Antoinette Muller

Pipe down, Pup!

2014-01-08 11:58
Sport24 columnist Antoinette Muller (File)
Here we go again. Michael Clarke has insisted that his bowling attack is the best in the world and he has said that the regenerated Mitchell Johnson is one of the all-time greats.

Peter Siddle and David Warner have also piped up and spoken about how Australia has the best bowling attack in the world with Warner even adding that South Africa are “on the back foot” due to the retirement of Jacques Kallis. Alastair Cook also added his voice to the chorus and said that this Australian bowling attack is the best he has ever faced.

It’s the kind of thing which makes Test cricket so fascinatingly enticing, characters who become larger than life and back it up with solid performances make the spectacle of Tests exciting, even if the cricket is woeful from one side.  England’s fragile batting line-up is a far cry from Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis and the Aussie pacemen will have a much different challenge on their hands when they visit South Africa’s shores.  

Clarke would say that his bowlers are the best in the world, it’s a captain’s job to motivate his side, but they have played against the same, dodgy opposition for the last seven months.  He might want to see which of them actually manage to stay fit for the trip to South Africa before making such outlandish statements. As esteemed cricket journalist, Stuart Hess, Tweeted  recently, for the time being, #PipeDownPup.

Antoinette Muller is a freelance writer who writes mainly about soccer and cricket for The Daily Maverick or anybody else who will have her...

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