January 17, 2010

South Africa Level The Series

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:36 pm by techtwist

South Africans bowled brilliantly and ensured that they won this test match after coming close on a couple of occasions in the series. They bowled out England for 169 in their second essay. Barring Paul Collingwood, none of the English batsmen looked set at the crease. He waged a lone battle and was running out of partners. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were jointly declared the Man of the match for their splendid performance which took their team home. Mark Boucher and Graeme Swann were jointly declared the Man of the series award.

Andrew Strauss was thoroughly disappointed and he later went on to blame the review system but also added that his team’s performance was comparitively more irritating. Graeme Smith, on the other hand, was happy by the way his men bounced back in the series. He later said, “We had two debutants who put in solid performances. We certainly were the team who were hungrier going into this game and we played that way. It shows this team wants to progress and within the group there is a real drive to be better.” He also went on to appreciate his opponents saying, “Graeme Swann has had an outstanding series and from our perspective Paul Collingwood has been the glue in the batting line up. Their seamers have bowled well, especially Graham Onions. He was a new package for us and asked a lot of questions. There’s potential there, but there will be a lot of challenges ahead for any team. World cricket today is pretty close and if you aren’t good enough in the series, or things don’t go your way, then you have to fight to stay in it.”

P.S. : Pics Courtesy – Cricinfo

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