South Africa v Australia, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

This game’s hotting up. Mike Hussey did one of his rescue acts yesterday, but fell in the 70s and Australia still trail by about fifty runs. Iiiiiiinnnnnteresting. I’m on the Verdict at CI, so let’s hope for an interesting day’s play. And I’ve slagged South Africa off twice in succession, so I better a) start praising Australia b) start praising South Africa or c) talk about sausage rolls. Crack on, chat away, etcetera

South Africa v Australia, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

The second day from Jo’burg. And it’s April 1! Therefore, I can say with the utmost sincerity that Ricky Ponting has retired; Merv Hughes is returning to cricket and will play for England; Wasim Akram is also returning. To captain India. And the ICC have removed the West Indies’ Test status and replaced them with Russia.

South Africa v Australia, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 1st day

So, Graeme Smith is a definate non-starter for the final Test. It’s hard to see a way through Australia for South Africa. On the other hand, Australia’s foot might loosen from the pedal as it often does after a series-securing victory. Chat away.

Time to forget the boundary-bashing…or is it?

Part of me wonders whether South Africa’s victory over Australia might produce a series where the bat doesn’t simply dominate the ball – it crucifies it. Perhaps they’ll just think “well, it worked in the one-dayer. Why not here?” Frankly, I’d love to see it – but doubt it’ll happen. Mind you, I’ve now run out of hats to scoff, so I have free reign to make ridiculous statements.

Some templates will appear in the early hours, s’if by magic innit, so keep yourselves amused. Ought to be good.