Bitter pill for Ponting

2009-01-26 21:37

Christo Buchner

Adelaide. – It was Australia’s national day Monday, but definitely not their day on the cricket field.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting admitted after his side’s shattering eight-wicket defeat in the fourth one-day international at the Adelaide Oval that South Africa were the superior team in every respect.

South Africa wrapped up series victories in the test and one-day series.

“Congratulations to the South Africans. They really deserved the victory. They played us off the park today. It was our worst performance this year,” said Ponting.

“South Africa were best at rising to the occasion and executing when it mattered. Today’s batting collapse when we looked poised to score 300 runs was the story of our series. We started every game well, but did not build on it. I am just as guilty as any other player.

“I scored 60, 50 and 40, and did not continue to get a century. In this game 50 is not enough. It does not lead you anywhere. It was a terrific batting wicket and a quick outfield and there is no excuse for only getting to 222.”

South Africa passed that total for the loss of only two wickets and 11.5 overs remaining.

“That’s a hiding in anyone’s language. The spectators have every reason to be disappointed,” said Ponting.

“I can assure you all the players in the dressing room are disappointed. We’re always proud of the cricket we play, but could not say that after today. There was no spark in the field. Everybody has to do some soul-searching and ask himself whether this is the way in which he wants to represent his country.

“The defeat is a bitter pill to swallow, particularly considering the circumstances.”

South African captain Johan Botha admitted he was surprised by how quickly the game had swung. The Aussies were looking good at 110/2 and were all out 112 runs later.

Botha bowled brilliantly and took 2/28 from 10 overs.

He said the key to success was to take wickets early. He had the dangerous Brad Haddin caught for 3 and trapped Mike Hussey lbw for 28.

Botha said the series victory was particularly memorable because it was achieved on Australian soil.


  • Selwyn - 2009-01-26 21:57

    In Australia it is Mournday. Well done Proteas.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-26 22:38

    well done guys great stuff

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 02:29

    Haha and on australia day, makes victory even sweeter

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 04:46

    It is too sweet. SA is just bubbling with confidence, and not just on the cricket pitch.

  • Steadfast - 2009-01-27 07:08

    Well done Proteas. Now all we have to do is win the home leg to be true champions. It does seem like the Aussies have no real top class in wings like a few years back. They also have no real match winner bowler. Our depth of players waiting in the wings is staggering. So back to the drawing board for the Aussies and a few years of new blood and a total rethink on selection and domestic league before they are a world force again.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 07:08

    The Ozzie team of two years ago was brilliant, but teams everything has an end. Now they have to get used to being ordinary for a while and feel how it feels to loose. Fantastic South Africa, now rub it in and destroy them in the last game again.

  • Wessel - 2009-01-27 07:33

    The best of the did yourself and your country proud!!!!

  • Navarac - 2009-01-27 07:39

    Humble in defeat. I appreciate that. Botha is gracious in victory; also good. But Australians are fighters, if nothing else. They'll be doing some serious thinking about where their side needs bolstering - in my opinion, in all departments - and will be a better side in SA. We'll have to double our efforts when they're here.

  • paula - 2009-01-27 07:53

    Congrats to SA. I still believe the Ausie team can be competitive or kick SA's butt, especially if they can select the following side: 1)Marsh;2)Mike Hussey3) Ponting4)Clarck,5)Symonds6)DaveHussey7)Haddin;8)Johnson;9)Brett Lee;10)Bracken;11)Stuart Clarck. The only reason the Ausies lost is due to injuries and bad selection, so I can assure you they will bounce back. GO SA

  • chris - 2009-01-27 08:09

    Great stuff !! but we must stay focus and go for the last and dont let them do strange things to us and win the last game.Well done SA !!!.

  • Subzero - 2009-01-27 08:21

    Awesome stuff!!! Well Done Proteas!

  • Just Cricket - 2009-01-27 08:31

    @Paula. @Dean. At the same token we can also say SA was understrength in the ODI's for missing Smith, Nel, Langeveldt, Prince, Louw etc. So in all it evens out. It just shows Australia don't have depth any more since loosing their quality players of yesteryear. Also both the Hussey brothers, Haddin, Johnson has not been performing well in the ODI series. GO SA !!!! MAKE IT 4-1.

  • groengert - 2009-01-27 08:34

    @paula - Yes, the aussies do have a few key players out injured, but that shouldn't used as an excuse. If they really are such a powerhouse as they claim to be, they should have some depth. They may have talented young players, but they didn't mould them into world beaters early on and are now pushing them into the fray, hoping that raw talent will be enough. SA, on the other hand, took Duminy on tours with the team for more than a year before he played and look how well that has paid off. If the Aussies wanted to stay number 1, they should be prepared like a number 1 side.

  • Dave - 2009-01-27 09:08

    Our guys were fantastic! Are we No 1 in the World Rankings now?

  • Mbuso - 2009-01-27 09:17

    Nel? Langeveldt? Louw??? Anyway, well done SA. Time for Australia to get back in their yellow pyjamas. And let's stop making excuses or playing down SA's victory. At 2-1, Australia were not about to field some so-so team. They fielded the best they had. Their best was not good enough on the day. The Proteas were though. I hope this display serves to convince the couch spectator to get to the stadiums when the Aussies come this side. I can't wait!

  • Met Uysh! - 2009-01-27 09:31

    Hats off to Ponting for his great sportsmanship. I have gained respect for the man, he is sticking around with all the new guys to guide them and get them experienced for the future. Besides him on over 300 ODI's, no other AUS player has had 100 ODI's and the squad of 13 has a cumulative of 700 ODI's (he has almost half that), whereas SA has on average 107 ODI's per player (for the last 2 ODI's). So, it shows character that he stick around and besides for him being an excellent player, I have respect for him

  • HappySADAY - 2009-01-27 09:59

    How the mighty have fallen. Ponting has gone from arrogance to "They played us off the park. Our worst performance this year." Paula whose side are u on? Sounds like u batting for the aussies so dont be using Go Sa when u clearly a turncoat.

  • Leon - 2009-01-27 10:53

    what a series, what a game, what a team! congrats Protea's.....I would still love to see us kick the ozzies behinds when fielding the team that paula suggested. I believe that they will throw everything at us when playing the series in SA and because of that the proteas shouldnt relax or underestimate the ozzies. Kick them while they are down!!! VIVA PROTEAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 13:22

    what makes our victory even better is that we have some very young and inexperinced guys (morkel bros, amla, jp, van jaarsveld) not including de villiers. aussie capt. very good when with winning team but showed his lack of expertise and depth of knowledge as a captain when the chips are down. lets just say "wwll done boys" and not look for excuse for the aussies defeat as they would never allow you this luxury.

  • Tebogo - 2009-01-27 13:43

    Paula we gave them a hiding with Lee and Co. present and we don't Greame. The balance of power is shifting, I hope this is SA's turn to dominate world cricket for at least a decade like the Windies in the 1980s.

  • Syd - 2009-01-27 13:49

    People always think I am being negative when I point out what I think are our weaknesses. Yes the team is doing well but that does not mean we should not work hard on improving our skills. Yes we beat the Aussies but the challenge now is maintaining that and building a side that will dominate world cricket more than the Aussies have. The only way to get there is to start building young guys like V van Jaarsveld, D Smit, L Tsotsobe, W Parnell, Engelbrecht, Vandiar (if it is spelt like that) and hopefully get R McLaren into the set-up. If these guys can come in and stay part of the team for an extended period, we will have the next generation when the current Legends retire. I mean what will we do when J Kallis retires? if Steyn, M Morkel, A morkel gets injured? This is the best opportunity to build a side that will dominate world cricket for a long time

  • paula - 2009-01-27 14:39

    @ Just Cricket. I am a SA supporter, but I dont walk around with blinkers. The Ausies are still an exceptional team and I wont be suprised if they bounce back in the home leg. They are currently missing M Clark, Symonds, Stuart Clark, Bracken, Lee. (i.e 5 players) These guys are key players and in a diff league and cannot be compared to , Louw, Langeveldt, Nel, etc. The only players SA were missing is G Smith & Prince (i.e 2) and therefore SA had the edge. But at the end of the day, a win remains a win. Congrats.

  • Alton - 2009-01-27 14:53

    Let's just enjoy it! May we still pick our best 12 for the final encounter down under. No letting up. Others chance will come. Protea's were "good as gold".

  • SirGibbs - 2009-01-27 15:48

    To everyone that has anything to say about this historic event the following: The last time I check the Proteas won the test series 2-1, the one-day series at the moment 3-1( already in the bag) with the Asusies winning the Pro20 2-0. That is the long and the short of it. So whatever excuse anyone can think of doesnt matter cause history has been made...

  • anon - 2009-01-27 17:46

    This is the best result ever. You make us too proud. No rest however, i want to be ranked no 1 in the world.

  • andre - 2009-01-28 06:12

    They called us chokers. The wheel turns ....

  • John Symonds - 2009-01-28 08:31

    I have been waiting for this my whole life. From the days of shortwave radio. I am working in Perth and really enjoyed myself at the office with the Aussies yesterday

  • Devon - 2009-01-28 09:17

    What a fantastic result. This is not the time, however, to rest on our laurels. We have the return series to concentrate on and an Aussie side who have been humbled at home will be sure to put up a fight. The backlash could be devestating. We need to keep our focus and make sure we keep the continuity at home.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-28 10:15

    Ag Paula just admit u an auzzzie supporter.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-28 10:20

    The losing of good bowlers (Colin and Shane) also mean that you do not have them to bowl to you during practice sessions. This has now started to show in the Aussie camp.

  • Gary - 2009-01-28 10:53

    Great result but remember, be humble in victory !

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