Oz try own 'scratching' methods

2014-02-28 09:09

Cape Town - Australia's bowlers have come up with a desperate plan ahead of the final cricket Test against South Africa starting at Newlands on Saturday.

Seamer Ryan Harris told Die Burger's website they scratched cricket balls against a cement wall in an attempt to gain more reverse swing.

The South African attack found greater reverse swing in last week's Test in Port Elizabeth, especially on Day 4 when the Aussies collapsed from 126/0 to 216 all out.

Dale Steyn, who took 4-55, looked unplayable at times as the Proteas won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series at 1-1.

The method may not help their bowlers get more reverse swing during the match, but gave their batsmen some proper preparation.

"The balls probably swung more than what it would during the game. It is, however, good preparation for the batsmen, because if you can connect with those ones, then you won't struggle in the games," said Harris.


  • Wikus Roos - 2014-02-28 09:20

    Wow, actually a good trick, just hope they didn't tell Warner, he might just screw up another press conference and blame his own team mates for losing his wicket in the nets.

      JimGordon - 2014-02-28 11:07

      Strange - I thought Aus apparently had the best bowling attack in the world. Wonder why they don't know the tricks of the trade then? Ah, because they are NOT the best in the world. Number four sounds right!

  • Kgosi Samuel Mogosetso - 2014-02-28 09:21

    There we go again lol but brad haddin was bowled by dale in both innings with a reverse swing and it was not even day 4 mxm i dont get where does this come from but i can't 4 tomorrow's match up

  • Trix Roux - 2014-02-28 09:25

    The trick is to scratch your starfish first.

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2014-02-28 17:03

      Kom ons trek Trixie se spene.

  • Francisco Paul - 2014-02-28 09:28


  • musal - 2014-02-28 09:36

    I'm happy dat proteas made diz little racist went mad

      Ernus Smit - 2014-02-28 09:46


      André Potgieter - 2014-02-28 10:03

      @ Solv Ex, are you okay bru ?

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2014-02-28 17:06

      Too much solvent of the X-kind. Or too many paint chips eaten as a child

  • Brad Smith - 2014-02-28 09:55

    if philaneder or morkel dont get you, steyn surely will. seems like south africa already have the all important psychological battle won.

  • Gary Jones - 2014-02-28 10:24

    The curious thing about Warner is that despite his talent, you never know whether he's yawning or farting.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-02-28 11:35

      What talent, he is just lucky that's all

  • cj.keuler - 2014-02-28 10:31

    This has actually left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth! I was looking forward to the series, the Aussies were much improved and showed in the first test that they are Aussies after all, tough and competitive, what we expect. They hammered us 1st test and we reciprocated in the 2nd with a devastating spell from the world's number 1 bowler. Now they cry foul!? Sorry but they sound like babies! Where are the hard Aussie boys of old? They took it like men and left it on the field!

  • Derrick Pentz - 2014-02-28 10:33

    That's wonderful- now all they have to work out is how to get a cement slab onto the field & cart it around without arousing suspicion.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-02-28 11:35

      The Aussies have a lot of experience of tunneling out of jails and getting rid of the sand without alerting the guards. My guess is that they'll break the slab into small chunks and then smuggle it onto the field in Brad Haddin's gloves. Oh... Wait...

      Duncan Geldenhuys - 2014-02-28 15:28

      LoL :-)

  • Mikey Scholtz - 2014-02-28 12:13

    To quote and Australian Chopper Reid: "Warner, harden the f.... up!"

  • cdawg.dubya - 2014-02-28 13:13

    Will come in handy if they can find a cement wall on the pitch.....

  • Dean Williams - 2014-02-28 18:00

    The headline should read, OZ bowlers found scratching their balls

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