There is no secret formula that South Africa used to win this match.
Just look at the score card.
South African players who made a contribution in this test.
Smith, Amla, Kallis, AB, Duminy, Boucher, Morkel, Harris, Steyn & Ntini.
Australia players who made a contribution in this test.
Katich, Clarke, Symonds, Haddin & Johnson.
10 to 5.
If it wasn’t for Johnson Australia would have never been in the match.
Even with his 11 wickets they still only got within 6 wickets of Victory.
If Australia gets a contribution out of 8 men they win this match.
This isn’t about lack of talent either.
Ponting, Hayden, Hussey and Lee were part of Australia’s useless majority.
Ponting seems to have lost faith in his batting, his captaincy gets more exposed everytime Australia play and he is getting quicker to strop daily.
Hayden looks lost, and he is holding back two potential ten year players, a player with a solid test record and a guy averaging 82 in shield cricket this year.
Hussey has averaged 33 in his last 12 tests, THIRTY THREE, where are the editorials, why aren’t people calling for his head like they were with Dravid and Hayden.
And Lee, poor Lee, I have never had a wife leave me, so I don’t know what he is going through. But I know poor form, and he has it.
Yet these players don’t seem in any immediate danger.
That is what they need, danger.
Only one of them needs to get dropped.
Just to put the fear of the Aliens into them.
Hayden is the one.
He needs to fuck off now.
He is a relic of a past dynasty.
Australia can afford to carry no man.
I have always loved watching him bat, so this isn’t about him.
It’s about the team, and he is a heavy fucken albatross.
Hughes is the future, and he is the present.
No better time to get him in than after a hundred.
Hayden needs to bite the bullet, or get it chinse style while he eats his meal.
And if that doesn’t scare the rest of them into form, then reload the gun.
The team used to mean more than the man in Australia, is that still the case?