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SA collapse for 291

2010-01-04 10:49

Cape Town - James Anderson took three wickets in two overs and England needed less than three overs to dismiss South Africa for 291 in their first innings early on the second day of the third Castle Lager Test at Newlands on Monday.

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The collapse started when Jacques Kallis, who shared a seventh wicket stand of 64 with Dale Steyn, got an edge to the fourth ball of the morning, bowled by Graham Onions, and was caught behind by Matthew Prior without adding to his overnight score of 108.

Anderson - who took the wicket of Ashwell Prince in the opening over on Sunday and added the crucial wicket of Graeme Smith in his first over after lunch - continued his habit of striking early when he got Steyn's wicket with his first delivery.

Steyn, looking more uncertain than he had when he and Kallis were playing together on the first day, got a thick edge and was caught at third slip by Jonathan Trott for 26.

Three balls later, Morkel was caught by Graeme Swann off Anderson without scoring. Paul Harris made 10 quick runs off Onions, but Anderson finished the job off when he had Friedel de Wet leg before wicket with the first ball of his second over.

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Comments
  • Mr C.A. - 2010-01-04 10:56

    Utterly pathetic. It's time to get rid of Smith and Arthur and bring in some IN FORM CRICKETERS! When is Tsotsobe going to be given a run? Why not bring in the form men from the Supersport series?

  • encouragement? - 2010-01-04 11:03

    Wonder what encouragement today's batters got from their captain and coach. It certainly had an effect!

  • Prince is best - 2010-01-04 11:05

    Prince is the man. The duck this test and the next duck in the second innings are not feats he is doing for his country or his team. He is doing his best and a duck is the best he can do. Only this time do it for yourself my boy. Go on and just knock your stumps over to get that Nugget feeling. Yeah man.

  • Gatvol - 2010-01-04 11:05

    Good people, what is wrong with our team? I don't believe this....... I'm glad I didn't take my leave to watch this test match. Seems like it will only take 3 days. Congrats, Englands on winning the test series in advance....

  • Watching netball - 2010-01-04 11:05

    Aholes

  • Matt Nel - 2010-01-04 11:06

    Batting coach needs a kick up the ass! 4 ducks!

  • callie - 2010-01-04 11:06

    Maybe we should accept that their team is better than ours and that we need to do some serious work to improve. As simple as that!

  • JP is best - 2010-01-04 11:07

    No JP is the man. The duck this test and the next duck in the second innings are not feats he is doing for his country or his team. He is doing his best and a duck is the best he can do. Only this time do it for yourself my boy. Go on and just knock your stumps over to get that Nugget feeling. Yeah man. Show them how Cape Town can lead

  • Rob - 2010-01-04 11:07

    We are a disgrace

  • callie - 2010-01-04 11:07

    Maybe we should accept that their team is better than ours and that we need to do some serious work to improve. As simple as that!

  • Sox - 2010-01-04 11:08

    Ama choke choke we need change!

  • SAD MAN - 2010-01-04 11:09

    SA cricket? Eish! We blow hot and cold all the time! We need a killer bowler again! We are playing at home and should be killing them! It feels like we are playing overseas!

  • Africa - 2010-01-04 11:10

    Graham I wish to congratulate you and your team on being the best African test cricekt team and being among the top 9 international teams. Even if you loose to England you remain in the top African slot and that is all that matters man. We know you are our best so just make sure that in your heart you feel that way as well.

  • Ntini Fan - 2010-01-04 11:14

    You mean without Ntini, we still cannot bat?

  • flip - 2010-01-04 11:21

    The whole set-up needs a shake up: Mickey Arthur is lost, all 3 events at home in 2010 his side wasn't properly prepared, no real in the middle stuff to get them on form. you can't get your form in internationals; Prince isn't an opener and his being done an injustice, Duminy has scored less than 20 runs in 5 innings. We need real opener with Prince back at 6. Batting coaching is non-existent, see Duminy, Amla developing bad habits on back-lift and Smith isn't consistent. Bowling as poor, guess Vincent Brnes has to go as well. Need coaches who can work with the team and help them improve, and some tough action. It's a pity Jacques Rudolph is out of favour, maybe Alviro can do it. Just as sad that Kepler isn't there on coaching and work ethic!

  • e - 2010-01-04 11:26

    What a bunch of numbnuts

  • Michael - 2010-01-04 11:29

    Mental toughness, lack of preparation, so much of smoke blown up eachothers @sses that everyone seems to think they so good... When losing at ODI's it was cos they were building, the test side was solid and well established... The warning signs were there, but we did not want to read it cos we were to good...

  • CASTLE - 2010-01-04 11:31

    Isnt it about time we get rid of the dead wood there is plenty off talent out there that is hungry to play and make a diffence match fixing comes to mind even school teams play better than our National side

  • Vincent Tseka - 2010-01-04 11:32

    Its so strange that south africa collapse for 291, just yesterday we where told that Makhaya is no longer good for test cricket. You tell me if Makhaya was the only person who was supposed to bail proteas out. Look at Smith the man is out of ideas , Makahya was the only black player in the squad and was expected to play better than hes whites counterparts that is nonsense. The guy has done well for the country he deserve better treatment done what he is geeting now. What happened with the first4 bats man they all collapse feeling the england pressure.

  • Mike - 2010-01-04 11:33

    I blame Ntine for this mess. LOL.

  • bigred - 2010-01-04 11:39

    aaargh...urghhhh...choke choke. Useless, embarrassing - time to wield the axe, sick of puerile spin-doctoring. Where are the so-called journalists??? All they do is echo the same refrain as we hear from Smith and co.

  • Etienne - 2010-01-04 11:41

    Makhaya is really getting a raw deal here...granted ,he is not performing well at the moment ,but there are some other numbnuts performing just as bad.

  • RH - 2010-01-04 11:41

    Prince @ 6. Rudolph for Amla. Gibbs should've got a game in his home ground - as an opener! We are battling to take 20 wickets and the batting can barely get us to 300 runs. At this point I reckon we're worthy of being 5th or 6th in the test rankings!

  • lord arthur - 2010-01-04 11:43

    Saffers! Do not despair (where does all this pessimism come from?). England have plenty of time to implode in this test. Console yourself that half of our team are your countrymen anyway, so you win either way.

  • Barry - 2010-01-04 11:44

    Vincent Tseka you mullet! Can the racism and move on. Get that chip off your shoulder. It is 2010. Ntini is a bullet now - give the youngsters a chance!!!!!!!!!!

  • mikeh - 2010-01-04 11:46

    @Vincent Tseka. Yes I think Makhaya should stay in the team until he draws his old age pension. Let the cricket team become as well ranked as Bafana Bafana who have plenty of non performing players. When you pick a team you pick the best CURRENT IN FORM players, not yeterdays heros who are no longer performing. How many years should a non performer stay in the side??????

  • Adenaan - 2010-01-04 11:48

    I said it before and will say it again. We are too defensive and need to play attacking cricket. Prince had good domestic form, but against which bowlers? Why SA did not make any batting changes is beyond me. Alviro Petersen will continue to bring on the drinks when he could have been playing. Ntini should not have played after the first test either. Amla can be a great cricketer if only learns to play forward to straight balls instead of playing across. The english bowlerts have once again proven that bowling wicket to wicket is very effective, look at the amount of LBW's over the last few games.

  • DISCWORLD. - 2010-01-04 11:51

    Ask me again why no one attends.... soon they wont even be able to give test tickets away.

  • JJ - 2010-01-04 11:58

    England are 37/3 after 14 overs. It seems the wicket is supporting the bowlers.

  • Hermann - 2010-01-04 12:02

    Team lacks mental toughness and leadership. Smith is arrogant and self righteous - not willing to take advice. There seems to be cliques in the team - no cohesion, no common purpose. The mindset is not right and will unfortunately take a lot of time to correct.

  • Paul Harris - 2010-01-04 12:04

    @Adenaan So, as far as you are concerned, the only thing wrong with the team is the black players (which you named by name). The rest of the team is good and they can easily beat England? I presume you also include Harris is your team of players who deserve to be in the team. The guy cannot spin a story, let alone a cricket ball

  • Quilla - 2010-01-04 12:05

    Ntini has done us proud all this years and its not for us to decide if he must quit or not its up to him, i agree that he is currrntly not in form but to blame him for SA's lost is stupidity. May be we must all open our eyes and see that there is a problem with the BATTING. Look we dropped Ntini and still we are struggling

  • Mr Controversy - 2010-01-04 12:05

    Bring back Ntini to replace Smith at the top of the order!!! OR lets get sentimental and recall Ntini for the last test, and make him Captain. @Vincent, you are right Ntini is not the only one to blame. The entire team performed badly. But Ntini's performance sticks out like a sore thumb. You must realise the performance we as South Africans have come to expect of Ntini. If he cannot perform at his current age, what makes you think he will perform any differently as age catches up. He is and always will be a class act. He will go down into the histroy books of this country, as one of the greatest sportsman. Regardless of his skin colour. By your comment, you are making this a black and white issue. Lets keep that where it belongs, in the PAST!!!! Don't forget Prince, Amla and Duminy are regarded as black. They are all performing badly, but Amla and Duminy are starting their careers and Prince is trying to salvage his. For every black player that gets dropped from the squad, are we going to make a fuss about it? Come on lets be realistic.

  • Quilla - 2010-01-04 12:09

    Ntini has done us proud all this years and its not for us to decide if he must quit or not its up to him, i agree that he is currrntly not in form but to blame him for SA's lost is stupidity. May be we must all open our eyes and see that there is a problem with the BATTING. Look we dropped Ntini and still we are struggling

  • sipho - 2010-01-04 12:16

    we are the king's of bouncebackability! the boy will fight their way back into this match coz we need to win this one, the the wanderers test will be a grant finalle. should we win this one then the last game will be one of the most tense test match in history. go proteas go

  • Larry - 2010-01-04 12:21

    Batting line-up: 1) Smith 2) Gibbs 3) Amla 4) Kallis 5) de Villiers 6) Duminy. I have yet to answer myself WHY Ashwell "Affirmative Action" Prince was ever picked for the Proteas side, well except 4 affirmative action of course.

  • adenaan - 2010-01-04 12:32

    Paul Harris. Don't be biased. You can only be a coloured with a racial chip on your shoulder.You're probably also an All Blacks supporter.Perhaps you should read my comment again. Alviro Petersen should play as I said (he's coloured). Don't make a colour issue of it. I am also coloured. As for Paul Harris (the SA spinner), I never did think that he was good enough to play for SA as he is too easily read. And what has he done so far? Now Robin Petersen can bowl and bat better than Paul Harris and he's coloured.

  • Tokkie - 2010-01-04 12:39

    SA's little flower wooosies.

  • @Larry - 2010-01-04 12:40

    Maybe you should check your facts before you open your mouth. Prince averages 60 the last 2 years. That's pretty impressive!!! He's not an opener though

  • Adenaan - 2010-01-04 12:43

    RH- What planet are you on. Have you watched any domestic cricket. Gibbs has not done anything. I'm still a fan of Gibbs, but the boy has no form at all and deserves to be out.

  • Steve - 2010-01-04 12:52

    All you palookas calling for Smith's head, you clearly know absolutely bugger all about cricket. He is one of, if not the best, opener since re-admission. His stats don't lie. And once again Kallis and Boucher have proven throughout the series that they are world class. They always have been. In saying that, we need a decent spinner, Harris is not the answer. Morkel is looking better every test he plays and Mackie, I'm afraid, is past it. Prince must go!

  • Mike - 2010-01-04 13:23

    Lets forget race and pick on merit.There are several players of colour who could be selected on merit. Incidentally I am a white. Alviro Petersen showed during the one days that he has the temperment and the talent at this level.He could bat at 3. Ashwell Prince is being given a raw deal being asked to open and I agree that his recent record as a number 5 is excellent.He could bat at 6. You could bring back Gibbs to replace Prince as opener. Amla and Duminy are being found out at this level and need to regroup and sort out their technical deficiencies before returning to the squad. Amla plays accross the line and Duminy is afraid of the short ball. Mkaya Ntini has been a great servant to SA but he is now a spent force. I agree that Tsotsobe should be given more chances but they should have done that in the one days. What happened to Parnell?Surely he is forgiven for being naughty by now. He offers variety and gets wickets and is also a good batsmen. I agree that Arthur is only the coach because Smith doesn't want a strong coach who will disagree with him. Arthur is very wishy washy - talking about controlling the controllables and all that corporate hogwash. However Smith is the best captain available at present.

  • RD - 2010-01-04 14:19

    leave race out of national teams. let the best be elected.cricket is like our soccer team they were good once and now they are 74th plus in the world. the race issue is still going to have an effect on our rugby because politics are getting itself into every sports organization and thus destroying what took years to built up to a winning unit.

  • The Opener - 2010-01-04 15:13

    yes, Smith was a great batsman, also Kallis, who did very well. Sad but true though... they're getting old. And I don't really see replacements for them. And thats the thing laking in Sa cricket. they SAC rely so badly on these guys, and when SAC open their eyes, the guys retire. And then , crisis. Come on SACricket, wake up, and start getting new guys into the team slowly but surely.

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