Nielsen sings another tune

2009-02-18 20:39

Jaco van der Merwe - Beeld

Potchefstroom - Australian cricket coach Tim Nielsen is taking care not to make a fool of himself again.

He learned a costly lesson recently when he insulted South Africa prior to the test series in Australia and afterwards suffered the humiliation of a 2-1 series defeat. Now he’s singing a different tune before the first Test starts at the Wanderers next week Thursday.

“Tests are never easy, especially not against a team that is as hot as South Africa. It will be a huge challenge learning from the mistakes we made against them in Australia,” Nielsen said on Wednesday after the team’s first training session on their tour of almost two months.

“It’s difficult to win over confidence when you have not won the Test series.

“I think it was a perception that Australia were conceited for several years. We won so many matches and series’ that people mistook our confidence for arrogance.”

Nielsen said Michael Clarke would be fit for the first Test.

He will not play in the three-day warm-up game against a Presidents XI, which starts on Friday, because of a back injury that kept him out of action against New Zealand last week.”


  • shaun - 2009-02-19 08:12

    Dance Tim, Dance! Mistook confidence for arrogance. LOL.

  • Philip du Plessis - 2009-02-19 08:13

    Ahhhhh too late you moron Nielsen, you open a can of worms and then you must watch them crawl out. You belittled our boys on several occasions, purely because you knew you were gonna lose so you tried to hype it up a little. May those worms crawl into the decaying Australian carcass and haunt you for many many years. I seriously think you sent Tollie to this forum to try and stir some more. And before anyone kills me for arrogance, consider that we haven't beaten Australia in a series in my lifetime. Ever. Till this last one that was past. So excuse me for basking a little in this ray of sunshine before any overhead clouds come along...

  • Ghwappie - 2009-02-19 09:00

    Sorry Tim, we don't believe you. There is a saying that if you are warm and safe in a pile of crap, keep your mouth shut. "Mistook our confidence for arrogance" my butt. All the verbal diarrhoea that came out of lil' Ricky's big mouth the past few years, didn't sound like confidence to me. That was arrogance.

  • Al - 2009-02-19 12:00

    What I really, really, really like about the current Ausie side is that they are almost getting used to losing.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-19 12:06

    No Wonder the aussies lost with a plank for a captain & coach

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-19 14:14

    I think the Aussies left their sheep on a connecting flight, and that there is gonna be an extra big braai in Soweto this weekend

  • naphy - 2009-02-19 15:24

    1.“I still rank England second,” - Ponting after losing the ’05 ashes. 2.“It's always good to win a Test match and if you win it comfortably, it can leave a few psychological marks on opposition sides.” - Ponting after winning a Tests match. 3.“If he (Smith) wants to continue to make ridiculous statements and look like an idiot, he must just continue in this vein.”- Shane Warne 4.“I've obviously got a psychological advantage being a spinner against those guys, with the record that I've got against South Africa. If they want to juice [the wicket] up and negate me, I'll take my 0 for 40 and we win in three days. That means a series win and a couple of days of golf. I'll take it every time.”- Shane Warne. Take you pick gentlemen, confidence or arrogance?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-19 18:02

    lol - u people are shocking - typical examples of south african arrogance. the reason we hate the aussies so much is simple. theyve been better cricketers than us for 100 yrs - where do you think sa cricket would be if they lost 7 'stars' in 2 yrs. struggling to beat bangladesh id wager. for once take off the media induced anti australia hype and take a real look at what happens on the cricket field. we claim catches that dont exist just like they do. we appeal for caught behinds when there are no edges just like they do. we dont walk when our batsmen edge behind - just like they do - and every other team in world cricket too. The real reason we hate them so much is simply because they have stopped us dead in our tracks every single time. Weve never had the chance to crow (the way we arre now) the way weve always wanted to. Enjoy the victory while it lasts. We accuse them of cheating and arrogance simply because were jealous. What has ever happened to himlity in victory- its certainly not a south african trait for sure. You people make me sick to be south african. The principles we demand from Australia are not what we demonstrate as a nation. Enjoy the ride while you can chaps. It aint gonna last. Outside of Bangladesh and New Zealand, none of the teams weve beaten in the last 2 yrs have played full strength sides against us. Our dominance is imagined. I will enjoy seeing you people calling for the coaches head and boldly declaring which players are to blame, next time we take on a full strength India, pakistan and in a year or so, Australia.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-19 18:24

    @ naphy..Confidence!!!

  • Lily White - 2009-02-20 09:32

    @ AI - Nothing Artificial about your Intelligence :) @ Anon - 6:02, I bet you gave the Proteas no chance when they went down under? And your disappointment at their win is clearly obvious. Wins are to be celebrated not overlooked. So what if we are a little overjoyed in the Proteas success? So what if we get in the faces of Australia? They should be used to it. ANY team that beats Australia celebrates. Why shouldn't we? Its not like we have LONG to do so... As AI so eloquently put it, the Aussies are getting used to losing. And at this rate, it will be nothing special to beat them. It's great that we have a team that induces such feelings among South Africans (of course you are not included here). And THAT should be celebrated. I don't care if a couple of million Australians feel hurt with our celebrations. In your face!

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