1st ball 10.30am our time (0830 gmt)
With 5 of the top 10 bowlers in the world (SA 2 – Oz 3) and 4 of the top batsmen (SA 3 – Oz 1) this is going to be some series. (Test rankings here, Morne Morkel isn’t even in the top 10)
With Jaques Kallis having retired from test cricket (he played in our T20 final this last Sun, took 4 wickets!) we are suddenly TWO players short, how will our selectors fill that void?
The Aussie camp also have their ‘all rounder’ trouble, Shane Watson has had to withdraw with a recurrence of a calf problem, so that evens things up a little for this first encounter.
Today’s venue is a suburb of Pretoria, it’s up on the highveld at altitude, the air is thinner and the ball goes faster and further than down here. I first visited the ground back in the ’80’s when the town had that politically incorrect name of Verwoedburg and the new (in those days) cricket stadium called Verwoerdburg Park. (Hendrick Verwoerd prime minister back in the ’50s and credited with being the architect of apartheid.)
I’ll see if our idiots at SABC are broadcasting today, if they are I’ll put a link here for members.
Ball by ball commentary from SABC”s Radio 2000 HERE