SA, Oz delayed by rain

2011-11-09 10:06

Cape Town - Rain delayed the start of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Heavy rain began falling 15 minutes before the scheduled toss to the frustration of fans and players alike.

South Africa have one or two selection issues. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir is expected to make his Test debut with left-arm spinner Paul Harris, all-rounder Vernon Philander and left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe all battling it out for a place in the playing XI.

Jacques Rudolph will return to Test cricket after an absence of five years while Ashwell Prince is expected to edge out JP Duminy in the batting line-up.

Australia are a settled outfit with the only question mark being around which bowler will be named as the third seamer behind Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris.

Peter Siddle, Pat Cummins and Trent Copeland are all in the mix with Siddle considered to be the front-runner.


South Africa (probable) – Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Australia (probable) – Shane Watson, Philip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.


  • Pieter - 2011-11-09 10:15

    I do noy think there is much enthusiasm for this test left anyhow. The Proteas go into it unprepared and with a blemished record in the T20 and one day versions of the game. This being only a 2 test series, I believe it will mostl likely end in a draw at best and may even result in a loss. Lukewarm performances, unfortunately, result in lukewarm support from the fans.

      Phil - 2011-11-09 10:20

      Some "supporter" you are Pieter. I think SA can do without fair weather fans like yourself!

      Deon - 2011-11-09 10:33

      We are looking forward to it, come rain or shine. Good cricket can also be played even in a draw or loss. Go Proteas.

      Edmund - 2011-11-09 10:36

      @Pieter Agree with you to a slight degree, but if you look at our current players they tend to fit the test matches better with the likes of Kallies, AB, Amla and even Smith if he strikes some form. In the bowling we have some bumps but then we have dangerous attack with Tahir in the wings if the seam or pace bowling is not working. I predict we win 2-0

      Pieter - 2011-11-09 11:37

      Phil, they might just possibly have to do that: go without my support! I am sick and tired of always hearing that we are underprepared. It sound too much like our captain is making excuses for losing even before the game has started! Besides, it is unprofessional to be underprepared when you play a professional game and, moreover, a dangerous team like Aus. I like to support teams who believe in themselves. Don't you dare call me a fair weather fan because I demand commitment from the players! It is your sort of support that will be the end of cricket in this country - laissez faire when action is demanded! Deon, yes I quite agree; but I would prefer a clear win playing the Aussies! Edmund, I sincerely hope you are right! I only dispare because our captain is so negative in his comments whereas the Aussies literally oozes confidence. Negativity, like confidence, tends to filter through to the team and influence players adversely. (It surely influences me, and I am but a supporter! )

  • Chris - 2011-11-09 10:17

    I work 100m from the stadium and it's pouring down over here... don't expect play to start anytime soon.

      Chris - 2011-11-09 11:25

      Weatherman Chris say the sun is out, but expect more showers.

  • Edmund - 2011-11-09 10:39

    You can win a T20 match with a bit of luck, you can't win a test match with luck! So if we have the edge in the test matches it's a good sign in my mind.

  • Ian - 2011-11-09 10:44


  • granville.paulse - 2011-11-09 10:45

    Very excited about this test. It's been a very long time since we've had an exciting attcking spinner like Tahir in the team. Also the match 11 should know by now that they are going to play. Which should make it very easy to spot if Tahir and Philander are playing. Good luck boys!!!! Must say these conditions are perfect for swing bowling. Vernon must be licking his lips and must have gone through 3 packs of gum this morning already.

  • Burtfred - 2011-11-09 10:52

    Yawn. If you want to break a drought, schedule a cricket match.

  • sarita.isaacs - 2011-11-09 10:55

    can anyone tell me hows the weather doing in CT. @Chris is it still raining?

      Deon - 2011-11-09 11:02

      When the rain stops the outfield might still be wet, I will be surprised if we see any play before lunch today.

      Johan - 2011-11-09 11:02

      im gathering animals two by two as we speak ;)

      Michael - 2011-11-09 11:07

      @Johan, I didn't know your other name is Noah!!! (lol)...

      Kris - 2011-11-09 12:00

      LOL Johan! hahaha yeah I work up the west coast of Cape town and its sunny here now... kinda.. I'm coaching my U11A side in a match vs Monte Vista this afternoon... looks like its going to be cancelled because of the rain, i hope not though!

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