Did I miss something? I certainly did!

Sorry to the masses of readers reader who wanted an open thread about the South Africa vs New Zealand Test in Cape Town, which started last night. I’m not as overworked as Will is, although I am quite frankly appallingly underpaid. I’m considering holding out posting until Will doubles my salary to be honest. The writers united will never be defeated, we’ll just hold out for the draw.

 Anyway, Stephen Fleming got a century last night, which is a rare or special moment for him. I can’t think of a finer batsman in world cricket who is SO bad at converting good starts into centuries. So I really hope he goes on with it. His innings held together New Zealand’s innings on the opening day after South Africa won the toss and sent them in. New Zealand are 265 for 6, and if Fleming and the tail can nurdle out another 100 runs, they will be well set for this Test match.

 Neil Manthrope discusses the schedule. I want you, dear readers, to discuss New Zealand’s chances of getting to 400, and what a fair salary for me is. Should I hold out for groupies?

 

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, Day Three

Day three of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town

Chat away. (posted in advance, hence lack of any interesting words here)

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, Day Two

Day two of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town

Chat away. (posted in advance, hence lack of any interesting words here)

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, Day One

I’m posting these templates in advance. After the dramatic events in the recent one-day series, this Test series could either be a humdinger or a damp squib. And that, ladies and gentlemen, might well be the most useless sentence I’ve written on this blog.

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.

Australia collapse spectacularly

Australia are 7 for 4 (seven runs for four wickets) against South Africa, who are well on course for a 2-0 series lead. What on earth’s going on? Makhaya Ntini has 4-4 from five overs!

UPDATE: They’re now 11 for 4 from 12 overs!

UPDATE: Somewhat of a recovery, 34 for 4. Katich 16 – oh dear, he’s gone too now! What a muppet – Klassic Katich, caught in the covers. Useless shot.