    I WANT TO JOIN THE TEAM, NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! CANT DO ANY WORSE

      Jacques - 2011-03-06 22:16

      You are confusing the proteas with the ANC cabinet, get your P's and Q's right

  • Leviathan - 2011-03-06 18:33

    the usual excuses,excuses,excuses....U guys only hav urself 2 blame. Wen the pressure on u implode. No BMT dont these guys c a sports shrink, really i expect these excuses in the semi-final

  • Darwinia - 2011-03-06 18:36

    Just anothe choke, like we always do. And now Biff adds insult to injury by whinging.