South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Final day. South Africa’s backs against the wall. Equally, the weather might play a part – and the pitch, too (it’s 22.40 the night before…rumours there’s a dispute with the pitch which was repaired yesterday when it shouldn’t have been. So it’s being unrepaired!)

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

I really need to plan this better, but because I post these things in advance (it’s Friday and I’m about to go out), I have nothing to add. I do like beer though, and have just had some rather nice cheddar. Rock on, cricket fans.

(it’s now Sunday night – Australia in command. Can SA pull it back? Can they b*******)

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

3rd day at Durban. Rock on like the rockers you are.

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day

Second day at Durban. Rock on.

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 1st day

29 hundreds for Ricky Ponting. Sachin’s record is under serious threat; the bloke’s an utter run machine (and not in the criminally-dull Kallis-mode – he’s great to watch, too). Even stevens…perhaps Australia just about edge the first day.

More administrative oddness

So, it’s tipping down at Durban – or rather, it was. And the game has been reduced to a 48 over game. They’ve been off the field for about 2 hours. Normally, the interval is 15 minutes between innings – but despite the rain and 2 hour delay, the interval will be 25 minutes with a scheduled close of play of 23.24 local time. Update: the interval has been shortened by 5 minutes to 20 minutes. This is typical of cricket’s administration ballsing it up for the spectators (who all sound like they’re in good voice)

South Africa well on top

Belated Happy Christmas to my readers.

The Saffers are well on top of England in the 2nd Test at Durban. The pitch is being blamed – which is just an excuse. The batting has been average (at best) – the bowling has been very good. Pollock looks more of a threat, and Dale Steyn looks far more impressive than at Port Elizabeth. So, at Tea, England are 125/8 having been put in by Smith and Giles may not bowl due to being bombarded with bouncers by SA.

Unquestionably South Africa’s day, and they win the first 2 sessions. 2-0 to them. Can Harmison find his line this time? They’ll need something special from him in particular to dig themselves out of this hole.